Friday, 24 March 2017

Yarn Dyeing

Hello everybody

Well I haven't done any yarn dyeing since the end of last summer and forgot about a lot of the stuff that I'd dyed, but since I've been working hard on revamping my craft room to organise it so it's more art and painting friendly, I've come across them all and as I hadn't shared any photos with you of my  dyeing for a while I thought I'd share them.

First up was a blank canvas knitted base that I bought as long ago as June 2015 from Woolfest.  The canvas is a long knitted piece of fabric with two separate ends so that you can dye it however you choose and then unravel it to make two identical balls of yarn.  I used a length of cling film on top of the work top and used Kool Aid to dye the canvas and then wrapped it up in cling film and put it in the microwave.  Once it had cooled I then rinsed it and popped it outdoors on the line to dry and then once dry I unravelled it into two equal and identical balls which are now waiting in my stash ready to make something pretty with.  I think it is destined to make socks but they are way down in my list for the time being.  I took these photos a while back and they have my old Occasions & Creations logo on them, but never mind.

At the same time as dyeing the canvas blank I also mixed up some more Kool Aid and with the same colours I dyed some sparkly 4ply sock yarn and this is the result.

It is ever so sparkly in real life so it will have been an exceptionally pretty pattern that takes my eye for this lovely luscious yarn.  I'm still looking for something to do the yarn justice.

I do have some more to share with you but will have to take more photos of them when the weather picks up because despite it being sunny last Wednesday in Lancashire the weather has been dull and very wet since.

Take care

Tanya xxx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Rabbit rabbit rabbit

Hi everyone 

Hope you've been keeping well since my last post. 

I've been attending art group still and learning new techniques as I go. 

I've done a few paintings since I shared my owl one, which I'll be sharing later this month, but here is my recent completed one from start to finish. I used watercolours from Royal Langnickel and water soluble oil pastels which were really cheap from The Works, fur texture created with KohINoor pencils and Posca white pen. Hope you like it. Here's some close ups and the finished project all framed up.

Starting to watercolour the background
and the background and watercoloured bunny beginning to add detail
 Close up of the detail using the Kohinoor pencils
 Hello there.....just look at the texture on the fur.

 I achieved the background flowers by just dabbing a paint brush in multi colours and then dabbing them onto the paper after adding brush strokes of green for the stems and grass.
 Boo......just look at my beautiful eyes.
 and my little twitchy nose
 And here is the finished picture now it's been framed with the added little birds in the sky

I hope you like my wild rabbit/hare that I've created.  Please look in next week when I'll be sharing another make with you.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Come & Get It Challenges Anything Goes (ends 25th March)
Corrosive Challenges - Number 3 March (ends 2nd April)
Mixed Media World Challenge (ends 7th April)
OLLCB Challenge 224 (ends 25th March)
All Sorts Challenge Blog -Anything But A Card (ends 25th March)

Take care

Tanya xxx