Monday, 29 April 2013

Hands and Faces

I just came across an old sketchbook which contained some practice drawings of hands and faces so thought I'd share. You might even recognise some of 'em...

 And while on the subject of faces, I created these with torn black paper...

And these with thick black acrylic paint and a cheap brush. It's a really quick way to draw when you're just focusing on the darkest areas and shadows of the face.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Bleary Eyed Saturday

With a massive hangover after a brilliant night out to see the mesmerising Geneva Jacuzzi, I picked up a pencil and sketched my best friend Mark as he lounged against the wall at the head of my bed doing gawd knows what on his phone. I don't sketch from observation enough to be honest, but I plan to change that and get back to the way I used to draw many moons ago...

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Felted Creature Hanging Mobile

I created another hanging mobile yesterday. Although needle felting is laboriously slow combined with frantically fast repetitive stabbing which leaves your wrist with an uncertain future in the arthritic stakes, I just love the finished look and texture of a firmly felted object.

In colours of purple, yellow, turquoise and salmon pink, the little creatures peer at one another as they appear to float in mid-air. You can't help but wonder what they might be thinking! Perfect contemporary decor for hanging above a cot/crib or changing area in a nursery, or in a kids bedroom or playroom. Available to buy from my shop.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Felt Monsters

I was recently asked to make a custom hanging mobile for the playroom of a friends nephew. He wanted colourful monsters, so I designed some pretty gormless looking characters and set about creating them out of wool blended felt.

No sewing machine or glue was used in the construction of these little critters; everything was stitched by hand with embroidered features. They were then suspended using monofilament fishing line and steel wire. 

The mobile would look great in any children's room and is available as a made to order item in my Etsy shop. Individual monsters can also be bought separately!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Handmade Giveaway

I've just opened my Etsy shop. There's not much in there at the mo, there'll be more-a-coming, but for now I've decided to promote the launch of Pigs Have Wings with a giveaway! To be in with a chance of winning this sweet little bird mobile, all you have to do is;

1. Share by clicking on any Social Media Button at the bottom of this post

2. Like my Pigs Have Wings Facebook Page

3. Follow Pigs Have Wings on Twitter

4. Pin an item that you quite like from my Pigs Have Wings Etsy shop onto Pinterest

Then leave a comment back here (with a link to your Pinterest pin) to be randomly selected in the prize draw. 

Please note that each of these is a separate entry. Doing all four gives you a greater chance of winning. The competition closes on 5 February. Good luck! 

The giveaway has now ended and I'm pleased to announce that the name I have randomly drawn out of a hat is Stephanie. Congratulations Stephanie! Please contact me with your address so I can send you your prize. :)

Many, many thanks to everyone else for your entries! I will be hosting more giveaways here in the future. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for special offers and coupon codes on my Facebook and Twitter pages.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Nursery Mobile

I made another mobile today which would look lovely suspended above a baby's cot.

I found a nursery interior photo online which matched the teals, yellows and pinks of the fabrics I used for the birds perfectly, so a little bit of photoshopping and hey presto!