Monday, October 5, 2015

The Art of the Slow Stitch

 I love hand stitching. I love hand stitching with cotton, silk, handspun yarn (I spin wool as a hobby).  I wanted a little hand stitched pouch to carry my small hand stitch blocks with me.    I made this little double sided pouch.   My husband made me the little button to go with it. It has a slight camber to it and I love the feel of wooden buttons, even more when hand made by my husband.

I call this stitching "The Art of the Slow Stitch".  It is art.  It is slow. It is one of the most relaxing and thought provoking past times I can do with my two hands.   It is tactile and I can use naturally sourced fibers, hand made fabric.  The fabric is from  The fabric is beautiful, hand made cotton.  Gorgeous to stitch through, sturdy enough for a pouch and should last me many many years to come. 

I love the rippled effect that my stitching has created on the back. See the image at the bottom right.  Ah there is so much to learn about hand stitching and the best way I know how to learn is to do it. Have a go at it yourself.

Happy creating until next time ... Jane

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Newspaper Article about Tangled Treasures

The Tasweekend edition of the Mercury Newspaper has run a little story about my colouring book journey.  It is interesting to read about yourself ��

Friday, September 25, 2015

Zendala Tiles and a little Tip

A Zendala for you all to look at.  How many of you have had a go at Zendalas. They are a lot of fun.    And a little tip for the week.  When I want to keep a new pen in my traveling kit, I tape it up with some washi tape so I know it hasn't been used and I won't get it mixed up with the used ones. :) 

Keep creating art, until next time ... Jane x

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Zentangle play with Acrylic Ink

This is a little tutorial about combining Zentangle with some acrylic ink art.  I hope you enjoy it.  

Starting out with "a few" colours of acrylic ink.
Heavy weight watercolour paper
Motlow Grafx Art Masking Liquid Pen
Circle Templates ... You can repurpose any round item to use


Method:  take your circle template and draw circles onto the paper with the Motlow marker.


Make sure to wipe your templates with some paper towel before the medium dries, although it will rub off when dry it is easier to do it now.
Mix a few drops of each colour liquid acrylic ink with water. I have used twelve colours to signify the colour wheel.

Place a small amount of colour in the centre of the page and blow gently with the straw.  The ink will go in whatever direction you blow air through the straw onto it. Make sure to take regular breaks from blowing through the straw as you may get lightheaded if you do too much at once.

You can see I have done each of my colours from the centre outwards.    I have also used up left over ink on another piece of paper to play with another time. 

When the ink has thoroughly dried, you can rub off the Motlow resist to reveal the clean white paper underneath.  Use a soft eraser or even your clean finger to softly rub the blue resist off the paper.

And the big reveal ... Doesn't it look great.

Now for the Zentangle part.   I am going to use Zentangle patterns to fill in some spaces.
My pattern books are available to purchase and download as a PDF at

Tangling with Staedtler Triplus Fineliners and matching up the coloured pen with the inks as best I can. 
You could use a calligraphy pen and use the liquid acrylic inks, but the pens were easier and less fiddly for this tutorial.

Still a little way to go until I finish this piece but I think you get the idea. It was a lot of fun and would be a great project to do with children.  I would think you could use food dyes to the same effect.

Have fun and let me know if you try it.   

Keep making art until next time ... Jane x