Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Studio project 1

As promised here are the final photos from my first studio project. 

So as you already saw I was working on tea bags, the project took about 130 tea bags in total. 

On single bags I painted leaves, just using black and white gesso. 

These were then stitched together by machine to make a giant tea bag, to give it dimension I then filled it with dried leaves from the tree outside my house. 

I also made a papier mache spoon, covered it with Grunge paste and painted it, this had a single tea bag leaf added. 

More tea bags were glued into groups of 4. 

These had tea related images painted on in a silhouette style. 

Some were left plain black while others had white highlights added, all the silhouettes had little labels attached. 

When it came time to display the work I added stripes to lining paper and pinned these strips to the wall. 

Then it was time to gather all my silhouettes. 

These were glued to the wallpaper using Golden gel. 

Finally the giant tea bag and spoon were displayed. 

This is a video of a live Periscope that I filmed when the project was half way installed. 

A tea party for one.. makes me want to bake cake just looking at it. 

Darcy x

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Tiny Teabag Sketches

As I had amassed a bagful of tea bags, I decided to do some tiny animal sketches. They are so quick and easy to do. All I used were Derwent charcoal pencils and a little gesso. 

Charcoal is very smudgey and as such very forgiving, you don't need to be very neat or accurate.. 

I mounted each onto a piece of neutral/beige card. 

and wrote the sentiment on a piece of old book page..( I use the centre text of pages for collage but I keep the plain margins from book pages to write sentiments or stamp text.. )

I used a fountain pen for this but you could stamp your text. 

Then I mounted each animal and sentiment onto a card blank, 

They really don't need anything else, I guess this is my way of doing CAS, something I find impossible in paint. 

I really like them, they are sweet, and with a simple 'hello' greeting they can be used for any occasion. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Inktober Day 8 - 14

Here are some more of my #Inktober ink sketches.. 

Day 8 

Day 9 

Day 10 

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13 

Day 14 

All but the last one are done with Elegant Writer pen, spritzed with water. The last one is done with Dr. PH . Martins ink and a fountain pen { Lamy}


Friday, 14 October 2016


Every year during the month of October artists the world over come together to use the hashtag #inktober and share their artworks created using ink. 

See the blog of Jake Parker for more info. 

Here are my first week's worth of inky scribbles. I barely have time to join in as I am so busy, so these really are scribbles. 

I wanted to try out my Elegant Writer pen and a water spritzer.. so all my pieces so far use these. 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Some subjects suit this better than others, I have also varied the amount of water used. It has been interesting watching these scribbles melt and blend, some went disastrously wrong and disappeared completely. 

My favourite by far from this batch is number 7 the tree. 

Darcy x

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Studio Project 1

My first art assignment at uni is to do 101 drawings!!! 


I had to start quick, and keep up momentum, also not get carried away with making each one perfect.. otherwise they just wouldnt get done. 

I decided to work on tea bags, and draw leaves. I may or may not do all 101 this way.... other ideas keep popping in my head.. the finished project is due on 17th October, but as I write this I still have a week to go, so plenty of time to make changes. 

I will let you know how I get on and if my project changes along the way. 


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Tiny Time Machine

Tonight I am on the PaperArtsy blog with a little assemblage. The brief was to use die cuts, and I really wanted to see just how sturdy they could be when stacked and glued in multiples. 

I had no project in mind for this one, I was just playing around with balancing them to see how they looked. In the end the whole thing looked like some strange navigation tool, and that made me think of a time machine. 

Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to find out how it all came together. 

Darcy x

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Cheap Rollers

Hi everyone, a bit of a bargain to share today. I love brayers and rollers, they are super quick and easy to get a lot of pattern/texture down quick. However craft brayers aren't cheap, so I am always on the look out for interesting kids rollers. 

I found these today in a shop called B &M, they were in the craft/stationery/kids paint area. 

They came in a pack of 4, and were only £2.99. 

The patterns are simple, but effective. 

These tests were done just quickly with a little paint. 

They are called paint and dough rollers, I think they will make great impressions in texture paste too. 


Monday, 3 October 2016

Back To School

Some of you may know that I am going back to school. This was not on my list of things to do this month, or even this year. it all started with my other half asking me to 'go for a ride out' with him while he registered for his 2nd year of a course that he is doing though his job. While he was doing that I got bored and was wandering around and ended up chatting to someone from the Arts and Media dept. 

I recognised her as having taught me some craft classes about 14 years ago, we chatted a bit and when i asked for info about going back to college, she suggested that I would be bored at college and that i should go straight to uni..

Cue me laughing and saying no way. Mark, Leandra, Seth and pretty much everyone at the Seth event encouraged me to do it. So when I got home I rang the uni for some info. 

Still not thinking this would ever happen. 

The tutor that I spoke to, on the Tues, said I will see you on Thurs with your portfolio.

uhmm what portfolio???!!

Weds I spent all day gluing stuff to boards, rummaging in the attic and in boxes, trying to find a selection of stuff to take. 

On Thurs morning I had to get a taxi as this lot was so heavy. 

The tutor met me at reception and gave me a quick tour of the art studios, then looked through all my stuff and offered me a place then and there to do a degree in Fine Art.  I was then whisked off to the finance dept to sort out my application for funding. 

Over the next 2 weeks, I applied for and got my fees paid, filled in all sorts of forms, sent papers off her and there, and got a letter confirming my place. It was like a whirlwind, it just spiralled and almost felt out of control. 

How did i get from 'going for a ride out' to being a university student!

So TODAY, is my first day...eek!!!

I have made a diary/filofax/fauxdori to try and keep me organised. I stitched together 2 pieces of fabric with pelmet vilene sandwiched between them. 

I also added eyelets and elastic on the inside.

For the inside I made a double ended plastic wallet. 

I also printed out 4 months worth of diary pages from a great site MyLifeAllInOnePlace, I printed out some scans of my previous work and used those as covers. 

I made another 2 booklet using squared paper, these just have plain red card as covers. on one i stamped 'notes' the other has yet to be named as i don't know what i will use it for. 

I cut down a Kraft folder to make a smaller folder to hold .. well i have no idea, but it seemed like a good idea. 

The last 2 booklets are for 'art on the go' again the covers are scans of previous projects. The giraffe booklet has sketch paper inside whilst the other one has watercolour paper inside. 

Here they are all loaded up. 

I added another piece of elastic that goes around the book to keep it closed, this has a charm added. 

Here it is all finished, i will have this with me every day, keeping me organised. 

Darcy x