Crafted from Caravans: The Christmas Collection

IMG_6545_wThe floor, tables and just about every other surface in the studio is currently covered with a fine layer of shredded wool polishing wheels and jeweller’s rouge… I’m also going to have to do a thorough wipe down of all the aluminium filings that didn’t hit the bin beneath…

I’ve been working in a production line over the last two days, making these hanging tree decorations. You may remember my ‘sit and be wind chime’ was made from the sidings of my grandfather’s old caravan – these are too. All are hand cut from the sheet aluminium, cleaned up with wire brush and wet’n’dry sandpaper, hand drilled and hand sawn, hammered, punched, filed and polished. Ok, I did use a Dremel for the polishing.

If you’d like a set, let me know – I will make them to order for £10 each including p&p to UK addresses (international orders extra), so if you’d like them in time for Christmas please order by the end of October.

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Laser Cut Planter Kits now available

Until I’ve got round to setting up a Kickstarter project and found funding for my own laser cutter, I’m having to outsource my laser cutting. For my first laser cut project since college, I thought I’d mass produce some ‘planters’, suitable for the topiary trees I make with polystyrene balls and Craftwork Cards Candi (examples here and here).


The planters are roughly 2 inches square and 2½” high and cut from white faced 2mm thick greyboard. I’ve made sure that they are simple to construct and stiff enough to hold up the tree (or whatever else you choose to put in them). I’m pleased to announce that the kits are now available to purchase for £3.25 (including p&p and an instruction sheet). All you need to add is decoration and a cube of polystyrene to poke your tree into.
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Altered Art: My ‘Sit & Be’ Windchime

I was once asked by a therapist if I could just ‘sit and be’. Back then, it was a concept that made no more sense than someone speaking double dutch. Nowadays, I have come to learn that it is at least something I’d like to aspire to, and am beginning to understand how to. To that end, I have spent some of today in the ‘now’ of creativity, converting the side panels of an old caravan belonging to my grandfather into this decorative all-weather wind chime:

The aluminium came from the caravan panels, and was coated with tar on one side and a thick layer of oxidation and algae on the other.


I used tin snips to cut out my discs, and a piercing saw to cut out the middle sections as well as the individual hanging shapes. A rub back with steel wool and turps, then a beating with a ball pein hammer before punching the text in gives the texture. I used Silks Acrylic to fill the text and add a splash of colour.

The texts are various reminders about taking time out to be still – for me, the reminders are still very much needed!

Papercraft Garden Bench (with Craftwork Cards)

Papercraft Garden BenchWhen I saw the new Window Box Cards from Craftwork Cards, several ideas came to mind… but for a change, others in the Design Team had beaten me to those! As I looked at the cards a little more, this idea formed, and I spent much of the rest of the day making this garden bench, complete with flower filled tug and birthday card with envelope. The bench and embellishments feature the new Scrumptious collection, augmented with Liquid Pearls (Flamingo and Juniper) and Star Dust Stickles.

If you’d like full instructions on how to make your own bench, they are available as a downloadable PDF file, complete with five pages of step-by-step photos and templates, for just £1.25. You will need to purchase the Window Box Cards separately, as these are not included. Click on the button below to purchase, and the download link will be emailed to you:

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Please note: downloads direct to iOS devices (iPad/iPhone) will not work. To see the file on these devices, you will need to download on your desktop and then transfer the file to the device using iTunes.

Please note:
Due to the new EU VAT laws if you are ordering from any part of the EU aside from the UK, please email me to request your copy. I will then manually process your order, so it may take a little longer to receive the link.

Links are only active for 48 hours – please download the file as soon as you can, and then you can refer to it at your leisure. The link is sent to the email associated with the PayPal account you use to pay – please make sure you have access to the email account if you are using someone else’s PayPal.

‘Made In The Image Of God’ Mirror

Made In the Image

I’ve been using the tarmac technique again today, again on a trusty Ikea mirror. This time, I’ve used my Silhouette Cameo to cut shapes and letters from 300gsm card which I’ve stuck down directly to the frame. I kept the waste to use as a stencil later to layer the colours. Both colours are metallic, and much more iridescent in reality than in the picture. Careful masking with the waste layer and touching up with a brush allowed the lettering to be picked out against the main colour. I put an Art Deco style border around the mirror itself just to pick it out a bit more – of course, the viewer will be framed nicely. Add a bit of bitumen, rub back, and the piece is done.

Available to purchase (or order), £25, p&p extra. Please email with your requirements.


Sewing Room Assemblage (for Creative Expressions)

Sewing Room AssemblageI’m glad there’s five Wednesdays in January this year, as it’s given me more time to work on my final project for Creative Expressions using this month’s featured Antique Dressforms stamp set. This sewing room assemblage was fun to put together and features many of my favourite techniques as well as some innovative uses for some of the other CE products. A room-by-room guide follows and a printable worksheet is here. The complete assemblage is available to purchase – contact me for details.

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Fancy a book of tangle patterns?

Encouraged by my recent publication, I have spent most of the last three days typesetting a book with 112 of my tangle patterns in ready for my Zentangle Inspired Art workshop next weekend. I think it’s turned out rather well… which got me to thinking – would anyone else be interested in a copy (especially since several loyal followers have requested such!)?

Here’s a sample page:
_Book_Page_06As you can see, it’s mainly the information already published on my Tangle Pattern Gallery and blogs, but all in one place with a handy cross reference. The patterns are arranged alphabetically, with a gallery/quick reference at the back. There is a CD wallet attached to the back cover to keep tiles in, and is wire bound so that it lies flat when open, and also has room within the wire-o to keep your pen handy. It is A5 in size and printed in full colour, with a total of 66 pages (112 patterns) and stiff glossy cover.

For those requesting an e-version…
I have a formatted PDF version which is designed to print onto A5 paper and get wire bound as well as being useable on most [colour] devices. This is available for £3.50 and payable through a PayPal – you can pay in your own currency subject to PayPal conversion rate. Once payment is complete, you will be emailed a link (active for 48 hours) to the file which you can then download. This will be sent to the email address you use for PayPal. Please do not share the file with anyone else – sharing deprives me of a much-needed income and is against copyright law. Please note that on greyscale screens, e.g. non-colour e-book readers, the formatting means that the book does not show up well.

By clicking on the ‘Buy PDF Now’ button, you acknowledge that you are not entitled to cancel the order or receive a refund (Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 – digital downloads).

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Please note: downloads direct to iOS devices (iPad/iPhone) will not work. To see the file on these devices, you will need to download on your desktop and then transfer the file to the device using iTunes.

IF YOU ARE IN THE EU (non-UK), this e-book will be affected by the new EU VAT rules for digital services. 
This means that from this date if you are in the European Union anywhere but the UK I can only provide you with a hard copy version or a personally sent link. Please request a copy via the ‘all other destinations’ heading below stating whether you would like a hard or download copy.

Hard copy versions:
I’ve done a weigh in and these are the revised (Jan 2016) inclusive hard copy prices (per book) – click on the correct button to purchase your copy.

For UK destinations:
First class: total cost £7.50 UK1st
Recorded delivery: total cost £8.50 UKRec

For US destinations, airmail small packet: total cost US$25 USAir

For all other destinations, please use this link to request your copy/copies – please state your full address include. I will then send you a PayPal money request by email taking into account the postage costs to your country.

There may be a small delay as I am personally printing and binding the books! If you’d like them personalised, then please pop your request in the email!