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Paperart Originals – Ready for a new home

Years in the making, and hundreds of tiny details in paper, but I’m pleased to have completed my Brighton inspired Seaside Arches.

In a big move forward for me I am, for the first time, offering three paperart originals for sale in my Folksy shop. (Act quick before I change my mind).

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The British seaside inspired this piece. I tried to keep to a limited colour palette, which is tricky as I love colour so much. The steam train is arriving at the seaside where the arches are a tea and ice-cream cafe, a beach paraphernalia shop and a boutique with pretty dresses, hats and handbags. The picture captures a warm sunny day with brightly coloured bunting being tousled by the warm, salty sea breeze.

This time the small white dog Sam is joined by my new little four legged friend, thanks to www.BorrowMyDoggy.com, with both wearing neckerchiefs.

There’s a deckchair and beach towel available for anyone wanting to imagine themself into the pretty seaside scene. Hmmm memories of happy days by the sea.

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This winter scene is influenced by gingerbread houses, ski trips to the Alps and Russia, my love of ice skating and a chocolatier selling from a street booth I spotted in Lisbon. There’s a shift in the scene from Autumn trees into winter and the cosyness of festive lights.

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Going to the seaside is all about breaking away from the norms and city to race eagerly towards the seaside, the East coast of England in this picture, the shores of Lincolnshire and Norfolk. A pretty cottage awaits the family’s arrival with a fun big wheel and ice cream van to cool down after some sunny time on the beach.

People always ask how long the pictures take to make but I’m never counting the hours as I find a happy space in cutting and placing each piece of paper to build the picture. It can be almost meditative. I most like to do this work at the table in our garden but it’s rare for sunny days still enough to work with such tiny pieces of paper; they can so easily be carried by the wind, but those rare days are magical.

More images and detail about these artworks at my Folksy shop.

I’m going to be bringing my paper art skills together with the fabric design techniques I’ve been exploring to create some cut paper fabric designs. There, now I’ve said it here I’ll make it happen. Watch this space and see more at my Instagram feed.

Here’s more about the paper part of my story.

Related posts:

Paper Art Pictures

Animating Paper Pictures

My Life in Paper

Paper Art Time-Lapses

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Heat Press Inspiration

With just a week until my fabric design workshop here’s some inspiration of the lovely things that I’ve created using the techniques I’ll be sharing on Saturday 9th March.

Oo and I have a new recipe (description ) for what I do:

Main ingredient of sunshine, dose of nature’s wonder, spoonful of heartwarming colour, a delight of details and sprinkle of nostalgia – art to uplift.

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The sublimation printing techniques for transferring colour into fabrics have been used in the following projects, you can click on them to learn about them…

Miniature Cheese Plant
Miniature Cheese Plant Made of Satin
Designer Doggy Coat
Cute Designer Dog Coat
Bird and Flower Cushion
Bespoke Bird and Flower Cushion
Passiflora in textiles

Passionflower in Textiles

For even more inspiration take a look at

Sublimation Samples

Sublimation Samples

For all the details of the workshop click here.

To read testimonials from my workshop ‘trial run’ click here.

To book visit the Stitched Up and Fleeced textile studio venue website.

This art workshop is supported by the wonderful, colourful, Sheffield company Colourcraft Ltd.

Have a wonderful week. I’m so looking forward to the workshop, to sharing the lovely techniques and seeing the magic appear on the fabric, and the joy that brings.

Happy Days

Kim

Bird and Flowers Cushion Design

I was asked to make a colourful cushion featuring a bird and flowers with this drawing from a lovely customer:

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I thought about whether I might seek such a fabric design, but I didn’t have the desire to go hunting for a fabric, so I designed my own.

Having found painted designs that the dye colours can mush together I decided to try a collage technique, as developed in some of my favourite work, my paper cut pictures.

I firstly prepared papers by  carefully painting them with transfer dyes then cut and assembled pieces to build a design. I liked the composition on a cute practice design (above), but felt that the colours lacked texture and depth. So I tried wax relief frottage techniques learned at UAL Chelsea and also hand-painted my favourite flowers inspired by our own garden and a visit to the wonderful tulip gardens of Keukenhof and the Botanical Garden in Leiden earlier this year. I challenged myself to limit colours to the wine red, golden yellow and turquoise Colourcraft Transfer Dyes.

I cut shapes and enjoyed assembling these to form the design for the main panel of the cushion.

See the design process in this one minute video…

Earlier posts that relate to this:

Paper-cut Pictures

Inspired Bags

Blackpool Icons Cushion

Life in Paper

I’m creating new things all the time, which I post on my Facebook Page and Instagram. Hope to see you there.

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Ladies’ Loungewear Design Concepts

As part of my design project I explored options for placing my design on looking bye and sleepwear items.

I mocked up in Pixelmator app how the designs might look on a sweatshirt cotton or satin fabric.

The design itself was created using dry point printing in single colours, then layering the three colours digitally. 

My dry point printed and digital design
I love how ththe design looks on this off the shoulder sweatshirt. Comfy and uplifting.
The design would look and feel great for a satin gown/ cover up
My design on a slipper
A lovely design for an eye mask – so the wearer can rest and recharge.
I realised that scaling of a design is important – would love this two set in the design on a light catching satin fabric
I love the design as the colours really resonate with me because of their sunny day associations. I used the design to make covered buttons and a beauty/ tablet bag. 


My online study with Pattern Camp and Make Art That Sells really complemented the practical learning on my UAL Foundation Studies course, which this work was part of. 

Click here for related links and articles:

Inspired bags

Bag Shop Now Open

Inspire by Kim dress

Hand Painted Scarf

I made a scarf by hand painting chiffon using batik and silk painting techniques. 

I love how the wax flows, enabling lovely curly freehand lines. The design includes the sea, the sun, moon, a flowering tree and stars. 

Here’s the process in pictures as in lateral sections, drawing the design with hot wax and a tjanting. 

Helping the wax set with a cool hairdryer, then painting the fabric. 

The hot wax smell reminds me of hours spent waxing skis. 

When the design was completed and had dried I began to iron out the wax between sheets of paper…

The heat also activated the dyes and could see their “true colours shining through” – to quote Cyndi Lauper.

The scarf could be lovely on the beach or sunbed.

I set up a studio photo shoot with model Lucy wearing the scarf. 

I exhibited the scarf in my product range exhibition at The Workstation in Sheffield in June 2017.

Top tips:

  • Create a tester section to trial the techniques and products.
  • Take care with hot wax.
  • Hold at least four thickness folded cartridge paper under the tjanting when moving between the hot wax pot and the fabric. 
  • Use batik stratcher bars.
  • Square and hem the fabric before painting.
  • Cool hairdryer to help the wax set and to dry the 
  • Try using salt, after the wax has dried, to add texture and additional interest to the design. 

Here are related articles:

Exhibition June 2017

Silk Painting Art Challenge

Instagram round up featuring batik wax printing

News – New Shop 

 

Exhibition time

Delighted to be able to show my work after so many hours of intricate work and digging deep creatively. 

Proud to be exhibiting in Sheffield City Centre at The Workstation until 8pm tomorrow as part of Sheffield College’s Design and Visual Art’s end of year show. 

My Ice-cream themed products – beauty bag, shower cap, light-catcher, buttons and hairbands
My product’s displayed as they might be in a retailer

My dress and hand painted scarf
My product range catalogue
The Sheffield newspaper photographer
My project has been to design and create a range of products to inspire and uplift people. I’ll then speak to retailers about stocking my products and will offer bespoke items as unique gift ideas. 

My mascot – the Inspire by Kim bear

See the recent blog posts for related stories and my Folksy shop

Thanks for being here. 

My Artwork Products

New products featuring my most popular artworks are now on sale in my Zazzle shop.

The items are printed on demand which allows for more choice of your order from wherever you are in the world.

To view my shop click here 

Here are just a selection of the products available, designed to brighten days.

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There is a sale on at the moment so although I don’t discount artworks there are discounts on products.

Posts relating to the artworks featured on the products are:

Paper-cut Pictures

Animating Paper-cut Pictures

Part Two – Paper Cut Pictures

Art Challenge 21 – Custom Charger Bag

New Arty Products At My Shop

Emerging From Injury To Produce Art Exhibition

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Art Challenge 37 – Smiling Characters

As its my intention to create art that is uplifting and joyful I wasn’t content with drawing and painting faces that weren’t smiling and happy. In Art Challenge 35 I progressed my ability and understand of creating faces both using paint and digitally. You can see that Art Challenge at this link.

Art Challenge 35 – Creating Characters
I read up and also watched a great YouTube video on how to draw smiling faces and set to painting in my studio, I was determined to crack this challenge. I started with a series of buff circles, which I then left to dry, which I realised was a mistake as then the paint didn’t blend in the same way when I started to add the shadows and highlights and then the features.

As you’ll see some of them were terrible, but as I started to add the detail they started to look at me from the page and sometimes reminded me in some ways of people I have known. I guess as I didn’t have a picture in mind of a face I didn’t know what would emerge. This could have felt scary, and equally sharing these early creations could feel scary but , with the year I’ve had with my knee injury and op, being afraid of something like that, with no danger or physical pain or injury now seems laughable.
  Once I felt the faces were as good as I was going to achieve in that siting I added hair. I do enjoy painting hair, and seem to have a thing about coloured hair as my previous creations show. My husband says it’s something I secretly wish that I had done when was younger, had crazy coloured hair. Hmmmm…. No comment (smiling). (Sorry that they’re upside down).

What I like about my characters hair is that it’s always salon freh and they can have colours that wouldn’t work on real hair and would look awful when it started to grow out. So on with the wild hair. This character was the happiest most human of the bunch and I was pleased with her vibrancy. 
So I put her in a sunny seaside location using a pic I created from a Brighton bandstand.

Then added a mantra – ‘Lean into your joy’ is a message I am both applying for my life just now and am encouraging a great friend to do the same. It’s a great way to increase enjoyment of life and open up new opportunities when you’re not sure which path to follow or what the steps should be.

So having created a smiling character in paint I wanted to create a smiling character digitally. I began the picture yesterday on the Thomson Airways flight back from Ibiza where we had a lovely holiday and I found inspiration in the Hippie Market of Las Dalias. There I met the artist Anima Delfica and couldn’t resist buying a canvas of a mermaid with the underwater sea life, rolling waves and smiling shining sun. I love snorkelling and swimming with the fish so the picture had to come home with me.

When turbulence hit the aircraft I carried on creating as it was a distraction for the passenger next to me who was a little concerned by the bumpiness. A number of my characters have wings and so does this one and again the crazy coloured hair. I added my joy with fish, flowers, love and the sun into the wing detail which then also became part of the design. I do love the Pixelmator app and am finding more and more great features as I learn with it.

It has been suggested to name characters and as the thought came to mind The name Miranda popped yo my head. So here is Miranda. I have just had a look at the name meaning online and it seems appopriate for her.

Miranda – Let Your love shine. . Copyright Kim.
I am enjoying progressing my art and developing my skills. Many thanks for looking, I aim to reach out and uplift and inspire people so please help me share my art if there’s someone who’d enjoy seeing it. Thanks so much.

If you enjoyed this post then you might like to have a look at these related blog posts.

Characters Creation and Portraits

Manga Character

Inspiring Mantra Art

My next challenge us to add travel elements to my artworks. I have travelled a great deal for leisure and also with my work and my firmer career in travel PR.