Painting on laser engraved plywood

Watercolour painting on laser engraved plywood Laser engraving a design onto wood such as plywood, creates a wonderfully crisp image, but more importantly if you want to to add colour, it provides a ready made indented work surface, which helps to contain liquid paint colours to each separate element. Essentially its colouring in, on wood. Types of paint Water based … Read More

How to sew a felt ornament

This tutorial includes a materials list and easy to follow instructions so you can make a padded felt sun ornament. The finished sun measures 9cm in diameter, and is approx 1.5cm thick, and hangs by a length of embroidery thread / floss. If you have bought one of my Happy Sun Sewing Kits, then you will already have all the … Read More

So what is Kumihimo?

Until a few months ago I had never heard of Kumihimo, and now the disks used to practice this ancient Japanese craft are top sellers on my Etsy shop. Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for “gathered threads”. source:Wikipedia I designed and developed my Kumihimo disks after … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Dec 16 2016

Back to botanics Top row: Sketchbook with leaf patterns, birch tree designs, Flemish flower painting inspiration, Moroccan tile design examles in scrapbook.Middle row:¬† Pink chrysanthemum watercolour flower study, on cotton watercolour paper (with reference photos above). Pencil sketch of ivy leaves around a wooden post. Banksia, gum leaves and agapanthus watercolour studies.Bottom row: Holly wreath sketchbook design ideas. Banksai watercolour … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Dec 5 2016

Basically…. a lot of holly! Top row: Hand tinted purple coloured holly lino prints, sketch book – flowers in a china jug (from a photo), holly wreath Christmas card initial design, current sketchbook – digital holly pattern, random holly leaf watercolour sketches. Middle row:¬† Laser cut plywood holly decorations, in process of being decorated. Small holly leaf design watercolour Christmas … Read More

How to assemble my press out laser cut boxes.

If you have bought one of my press out, self assembly  laser cut boxes, chances are you have followed this link for a detailed and illustrated tutorial on how to assemble your box. The boxes, in their component form are laser cut out onto 3mm thick plywood sheets, approx A4 in size, they have assembly instructions written onto the press … Read More

Laser Cut Wooden Pencil Box

I splashed out on some fancy art pencils recently, and designed a bespoke pencil box to keep them in. I made the box out of 3mm birch plywood using our laser cutter.Rather than buying something off the shelf, I wanted to make a lidded box that would be an exact fit for my pencils, so that when all 12 pencils … Read More