Best Books for Hand Embroidery

Looking for a creative activity that is affordable, portable and endlessly open to creative interpretation? Look no further than Hand Embroidery. There is so much to explore in terms of design, stitch and colour. Here's a selection of books on my personal stitch shelf that cover the basics and beyond.
First up is the The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden. Recommended for stitchers who have dipped into the threads and needles of hand embroidery but need more information and guidance, this is a small (portable!) coil bound book that is very easy to use. The stitches are divided into sections - One for "Stitches for Fabric" with 'type' subheadings - Line stitches, Chain stitches, Blanket stitches, Crossed stitches, etc. and a section for "Stitches on Canvas" with type subheadings. Also included are guidelines for counted thread, freestyle and canvaswork along with detailed instructions and descriptions for finishing. All you need.

Drawing and Painting: A Girl and a Bird

Recent days have found me immersed in drawing, sketching and painting - playing with materials from pencil and markers to watercolor and acrylic paints. The subject matter - a girl and a bird.

Flowers in the Breeze Blossoms Painting

Gently bending in the breeze, these wildflowers are standing tall. Inspired by the beautiful poppy, this flower painting is created in acrylic on wood, a reminder of quiet moments and the gentleness of a breeze.

A Girl and a Bird Art Journal Painting

In my art journal practice recently I've been drawing girls, something I have only dabbled in previously. But more and more I'm drawn to the endless complexities of faces. In this painting, a purple haired girl is making a new friend, a little red bird.

The prompt for this art journal painting was paint like an 8 year old. So in that child-like mindset, I began by limiting my palette of colours. I kept the brush strokes loose and strove to not over-do details. I also limited my time to keep the painting from becoming overworked.

Review: Best Books for Exploring Art Collage

Welcome to a new regular series - book reviews of books I own and recommend.
As a self-taught artist books have been enlightening, inspiring and educational for me. I've read dozens and dozens over the years and I can't wait to share them. Yay!
I had to start where my art journey first blossomed - Collage, which is formally defined as:

noun: 1. a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope.

Spoiler Alert: It's just paper and glue. Simple. Anyone can do it.
Let's start with the book that started me on that glue and paint covered art journey.
New Creative Collage Techniques by Nita Leland, is an updated and expanded version of the amazing inspiring original Creative Collage Techniques (my copy has dogged ears and more than a few glue stains). This book is an exciting gateway into Collage (it was for me), with step-by step instructions and demos to help you dive right in.

Folk Art Paintings: Cats, Birds and a Snow Leopard

Cats are the theme for three new miniature Folk Art paintings. First up is a turquoise striped cat having a visit with a flock of green birds. In Making New Friends, the birds are feeling quite comfortable around their new feline acquaintance.

Painted in a loose, informal, whimsical style, each painting is created in acrylic on heavy artist's paper. All 3 are Art Card or ACEO* sized.

Two Folk Art Cats ACEO ATC Paintings

This is Sooty Cat with Ball of Yarn, one of two new miniature paintings with a Folk Art flair. Sooty cat is dark grey with mischievous green eyes. He's up to no good and totally okay with that.

Two Ways to Create a Mixed Media Painting

This Manakin bird painting was created with the idea of the bird first, beginning with an outline of the bird shape. Layer upon layer of the mixed media piece was built from there. The colours and texture (including crinkled tissue paper) were added in stages while the details of the bird were continually enhanced.

Sewing More Fabric Bird Brooches

Three new bird brooches stitched with colourful variegated threads. Imagine these birds pinned to a bag, jacket or shirt. They make a statement at 2.5 to 2.75 inches long. Confession - sewing these tiny fabric treasures is way too much fun.

Enhancing an Art Journal Drawing with Photoshop

Playing around with an art journal drawing and photoshop, effects can be quickly added, enhancing the overall look. This portrait of Violet, a green eyed girl, has a grainy filter applied that adds a cool texture.

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