Friday, 8 February 2013

A Cot, a Cushion and a Painting

I thought I'd show you my recent creative doings. This was an old doll's cot that I've had in the family for years, so long I can't remember where it came from! It was old, worn and not particularly attractive to look at so I've given it a new lease of life because I wanted to give it to my daughter for her daughter. I made a little crocheted blanket to match it too. The flower decorations had to be painted in a material that would sit on top of the white gloss paint, so I used ordinary artist oil paints. They took a few days to dry but worked perfectly and seem quite hard wearing now it's all dry.


 I've finished the rainbow coloured cushion cover I was knitting. The fastening was easy, just a line of buttons to do it up, no fiddly zips to sew in. I've tried the 'fold over method' before and I found it wouldn't stay the right shape. The cushion would be constantly trying to make a break for freedom! This way the buttons keep the edges together quite well.

And I'm painting.


I don't think I've ever painted houses on canvas with acrylic before but I wanted to give it a go. I started by breaking up the surface of the canvas with pieces of fabric and torn paper. I then drew the row of houses on and made a sort of landscapey scene around them. It's roughly based on the houses in Dartmouth but who knows where this painting will go, I could paint over the whole lot! You'll just have to wait and see. ;)



11 comments:

Lisa Graham Art said...

Love your colorful creations...and I can't wait to see where your house painting goes! It has a lot of charm already.

Jess said...

Thankyou Lisa, it needs a boost of more colour, working on it again in a minute! :)

Robin Larkspur said...

Oh, my the little doll bed and blanky! so sweet, and beautiful colors! Your little granddaughter will have so much fun!
I love the house painting, with the fabric and paper tucked in. Definitely want to see how you carry on with it!! Take care!

renilde said...

my favorite works of yours are the bigger ones on canvas,already love the colors and the movement you brought into this one,

the doll's cot , how very sweet, xx

Kyra Wilson said...

Boy, you've got all sorts of projects cooking along! :)

Cameron said...

Love all the color in your joyful creations! So glad you are keeping busy and finishing projects you've set your mind to. That is always a welcome feeling :)

Tammie Lee said...

everything is quite charming and will be lovely in everyone's home. I bet your granddaughter will enjoy the crib!

Introverted Art said...

oh Jess so beautiful. Would I love that!

rossichka said...

It's so interesting to follow your steps in painting!...
I find the knitted cushion cover beautiful and charming!I have many "knitting" years behind my back (sweaters, kardigans, shawls, hats, even a costume!), but I'haven't been active in the last several years. I promised my son a new sweater, so we are searching the "right" colour now!

After reading this post, I think I'll knit a pillow cover, too - you inspired me, Jessie! Thank you!:-)

Veronique said...

Wow! You are super busy! Beautiful cot and blanket. Fun cushion too! and I can not wait to see what the next step for the new painting...

Kim Mailhot said...

Such beautiful colorful treasures you are creating. By the way, I love your purple wall ! ;-)
Happy Monday !