Thursday, 16 February 2012

Fabric and Paints

I decided that a simple presentation was the way to go with my fabric brooches and I used a hessian lined basket. I recycled cardboard from various food packaging and drew around a drinks coaster to get the rounded edges.  I didn't use safety pins on the back after all as they were very sharp so I went for standard brooch backs.

As these brooches will hopefully be sold at the farm with proceeds going to the community vineyard project, I wanted them to look rustic and a little folksy.  Whether people will buy them is yet to be known!

Not content with just playing with fabric, I decided to play with my watercolour paints too.  I just applied a wash of plain water to watercolour paper and let the paints do 'their thing'.  I didn't particularly like what I did so I used a viewfinder (just a card with an aperture) to find the most pleasing images, and then I drew around the inside of the viewfinder and cut the images out.  Watercolour paints are so unpredictable but if you just go with the flow they can produce some interesting results.


  1. Your brooches are very pretty and personally I think the 'rustic' look suits them perfectly and speaking of hessian, I'm having a little giveaway if you want to pop across x

  2. Lovely Brooches
    What are you going to do with the little water colour cards?
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

  3. Your brooch presentation is ust right, Simone.
    And love the idea of using the view finder. I was introduced to that concept in an art class in college and have forgotten how useful it is. Thanks for reminding me.

  4. The brooches are lovely! Watercolour painting - happy accidents is how I describe what happens. I really must get mine out and play.

  5. Your brooches are gorgeous Simone and I think the cards suit them perfectly! They'll be snapped up!
    I love the watercolours especially the blues. :)
    V x

  6. I like the way you have presented your pretty brooches, Simone. They look just right on the cards and against the hessian background:)

  7. Love your brooch presentation - using the word 'recycled' is brilliant and the brooches look so pretty on the cards! Good luck with them!
    And I do love what watercolors can do when allowed to go their own way. Lovely!!

  8. Well done, the mounting of the brooches is spot on! I hope you sell plenty for your vinyard project.

  9. They look great, good for you. Have a good weekend.

  10. Well done on such gorgeous creations! The presentation is perfect and I love the rubber stamped words, such a great idea! I'm sure they will all soon sell. Have a great weekend, Simone.
    Helen x

  11. Simone, good evening to you! I love your brooches. The colours marry so well together and I have a thing about stamped words. My children have a pretty tin full of alphabet stamps which I am dying to use for some creative project.

    You did a beautiful job here!


  12. i love the colours in this post ❤

    the brooches are adorable!

    thank you so much for the kind words you left on my blog. i have been missing you (as my favourite and oldest (in blog years) bloggy friend).
    i do hope to return soon.
    i'm thankfully beginning now to recover both physically and emotionally.
    the past year has been very tough, for you and i. thankfully spring is on the horizon and we can at last look forward.
    i wish that the coming months will bring, you much warmth and happiness xxx


  13. You've definitely got an 'eye'for what works. How clever you are!


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