Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Warming up

I have started some painting. I thought a still life study of these jugs (which DMTV viewers will be familiar with), would be a good warm up. Here's how it's shaping up so far...


Using a photo on my iPad for reference I've painted the board with a mid toned ground.


Next I've sketched the two jugs in roughly to establish where things are.


Starting to add some paint...









Golden acrylic paints and mediums on a canvas board.

Thanks for dropping by,
Laura
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Sunday, 14 December 2014

You know you're ill when...

I know I'm ill when...

a haul like this is delivered and I can barely summon the energy to unwrap the parcel let alone take the tops off the tubs!



Amelie, Mom and I are all laid low with a virus. It's a rotten time to be ill, there's too much to do with work, the house renovations are at a critical stage when decisions need to be made with a clear head, and after all the holidays are just around the corner. I'm fed up with it all so have decided to be better tomorrow come what may, let's hope my thick head and painful throat and chest get the memo.

Why all the new paint? Well it's my headstart on a New Year's Resolution to get better at painting.


Luckily Amelie seemed to be feeling a bit better this morning and did some drawing. She said it was a picture of Daddy! Look how beautifully she's holding the pen though, not bad for 2 years and a bit. And yes, it's a Sharpie; no matter how many children's crayons and washable pens I offer, it always has to be the permanent marker.

Thanks for dropping by. Hopefully I'll be back to full speed very soon.
Laura
xx

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Preparations

It's all about getting ready round here at the moment, preparing fabrics for Christmas orders, renovations on the pavilion for my workshops next year and gearing up for a new series of work that's simmering away and seriously needs to be begun.


I love wrapping presents and packing up customer orders for Christmas feels a lot like that. It's lovely to know our fabric that's printed here in Shropshire is finding its way all around the world. The "We Print You Colour" printed colouring book style napkins have been one of our best sellers. There's still time left to order if you'd like some for your table this Christmas. We also have the fabric as tablecloths and runners so if that suits you better just email me to order.


Meanwhile, work continues on the pavilion. We've been so lucky with the weather and although it's very cold now, the sun is shining so progress is happening with leaps and bounds. While I'm very sorry to see some of the lovely painted surfaces going, it's satisfying to know we're breathing life back into this old building that was rapidly slipping into a pile! This weekend the insulation will be added so it'll be all snug and cosy. 


The room's got a lovely airy feel and even Linda's tempted to offer some workshops here next year. I'll keep you posted on that just as soon as I can pin her down on some dates.


The carpenters have been doing an excellent job on gathering up the bronze/copper nails for me. One little tubful has grown into a bucketful. I'm not sure I need quite that many, but I daren't say anything now they've taken the time to pick them out! I'm really excited that part of this house will be finding its way into my work. I do love it here. 

Thanks for dropping by,
Laura
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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Stickin'

We've been having fun with all sorts of toddler friendly Christmas activities this week. Normally I like to have nothing to do with Christmas until a couple of days before, but with a little one in the house all that has changed! Today we made foamy Gingerbread House photo frames courtesy of Baker Ross - thanks guys! 


The kit is really suitable for children aged 3 and over, but Amelie's used to doing lots of arts and crafts and of course, she's closely supervised at all times.


I'm biased, but her little fingers trying to peel the self adhesive foam shapes from the backing paper are so cute!


A two-year old's idea of composition doesn't quite match the instructions, but hey, we went with the flow.

And the results are added to the display on her gallery wall which is growing daily. We might have to send out for more glitter and glue...


Thanks for visiting,
Laura
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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Painting practise

You know what they say, that 'practise makes perfect'. It's so true, the more you do of something, inevitably, the better you get. I can even see it in Amelie's painting, she's much more confident with using the brush and makes lovely marks rather than scrubbing at the page. We had a fun 15 minutes this afternoon armed with pots of paint, a brush and a patterned rolling pin!






Amelie used Washable Paint by Crayola.

Thanks for dropping by today, I'll be back soon.
bye for now,
Laura
x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Chiffon Scarves

One of our most popular fabrics for custom printing here at Fingerprint is silk chiffon, and no wonder, it's just gorgeous for scarves. It's fine, has beautiful drape and you can achieve a brilliant quality of print on it as it's so smooth and closely woven.

We are delighted to print for L Mason Scarves. I just love these...


You can see more images and other collections on the L Mason Scarves website. Here's a link http://www.lmasonscarves.co.uk
There's no online shop at the moment, but if you'd be interested in purchasing a scarf you can always email for more details: lmasondesign@hotmail.com

If you're interested in having your designs printed to chiffon scarves just drop me a line any time.

Bye for now,
Laura
x


Friday, 21 November 2014

Infinity Scarf

I've been designing some new items for Fingerprint and this is the first I have to show you - the Infinity Scarf. I've been wearing mine non-stop since I made it, it's just so warm and cosy and perfect for these chillier days. I don't like to wear wool, so this soft and smooth cotton lawn is a great alternative.

This version is printed with 'The Message', a print design that Linda came up with. It was originally a page of block printing in her sketchbook made with black and metallic gold acrylic paint with washes of vibrant red and pink over the top. We simply scanned the page, cropped the sections we wanted and saved the file ready for printing.


The Infinity Scarf is sewn as a long loop which makes it so easy to wear. I like to double it up, but you could also wear it as a single loop too.


The Infinity Scarves are available to order in our shop now. Here's a link to the page:


The cotton lawn is an off-white colour, and we can print it with any design from the Fingerprint fabric range, or of course, your own design. Either way, it's the same price, printed, sewn and posted to you (anywhere in the world) for £29.


So you'd like to have your own design printed? What will work well? Perhaps you've got artwork in your sketchbook, you can pop it on your scanner or take a photo and send that over. Digital photos of favourite landscapes, seaside views, trees, cityscapes, all could work beautifully. Really anything goes and if you're not sure you can always send your images over and I'll take a look and advise.


Thanks for visiting today. 
Laura
x






Friday, 14 November 2014

Fingerprint Fabric Collection

I have been pressing and cutting our digitally printed fabrics today. As they were all laid out on the cutting table they looked so lovely together, I thought it was daft not to put them together as a collection.


I've chosen 20 of our designs which all have gorgeous warm colour palettes and accented with a few cooler blues and purples.


The collection is available to buy in the Fingerprint Store and will save you 10% on the individual fabric prices. Oh and don't forget, we're still offering free worldwide postage for a short while longer so it's a great time to shop, particularly if you're outside the UK.


Here are all 20 designs. Hope you'll agree it's a great way to boost your stash with some unique fabrics you won't find anywhere else! What will you make with yours?

Laura
x

Thursday, 13 November 2014

New on DMTV


Linda and I aim to have a real mix of subjects for our DMTV video workshops. This week it was my turn in the hot seat and I thought it was about time we had small stitchy project that could be completed just in time for the Christmas. Well the theory was that these 'Motto Cushions' would make great gifts, but having stitched two and being part way through a third, I'm not sure I want to part with them!



In the video workshop I'll guide you through the steps to make one of your own. You'll find this video along with over 30 others available to watch anytime. A 3-month taster subscription is just £25 and we add a new video each week so there's always something new to watch. There's more info on the website, here's a link: http://www.lindakemshall.com/DesignMattersTV.html.


Meanwhile, outside the roofers are here and the old wooden shingles are very quickly being stripped off the roof. Please keep your fingers crossed for a dry-ish day (I think that's all we can hope for in November!). The shingles were fixed on with what look like copper nails. I've given them a bucket and told them I want to keep the nails. They think I'm bonkers.

Thanks for visiting the blog today,
Laura
x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

fun in the studio

In the latest Through Our Hands magazine (which you can read for free here), Linda and I wrote an article about why it's important to draw. I love to draw and I think that comes from never losing the childhood enjoyment of drawing and art in general. I'm determined that Amelie will be exposed to as many artistic and creative experiences as possible. Of course while she's still just 2 it very quickly degenerates into chaos, but she loves it and so do I...



After some lovely work with a paintbrush, we did some sponge printing.


Meanwhile, just out of range of the flicked paint, I've been stitching and stitching on this little bejewelled number. It's for a video workshop that'll go live on DMTV this week, come back Thursday and I'll show you how it turned out!


Thanks for visiting,
Love Laura
x


Friday, 7 November 2014

More items in the Studio Sale

I've added a few more items to my Studio Sale. You can see them in more detail by clicking the tab at the top of the page, but here's a quick overview of what I have for sale at the moment.

Thank you so much for looking and of course, special thanks if you make a purchase. As an artist there's nothing nicer than knowing someone likes your work enough to give it house room! If you need more info about anything you see, just email.


Landscape and Pattern #1, £160 inc. shipping


Landscape and Pattern #2, £160 inc. shipping


Landscape and Pattern #3, Sold

Work for sale

I realised that I never properly showed this piece after completing it. It's one of a series of three. Much as I love them, it's time to offer them for sale.

'Landscape and Pattern #1', 2014, 

60cm x 42cm x 4cm
Mounted on box canvas and ready to hang

£160, including shipping (worldwide).


If you'd like to give this piece a new home just in time for Christmas please email to reserve. laurakemshall@gmail.com


There are many techniques used in this piece including: frottage, block print, digital print and free machine quilting.





Thank you for visiting,
Laura
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