What’s on my workbench?

Never mind what’s on my workbench, what isn’t on it?!

My little fingers are in a lot of pies at the moment (so to speak), but with so many projects on the go, I have nothing finished to share. However, fear not! I’m here to update you on a few of my works in progress, which will hopefully be finished next time I check in. They are mostly personal projects which I grab an hour on here and there, but I also have a really exciting paper cut commission which is taking priority over my time in February.

Paper cutting art

This little snippet hopefully gives you an idea of the level of detail and intricacy of this paper cutting art work. It is an A4 piece depicting memories from an over-landing journey which the client took in their Land Rover across Europe and Asia. I was thrilled to be commissioned to do this piece as I have been wanting to try my hand at a montage like this for a while, but just haven’t found the inspiration anywhere!

paper cutting art

I’m pleased to say that it is turning out even better than I expected and each time I pick up my knife, I’m excited to cut away and reveal more of the journey.

Handmade jewellery

The next thing I’m working on is a selection of pins, fridge magnets and earrings to sell. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to make more of my Etsy shop, so when I’ve perfected these, that’s where you’ll be able to find them! Besides the pieces themselves, I’ve been working on packaging so that they look their best when I send them out.

shrink plastic pins

Layered watercolour

I wrote about this next project in my last post. It’s going to be a layered watercolour painting showing a queue of people lining up along a street of shops. I’ve started drawing out the shops, but there are a couple more to go, and more detail needs adding before I start painting. Unusually for me, I’ve already bought the frame for this one, so it’s made to fit, rather than the other way round.

layered watercolour painting

Daily sketches

This month, I’ve also been working in doing a drawing a day. I thought it would be fun to see my whole month laid out on a single piece of paper. I’ve got a few plans for this once it’s finished: I’m thinking of scanning it in so I can colour it digitally or make a colouring page out of it, and I might paint it in watercolour. It all depends on the time and motivation I have in March!

Draw every day

#InCoWriMo

Finally, I’m sort of taking part in #InCoWriMo (that’s International Correspondence Writing Month for the uninitiated!). The idea is to send out a letter a day throughout the month of February, to anyone you like. What with looking after the little Munchkin, decorating our hall, working on commissions and finding time for personal projects, I knew that that would be impossible for me, so I decided to send out four letters, one per week, to four ‘volunteers’ from my Facebook page. I popped this first one in the post yesterday (OK, I know I’m a little behind schedule!) so it’s hopefully winging its way across the world to Queensland, Australia as we speak!

I couldn’t help prettying it up, so I included some little sketches, a small original watercolour and a colouring page too.

I want to make the contents of each letter different, so check back to see what I send the rest of the month’s recipients!

#InCoWriMo International Correspondence Writing Month

And that, my friends, is that! See you again soon, hopefully with some finished projects! In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

I’m sharing this post on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour, Paint Party Friday and Blue Chair Diary Illustrations!

12 thoughts on “What’s on my workbench?

  1. Wow! how are you finding all the time. You really are busy and what amazing things you are doing. That papercut is amazing!!!!
    Love your layered illustration, can’t wait to see it all finished.

    xxx

  2. I love your cutwork! And, daily drawing will change your life! Love what you’ve done – and keep with it, long after the month is over. You’ll NEVER be sorry! I’ve finished a painting or drawing every day for the last 1494 days, and it has changed my life! :)

  3. thankyou for visiting my blog..wow you must have some patience with that paper cutting and how admirable. I like your jewellery and watercolour detail too have a nice weekend

  4. Wowza, that paper cut is outstanding.
    Well done for getting the frame sorted first for your watercolour. I’m terrible at the whole “here’s something I’ve created now what am I going to fit it into?” thing.
    You sound super busy, I’m so impressed.

  5. Always admire your art work and the paper cut is fabulous.

    Used to love to write letters sadly my hands do not work as well now and find it hurst after a while, a lovely idea though

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