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The Tip Field


Many years ago I had an idea for some work based on the life of a field throughout the year. I called it the Tip Field because its a small piece of open land next to the Tip and the sewage works. Sounds delightful doesn't it? The other sides are bordered by river and the railway line to Birmingham. It doesn't really have a name and is just known for the footpath that goes through the middle of it.

If you think about it, the inspiration and possibilities are huge. Think of all that flora and fauna in the field and river and the endless possibility for design from the shapes of buildings and transport infrastructure. 

I began but didn't finish and put the idea on hold as you do. I've been a bit crook lately with a bad back and have been keeping myself occupied as it helps enormously to do arts and crafts as a diversion and therapy. Takes your mind off things. I came across these little books a couple of days ago which were to be part of the project and which were going to be displayed as a "library" in the finished 3D piece. 

So, why not take up where I left off and see how I get on? I'm going to start filling out the books and will add more books too if I manage to fill these 4. I thought some of those atc ones might be cool! 
I'll leave the rest of my ideas for another day. Pace yourself Mrs R!

A larger version done ages ago A1 size on paper - much better than the tiny one above but you can't get the same detail in miniature.

And a bee!


Atc's or artists trading cards are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. 

I recently made a couple of small books using them as hard covers and wanted to make some more for friends but I need to research how you make a hard covered book with a spine. These are all acrylic - subtraction pears and acrylic pours.

In case you were wondering how you do tiny acrylic pours, you use a tiny disposable shot glass! I found I didn't get many cells this time which was a shame - I think the paint was too thick. 

Subtractive pear


The heavy machine stitch and washes behind these crosses make this feel very much like the textile equivalent of subtractive painting.

Subtractive painting is just taking away paint to show the underneath colours. 

I whipped up a quick subtractive pear this morning as there's a lot of gorgeous fruit around to draw and paint as we go into autumn.

A base layer of vibrant pink!

A layer of iridescent bright gold

A very thick layer of Phthalo blue. 

I used a palette knife, kitchen towel, paintbrush and cotton buds to draw into the wet paint. I would have liked more of the pink to show through - I obviously put the gold layer on too thickly.


The Quilt as a Canvas #4 finished.

Well, almost, it still has to have a binding. It's in the series The Quilt as a Canvas and is an experimental piece. It's not for exhibition or anything, just made for the fun of it. It will probably be added to the stash in the garage, but if anyone out there likes it, it is available for a donation to a bowel cancer charity. Email me on bellabow.studio@gmail.com if you want to know more. I thought about £100?? but open to offers.

It comes directly from a sketchbook page from the course that I'm on run by Linda and Laura Kemshall (link at top of this posting) and owes much to them, especially Laura's crosses! I don't normally sell quilts much but thought this might be a way of raising a tiny bit for a charity that I know is close to Laura's heart.

110cms x 90cms 
Cotton own dyed fabrics, heavy machine stitching, paint.

The quilt has now sold. Thank you very much!!! 

This quilt is slightly experimental. It's a translation of a sketchbook page into a quilt.

Here's the sketchbook page:

Here's some detailed shots.

Progress on quilt from sketchbook

This is proving to be a fun and relatively quick way to work.

The sketchbook work on which this is based is from a course I'm doing with Linda and Laura Kemshall, and naturally shares their techniques and some of their ideas!

Without giving too much away, Laura recently used a water soluble wax crayon to add definition to a sketchbook page involving crosses - similar to the ones you see on my page. I've translated this into the fabric techniques you see below, so in fairness I must acknowledge Laura's contribution to the look!!

The quilt as a canvas - series continues.

I was in the mood to do some sewing today, but my wardrobe is full to busting with home made clothes. I love this new found hobby but just at the moment don't need anything new.

Of course, there's always the quilting thing!! I have made a few quilts in the series The Quilt As A Canvas, and thought I'd do a quick make based on a recent sketchbook page. There is the possibility of making all the pages I've done so far!

 Finding a bit of white cotton from my stash.

Adding to the pile with this bit of screen printed fabric using thickened procion dyes loosely based on the theme of ammonites.

A bit of a quotation from Wendell Berry.

 So far, this afternoon's progress.

In My Dreams I Am Not 65

Original portrait in sketchbook using rubbed out graphite. Working back into it with collage of printed tissue papers, gesso, monoprint using Caligo ink, and wash using acrylic fast flow paints.