Those of us who know Joan look forward to Birthdays and Christmas when we receive her beautifully hand crafted cards. She is a very talented artist having at one time worked at a commercial art studio, illustrated many of the dust jackets for the welsh publishing company ‘Llyfrau’r Dryw’ and been a teacher. Joan is originally from South Wales born and brought up in The Ogmore Valley and living in Swansea for many years. Joan came to live to Rhiw with her husband David in 1987. We have here examples of Joan’s work which are to be published in a book next year, she has already had many articles published in various craft magazines.. Another of her interests is photography and she has been President of The Welsh Photographic Federation and quite frequently judges portfolios for Swansea Photographic Society.
Create your own "Spirit of the Rainbow"
In addition to basic equipment you will need. Coloured
rainbow paper for backing, felt tips, damp brush,
coloured pencils, fine pen with sepia ink, gold
gold ink or paint. Start
with the fairy herself Draw
face, arms, hands and hair
with sepia ink. Indicate the
general outline of her
with a white pencil. On
reverse of parchment, colour face, arms and hands with
Turn parchment right side up and colour and
shade these areas.
Once again working on reverse and using felt
tips, colour the
dress in rainbow bands. Blend edges
of colours with damp
as per illustration and add a scattering of estralina
shaft of wand. On right side of parchment, paint hair gold. Perforate
and emboss wings using a multi-coloured pencil for a
of colour. Fix
to easy grid and perforate border leaving spaces where needed.. Emboss and cut
using peel-offs and some spare parchment, cut
out and colour butterflies.
Glue these together with some
to form a cascade from her wand.
"Spirit of the Rainbow Template"
These instructions apply to all designs so that each
design will just show its own additional
Where there is a central design with a grid-work
the central section first. This makes it easier
fitting the grid-work around it.
For the gridwork itself, fix the parchment to the easy grid
a fine i" sequin pin at each corner.
3. I have used a single needle tool (PCA Unibold) for
all gridwork; it's quicker than trying
fit multi-needle tools. Please remember that the diagrams are for lay-out purposes only....use the Grid!
4. All colouring (unless otherwise stated) is done on
5. Don't panic if you have made an error or two in your
what can't be corrected can be
6. Faces.....the stumbling block for many a good
of these designs has a face large enough to
a lot of detail. Just a suggestion is far better.
golden rule is to avoid drawing heavy outlines UNDER the eyes.
favour a hard rubber mat for embossing; the
tears less easily.
using the paintbrush for blending felt tips,
the minimum amount of water and have a tissue
10. This is the most important guideline of all! Try not to stick too slavishly to these designs. Introduce some of your own individuality. We all see things in different ways. Enjoy yourselves and give your imagination free rein.
You will notice that nowhere do I use the word 'trace'. The diagrams can be traced if you wish but there is a great deal of enjoyment to be had from trying to draw the shapes yourself.
This is a list
of all the equipment I used to produce
designs. You will have your own
Fine sequin pins
Assorted perforating tools
Assorted embossing tools
Felt tipped pens
Soft eraser Glue (Super Glue is quick
A damp paintbrush (for blending felt tips)
Fine pens - Rotring pens are ideal if you find using
Parchment scissors or snips
design will need :-Parchment, easy grid, single needle tool, large, medium and
small embossing tools, fine pins and scissors or
These are not
listed for each design as they can be taken
granted! Only additions or
variations are listed.
SUPPLIERS All the materials used in producing these designs is obtainable
Centagraph of Harrogate and Craft Creations of Cheshunt.
Both offer an excellent mail order service.
We would like to thank Joan for lending us her wonderful collection of cards, which only a small selection we have managed to published here.
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