Friday, 3 March 2017

Frosty Midnight Garden Canvas - Powertex Mixed Media


This is actually an unfinished piece of work drawing from my Level 3 Powertex training last month. I had got to the stage of my mixed media piece where it just needs some paints and metallic, having already done all my dry brushing. I loved the frosty look of it, and all the delicious grainy textural shapes emerging, so I though I'd photograph it at this stage as well as when it's complete. Can you imagine this amazing mixed media effect on notebooks and jewellery boxes?! Anyway, enjoy the photos , I'll be back with more when it's done :)



Patchwork Teacup Cushion

We've been having a busy time here at Samantha Braund Arts, tackling all kinds of media! This is my latest textile piece, a patchwork teacup cushion for my mother's birthday. She was very much the inspiration behind the theme as she loves her tea lol. I went with cosy English cottagey style cotton fabrics, and created stencils for the cups and mugs from my own drawings. Each block contained multiple different textures, and I particularly love the linen-esque fabric for the labels. I also incorporated textile painting - translucent watercolour style to add shading and depth to the cups, then the opaque hearts stamped onto the labels. I am totally in love with patchwork, and we all enjoyed picking our favourite cup/mug :) 

                                            The Patchwork Cushion with the Exotic Fish Tote Bag :)

I hope you love them!!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Exotic Fish Collage Tote Bag

This passion project is a gift for my best friend who loves all things girly and loves tropical fish...It was my first textile collage and included handpainted, block printed and stamped elements. I had so much fun making it and even made rustic bag charms and matching buttons. The main bag is constructed from cream linen, with viscose and cotton embellishments fee motion embroidered on top. I included multicolour piping using bits from all my painted fabrics, and added a recessed zip on the bag, which was a brand new technique for me!!  I hope you love it too, enjoy the photos


Monday, 23 January 2017

Textile Work in Progress January 2017

                                                                 Shimmering Butterflies

I'm enjoying 2017 very much so far - probably because I've been finding comfort behind Kiki the sewing machine. Playing on the sewing machine is up there with doodling now, as my go to de- stressing activity.

I even feel more relaxed with textile work, when it comes to experimenting with various techniques . The Shimmering Butterflies piece for example, was very challenging but fun. It is inspired by an Angie Hughes you tube video, and focuses on free motion embroidery over foils. The result is very rich and luxurious with plenty of bead and metallic thread embellishments for good measure. The close up images are sheer eye candy too

Below is work in progress using painted and printed cloth. I worked on the surface design of the cotton material first, creating a nice pile of beautiful prints to play with. I am in the process of composing a seascape as a collage setting for exotic fish (made from the painted fabrics) . I will be free motion embroidering and embellishing the piece and intend to us it to make a Tote bag... I will post progress pics on here

The other cool thing I was able to do was to make personalised bookmarks for family members. The strips of painted fabric looked amazing offset by the plush felt borders.

I will leave this post here, with plenty of close up photo shots of all this work for you to peruse through

Bye for now xx

                                                                            Exotic Fish Collage

                                                                        Personalised Bookmarks


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Powertex Workshops

Powertex Blossoms Workshop
 Creative upcycling to create blossoms from an old bed sheet, bean bag refill and the all important Powertex products. The Seasonal Pots were created from an old jam jar and some scraps of fabric !!
Seasonal Pots - Spring and Winter
 I only completed my Level 1 and 2 Powertex training in September, and have already started to come up with some plausible workshop projects :)  I am actually very excited to become a tutor in these techniques with this amazing medium... I know I have a long way to go and still have a vault full of ideas to turn into fun workshops, so I'll be pretty busy leading up to Xmas. My next level training will be early next year too, so it is all go in the Powertex World for me (yay!)

I have added a page on this site which will detail specific workshops and will eventually link to available dates etc . I will be continually adding to this page so keep an eye out if you're based in the Leicester area :)  I also have a new contact page you can reach us on too here

It has also been a bonus belonging to this new group of upcoming tutors and mixed media specialists with similar creative appetites to myself - very refreshing to be around. I'm really looking forward to the next training session and teaching more (I have a feeling it could get quite addictive)

A happy course attendee with her freshly completed pot .....

Red Poppy

Teal Poppy 


Catching Up On My Paintings 2015/16

Mehendi Mist

I made a real creative breakthrough in my painting over the last 12 months or so. I am starting to move away from a more illustrative style and am embracing impasto techniques to create some really expressive work. I will always go back to painting , however my love of 3D Mixed Media and sculpture has taken over presently :)

Kristen's Eye

Quiet Storm


Catching Up On My Sewing Projects 2015/16

 I realised that in between hospital visits and real life, that I had not been documenting my creative journey on this site. I bought my first sewing machine this time last year and took to it like a fish to water! I fell in love with free motion embroidery, and even transferred my own artwork onto cotton and enhanced them with stitching. One of my favourite projects involved making Kindle cases from these combined pieces, below is the Robins, and the Owl painting "Let's Huddle" on cases. The other snaps are again examples of free motion embroidery on a purse, and 3d butterflies :)





I have also embarked on some fancy experimentation with hot foiling and organza, which I will post here soon :)
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