Jackie here, when our children were young we often went to the same place on holiday each year, but we always chose a different house or flat to stay in, it was an exciting part of the holiday on first arriving to imagine oneself in this new home and to explore its nooks and crannies. We once stayed in a house which had all the personal affects in place; I imagine a family were letting out a dead relative’s home, a bit spooky. Very memorable is a house we rented in the middle of a farmyard in The Lake District, we were in a valley surrounded by mountains. One feature of the house and surrounding barns was the dried stone walls and the varied colours of the stones. These are a few sketches I made:
I tried to interpret the varied colours in paper by weaving strips, and in acrylics.
Later I painted and stitched an interpretation. Please click on the image to see more of the detail.
Closer at home I looked round my little studio to see if there was any inspiration for the theme at hand, sure enough, for a long time overlooked, there was my covered shoe box which holds most of my pens and pencils.
Using either stamps carved from lino or soft sculpt, or commercial stamps, you can make your own pattern on fabric using either acrylics or fabric paints, perhaps using a dimensional marker to add detail and then cover a found box.
It’s always nice to have items in your own hideaway which you have personalized.
Over on my blog here I am continuing this theme in stitch, please hop over.