Bleach Drawing: Flower of Life Sweater

Having done my first flower of Life sweater with the embroidery technique Sashiko, Thought I would try my hand at bleach drawing with the flower of life design on denim. Rather than buying bleach pens I tried a diy one by using an old dried out pen taking out the inner part and soaking this in bleach, There you go! you have a “bleach pen”. I did still want to have a little embroidery on the design so I just highlighted one of the flowers. I Will definitely try bleach drawing again soon!Monique b1

Sweater modeled by my beautiful daughter Monique can be purchased from my up and coming Etsy store TheBrightLite.




There are so many different methods of needlecraft and whilst trying to pick up some new skills I came across the Japanese sewing technique Sashiko which translates to”little stabs”

Here’s my first attempt…wp-1459623389509.jpeg

I decided on The Flower of Life design which I then added to a sweater for my boyfriend.

He may not look like it but I think he was a little impressed!


Mosaic Birds

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I very rarely consider doing anything animal based so this Mosaic is a first for me. I went to a local stained glass business and brought some amazing colours to experiment with.

I find working on mesh rather than directly onto the chosen surface  gives me the option of where it will be placed. 2015-11-10 15.01.50

This is the finished bird design, I have taken inspiration from Mexican folk art..Now I need the slate!




Life Drawing

I do a multitude of different crafts and I thought it was time to revisit my true love.. Art! especially life drawing.  I love the quickness in which you have to work due to having a model and the tones cast from natural light, Everyone’s interpretation is unique.

These were produced a while back but having looked on these pictures with fresh eyes I am excited at the thought of producing some new work so watch this space.


Charcoal and Pastel

water colour nude

Water Colour

brown umber cycle

Brown Umber Water Colour

bicycle final

Conte Crayon and Pastel

long curly hair

Conte Crayon

charcoal sitting


charcoal jeans pic


House Number

After making my own House Number I was asked to make my first commission piece this was a little daunting initially, I really felt the pressure of wanting to do my best and please the customer. So I set about buying the glass with a brief of a simplistic design of natural glass Roman Numerals on slate.


The chosen glass that I purchased online was alot darker in colour than I had hoped for so I literally had to select the lighter areas of the glass.

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I find working on mesh a good way to work and it allows for mistakes rather than working directly onto the slate.

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A Happy customer! Goes quite well with the style of house I think?




Well yet another craft! and I must say it is quite addictive! I have learned some amazing skills from the talented Mosaic Artist Sophie Robbins based at Textile Workshop Nottingham. I have used my earlier felting project for influence and I think that for future projects I will experiment with previous work and change the mediums/techniques to fit a new craft.