Creating Beetles


Green Beatles print

Beetles print

Yesterday I read some sites about earth day and about doing something to celebrate the day.  I decided to use some of the organic fair trade cotton I have to make something and give it away on my blog.  As it’s for earth day I took inspiration from my walks by the river this weekend and decided to feature the Tansy beetle which lives along the river.

I always find drawing from life interesting, observing how creatures move and their foibles leads me to a more creative picture then if I just drew a standard image.  After doing some pencil sketches and looking at the photographs I drew the image I used for the prints.  I chose that picture because I thought it looked more dynamic then the others.  It takes some consideration to make a sketch suitable for printing as it’s the places where the ink doesn’t appear as much as where  does.  Once I’d sorted this out I printing the beetles in green with gold highlights.   Hopefully I’ll have finished sewing by tomorrow and then I can start my first giveaway.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julie b
    May 11, 2011 @ 01:13:26

    I looked this up after receiving the bag to remind myself about how you made the fabric. I think it’s the gold highlights that make the fabric extra special, and the almost animated look of the various tansy beetles roving around the fabric!

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  2. Alasdair Stuart
    May 11, 2011 @ 21:38:12

    I know what you mean, Julie:) I love how the different angles the beetles are at makes it look like they’re milling around.

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