February 2020

All images ©Annabel Rainbow

23rd Feb – preparing printed papers for collage work using gelli plate and pan pastels. I used matt medium for transfer rather than my usual titanium white and it worked well. A set of graphic marks was made using acrylic paint applied with brush and paint filled fineliner bottle.


22nd Feb – Ready To Leap,  experimental life mixed media in sketchbook. From an old photo (Life Story quilts) and using a background of Paynes Grey and Titanium White. Reproduction newspapers about the suffragettes copied and stuck at strategic points. Black and white posca pens with water.

A bit of process.

Half term to 21st Feb

5th Feb – not complete. I watched Life Drawing Live on BBC4 which was an attempt to replicate a life drawing class with about 6 students, but also you could follow on line with a freeze-framed pose and join in with the exercises. I didn’t do that because I wanted to watch the programme, but I took a photo of the TV screen, and had a timed go the next day. Here’s how far I got. I “cheated” by using a grid to get the proportions!


All of Feb – Working this year on the Leam in Bloom magazine to help out. I like doing the layouts. This is just a page about ponds as an example; there’s lots more work to do

4th Feb – Front buttoning blouse by I Am Libellule. Pattern review here.

1st Feb. I thought I’d experiment by using an acrylic pour in some way. The canvas with the pour on becomes thick but is also flexible enough so you can sew through it. A book cover came to mind and so I used freehand painted fish. I had previously done a sketchbook page in a similar manner and used this for inspiration.

Sketchbook page

Acrylic painted book cover











January 2020

All images ©Annabel Rainbow

Acrylic pour over 3 canvases.  A mixture of acrylic paints by different manufactuers, pouring medium and alcohol.


Also here, 2 items of clothing. Not art, but creative in their own way!


Mid January – A textile piece in The Quilt as a Canvas series. It’s number 4 and is called The Random Ideas of Thinking Out Loud. You can read more here.

72cms x 56cms, cotton fabrics throughout.  Applique, stitch, drawing ink, pen, acrylic ink, acrylic paint. Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2 sewing machine and Gutermann threads.

This year I have also decided to try watercolour.

Strelitzia – 140lb hot press mould made paper by Daler Rowney with Schmincke watercolours. Windsor and Newton Series 7 watercolour brushes.

And the same again, but this time using pen and wash.

First go at a portrait. I didn’t spend a lot of time on this as I realized the scale of the piece -A3 – was perhaps a little large for the brushes I had, and I lost quite a bit of the fluidity you’d expect of a watercolour. For me, portraits are best in acrylics or oils.