Printing with Acrylic Paints
Exclusively for Justhands-on.tv, Lesley shares with us the Little Iris workshop and her simple technique of monoprinting using freezer paper and acrylic paints, as well as silk paints, and all done on her kitchen table.
As so often happens, a simple idea is extremely effective. Once the painting is dry you can embellish with stitches, beads, threads to give more texture and dimension.
About Lesley Brankin
Lesley Brankin is a freelance needlecraft designer. She lives and works in Malvern, Worcestershire, UK. During the last fourteen years she has built up a solid reputation for her innovative design work. In addition, she has published more than 200 designs of needlework and patchwork. From May 2002 to July 2007 she was an Assistant Editor of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
Lesley has been the recipient of a number of national and international prizes for her work, both needlecraft and patchwork. Also she received major awards at Quilts UK, Festival of Quilts and the European Quilt Championships. Her Noughts and Crosses quilt won 1st Place in the Contemporary Large category at Festival of Quilts 2007.
Lesley has designed projects and written articles for a lot of UK Needlecraft magazines. For example, for Patchwork & Quilting, Classic Stitches, Popular Patchwork, Cross Stitcher, Needlecraft, Cross Stitch Collection, World of Cross Stitching, Card Shop and Cross Stitch Crazy.
Relationships with Product Distributors and Manufacturers
Lesley maintains close working relationships with many product distributors and manufacturers. She supports and promots their products through use in her published designs and on occasions producing exclusive showcase projects and articles for them.
City & Guilds trained in embroidery and design, Lesley teaches design, patchwork and embroidery techniques, including undertaking workshops and demonstrations on behalf of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles.
She draws much of her inspiration for her design work from five main sources: her family, nature, architecture, historical artefacts and ethnic cultures. But she readily turns her hand to most subjects and always enjoys a challenge!
Her foundation books, as well as the two patterns she mentions are available on our website.
You can find out more about Lesley on her website.
Maggie has designed several beautiful patterns to use with this technique including an octagonal felt bag which was featured in issue 61 of Fabrications magazine. (Back issues are available directly from Grosvenor Publications 01775 712100.)