We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Blister beetles

Nature Abstracted - Blister beetles

I looked online for insects because I wanted to play with a consistent shape that could be abstracted in many ways. Finding blister beetles in many different colours and shapes I decided to make my own.

In the apps ArtRage and MyBrushesPro, on my IPad, I played with colour and shape using only my finger and the many tools to draw. I drew about 20 different drawings and had 8 of them digitally transferred to silk charmeuse. Out of those I selected these four:

Blister beetle  I - In the Kitchen

Blister beetle  II -Fuzzy

Blister beetle III - Furry

Blister beetle IV -Kidlets

I stabilized the silk with Lightweight fusible Pellon, including my orange printed silk for the binding/facings.
I quilted it on my Pfaff Power 16 which is mounted on a movable track, using Hobbs cotton/wool batting.
The back is cotton, thread is Polyester.
I’m having so much fun with these beetles I see many beetles in my future!


  1. The second looks particularly fabulous!

  2. The vibrant use of colours is stunning Betty, your beetles really are 'alive'