Allansart.co.uk - Arts and Crafts
Welcome to my Arts and Crafts pages.
and crafts comprise a whole host of activities and
hobbies that are related to making things with
one's hands and skill and the end product being
decorative in design. These can be sub-divided
into handicrafts or "traditional crafts" (doing
things the old way) and "the rest". Some crafts
have been practised for centuries, while others
are modern inventions, or variations of crafts
which were originally practised in small or remote
areas of the world.
crafts require a combination of skill, speed, and
patience, continued practice and perseverance, but
they can also be learnt on a more basic level by
virtually anyone. Many community centres and
schools run evening or day classes and workshops
offering to teach basic craft skills in a short
period of time.
not always easy to determine which activities fall
within the term Arts and Crafts, but can be
grouped by material types e.g. crafts involving
the use of textiles, wood, metal, clay, paper,
canvas and/or plants etc.
of the art activities
could be labelled as folk art, mixed media or
simply artwork. People who make crafts or produce
artwork could be described as artists, arty, a
crafter or an artisan.
artist is one who makes their craft into fine
artwork producing a visual representation. Arty
being one who is artistic. An Artisan is a
craftsman working in a crafting medium and who
makes items that may be functional or strictly
decorative, including furniture, clothing,
jewellery, household items, and tools.
prefer to think of myself as an artisan who enjoys
working in any art and/or crafting medium and one
who appreciates and admires works by masters in
the profession such as Wedgwood's finest "Daisy
Makeig-Jones" and her
famous Fairyland Lustre!
and Craft Related Quotes:
Greeting Cards Handmade & Painted in
Greeting cards are one of the most popular
activities in the world of arts and crafts and are
always gratefully received whatever the occasion
may be, whether it's for a Birthday, Christmas,
Holiday, Anniversary or Thank you cards etc. but
to receive a handmade and hand painted greeting
card is something special. Why not send your loved
one a handmade hand painted greeting card today.
I offer a large selection
of greetings cards, all painted in the finest
watercolour medium. They come in two sizes of 18cm
x 20cm and 11cm x 15cm and with two cut out shapes
of oval and oblong.
My online cards cover
Events, Relations, Occasions and Seasons. I can
supply hand painted handmade greetings cards to
gift shops and to individuals.
My greetings cards are
individually crafted so I am able to tailor my
designs to meet your exact requirements - and
nothing quite compares to receiving handmade
greetings cards that have been individually
designed, and painted by hand. They each have a
hand cut pattern edged internal page with your
very own verse or message printed inside. Click
to view an example of the internal page.
If you are interested in
buying my greetings cards why not buy a selection
now and always have a card handy when you need
one! Each of my greetings cards are hand crafted
and painted using the finest watercolour medium.
The inside of the card is
left blank for your own greeting or message -
suitable for any occasion, such as a birthday,
'get well', congratulations, or a 'thank you'
note. If you wish I can personalise your greetings
cards with your own verse or message printed on
the insert page Free of charge; It's your
You just select your
handmade greetings card or cards from your
selected page. Then send me your verse/wording and
your choice of gold lettering for the front of the
Each finished card is
supplied with a good quality envelope and
individually packaged in cellophane. They
represent excellent value, Competitively priced,
even compared with ordinary mass-produced cards.
Please feel free to
contact me if you wish to commission your own set
of watercolour greetings cards from a favourite
photo or picture of yours. Otherwise, I hope you
will send lots of my greetings cards to your
friends and relatives! I will regularly be adding
new cards, so come back often and browse.
of the hand crafted and hand painted
greetings cards are original watercolour
"not prints" so if choosing two of the same card
there may be some slight but subtle differences.
Selling my artwork is not
my priority, I just want people to enjoy my crafts
and to inspire others in to some form of art and
crafts. If I do that then I have achieved my goal!
Inspirational Art Related Quotes:
Woodturning and Wood Crafts
Woodturning and wood
crafts as a art form appears to be largely
overlooked by arts and
crafts galleries in general these days, so the
woodturning pages in this website have been
created not just in the hope of selling my artwork
but in the main to showcase and publicise some of
the projects that I have enjoyed making and that
may appeal to others who work with wood. More
importantly it is hoped that my wood crafts may
inspire those who haven't yet started woodturning
or working in wood generally in to having a go.
piece I turn is totally unique and hand turned
using timber obtained from a local tree surgeon
where ever possible. I do use other woods but they
are selected sustainable hardwoods from around the
world. A large part of the fascination of
woodturning and in wood crafts to some degree is
in exposing the treasures that lay beneath the
bark. I love wood with character and often look
for pieces with wild grain and natural flaws which
may well become a feature in a particular wood
Some of the wood turned
items involve an element of carving, some require
decoration using car body filler or wood dyes
others just require the beauty of the grain, but
it's good to cross boundaries by integrating
another art form in to your work.
Almost all of my wood
products are finished with at least three coats of
Danish oil which allows the character of the grain
to show through. Alternatively I use a coat of
sanding sealer, a good coat of friction polish and
then where possible give it a finishing polish on
the buffing wheel.
Each of my woodturning
galleries include relevant turning topics and
tips. I do hope you enjoy viewing them.
Colour and markings may
differ in appearance slightly in your finished
turning from the one's shown in the photo's
depending on wood used at the time they are
turned. Each item is handcrafted individually, so
slight variances should be expected especially if
ordering more than one item. The sizes listed are
approximate. They may be a couple of millimeters
taller, longer, wider or little shorter, etc.
Crafts - Why not have that special one
off piece hand crafted. I am available to make
commissioned pieces for any special occasion, to
your requirements . To discuss your requirements
Inspirational Painting Related Quotes:
Original Watercolour Paintings
The key to becoming a
painter in any medium is to never give up....'
Like any new form of art, watercolour painting can
be difficult at first. It is only with time and
practice that you'll become a better painter.
Never become discouraged by your mistakes or lack
If you find yourself
uninspired or confused about what to paint, think
about what you like. You can develop numerous
ideas for subjects in a variety of ways. Visit art
galleries, I myself find inspiration in seeing
what other artists have achieved so I regularly
attend various art exhibitions at my local art
gallery. If you love animals, you could take a
trip to the zoo and take some photo's or head to
an aquarium and do the same. If you are a lover of
the outdoors and nature, take a trip out with a
If you become frustrated
or discouraged remember that every budding artist
has been there. Take your photos to your studio
and select things from a number of the photo's to
create the most desirable topic for your painting.
It will soon become second nature. I hope my
paintings inspire you to have a go!!
To choose from my
extensive range of original watercolour paintings,
simply click on the menu options above to take you
to your selected page. Each painting is sold
without mounts or frame and measures approximately
36cm x 26cm with a 1cm border all round to allow
for mounts and framing.
Some of my watercolour
paintings and many greeting
cards have found new homes in many parts of
the world, some as far away as America and
Arts and Crafts - Wedgwood
Fairyland Lustre & Ordinary Lustre
Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre
was manufactured by the Wedgwood factory from 1915
to 1929 after original designs by Daisy
Makeig-Jones (1881-1945), the Fairyland line
proved to be popular in the United States as well
as in the UK.
Credited with helping improve Wedgwood's
struggling profits, Daisy Makeig-Jones' novel
designs were far more than 'pretty patterns'. She
prided herself on creating stories and hidden
worlds with fantastical themes,using rich
jewel-like colours and imaginative details.
Daisy's fairies came from many cultural
backgrounds and the articles they decorate often
tell complex tales... Some [pieces of Fairyland
Lustre] needed as many as six firings.
expressive titles such as "Fairy Gondola",
"Butterfly Women" and "Leap-frogging Elves", her
work appealed to the public possibly as they
offered a form of escapism during the difficult
post-war years. Wedgwood stopped the "Fairyland"
lustre ware line in 1929 due to an apparent lack
of interest. Today the enthusiasm for
Makeig-Jones' work is as strong as it ever was,
possibly even more so than when the designs were
first introduced in the 1920s.
Interest in the artist's work has been further
enhanced by various Art Deco
and Arts and Crafts exhibitions featuring
examples of her work including one at the Victoria
and Albert Museum, in September, 1990; an
exhibition of "Wedgwood Fairyland and Other
Lustres" at the Long Beach Museum of Art, in
September, 2001; and an exhibition comprising
solely of her work from the Collection of Maurice
Kawashima at the San Diego Museum of Art in 2005.
If you wish to
place an order simply follow the order details
given on any of the gallery pages. If you have any
comments or questions about any items on this site
or you wish to discuss a commission this can be
done via the contact page
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