Finally, The Cards

With Christmas and New Year over (hope you all had a happy one) I finally have time to post my printed cards of the ‘What’s Real’ series. They are 5″ x 7″ (A5) size on 250g card, a really good firm card stock.  Momento was the printing company I used in Australia and they were delivered within three days!  That is 60 cards with 10 x 6 different designs. Also I experimented with two journals with a watercolour image of mine on the cover.

You can view them in my Etsy Shop (see above left for link), but here is a preview;

Reproduction prints of 3D drawings onto 250g card stock

Sample of Etsy Shop Cards

Also added to Etsy is a Journal/Notebook/Diary which can be personalised with name and art work. It is 6″ x 8.5″.

Spiral-bound notebook/journal/diary/art journal with personalised cover

Your own personal journal


Felted Fields with Cape Barren Geese

This is a picture I completed earlier in the year and I was really happy with the sense of movement in the ti trees. North of the island there are a few Cape Barren Geese, but they are not always easy to find.  This one has been framed.

Wool felt art painting of geese in a field of ti trees

Cape Barren Geese - 19x21, framed behind glass

Felted Painting – Island Blue-scape

Along with the rugged coastline and crashing waves that are common on King Island, we also have days of total stillness and tranquility. these are the days when the soft turquoise blue of the sea is magical.

This felted painting shows some of those colours.

felted painting of calm blue seas

Wool rovings layered onto piece of white commercial wool felt - 16"x14" unframed

King Island Felted Seascape

Just completed this ‘painting’ in wool fleece. It depicts some of the rugged coastline on King Island and was very challenging.  In real time it is better viewed from a distance, but that is hard to simulate with a photo.

The base is a piece of white wool felt (commercial) and then the different coloured fleece are layered to create a picture. The options after that are to embellish with machine embroidery etc but I didn’t do that this time.

As I progress I keep everything in place using The Fabulous Felt-O-Matic – a handmade needle-felting tool that has 36 needles fixed into a frame work which is pressed down on in a spring set-up.  Hard to explain, so here is the link to Dianne Stott’s blog showing her unique invention.

King Island felt painting

Unfelted wool fleece - 18x20 unframed


felt painting of west coast of King Island

Felt Painting - without the tiny needle marks - sprayed with soapy water and lightly felted using cordless sander

Felted Vest

At the King Island Felting Group on Saturday, I started this vest, laying the merino/silk lap over black tissue silk. Had to bring it home to felt it as I was using my new cordless sander and it was very noisy.  Sunday saw it finished and the sander was great – much kinder on my shoulders.  Here is the result.

felted vest using cordless sander to felt

Close-up of felted vest

‘What’s Real’ series of Drawings

This is a series I completed for a joint exhibition. They were so much fun to do and it was hard to stop and move on to something else.  The let-down after my first exhibition was something that took me by surprise and it seemed as if my creativity just drained away.    Hope you enjoy viewing them.

Liz Butcher 3D pencil drawing of leaping frog

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D drawing of chickens coming to life off the page

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D drawing of blue wrens coming to life off the page

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D pencil drawing of seagull coming to life

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D pencil drawing of rejected tiger drawing coming to life

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D drawing of horse calling to picture of other horses

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D pencil drawing of cow trying to lick the pencil out of the hand that is drawing him

Graphite pencil and prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Nearly Finished! Obstacle Course for Fish

Added a few bits of wool roving under the tulle then machine embroidered. Not sure whether I will frame it or put a binding on and make a wall hanging.

Liz Butcher's underwater textile painting with fish

Finished free-machine embroidery

This last addition came from out of the blue! (excuse the pun). I didn’t like the net dulling over the colours so I burnt it off with a heat gun. this didn’t damage the underneath part because the net is nylon and the rest is cotton. However, the burn off looked messy so I found some orange nylon organza and stitched over that onto my picture. Then I burnt this as well.

The result – it’s stuffed!!  Who wants to look at a picture of foul sea water obscuring the scene?

Maybe I’ll start drawing again.

BTW, I accidently hit the like button – I’m not really that vain.

Liz Butcher's underwater textile scene

Our decaying system

Christmas Present Sewing

Thought I would get a jump on making a few Christmas presents this year, but the time is approaching fast and I have only made three items. This one is about A4 size and will be titled, Obstacle Course For Fish. Not very inspiring, I know, but only had 30 secs to think of it.

I used fusible web to attach the pieces – no overlapping required, hence no turned under seams – then put fine white tulle over the top and now I will jazz it up with free-machine embroidery.  Here’s hoping I don’t overdo it (my usual style).

Stay tuned for the next stage.

Underwater play

Finished fusing fabric to background



Sea Greens

Fine tulle over top



Fish Playground

Close-up image of tulle over fabric - it dulls the colours a little but not too much

More Felted Works

These are a few of the pieces I have been experimenting with.  We have a small felting group on the Island and we play around with new ideas.  We have all tried hats and shawls and bags and boots. It is so addictive!

Hello world!


First post of a new blog – what a momentous day! for me, anyway.

I am determined not to be a waffler. Straight to the point and no self-indulgence.  Well, maybe just a little!

Felting has been a focus for about a year now and here are some completed works. Maybe just one for today. Having trouble uploading. More to come

Needle-felted Penguins – 5 inches tall – on a felted base with real and felted rocks and tiny shells. SOLD

The penguins on King Island are easily accessible to the public.  If one is quiet as they come ashore and covers the torch with red cellophane, they will walk right over you to get to their chicks.  Once when I had white socks on and black slip-on shoes, the mother penguin got confused and started to regurgitate her dinner for her chick, thinking my shoe was it.  Wish I took that photo.