Sunday, February 27, 2011

Transfer Printing workshop at Bramble Patch

I did a workshop at Bramble Patch yesterday. Had a great bunch of students. Here's a few pics

This is work by Steph Redfern, she's doing a workshop at Bramble Patch but i'm at the NEC damn it.

Work by Hilary who came on the Buds and Blooms workshop a few weeks ago.

 My Samples for the workshop

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Altered Book No.3

This is the third month in the Round Robin, this book originated from Valerie McLean on the theme of Childhood. i admit i've been putting it off and the deadline is monday, so i got started today.

i like my pages to be sturdy so this time (instead of PVA) i spray mounted 2 pages together either side. it means that the pages don't go so buckley.

i'm using the prescribed altered book technique of telling vague story by masking a few words with 'post it' paper. well i had to get started somewhere. it became clear as i was doing this that i was considering the loss of innocence so... this is my theme.

Slap a bit of gesso over the whole thing!

detail of gesso,,,,interesting isn't it?

i'm kind of faffing about here... then i find in the book a picture of an urchin smoking.. you'll see..

this is texture paste through one of my stencils from Crafty Notions with an old credit card (the only use for them in my opinion)

i eventually stuck the tags down and gesso'd over the top.

i printed over the top of the tags with a handwriting stamp and sprinkled a bit of silver embossing powder. you can see the smoking boy on the right.

this page isn't finished quite yet but it's coming on. Valerie asks us not to use colour but i have an urge to use red here somewhere. Blood and Fire....

Friday, February 18, 2011

Alerted Book Round Robin........ book 2

My friend Philip always call this activity 'alerted' books well we're on the next book now it's an Alan Titchmarsh so i'm mostly un-inspired.
i found a nice quotation.....
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing
in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance
that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn
- Henry David Thoreau 

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Shopping and new assistant

I went out hunting for white cotton velvet today and found that Silken Threads in Cheltenham have a good stock. They are extremely helpful and their fabric stock is extensive.

all my friends chuckle about my newly found knitting obsession but i know you'll understand, my favourite knitting shop is the Knitting Parlour in Great Malvern, their online shop is great too.

I have a new assistant Gemma Impey. She came to me for work experience and she was so good she now works for me a few hours a week while she is studying art at Hereford Art College. She was on her work experience when i was filming for Colouricious she sat quietly just out of shot during the TV episodes here's a reminder of what colouricious get up to.