Friday, 19 September 2014

A Parcel of Stencils

I have been posting a lot about stencils this week! 
Once I had made my Stencils tag for Tag Tuesday, I got
interested in trying out different ideas with my stencils.
 Then I decided I needed some more stencils to try out new ideas. This morning a parcel arrived from The Craft Barn containing these stencils!
I can't wait to try them out. Watch this space to see what I do with them!


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Experiments with stencils

Stencils was the theme for Tag Tuesday this week. You can see my tag here in an earlier post. I found that once I started playing around with my wild flowers and butterflies stencil, that I wanted to go on experimenting. I have tried different media and background papers. 

Some old sheet music made an interesting background.

 I used acrylic paint, which was a bit patchy, but it might work better with a  watercolour wash over the top.

I have used tissue paper and watercolour here.

 This is a negative stencil, done on a gelli plate, using metallic acrylic. I don't think this is effective, but might look brighter combined with another colour or with further layers of paper .

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tag Tuesday-Stencils

Our theme at Tag Tuesday this week is Stencils.
We are still enjoying our "Indian Summer" here. It made
me think of using my butterflies and dragonflies stencil.
It was fun experimenting with different media and
 backgrounds. If you want to see the variations I came up 
with, you can see it on my blog here.
The background is made from collaged layers of tissue paper, Japanese newsprint
and serviettes. This was then painted with watercolour. The stencils were
 applied with acrylic paint. I went over the shapes with gel pens and also used 
some oil pastels.

Monday, 15 September 2014

September at Harcourt Arboretum

September has brought with it such warm and sunny weather. 
I went for a walk at Harcourt Arboretum this week. It looked
wonderful in the sunshine, and it felt so peaceful.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Binding on Sashiko Sampler

The thing that has caught my eye this week is Susan Briscoe's blog, 
I am enjoying Susan's photos of Japan, where she is at the moment. 
There are lots of beautiful photos of places she is visiting, and a lot of 
Japanese stitching exhibitions of Sashiko, quilting and
a variety of other things.
Reading about Susan's trip to Japan reminded me that
back in March 2013 I posted about finishing my Sashiko sampler.
 I have since completed the binding, and backed it
with a checked cotton.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Tag Tuesday-Fairy Tales

This week on Tag Tuesday our theme is Fairy Tales.
I couldn't settle on an idea for a Fairy Tale tag, but eventually
 decided on The Frog Prince for my subject.
The images are from my favourite graphics site, The Graphics Fairy.
I placed the frog between two water lilies and sprinkled the background with sparkling gems, and added a lace border and a crown button.

Monday, 8 September 2014


We had a lovely time in the Gascony region of France.
 There is so much open countryside, very little traffic, and we saw birds of pray and deer every time we went out.  Wonderful food and drink to be had too! 

We stayed in part of this sixteenth century  farmhouse. 

There are so many enchanting medieval towns and villages all over this part of France.

 I love this building. 

Covered market place.