Wednesday, 3 August 2016

August Summer Break

August is here once again, and I am taking a summer break.
I will be relaxing at home as well as travelling abroad, and
will be posting photos and blogging again in September.
See you in September!


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Tag Tuesday-Cups and Cutlery

this week's theme is a really nice one.
For my Cups and Cutlery tag I used
a background of coffee spoons from one of my
favourite sites, The Graphics Fairy.The sheet of 
 printables had the names of all the spoons on it,
and came from an antiques cutlery catalogue.
My cups are from my collection of Polish blue and
white pottery, which I jazzed up with gel pens. The
photos I used were from my stash, so I hope I get
extra points for that!
I finished it off with some lace, like a lace edged 
tablecloth.
I have been encourage by all the taggers being so prompt to
actually post on a Tuesday!




Monday, 18 July 2016

Gelatos

Here are my new Gelatos , by Faber-Castell, which arrived in the post for me!
I chose the " Brights" pack as I liked the colours. I had noticed various mixed media work
created using these crayons, and thought I would try them.
I particularly like their names;-
Lemoncello, Margarita Mix, Red Cherry, Orange Soda, Lime,
Snowcone, Bubble Gum, Passion Fruit, Lavender, Lemon,
Mango, Boysenberry.
Gelatos can be used in a variety of ways, as crayons, with water
as paints, and added to acrylics and gesso to name a few.
I liked drawing with them, it feels a bit like using lipstick! They are
very soft.
I have created a board on Pinterest, as I have been looking for inspiration
on how to use them. I find Pinterest a useful tool for filing ideas.






Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Tag Tuesday-Down the Street



I was very pleased with this week's theme on Tag Tuesday.
Down the Street gave me
chance to draw some of my collection of Polish ceramic
houses. My husband and I, together with our 2 very young
sons lived in Poland for a couple of years in the early
1990s. We used to travel to Krakow from Warsaw for 
weekends away. Each time I acquired one of these
beautiful ceramic houses. My tag is a fond memory 
of our stay in Poland.





Thursday, 7 July 2016

Tag Tuesday-At the Beach

The theme on Tag Tuesday is 
At the Beach
This week really feels like summer in
Britain! We even have some sunshine!
This makes me think of going to the seaside.
I thought about a beach hut tag to
 suit the theme. I made my beach hut from
card stock and washi tape. I added some
sea shells and a written tag
 "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside".
Now where did I put my bucket and spade?

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Colouring pages from Alisa Burke


Alisa Burke has some free printable colouring pages on her blog.
I have found it fun to do some  colouring with my
Sharpie pens. Alisa produces such intricate designs, which
are a challenge to fill in. She also has colouring pages for sale.









Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Leaf printing on fabric

Following the gelli printing I did with leaves on paper, I
have been doing the same on fabric. 
I am pleased with the results.
I just used leaves from the garden. Sage
and lemon balm gave the best prints,  and I have
an endless supply of them.
The fabric I used was some I had printed earlier with 
Procion dyes. The colours which worked best were
greens and blues, with copper and silver. The ones I did
with pinks and purples were quite interesting too.
Now I am thinking how I can make stitched pieces with 
the fabric I have produced. Maybe some  hand embroidery will
look good......

Gelli plate in use for leaf printing

Underside of leaf

Leaf print on fabric

Leaf print on fabric