I couldn't resist posting another set of photos from Grey's Court. This time they are from the kitchen garden. When I did a tour round the inside of the house I noticed they had bunches of flowers from the kitchen garden arranged all around. The displays were simple yet effective, and I thought it was a lovely idea.
The theme for this week's Tag Tuesday is Rock Pools and Beach Finds.
I wanted to used shells as an idea, as we have a few collections lying round the house. I used cardboard for my base, then made papier mache using tissue paper and decoupage medium for my base to look like rocks. Then I added rubbings of shells which I made onto tissue paper using water soluble oil pastels. (Yes, really, they are great!)
I photographed my tag with some of my shells.
You may have noticed that recent tags don't have ribbons on. That is because I have recently acquired two ten week old kittens, and they are living in my studio most of the time. This means I have to hide away anything tempting for them to play with, so I have put a lot of things in my lovely, big loft cupboards up there!
I have been thinking about photographs, after a discussion with a friend. Although I use a digital camera, I post my photos just as I have taken them. I don't digitally enhance them, or alter them in any way. I do know how to do this, but prefer to get the shot I want at the time. I wonder if other bloggers do this.
All the photos I put on my blog are originals by me, so please do not reproduce them in any way without my permission.
I made the background using a transfer printing technique from a book I have recently acquired:- Image Transfer Workshop by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson. The print was made using a magasine image and acrylic paint. There are so many wonderful techniques to try in the book, my favourite is gelatine, but I haven't tried it yet. I find the book to be clearly set out, and I hope it will teach me everything I need to know about transfer printing! Watch this space for more examples, I am sure I will use them in my tags!
The foreground is collage, and the whole is photographed against a painted paper which I had in my stash, which reminded me of the sea.
I decided to make a collage of beach huts from a clothing catalogue of stripey shirts. I wanted to use beach huts as my theme, as they are so summery. They also seem very British to me-do other countries have them, I wonder? The background is painted paper with sea salt.
I photographed them on my painting apron, which is made from 3 stripey shirts.
And here is our kitten, Kia, who was under the apron when I was taking the photo!
The White Garden at Grey's Court was so beautiful! What a brilliant idea to have a garden only with white flowers. There are so many textures here, all showcased so well by the contrasting greens of the foliage. I think I will probable post again about Grey's Court, there is so much to see and to photograph! The garden is very well laid out, with lots of different styles to view.
For my tag I made a collage from papers I painted when I was doing my City and Guilds. The sailing boat and sun are made of Indian papers, the sand from sandpaper, and the beach hut is a scrap from and old shirt, already with stitching on.
The picture is how I imagine a perfect seaside scene should be.
I photographed it on a map of France, as it made me start thinking about holidays in the sunshine to get away from this constant rain.