Monday, 31 October 2016

Caversham Court Gardens

The gardens at Caversham Court looked beautiful in the autumn sunshine.
I liked the long shadows of the trees on the grass, and the reflections on the River Thames.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Tag Tuesday-Halloween

Here is my Halloween tag for this week's Tag Tuesday.
I have been practising lettering for the past couple of weeks.  I have a lot to learn! I notice some of  the players on Tag Tuesday use words in their tags, and I would like to learn some ways to include them. 
I have made a simple tag with the old Scottish saying " From ghoulies
and ghosties and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night may the Lord deliver us"

Monday, 24 October 2016

Alpacas by the River Thames

Walking by the River Thames at Whitchurch last week,
there were some lovely views. The flock of alpacas
is an interesting sight! There are several fields of them,
and they look really cuddly!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Tag Tuesday-Trees

This week on Tag Tuesday the theme is Trees. For my tag I have made a rubbing of an embossed picture of trees. I used a bright washi tape for contrast.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tag Tuesday-Autumn Leaves

Today the theme for Tag Tuesday is Autumn Leaves
Autumn is such a glorious time of year.
The leaves have just started turning now, so this
is a topical tag for us here in the UK.
For my tag I used Gelatos through a stencil, which gave
a lovely textural raised appearance. I added some leaves
from my experiments with transfer printing, these are done
with gloss gel medium.

Detail of Gelatos through a stencil

Saturday, 8 October 2016

River Thames at Streatley

There is a lovely cafe at Streatley overlooking the River Thames.
It's a great place to sit with a cup of coffee and to watch the 
river roll by. It's a perfect place for a walk too.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Tag Tuesday-Autumn Colours

The theme for this week's Tag Tuesday is Autumn Colours
For my tag I used an image transfer technique with gloss gel, from the book "Image Transfer Workshop" by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson. I have tried out a few different ways to transfer images this week. I like the way it is translucent.It does take a while to do though,  so you have to be patient!
I gave the autumn image a silk border and used textured card for the background. 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Old Italian Towns

I had a splendid time in Italy in August. It doesn't seem very long ago,
it's hard to believe it is October today. So as the rain lashes the window
and it is definitely a prelude to Autumn, here are some photos
of beautiful old Italian towns. There are so many in Tuscany, with
surrounding walls, porticos to enter, old doorways, windows and
magnificent architecture. The ones I liked best were not in the
guide book, but small and just perfect. Gambassi Termi was the nearest
town to where we were staying. My favourite was Colle di Val d'Elsa, with
its ramparts and gate which looked like something out of a fairy tale.

Gambassi Termi

Gambassi Termi

Gambassi Termi
Ganbassi Temi


Flag throwing

Jane and Costanza in Pienza

Colle di val d'Elsa