Yes, I have been stitching away for this little postcard swap organised by Beth Nicholls at Do What You Love. I had the idea to use some hessian from a garden sack which I bought for a £1 in the £1 shop a while back and to use some quilt wadding and calico as a topping. I also thought I would like to needle punch a design on there and so we have it: hearts of course, and some needle punching round the edge using the wonderful 'Phantasmagorical' (love that name) wool roving from GillianGladRag plus some stamping and a little pearl, a stitched word (create) and a tiny stitched heart ribbon.
of course it couldn't really go just like that could it? I had to prepare a little bag to put it in
I love these wax bags and just used a scrap piece of fabric and stitched some paper with script on top and then stuck it on the bag. It has gone off to my swap partner in the US and I really hope she likes it.
I have received my stitched postcard already and I will show you that tomorrow!!
Bottom left is a picture of some cinnamon bun flavoured coffee mate which I am absolutely certain I would love to bits only they don't sell it here in the UK!!! boo hoo!
Top right is some stamping with a ticket stamp
Bottom right is a Paris stamp, some coloured pencil and chalk pastel to edge
And finally, top is some writing with gelly roll metalic pens given to me by my US friend when she came over last year to stay with us and on the bottom is a very random acrylic sponge rollered piece with chalk pastel edging (really loving the chalk pastels at the moment!)
Today I was invited to a gelatin printing and monoprinting workshop hosted by the folk who have set up the Cloth Paper Scissors UK network (CPSUK) which I have joined! What a wonderful day it was.
Everything was so well prepared and set out - and the sun was shining!
Our host had prepared the gelatin prints already for us to use - 56 sachets of gelatin for 6 printing plates!!! She had been very busy indeed!
Not only that but she had prepared a fantastically yummy lunch
with cute items for the table
down to personalised names on stones (my name is actually spelt Sheila but it often gets spelt this way and who worries about such things on such a lovely day!!)
and one of the other attendees brought some amazing cupcakes
And look what I came home with....
You might need to zoom in on some of these to see the detail - I love the one in the top right which I did using leaves and a heart Indian wooden block - these were all with the gelatin printing plate.
these were the mono prints using oil based paint - a different technique and one that needs a little more experimentation I think but I like the results so far
My little contribution to the day were some homemade junk journals
popped into some lovely wax bags with fabric and paper labels. Oh, and I also made some lavender cookies which I failed to take a photo of but which I will make again and post the recipe.
I came home having made lovely new friends, eaten beautiful food, with lots of paper and fabric prints to use in future artwork projects - what more can a girl want????
Last weekend I found some pieces of slate in the garden - left over from an old fishtank we gave away which was no longer needed. There were some nice big pieces and some smaller ones too. As I saw them I had this thought about how fun it would be to paint them and so..... that is what I did....
this was the first one I had the inspiration for - the quote is a special one for hubby and I
this one is in progress and will probably have some words on it like "because she chooses to see the world in bright bold colours"
this one is destined to have the quote from the Little Prince "It is with the heart that one sees rightly, for what is essential is invisible to the eye" - love it!
here is my trusty companion who insisted on being right by my side on the floor with all the mess!
we are alone this week as hubby is away working!
This one takes the quote from Mary Anne Radmacher (whose name will appear at the bottom on black)
I love all her quotes and words and writing. I'm reading her book "Live with Intention" just now and it is terrific.
and this one I had no idea about until I picked the palette of colours and then just started to paint. I do like what emerged.
I still have a couple of pieces left so I'll see where the inspiration takes me....... and let you see the result.