Monday 28 August 2017

Taco book

Christine Chester has designed a range of thermofax screens in conjunction with Thermofax Screens.  And being totally addicted to thermofax screens (along with Washi Tape!) I just had to buy some.

I thought I was very restrained - I only bought 4.  Peeling Paint, Raindrops, Shatter and Spatter 1.

And of course I needed to try them out.  I used some circles of Khadi paper.  I started with Paper Artsy paint but it was too thin and so I returned to Amsterdam acrylic paints.

Spatter 1 and Shatter

Spatter 1 and Peeling Paint

Peeling Paint

Raindrops and Shatter
I tried the Peeling Paint screen on some printed fabric.

And when the acrylic paint was dry on the Khadi paper I painted it with Koh-I-Noor dye.  Which turned out a bit yellow!

I thought I would make the papers into a book.  Which is when I found out that the circles weren't geometrically correct or exactly the same size.

But never mind!  I've stuck them together and I'll paint the bits that are showing white.

And when it's closed - it looks like a taco!

Ah well.  I'll paint and stamp and doodle on it.  I think!

Thanks for stopping by.

PS: Have you left a comment on the last post to win a copy of the July/August Somerset Studio?  You have until midnight tonight.

Friday 25 August 2017

More books!

Yes I know!

I said no more books!  I said it publicly in this post: Books on Creativity.

But then!

There were these!

I blame Bobby Britnell for this one.  At the workshop in Llanidloes she had a copy of this book for us to look at as part of our research into other artists' work.   I totally fell for the book.  There was another one called Maps by the same artist but it's out of print and is £244 on Amazon for something that was issued at about £9.95

This one I saw on Facebook and ordered it from the new & used section on Amazon.  When I got to the Festival of Quilts the authors had an exhibition of the work featured in the book.

And lastly I just bought this.  And then realised I already had a copy  - I bought it in the US in June.

So, for UK peeps only, I'm doing a giveaway.  Comment below on why you would like the magazine by the end of Monday 28th August and I will randomly choose one person to send this copy to.  You can see what's in it on the Stampington site.

Thanks for stopping by

Monday 21 August 2017

On our way home

On our way from Llanidloes we discovered a waterfall we didn't know existed.  It's called Water Break Its Neck.  Sadly it wasn't quite as exciting when we found it as the name implied.

We drove to Berrington Hall and had a look around the house.  They had a special exhibition of modern pottery to do with pineapples - a motif around the house.

The staircase

An old Pineapple quilt

The view of the grounds

A large pineapple thing!

The kitchen garden

The largest sunflower heads I think I've ever seen.

We stopped at a pub for lunch and went home.  A lovely trip away.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday 18 August 2017

Festival of Quilts

Last weekend was the Festival of Quilts at the NEC.  It is the best craft related show at the NEC each year.  I was very fortunate to win 2 free tickets from Storage4Crafts, one of which I gave to a friend.  Then after the Show opened I was offered another free ticket in return for sitting on The Granary Studio stand for a couple of hours.

As a consequence I went on Friday afternoon and again on Sunday.   Here are the quilts that caught my eye.  You may notice a couple of themes!
Tempus Fugit by Cherilyn Martin

House by Irina Voronina

Where there's a mine by Liz Hewitt

Fracture by Betty Busby

A Post-Truth Quilt by Sara Impey

If Nature Captures the City by Brigitte Kopp

Dialogues by Elly van Steenbeek

Good Intentions by Elly van Steenbeek

Big Brother by Lesley Brankin

Colour Study III by Sandra van Velzen

Fractured Squares by Hilary Jackson

White January by Lisbet Borggreen

Interpolations9 by Helen Howes

Summer Garden by Jean Wells

Ephuses by Jean Wells

After the Rain by Jean Wells

Cross Cut by Jean Wells

It Shouldn't Need To Be Said by Ellie Taylor

Penhelig by Susan Attwood

Volcano by Yvonne Kervinen

This Land is Barren & Broken by Liz Hewitt

Erasing History by Jo Coombes
So what did you notice?

Colour palette?  Lines & Squares?   Maps?  Text?

I found it very interesting to see what caught my eye.

Hope you enjoyed my view of the show.

Thanks for stopping by.