Tuesday 29 October 2019

V is for victory

In our Living Your Word of the Year group we are using a fortnightly (bi-weekly) A-Z challenge throughout the year to help us focus on our word and live it out.

Because of the way I have made my journal it's a case of going with the flow of what background the pages have when I turn to them.

I read Valerie's post: Vision, Valor, Victory and it made me think about the meaning of my name.  Bernice comes from Berenike (from which we get Nike).  It means Bringer of Victory.

Valerie had given me a beautiful piece of her artwork and I decided I would scan it, print it out and include it on my pages for V.

I cut up the scanned and printed piece and stuck it into the book and added some washi tape.

I had printed out the scanned art before I went to church.  During the talk Rob spoke about being a victor not a victim.  Just right for my page.

Here are the pages together.

And if you would like to listen to Rob's talk, it's here: Doing what disciples do - Authority.

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Saturday 26 October 2019

Concertina Sketchbook continued

In my last post I described day one of a two day workshop with Karen Stamper.  On to day 2!

Karen introduced some new techniques and then encouraged us to use day 1 and day2 techniques in our sketchbooks.

I continued to add layers onto new pages and sometimes going back to the day 1 pages.

Karen encouraged me to get different sizes of images.

I tried to work quickly and to not think too much.  I also tried not to draw anything!

This week however, I did have a go at drawing the Rialto Bridge.

Here are all the finished pages in the sketchbook.

Here's a wobbly look through video

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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Concertina Sketchbook

Last week I spent a couple of days at Littleheath Barn doing a Concertina Sketchbook workshop taught by Karen Stamper.  I did a one day class with Karen last September, but between the fact that I was hosting and that I had only just got the use of my hand back, I thought I would try again with this 2 day workshop.  And I'm pleased I did because I achieved so much more and the pages look more like I wanted them to.

On day one we started by preparing some of the pages in the sketchbook.

Then we added coloured inks.  I used Black and Sepia.

Karen demonstrated various techniques and I built up layers as the day went on.

At this point I realised that the pages weren't working how I wanted them to, and I turned the book up the other way.

By the end of day one I had 12 pages that I was mostly happy with and in the last half hour I started on the next 12 or so pages.

I'll show you day two next time.

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Saturday 19 October 2019

Near & Far

Back in May 2018 I wrote this: I have joined an online group called Near & Far.  This is a Facebook-based group run by Chris Gray.  She hopes that we will have a gallery exhibition at some point.   The theme for this group is Maps & Journeys.  And guess what I'm doing!

That's right! Venice!

We each have to make a minimum of 3 pieces - one wearable, one useful and one decorative.  I am going to make a Venice-inspired dress, a sketchbook with a Venice-inspired cover and a scroll book as the decorative piece that will be some sort of imagined journey along the Grand Canal.   I have bought several books about secret Venice so watch this space!

So over 12 months later I started making the first piece.  The decorative piece which isn't going to be a scroll at all.  At the end of August I wrote about a workshop I did with Clare Bullock that resulted in me making 9 pieces of nuno felt that I stencilled on.

In the last few weeks I have been stitching each piece.

All the pieces have been stitched together - in a different arrangement from the first photo!

It's finished apart from working out how to fix the piece to the batten so it hangs on the wall.

Thanks for joining me today.