Wednesday, 19 July 2017

More Moths

This moth appeared on the house wall on Tuesday.  I think it would have remained there resting all day but DH was repairing some holes in the house mortar so he had to move it.  I think it is 'Dark Arches - Apamea monoglypha'. It was quite large.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Burst of Stardust

These petunias are so uplifting.  I wanted a couple of trailing petunias to go in a pot on the patio and they were 3 for 2 so this one was the additional buy. I did not really want a third plant but it has really cheered me up every day when I get time to sit at the table on the patio.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Hot and Sticky Day

It was the last printing class this Wednesday until September and we were putting Gum Arabic Transfers onto our prints and into our sketchbooks.  It was very hot in the afternoon too and I noticed it was 29 degrees when I drove home at 4 pm.  The little beetle above is from a drawing in my sketchbook which I had photocopied and reduced in size.  The oil based ink is silver and was printed through an etching press onto a piece of calico.

This lovely chap is also a photocopy of a drawing from my sketchbook and is inked up with Prussian Blue and printed on a piece of nice linen fabric. Very, very pleased with the result and he may yet become a patch on something.

Finally, this was the aim of the exercise.  I added a Gum Arabic Transfer of dandelion leaves to an existing silk aquatint print I had done in a previous week.  Again the printing ink was silver and the image was taken from one of my photographs.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

What a Hoot

Popped over to Webbs on Saturday afternoon and had time to walk around the lovely gardens laid out along the river side.  Just look who we found perched in one of the trees. It was actually nice to have some time to look around the gardens, so beautiful, full of wild life, including lots of bee hives, and the wildflower meadow was just wonderful. Not what I had expected at all.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

A Couple of Hours Play

On Thursday morning I popped to Hellens Manor and participated in the 2 hour workshop, which was part of the 2 day Textile Bazaar programme, with Viv from Art Van Go.  It was huge fun and we were able to use fantastic materials at minimal cost.  My results were not outstanding but I did really enjoy myself and actually used some things I have never done before such as Dye-Na-Flow as a diluted spray over fabric print.

Handmade blocks using, amongst other things, adhesive Funky Foam with both fabric and acrylic paints produced the lovely patterns on the piece of fabric above.  Any leftover paint was applied to A4 sheets of cartridge paper ....

The vibrant red and yellow colours came from using Golden acrylics.

Above is a small area of one of my paper pieces that I have cropped, and finally below are some of the strips of masking tape after they were removed from the fabric to which had been adhered where they had several moves and much overprinting.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Bit of a Bird Theme

For the past 2-3 weeks I have been working on these two plates and think I am almost there now.  I need to lighten some more areas in the background of the blackbird plate and to master the inking up of the curlew.  The final step is to add a Gum Arabic Transfer to the dark printed areas, either a picture or some text.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Time for a Rest

Seems some of us in this garden have had too much of the hot weather.  It has however turned cooler today but still no rain.

This is 'Fat Cat' or 'Mini Moo' as one of our neighbours calls it.  May be a girl but not sure.  It visits us on a regular basis and likes nothing better than a brush and a bit of tummy tickling.  Wish it would not chase the birds and mice though.

PS:  One ladybird hatched out and flown still awaiting the others to do something.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Hare Today ....

Over the past few years Cirencester has had one or two 'Hare' themed trails.  Unbeknown to me there is a wider one this year called the 'Cotswold Hare Trail' and I spotted this lovely fellow in Cheltenham on Wednesday lunchtime. He was outside Vallenders Hairdressers and is entitled "We're all Mad Hare". I have now found a list of the locations for all of them and will have to try and find a few more when I am out and about.

Look What I Spotted

In the cool (?) of the evening yesterday I was deadheading some self sown foxgloves when I found these little creatures.  After looking online on the BBC website I now discovered that they are ladybirds emerging and that they can take up to 2 weeks to fully transform.  As suggested on the website I have put them in a jam jar with a bit of foliage to see what happens next. I will then release them.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A Little Fishy Book or Two

This week I have spent a little bit of time finishing off a couple of books from bookbinding class.  I have added some cardboard cut out fish which I then painted.  The book is a strange structure with an expanding concertina style binding (think 'Experimental' was the word used). I did not think I liked it and have had to modify parts of it to make it a little more stable.  It has the advantage that it can take lots of additional material on its pages.  Not sure I will ever make any more of them.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Everything is Blooming - Or not!!

In my case 'Or Not'.  Life is very difficult at the moment but who cannot smile when you see these in the garden (Francis E Lester)

... and the perfume from them is fantastic

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Life is full of Surprises!!

Popped off to Ledbury to get a copy of Cloth, Paper, Scissors this morning with DH followed by coffee and cake at Chez Pascale. Then went to the Garden Festival at Hellens Manor at Much Marcle which turned out to be much more enjoyable than anticipated.  The sculpture in the wild flower meadow was interesting ....

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Blooming June

Well here we are at the beginning of June. Where does time go?  DH was 65 this week and has now officially retired from work and my lovely brother was 64 with no chance of retiring from his job in the foreseeable future.

As the sun was shining yesterday decided to take a trip to Kiftsgate. A first visit for us but it will certainly not be the last. We were a little bit early for the majority of the roses, but the garden was still stupendous.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A Little Tweeter

Our garden is full of nesting birds at the moment and this robin has been entertaining us for quite some time and is very tame ....

Monday, 29 May 2017

When Your Are Feeling Blue ....

All you have got to do is find something nice to do like a walk around Swinsty or Fewston Reservoirs

I was amazed to see that the bluebells were still in good condition.  The ones near us are finished now.  There were also some wood anenomes still in flower in sheltered areas around Fewston.

Think this is Wood Sorrel.  It was growing between the planks on a footbridge over a stream.  Such a bright and vibrant colour.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Dog Tired

That relates to me not the dog ....

Here is the lovely Clover waiting for me to drive her to the reservoir for a lovely long walk. Whilst her owners were away we had a couple of early morning long walk around Swinsty on Day 1 and then Fewston Reservoir on Day 2.  We also had lots of short walks too and I fitted in a 'Play' session with a couple of friends who popped over for the afternoon.  We tried our hand at a bit of Gum Arabic Transfer with various degrees of success I might add. I am going to persevere and get better at it as it is a lovely way to add images to your work either onto paper or fabric.

I have also been printing in Cheltenham and surprised myself with this lovely print of a sparrow I had drawn.
It is a silk aquatint with viscosity inking. It is only small in size.

Monday, 8 May 2017

TSG Exhibition Stroud

Managed to find time on Sunday to pop along to the current exhibition by the Textile Study Group at the Museum in the Park and Lansdowne Gallery in Stroud.  It was excellent made even better by the beautiful sunny weather.

The Museum in the Park was a huge surprise and we will certainly be going back again to explore the actual Museum and see the recently refurbished walled garden.

The entrance into the Museum from the garden is via an electronic door at the base of a curved footway

There is an auricula theatre in the corner behind the silver and blue Mediterranean border.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Some of my recent Treasures

Yesterday I found this empty blackbird's eggshell in the garden. Has the fledgling hatched or perhaps the egg has been eaten by another bird?

Whilst away in Yorkshire I found this very tiny piece of shale with equally small fossils in it so it has joined my other pile of treasures ....
I have played with this one in Photoshop and added a 'Fresco' filter

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Design is all around you

Whilst away at the weekend we visited Thame and had a wander around the town and visited the lovely Museum.  We came across a lovely old Tithe Barn near the church and it's walls looked as if the builder had been trying out every possible combination of brick pattern he cold think of!!
Herringbone obviously!

Perhaps had one too many when he did this one

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Another Bank Holiday

Garage Shelf
We have been away for a couple of nights - yet again - this time to a wedding in Buckinghamshire which gave us time to take in a National Trust property too. It was the home of William Morris who created the Morris car.

It was extremely interesting and is set in a time warp as the house has been left as it was when he died.

Lovely shed

Monday, 24 April 2017

Seeing Stars

I have spent the past week trying to use up all the odds and ends left from the larger quilt. The stars and hearts were in existence so I added to those, taught myself how to make 'migrating geese' and made strings of 'flying geese' for the edges.  The corners were finished using up scraps of fabric made into a 'nine patch' square, one for each corner.  Just need to add the backing and wadding now and get it quilted. I had honestly forgotten how much I enjoyed doing patchwork, which is just as well as I still have plenty of fabric to use up!!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Sunshine in My Life

How can you not feel happy when you have a patch of sunlight in the garden like this to brighten up your day.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

My Easter Egg

A very nice person sent me this picture of a small Betty's praline egg.  I thought it was very jolly.  I bet it did not last long as they are delicious!!