Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tag Tuesday-Stencils

Our theme at Tag Tuesday this week is Stencils.
We are still enjoying our "Indian Summer" here. It made
me think of using my butterflies and dragonflies stencil.
It was fun experimenting with different media and
 backgrounds. If you want to see the variations I came up 
with, you can see it on my blog here.
The background is made from collaged layers of tissue paper, Japanese newsprint
and serviettes. This was then painted with watercolour. The stencils were
 applied with acrylic paint. I went over the shapes with gel pens and also used 
some oil pastels.

Monday, 15 September 2014

September at Harcourt Arboretum

September has brought with it such warm and sunny weather. 
I went for a walk at Harcourt Arboretum this week. It looked
wonderful in the sunshine, and it felt so peaceful.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Binding on Sashiko Sampler

The thing that has caught my eye this week is Susan Briscoe's blog, 
I am enjoying Susan's photos of Japan, where she is at the moment. 
There are lots of beautiful photos of places she is visiting, and a lot of 
Japanese stitching exhibitions of Sashiko, quilting and
a variety of other things.
Reading about Susan's trip to Japan reminded me that
back in March 2013 I posted about finishing my Sashiko sampler.
 I have since completed the binding, and backed it
with a checked cotton.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Tag Tuesday-Fairy Tales

This week on Tag Tuesday our theme is Fairy Tales.
I couldn't settle on an idea for a Fairy Tale tag, but eventually
 decided on The Frog Prince for my subject.
The images are from my favourite graphics site, The Graphics Fairy.
I placed the frog between two water lilies and sprinkled the background with sparkling gems, and added a lace border and a crown button.

Monday, 8 September 2014


We had a lovely time in the Gascony region of France.
 There is so much open countryside, very little traffic, and we saw birds of pray and deer every time we went out.  Wonderful food and drink to be had too! 

We stayed in part of this sixteenth century  farmhouse. 

There are so many enchanting medieval towns and villages all over this part of France.

 I love this building. 

Covered market place.

Friday, 5 September 2014

New Ideas from Books

The local library is a great place to go for ideas and inspiration. This week I found two books which interested me, and I couldn't wait to get them home and start reading and looking at the images.

The first is Crafty Birds edited by Kristy Conlin. I was immediately enticed by the cover of this mixed media book. It has articles about jewellery, collage and mixed media, written by various contributors. I liked the interesting mixture of subjects, and found some good ideas, beautifully illustrated with clear photos. As a bonus, I was the first person to take the book out of the library!

 The second is Inspired to Quilt-Creative Experiments in Art Quilt Imagery by Melanie Testa.This book is about the process of art quilting. Melanie Testa gives lots of ideas, exercises to follow and advice about creating art quilts with a variety of methods. I really like it, and have had it out of the library a couple of times before!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tag Tuesday-Silhouettes

Our theme on Tag Tuesday this week is Silhouettes

For my Silhouettes tag, I have used a stencil of a night scene,
which is on a gelli printed background.