Monday, 2 March 2015

Tutorial by Carolyn Saxby

One of the pleasures of blogging is to follow other bloggers who are
interested in the same things. It is lovely to connect with other
people working in mixed media and textiles, and to see work which
is brand new. I like to follow other blogs and to see what is happening.
I find it inspiring to keep up with the work of artists that I admire.
One of these artists is Carolyn Saxby, creator of Tag Tuesday , a mixed
media group that I have been part of for a couple of years now.
When Carolyn posted a tutorial on her blog, I knew I had to have a go.
You can find the link to Carolyn's tutorial here.
It is called The Beekeeper's Allotment.

Here are some photos of my version of The Beekeeper's Allotment
The images I used are from The Graphics Fairy

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Tag Tuesday-In the Style of

The theme for this week's Tag Tuesday is:-
In The Style of.

It took me ages to choose a style for this
week's tag, but in the end I went for
Vintage Victorian, as I wanted to use my new
stamps! I think they are a bit Steampunk too!
A simple tag from me this time, with
a stamped text for background and a lace trim.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Spring is Coming!

Snowdrops at the weekend, now here are some other Spring
flowers I spotted, bringing colour and cheer to a dreary

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Snowdrops at Swyncombe

A couple of years ago, we accidentally came across the Norman church of St Botolph
 at Swyncombe when the snowdrops were out. You can see my post about it here.
It is a beautiful sight, to see the churchyard covered in a carpet of snowdrops
and aconites. I was rather charmed by the idea of Snowdrop Sundays, when the
church is open for tea and cakes for visitors who come to view the snowdrops, and
now it has been extended to Snowdrop Weekends.
Here are the photos I took yesterday.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Tag Tuesday-Text

I liked this week's Text challenge on Tag Tuesday, because it gave me
the opportunity to use an old book, which
I found at a church garden party. It is called A book of Scripts,
by Alfred Fairbank, published by Penguin Books in 1952.
It has some wonderful examples of calligraphic styles,
and a lot of information.
The text I used is from Magnum in Parvo or the Pens Perfection (sic)
Invented, written and engraved in silver by Edward Cocker, London 1672,
V and  A museum.
I loved the style of the capital L, and the alphabets underneath.
I didn't do much to it, just copied it, mounted it, and gave it a corner
frame and some scroll decorations. The photo was taken on the book 
By the way the church garden party is held every summer, right on the banks of the Thames, and includes English traditions such as Morris dancers and tea and cake.The book stall is always a good place to find treasures.
The wording on my tag is:-

Let every day produce some curious Lines
That may commend thy Genius,& thy Pen,
Let all the Undertakings and Designes
Tend to God's Glory, and the good of men.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Tag Tuesday-Valentine

The theme for our tag this week on Tag Tuesday is Valentine.
We are all having such fun with our tags!
I enjoy coming up with an idea for a theme, then
playing around with different techniques and producing
a piece of finished work, but I also enjoy seeing everyone
else's tags in the group, with their individual ideas and techniques.
For my Valentine tag I have used traditional hearts,
but have avoided too much pink! I seem to remember
making one last time we did Valentine's which was totally pink!
Here I have added hearts stamped with a wood block to a textured
background, made by printing through a stencil with gesso.
I added some lace, both real and stamped, and washi tape hearts.
Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Caversham Bridge on a Sunny Winter's Day

Yesterday it was so sunny, that I went for a walk by the 
River Thames at Caversham Bridge. After the cold
weather we have been having, it was very pleasant,
and a lot of people were out enjoying the warmth.
Caversham Bridge
Feeding the birds
So much excitement!
All the birds are joining in!

Calm again

Caversham Court

From Caversham Bridge