Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Batik workshop

Here is the work I did today at a batik workshop. 
It was run by Jelly in the Oracle in Reading, and the tutor was
Caroline Streatfield-Chalk.
It was the first time I have done batik, and I really liked doing it.

The tools are called tjantings

 My work with wax on

After wax has been removed

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tag Tuesday-Japan

This week our tags on Tag Tuesday have the theme Japan.
I found I had a lot of Japanese ephemera for my tag, and in fact I could have made a collection of tags!
I have made a kimono out of origami papers, and set it on a background of a Japanese catalogue, which has an assortment of odd things in it! I used some of my rabbit paper to make a frame, added the needle papers from my Sashiko needles-a type of Japanese embroidery. You can read about it on my blog here.
I photographed my tag on a catalogue of chop sticks. 
Thanks to my husband, who brought these bits and pieces back for me from Japan.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Lytes Cary Manor

I spent a lovely weekend in Somerset, where we visited Lytes Cary Manor.
The house and gardens are beautiful.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Tag Tuesday-Garden Party

The theme for our tags over on Tag Tuesday this week is Garden Party.
I have made a very summery tag!
 I found the beautiful image of a hedge gazebo on this week's Graphics Fairy.
 It is from a French gardening book c 1859. This was collaged onto a gelli printed backrgound. The image of the lady and little girl are borrowed from Georges Seurat's painting: A Sunday Afternoon at the Island la Grande Jatte.
I have added garden decor in the form of floral fabrics. stick on butterflies, and a very handsome peacock paper cut out.

Close up

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Landscape Collage

Here is a  landscape collage I made in art class.
 I have been busy with the class all school year, and have learned a lot. We have had homework every week, and I have been a conscientious student, and have always done mine. The first term we did Drawing, the second Painting, and now we are working in Mixed Media
The collage is worked in a mixture of painted acrylic and collaged papers. Texture was added with coffee grounds.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tag Tuesday-Ephemera

The theme for this week's Tag Tuesday is Ephemera.
The  Oxford dictionary definition of Ephemera is "Things that exist or are enjoyed for only a short time"

I was pretty pleased with the subject Ephemera (when I had looked up the definition of it!), as I have a collection of Ephemera, and could probably make tags using only those materials for the rest of the year!! I have gone for a French theme for my tag. It is a collage made from a paper bag, label, paper serviette, drink mat, sheet music, photo, letters in a very faint French handwriting, a lace rubbing, parchment paper and a butterfly.
I photographed my tag against a background of a floral scarf with insects, including butterflies and dragonflies.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Tag Tuesday-Tag on Tag

The theme on Tag Tuesday this week is Tag on Tag.
For my tag I decided to use some fabric tags I had in my stash. The larger one has musical instruments and a musical border, and the background, which is very faint, shows a musical score.
I coloured in the blank space in the middle of the tag, using Inktense pencils, and added a treble clef and stave with a few notes.
The second tag is also made of fabric, and I thought it would work well with the first one. I have stamped MUSIC and a bird in a cage on top on the Inktense pencil colour.