Carol received a beautiful accordion book filled with calligraphy from Olive Bull. We were so fascinated by it that we spent most of one day figuring out exactly how she had put it together. It took me another day to get it to this stage. This is the prototype and it still needs a little bit of tweaking. Nice though. Olive's book was filled with beautiful calligraphy which is the next step.
Sgraffito is a technique that I haven't used for ages. I laid on a layer of oil pastels and then cover all of it with black gesso. I'm not sure if this is the right use of gesso but it seems to work. By putting one color under another one and scraping through the upper layers, you can show colour underneath. It is a pretty cool technique. Of course I only did the one and then moved on to a piece of bookbinding that I haven't yet finished. My studio is full of half finished pieces! Still it was fun.
I have had the materials to make a gilding cushion for nearly a year now. Finally got around to making the cushion. Now I need the box to go over the top so the gold does't fly away. Maybe by next year??
Envelope ready to go the minute Summer School in Winter opens for registration. So many great options again this year that it makes choosing the workshops extremely hard. I have narrowed it down to two based purely on my interests and capabilities. I can't wait for July.
Update on Rosie. Rosie is helping me with the jigsaw. She says that as she is an inside cat she is very good with jigsaws. She is the only pet we have at the moment which she says is just fine and that there is no need for another animal when she is around. Rosie is very opinionated.
Revisiting an artwork from a couple of years ago. Solomon's Song is always nice to do for the beautiful words. This particular piece was done on a marbled paper done in my backyard. Mental note: Do some more marbled papers!! Looking back my calligraphy could have been a little better but on the whole it is quite a nice piece. It was placed in an exhibition and did sell at the time so someone else also thought that it was quite nice!
I was looking through my copies of Letter Arts Review for inspiration when I came across an article by Jerry Kelly on Lloyd Reynolds. The entire article is very interesting but I was particularly attracted by Lloyd Reynold’s idea for Weathergrams.
The idea originally came from the Japanese tradition of attaching prayer slips to trees. Lloyd thought it would be nice to write a short verse (similar to a haiku) in calligraphy about some sudden insight. This exposure to the elements would weather the verse (hence, Weathergrams) making it complete.
Llyod's Weathergrams were made with kraft paper with a piece of twine attached. I wrote my sayings with waterproof black ink, for obvious reasons, on a strip cut from a brown paper bag with a piece of twine attached. Mine were about 24 cms by 6.5 cms and turned over 4 cms at the top. They have two of my favourite quotes along with with my handmade cat lino cut print at the bottom having a sleep. I gave the completed Weathergrams to my lovely friend Carol who has been such a delightful friend and a good influence this year.
This is my version of a Christmas/New Year card this year for my lovely friend Ann who sent me an amazing hand made card. It is the only card I have made for this Christmas. The time has just flown by. I know that Christmas always comes at the same time each year but it is still manages to creep up on me without me noticing. This card is a beautiful eco print both back and front and inside. The green circles were from onion rings. It is amazing the different colours that can be achieved.
This eco print has turned out to be a very delicate print. So pretty. It is a reminder that I need to do another batch soon!
Another variation on the little boxes. This time a geometric print with Fine Tec watercolour gold. They are beautiful and show up particularly well on black. The circles were made with Dr Martin's white and a ruling pen. Good fun to do if time consuming.
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