Monday, 13 February 2017

Monday Morning Printing Happiness...

This is batch #1...

...of goodness knows how many!

Lovely Medieval floor tile printing blocks (Colouricious of course)...

...printed onto my own "leather paper"...

...that I will be using on my stand at the NEC next month.



Ahhhhh...

...how I LOVE Monday mornings!! :-)

x C

Friday, 10 February 2017

A bit of a moldy-looking beakhead!

My first Powertex effort was well and truly dry...

...so I've had a go at altering the surface with some "Stone Art" powder.

It's quite like powdered paper....very light...and easy to handle (as long as you don't cough or sneeze!)

I painted the beakhead with a bit more Powertex liquid, sprinkled on some of the Stone Art powder...

...then rubbed it in with my fingers and a brush to get into all the nooks and crannies.



It now looks almost edible!! :-)

Acrylic paints next methinks....

x C

Thursday, 9 February 2017

A bit of experimental stitching

This is the first page in the design book that I showed here...

After a bit of fiddling, I found that Empress Mills' "Superliner" is the best weight for me to use.

I also found out that I absolutely must not put Bondaweb on the pieces before stitching....

...as it makes everything too flat!

I want some loft here.


Stitching was done first by machine using Empress variegated  thread...

...then hand seeding (I simply can't resist!!)

Finally some Pebeo Setacolour was used to add some colour.

It's only a small piece...

...but, after seeing so many chevron patterns in 12th Century churches recently,  I like it a lot!!

x C



Tuesday, 7 February 2017

A Beakhead play-day

Yesterday afternoon I drove down to Tonypandy in the Rhondda...

...to a wonderful place called the "Craft of Hearts Community Craft Centre".

It's run by the lovely Joanne who showed me how to use "Powertex".

I'd phoned a few days before because, as you know, I have this "thing" about Beakheads...

...and wanted to make some 3D models for my current expo work.

So, Jo said "come on down"...

...and by the end of a few hours...

...I had this done!



I still have a way to go with him...

...but I'm really pleased with the result...

...and it was super-easy!

Of course, having spent an afternoon in a wonderful craft shop...

...I came home with loads of supplies :-)

Plans are afoot....

x C

Friday, 3 February 2017

An over-abundance of whiskers!!

Here they are...

...bless 'em...

...with their still-drying whiskers in place.



They shall be having a trim later today...

I love the looks on their dear little faces!1 :-)

x C

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Dresses for Meeces

...and these certainly will not be poor church meeces!!

I've done some block printing to start...

...then stitched around the designs.

Picking up on the patterns in the blocks, I cut some stencils...

...and used Markal Paintstiks to add to the fabric decoration.

Fleur de Lys on this one...



Little crosses on this one...




...and small five-petal flowers on this one.




I'm going to use the stencil patterns on the meeces' headwear too....

But for today ......

...whiskers.....

x C

Monday, 30 January 2017

"The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow"

We went out and about on Saturday...

...taking photos of newly-found bits of Romanesque sculpture.

Our journey took us into the Forest of Dean...

...and then for lunch in Ross-on-Wye.

On our way back to the chariot we happened across a bookshop...

...and in the window was a beautiful looking book.

In we went and I asked the gentleman behind the counter if I could please have a browse through.

Well.....

...just to give you an flavour...


Listen.


In the still, cold air of early morning there would be only silence, but for the

quiet music of gently falling snow.


No leaves cling to the trees.

Beneath stone-hard ground snakes sleep, coiling in cold dreams.


Winter.

Not a bird stirs.


This is how it starts...

...this wonderful book by Jackie Morris.

(More books of hers here...)





It's a "lullaby for adults"...

...about music and musicians.

Large format, so it makes you feel like a child again...

...holding a large book...

...or rather like my Father holding a large book reading to me as soon as he came home from work...

...smelling of metal and soot.

He must have been tired after a long shift making iron and steel...

...but he never refused me a story.

Reading this book in bed last night...

...I was sat in my Daddy's lap again...

...and I swear I could smell and taste the metal...

x C