Monday, 24 August 2015

Colours of the Mediterranean Travel Journal Sample

A few pics of my class sample...

...picking up on where we'll be going.

(My focus tends to be on the "ancient" of course!)









I've folded all the booklets ready, seeing as I'll be having my first sessions the day after I get onboard.

I can't wait to see all these lovely places...

...and meet all the wonderful people who'll be traveling with me!

This cruise is sold out...

...but there's space on many more Voyages of Discovery

This is my last blog post for a little while...

...keep safe everyone

x C

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sketchbook all done and only 6 more sleeps before I go!!

I ummmed and arrred about what sort of sketchbook to take with me for my Mediterranean bobbing-about trip.....

...little fat one?

...slim A5 one?

...square format?

...plain or not?

Couldn't find EXACTLY what I was after...

...so...

...I made this one out of 1700 & 1400 weight wallpaper lining paper.






I folded in some pockets for...."stuff"....

...and stitched all around the edges before applying lovely Lefranc & Bourgeois gesso to every surface!!

Spent a few delightful hours decorating the front and back covers...

... sticking bits inside...

...and making a little extra notebook - just in case. :-)

Not TOO many pages otherwise it gets daunting...

Getting excited!!

No blog posts while I'm away...

...too many other things to do...

...but I'll play catch-up as soon as I'm back.

x C


Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Romanesque, Beakhead-Hunting and a Neolithic gathering place...

...and what a trip it was!!

My trusty little Canon is stuffed full of heads...

...BEAKHEADS that is of course!


We took the Gladdyvan over to Oxfordshire and pitched at Bladon for a week.

This part of the UK is one of two areas where Beakheads can be found in abundance...

...the other area being Yorkshire (that's for another time :-)


So, after driving over on the Sunday, we took the bus into Oxford early Monday morning for my appointment with the Librarian at St. Edmund Hall...

...whose library just happens to be the church of St.Peter-in-the-East.

Dating from the 12th Century, it has some wonderful Romanesque features...

...and a fantastic Beakhead-surrounded doorway!






The following day we drove over to Iffley to visit the church of St Mary. WOW!!!!!







After taking a couple of hundred photos here...

...we headed north to Great Rollright - St Andrews....



..and then St Peter at Hook Norton...

...where the Romanesque offering was in the form of a large font!



Finally...

...to round of a lovely day...

...we visited a spiritual centre that is (at least) 3000 years older than these gorgeous churches.

The Rollright Stones.





There were lots of dowsers around...

...and it was very interesting to get results with a set of borrowed dowsing rods instead of my usual pendule!

I'd love to be able to get some of my captured heads into my sketchbook...

...but with the cruise fast approaching I have to get samples finished for that...

...and take loads and loads of photos for the book I'm writing for Colourcraft.

Just 2 weeks before I get off to the sun and begin bobbing around the Mediterranean!!

Tick....tick....tick....

Have a great weekend

x C

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A serpent...and some Beakheads...

Been doing a bit more in my "Medieval Inspirations" sketchbook...

A serpent from Kilpeck...






...and some beakheads from...

...all over the place!!

I have scanned and REVERSED the serpent drawing...

...ready to transfer onto lino.

(Let's see if I can get THIS one right!!)

The others will get done a bit later...

..after I've been off Beakhead-hunting next week :-)

EXCITED!!!

x C

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Speechless!!

Diddldy Dum...

...Diddly Dee...

Medieval Inspirations sketchbook coming along nicely.

Stretton Sugwas Sampson manikin...

First page...



second page...




so far so good...

lovely bit of lino carving...

...complete with tiny holes to make shaded textured areas...

wonderful.....




Spotted it yet?




Bloody thing's printed BACKWARDS AGAIN!!!

You'd have thought that after making this very mistake with the first angel...

...I'd have learned to reverse the drawing before transferring onto the lino wouldn't you!!?

Bloody well SPEECHLESS!!

.....and feeling a right prat! :-(


C

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Summer School fun! - Warning...lots of piccies!!

I had such a wonderful time at Bishop Burton College...

...at the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Summer School!

I got there the night before (after a 6 hour drive!)...

...and when settling in was done, went out for an evening meal with the lovely Linda Miller...

...who was to end up in the workshop room opposite me.

We had our breakfast in the staff canteen on Friday morning and then went to set up our respective rooms...

...ready for the afternoon arrival of 44 delightful and eager ladies :-)

Friday saw everyone launching into their projects...

...my ladies being easily recognizable at dinner as the ones with multi-coloured hands...

...thanks to using Brusho to get their backgrounds done ready for Saturday...

...when table-tops began to look really interesting!!







I had asked everyone to bring special items/treasured bits to use as a personal theme for their books...

...and before long some beautiful pages were appearing.








This lovely stitched church was done by Sandra from the City of York Guild...

...who also brought along a finished Tribal Cloth panel that she'd started at my workshop with them in March!

PROUD!!!




By the end of workshop time on Sunday everyone had beautiful creations in front of them...

...which were put on display so that members of the other groups could come and see what everyone else had been doing.







A few examples from Jenny Adin-Christie's group...




Just see how much fun THEY were having!! :-)


This was some of the work done in Nicola Hulme's workshop...





...and these were done with Linda Miller...






Congratulations to everyone for creating such beautiful work!!

Thanks to Pauline Heywood and the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Committee for inviting me to teach at this delightful event.

...and here's looking forward to the next time!! :-)