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!! :-)

Monday, 6 July 2015

African Dancers - final sample for the Summer School!!

Well...

...it's been a bit of a scrabble...

...trying to finish off a "STITCH" article...

...and my final sample tri-fold book for the Summer School.

But it has been done!!!

Just a sneak peak...



...so that you can see how much FUN I've been having :-)

(I'll post a few more piccies when I get back home again.)

x C

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Excited!!

Postie arrived this morning with a beautifully written envelope...

...from the organiser of the Yorkshire & Humber EG Regional Summer School.

All the final details were enclosed...

...including a list of the 16 lovely ladies who will be in my classes...

..NEXT WEEK!!!

Apparently a number were at Stitching in the Dales last year...

...so we will be re-newing friendships...

...and it is SO nice to see familiar faces again.

I seem to be developing a bit of a "following" !! :-)

We'll be making some gorgeous books...

...and playing with print blocks, paints, fabrics, sequins, beads...

...and whatever else comes to mind or hand!

Really looking forward to it...





Sunday, 28 June 2015

At Last!! ...a brown print...and an Empress article!

Ink arrived...

...rolled onto lino block...

...printed onto soaked paper...

Ta Da!

First onto plain paper...



then onto paper that had been sprayed with Brusho.




I much preferred the second so set to work with a scissors...

....and glued the result onto some vellum card.




REALLY pleased with results...

...not too "leafy-looking" ?!





So forward march...

... with the Stretton Sugwas Sampson block :-)


And more news...

My first article for Empress Mills can be found here!!

I'm delighted to have been asked to write for them on a regular basis :-)))))

Enjoy!

x C

Friday, 26 June 2015

...in the meantime...

...while still waiting for my brown ink...

...I've been working on a couple of pages featuring the Sampson Tympanum at the church of St Mary Magdalene at Stretton Sugwas...

...where we visited the Saturday before last.





It was originally in the priory church, but was moved to this new one and installed inside.

It is a magnificent piece of stone carving - in the Hereford School style.

Here's my rendition...



...drawn using water-soluble graphite...

...then sprayed with Brusho.

I did another page but in close-up...

...ready for another lino block...



Having fun!

x C

(Hopefully I can get some printing done soon!)