Sunday, June 24, 2012

Journal Plans and Inspiration

I've been mulling around a few project ideas. Especially something I can do as a collaborative project with Mark. I like the idea of creating an art journal, that way we can both do bits and pieces towards it. I've see loads of amazing ones, these being a few of my current faves. 

Guy Laramee


Altered Alchemy

Altered Alchemy

I think the most successful ones I've seen have a theme running through-out. I'm having an obsession with M.R. James ghost stories at the minute so I thought it'd be fun to do a journal based on those. They're so fantastically gothic and spooky. With a bit of luck I'll get some good ideas, I have a few already.

Friday, June 22, 2012

New Look, Old Jacket

I've had a cream jacket in my wardrobe for years. It hardly ever gets worn any more. Not because I don't like it but because I have another cream jacket in just the same style but a different fabric which I like better. Consequently this poor jacket always gets over looked. I've been meaning to do something with it for ages and finally got round to it last week.

Firstly I decided to dye it a different colour. It was going to be grey (I used one of the dylon cold water dyes) but after I finished and dried it I thought I'd run it through the washing machine and it turned it a cool greeny bluey grey - happy accident. I decided to keep the buttons, and just sew them on with different thread. The flower I bought ages ago at a quilt show just because I liked it, it goes perfectly with the new colour so I made it into a brooch for it. Now I just need some actual warm weather so I can wear it!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Poppy ACEO

I had a lovely week off last week. Watched the Queens Jubilee which was fab, went to Erddig as I already mentioned, did some gardening over at my mum's and went to Download Festival at the weekend. All in all a fun week but I didn't do much by the way of drawing. This little ACEO is one I haven't posted yet, however I actually finished it the week before. It's done in watercolours and pencil and was inspired by the poppies I've got in the garden at the minute. I love the sculptural shapes of the flowers before and after they flower, it's such a contrast to the delicacy of the flowers themselves.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Erddig June Jubilee 2012

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Erddig June Jubilee 2012, a set on Flickr.
Yesterday we went on a trip to Erddig which is a beautiful 18th century house in Wales. As it was jubilee weekend they had bands playing and processions, and it was packed! It definitely deserves a re-visit when it's a bit quieter with a picnic. The gardens were lovely and really well looked after. The house itself is very large and grand. The rooms inside are beautiful but it is a frustrating place to visit. It's the most cordoned off National Trust house I've ever been in. Most rooms you can only stick your head in from outside the room or stand still in the corner, and they are so anxious to protect the interior you can barely see the light is kept so low. What you could see though is beautiful and well worth a visit.