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14 October 2016

Can You Just..... Of Course I Can

Having completed two Art Trails in September, I had assumed that I was done for the year in terms of events to showcase work.  I don't make for Christmas, its an occasion which is less than happy for me, for many reasons, and I'm not a huge fan of the celebratory makes, as in for me to make them.  I try hard, not to, but its possible to end up with Bah Humbug as my mantra at this time of year.  The only consolation is, chocolate choice at this time of year!

So thinking on, and having ideas for reconsidering art practice... out of the blue has come two opportunities.

I made these for the first.....

This was a quick turnaround, as in only a few days between receiving details, and date for postage in order to meet deadline.
The work has to fit in a CD case - so its very specific on size to meet.
So I've sent these off, the nature of the event is there will be no personal acknowledgement of receipt, so I have to hope they arrived.  I will hear nothing again until April time, when hopefully a fat cheque arrives! (I have seen a photo of a box of entries, but which brown envelope is mine....) The good news is that there is a minimum price of £20 per piece, you set the price yourself, but that's the starting level.  So now I need patience, to see what returns.  So for a full day of intensive work (plus takes ages to label and pack), I hope someone likes and buys  (at least one, please).

Next, the opportunity to enter an Open Exhibition - internet submissions.  Now I have been in this Exhibition twice before, but haven't had success in many years.  Always difficult when you stitch, as usually the Open has only 3-4 pieces.  I had decided not to bother any more - but the entry fee for three pieces is only £15 and entry online is fill in a form and send images.  Its very easy, especially when I make a practice of photographing everything I make.  This is a selected event, so its all down to the judges, and whether work fits in with other pieces to make a good display.  I won't know the outcome for about 3 weeks.

So.... the question remains, have I actually finished submitting for the year?

05 October 2016

October Voice for Stencil Girl Products

Hello – have you found me via the Stencil Girl blog?  I am so proud to have been chosen to be a Voice for the October Stencils, by Mary Beth Shaw. - which you can see announced here.

A little recap on me.  Primarily a creative stitcher, having stitched almost all my life – you will see at the top of this blog tabs to take you to the story of my formal qualifications in both Creative Embroidery and Paper Arts.  For me the two have made a very happy collision, as my preferred ‘fabric’ to stitch on is Paper… and I’d rather use paints than dyes.

Signing up for a monthly shipment of stencils from Stencil Girl Products has brought me oodles of happiness, the styles and inspiration are a good fit with me.  So, seeing the call for Voices, I thought give it a go.  I never dreamed I’d be chosen, being in the UK, and here I am,  having a play with the stencils for October.

I must admit I did play with all the stencils, and made lots of test runs and ideas….

So out came the Gelli Arts® plate and acrylic paints. a mix of Paper Artsy and Daler Rowney.

     Having played around with loads of ideas, the Gelli Arts® Plate had ghost images on it, from all the stencils.  So these became incorporated, rather pleasingly into this piece.

Using Two Plates  - on the larger I brayered three colours.  On the small I laid down the middle sized stencil and brayered through the ‘tulip’ shapes with black paint.  Removed the stencil.
Then I squished this Plate onto the larger, there is a mutual colour transfer. Colour across to the small, and black onto the larger.
I printed off the small Plate onto Cartridge paper.
Repeated this process two more times. So I ended up with this as an additional print.

I took the print from the larger Plate and ended up with the colour, the ghost images from previous printings, and ghostly ‘tulips’.
Added some of the pebble shapes to the bottom.  The piece was now screaming ‘flowers’ at me.
Using black thread and free machine (free motion) embroidery I stitched the flowers.  I didn’t draw these first, but used my machine needle to draw.  Adding in ‘flowers’ too.
Some more colour to the flower petals using Polychromos pencils, trimmed down and edged with a black machine stitch, to make a panel.

For this sample, I covered the plate in black paint, laid the large stencil on top.  Blotted off the black. (colour is from the unwashed stencil itself!)
Then I rollered (brayered) colours over the top.  Removed the stencil, and took a print on 160 gsm Cartridge Paper. (Not sure of the equivalent in US terms – but in the higher weights it’s a really good smooth paper for drawing/painting, but not of the heft of watercolour paper).
I fell in love with it, and decided to add more lines, by going over some of the black lines with a straight machine stitch, and filling in the coloured shapes with small hand straight stitching in colour matching silk threads.  Trimmed down and stitched around the edge, it became a rather pleasing panel, could easily become a book cover – but then I like looking at all the colours!

I love the effect of this kind of printing – so I made one in reverse – ie plate covered in colour, stencil, blot, roller on black paint, removed stencil and print.

I really enjoyed my challenge, so many ideas.  Please come back and see me again – especially as I have the November Stencils to share as well.
Thank you to Stencil Girl Products for this opportunity, I am so very thrilled to have been chosen, and I hope to have lived up to your expectations.
Thanks for looking.

01 October 2016

30 September 2016

Dodging the Bullet (Journal)

So time has run away with me, again.... perhaps I should write more lists, or perhaps that's yet another avoidance of doing, cos list keeping can be a full time career.
Not only have I lost hours looking at Bullet Journals, to decide if I need one... errr No.  This week I've discovered another - Log Book - yes a book to record things achieved.  Now eons ago I had heard of a Brag Book, and thought, right I will do that, make myself a little book to record the good stuff I've done, to confirm I've done something with my time.
So for several years I made one of these:

Had to be a small book of patterned pages - no idea why, just did.  Two pages to a week, in which I briefly wrote out achievements for the week, no pretty journal stuff.
I kept these for a few years, and then moved on to a simple small purchased page a day diary, and stopped recording what I've achieved as such.  It has shown up patterns, ie several times during the year opportunities arise, other times of the year everything collides. I still use the diary to record opportunities found, regardless of whether I go for them or not. I also avidly note arty purchases, ie how much, where from, incredibly useful to search out when I need more, and to see how long certain things last.

I have got something new to share, but its time sensitive, so give it a couple of days, I'm squealing with excitement.

In the meantime there's art housekeeping to do.  Putting work back in cupboards, which it should fit in to. However, it turns into, chuck it in and slam the door, run before it falls out again. Pondering the merits of photos to use on business cards, even what to write on the card, and which order.  Its not like I don't have any and have never done, but trying to work out which information is the most important, and should be first, and has that changed.
I did get myself a QR code thingy and was going to add that to my Trail displays - but actually how many people use?  Might have better luck welding a Pokemon to it.

Sooooo call back in a few days, and I will have something colourful to show you.