A studio finally

I have a useable studio! Spent the last week making tables from wooden palettes. With the help of my Dad I now have two tables – one to work at and the other for my printing press. The tables still need to be painted – ideas for colours welcome!

The new work space inspired me to get out my cutting tools and start on a new project – one of my earlier butterfly sketches. Its amazing how the right space gives you the motivation to do something. No more working at the kitchen table, or out in a freezing cold shed!

 

 

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Paint your own wedding

One of the main reasons for my blogging absence in 2013 was my sister’s wedding. With her in the USA and the taking place in the UK, there was lots for me to do! It wasn’t all hard work though. I also got to organise the hen party!

We had an arty day painting pottery that was then used at the wedding. My sister picked the colours and then everyone went crazy! It’s a really fun day out – I’d recommend doing it even without the party and wedding. In fact I’ve been back quite a few times to paint my own crockery.

The pictures below show the end results (the cake plate was my contribution).

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Painting is a messy business

I started on the second backdrop for Whistle Down the Wind today. The backdrop will have the same basic scene as the first – a field of corn – but now instead of telephone pylons, the scene will be set with an overpass and a large road sign. This backdrop is going to be hung further forward on the stage, so I have painted the corn field lower on the cloth – making sure the perspective is right. Now time to wash all the paint off my feet (with a canvas this size, there is now way not to get covered in paint, which is half the fun!)

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Jigsaw fish gets a face lift

I’ve started on painting my jigsaw fish. Rather than paint, which would likely just end up in a big mess, I’ve gone for pen and ink. Each piece was taken off, drawn on and then put back in place. Its going to take a while, but i’m pleased with the result so far.

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Christmas Stars

I meant to share these with everyone earlier, but Christmas craziness took over. At the holiday club I help run each Christmas we made two different Christmas Stars this year. One idea I got from minieco.co.uk and the other from my head! The cut and fold stars are great for small kids – everything can be prepared in advance. And the woolen stars (wool wrapped around a wire star shape) are easy peasy for little fingers. They also make pretty cool decorations.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Have a great New Year!

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