Thursday 26 August 2021

Where did it go?

The week, I mean.  I've no idea what happened this week, apart from the laze-in-the-studio days flying by.  I did get started on  the inside of the stitched book, although progress is slower than expected.  (Me, not the work itself.)

I got a ton of bookmark and tag blanks out, fully intending to do something with them in order to reduce the size of the exploding box of papers.  For some reason, they refused to make themselves, and my Round-Tuit had already expired for the month.  

My two journals in the works languished in the same manner, and goodness knows when they'll get done.  

And Ruth's last two paintings await her presence, which may take a good while, given that the Covid stats have risen alarmingly in town.  We're back to full restrictions for the foreseeable future in British Columbia, and there are rumblings (unfounded I sincerely hope) about a lockdown.

In spite of that, there is a feeling of neighbourliness everywhere

and we are taking every advantage of the now-stellar outdoor weather.  The smoke from forest fires around us has lifted due to the rain, the skies are blue, and sunshine sparkles and brightens each day.  The flora has taken on some fall colours, and we glory in them.

Hopefully your home area is safe and beautiful as well.  Happy week, my friends!

Thursday 19 August 2021

It's been a wild one...

... in the house and in the studio this week.  Seems like the loosening of restrictions has brought a number of people to town.

With a visit from our daughter and grandson, to a friend from a long drive away, it's been exceptionally busy here.  The friend, Louise Olinger, was in town housesitting for a week, so we managed to play for two mornings in the studio.  Louise is an accomplished watercolourist, and her website is pure delight, with enough eye candy to keep one occupied for hours.   Louise' wish was to play with mixed media, so the glue cave got a great workout

as did the studio tables.  You can likely tell from the photos that she is a bundle of energy and great fun to play with!

We were so engrossed that I mostly forgot to take photos, and only managed this one of the bookmarks she was creating.

I did remember to take a shot of the tags I created - some hours after she left!  

As I was tidying up the studio in the aftermath, I found some suspicious things lurking about - not sure where they came from, but they are obviously in the works.

I do recall working on this, the fifth in the Line Dance series, as I work towards a final design for a larger piece.

And the dryer sheet paper somehow mysteriously collected an array of circles - pretty sure it was after midnight, because they didn't appear until the morning.

All in all, it was a colour-full week, and you know that's my favourite kind of time!  Happy week, my friends, and do catch me up on your doings in the comments!

Thursday 12 August 2021

I found my 'round-tuit'...

 ...and finished the stitching on my second Coptic stitch book.  

5 1/4" x 3 7/8"

The signatures (11 of them) are a comprised of a gel print and sheet of Stonehenge paper.  I've not yet determined what's going into the book but I can feel something percolating in the back brain.

I'm really enjoying the look of the covers, made from my Typar house-wrap play a couple of weeks ago and suspect that this wrap could become my go-to for covers, both for its durability and infinite possibilities.  The house wrap takes paint, alcohol inks, stamps, stencils and a whole lot more.

And I so much enjoy the way the underlying texture peeks through everything...kinda sneaky, don'tcha  think?!  😉

Here's to sneaky colour play - do let me know what you've been up to in the comments!  

Thursday 5 August 2021

The witchery brew continues... the studio.  With a number of projects on the go (not the least of which is the second Coptic stitch book), I can't seem to stop playing.  When alcohol inks hit wallpaper and look like this, why would I? 

By the time I add a layer of stamping on top of the embossed areas, they're doubly delicious.

It's hard to imagine that white-on-white (embossed) wallpaper can go from this:

to this!

Of course that's not all I did this week - I finished the painting I was working on last week

and delivered it to its new owner, made what felt like a gazillion cards and got them off as well (sorry, no photos of those!).

This week?  I'll get that stitchery going, I promise.  Covers made, signatures done, thread waxed...what's to stop me?  😎

Happy week, my friends - be sure to let me know what you're up to in the comments!

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