Sunday, July 23, 2006

Start of my Altered Book

The other part of this weekend has seen the start of my altered book. I have done the first two pages called 'Reach Out' and Brave Women of their Time'. I'm using water soluble oil pastels to create the backgrounds and overstamping with Stazon. Also using my broken stylus to 'scratch' designs/words/drawings into the crayon. I'm trying to get a fixed idea before I start and even made some notes! when doodling I am always drawing eyes so I figured I would use an eye image on each page as in what do mine eyes see but I am already stressing! about how it looks. I have looked at other peoples work but don't want to 'copy' ideas/layouts etc so I am finding it hard. I feel it looks a bit 'grungy' and would love to be able to produce something beautiful/flowing but when I start I am impatient to get it finished, I'm the same with painting - I want it finished. I need discipline and find I need to walk away or I will just 'finish it' and then be sorry. So give me an honest opinion, I can take it!!!

Cool Weekend

Well the weekend is almost over... and only one more day of school holidays! of course all the ironing is left to the last day but this is completely normal and I know is replicated everywhere (will keep telling myself that!). It's been quite hetic had visitors Thurs and Fri therefore had to do housework both days, now that's not normal! and a Stampin Up demo Fri night and of course I had to buy a stamp. Sat. I took Lorcan (3.5yrs) for a long bike ride while Tim and Taidgh went to the movies, my rear end was quite sore even though we were on flat road but it was lovely. Sat night I finished this piece - used my Collections Tile/frame set. It's for a very good friend, Ruth, who was very kind to me a few weeks ago and took me to the Human Nature concert where we had a ball. As she wouldn't let me pay for the ticket I decided to make her 'something'. I have mounted it onto a woven table mat and I will get or make a timber frame for it. Some of the images will mean specific things to Ruth. Hope she likes it.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

what a great day

It's been a good old day, surviving the second week of the school holidays. Had some good friends over for lunch today with kids in tow - it was loud and they seemed to move in a blur, imagine if we as adults all moved like kids??? how do we loose that energy.

Here are some pics of work I completed recently. Love backgrounds and texture. These are based on a technique by Trish Bayley and include 'glad wrap/tissue/masking tape/gauze'.

Oh the rain has come to Perth! the garden has been gasping for a drink.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

First words

Just to get started, hello world. One minute dot adding to create the big picture. Feel weird doing this, but going to give it a whirl. When organised will add some images of art etc.