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Lights, Camera…

… and action!

Welcome to my new home here in WordPress land.  As I seem to spend most of my time in WordPress it seemed a good idea to move this poor neglected blog here as well.

I can’t say that 2013 was a particularly good year for me – six months with a vertigo-inner-ear thing which made me fall over every time I tilted my head one way (it was funny for about a day or two but the novelty soon wore off); then I knocked my wrist in September and it’s only now getting backing to normal.

Calendar Preparations

On the upside though, I did manage to complete the calendar for mum with only a few missing the first-of-the-month deadline.  I had a little bit of help with the injured-wrist months but it’s been such a success that I’m continuing this year too.

I’ve got a new photography assistant too, but he does seem to get the wrong side of the camera a little too often…

My new photography assistant

My new photography assistant

My new photography assistant









Back to the Future

Calendar January 2013 close-up

So I’m back on the calendar thing again. This time it’s a late Christmas present for mum who needed a what’s-the-date-today kind of calendar rather than one to write events on. It needed to be large print too.

Calendar January 2013

Each month is going to be a different design – partly so that I can play with different techniques but also to keep it interesting! January was made on a piece of dyed copy paper, stamped and then the text added. The backing is handmade paper. It acquired a few buttons and a flower before it was finally hung up but I don’t have a decent photo yet…

Time Flies

…and I bet you thought I wasn’t coming back? I wondered too.

When the end of January arrived I suddenly realised that I was about to run out of calendar – so decided to have a go at making my own. One month done so far:

Calendar Month February 2010

As it was a bit of an experiment with just ink pads, rubber stamps and pen, I kept it simple – now I know that it’ll fit nicely on an A4 sheet I’ll add a bit more to it next month – which, knowing me, I’ll be doing late on 29th Feb….

Oh, OK…

Fused glass suncatchers

Fused glass suncatchers

… I haven’t really been asleep all this time – but I have to admit that hibernation does sound very appealing.

Actually, I’ve been quite busy since my last real post – visited a lot of talented artists during Artweeks, focusing my visits this year on glass artists; I’ve dusted off my lace pillow in preparation for a workshop I’m teaching in October; had my first go at lampworking at the Flame Off in Towcester and tried enamelling for the first time at Art in Action.

I’ve joined the Oxford Glass Artists group; been to France on holiday; got very wet on the water rides at Legoland and have made a book from beer mats.

Oh, have slept a bit too…..

Experiments II

Unfinished inchies
This week I have mostly been experimenting with inchies. Never heard of them? They’re one inch square pieces of ‘art’ (I don’t consider myself an artist so loath to call anything I do art!). They’re usually card-based but can be made out of anything – fabric, metal, wood etc. So far I’ve done a few backgrounds – a few being in excess of 50…. As they’re small they’re quick to do and this first batch I’ve done with ink stamps on white card.

Next, I added some printed images, text and music to the card before inking:

Inchies with background

The next step is to finish these off with some more images, paint, ink or whatever – more experimenting!