Sunday 31 October 2010

Mixed Media Portrait

Karin gave me this link to a fabulous free mixed media class

This is the first class and I so enjoyed doing it. Please be sure to check out the site ;-)

Happy Halloween

I created 2 Halloween canvas pieces for a Halloween challenge.....

Monday 27 September 2010

Printing - Drypoint and Collograph

I attended a wonderful printing workshop in Armagh over the last 2 Saturdays with Mary, Carrie and Marian. The timing was perfect as I'm starting in NCAD on Wednesday studying Drawing, Mixed Media and Print - so I got an insight into some more printing techniques.

My final images are far from perfect, but it was a great opportunity to learn the technique and get a feel for the process. Here's a couple of the pieces I made.

The Drypoint image was created by scratching into a perspex plate using various tools. This is a simple sepia toned print of my Drypoint Lighthouse.

I also ran a 'blue' version of the dry point and tried to capture the 'night' feel with the moon reflected in the water.

The collograph was great fun to make - layer different textures of wallpaper, tissue and tinfoil and cutting away the mountboard base, which is then varnished over to protect.  Here is the finished collograph plate prior to printing.

This is probably the best of the prints from the collograph plate, although I would have liked to spend more time and get the definition of the lighthouse more clear - still it gives a good indication of the possibilities.

Finally, as I was in town to catch a train at 7am! I took a photo of the train station with a beautiful red morning sky ;-)

Friday 24 September 2010

Joanne's Tag

My final tag for our Forum Tag swap. Joanne's theme was childhood.

I was drawn to the pretty bright colours as they reminded me of Joanne's style.

Wednesday 1 September 2010

Catkin - RIP

This is a very special post in memory of our beloved Catkin who passed away last night.

He has been part of our family for 13 years and had a very special personality. He was very beautiful, and had a wonderful arrogance about him. Everyone who met him adored him. We will miss him very much.

Wednesday 25 August 2010

My Hat with Loulou Bricole

A couple of weeks ago I spent a wonderful day with milliner Linda Gruet. Not only is she an amazing designer, she's a lovely person and great fun to be with - and she's a great cook too!

It was an intensive learning experience in a relaxed atmosphere, and I brought home a hat which I am in love with. It doesn't get any better!

I love Linda's elegant style with its vintage twist, and importantly her designs are wearable. Check out her website - Loulou Bricole Couture Millinery to see some of her stunning work.

Wednesday 18 August 2010

Pennys Tag

This is the final tag for our Tag Book Challenge, and this one is made for Penny's theme - Sea.

I actually found it difficult to get this piece done. But I am pleased with the final result - I hope Pen likes it too!