Craft Day 1/365
Hubby’s just made me a prop for school where I will be teaching Beowulf along with other myths and legends. He drew out the shape on some ply after a bit of research on the shape, then cut it out. He left the decorating for me to do!
I have painted the Viking broadsword using metallic paint for the font to add a bit of shine to it in the light and outlined some of the lettering with ink. I particularly like celtic patterns or those which interlock. One day I hope to have a go at silver jewellery making. The first piece of jewellery I designed was when my first baby was born and I wanted her to have a keepsake for when she grew up. Although I designed it, I commissioned a jewellery maker from famous Glastonbury in the UK to make it.
Regarding my class, all about the age of 12/13, they were thrilled that we were going to create a wall display of our work on myths and legends. After the focus on Beowulf, we moved onto The Pied Piper and the children’s task was to then write their own epic poem. My youngest daughter is always inspired by the ideas I plan for my lessons and wanted to take part even though she’s younger and attends a different school. She drew me a picture for a slide on The Pied Piper, having already studied it at school!

Recycling to print

A while ago, my daughter took apart the backing to one of her pieces of work. Three square pieces of wood were ripped apart, pulling the dried glue from the backing. The wood now has interesting glue swirls covered in a mesh-type texture.

I decided to save them from the bin as I was sure they’d inspire me to do something one day. Today was the day!
I inked up my gelliplate with lines of red, blue and yellow then pressed the wood into the plate. A piece of paper over the top of the plate produced this. I was pleased with the randomness of recyling. :-)

It puts a whole new meaning on the saying, ‘One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’!

Communicating – a haiku


Its hit the bullseye:
A central hub on radar
Pulsing waves to shore.

(Communicating with my two children who have headed off to uni has been challenging this weekend with broken or lost signals and sending blank messages. This image I took of a section of a tree today inspired me to write a haiku about improved communication as we travelled home after dropping our middle child off to university for the first time and we were able to call him properly after a five hour drive.)

Devastating fire at a dogs’ home …please please share/donate

Please could fellow bloggers, and all who love pets and animals share my daughter’s page and/or donate for the worthy cause of helping dogs caught up in a massive fire yesterday in the UK.

She would really appreciate as many as possible sharing her donation page so as many people as possible can donate:


Tree lino print

As you may remember, I shared a picture of a rubbing I made from the edge of a pencil over the top of a lino cut showing the raised and lower surfaces through the tones of grey. This morning, I managed to get out into my printing shed before heading off to work with my fog lights on. It was the first time I’ve been printing before work and I like a child having to go to school, I dug my heels in and wanted to print some more!


Pencil rubbings

Another great thing about cutting into lino is that you can do a test rubbing before actually covering it in ink or paint. Also, if you use the edge of a pencil or crayon and direct the nib in one direction (in this case example from left to right) so that the lines all go in the same direction you will notice that the image is the same way around as what you have drawn on the lino! This contrasts with when the lino is inked up and turned over onto paper or card. The impression made from the lino plate is always mirrored or in reverse.

In these two example pencil rubbings, I’ve cut two lino prints – one in soft pale grey lino (several tree trunks) and the other using a lino which has a mesh on the back (single tree).



There is a further stage to this technique … If you use a blunt tip or a ball point pen which has run out of ink, you can rub over the surface and into the groves left by the lino tools and create an embossed picture.

Tomorrow I will show you the results of the lino print trees so that you can compare the pencil rubbing with the print :-)

A new use for rusty nails, rounded teabags and leaves

The gelliplate is so versatile! Even rusty nails produce interesting prints (although I was careful not to push them in deep and gently used the brayer over the tops. The nails were flat on their edges, but a lovely burnt orange colour. I considered which coloured paints to use and where to position the nails.


This print incorporated a rounded teabag! I had to roller over the top really gently to avoid it bursting tea leaves onto the plate.
Then my OH decided to have a look and tried out his own print using kiddie bubble wands for texture and then making his first ghost print. Next on my list is to try and make one of my own gelliplates as I’d love a larger surface to explore the spaces on A4 paper further as not all of the leaves on this branch fitted onto my 6 x 6 plate.


First ever gelliprint portrait

Originally posted on The Elevator Press:

Ok, when I learned all about the printing trade in my early teens, a gelliplate didn’t exist. We used glass panes, perspex, polystyrene, wood and metal, foam and cardboard plus the traditional carved up potato! So, I’m delighted to share this experience with you of my first ever gelliprint portrait :-)
I prepared the gelliplate with a brayer and watercolours. Can anyone guess what object I used to provide a textured feature of the face?


Another bit of creativity today was making up a flat-pack paper storage unit for my print studio. The room isn’t large enough for a plan chest, but I do need somewhere to store my prints and paper or card flat. This was perfect


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