Some more stamps … How about barbed wire and Celtic knots?

Trying out carving tiny motifs into household erasers proved a little challenging this evening (but then my daughter had fun colouring in the unprinted sections afterwards!).

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These erasers were even smaller than the tree I shared in the previous blog post. The barbed wire stretches across 1.5 inches! Sorry metric fans!!!

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2015/01/img_4245.jpgThe border’s all ready to colour in πŸ™‚

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The ties arrived in time :-)

How about a handprinted tie for Christmas? My dad always had to wear a suit and tie to work and I can remember as a kid going into a tailors many years ago while he was measured up for a tailor-made jacket. He also used to traipse across town in search of leather-soled shoes so they lasted. To him, that was money well spent. My mum would also painstakingly iron his shirts and fold them as if they’d just been bought so that they could neatly sit inside the wardrobe piled up on the shelves rather than be hung up on a hanger. Likewise, I seldom saw my grandfather out of a proper shirt; he always dressed for dinner.
So, I thought long and hard what I could buy my dad for Christmas this year. He, of course, dresses up in shirt and tie for restaurant meals, but when I saw him yesterday he was wearing a thread-bare sweater and jogging bottoms – his garage clothing. Hmm, should I fork out for something he’s unlikely to wear? Should I invest the next two weeks into trying to knit a new sweater for him (impossible) or handprint him a unique tie that he could wear on special occasions, such as my daughter’s forthcoming birhday?
I chose the latter and ordered five plain white silk ties (well, some might not turn out quite right). Then I added some fabric paints to the list began considering designs for it.
This is what I came up with – a handprinted silk tie – this is one I sold today at an orchid and craft fair :-). The other is off public view as it needs to remain a surprise!

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Still time to enter – free Christmas Giveaway!

Entries are being accepted up until midnight Friday 12th December. Thanks everyone who has entered so far – mostly on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarebird.co.uk
Tgis is just to remind you that entries are accepted here on WordPress too. All you have to do is comment on whether the limited edition print will be for you or a gift before the deadline tomorrow. Good luck.
Here’s a reminder of the prize:

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Gelli dancing

After our recent family wedding, I chose to draw out a silhouette of dancers out on the dance floor. The bridesmaids wore a similar colour to this, which I thought was rather fun (and I like purple).

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Collage

I haven’t done collaging for years. Literally. When I consider how this final piece has been created it amazes me how many layers and media it contains: I can remember the bubble wrap, the potato I carved up for a stamp, the rusty nails I found out in the shed and the product I bought to tie my hair up in a bun before it was long enough to put up! The collage incorporates Sharpie pens, Tippex, acrylic paints, watercolour, kids’s bottled paint and of course the use of the Gelli plate.
It took rather a long time to put together and consider the position of the circles, but overall, it was a fun experience πŸ™‚

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The Alphabet prompts

Yesterday saw the start of a series of new prompts through a Facebook group I belong to as part of an autumn journalling experience. I’m not going to showcase every single prompt here, but as the second letter of the alphabet was B and I was inspired, I thought I’d share with you what I chose to do. Apart from many other things …
B is for Bear.
I have started my Christmas shopping; selected my Secret Santa from a hat at work and visited a pub yesterday aptly named The Bear. It was this pub that inspired me to create a winter print and also (to add a couple of other words beginning with B) a picked up a bargain in a high street store before heading back home and tackling some more bag making on the old sewing machine!

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That’s five bags made for 15th November and some of these are made from fabric bought in Bolton!

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A winter Bear Gelli print for Christmas cards…

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A bargain book for Β£1 on machine embroidery…

More progress has also been made on my book – I’m participating in this for the fifth year – to write a draft novel of at least 50,000 words in the month of November

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I’ve just written 3,420 words (still a long way to go).
Now, I’m off to bed. Good night all you lovely bloggers πŸ™‚

Doodling clowns

During my lunchbreak I managed a quick clown sketch, which I then turned into a monoprint.

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I found the underside of a lemonade bottle produced flower-like stamp patterns, so started with this as a basis for my print.

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Then I added strips of torn paper to give a layering effect like this feather print

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And even tried out a trail of cotton in the paint

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Now I have several backing papers for journal covers and for a future craft project.
The clowns were sketched onto one of the Gelliprinted backing papers using a calligraphy pen and some Indian ink.

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Instead of water colours or acrylics, I picked up some basic kiddy paints from the supermarket and as a cheaper alternative to the tubes I’ve been using, I was quite pleased with the results πŸ™‚

Envelope book

This evening I had a go at making an envelope book using standard envelopes which interlock (you stick the tab at the top of one envelope inside another and build up your pages). Over the weekend I’ll show you more explicitly what I mean – as I need to practise. The first time I did it I used PVA glue and the envelopes stuck together where they shouldn’t and the smaller version also had issues with glue. I’ll share with you the link to where I saw how to do it originally when I share my attempt at it. As it’s late, I’m just going to show you the prints I did this evening in the book, including a go at printing on felt using the gelli and some silver lino paint.

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The white felt reacted quite well with the process – it picked up the impressions I made with a lid (for the circles) and the layers of silver and red. I only used a small piece of felt to try out the material, but was pleased with the results.

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The book used eight small envelopes, so a double page spread is about A5 in size.

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Then I returned to my drying leaves and did a couple of postcard prints ready for a postcard swap – these just need some embellishing before I post them off πŸ™‚

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As you can see, my leaf collection is becoming multicoloured and rather fragile!

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Gelliplate printed robin … Here’s how

Please note: all photographs are copyright
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I drew out an outline sketch of a robin

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Collected some leaves and cut out the robin from card

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Added the paint and rollered it

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Lifted the leaves off

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Applied the paper over the gelliplate

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Drew in detail of the robin and used water colour pencils and an Aqua brush pen

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