You may be glad to hear I have not fallen off the end of the earth but have been swamped beneath a sea of cellophane, cello tape and grey board. All in aid of packing up my prints and cards. Having run out of the aforementioned things I am free at last.
My little pile o stuff.
and as I'm so generous I've slipped a little card, as seen above, in with each print.
So although the pressure is building as the print rooms close again for the summer this week I spent my weekend making jars all purdy for my friends wedding. They're mostly for flowers and what-not-ery but it's amazing what you can do with a bit of double sided tape and a cocktail stick. I only made half I hasten to add as I was aided by my partner in crime Beth Tearle who amongst other things was head of the bow tying department.
This is what they looked like at midnight after a few fruity drinks.
I'm currently experimenting with screen prints for my new book. The little girl is going to disappear so what I need to work on is how to make that happen but more of that next week. For today this is all I have but it's a start.
I still need to work on what she actually looks like but lets put that off until next week too.
Today has mostly been spent amazed at how long I've unintentionally managed to drag my photoshopping out. I'm also crossing fingers and toes that the screen I've been trying to put images on at home might actually work. But here's what I did yesterday which was way more fun.
Can you spot the segment I forgot to carve? No, there are no prizes.
And the photoshop, oh the photoshop. I don't know which I prefer yet.
A few classmates and myself spent yesterday perusing the Inky Crows Illustration Extravaganza. We were surrounded by some beautiful artwork and plied with cake until our wallets loosened. Apparently the moths released from mine aren't technically currency and so I could only afford one piece. I'm now the proud owner of the Pam Smy print below.
Praying and swaying, vaulted and exalted.
You can see more of their work at inkycrows12.blogspot.co.uk. It's all very much worth a look.
So as I was carving my lino by a light my mother would tell me was not bright enough to read in (so probably not bright enough to use tools in) I decided to post a few pics as my computer is much brighter though much less fun.
Apologies for the poor, quick photoshopping but my scanner is rubbish (quick, blame the tools) and my images are much bigger than it. Poor shrunken scanner.
So that makes my book a little over half way, hooray!
After avoiding eye contact with my laptop for several days it has finally coaxed me into attempting a blog. In the past technology and I have kept a safe distance from one another so hopefully this foray back into it won't somehow label me as 'the girl who broke the internet.'
This is from a new series of lino cuts which will hopefully make up my new book. It's based on the legend of the thorn bird.
And these are the screen prints (the right way round cos I'm a bad lino cutter and don't do it like I ought to). Imagine the above a little greener if you will...