Sunday, 22 May 2011

Bit off more than I could chew

this week. I'd hoped to do another 2 pennants but I managed just the one . I've had lots in the mail over the  last couple of weeks it's been great! I ordered my first Thermofax screen when I heard that Linda was setting up a service in Australia. I sent her my drawing of a tree branch that  used in a collage here. I was astounded when it came back & looked like this



a real screen! Carefully wrapped in a piece of her lovely fabric.






I was a little scared to use it (how silly!!!!!) so I've only made these prints so far.....



A crazy painted ground with multiple images,  car manual instructions,some mulberry bark paper, pieces of stitched fabric, silk & my first jar dyeing on thin calico - the 'jar' was a hotel breakfast jam jar, what, an inch by an inch? I dropped some silk paint in on top of the scrunched up piece of fabric to see what would happen. I finally did it!!!! It was pretty wet so I laid it over another piece & rollered it about - 2 for one ;) I used brusho (ink) powder in printing medium - I was worried about acrylic paint drying on the screen but this was perfect for a test. With a bowl of water around you can use the medium with acrylic paint, it just mustn't dry.I'm delighted with how the print looks. I bought the printers medium for this purpose, as an extender, when I did a Collagraph w/s 100 years ago & I used it for lino printing in Feb.I knew it would come in useful one day ;) Now I'm excited to 'design' the hanging for which I ordered the screen. I'll definitely be getting some more screens, very good value & quick considering there are 12,000 miles between me & Linda, thanks!


Aileen was going to come by for a visit while on holiday - couldn't make it but kindly sent me the lovely bits & pieces she'd been going to give me.


I feel a pale pennant coming on! So kind, thank you ;) One or 2 people in the studio have said I should put some of my papers together (as l can't always close the drawer!) into an inspiration pack & I could add spare pieces of found fabric - we all know we'll never use all of our 'stash' in our lifetime! I've enjoyed buying inspiration packs myself, something to start you off, & my girls at the workshop I gave were appreciative of their little bag of 'pretties' for the notebook covers. So another thing on my long list & thanks for the nudge Aileen!

Then because I mentioned last week I didn't have any burgundy velvet to use ( I have other colors) the generous Heloise sent me some, lovely lucious deep pile velvet. Thank you to you for your kindness! I've never seen patterned velvet, wonderful! (I may put some of that 'flat' pile velvet I was using before in the packs ;)



meant to put this little tag on top



some neighbors came by with some found wood, so nice of people to think of me on their woodland & beach walks ;)


Don't you love that heart cone?

My DH & I have been together for 29 years (married 24) worth a card I thought.


Tricky to see but he's my star so there are 3 on the card I made & that's our little wooden boat on the bay, watercolor, just lovely.

I feel enriched by all these goodies!

So, here's the pennant



The ribbons came on a long piece of card with about 6 different kinds of cord & ribbon. A B&B guest saw what I collected & had a little clear out when she got home & sent me these. I wouldn't have chosen mint green, really but it works well with one of my old silky tops & circles a la Janet Edmonds. Oops, forgot the sketch & no sample...yet ;)

I'm taking a break from pennants this week. I want to make something useful for someone special, definitely using some of the lacey & velvet bits above. I hope she likes it, I hope I can make it!


I've achieved 100 followers, thanks so much! Now, what shall I giveaway next week?



19 comments:

Iz said...

What a busy week! I just love that screen - I've always wanted to have one made, and now I NEED to!

Julie said...

So much loveliness in this post and the wood is fantastic. I bought some screens and inks at the FOQ last year (or was it the year before?!) and I still haven't tried them. How lovely to have a screen from your own design and such a gorgeous piece of fabric too.

artymess said...

wow love the screen and the pennants .....and the goodies cant wait to see what you do with those gorgeous velvets from Sue ...yum ...xx

Jill said...

Great screen and prints, looking forward to the hanging. (That sounds a bit gruesome) Lots of lovely other bits Emma, I'm sure you'll put them all to good use.

Robbie said...

The thermofax screen is amazing and your prints turned out wonderful!!! This is a wonderful advertisement for Lynn's great work. i just might have to send away for one or two! Wonderful!

Beverley Baird said...

What a wonderful week indeed! Lots of lovely creativity - especially your pennant!

linda said...

Lots of lovely goodies Emma! so glad you're enjoying using your screen.

Heloise said...

Lots of goodies that I am sure you will enjoy using. The screen print looks good, particularly like it on the text.

Hope you do not get too much damage from the high winds, it's certainly blowing away like mad here.

maggi said...

Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. Your Thermofax screen is producing lovely results and so nice that they are your own too. Plenty of lovely goodies there to keep you busy.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

That thermofax screen is fantastic. Oh you will get much use out of that I can see. Gifts from friends, lush and inviting, waiting for creation. You penant is fab, love those colors. xox Corrine

Linda said...

Lovely post Emma...so much to enjoy. I don't know what a thermofax screen is ...but I'm very impressed!

Suztats said...

Wonderful and creative results from the screen, Emma, and I like everything you've been making!

fibrefrolics said...

What a really interesting post. Full of beautiful things. Aren't people kind! Nice to get surprises in the post too. The thermofax screen is great and I must investigate that. Happy anniversary to you. The cards are just gorgeous.
Penny

ArtPropelled said...

Happy Anniversary Emma!

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Hi Emma, just popped in to try and catch up and what a surprise to find I got a mention on your beautiful blog : ) We have had a 30 hour power cut here so I am even further behind with my blog reading and updates. Hoping to take some photos tomorrow.
I LOVE the beach finds! How fascinating! The fiends we usually visit in Ireland in the summer are coming to us this year so an extra visit to Skye might be on the cards after all! Yay : )

underatopazsky said...

The greens are lovely moody shades and work very well together. I'm intrigued by the thermofax image as well - may have to go and research that...

Angela said...

Hi Emma I've just found your blog courtesy of Mixed Media. I think your prints are lovely and the inspirational packs are a great idea.

Stitchety Grub said...

Hi Emma - this is my first visit to your blog - luvvin your work - (I am a friend of Linda Stokes in Australia and came via a link on her blog) :-) Cheers Britt in Perth West Aus :-)

ekk said...

Hi Emma, thank you for all the suggestions.
May be my experiances with the Thermofax-Print "quick&dirty" will help you: http://stampede-ch.blogspot.ch/
Please excuse my simple english ;-)
Have a nice 2017
-ekk-