Saturday, 19 January 2013

Finally a heron!

  It's been a struggle, plenty of procrastination going on, but I finally got a couple of herons out.





2 slightly different variations. They both use mono printed  & painted papers. The top one has a paper 'reverse applique' half moon, a cut out heron & a double swipe with my tree branch screen ordered & kindly made by Linda Stokes. I've hopefully 'repaired' the smudges made when I 'squashed' the 1st swipe with the 2nd swipe - you live & learn. I used printing medium to drop the Brusho powders into which keeps the ink 'open', but then it takes an age to dry.... I love the jumble of branches, which is what I saw, of course, but I kept the 2nd one to a single swipe.

The 2nd version has a full moon - that's called artistic license, isn't it? made from some packaging & a paper 'reverse applique' heron. I've drawn in highlighting the heron & the edges of things & had to add a bit of gold wax stick here & there. Then I stitched around, just a little. They're both about 5/6" x 12" or so.



 When I washed my screen the 1st time I was gutted to watch a beautiful indigo run down the sink. I was ready the 2nd time with a bit of paper, just to catch the color. The white seems to have gone pink.

 I took a pic of the background before going further - I liked the paint over glue resist - only because I'm a messy gluer & the 'prints' you can get from the remains on the pallet.


Additions to the sketchbook page - I'll stitch the sample soon as it was still wet - I'd dried the 'real' pieces over the heater. I tried out a few different moons & used them to illustrate my observations of looking up at the half moon at every opportunity - the daytime half moon tilts forward, the evening one is straight up & down & the night moon rests back a bit. I must look out for the morning one.


A visit from 18 Greylags right in front of the house - i feel a goose coming on ;)


Beach combing in bitter winds but quite exhiliarating. Above is the back (I've decided) of a lid of some kind -  I'll take a proper pic for a background.


 The front - see the beady 'eye' in the 1st one? I'd have to turn it round as above. Don't do eyes.


This wonderful piece is about 1 foot by nearly 3, lovely.


There's a lot of activity with the Great Tits & Coal Tits in the garden, I think I saw a Blue Tit a while ago so I asked the DH would he kindly empty the box of the old nest - no maggots this time! Delighted to see the use of lime green & blood red fibers, along with sheep's wool; birds after my own heart.

No snow pics for me, I'm so jealous! Wrap up warm & enjoy your snow days if you have them.

16 comments:

Julie said...

Your beach finds are fabulous! I love the barnacle thingies. The heron pices are very effective too. And I like the look of your sketchbook, lots of thought processes going on there.

Nellie said...

Such a wonderful talent you have, Emma! I am always in awe of your creations! The heron is a favorite!

Nellie said...

Such a wonderful talent you have, Emma! I am always in awe of your creations! The heron is a favorite!

jan said...

Love your heron pieces!

ju-north said...

Wow! What a load of things going on! Never a dull moment chez toi! Great work!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Love your herons, you have captured them beautifully. I can see them flying away from our dock as the dogs bark at them....Wonderful chunky bits found at the beach...I can see fiber attached to that lid, what a great piece! Gelli printong party with firends today. I will get some pics this time and post the chaos later.....enjoy your
sunday. xox

Jill said...

I love the fact your whole post is colour coordinated, from your heron pieces to the rusty, coppery metal and blue grey pebbles. Just that bit of lime green from the bird box for contrast. I also love your sketchbook page.

Iz said...

Just checking out your blog for the first time in AGES! Love the heron, a completely different colour palette for you too.

Suztats said...

Lots of interesting bits to admire, Emma! I keep looking at the second pic of the beach find lid....looks to me as though there's a goose there, raising its head to look up at the sky as it's wings are preparing for flight......maybe I'm seeing things, eh?

Heloise said...

Great beach finds. Herons look good too.

Katie said...

These are great. The process for the crane looks really interesting.

Beverley Baird said...

What a lovely range of artwork and photography! Love the herons!

Robin Mac said...

Yet another fantastic post, I love the herons. Your beach findings are Fantastic, you live in such a beautiful place. Cheers

Belladonna said...

I love the way you percive the world around you.

mano said...

I love your beach finds very much - and your herons are so great.
we live at a little creek and in winter there are often herons, sometimes even white ones (in german: silberreiher). they look so beautiful!
wish you a good week! :)) mano

underatopazsky said...

Wonderful beach finds - I'm very envious! The printing is turning out wonderfully. It's so interesting to see/hear about your creative process. I'd love a closer look at your sketchbook!