It's been a crazy week of getting ready for the season starting this weekend. Not much art work done but lots of B&B prep, including washing down most of the windows of salt blown in by the Easterly & not a drop of rain to wash it off! Also an extra shift at the 'day job' & my poor elbows are about to fall off ;( Our lovely B&B guests asked if the studio was open & as all my work was still in the warmth of the house I said maybe tomorrow. I slowly brought boxes & baskets in one evening & placed a few items here & there the next evening & before they left all the hard work had paid off as they bought the first collage of the season, the Poppies above. It looked more finished than this pic, beautifully framed even but it was the only one I could find! I shall miss it.
I had hoped to get further into the Gwen Headley book this week & altho I've emptied & ironed a few more tea bags - a theraputic if time consuming practice - I've only managed to collage a couple of Curlew prints & a flower mono print with tea bags as a background & then print a couple of Curlews using a stamp pad straight onto the tea bags & made them into cards. After I took the photo I added a little copper pen to the plain birds & flower.
I've had 2 CD racks laying around waiting for a use & I unburied them moving some stuff around the studio, tring desperately to sort another inch out & I thought right, no use, in the fire! Then i made some cards, looked at them, dusted them off & used them to dry these cards, keeping the ink from the front of one away from ruining the inside of the next one. I mean how obvious is that?
I realized when I finally got to visit my actual blog page that some of my comments haven't come thru as email to my inbox where I look every day for B&B bookings & important tomes from the kids. I haven't forgotten you, now that I know that you are there, I promise, there aren't enough hours in the day or spare elbows I guess - boy does it wear them out scrolling & clicking & typing, lucky I've got 2 of them - I'll visit soon!
I'll leave you with Willow enjoying the sunshine in the garden - she was flipping about so much I've assembled the pics with a convenient beginning middle & end!
Botanicals make great stencils for gelatin printmaking - Printing with leaves and ferns always amazes folks who are new to gelatin printmaking. And I have a great collection of ferns and leaves that I use all t...
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