Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry christmas & a Happy New Year!





I had a wonderful commission this year to make the wedding invitations for my Eldest & his beautiful fiancee's wedding

 carved lino block starfish, variety of grounds using direct printing 
& gelatine plate mono printing


There's a 'living by the sea' theme, his from Skye, hers from the coast around Seaford & they've chosen to get married in Hastings, just down the road from there.

 'sandy beach' ground samples & sketchbook

 Of course they could have gotten married in Fiji as that's where they met on a diving course & altho I'd love to have gone to a wedding in Fiji it's a little easier to get to the south coast of England! So there's a tropical theme along side the beach theme, hence the blue starfish ;)



 samples of cards with a variety of mounting papers & a bit of hand drawn seaweed curled round the fish


The chosen design in it's completed form, crooked sorry! & winter lighting but you can see the metallic blue dots picked up on the left. That was a lot of dots! 40 invites in all including a couple of spares. I hope I get one!

(oh so bluury, sorry!)


I fitted in a few Christmas cards too for the second fair I did which was a lot better than the first




adapting my cat by putting a Christmas scarf on her, inspired by Hilary Beattie. I  so enjoy her wonderful book 'Make it Personal' which I bought really as a companion to the printmaking course I took in January. This is Book 1 & Hilary covers stamps, mainly hand carved/made, stencils, rubbings, monoprints, screenprints & 'putting it all together'. There's a chapter on using thickened dye (dye frightens me) but it's like having a conversation with her & she just tells you in simple steps, what to do with it all.


Some more mono printing using a gelatine plate & direct printing & the cards for the fair below


 so I took my dads advice & produced another coffee pot warmer along with a 'range' of goodies using the red & blue fabric. He was delighted to be told that it sold. Maybe if I call it a 'creative coffee pot warmer'?!



See you in the New Year for more creativity! Lots of Love!

11 comments:

Living to work - working to live said...

Have a lovely Christmas and I hope you're not being battered by the wind too much. Hilary ( not Beattie ! The LTW one) xx

Su said...

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Heloise said...

Happy Christmas to you and your family.
Sue x

Julie said...

Beautiful prints, especially the feather, and love the lovelies in the last photo. Have a very Happy Christmas. xx

Linda Stokes said...

Great invitations and printing!
Hope you & your family have a wonderful Christmas.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Emma. Beautiful invitations--lucky son! And your dad was right. The coffee pot warmer is really cool! May the new year bring you many more creative adventures and successes!
best, nadia

Jan said...

Your star fish invites turned out fantastic! I hope people hold on to them. Your cards and samples look good too. Happy that your second fair fared better than the first for you. I really like your coffee pot warmer, what a great idea!
Happy New year to you!

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, Emma, your cards are wonderful! Congrats to the couple, and they are so very SMART in their choice of designer...

That coffee pot warmer and accessories are stunning, too.

Happy New Year!

Fibre frenzi said...

I love the idea of the wedding commission....can't wait to see the results! Happy New Year. love Alison x

Suztats said...

Hope you and yours had a Blessed Christmas! Happy New Year!
Looking forward to more lovely inspiration from your blog.

Linda said...

How lovely to be making your sons wedding invitations.....I hope to do that one day! :-D
They are very special..... X