I've been having a nice rest over the bank holiday weekend as I was totally worn out (and I want to be rested for my holiday in just over a week!) However, that doesn't mean I've been sat on my elbows doing nothing. I've been working on finishing the James Rennie rag-rug, preparing lessons and workshops and doing a bit of printing and stitching.
The continental markets were in Carlisle this weekend and I got myself some lovely woodblocks. They look lovely in themselves and they make great prints, it's a win-win. I was just going to buy the two patterned blocks and a little elephant but having handed over my money I spotted the owl and decided I needed him! Today I have been using him to print t-shirts (pictures to follow) and then I started experimenting with doing rubbings using fabric crayons. I didn't think it was going to work too well but I was pleasantly suprised; the colours are quite dull until you apply heat (from an iron) which makes them much more vibrant. I think these rubbings would look great with some added stitching.
|Printing with the owl|
|Rubbings with fabric crayons|
|Rubbings on calico bag|
|The other side of the bag|
I also made some cards using recycled paper. I made some basic origami shapes and then mounted them up on card to make greetings cards that are beautiful, green and simple.
|Recycled newspaper and envelope card with bow|
|Recycled newspaper card|
|Recycled newspaper and envelope card|