Friday, January 16, 2015

Mixed Media Thoughts


Since I've got interested in making crafty things (as opposed to merely paint and pencils) I've noticed that creativity goes in phases. Maybe everyone is making tags, or complicated folded cards, or altering frames and other items. Using alcohol inks, or stamps, or a particular type of marker.
Recently it's been mixed media.
There are some really gorgeous art works around, using paints, paper, fabric, pens all done together to make a unique picture, often with a quote or some words of wisdom. I always seem to be a few steps behind the latest thing, but I've been enjoying my little attempts  at this genre. 
Here is a page I did using Gelatos (a type of crayon that is water blendable), some tissue paper, some others bits of paper and a bit of fabric, one mini light bulb thingy and an old page that I had cut with a Tim Holtz die ages ago and done nothing with. I can't remember where I got the quote.
It's fun to get messy with these sort of pages (I tend to blend with my fingers a lot of the time!) and I never really have an aim when I start, I just grab a few things and a few colours and see where it takes me. 
It's very relaxing, and if the end result isn't satisfactory it's very easy to either add more things on top of what I have, or simply gesso over it and start afresh.
Win win.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Pricklebums Hedgehog Care


I found this sweet picture on a Facebook page this evening. I love the quote too, not a bad sentiment to live by, and it warmed my heart after all the sad news in the world the last few days. Pricklebums Hedgehog Care rescue wild hedgehogs in distress. They are based near Ludlow, in Shropshire, a place I have a soft spot for since I spent many happy hours in the region doing my field work many years ago. It's a gentle place, and that was a gentle time in my life. Would that the world could be more gentle.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Full Moon

There's a fabulous full moon this evening and it's going to be pretty frosty I'd say. I tried to take some photos of it on both my phone and my camera. Not too spectacular on either, but they do catch the atmosphere a little.

This one is from my phone - I don't think you would know that the light in the middle is the moon, it could just be a street light!


And this one is from my camera - a bit more atmospheric, but again, could be a street light.


Must try harder!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

New look to my blog, and isn't it so much better? Thank you Carol, I was so fed up with it before. 
So what has 2015 brought with it so far?

Some sunshine..........

Enough wind to dry the washing............


And some new cosy slippers.........
Happy New Year everyone, may 2015 be a gentle one.