so I picked this hallstand up at a thrift shop yesterday, it cost 40e (about $50) and I am not sure what, if anything, to do with it. It is missing one of the metal umbrella drip trays at the bottom, but it fits like it was made for this space. I really do need somewhere to put keys/shoes etc, and was thinking of filling in the two gaps beside the drawer to make extra surface and also putting an additional shelf over the heart, for shoes..
but I am not sure if I should touch it at all, it is solid wood, seems to be oak, and I don't want to destroy it either if it is a good piece.
ack, i hate clumsy finger typing, I had a huge post ready to go and accidentally hit ALT+A and overtyped...arrgh...
OK to begin again, I got a fabulous package from WiseOne yesterday, it may have been here for a couple of days, as I wasn't, anyway in her wonderful psychic generosity she hit on the very best package for me... the bulk and the best part of the package was a teesha moore patch kit (plus some more patches that Susan made..she is so good at them, check out my pinterest, I have pinned loads of her work) plus a bag of embellisments for some hearts that she sent me in package one, to make heart strings. http://tammygilley.blogspot.ie/2011/12/announcing-stitched.html
the reason this is the best possible package for me is because I have recently bought a small terraced workmans cottage, to live in while I am at work (mon-fri/school terms)..this avoids a three hour round trip commute. The house is small, about 560 sqft, in total...and old, about 180 years old. It definitely has no room for a craft room, and very little room for even a craft corner, although that is a must!!...so projects like the heartstrings and the teesha moore patches are perfect as they need no space and only a needle and scissors...
so these are my goodies, first up, these gorgeous bags, she said that they are made locally, I particularly love the green one. Also in this pic is a great beaded collar, which my daughter immediately pounced on.
now the heartstrings stuff, Susan, sent me some 'blank' hearts in package one, although I loved them as they are, she sent me a big extension to them, in this one. Loads of beads, charms, sequins and a ton of great pompons and fabric yo-yo's...love these! they will be brilliant to do and to hang up in my new home (Made it more homely...living in two houses is very dislocating, we had to move up there prematurely at the weekend..and it was...odd)
slightly better picture showing the heartstrings and the yo-yos..
and now the teesha more stuff, here is all the goodies, but not showing all the fabric, I'd need to be standing on the roof of my house to get all of it in the frame
she also sent me some finished patches, seriously, she is a genius at them, these are fabulous!
So I got a fabulous package from WiseOne...we had the early postman arrive today, we have two, if it had been the other one (he stops to chat with everyone on the way) the package would have arrived at about 4.30pm rather than 11.30 am..
so it was a HUGE box of wonderfulness, being as impatient as I am, I didn't stop to take a before picture, DD and I had to dive in, but everything was wrapped in fabric-genius.
first out were these brilliant felt hearts,
I have a 'love' wall in my kitchen, as I love hearts and heart imagery. I may add these to the wall, but what is more likely, is that I will start a new love wall and these will be the genesis.
also in that picture is a set of perfect bags for making reindeer noses, I will definitely be making them for next christmas!
next out was this brilliant set of bits and bobs, buttons, and stuff...I love random stuff (and another heart that was shy when I was taking the first picture)
DD got impatient then and she wanted to open one...and coincidentally she opened the one for her..butterfingers! her favourite US candy!..with a great image from simpsons
and next a collection of rainbow buttons with my very first teesha moor patch. I love these patches and was thinking of starting to make some...so this will be a perfect start..love this patch as I love rainbows.
and tea!..I am a complete tea addict, so these will be brilliant.
and a ton of fabulous fabric patches...fabric is just the best craft supply in the world!
and last, but not least, is a local newspaper, DD and I have been having great fun reading the news from somewhere completely different to here.
Thank you so much Susan, this is a brilliant package!
Materials needed: Linocut Thick paper Two pieces of board blanket Ink and roller A car.
the weather is fabulous in Ireland, shorts and tee weather, which is not often said about an Irish summer, and while the sun has not gone to my head..It is perfect weather to print with your car...
yes, you read that correctly. I printed with my car.
This post, the bottom image, shows the effect when burnishing with a spoon, using paper, but I wasn't happy, it was bothering me, for two reasons, The image needed tidying up as I wasn't keen on how the sky looked, but the bigger issue was that I don't have a printing press and burnishing an image of this size just wasn't working out...
I have spent all morning googling making printing presses, they are all too large for the space that I have available and a bit too big of an undertaking when I would only use it once in a blue moon, In the back of my head I had remembered something about printing with a car, there is a good youtube video of this (which I now cannot find!), but using what looks like a woodcut, rather than a lino cut...
nothing ventured, nothing gained, I have a car, I don't have a printing press. So it was time to cobble something together..
I glued the lino block onto a thin piece of ply, but that exhausted the supply of ply, scratching my head, I found an old plastic chopping board, thick and robust. To minimise movement of the paper, I hinged the two together with ducttape (McGyyver has nothing on me!)
so if you plan on doing this, a couple of sheets of plywood will be perfect, it would be even better if you had both a hinge and a lip at the bottom to register the sheets of paper on.
The stack for printing is board+linocut, paper, two blankets to pad it out a little, these were cut from an old woollen blanket, I tried with both one and two layers and it didn't make much difference.
The sequence for printing is, ink your linocut (this would work with a wood engraving I think) place your paper down on top, rub it gently to allow it to stick a bit to the ink.
Put one or two blankets on top (I tried both one and two didn't seem to make much of a difference, but I was using thick paper, thinner paper will need the extra protection of both blankets)
Carefully lower the top half of the 'press'
Then get your car.
put the press, hinge side towards the front wheel (I guess the bigger the car and wider tyres would be a distinct advantage here. My car is little.
Slowly reverse, when you are on the stack hold the car there for a few seconds. Then off. Don't drive back over it, because the hinge will be in the wrong location with respect to the movement of the car and you will likely shift the paper and smear the image.
The results...well this was the first one, and I learned that seeing as it is a fairly wide image, I needed to go over it more than once, the darker side is where the tyre was. So A few successive passes with the car was needed.
This one is the one that I am happy with, this had six passes with the car, ie place, reverse, get out, place, reverse, etc etc..I went over it three times across the width and then repeated these three again. The image was not absolutely perfect, but when touched up, this is what it looks like, There is a small bit of blurring of the image, but I feel that it adds to the dynamism of the work.
happy to have this image, I have been asked to submit a piece of work to an exhibition, the theme is water, so this will be perfect once dry and framed..
well this was a big one to cut out...it took ages..anyone handy at massage??
a boat on a lake, half moon...some issues with the design and layout of this, I had originally put a swan flying across the sky, but it didn't work...the constellation cygnus is in there instead...
I tried block printing medium with black oil paint..it only served to remind me that a) I need a press for prints and b) why I hate to work with anything that is not water soluble..
I tried a second time with my old trusty speedball screen printing inks, which made me much happier, re: the clean up, but not so much re the lack of press...
so I had a go at printing onto fabric, tee-shirts this time..now we're talking..this time it prints well, the fabric clings to the paint and it is easier to transfer...
still a few issues to iron out..I put the fabric onto the linocut, as it is a bit big and bendy..I suspect that would work so much better if I mounted the block onto wood, to keep it flat..and then print directly onto fabric that is stretched onto a table... these tee-shirts have smudging on the edges, which I am not happy with...but they are good enough for a first attempt... these are the two tee-shirts that I did
and a close up of the image quality on the tee
this is the image on paper...I am a little too close to the work and can see the flaws..but in general I am happy with it so far..
I'd welcome any suggestions about ironing out some of the problems above (I am aware that ironically using an iron would have helped!..lol)
well people, prepare your pinning and wisting buttons, I got a fabulous package from Mandy...it was the icing on a perfect morning. Yesterday my daughter finished our equivalent of the end of high school exams, upon which college places depend...major stress here for the last month...the weather has been crap..but the sun was shining this morning and I get my summer holidays tomorrow..on top of all that awesomeness the postman came early, (we don't usually get mail until about 4pm)...so I had this wonderful package to open, outside in the sun...and isn't it fabulous..
first up, just some of the stuff, a great craft magazine, some amazing fabrics...seriously these are absolutely gorgeous, I will be moving into a new house from september, to live in during term time, so I need a new quilt for my bed, these will definitely feature. And look at that amazing toile de jouay ribbon, I have never seen anything like that, love! and some gorgeous black lace fabric. What else can you see in the picture, well some great stickers and little images with papers for ATC and a map of Mandys favourite places in Michigan (cool!) plus some wonderful art work..but more of them to follow
mandy sent me some fabulous art work inspired by my pinterest..(this is two of the three...the third is the piece de resistance and I am saving that for later...) Although I really love these, they will both be added to our wall of pictures in the new house.
next are these two wonderful amazing gorgeous necklaces. I love the woven bands and the charm bracelet nature of them, and they contain all sorts of themes that I love, mushrooms, paganism, skulls..and turquoise..love love the colours, my only difficulty will be keeping them from my daughter..Mandy suggested giving one to her...but I might just let her share...(mine my precious...)
and there's more!
she did some wonderful bleach spraying on a tee-shirt..Mandy knows that I have a minor obsession with flamingos...a warning about this picture. DD specialises in taking unflattering pix of me..so you have been warned..this is me, in my new tee(fits perfectly) and Honey and BooBoo...all enjoying a little sunshine
and a close up..
and some poly clay flamingo earrings...with GLITTER!...how fabulous are these, I may never take them off..
and the piece the resistance (which i have already framed!!) this wonderful flamingo art work, I ADORE this, there was definitely a squeal of delight when I saw it..
thank you so much mandy, this was an awesome swap.
so I have been having such fun...oh how I love lino cuts. I saw this and tried to reproduce it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tyr_stockholm/8620041338/ but my skills are not that good and my lino cutters are rubbish, they are too coarse (where I can get some fine ones???)
anyway the chanterelle mushrooms looked awful but I kept going, but once I had them printed on fabric I LOVED them!!
this is a close up, I cut all three separately so I can use them individually.