Pink Pig Bargain Box

I seem to be going through sketchbooks at a rate of knots, so I decided to order a Pink Pig bargain box – at least 13kg of sketchbooks for £30.20, including postage.

I got 19 books for my money, £1.59 per book, including:

  • 1 X A5 fat portrait pig
  • 6 X A4 portrait pigs
  • 1 X A3 portrait
  • 3 X A3 fat portrait pigs
  • 2 X 12×6 inch portrait pigs
  • 2 X 16×8 landscape pigs
  • 2 X A3 landscape pigs
  • 2 X A3 landscape pigs with black pages

Apparently they are all seconds, but the only issue I noticed was that one book has a dinged corner:

  
This is my pile, I am looking forward to filling them with beautiful art:

  

Lunchtime Colouring

I coloured this sketchbook page at lunch.
From this:

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(I’d already added shadow to the words and done a bit of the coffee pot before I remembered to take a photo)

To this:

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I love my Pablo pencils- they really lift the piece and are so easy to use.

Apparently I really like the pink, turquoise and lime green ones:

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Tea or coffee?

I worked on the latest page in my sketchbook tonight:

  
It is built up with layers, a green Rollagraph print on the right hand side, a couple of stamps, coral sand and turquoise dyes, strips of washi tape, a gesso print of a coffee pot, some colouring with Pablo pencils, paint dabbers and gelatos, a tea packet, and tea tags.

  
  
I really love it, the colours and layers are wonderful. A friend gave me the tea packet – thank you David!

Another Tip In

I did a bit of Sketchbooking last night, tipping an A4 sheet into my fat pink pig to make this massive, lovely fold out page:

   
The page is tipped in with washi tape on both sides, and I love how well the washi tape takes gelatos.

I also went through the remaining blank pages in this book and added stamps and washi tape, to add background interest. They will probably be almost totally obliterated with paint, dye and colouring, but it will be anther layer. I am looking forward to seeing how they come out:

  

Coffee Pots: Print and Dye

Yesterday, I made some coffee pot stamps to go with the stencils. They are both double sided, with the positive image on one side, and the negative on the other:  

This morning I cut a couple of word stencils to go with the coffee pots; milk and coffee in Italian:   

Trying them out with dabbers:

   

I did some printing with them and the stamps:

 

The Gelli plate prints were sometimes a bit indistinct, whereas I liked the crisp lines of the directly printed stencils, so I combined them both:   

 

I love the way that dye transforms prints. I had about 6 sketchbooks on the go, so I have lots of lovely prints to work into in the evenings ahead.

 

Some of the pages in my small sketchbook:

  
   

  
I made this zigzag book and card to use as tip ins in my sketchbooks:

  

And I started decanting my dyes into pots that are all the same size.  Previously they were in miscellaneous jam jars, which got me going using dyes, but wasn’t good for easy storage:

  
A lovely, long day of making.

Cutouts and Coffee Pots

Last night, I cut the two coffee pot stencils. They are the most complicated stencils I have cut, but the gyro cut made it easier, and I learned more about using the tool; namely that it is much easier to push away from you than pull towards, and I prefer to cut curves before straight lines.

I did one print with each stencil and also got the excess paint off one into my sketchbook

The large coffee pot stencil (a bit hard to see): 

The positive and negative prints. The positive is on the front of a board book I am altering, and the negative is on a page of my sketchbook that had scrap paint rolled onto it, both with a foam roller and the crackle Rollagraph, which is just lovely:  
I couldn’t resist adding a bit of dye:

 

Next, the three pots stencil: 
  
I put it on the  opposite page of my sketchbook, which also had some paint, and the blotted off dye from the previous page: 
The off print of this one didn’t go down well as I tried to roll it onto Khadi paper, which is too textured for the technique. Even with plenty of roller pressure I didn’t get a recognisable image. Oh well!

Next, I decided to cut some apertures in my little pink pig sketch book:

  
  
  
Not entirely sure about this one…

  
And I used the cut out spirals to decorate the front of the book, with gelatos:

  
All in all, a productive evening! Now I’m going to get up and cut some stamps.

  

Developing a design

I’ve fallen in love with my friends’ Moka pots. They have three of them, in different sizes, and I love the shape, so I’m going to use them for a new design. I started out by printing the images, and tracing them onto acetate. I’m planning to cut stencils and stamps of them over the weekend:

  
   

And I’ve planned a stencil:

  

  

More Sketchbooks

I’ve also been doing some other printing in my sketchbooks, trying out some new mini stencils I bought at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show:   

  

And adding dabbers- acrylic paint in bingo dabber style bottles, over gelatos:  

  

Also, I find it interesting that I don’t (usually) decorate the covers of my sketchbooks straight away – I decorate them once I’m happy working in the book.

This book got a decorated cover:

  
 

Tip Ins on a Tuesday

I only got a bit of time to play in my sketchbook last night. I tipped in a little A6 card and its envelope; when I was printing and dyeing at the weekend, I made these pages and card to go together:

   
 
I also added some colour with Pablo colouring pencils, and dabbers:

  
This page was made with another tipped in card, featuring a thermofax screen of a feather, done in white screen printing ink and over dyed:

  
I also added some white colouring pencil over the feather on the right, to bring it up a bit:

  
This page was a hand print, because I absentmindedly squeezed the roller to see how much paint was left in it. Turns out there was quite a lot. It had a bit of colour added too:

  

Turners Hill TV Transmitter

The Embroiderers’ Guild West Midlands Regional Day competition this year is Within 1000 Footsteps, drawing inspiration from the local area. I live within walking distance of Turners Hill, near Dudley, which many Black Country folk will know because of its distinctive TV transmitter:

 

I cut a stencil mask of it, and a couple of stamps (both positive and negative) of the daisies which cover the nearby Darbys Hill in summer.

  
First I printed in my sketchbook, using the mask to print both negative images as normal, and positive ones, by rolling firmly over it onto other pages once it had paint on it.

   
    
 
I then went on to printing on fabric:

   
 
I worked into the sketchbook pages with gelatos, getting to know the colours better:

   
    
 
I also over dyed the background for this, my competition entry:

  
Sadly, when pressing it, I scorched it:

  
Gelatos to the rescue! They are opaque, so covered the scorch well:

  
I’m now working on adding hand stitching to the flowers, so I’ll share progress soon.

My WordPress app kept crashing whenever I added pictures to a blog post, but that seems to be fixed now, so hopefully I can get back to blogging more regularly.