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:

  
 

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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.