Sanctuary at The Bramble Patch – Update 2

I made these 5 stamps, all double sided with both positive and negative images:

I spent my afternoon printing focal points on a wide range of fabrics and papers, with a lovely old gold colour paint, and then adding dye.

We then spent a nice evening in the pub, colouring in sketchbooks:

A tidy table to begin with…

Got less tidy, as we finished the wine:

Hilary, hard at work:

I took up a whole 3 seater sofa!

Even less tidy!

I mostly worked on an altered board book I had started earlier in the day:

All in all a great day! Now, sleep, because tomorrow I need to make backgrounds.

Further Forays into Altered Books

Having been inspired by Hilary’s lovely altered books at the stitch retreat, one about her trip to Harrogate, and one altering a plant book, with lots of lovely images, I decided to have a go at it myself.

Last time I tried, I was using cheap gesso and acrylic paint, as that was all I had, and every time I closed the pages, they stuck to themselves and ripped, very frustrating.

This time I have nice gesso (Pebeo, £4 for a 250ml tube) and just generally know a lot more about paint and what I like.

 Last time I shared my gelato’d backgrounds. Last Friday I set to making a collage, a little street of houses:


“All at once am I several stories high…”   It’s a tiny little book, only about 3″ square, so I expanded the page with tip ins.
I also played with my new Caran D’Ache Pablo pencils, they are lovely for detailed shading:


Altered book experiments

Having see Hilary Beattie’s lovely altered books on the Stitch Retreat last weekend, I decided to have a go myself. I found some old board books and gave them a couple of coats of gesso.

This evening, I added gelatos to the pages to make coloured backgrounds:

Next, I think they need a coat of acrylic wax, and then some collage.