At the Bramble Patch retreat in July, I showed Hilary Beattie my little sketchbook, and she really liked it. She asked if she could borrow it to share with her Facebook and YouTube followers, as it’s a great example of a play/sketchbook for learning your materials and trying out ideas.
I have a lovely pair of stamps I had cut of a beautiful silver jug I own, but as I don’t have any other stencils or stamps to go with them, it is a bit hard to make a series of artwork. Of course, I don’t need to start anything right now, as I have enough on the go already, but the lure of spending an hour cutting stencils was too strong.
So I drew and cut these 4 jugs:
The Mens’ Gymnastics final hadn’t quite finished, and I was keen to see if Max Whitlock would make it a double gold, so I passed the time cutting these strips from the stencil acetate, using pattern scissors. I think they will be good for masks on the Gelli plate.
Just a brief update this one. On Wednesday night, the wine made another appearance:
The original plan was to sew them together into signatures and then collage onto them, but I think they will be easier to work loose, and also they need some deli paper layers, I seem to have forgotten that yesterday.
Today is the last day of the retreat. I’ll miss it, but looking forward to a good final day.
Today I dyed a lot of my materials, getting lots of lovely focal points and backgrounds all ready to go in collages tomorrow.
I’ve arrived safely at the Bramble Patch, and having a great time.
This is my home for the next couple of days:
Here are the two sketches I did, in close up:
I have also been through my gelatos and identified the duplicates I have from buying overlapping sets, and put them in the travel pencil case. I don’t want to miss out on any more rubbings, like the Bumble Hole sign, so I have made a mini kit of Neocolour 1s, in this handy paperclip tub: