My (Mostly) Coffee Pots Sketchbook

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.


Hilary has now posted the video, and I thought you might like to see it, both to see the book in more detail, and also, for me at least, it is fascinating to see my work through someone else’s eyes.

Watch the video here on Hilary’s YouTube channel.
Her channel is well worth subscribing to, and you can also follow her on Facebook here. She is very generous with her thoughts and ideas.

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Cutting Stencils – Jugs

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:


A bit hard to see until they get painty! The bottom right one is based on the jug stencil, then I will cut stamps to match the rest.

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.


I have got some new acetate for stencils – it is frosted on one side, so I think it is actually presentation folder covers. It’s quite thick, so should be long lasting.

Sanctuary at the Bramble Patch – update 4

Just a brief update this one. On Wednesday night, the wine made another appearance:


I made up my mind about how I wanted to make books, and so I spent the evening cutting and tearing 7 inch pages, turning this pile of paper:


Into this pile of organised signatures:


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.

Sanctuary at The Bramble Patch – Update 1

I’ve arrived safely at the Bramble Patch, and having a great time.

This is my home for the next couple of days:


Hilary has brought the shop, it’s a bit too big for the tables, so some of it is underneath:


She’s brought her rabbit ears too!


The Bramble Patch has a cafe, which does excellent, exceedingly large slices of cake:


I’ve made three stencils so far, a grass stem, a section from the bridge, and Cobb’s Engine House.

Bumble Hole Sketches

Here are the two sketches I did, in close up:


I’m pleased with them, as I’m still nervous about drawing, but it was nice to get out and do it.

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: