This morning, I set a batch of chutney going, using the apples from our tree. It’s been slowly brewing for hours now, so soon I will have to go and jar it up.
I’ve also discovered I can use my pyrography tool as a hot stencil cutter, so I cut the stencils in much quicker time and better detail than I was expecting. It’s hard to photograph clear plastic, so the best thing I could think of was to hang them on my washing line:
Honeysuckle, comfrey, ivy.
Bumble bee, lavender, apple blossom, chives.
I also cut positive and negative stamps of the bee, apple, ivy, and comfrey.
And blocked the Turner’s Hill TV tower piece.
I’m working towards a couple of competitions next year with a garden theme, so I have planned a couple of stencils. As per my usual style, they are rather complicated. If I can get them cut as planned, I will be very pleased.
Not too sure how to cut the hollyhocks!
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.
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.
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.