I'm having this week off work as holiday. I'm not going away anywhere as I was planning on having a good sort out of things at home. Instead I found a scarf which I had started knitting a few years ago and had put aside unfinished, well I picked it up again and while watching a couple of films managed to get it finished... it's one of those soft fluffy yarns (like frayed ribbon) in a jewel bright pink and purple blend. It took just 4 x 50g, balls, cast on 35 in plain knitting, and I used large 9mm knitting needles so it has a light lacy feel.
I found another 4 balls in a blue and green blend so gonna knit that up today!
I also found up a ball of I-cording... I was planning to re-knit that up as a scarf (wow that would be seriously chunky) but I've decided instead to make some massive knitting needles from dowling and knit up a blanket!! That may take me some time.
There's going to be an open exhibition at a local gallery 8th - 26th September. An artist friend suggested I enter a couple of pieces and I have been much encouraged by my ceramics tutor Viv. Of course I'm only a beginner but I'm thinking it might be fun to see what other people think. The only trouble now is choosing which two pieces to submit!
Well this is just a quickie post testing out my new Weebly app installed on my iPod... How nifty is this?? Now I can check my site and update on the go wherever I'm connected!! YAY!!
A quick, fun little job for a chocolate shop in Bungay, Suffolk. 70mm x 40mm Label for a stick of rock.
There are many tales (or tails) of black dogs in Suffolk folklore and Black Shuck is the famous dog around these parts. I created a silhouette image of a running dog and roughened the outline. I toyed with the idea of blood red eyes but decided against those as it didn't really work for me.
I had originally gone for a more spiky font... Blood Omen (seemed appropriate I thought), then thought maybe something a little less scary such as Viner Hand before finally settling on old faithful Cooper Black (after all we don't want to prevent children from buying it). I can't wait to see the final result printed up and wrapped around those sticky treats!!
Wow I have had THE most amazing weekend ever (I have a special surprise coming...woohoo!!).... AND I have been super productive too creating two new pictures for the book commission. I am a little concerned that Fluffy Bunny's front door is rather Hobbit-like but then again if you live in a burrow you're going to have a rounded front door right?
'...Fluffy noticed a white envelope
lying on the doormat.'
If you look closely at the door handle you will see it is attached by two heart shapes... this is a characteristic of old Suffolk latches and seeing as Fluffy Bunny lives in Southwold I thought it was an appropriate detail.
I'd like you all to meet... Colin
'In the corner of the cupboard was a large spider.'
So time to sharpen my Aquash and Aqua Tone sticks and crack on again.
Wooohooo!!! so here we go...first page under way. I think I may have spent a little too much time thinking and working on the layout but this is the first time I have ever published someone else's book with my own illustrations so there are lots of angles I need to cover.
I have changed from the original book layout of A5 portrait to now A5 landscape and instead of wrapping the text around the images I am currently planning on an image per facing page (although the book is already at 32 pages so we're looking at 16 illustrations plus front and back cover).
I am beginning to think maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew but it's all a learning curve. Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?