Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Summer time

"Flowers appear on the earth
the season of singing has come"

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Variation on a theme

A variation on the previous post with a border using a pattern taken from part of the image.

Shell fragment

Just had a short break with family in the Yorkshire Dales near Skipton where we once lived. Skipton is now a tourist destination, there must have been at least a dozen tour buses in the car park. Had time to make this image of part of a shell layered with an altered airplane engine image in between playing "shops" and cricket!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Playing with layers

I like to take one of my photos and play with layers to alter the colours. This had five layers, including two adjustment layers, which were then merged, a copy was made of the merged image and given an overlay blend at 65%.
I'm also busy with another four of the squares and am about to add the gold cord. I'm not sure whether I can stretch to seven lots of four, might have to stop at three!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

The Mir (Peace) leaves Blyth

(I've joined the dots ....)!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Tall ship

Blyth is having a visit from a tall ship this weekend and against all expectation the sun shone after a day of rain yesterday! The Russian ship Mir attracted a lot of attention -

and an opportunity to go aboard was well worthwhile. We missed the tall ships in Hartlepool so this was an extra treat.

Friday, 13 August 2010

New layers

This layered image was created with a photo of some hydrangea petals which were stuck down with gesso. a layer of text made with the text tool and a texture layer using a photo of an embroidered piece. The frame was altered with a blend mode then a narrow black border added.
A good way to spend a rainy day!

Thursday, 12 August 2010


A few of the photos taken with some of the camera club on an outing to Morpeth. Although we've always lived in the area I discovered some hidden gems of places which I never knew existed. As for the pics - still so much to learn!

Sunday, 8 August 2010


You guessed correctly! But there had to be some rust in there!
I've been getting on with the squares. I decided to group them in vertical fours, with gold cord couched down randomly. This is work in progress, with pins in!

Friday, 6 August 2010

What is it?

Can you guess what this is? (Apart from being some nice rust ....)

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Squares continued

Having completed 28 squares I decided to put them in some sort of order to see what they looked like together. After this I decided to do something different with them but it's all part of the process! Have thoughts of couching gold cord down and putting them in vertical strips but it could all change. To be continued ...

Monday, 2 August 2010

The best things in life ....

Whilst visiting family near Bristol recently, I asked the owner of a gift shop if she would sell me a couple of her paper bags which had caught my eye and she generously let me have them for nothing. I suppose it's difficult to put a price on a couple of paper bags but it was a nice gesture.
This is what I made out of one of them - First the paper bag -

which became a book cover.

This one is A5 size, the crumpled paper was painted with watered down acrylics and a stamp pad run over it, then bonded to vilene and a painted grungeboard key added, the flaps were made by bonding fabric to the vilene and then all stitched together. I love books!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

The other way round!

This one's for you Stewart! Top layer - 63% Burn