I had 3 original plates, a couple of finals & about 10 draft pieces in the bag. (this is Skye you know ;) I must drive my teachers mad but luckily I had left a couple of pieces to dry at the college. So, once we'd sorted things out, we were encouraged to work into our draft pieces with....inks, pencil, colored pencils, gold markers & watercolor.
I really couldn't believe I was being given permission to play & to make a pretty mess, Fabulous! These first 2 pics are a gloopy first print like the 3rd image from last week. What a difference a bit of doodling makes. I was excited to leave white in the one above & stitched at home on the top one. I mean, mounted up nicely I could well have a couple of saleable works.
This one above was the one & only intaglio print I'd done - (my bag was still there on my return so I can make some more ;) Watercolor washes, then white ink which looked a little thin to me so I added gold acrylic at home using a satay stick & the edge of a card, oh my! See here for the original print, scroll down to 3rd from the bottom - just black on white.
Above was a clean up print with a wash of ink, scribbled on with pencil then terracotta & blue pastel here & there. Original same link as above, half way down the post. Might keep this one ;)
A black & white altered with plum ink, pencil swirls & blue & plum pastel. Original again the same link as above, 3/4 the way down.. Well, just up my street all this, really.
Above is another attempt at stitching from the back round a heron shape, then cutting carefully around the fabric on the front side, but it looks a mess & I'm doing myself no favours having such an uneven surface. I may have to try using the 'slip' method, read about inWorkshop on the Weban article by Stephanie Redfern. Her blog is great & she's just gone wonderfully colorful. Not sure if she mentions the slip method on her blog at all.
Last but not least is our new addition to the family, Willow. We've been cutting willows back & it seemed right when we saw this little thing peering out of the Cat Protection basket. She's 4, an older lady who was feeding her moved in with her son & having the mother was enough, apparently, so she's not been abused, just abandoned. We wondered about putting our 18 yr old Sconser under stress, but she's completely in charge & we really need something to chase the mice & rabbits away. If you're wondering, she's very happy & secure in the bath !