Friday, 17 March 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Recently read:
A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart -  written by the father of an autistic boy, about an autistic boy. It has an implausibly happy fairytale ending but I really enjoyed it.
Dead Man's Blues  by Ray Celestin- set in gangster-era Chicago, with Louis Armstrong in a cameo role. He has another previous book  in the same series which I have ordered from the library. Slow-paced  but some of the most lyrical and beautiful writing I have come across recently.

Friday, 10 March 2017


Two cards using images from the set of 9 Flowered ATCs from Art Neko: the daffodils are really breaking out all over the place now and it's lovely to see. They brighten a grey day and make a brighter one shine.

Both were made with fun backgrounds - the daffodils was done using spray starch on glossy white card, sprinkled with Brushos and with cling-wrap laid over. The poppy was done for a direct-to-paper challenge, simply swiping some distress ink pads onto the paper, then embossing and dusting with the soft pink. The orange butterflies were a failed first attempt - I used an eraser while they were still damp, trying to removed excess chalk from the background. I did that alright, but I also caused the surface of the paper to pill so it was no longer suitable for use as a focal image.

The flower sentiment is also from Art Neko, and the Happy Birthday letters were formed by stamping a vertical birthday sentiment twice - the spacing between the letters was just enough to allow me to punch them out, so long as I edged the circles in black .