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I recently went to a local evening workshop on printmaking. It was a bit tricky as I had to ask for help with cutting the Lino and some of the printing too, due to my impairments. So really I couldn’t do much of it and also had to lie in the other room several times to get through the couple of hours. But thanks to the kindness of a near stranger I (we) had something to show for it by the end. It was great to feel part of a group and see what others made.

 

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I have been using my sewing machine lately and while it was out I took the opportunity to use it on this card. I also used some cyanotype paper that I had made feather prints from, and my Spirograph! It was fun!

Creative Joyful Thing No.4

*Find a photo, and send it to the other person*

When you receive your photograph, stick it onto a bigger piece of paper and extend the boundaries of the image using your imagination, until it fills the page.

Enjoy!

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SO here is what we did:

I sent Rach three photos and she chose one I took of some mud under the bottom of a gate. This is what she did with it!

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This is me, my partner and our dog – brilliant!

Here is what I did with her photo:

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I loved this one – it was fun ūüôā

(and now I have the t-shirt to prove it – thanks to my CJT partner who made this for me!)

LOVE IT!!

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I posted the brief for CJT2 here. Here is what we did.

We both created a starting image then swapped. Here is mine:

The background pattern I took from The Yellow Book of Creative Colouring, by John Adams Toys (aged 8 and upwards!). I have had this colouring book for decades – it is so cool! Just geometric lines.¬†I hope publishing my work here is not a copyright issue, after all, I just did some creative colouring! I also traced most of the seagulls from somewhere but as they don’t look much like the originals now, I don’t think it is a big problem. I am so confused when I use/change other people’s work where the lines fall about right and wrong. I am not making money but I am publishing here… Ideally I would like to just draw my own pattern and birds totally from scratch but it would have taken me much longer and used more energy than I had. But that doesn’t make it right. Hmm. A bit disappointed in myself. Didn’t think I would feel so bad about it. From now on you will be seeing my own (probably terrible) drawing skills exhibited, or at least ones done from tracing photos that I have taken myself!

Anyway, here is what she sent to me:

And here is what she did to mine:

I love what she has done with my original image. She copied it so that she¬†could paint on it, as my copier left the lines water soluble (I tested it before sending). The red was lost but so much gained! Look carefully for the fish – they are sparkling silver on the original. She has put so much work into this and I think it is so exciting to be working together and making things we wouldn’t have otherwise.

Here is what I did with hers:

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I struggled to come up with a way to make her image into something different, apart from interesting colouring in I was a bit stumped and I didn’t want to erase the original meaning of the self-portrait about the missing filling. I am happy in the end with what I produced, but think she did a much better job on this one!

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Text reads: You want to put your filling under your pillow? Yes I see the hole.

Well, scrap metal prices are high and teeth have dropped in value. What? You thought I did this from the goodness of my heart?

Tell you what – Get a quote for replacing your filling and I will pay for it.

BUT! You must buy an electric toothbrush ‘coz I want my assets kept super-healthy from now on.

Yes! The only money I make these days is from the “final collection” as I call it.

So do we have a deal?

Put your filling and the quote under your pillow tonight.

Sleep well!

I have been enjoying picking flowers in my garden. This is this week’s bouquet. There are a couple of lilies which should open and make it look and smell even better! Last week’s arrangement was all roses and fennel and was gorgeous, but the thunderstorms seem to have bashed all the roses to pieces so there will be a pause before more appear. I have deadheaded!

I also picked a miniature bunch with some tiny sweet peas and night-scented stocks so it smells really good:

There is also one white helibore¬†flower at the front – it is so wierd that this “Christmas Rose” has decided to flower a second time in July! It has never done this before and we have had it for over 3 years. It must be happy.

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