My godson celebrated his 16th birthday a few weeks ago. I wanted to design a card that was specific to him and spent quite a few weeks thinking about it. This year, he is into maths and the sciences, particularly physics and biochemistry; previously he wanted to be a vet. Anyway, two of my husband's degrees are in biochemistry so he was (again) a very valuable resource. I'd spent too much time trying to work out how to write his name when I suddenly hit upon the idea of spelling it out using the Periodic Table! I did enjoy doing it - all that measuring fed the OCD(!) - and, as I was off, I had plenty of time to think about it. He sent me a lovely message after he received it so I'm completely happy.
A view of some of my sketchbook ideas
(On the back is hand-written "Designed for Oliver….." but I blurred it out of this photograph as it contains his full name and birthday.)
We had a bereavement at Easter and we've been travelling up and down the motorway, preparing photographs and the order of service, etc. It's been a sad time which is why I've not posted for so long - please accept my apologies. After I came out of hospital recently, a dear colleague and friend visited, bringing along this yummy fruit - pineapple, mango, pomegranate, dates and brazil nuts. The colours were great so I couldn't resist rearranging a few and taking a few photographs as I knew I'd want at least to sketch them later on down the line; I'm glad I did. Needless to say, although the nuts and dates lasted a little longer than the soft fruit, we polished them off long ago!
Drum Leaf Binding
A while ago I discovered 'drum leaf binding' which is a great way of putting illustrated or photographed pages together - you end up with completely flat spreads (actually they open backwards) so you don't lose anything into the gutter of the page. You also end up with double-thick pages so wet applications of paint, markers, etc, are unlikely to bleed through to the neighbouring page. (It's also good for doing panoramic images.) I was curious to give it a try so bought a few large sheets of different types of watercolour paper. It's tricky but I was so pleased with the result that I made a little case for it using fabric-covered greyboard. I then cut out some coloured endpapers and bound it all into a proper sketchbook. I wish you all a happy, healthy and hopefully arty weekend.
Tote Bag/Sketching Bag (reversible) made with three types of heavyweight 100% cotton
Hi All, it's finished and everything fits in it including my pens and baby sketchbook - yippee!! I really enjoyed hand-stitching the whole thing; I used backstitch for strength and the top-stitching is actually 'running stitch' sewn in one direction then sewn in the opposite direction to make it look as though a machine did it - I think that's called 'cross running stitch'.