Monday, 22 August 2011

Hello again.

Paints and inks by Dylusions

I'm baaaaaack!  Just had a wonderful two weeks away in sunny Cornwall, lazing about, canoeing, eating, drinking, fishing for crabs etc. I had no internet access and pretty much no phone signal either. Yikes! I had to go cold turkey for two whole weeks!

I took a small (-ish) bag of art supplies with me and managed a few pages in my journal. This one is in my large A4 Moleskine sketchbook. (Hey, does anyone know if Moleskine are still making these? They seem to have replaced it with a Folio sketchbook which has much thinner pages. Anyone know? I neeed one and I can't find one).



We got the got the car ferry a couple of times across the estuary and I managed to sneak the ticket onto my page:


I had fun getting inky with this next page. The page began with a mopped up ink spill but I loved the colours so I continued to work on it. These images are so fun to work with! I sprayed Dylusions inks onto paper and stamped Dotty onto it, and then added a bit of extra colour with pastels.

I LOVE the birds, especially the way that they face different directions so you can layer them all up.


All stamps, inks and paints by Dylusions
Stamps: Birds on a wire, Say what you mean, Basic Backgrounds, Further round the Edge, Dependable Dotty

I don't know if you can see but I stamped the wings onto acetate and then bent them so that they stick up as a 3-D feature:


Now, back to the holiday...... This is what we had at the bottom of our garden for the last two weeks:


Which meant we could do a lot of this:


You can see the house we stayed in the background here. It was a very old house next to an old water mill and had the most seriously wonky floors I have ever known. I felt like I was drunk before I had a drink!


We were delighted to find this little fella in the garden one day:


Of course we had to take our pampered pooch with us - she wouldn't want to miss out on this much fun would she?!


Whilst out and about I tried taking a few arty shots to practise my photography skills. I've still got a loooong way to go but I'm managing to shoot in manual so I'm doing ok so far I think!



Last Thursday we saw the Red Arrows performing at the Fowey Regatta. They were fantastic, it was completely exhilarating to see them perform at speeds of up to 700 miles an hour, and flying so low. We were deeply shocked to hear that on Saturday one of these jets crashed, killing the pilot. I just can't believe it, especially as I had just seen them two days before.



And finally, I leave you with this. Don't you just love it when you stumble across something random like this?! This was just taped to the window of a little newsagents shop in Fowey, Cornwall:


Thanks for all your blog comments while I was away :-)  I'll be around to visit soon but in the meantime the washing machine has gone into overload as I try to catch up on two week's worth of sandy, salty laundry! Bye for now

29 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a fab vacation - thanx 4 your pix

    Kathyk

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  2. What a funny poster! Thanks for the smile. I am glad to hear you had a nice getaway.

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  3. Gorgeous tales and pictures - but the pedal thief beats everything! Welcome back! Valerie

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  4. Absolutely fabulous inky journal pages, love the images too especially those birds. Your holiday spot looks gorgeous, how relaxing and well done on the cold turkey LOL. Tracy x

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  5. Ooooo what a lovely post. The two pages are brilliant and your photography skills are coming on a treat, they're stunning xx

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  6. I presume the 'got me home okay thanks' was added by said thief? ...very funny! Going cold turkey is hard - I am doing a bit of that this coming weekend, but am looking forward to recharging and listening to just my own thoughts for a couple of days. It may be hard, but unplugging is a good thing for the creative soul... :) You remind me: I must take a small art stash with me too!

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  7. looks like a fab time was had by all Kate. awful about the Red Arrows pilot. what an imaginative poster about the pedal - English eccentricity at it's best. re the sketchbook, Linda & Laura Kemshall may have what you want here http://www.lindakemshall.com/DesignMattersStoreStudioArt.html (if the link doesn't work let me know)

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  8. omg kate - what a sign!!! hahaha that made me giggle. your holiday photos are gorgeous. loved the little hedgehog. too cute. as always - your artwork is amazing.

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  9. Great post and photos, Kate! That's quite the sign...! K

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  10. I really like your art work. I used to do collages some time ago and I would have been delighted to produce stuff that is as good as yours.

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  11. Welcome home, glad you had a great holiday. I love your new pages.
    Big love
    from down south ;-)
    AJ

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  12. Great pages....great photos....and as for the pedal notice??? I've just about stopped laughing!!! xx

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  13. Great you're back, Kate. Gorgeous pages!!

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  14. Brilliant journalling as usual. Glad you had a lovely holiday it looks a very relaxed sort of place. The stolen bike pedal announcement is just wonderful. See you Saturday. xx

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  15. We had limited phone signal too! And I forgot to put your number in my phone! We saw the red arrows too, at Falmouth, such a brave pilot who wouldn't eject over Bournemouth to save the lives of others, but as you say, an enormous shock especially when you've just seen them! Looks like you had a fabulous time, just like we did :)

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  16. Welcome home and back to the land of blogging :)

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  17. Your vacation journal pages are great. I loved the pedal thief sign. Isn't it great to get away? But kind of scary how dependent we are on internet and stuff like that? I'm glad you had a nice time, now back to the grind!!!

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  18. Looks like youve had a fab holiday darling, loving your journal pages, the pedal theif note made me giggle hehehehe

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  19. Love, love, love your journal pages! Your holiday photos are fab, looks like a beautiful place! Great poster about the pedal thief, made me laugh!

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  20. An amazing post, your artwork as always is superb. Your photography, billiant! So pleased you enjoyed being in my neck of the woods. Cottage looks idylic. The note about the cycle pedal made me chuckle, thanks xx
    PS Welcome home, missed you x

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  21. WOW! Lots to see here - thank you for sharing so much. Love your art, photos and words on your trip. Glad you enjoyed!

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  22. Great pages, great photos and great pedal poster!

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  23. What a fun trip, I have never seen a hedgehog??? That is delightful, like Beatrix Potter? Your colors on your pages are brilliant. I am getting bolder, but you inspire me to up the level a bit.

    Fun place to visit~ xo Junelle

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  24. Sounds like you had a wonderful time away with your family -it's always good to get away & recharge. I think I may have found the Moleskine A4s but being so new to this medium, I'm not sure but here's what I found online. Hope it helps! :) http://www.moleskine.com/choose_your_moleskine_view.php?id=painting&lang_id=4#

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  25. Wonderful stories and art. Love it.

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  26. Love the art. Love the vacay pics!!

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  27. I don't usually comment on stranger's blog posts, but that pedal poster is HILARIOUS and cheered me up despite having a grumbly, teething baby. Thank you!

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  28. I am very interested in a couple of your classes, however I live in the USA, no plans to travel. How could get instructions for the house and tribute to Diana classes. Is there on line classes?

    Thanks

    Judy












    tribute to Diana

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  29. LOL at the pedal notice! Made me laugh x

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