My Mum is 85 years young today and, while we couldn't get down South to celebrate with her she has had a lovely day with special friends who surprised her with lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Thames and a birthday cake from my lovely cousins with her name on it! We will be celebrating with Mum in a few weeks time so Interflora had to take our messages for us until then. Happy Birthday Mum!
Just one or two more photos of the beautiful gardens at Crook Hall but this time it's more inspiration based.
The gardens are populated with figures, little and not so little, some tucked into corners, which are sure to delight some of its younger visitors, or maybe scare them. They add to the magical atmosphere of the gardens and also give opportunities for some digital manipulation for future projects.
I'm quite pleased with this photo of the paperweight from the table in the tea garden. You may just be able to see the writing on the menu underneath it. I'm looking forward to having a play with this in Photoshop.
Talking of playing, I've made a start on the sketchbook workshop that Carole Brungar in New Zealand is running. You can click on the link in my sidebar if you are interested in joining in. There is still time to join the class as it is running until September and you can soon catch up.
So far I have painted watercolour papers with a solution of Redbush tea (it was well past its best before date), torn it into pages to fit the book cover I found in a charity shop (which is now minus its own pages), printed out a selection of words onto cotton and silk printable fabric and sorted out some greeting cards that I have received over the years to make more pages. I am a bit behind the rest of the group as I joined up a bit late but I am looking forward to working on this book.
These are some of Carole's images of her own finished book,
We will be covering several techniques including image transfer and stitching on paper and Carole has a lovely relaxed style in her teaching videos of which there are plenty on the blog that she is teaching from. I thought if I did this workshop it would motivate me to try out some things I have been wanting to try for a while but never seem to find time for. So far it's working and I'm having a great time. So much so that I already have plans for a second book. At least it's giving me something to do while this terrible heat lasts in our part of the UK. Unfortunately it's affecting my gut which is debilitating so I am drinking loads but I am staying close to home for the time being.