Saturday, April 30, 2011

A child's gift

In my work it is refreashing to revisit "simplicity". 
Here is a lovely little piece I did today for a soon-to-be six your old.
I loved this poem when I was a child and I still love it.
It is The End from Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne.

Schmincke gouache, metal nibs and a touch of gilding on Ormoline size.
I have kept the lines in the manner that they were originally written.

Flowers for the week ...

I always love to choose some flowers from Salamanca markets to see me through the week ... just a couple of dollars for these lovely glads.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Sunday - from the drawing board

The support is canvas the materials used are acrylic paints, gesso, sgraffito and lead pencil lettering.

The White Library

The problems associated with choosing a book from David Walsh' White Library at MONA
You can see others had problems too!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

from the drawing board

Look closely!

I think you will have to click on the images to see more clearly.

My little lace piece from today at the drawing board.  I did this work after several trials, working white on white. The original looks really pretty, photographing it is another matter.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A culturally enjoyable day ... so far ...

My plan for the day was to start with listening to Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas whilst reading Sheila Waters' exquisitely designed manuscript of Under Milk Wood at the same time. As I thought, it was an all encompassing experience. We ... David and I ... sat back in our armchairs, legs outstretched and listened to the rich voices of Richard Burton, Hugh Griffiths, Richard Bebb and cast reading the play. We both enjoyed the visual images throughout the manuscript, the absolute ease at which we could read Sheila's specially designed Carolingian while enjoying the story as read to us.

This is not something that we usually plan in do in our frenetic worlds but it was a lovely and very enjoyable experience.

Sheila Waters Under Milk Wood manuscript: ISBN 0 9623131 0 6

My copy of Sheila’s manuscript I have had since 1991. The CD was given to us by our friend Duncan Abercromby, a Dylan Thomas fan who said we would enjoy the play. So David and I returned him the favour and gave him a copy of Sheila’s book.

Ahhhh … then we drove to the beautiful riversedge village of Franklin on the Huon and enjoyed lunch at a cafĂ© which opened only yesterday. It is called Riley’s, great taste and excellent value for money.  Along the way we visited the Church Studio, a visual and perfoming arts space in an old renovated Methodist Church.  I can see an exhibition forming in my head ... now that would be a real proactive thing to work towards!

An amazingly relaxing and feel good day … so far!

Friday, April 1, 2011

How to make conversations

I am a little ahead of myself here for the ALaW project so I thought I would share a how to with you.  If you haven't been exposed to these as a child then here is how to make a conversation ... a little talking piece.  Read on!

Decorate your paper
On the black side, fold your corners into the middle
Turn over as shown here

Fold in half using a bone folder or an agate burnisher as I am using here

Turn 90 degrees and fold in half again
Al ways making sure your folds are crisp and absolutely accurate to the 1/2 mm

Fold all the corners back in to the middle so that the decorative side now comes to the front as shown

Turn over and you should have the remaining decorative side

Now we are going to get tiny and tricky!
Fold all the corners into the middle as shown
Burnish well trying not to take any of the decorative media off the surface

This is what it should look like folded in

Now ... getting trickier
Fold the work in half
Open this then fold the other side in half

Ah ... here is a little tricky bit
try to slip your fingers into the little square sections on the corners
Open and close in each direction as required

These little conversations can hold wishes, secrets or dreams ... enjoy!

Any questions please ask.

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Blackmans Bay, Tasmania, Australia
I am an Australian, a letter designer & calligrapher. I enjoy working with letters and grounds, teaching and mixing with like-minded people.


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