Gwyneth

I live on the west coast of Wales, in the UK. I've been crafting in one form or another as a hobby for a long time, but since ill health and disabling conditions curtailed on the activities I can do and forced me into early retirement I've been doing more crafting. This blog is a record of the crafting I've been doing. I've found that, with some adaptations, there are crafts I can do even when confined to bed, such as making cards using die-cut elements. In addition to the cards that I make for uploading to CUP, I've also made bilingual wedding stationary for family members and lots of other different types of card, some of which can be seen on my website. In this blog I'll try to note how easy or difficult any particular card has been to make. In addition to making cards I make some bits of jewellery (when my hands allow) and knitting. I use to knit with needles and make everything from cabled patterns to socks, but I can no longer hold up and manipulate needles, so I've swapped to knitting on looms/knitting boards the last couple of years and am having fun trying out lots of new yarns to get different effects as oppose to complicated paterns.

May 252018
 

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Digital Scrapbook Page

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If you’ve followed my blog post for any length of time you will have realised that gardening is one of my other hobbies in addition to crafting. Because of my disabling conditions the vast majority of my gardening is done in a variety of containers while I’m sitting down.

My tower of strawberry plants looked rather dismal last month, before I cut off all the dead or old leaves, fed the tower with liquid fertiliser, and put a net onto the frame around it to give it some protection.

By May the plants are in bloom and look as if I may get a bumper crop.

This month, on the Dragons Lair Designs Blog there is a challenge to creat something using one kit – Citrus Celebrations.

To take part in the challenge you need to go to the DLD Etsy store and buy the Cirtus Celebrations mini kit.

Then collect the 2 parts of the free download from the blog.

Then have fun makeing something using items from the digital downloads.  Full instructions are on the blog.

I decided to make a digital scrapbook layout showing my strawberry tower before I worked on it, and how it looks now with flowers all over it.

This is what I came up with.

Hopefully, before the end of next month, I’ll have red strawberries to photograph and eat. Then I can create another scrapbook layout to show you.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • DLD Blog – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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May 242018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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Over in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook different activities take place. One of these activities is a colouring challenge where those who want to take part are given a digital stamp to colour and use in a project. This project must be photographed and the photo uploaded to the group. Failure to upload a photo means you can not have the next free image to work with.

For May the image group members can request for free in the group is this one.

Just join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

I decided to make a random card with her. By random I mean that after colouring I cut her out in a random shape, cut a few other bits of backing paper in random shapes, and threw a handful of paper flowers in the air and stuck them on randomly where they landed – except for the ones that actually landed on the topper.

The digi stamp was coloured using ProMarkers – Sandstone, Vanilla, Tawny Owl, Raw Sienna, Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Praline, Tequila Sunrise, Warm Gray 1.

The peice of green background I used as a mat behind the coloured in digi stamp, as well as the blue piece are both printouts from the DLD Essential Plains digital downloads. I love the fact that there is a slight graduation in colour depth accross these backgrounds rather than them being a flat colour and have used them on so many different projects since I got them.

The other two bits of backgrounds I used were from my stash – bits left from a Hunkydory make I think. The flowers were punched using two different punches from three shades of yellow from the Hunkydory pad of different shades of yellow paper.  I used the same Praline marker as I’d used on the digi to put centeres to all the flowers and a wighly libe around the outside of the 8″ square card I’d used.

Here’s the finished card.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before the end of the week, so please do pop in for a look again.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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May 202018
 

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UFO Quilting – An Further Update

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Today is another update on how I’m progressing with the patchwork fronts for my two single bed quilts for our new bunk beds.

In my last update about this project I told you I had finished one patchwork front.

Well, I’ve had my sewing machine out on the kitchen table again, and had several more short sessions of sewing up 8″ square blocks and adding them to the second quilt front.

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The good news is that I’ve now finished the second patchwork quilt front.

The matress that was airing, that I used to spread out the first quilt front, has now been put on the top bunk, but I’ve managed to hang this second patchwork out over the side of the bunk to photograph it, using some pillows to weight down the one row that’s over the top to hold it in place.

Quite like the first one, obviously, as I’d used the same materials in 8″ blocks for both, but because I’d added blocks randomly there is some difference in actual layout between them.

So now it is on with the next stage of the project – preparing the fronts ready for the actual quilting. I went over the 1st one carefully snipping off thread ends before begining the actual layering.

Now I know many do the layering on the floor, but my health/disabling conditions mean I can’t do that. So my solution is to open out the pull out sofa bed and work on that while sitting on a box stool.

I’ve got as far as just spreading everything out.

I know I had done some measuring and calculating before staring the patchwork, and cutting the black cotton sheet and the wadding, but I wanted to be sure that the wadding was slightly larger than the patchwork and the backing larger than that – and would you beliece it – I’d actually got things right. And as it is coming out at just longer and wider than the top of a double bed sized sofa bed I know it will totally cover somebody sleeping in either of the two 3 foot, single bed, sized bunks.

And rest! I’m finding the whole project an exhausting, mamoth, task, and have to rest a lot both while working on each stage of the project and before I tackle the next step, but I am pleased with how my “Big” Work In Progress is coming along.

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So, that’s how far I’ve got at the point of writing this post, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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A Few Cards

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May 172018
 

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Welsh Cards

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Good morning everybody!

There was a birthday of a family member at the start of the month so I needed to make a card each for my mother and I to send and thought that while I was at it I’d have a bit of a play and make some more than I needed.  I showed you the sympathy cards I made in an earlier post – here.

So now it’s time to show you my other creations from that cardmaking session.

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Firstly – out came an asortment of card making items. These included prints I’d done in a previous screen printing session that hadn’t turned out so good, some Hunkydory filigree frames kit items, and an assortment of Pollyanna Pickering die cut toppers and inserts, as well as several sheets of cardstock I’d printed out previously from the Dragons Lair Designs Essential Plains digital downloads.

So, lets go through them one by one.

Starting with the two cards made using the badly printed screen prints I showed you previously to make birthday cards.

I coloured this one using some Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and a green promarker. I used Duo circle dies to cut out the image and a mat from a sheet printed with a pink coloured background from the DLD Essentials downloads.  I also cut out the butterflies from the same cardstock using part of a die that came free on a Tattered Lade magazine. The main green mat and the strip over the white ribon (that came wraped around a pillowcase I bought) were from another sheet from the DLD Essentials downloads. Butterfly bodies were simply coloured in black using a fineliner pen, and then everything was glued together. I cut off the sploged part of the screen print once I’d matted it on the pink and placed it at the side of the card to disguise the fact that it didn’t print correctly.

Next came a card where the screen print was just over the edge.

I again used my circle Duo dies to not only cut out the screen printed image after colouring it as previously, but I also used different sized dies from the same set to cut out a variety of sixed circles from different colours from the DLD Essentials. I cut a slice off the edge of several of these before starting to glue the circles in place, hopefully disguising the fact that the main topper image had a bit printed over the edge. The blue background paper also came from the Essentials collection.

Next came a card from the Hunkydory filigree collection, on which I’ve simply put Llongyfarchiadau, which is Welsh fot Congratulations.  I think this one is right for a wedding.  I only used the topper and filligree frame from the kit and used cardstock and peeloffs from my kit, which means I have more to play with again.

Looks like I didn’t photograph the matching insert to this one.

Next cones a few cards made using Pollyanna Pickering artwork.

A5 base card from my stash and red background from a Hunkydory pad of various shades of red papers.

And the insert for it where I’d used a piece of the paper I’d used for matting over the pre-printed greeting so that I could put a Welsh greeting in instead – this time a Happy Birthday card.

A simple green mat behind the topper, again it came from a Hunkydory pad of papers, this time of green shades.

And the insert that I put inside. Again, I added a panel to change it to a Welsh birthday card.

For this card I just framed the topper with a narrow margine of a black cardstock showing and left the card front mostly white. I went round the black frame and the outside of the base card with gold peeloffs.

And the insert for it, once again changed to a Welsh birthday greeting.

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I’ve got a few images that I’d pulled out still waiting to be crafted with, but it probably won’t be for a while as the person I’ve got in mind to receive one of the toppers on a card doesn’t have his birthday until the end of June and I’m spending more time out in the garden these days and less inside crafting. Long may this nice weather remain – provided it doesn’t get too hot!

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A Simply Decorated Box

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May 142018
 

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A Decorated Box

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Many of you, who have visited my blog over a period of time, will know that, in addition to crafting, one of my other hobbies is gardening.  With my health/disability issues, the vast majority of my gardening us done in troughs, tubs and raised beds, with me sitting down, but I do like to grow things, and if there are things I can’t do I get family members to help.

I had been keeping my seeds in an old plastic biscuit box, but that had been needed for something else, so I decided to get a wooden box to keep my seeds in.

I did buy one that is probably larger than I’ll ever need for the amount of seeds I buy each year, but I decided that it would be a good idea to keep labels, a pencil, etc., in there as well. So went for an extra large wooden box.

This is what it looked like before I did anything to it.

I said in my title that I was going for a simple decoration for this box. I didn’t want dimensional embelishments that would get knocked off when it is carried around and used, so what I did first was give the whole of the outside of the box a thin coat of white gesso.  I wanted to give it a bit of a whitewashed look but decided that wanted to see the woodgrain through it.

I then went to my computer and opened a blank page in MS Publisher.  I typed the word “Hadau”, which is Welsh for “Seeds”, and chose a brown colour.  I also used the facility in the software to search for an image of a seedling that was marked ‘creative commons licence’ (I hope the image was correctly marked as such because I don’t want to be breaking anybody’s copyright for an image even for a one off, personal use item like this).  This I resized and then did a copy and flipped it, then printed the items out onto white paper.

I cut the writing out as a rectangle and cut my chosen image as carefully as I could around the outline.  I used Pinflair bookbindibg glue to stick the seedling image to the front of the box at each of the bottom corners and the wording panel to the lid of the box.

Next I took strips of double sided tape and put them around the wording panel overlapping the edge of the paper and onto the box lid. After taking off the backibg paper I applied some IndigoBlu Guikding Flakes to the sticky strips. I can’t actually remember which  colour mixture I used.

This is what the wording panel looked like after guilding.

I then decided to add further strips of double sided tape over the  lid either side of the wording panel and guild those as well.

A quick coat of matt varnish and the project was complete – like I said  – a simple look.

This is what the front of the box looks like.

And here’s a look at the top.

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So, that’s this particular project completed.  I think I need to get more photos of what I’m up to in the garden to show you all at some point – perhaps a scrapbook layout is called for before long.

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May 122018
 

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Crafting With Another Screen Print

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In an earlier post I showed you a small batch of Screen Prints I’d done one day before I got out of steam and had to clear away and rest.

I had painted one of the peacock prints on cardstock to put up on my mother’s calender as her May image, but now I’ve also got the one on canvas painted as well.

It looks quite like the other one as I’ve used the same inks and paints (see previous post for details), but there is a slight difference in how the colours look on the canvas one compared to the cardstock.

This is a close-up of one area.

A close look at the whole image.

And the whole canvas at a different angle.

I haven’t quite got the angle of the image right to catch the shimmer and shine this time, but I hope you like it.

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So that’s it for today. I’ll show you how I get on with makeing something with my other screen prints in the future.

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Sympathy Cards

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May 102018
 

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Welsh Sympathy Cards

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Good morning everybody!

Last month I published a post about a sympathy card I’d made for a family in our neighbourhood and I said I’d have to make up a few cards ready for the sad times when such a card is needed.  Well a few days ago, over a period of a couple of days, I had a little cardmaking session and my makes included some sympathy cards.

So I thought I’d separate out the sympathy cards into a blog post of their own snd show you those today.

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When I showed you the results of my latest screen printing the begining of this month I included a couple of floral wreaths printed in black, where the masking tape over the wording had come off when washing the mesh between colours and so I had printed them out with words I didn’t want in the centre.

Well the first thing I did was get my round Duo Dies and cut the centre out of the print, as well as cut the print itself as a circular panel.

I coloured just the leaves in green with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush Marker on one, and for the other I coloured the leaves using a green ProMarker and the flowers using the Sparkle Glitter pens.

Both are made on a 300 gsm white A5 card base and are layered with a white textured cardstock as well as using black cardstock for a layer and a strip over the white ribbon..

For this one I also used a piece of white ribbon (that came wrapped around some pillowcaces) on the card.

The greeting on the card above means A Word Of Comfort.  And on the card below  the wording Gyda Chydymdeimlad means With Sympathy.

The butterflies on this card were die cut using a free die that came on a tattered lace magazine and simply separated drom the rest of the cut.

After these two I went back to the same pack of crafting goodies from Hunkeydorey that I’d used for the Sympathy Card last month.

Both have a filigree frame and peel-off greetings.

This one has tge greeting Thinking About You and also has a matching insert with the sentiment With Sympathy on it.

This one simply has the greeting Gair o Gysur, which means a Word of Comfort on it.

But I’ve not added a greeting to the insert of this one yet.

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I’ll do another post with the other cards in before long. Just want to make sure that the ones that are for a specific person have been received first.

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Final PHD Cushion Complete

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May 082018
 

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Last Cushion Cover Complete

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I’ve previously shown you four slightly different foam cushions I’d made patchwork, quilted, covers for – here, here, and here.

I also showed you a foam cushion I’d made by sticking three pieces I’d cut off when making the others fit the chairs I wanted them for.

A bit of trimming to even the edges and it was ready to cover.

This isn’t a cushion specifically for anywhere, in fact it will probably be used on the floor or out the garden by my nephews, so I wasn’t planning on making such an effort for the cover this time as I’d made on the previous foam cushions I’d shown you.

I went searching through my stash and found a piece of materisl left over from when I made myself a pair of shorts last year.  (I need to check but I do think that the shorts are one item in my unbloģed items that needs to be put into a “catchup” post before long.)

This time I simply cut a long piece of the material that would go all the way round the cushion with extra to hem both ends, and of the same width as the cushion plus seam allowance.  I also cut two strips 2.5″ wide by the length of the cushion plus seam allowance.

It was then simply a case of sewing in the side panels to join the cushion cover together.

I did oversew the seams with a zig-zag stitch as I thought it would need it it the cushion would get used and thrown about by the youngest nephews.

Then it was simply a case of putting the cover on the cushion.

One extra photo – on the 16th April I showed you one of the patchwork cushions I’d completed but I didn’t show it in its final location. So here it is positioned just inside the front door.

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So, that’s the last of the foam cushions with covers and one PHD project complete.  I do have some ordinary cushion pads to make covers for, but those are amongst the things not yet started not PHDs. I’ve also got a round boulster cushion to complete a cover for – that is part done but I just can’t find where the bag of partly sewn pieces have been put, but with other projects on the go I’m not stuck for crafting to do.  Keep an eye out and find out what I tackle next on my blog on a future date. And I’ve still got some more Items I’ve never blogged to show you in more catchup posts as well.

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May 062018
 

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UFO Quilting – An Update

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Today is another update on how I’m progressing with the patchwork for the fronts of my two single bed quilts.

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Yes, I’ve been doing some more work on my quilts.

I did create a bit of a mess, but I got my Accuquilt dies out and cut some more patchwork pieces out.

I know I was going to try and photograph each planned and cut block before putting the pieces in bags and making them rumpled, but with so many different shapes of different materials being cut, and me being a bit clumsy and knocking things onto the floor, I decided to go back to putting each piece for a particular block into a bag and then taking out to photograph once I’d got all the bits cut, even if it rumpled everything.

When I came to sewing this block up I realised I’d cut enough of the center pieces to make four blocks but only cut enough to make three blocks of the outside triangles.  So next time I have a cutting session I need to cru some more.

After pressing all the pices I’d cut, I set about sewing them into squares. Then randomly picking squares to attach to the started patchwork front of the quilt I’ve shown you previously.

And now is the time to cheer! I’ve got one complete front for one quilt made up.

The matress that will go onto the top bunk that my quilts will go on is still down being aired in front of a radiator. So I hung the patchwork quilt front over the side of it. You can’t see it properly but there is another complete row of patchwork blocks as well, as a row of sashing/border, over the top of the matress making the piece five blocks plus sashing wide and seven blocks plus sashing top to bottom.

And the good thing is that I’ve already got 15 blocks sewn up as well as 10+ cut out ready for the second patchwork quilt front.

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Please keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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More Screen Printing

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May 042018
 

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More Screen Printing

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On my post of the 2nd – here – I showed you how I’d added some details to the pockets of my new gardening shirt by screen printing a floral wreath on one pocket and my initial on the other.  Well, on the same day I screen printed those, I also screen printed a small mumber of other things.

Firstly I printed the same Floral Wreath onto cardstock in red.  Neither was a big sucess as the first one was slightly over the edge so I must have moved the cardstock. The second was smudged.

So I decided to wash it off before printing again in black.  Unfortunately the tape over the English wording came off and I forgot to re-tape, so I’ve got words on the prints that I didn’t want.

So I gave up on that screen and put it to wash again while I went on to another screen called Plumage and Foliage.

I wanted to screen print this onto a board mounted canvas, but that was too thick to alow the Screen Sensation framework to close properly. I therefore just taped the screen onto the frame in the usual manner but didn’t insert this into the Screen Sensation framework. I just put it in place over my canvas and held it in place with one hand while using the other to pull Copper Screen Sensation Ink over it.

And it worked!

I then put the screen into the main framework and did another print onto 280gsm cardstock.

As I had my small, travel, iron out to heat set the ink on my shirt so that it can go in the wash I did the same for all these other prints – I did a test with the iron on a corner of the canvas before houng all over just to make sure it was OK with heat.

By this time I was exhausted and couldn’t think of doing any more printing, so the T-shirts, etc., I’ve got in ready will have to wait for another day.

So now it’s just a case of what I’m going to do with these screen prints.

Well I’ve just got one ready to show you today – the one of the peacock screen printed on cardstock.

Back at the start of April I told you about the calender I bought for my Mother, and I said I was adding some sort of picture to each month as we came to it.  You can see the post – here – if you missed it.

Well for May I decided to quickly colour up the peacock.  I’m not so good at painting, but this time I decided to give it a go.  I’d just got in some Dinky Inkies Pearl Reinker Multibuy, and, because of the different effect of these I thought that they would suit the image.  Only problem I had was no suitable blue colour, so I reached for my Gansai Tambi, Blue Gem colour. And while I had those out I picked the purple colour from the same set. Every other colour used is a Dinky Inky.

I did go online to have a look at some photos of peacocks, but there’s no way I could get near to the beauty of a real peacock with its miriad of subtle, shimmering, colours, so I just went with the colours I’d got.

It doesn’t look too bad, and Mam is quite pleased with her May picture.

In some lights it looks quite flat.

But, because of the types of mediums I’d used, in other lights you can see the sparkle in some areas and the irridecense on others.

It is quite lovely when the light hits it at some angles.

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So that’s it for today. I’ll show you how I get on with makeing something with my other screen prints in the future.

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