I’m Launching my Spring Collection of Journals

Spring Journals covers ready for binding How are you? It is one very windy day here in Wiltshire  as I write this, so I am turning my mind to Spring.I love it when I see the first snowdrops arrive … Spring is on its way and although the weather may be wet and windy (or even snowing), these valiant little flowers…

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Spring Journals covers ready for binding

How are you? It is one very windy day here in Wiltshire  as I write this, so I am turning my mind to Spring.

I love it when I see the first snowdrops arrive … Spring is on its way and although the weather may be wet and windy (or even snowing), these valiant little flowers push their way into the light, year after year, and so many of the roadsides and hedgerows around here have scatterings of these pretty white flowers.

So, with my thoughts on Spring, I’m in the process of creating and listing in my new Collection of journals in my British Craft House
shop.

These are part of my Spring Collection of journals, which are all 8” by 10” in size … this is such a wonderful size for a journal … as wide as A4, but not quite so tall. I’m using this size of journal myself at the moment, and I really like it.

The covers that I’ve made so far for the Collection feature snowdrops. I gathered these wildflowers from the hedgerows around my
lovely Wiltshire home.

(I’m planning to make a few more using the tiny ‘Tête-à-tête’ daffodils that have just opened in my garden … if they survive the storm!)

The first journal that I’ve just listed this afternoon is …

Spring Flowers Journal - Snowdrops and Golden Sparkles, photo also shows pressed snowdrops, pens and crystals
               Spring Flowers Journal – Snowdrops and Golden Sparkles

 

Part Science, Part Alchemy … The Art of Cyanotype Part 1

I have been a keen photographer for many years. A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to do a short photography course, and from Day One, when they gave us disposable cameras to mess around with and find our feet, I was hooked! Since I first picked up a camera and realised that…

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I have been a keen photographer for many years. A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to do a short photography course, and from Day One, when they gave us disposable cameras to mess around with and find our feet, I was hooked!

Since I first picked up a camera and realised that I had a “good eye”, I have delighted in the fact that I am able to create images. I have for so long been envious of artists, who can paint and draw, who could
create “something” from “nothing”.

Discovering that I had a “knack” for photography was such a gift; being told by my photography tutor on that long-ago course that I had a good, was such a gift. Here was a way to create images.

Alternative Photography

A while back a wonderful artist I know introduced me to cyanotypes and from my own first experiment with this medium I was completely smitten by this alternative form of photographic development.

The Wonderful World of Wildflowers

Ox-eye daisies dancing in the sun Summer in Wiltshire. A field of barley starting to turn yellow, sprinkled with red wild field poppies.There are so many wonderful aspects to my book making process, and one of the best bits is that I get to work with flowers. The cyanotype process is an alternative photography technique that produces a negative image of…

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Ox-eye daisies dancing in the sun

There are so many wonderful aspects to my book making process, and one of the best bits is that I get to work with flowers. The cyanotype process is an alternative photography technique that produces a negative image of whatever is placed on the paper. In my case, I use flowers, and that makes me very happy.

I love my garden, which may be small, but which is filled with as many flowers as I can possibly cram in and I use quite a lot of them in my cyanotype prints … osteospermums, black-eyed susans, clematis and cosmos. These are my favourite cultivated flowers. But mainly I use wildflowers.