april flew and we're already a week in to may - is this how the summer will be?
work is commencing this week with my brand new vegetable garden - major under-taking but i'm excited... and a little nervous
my mom and step-father live nearby and they're experts so thankfully i have a great resource close to hand!
whilst waiting on that i commenced this latest page, developed from drawings shown in previous posts
remember this idea/design stemmed from a sketch of a piece of jewelry in a liberty of london book?
well, i'm moving it along....
changing the number of petals, adding spiky bits with circles
they remind of pearl stick-pins
i was working out border designs using pen and stitch, thinking one might be suitable as an accent detail on said page
of the two options above, neither was quite right
fingers tapping, humming and hawing - finally decided to sleep on it and i'm so glad i did
in the morning as i looked at it i thought why not have the smyrna cross in pen and do a french knot in the centre - it would be like a lustrous pearl with rays coming from it
i also decided there was too much empty space in the centre area so an a "quick" fold took care of that
would you believe i worked the whole thing out on scrap paper so i would know exactly where the folds needed to be and which way they needed to be folded - i swear i'm dyslexic - if i'd been left to my usual devices this piece would look like origami, i can assure you
a cut-out painted petal with a decorative brad adds something amazing to the lower corner
the ties... well the ties were meant to be long, to let one open the fold, to see what lays beneath, but as the paper is watercolour, and the fold extremely narrow, the fold wouldn't stay flat
in the end i had to tape it closed with double-sided tape so i tied knots and cut the ties short
i love it - really, really love it
it turned out far better than i hoped - better than i thought i was capable of!
firmly attached to my ledger, that's two pages done - the next one is the colour study
i hope to make progress with that tomorrow
i hope to make progress with a lot of things - emails, reading your blogs, checking out what you're up to
i have three days off and list upon list - many things to tell you about so i'll be back on friday
nothing major, nor earth-shattering, just newsy bits of this and that...