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Christmas Cards

I am so pleased to finally be able to write this post about Christmas Cards as it means  have done it – designed, printed, packed, ready to ship!

I started work on these cards back in July – yes, ages ago! Whilst you were enjoying the summer sunshine (well, those of you who went abroad!) I was getting my Christmas groove on….or not as it happens – I found it really hard work thinking about Christmas in the middle of the summer. But I got there in the end. I came up with way more designs than I had planned, and as my two favourite retailers both liked different designs, the range has actually got 9 cards in instead of my usual 6.

Now, the other exciting thing to tell you is that because I am just such a lovely and amazing person, I thought I would run a little competition – you can win yourselves a set of cards (so 9 cards, one of each design, full rrp £22.50)! All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me which is your favourite card and if you like glitter or no glitter, and I will put all the names in a hat at the end of the week and let you know who the lucky winner is! What do you think? Sound like a good idea?

Well, you will of course need to see the cards – here they are….

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So, all you need to do to enter is leave me a comment with your favourite card and if you like glitter or not, and check in again this time next week to find out if you have won!

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Wedding Commission

Wedding commissions – I have a love hate thing going on with them!

I love to do them, and have done a fair few now – both lampshades and original artworks. It is such a privilege to be involved in the most important event in a couples life, and to have been chosen from thousands and thousands of other people to make that special piece. I love that I can bring a friend or relatives ideas to live, and can work on an artistic project with someone else, or in some cases several people – it is wonderful having so many different takes on that little seed of an idea, and watching it grow into something we can all be proud of.

But…… there are dangers! A commission means doing what your client asks, and they don’t always have the most straightforward requests

Can you do a dog on a lampshade?

Can you do a cat exactly like ours?

Can you fit this very long sentence on one line?

Can you do exactly the same but in graduating sizes?

All these questions strike fear into my heart. As I answer with a cheery ‘well, we can certainly give it a go, and I am sure we can come up with something’ what I a really thinking is ‘F@4&, never in a million years’.

And then there are the timescales, and finding the right paper, and ordering the ring sets/mounts/frames on time and in the right sizes.

And the sheer pressure of knowing that if you cock it up, you only have a very short amount of time to dust yourself down, pick up your scalpel, and work through the night starting from the very beginning.

But, as I have said before, a glass half full attitude (and a glass of wine) makes everything all right really, and if others have faith in me, maybe I should have a little more faith in myself and just get on with it. And do you know what, every time it seems to work, and every time (so far!) the client has been over the moon with the finished product.

The last commission I did was organised by the sister of the groom. She arranged it so that the artwork would be finished and actually in the happy couples home on their return from honeymoon. I hope they are enjoying it as much as I enjoyed making it. Note the little dog int he bottom corner who had t be part of it! Here it is….

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Leaf cutting

Yesterday I stumbled upon the work of artist Lorenzo Duran. I have searched for a website or some such for him but can’t find anything official, so you will have to google him and see what you can find – search for leaf cutting artist.

Anyway, he makes the most amazing little artworks – from leaves! He does paper cutting, but on a leaf instead. It looks as thought it would be totally impossible to do, so I thought I would give it a go!! It is rather tricky, but I think it is worth it. I couldn’t get the details anywhere near as fine as I would like though, but have worked out if I cut fresh leaves and then leave them to dry I might have a better chance of some fine detailed work. Perhaps ther eis some way of preparing the leaf to start off with – although I am not sure I would be very keen on this, it wouldn’t seem quite right somehow – a bit like cheating? Maybe it is just me…

It was all just a bit of an experiment really. I would love to have more images to show you, but I did dedicate most of yesterday evening to this, when I should have been doping other stuff, so it will just have to do for now. I am glad I gave it a go though – now I know I can do it, I will think through some better designs and might come up with something amazing – you never know.

If you want to have a go yourself, I found the best thing was to iron the leaves first under a couple of sheets of tissue, and to use a brand new scalpel blade. Other than that, it’s the same as paper cutting really.

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mrsmcindoe in print!

The title may be slightly misleading, nobody has actually written about me, but I am in print – well, some of my designs have been! I found a really interesting print experiment over on Pintrest, requiring nothing more than I already had at home (so kind of free, right?!) I thought I would give it a whirl, what was there to lose? I have been most excited by the results and I think I may very well become addicted to printing.

So, I’ll start at the beginning – firstly, go and check out this fab blog by Cassie Stephens. In it she tells of a fab way to so printing at home. It involves gelatine!

So  the set up is this – a baking tray, some paint or ink, some gelatine. Basically, you make up super strength gelatine and leave it to set overnight. They you spread the surface with in (in my case I used fabric paint) and you should do it with a special roller but I rubbed it around with my fingers.  Then I placed my papercut onto the ink. I made sure it was flat, and then put a sheet of fabric over the top, gave it a rub around, and then lifted off. You can then remove the papercut and take another impression. I even experimented with a two colour one – it is quite tricky to line it up properly for the second colour.

Have a look at the results – what do you think?

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Now I know they are a bit scruffy, but I think for a first ever attempt at printing, and in my kitchen using what I had with a two-year old running around, it’s not that bad! I am going to continue experimenting and see what else I can come up with.

I also have to think what to do now with the bits of fabric!

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Wedding Presents & Commissions Part 1

Well I have finally finished my commissions list, and those that were to be married are now married, and so I can share with you the details of the commissions at last! Both my commissions were for the same wedding, which is unusual I suppose, but I do know the bride and groom! So here we go, a break down of the work in two posts (this being the first, um, obviously!)

Firstly, the bride and groom had been on the hunt for some interesting gifts to give as favours for those that helped at the wedding. I was approached and asked if I could do a series of paper cuts based on the wedding invitation as gifts for the family. I trialed several options, and we agreed on one between us. Once cut and assembled I met with ‘Steve the framer’ to discuss framing options – it so great working with local people, he is just five minutes away, meaning I can nip up there any time to check on progress or change my mind (!) Anyway, here are a few pictures – what do you think? Oh, I have to add that I have been testing out different locations around the house to see which photos look best – let me know what you think!

Oh, and apologies if there are spelling mistakes and this post doesn;t flow very well – still recovering from the wedding itself, which was immense!

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A Commission From My Own Daugher!

‘Please can you make a birthday card for Immy?’ from my 5 year old. This afternoon we are going to the party of the century – Immy the next door neighbour is going to be 5 years old! Actually really looking forward to it! Well, it is an afternoon off work for a start, and also there will be lots of lovely grown-ups to talk to and plenty of small chimps running round to entertain my small chimps. Just hope this drizzle goes away – soggy bouncy castle anyone?!

Anyway, I have made a little card for the birthday gal – I quite like it – I might do more! (like I need more projects at the moment!) I would be interested to know if people out there can ‘read’ it – it took my husband quite some time….

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Owls…

….everyone loves Owls, don’t they? They remind me of childhood – partly 70’s desgin stuff, and partly a fab childrens book – The Owl Service by Alan Garner.

Anyhoo….twit twoo….

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