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Preparing For A Blue Day

21 Aug

I’m preparing for a cyanotype field trip over the bank holiday. The idea is to take out prepared cyanotype papers into the landscape and make photograms from what we find. Here are some I did a while back …

 

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Make Your Own Pocket Watercolour Paintbox

19 Aug

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I did a blog recently about a little watercolour paintbox I made from an old tin. Lots of people were interested so I thought I’d put up instructions for it. I do a few hours teaching each week for a charity working with homeless people and I did this with the people in our watercolour group, so they each have their own kit.

You’ll need:

  • A small rectangular hinged tin – I used a vintage ink stamp tin
  • A watercolour brush
  • A junior hacksaw
  • Sandpaper
  • DAS self-hardening clay
  • An Inhaler or large round-bottomed pen
  • A plastic lid from a margarine tub, or similar
  • Blu Tack
  • White acrylic paint
  • A hog hair brush or similar
  • Some reasonable quality tubes of watercolour paint

 

  1. Clean and dry the tin
  2. Cut a watercolour brush to size with a junior hacksaw
  3. Sand off the cut top with sand paper
  4. Press self-hardening clay evenly into the deeper (bottom) side, smoothing it up the sides a bit to seal it.
  5. Make a channel with the cut brush in the centre of the clay.

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6. Press six dips with the bottom of a pen, such as a Sharpie or an Inhaler. The dips should not go to the bottom.

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7. Leave the clay to dry – it might take a few days

8. Cut the white plastic to fit the lid and press it in. A smidgen of blue tack or similar might be needed.

9. If you’ve used coloured clay, give it two coats of white acrylic paint, leaving it to dry between coats.

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10. Blob some good quality watercolours into the dips – one each of red, yellow and blue; purple, orange and green and leave them to dry before you carry the tin around. Pop the brush in and off you go.

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Have a great time with it …..

The Dog Had A Bath

14 Aug

 

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The dog had a bath and now she’s running around like a maniac! Husb and I are dog-sitting while her people are on holiday. She’s a Pomerpoo – a Pomeranian / Toy Poodle cross – very small with lots of black fluffy fur. When we bathed her it stuck up all over the place. She’s not too pleased about it. Sparta Puss thinks it’s quite funny though.

 

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Squirting Blobs

13 Aug

 

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I recently made myself a tiny watercolour paintbox, using an old tin that originally had a dried up stamping ink pad in it. I filled one side with DAS airdry clay and pushed 6 semi-circular depressions into it with the round end of a menthol inhaler. And let it dry – it took about a week. Then I gave it a couple of coats of white acrylic paint to seal it. Once it was dry, I squirted a blob of good quality liquid watercolour from tubes into the little holes – Lemon Yellow, Vermilion, Crimson, Pthalo Blue, Purple and Green. Then I let them dry out before taking it out into the field.

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It works pretty well. The paints get wet, dry out, get wet again with no impact upon their quality. Here’s one I did earlier in the summer using ballpoint pen with the watercolours.

 

 

 

In The Graft Garden

12 Aug

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Here’s another quick sketch in ballpoint pen and watercolour from the summer supper event at Swansea’s Graft garden yesterday evening. It’s been developed in the grounds of the National Waterfront Museum, started by artist Owen Griffiths as part of last year’s “Nawr Yr Arwr” art festival. Pop in and have a look. The museum is great anyway and the Graft garden has loads of food plants, wild flowers, bees and a cob oven … and other stuff too.

 

The Beekeepers

11 Aug

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Husb and I spend a good evening at the Graft garden at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum. It was Graft’s summer supper event, with food grown in the garden and cooked in the new cob oven. There was a very interesting honey extraction demo from local beekeepers Alyson and Chelsea. And a little boy put on a bee suit to help out – I scribbled him …

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The Last Heads

8 Aug

 

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And here are the last two heads that I drew at the Riverside Folk Club in Loughor last week. It’s right by, well, the river side.

Gigs are a good opportunity for drawing as people are usually engrossed in what’s going on and keep reasonably still. Unless it’s a heavy metal gig. I’m usually too busy headbanging to draw then.

 

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A Nice Bit Of Perspective

7 Aug

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Scribbling away at Loughor folk club the other evening, I saw this interesting arrangement of a hand in the foreground and a head in the back ground. Nice bit of perspective, I thought. So I scribbled it…..

Faces At The Folk Club

6 Aug

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Some more scribbles from the Loughor Folk Club the other evening. Loughor is an interesting little fishing village on the estuary of the River Loughor / Afan Llwchwr.

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At The Folk Club

5 Aug

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Husb sings in a small community choir and they did a few songs at Loughor Folk Club, so I went along. Of course, I had to have a scribble. It’s held at the local yacht club which is why there are boaty things on the wall.

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