Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Creative Space

It's a beautiful day for screenprinting today! The chooks are in the backyard waiting for the sun to come up so they can head out for a day of scratching and worm hunting.
I will be inside for a little while doing a bit of printing on some tea towels and calico bags for the Daylesford Makers Market on 6th November. The weather helps a little bit though as things dry fairly quickly...
Here is my nes squeegee (probably the wrong spelling) My last one split in the centre, either from old age or abusive treatment by me.

Hopefully the screen won't dry out too quickly today which can happen in nice weather. The print (below) was inspired by an old Deco postcard of Daylesford that my friend Beck showed me. This area was popular in the 1920's / 30's because of all the natural springs etc, so we have some beautiful deco buildings around the place to inspire us. Anyway, less talk and more action! Have fun in your creative space today!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Creative Space

For a while now my creative space has been taken up with teaching myself Adobe Illustrator. I'm sure lots of you smarty pants creative people have been using it for a long time, but we only bought it a few months ago so I am a late bloomer. I borrowed 2 books from the library, and I have renewed them about 20 times now as I have slowly worked through most of the lessons.
It is quite amazing, once you get the hang of it, and although these patterns are fairly simple ones, I am working on a few more complicated things as I get more cleverer. I know that's not a real word by the way, just in case you think that I think that it is a real word. It has been hard learning something totally new like this though, but good for the brain....
It reminds me of when I used to take flying lessons when I was 26 (feel free to tune out for a while). It is a big workload for your brain and it feels like you can't possibly remember to do everything at once. How can I steer, and look at the wind, and think about the flaps, and maintain speed, and get off the ground ? It was the same with Illustrator, but now that I have persisted it all makes sense. The only problem is that, just like watching Chilean miners being pulled out of the ground and getting emotional, I could do it all day and not do anything else.
Can't wait to see what you more productive types have been up to at Kirsty's xoxoxox

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Is This Creative??

Spring is finally here and it has been perfect weather to be out in the garden. Does that count as creative? The beautiful Australian wattle has been out in force. It always amazes me as it looks like a million tiny pom poms up close.
I've also been buying great flowers at bargain prices at the Farmer's Market. The leucadendrons (above) were $2.50, and the tulips below were $5 a bunch. How's that for bargainicious??? I have been growing my own tulips, but sadly Rusty the hound from hell has been finding them very tasty and they are all in shreds.

How beautiful are these of my favourite colours of all time I think.

I always feel bad if I haven't whipped up something amazing to post about, but between school holidays and keeping kids occupied, and being distracted by sunny days and a puppy I have made nothing!! Nothing! So hopefully these pretty pictures will distract you from the lack of content this time. Here is another pretty picture of the family out walking in the Australian bush down the road from here at Hepburn Springs.....
Hope you have been enjoying the sun and making more stuff than me! xox