Thursday, 8 January 2009

Altered book finished

I have finished my altered book - just in time for all the other classes to start. The vilene tiles and
gesso on this page were fun to do. I plan to do some more of them I was pleased with the way this cover turned out, especially the colours, which I haven't got right with the photography. It is a lovely deep blue, the gesso first sprayed with Adirondack colourwash, then a layer of gel to seal. I sprayed about three colourmists together on top - one a moonshadow, but the other two some lovely ones I have found at our local scrapbooking shop. It is noce to be able to look at what I am buying sometimes, rather than working it out on the internet. However, I am very glad for all the online shops - wonderful for those of us living outside capital cities.
I have been back to more mundane things for a day or so - replenishing the souvenirs I sell at the Botanic Gardens. There was a flurry of sales just before Christmas, and I need to restock. This is a very quiet time for visitors to the Gardens - too hot - so I am not under any real pressure. I have been painting papers with the new disperse dye inks I have just bought from Dale. I haven't done more than that yet, am looking forward to having lots of newly coloured backgrounds on my panne velvet.
Now I am waiting for my brusho powders to arrive, along with a few more goodies. I have a birthday next week - a big one - so I have lashed out with a big fat order from Dale. I have coveted those brusho powders for a very long time, kept telling myself I didn't really need them, but sometimes you just need to lash out - don't you?
For those of you who haven't yet been to visit the wonderful Cyber Fyber exhibition, do take the time to look, and leave a comment or two on the postcards and ATCs. Susan has done an absolutely fantastic job putting this exhibition together.
The Fibre-in-Form classes start tomorrow, also I think Maggie said the next lesson for her online classes will be ready to download as well, that will keep me busy for a day or so.....but I am looking forward to it. Then next Wednesday Ratty Tatty Papers starts. I will have to stay on my toes for that one, I have persuaded my sister to take the class as well!
Time to take Jack for a walk. There is a 20 knot breeze blowing today, so we aren't feeling so hot. We are still getting lovely showers every day, the garden is growing while we look.


  1. Hi
    Love the book cover. You will really like the brusho powders. I have been using them for years. They work on almost everything porous. Very vibrant. They will dye fabrics and fibres too - just 1 to 2 mins in the microwave.
    Happy birthday for next week.

  2. Love the altered book Robin---and I guess the man of the house will be doing the cooking for the next 6 weeks

  3. You are going to be so busy Robin. At least it will keep you out of mischief. The book looks great


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