Archive for July, 2011


We’ve just got back from 10 days touring Scotland and really enjoyed it. The weather was kinder to us than we expected and we visited some lovely fairy-tale scottish castles and gardens like this one  at Crathes. I did a little bit of sketching but not nearly as much as I’d planned. Somehow I relaxed so much I just wanted to wander round and look,  but I certainly came back eager to use some floral inspiration for some cards and drawings in the next few weeks. Our own garden has gone mad while we were away so at least there will be plenty  of things to work from!


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 Inspired by the giant teacups full of plants at Kingston Lacey I made this card for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. I wanted to get the slightly surreal effect of paintings where the angles are all wrong and everything is  very flat. It didn’t quite work out like that but it’s a bit of fun. I was going to use bright colours then I found this old set of papers in pretty pastels that gave a rather gentle, soft effect. I had to edge the papers with ink to firm up the edges because of the soft colours, and I found it was easiest to us a brush pen to edge the flowers as the ink pads were too clumsy, but it was quite a quick and easy card to do and I might do it again using different papers, as it would be suitable for so many occassions.

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