Preparation

I have been preparing for an Arty Crafty workshop I am running on Thursday. We’ll be doing some Art Journal style album making and I’m getting some examples ready by Gesso-ing lots of altered books

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making up little packs of stamping and stencilling supplies

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and at the same time …… gardening

I seem to have to grasshopper about – it drives other people mad but it IS part of my creative process and I’ve had to learn to live with it!!

One of my most long-standing and greatest friends gave me a wonderful garden based cornucopia of gardening bits and bobs for my birthday and in it were these cute seed packets

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from a Somerset company, Pennard Plants.

I didn’t get to sow them this summer but have just sown the half- hardy annuals in one of the veg trugs.

01eI mixed them with sand and sprinkled them in clear shapes as advised by Monty Don (swoon) of BBC2’s Gardener’s World, so that I can see what the young plants look like when they come up. Then they will be all ready to plant out in my new beds in the Spring.

Back to the altered books001A page from a gardening book I am altering, leaving some of the flower pictures shining through.

It got me thinking – I love the Art Journal style but I don’t really want to keep an Art Journal which is why I do photo albums for my grandchildren – BUT a Garden journal – hmm – now01c that might be something I would like to do – a place to keep all the seed packets and a record of what I sow. Now that feels exciting!!

and a way to keep all these lovely seed packets

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oh more hours in the day please ……..

 

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8 responses to “Preparation

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  3. Yes, more hours in the day here too please! 😉 Your naturally creative grasshopping tendencies will make journalling a work of art, I’m sure ❤

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  4. I don’t have a garden, but if I did I would absolutely keep a garden journal. What fun!

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  5. gesso-ing????????

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    • Ha Ha! Yes, I did wonder about it as a word as I wrote it – Gesso is a sort of primer which gives a ‘key’ to the page (or for canvas) for painting with other paints such as watercolour or acrylic.
      If you click on the Altered Book link you will see a bit more about the whole process and a better picture of the Gesso pot. xx

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