I have been playing another ‘game’ found via the Internet. Lydia Rink put out a call for people to create pages which she plans to assemble into a collaborative artists’ book. Here’s a detail of one side of my page.

It seemed like an excellent excuse to begin playing with my lovely set of Caran d’Ache coloured pencils.

The colour choices were inspired by Pierre Bonnard’s 1921 painting, La fenêtre ouverte /The Open Window. (For a larger image, go here.)

I designed and printed some stencils.

Using the printed designs as guides, I cut stencils. The two larger ones were cut from Yupo, the smaller from heavy card stock.

I did some monochrome tests using graphite as well.

The Yupo stencil with the long bars turns out to be a little too flexible for pencil work, but would still be usable with paint/ink.

All this playing can even be justified because elements of it will be used in some of the pieces for my Square Dance exhibition next year.  ; ]

I also made another batch of rust prints with pins this week. I now have a dozen altogether. Since they are slightly different on each side of the paper, I have twenty-four designs. I plan to do another set of prints this week with a different pattern.

In book arts news:

If you happen to be in or near Glasgow next weekend, you might want to check out the Glasgow Zine fest.

The workshops include one on Coptic binding.

You can download their Programme, or visit the website here.

In knitting news:

The current project is a cotton shawl. The thread is extremely white, so I will likely dye the shawl —perhaps a blue-grey— when it is completed.

In garden news:

David has begun transplanting tomatoes (grown from saved seed) into larger pots.

This week I will start cuttings from the geraniums. It always seems sad to cut all the flowers off, but they do let me know which colour each plant will produce.

If all that seems a bit late to some of you, keep in mind that it will be six weeks (or more) before we can transplant outside without fear of overnight frost. (Even then, we will have to pay close attention to weather forecasts just in case!)

The outside world is gradually warming up. The blush of tiny pink flowers is starting to show through the grey of the pussy willows.

David and I usually take turns preparing meals, but tonight we will collaborate. We have had this new toy for a while but it will get its first try-out later today.

I will attempt to remember to take pictures before we eat them all so that I can show you the results next week.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to Allsorts

  1. Why are you cutting the geraniums? Are you getting ready to plant cutting of them outside? This year, for the first time, we brought pots of geraniums indoors. I am planning to just set them outside again for the summer, but now you are getting me to think about cuttings….
    LOVE the rusty pins images!


    • Byopia Press says:

      I will put the large plants back outside, but I only bring in a fraction of my porch plants. If I want to have lots of plants for this summer, I need to start a bunch more from cuttings. (I will be starting the cuttings inside and transplanting later.) It would have been better to start them sooner, but I have limited space to put them until my downstairs studio no longer freezes overnight. ; ]
      If you don’t want more geraniums, it can still be good to cut back the leggy winter growth. The trimming will encourage branching and lots of new growth. (You may want to top up the soil in the pots too.)


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