Monday, 29 August 2022
Monday, 22 August 2022
Resilience in the garden
The miscanthus grasses are a little shorter than usual, but have done well.
So, what have I learnt? Shrubs have managed well. They have longer roots so that they can reach moisture further down in the soil. Having just had to dig out a very unhappy rose which had been in the border for twenty years or so, I can attest to the power of the roots. I would expect the grasses to manage well and Buddleia seems to be one of the toughest plants I know.
Re-evaluating my garden will be ongoing - removing some of the plants which didn't cope well and replacing them with tougher ones. I have a feeling that other people will be doing this too. Climate change is making its presence known and we will all have to adapt.
Friday, 12 August 2022
Making my own paper
here.) I used scraps of copy paper from various printing projects and cut them down to make very small squares. I added warm water to the scraps and mixed them up to create a pulp. The kit has a hand-held paddle to which you attach a piece of netting with clips. You then pour the watery paper pulp over it (making sure it is over a bowl or the sink) and then flip it onto some woollen material and remove the clips. You press the water out using a sponge, then carefully remove the paper from the netting and let it dry. It is certainly easier than having a netting in a frame which you dip into a vat of paper pulp. The paper has come out quite thick in places, but I like the rustic effect! Above was one of my first attempts.
I have used some of the paper which I inked up and added some gilding polish to make an anniversary card for my sister and brother-in-law. The texture comes through beautifully. I am looking forward to more experiments using junk envelopes etc. Watch this space...
Posted by Ellie Foster at 18:34 12 comments:
Labels: anniversary cards, gilding flakes, gilding polish, Hydrangea, inks, making paper, paper
Thursday, 4 August 2022
Index-Card-A-Day (ICAD) challenge 2022 - final Weeks 8 and 9
Posted by Ellie Foster at 17:34 8 comments:
Labels: distress inks, ICAD, ICAD 2020, ICAD 2021, ICAD 2022, Stamps, stencils, watercolour
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