Saturday, 28 March 2009

Feeling Blue

Well, I've been turned down for the funding I applied for. I got a letter this morning.

Here's the sketch I did for my new etching plate...I think it sums up the way I am feeling. I think I'll make it really dark and moody - put an aquatint on and use a lot of lines too.

My only hope now is a career development loan. I just hope they aren't means tested, because if they are I'm sunk...

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Even More Printing

Here's another chine colle tree from my printing class...this time it's on zinc. Next week is my last week...sniff...but I've got a few hours owing to me because of the time we had snow. Then I can join, and use the studios on an open access basis. I've already bought myself some stopping-out varnish to show my commitment! I started work on a new plate which I really like so far so hopefully I'll be able to post the results next week. Hope to post some new doll pictures soon too, when I can afford batteries for my camera!

Ooh, and Brad got me this today in Dave's Comics...I just couldn't leave the shop without it! And I then had to be manhandled past Pen to Paper (and the Bead Shop, and the Oxfam Bookshop)!

Saturday, 21 March 2009

You won't regret watching these!

Oh, this is such a lovely animation, so beautiful and moving. Apparently it's won an Oscar, and in his speech the creator, Kunio Kato thanked his pencil! It's so good I bothered to learn how to put a video in a post.

Not much to report really, just been spending time at the studio getting ready for the Open House I'm hopefully taking part in in May - more news nearer the time. And it's Spring! Hooray!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

More Printing...and Nostalgia

Sorry for the long absence - I seem to have been so busy lately, yet not accomplishing very much! Anyway, here is my Red Riding Hood plate with a second colour plate printed on top. I didn't manage to register it very well but it was a good exercise to learn how to do it. You have to make two plates exactly the same size, do a proof of the black one and from that proof, offset a printed image onto the second plate, from which you stop out all the stuff you don't want to be in colour.

Anyway just off to scrub a bathroom now...what joy. Oh and I am listening to Lastfm at the moment - a recent discovery. You put in a band or genre you like and it creates a little radio station for you. This morning I have been listening to "Blondie" radio...oh my goodness it gave me gems from the past I'd forgotten all about! For instance, now it's playing "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads - I haven't heard that track for years! And "Happy House" by Siouxsie and the Banshees! And hearing the B52s "Rock Lobster" made me feel so nostalgic I felt physically sick. Sigh...where have the years gone?! I want to wear all black again and be cool and rebellious! (Instead of wearing black to hide bulges and stains).

Have a great day everyone! (Ooh - it's playing 11.59 now!)

(Later: It's playing "Another Nail For My Heart" by Squeeze...I feel "past"sick again and I have to turn it off...)

Sunday, 8 March 2009

I'm in the mood for dancing..., on 5th July I will be donning my pink tutu and tapping around Stanmer Park, Brighton, with my lovely friends from the Open Space Dance School to raise money for Cancer Research. We are doing the Race for Life, and guess what, you, yes you, can sponsor me!

There should be somewhere to click on the right to take you straight to my sponsorship page. I will send something to everyone who sponsors me, I really will. (If I survive that is.) So don't make me look a fool for me out, why dontcha.