Friday, 22 July 2016

A few days away

We went away for 5 days earlier in the month to Suffolk and Essex. The weather forecast on the Sunday night was quite hopeful and so we set off on the Monday.

It turned out to be a typical UK summer - rain, clouds and sunshine.  Fortunately we were able to visit all the places we wanted to and get back to the car before it poured with rain during the first 3 days.

We drove to Southwold, first stopping in Framlingham.

And in typical UK summer style the sea and the sky looked grey.

I spotted this bit of colour.

Roger walking past the beach huts.

The lighthouse.

Poppies growing alongside the promenade.

The beach huts and the lighthouse.

And more beach huts!

A view of Southwold from Southwold Harbour

The beach in summer!   Just before the rain came down.

After checking in to our B&B we drove down to Aldeburgh and managed to walk round the town before the rain came down again.

On Tuesday morning we started our journey south.  Due to all the estuaries we spent quite a bit of our southerly journey driving west and east!  We drove via The Maltings at Snape.

And on to Orford Quay.  Where as you can see the clouds were gathering ominously.

However we got the ferry over to Orford Ness and the sky cleared and we walked around the whole site

before getting the ferry back to Orford.

We watched this Thames barge come up the river.

We drove on to Woodbridge.

Wednesday morning was a bit brighter and we drove through the countryside to Pin Mill which is famous for its pub and the boats.

East Bergholt was a short detour on our journey and much to our delight we found that Flatford Mill belonged to the National Trust.

This beautiful house was next to the mill.

And this is the view that Constable used in his Haywain painting.

This is the mill itself.

Then it was off to Brightlingsea.

We visited The Naze at Walton on the Naze and climbed the 111 stairs to the top of the tower.

We took a short walk around The Naze and got back to the car just as these clouds deposited their rain filled contents.  At one point Roger had to park the car and wait for the rain to clear as we couldn't see where we were going.

We had booked a room at a guest house in Clacton which we weren't particularly looking forward to.  But Clacton turned out to be rather nicer than we had feared.  The gardens on the promenade were certainly colourful.

And so were the hats in the Mexican restaurant we eat in that evening.

Thankfully that was the last of the rain and the next two days were hot and sunny.  I'll show you the photos from those two days in Monday's post.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Glimpses of Jesus 29

Glimpses of Jesus in the Old Testament is a year long bible study written by Simon Clay of Jubilee Church Solihull.   You can join in at any time.

Today's post is about Jesus being described as the chief cornerstone in Psalm 118.

For my journal page today I used a Neocolor 1 wax crayon and made a rubbing from an embossing folder of a brick wall.

I put a wash of watercolour paint over the top

I used the excess paint to colour the page as the piece of paper didn't fit the journal.

However I didn't like the result when the paper dried as one it was too pale and two, the white crayon didn't show up very well.  So I took a larger piece of paper and did it again - pressing on harder with the white crayon.

I printed out the verse and stuck it onto the page.

I coloured the white paper with an Inktense crayon.

Do have a look back through the posts on the Glimpses of Jesus blog where you will find links to other people's art and poetry.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

ExTex Homework

Experimental Textiles or ExTex 5 started last month with Kim Thittichai.

Since that weekend I have worked on the repeat patterns from our first session and started the homework.

I felt that my 'journey' piece was really airy fairy so I scanned part of it and printed it out.  I printed a second copy and went over it with black pens to make it stronger.

These are the patterns I had taken from the journey activity.

I have set out all my work in my sketchbook but rather than using glue I have used washi tape just in case I want to assemble the work differently when I've done the activities in session 2.

Here I've played with one of the design sections.

For this I tidied up the original design section so that the pieces would fit together better.  I tried two different colourways.

 I tried a different way of flipping the design and different sizes.

Here's a coloured in repeated pattern

For homework we were asked to develop a design in black and white felt using the opposites inserted.   I drew out the repeating pattern in black and white.

I cut out the pieces of felt and used bondaweb to attach the pieces to calico ready to stitch.  On the right hand side are two pages of repeat patterns out together on the computer.

I haven't decided how I am going to stitch on the felt yet so I will share the finished result at a later stage.

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