Thursday, December 09, 2010

Today's mail


Today's mail brought a UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICES envelope to my mail box.
On opening it I recalled that JaniceS said her post master felt the card might be safer in a sealed envelope.

The postcard (another in Round 11 of Postmark'dArt exchange) was Janice's No theme card to me.
She chose "Haiku" which is a favourite of mine....not that I'm too successful in composing Haiku.

Both sides of the card were so good.....I had to share both with you.

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Monday, December 06, 2010


Round 11 swap for Petroglyphs has seen four cards arrive in my letter box:
From my good friend should visit her blog sometime

Janice Simpson.........we have been swapping postcards for three or four years now.
Liz T in MN
Mary K in Tacoma WA
Some have used batik fabrics, others use stamps and paint.

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Landscapes in one colour

So far I have received SEVEN "Landscapes in one colour" for Round 11 swap of Postmark'dArt.
You know of the one from EvieH in New Zealand.
The other SIX have all travelled from the U.S.: From VA, Mi,Ma;Pa (two cards) and Ca.
Thanks ladies, they are all truly unique!

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I've got mail


The weather may be incredibly WET and grey in south-east Queensland (In fact we were 18 mm short of breaking the rainfall record for the first five days of December) but I was cheered to find that two cards from Evie H in NZ had arrived!
One card represented the Landscape in one colour theme: "Hot Landscape".
The second fitted the No theme category as was a "Treescape"

Thanks Evie!

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Postmark'dArt : Dragons & Peacocks


The final swap I chose to share in in Round 11, was "NO THEME"
However I chose to use Dragons and Peacocks: Die cut rice paper shapes I bought in Beijing some eleven years ago.
We were in the craft/sewing section of the Rainbow Shopping centre, when I saw these fragile papers: Dragons, Peacocks and Tigers.
Of course I just HAD to have them....and now I share them with my contacts through Postmark'dArt.
Because the papers are so fragile, I have enclosed them in either black tulle or white Organza and kept embellishment to a minimum.

Now to address them, brave the pouring rain and mail them~~~~~"just" within the deadline.

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Postmark'dArt: ELEMENTS: Water


One of the challenges in Round 11 Swap that is currently at it's "use by date", is

I tried out several ideas--
The first one, was a BLUE Hole in the ocean: Unfortunately, my ambition exceeded my capabilities. However, I will keep attempting to do it more successfully in the future.
In Moreton Bay (south east Queensland) at the southern end of Moreton Island, is a blue hole, strangely surrounded by shallows where dugongs and turtles live.

The second attempt I tried to think and work slightly outside the square,
in that I tried a reverse applique of the Kanjii symbol for 'water'.
Again I didn't like the result.

Finally, in a weekend newspaper, I chanced upon an advertisement for Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
I had my inspiration!
So, 12 seascapes later, I had completed my challenge. I hope my swappers enjoy my attempt.

TWELVE seascapes I hear you thinking! I only needed make six, but somehow I didn't register the number now I think I'll frame a few for presents.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

No fairies at the bottom of my garden


Just a few pics of blooms in my garden!
My pocket handkerchief sized "jungle" is blooming luvverly, and is an excellent place to enjoy quiet times.

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I love a sunburnt country!



Finally completed and in the mail system, are my nine cards "Landscape in one colour" for the Round 11 swap of Postmark'dArt.

At this point, I need add that strictly speaking, my cards are not one colour, or shades of one colour;
but I always feel that one colour needsa contrast to keep it alive.

As my inspiration, I used the poem "My Country" by Dorothea Mackellar:

Particularly the verse

"I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding plains
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel sea
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me"

Think of the reddish browns of the Hammersley Range in north western Australia, and this is what I have tried to emulate
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My Country - Poem by Dorothea MacKellar

My Country - Poem by Dorothea MacKellar

Monday, August 09, 2010

Come into my garden!


It may be less than a pocket handkerchief in size, but I love the way my miniature rainforest has developed from my original plans a little over three years ago.

A visit from my son over the weekend, resulted in a larger mirror placed on the southern fence, and the reclining buddha regaining his position among the flowering jasmine on the eastern fence

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Acanthus: also known as Oyster flower or Bear's paw
blooming happilt in my garden

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I am getting tired of forming and stitching down flames, so after adding orange organza over some of the tyvek "flames" today, I have roughly pinned a black "frame" around the piece.
No other colour but black seems to complete the effect.

Some gemstone "rocks" and red beaded sparks, I hope will complete the firestorm.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Preparing fabrics for printing

This post is in answer to Kath, who left a comment regarding preparing fabric for printing a soft book for her baby...

Below is my reply to her......
I'm no expert at this type of thing if anyone else has anything constructive to add please do so

I'm guessing that as it's for your baby, you want to be able to launder it?
I'm not really sure how the methods below will stand up to frequent laundering .
I have made quilts and soft books that have been washed many times,
I used fabric paints!And one quilt is 22 years old.........(grandson) and I am surprised that it lasted so well when his mother
machine washed it at least weekly for 8 years.
That was painted with Scarecrow figures.
The other featured the "Bananas in Pyjamas" and it is now 14 years old.

Back to treating fabric:
One method is to initially wash your cotton fabric to remove any dressing from the fabric, then soak fabric in FABRIC SOFTENER and allow to drip dry.
I use A4 size (8by 11" ) and cut freezer paper to measure and lay fabric on the Freezer paper.
Once printed leave aside to dryand heat set with a hot iron.
I tend to use a sheet of baking parchment to prevent scorching fabric.

There is a product in Australia known as Bubble jet set and you use much the same way as the
Fabric softener.
When you have finished with the BJS pour back into bottle for next time.

Oh! I tend to use a cat litter tray for both methods. Naturally it is used only for my fabrics lol

Then again you can now buy treated fabrics specifically for printing on:
Made by BLUMENTHAL Craft

and made in the U.S. they sell 100% Silk Habotai (6 sheets 81/2 inch by 11)
Cotton Twill " :
Artist Canvas same packaging,

So far I have only tried the Artist's canvas, and it was a disaster! It would not feed through my new Epson [printer.
As yet I haven't had time to try out the silk or the cotton twill
But pages of artist canvas, gesso treated go through no problem. Go figure!


market ExtraOrganza a sheer Organza and I love to use it overlaid over other fabrics and colours to add another dimension.

I hope this has been of some use to you..........would love to see some photos of your project.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

You've got mail!


The postcards from the Round 10 swap on Postmark'dArt are still trickling into my letter box.

Each is so different in theme,technique and execution , as the brief was entitled "Anything goes"
Luckily the artists are always willing to share their thoughts and methods,so I not only receive a card but learn new methods along the way.
How good is that!

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Friday, July 09, 2010



Yesterday was my birthday...and this delightful potted Cyclamen was my daughter's gift to me.
Only last week she was lecturing me about NOT getting anymore potted plants to "clutter" my patio with.

When I queried WHY, the comment was
"I thought it better to give you something to kill yourself, rather than cut flowers which are already partly dead!"

Don't you LOVE daughters' logic !!
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Monday, July 05, 2010

Iceland poppies


Twelve hours (overnight) and the poppy has flipped its cap and is fully open
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Sunday, July 04, 2010

July Garden


Not much happening here...the past week has been wet and wintery.
Today is clear,sunny and cool and so some photoes of patches in colour in my garden are for your enjoyment

Firstly, there is the first Iceland Poppy bursting its bud and giving a welcome glow of gold.

A few feet away from the poppies, is a tub of Salvia (I forget its botanical name,sorry) and some Impatiens.

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