Monday, 25 June 2012
First, choose your subject!
I'm a great fan, as you know, of DMTV (Linda and Laura Kemshall's on line videos of techniques and ideas)
Anyhoo, I've decided to follow their recommendation, and build a quantity of "stuff" relating to a particular theme of my choice.
And there's the rub! The hardest thing is choosing the theme.
Above is one of my coffee table specials. I collect little things of interest to display under glass in my coffee table, and this little chap comes all the way from Oz. I especially like the shape of scarabs, and can see great potential for colouring etc. However, Laura has already done something similar with beetles and I don't want to end up copying!!
I also have a love affair with hogweed and the shapes of this flower on the left are similar. But I need to get away from hogweed for a while, not least because it seems such a popular shape amongst quilters!
But fish have an interesting shape don't they? Lots of potential for playing around.
I jumped a mile last year on discovering a grass snake slivering towards me at speed. We also have kingfishers, nuthatches, newts, frogs and toads (or we did have before the snake moved in) Not massively exciting I suppose, but we are in the middle of a town, so find it delightful.
I'm torn between the fish, dragonfly and limpet, but you'll have to tune in again to see which one makes it!
For this portrait I'm starting off by using some stencils and stamps to make a background. I especially like the stencil with the jumble...
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