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Category: Days Out

York Heritage Visit

I continued my short hiatus by going to York and checking out the museums and art galleries and visiting the coast. York is also brilliant for tea shops and little gift shops. I found an old Association of Illustrators Images Annual from 1986 in a used book shop as well.

Return from Holiday

I took a few weeks out on holiday to France, Normandy. It’s a beautiful place. Here are some pictures I took while I was on holiday.

I did lots of drawing in my sketchbook and wrote a plan and detailed character and location descriptions for a story I am working on in my spare time called Tale of Stone.

Craft Hobby + Stitch International

I went to the Craft Hobby and Stitch International Show at the NEC Birmingham yesterday.

The seminars I attended were very interesting and I had an opportunity to look around at some of the latest products and brands in the craft industry and peruse the latest creative books.

I also met the extremely skilled Illustrator / artist / crafter and lovely Sheena Douglas (who I first heard of on the Create and Craft TV channel) who did a really great (and very fast) demonstration of the Spectrum Noir AquaTints for me. She gave me the artwork she created after as well, which I’m going to frame and put in my studio. She also hand draws the images for her stamps which she sells.

Here’s a close up of the artwork: it shows how the Aquatints blend very nicely into each other and you can do “faux bleaching” techniques- you can lift the colour up after the ink has dried and create lighter areas. They don’t fade like watercolours do when you put them down on the paper- what you see is what you get. I’m going to try the Aquatints out when I get the chance because I like to experiment and I think these are cool.

Sheena Douglas Aquatint Demo

I watch the Create and Craft TV channel quite a lot, I like the presenters and the demonstrations are interesting. Sometimes I get creative ideas or inspiration from watching the channel. I think the craft industry is strong in this country and it’s very encouraging.

I also listened to a short seminar from the lady from the Great British Sewing Bee- May Martin and one on blogging from Rosie and Hannah from The New Craft Society.

I went to the Awards ceremony in the evening as well- free food and drink- excellent.


A Trip to Wonderland

Katherine and I had a nice day out in Wonderland (Telford) this weekend. It was nice to re-live some childhood memories although things have changed a little since I last went around 29 years ago.

I thought it was a nice woodland walk with some sculptural fantasy inspired art work to boot. Katherine said it was more relaxing than Disney Land.
We got lost in the maze for a while though.

Here are some pictures I took.

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