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Nature as Reliquary – or Cup Cake


Here are three recent eco prints on watercolour postcards, mounted on MDF board. Afterwards, I enhanced the prints with encaustic medium. Quite a process. I gathered the leaves to make the prints. I sandwiched the gathered leaves between the watercolour … Continue reading

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The Ginger Echternach Gospels, Ginger Cup Cakes and the Dream of the Ginger Kitten


HEALTH HAZARD WARNING. IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A GO AT MAKING ENCAUSTIC MEDIUM, TAKE PRECAUTIONS. THE PROCESS INVOLVES MELTING BEESWAX AND DAMAR RESIN. OBVIOUSLY, MOLTEN WAX/RESIN CAN CAUSE SERIOUS BURNS. VENTILATION IS IMPORTANT: BEESWAX WHEN MELTING/MELTED GIVES OFF FUMES … Continue reading

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Bees and Trees: More on Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk: Colour


‘ve already reviewed some of Lynn Krawczyk’s book Intentional Printing. Being creatively handicapped to a degree with a broken shoulder, I’m at least and at last able to devote more time to studying in greater depth the how-to mixed media books I’ve been collecting and list on my page Recommended Books for Mixed Media Artists.

I’ve been reflecting on Chapter One, Exploring Intentional Printing, particularly the section on colour.

“It’s important to spend … time thinking about how color makes you feel.” Continue reading

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A Weekly Honing: Yellow: The Amber Lake


The Amber Lake

This week’s word to contemplate from Hone Life, is yellow. (Do check out Hone Life for the complete collection of reflections on the word of the week).

Though yellow conjures up sunshine and spring – warmth, growth, abundance, renewal – for me it’s a difficult colour to work with as an artist – it’s a bullying colour – and I can’t go near the yellow of a rapeseed crop in full bloom; that’s a yellow that plunges hot pokers into my eyes. I was pondering how to write sympathetically about yellow while working on a little mixed media collage/assemblage. The penny dropped when coating the substrate with shellac. I was using amber shellac. I thought immediately of heavy water.

This is the heavy water Gaston Bachelard writes about in Water and Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Matter. It’s in reference to the poems of Edgar Allen Poe and Bachelard admits in his observations to drawing on the analysis of Poe’s works by Freud enthusiast and benefactor Marie Bonaparte.

Amber is fossilised pine tree resin, secreted in response to injury, to seal and sterilise. It is probably observation of this which led to medicinal uses of amber, which date back to the time of Hippocrates, and forward to the early 20th century. One could say then of amber that it is a yellow which heals. Continue reading

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