I went back to my silk painting and experimented with a black outliner and overpainting. I like this result much better than the first.
There were some areas that hadn't come out well in the original version so I went over them and got a neater finish. The ink doesn't spread when you paint the second time around so it is much easier to keep to the areas you want to colour. Something new to learn every day they say.
The original, wishy washy effect.
I found this libary book today - isn't it delightful? it's all about making bird houses and is called '30 Build Your Own Birdhouses' I don't know if I will get round to making one but it's such an inspirational book.
The skirt I am wearing in this picture is a happy result too - most of my skirts are floral embroidered like this one...I thought when they wore out that would be that - but I experimented with a purple hand dye and this went from faded grey to deep purple - the embroidery kept it's lovely blue colour miraculously and the white pattern is embossed so was not affected by the dye. I am busy dying some other things now to see if I can get new life out of them!
|Background - Rosebay Willowherb,|
I found in my herbal book that the crushed root of Rosebay Willowherb makes a poultice to heal burns and the flowers can be picked and eaten as a snack or in salad. I will try it and let you know if it tastes nice!
I lost interest in this watercolour so will have to come back and do some more another day.
My Sealed Pot Challenge continues, saving for a weekend in London. My tin is getting heavier and is probably about half full. I booked an aromatherapy sessions for the second day in London, so hope all those parking charges I have been saving will add up!
I have another much bigger Sealed Pot Challenge now - between 1st August this year and 1st August 2014 I hope to save enough for a Summer holiday for all the family - this is a huge challenge as we have a tight budget, but I have come to see that things only happen when you budget and save, they don't just happen all by themselves ... so my holiday sealed pot is an online bank account called 'Pot of Gold' and any overtime I earn or extra commission hubby can earn will go in there - we have no idea if we can do it - but there's no harm in trying!
As we are staying home this Summer, I plan to take time off work to paint some of my room. Happy holidays. I won't be blogging much during August but will catch up soon. Thankyou to all who visit and leave comments and welcome to some new followers - if you click on their icons on 'follow this blog' you can visit them too and find some wonderful new blogs.