Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Tidying and Experimenting

First the tidying. Andy is in the process of putting all his Cd's on his ipod. I am in the process of putting all his Cd's in a big box and somehow fitting it in the under stairs cupboard. The cupboard has been sorted as much as possible and the big box is full. He still has more-going in another box-that I took my tools out of-they are now in a 50p vintage suitcase from eBay-99p for two, they are both lovely-lucky score! Anyway, the Cd's have vacated shelf space, so all the stuff on the shelves here-which was on them before but in a very squashed manner, is now displayed. I have managed to fit one of the dolls houses(remember those?-another project uncompleted!) which was taking up a lot of space somewhere else, up there, and the DVDs are alphabetised. This represents Sunday! To be honest, I am not sure how I feel about the newly arranged shelves-I feel a bit like I am living in one of the junk shops I like to visit. If you enlarge the photos you can see some of the things I have accumulated. The oldest thing on there is the little china house up on the right hand side. It is actually a lamp-with an old fashioned plug-from when I was a child. It has a yellow bulb and is a bunny hospital. I love it! To the left of that is our growing collection of OS maps.


First experiment-Making patterns in photoshop-using seaweed from the beach the other day.


Second experiment-Making a lithograph at home. I used the video in this post from Carole's blog. A most interesting process that I don't really understand. I know that the etching process has to do with the alkali soap and the acid coke but apart from that it is a mystery. This was my third attempt and only came out like this, after which I gave up-I am not sure which part of the process was going wrong for me but something was! The biggest mystery is how the parts on the tinfoil plate that look black-and therefore seem to have retained the ink, are not the parts that came out black in the print-the other parts did and the black parts are white. How? Why? !! That, at least, is the same as the video, in that her soap painting was what was printed-and so was mine. Fun process though, despite the faded result. My favourite part was pouring the coke over the soap-it all fizzes up-and then having a quick swig of the coke-art and drinking combined!

After giving up I at least used my black ink by doing a few prints using the glass plate and quick drawings using a glue spreader.

Final experiment-another photoshop one-trying to get a pretty effect with layering. I got an effect but not sure what it is! I used the tinfoil photo, the seaweed and a picture of a lovely morning glory against a blue sky.

6 comments:

Carole said...

Hi Sarah, Yay, you did it! Very interesting to hear how the litho printing went for you. I'm going to try it out this weekend. Will post my results and be more able to talk with you about the whole thing.

I really like the layers in your last photo, especially where they cross over. Are you going to do more? Did you keep the tin foil piece?

Linda Sue said...

Success! you have success!

Rattling On said...

Well done with the tidying. I am having a rest from it for a bit, But half term will see me turfing out again!
Shame to put the dolls' house in the cupboard...

frayedattheedge said...

Stuart had a little lamp/nightlight like that when he was a baby/toddler ...... but when he got older he could only sleep in a room which was completely dark!
I should really get organised and put more CDs onto my ipod, but I just keep forgetting!

Sarah said...

Don't worry-the dolls house is not in the cupboard-just on the top of the shelves!

Tracy said...

LOVE these experiments, Sarah... The seaweed impression is very ethereal! I've been wondering how to a make-shift lino at home. So it was great to see these links! Very fun to see all on your shelves. I've gone through various incarnations with collecting and things. I'm becoming more minimalist in my leanings, so I've not been actively collecting anything for some years now. Unless you count my craft stash and books as collecting...hhhmmm... LOL! We need to do another clear out here though--just too many books, CDs, etc. And husband has a vinyl records collection that needs a go-through. Just can't keep it all. I'm planning on a good clear out and rearrange of closets & cupboards next week. Need to put away summer clothes here and get out fall/winter-wear. Well, it will take you the weekend to read this comment, Sarah... haha... Happy Weekend ((HUGS))