So far, I have only sold planner stickers in my Etsy shop but yesterday I grouped five of them (including the halloween ones) into one package and am selling it on Creative Market.
To reflect the trend for bigger, brighter photos in blogs, I have also rewritten my tutorial How To Make A Concertina Book and replaced the photos with better, larger and hopefully clearer ones.
And so to the ceramics…
If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll know that I have some of my trainticketart in another Diverse Manners exhibition in the Riverfront Arts Centre in Newport for the next 3 weeks – but it is a bit different this time. When we were in France (see previous post), we were staying near Limoges, a famous porcelain making area, so of course we had to visit one of the factory shops!
I bought ten white porcelain door plates which I thought would be great to put some of my train ticket art on to. This was my process:
I scanned the artwork into my computer at a high resolution (1200dpi). I selected 10 of these, cropped to the correct size. I then boosted the levels in Photoshop to enhance the colour saturation and placed them all together on one A3 sized document. There was some space left so I added a tile sized piece and some strips to fill the sheet completely. You pay for a whole A3 sheet so you might as well get as many ceramics as possible!
I then uploaded it to Digital Ceramics in Stoke on Trent (my home town). They printed it on ceramic decals and sent it back to me within 3 days. I was very impressed with their service!
I took the sheet and the porcelain doorplates to my friend Fiona at Barefoot Ceramics. She is a fellow member of Diverse Manners. She showed me how to float the decals off the backing paper and smooth them over the doorplates and tiles. This done, she fired them for me. They were a great success and I think look impressive as ceramics.
Here are some photos of the results. I used several train tickets which have a beach hut theme. Screwing them to the batons was the hardest part!
The exhibition is on until 22 October. We have an open afternoon this Saturday 8 October from 2pm to 4pm to meet the artists. If you are in the area or fancy a trip to South Wales, do pop in and introduce yourself. You can see some of the other artwork on the Diverse Manners Facebook page.
Before the new year, I participated in a couple of online courses about blogging, and one thing that I seemed to take away from both of them was the fact that it’s okay to incorporate lots of things about your life into your blog, and that you don’t have to stick to one topic. Then today, just as I was feeling guilty about not posting here for a couple of weeks, I read Abby Glassenberg’s post on her blog entitled ‘How to keep blogging when you don’t really feel like it’. One of the things she said was
“Or maybe you were only going to blog about polymer clay, but you’re also passionate about science fiction and find yourself wishing you could write about that as well? Just do it.”
Basically she said, go ahead, write about whatever you want to….
You may know that as well as art, I am keen on family history and have a genealogy blog as well as this one. Recently I’ve been struggling to keep up both of them, so I’ve decided to incorporate the family history into this blog – after all, it’s about my life and background as well as my art. It’s all story and narrative and I hope you find it interesting. My aim is to build up a picture of some of my ancestors from what I know about them in the records so I’ll start by reworking some of my earlier genealogy blog posts so that it makes sense in the context of this blog.
Meanwhile, in art news … I’ve been busy stitching together rows of train tickets and it’s looking pretty good! We are hanging the exhibition on Wednesday – lots of shinning up ladders and getting tangled up in fishing wire I expect… The exhibition itself starts on 8 April when the Riverfront arts centre is opening after the Easter weekend and we are holding a Meet the Artists event from 2pm to 4pm on the following Saturday 11 April – if you are in the area, you are welcome to come along. If you leave a comment that you’re hoping to come, I’ll look out for you.
I’m still creating art out of my box of old train tickets. I got a gelli plate for Christmas (more on that in a subsequent post) so I’ve been using it to create backgrounds on the tickets – the gesso with which I prepared them picks up the acrylic paint really well.
Here is a mosaic of some of the tickets – the exhibition at the Riverfront arts centre in Newport is approaching. The chairman of our group emailed us to ask for images of artwork for the centre to use on their website and I’m thrilled to say that they used one of mine. It will be on from 8th to 24th April this year.
I experimented with various ways of joining them together for the exhibit –
paperclips (bent the tickets too much)
wire (cut into the tickets and very fiddly)
stringing fishing wire or cord through (fiddly and didn’t hang very well)
split pins through holes – I’ve got some pretty decorative ones (eg with dragonflies on the ends) and this was tempting but the tickets had to be overlapped too much.
In the end I decided to go with good old faithful stitching, just a few stitches at the bottom and top of the tickets did the trick and meant I won’t have to make holes into all the tickets. A bit like string piecing…
Here are some more tickets, one or two mostly finished, some with just a background layer so far. I’ll have to stop creating them soon and stitch them together – I’m giving myself all of March to do that. I want to try and arrange them in groups of some sort, not just randomly, but time will tell how successful that is.
If you’re in the South Wales area in April, do drop into our exhibition. I will keep you informed of progress!
It’s been an age since I wrote anything in this blog – life has been rather stressful family-wise and I’ve been doing my best to keep up (and catch up!) with Module 2 of the pattern course I’m doing.
DS1 is currently on a backpacking holiday round the world so September was spent helping him prepare for that – he spent the first month ‘doing’ Eastern Europe and flew to Kathmandu earlier this week. He is planning to travel around Nepal, India, Thailand and a few other places before ending up in Perth, Australia in the New Year when he hopes to get work to fund more travel! He has a blog which is quite entertaining.
Chiaroscuro, the exhibition I mentioned in my last post opened today and the opening night starts at 7pm tonight – if you live locally (South Wales) you’d be very welcome to come along to chat to the artists there! All the details are on our Facebook Page, including several photos of us putting the show up!
It’s on for 4 days until this Saturday, 2 November, 2pm – 8pm each day, Pontrhydrun Baptist Church, Cwmbran, NP44 2ND
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