Thanks for all the positive comments about the on-line classes to extend the book. I think it is a great idea and that we will have loads of fun.
I have been editing the Julia book and it is wonderful. Lots of helpful practical stuff as well as Julia's work. Mouth watering. I'm not going to Harrogate, Julie but I expect that the traders will have the book. I'm sure that Art Van Go will have it.
I've been working on the last piece - quite a large one. It is based on this Displacement map which you may remember.
I changed the colours as I am on a blue/grey kick at the moment. Went to PSP Adjust menu and then Hue and Saturation. Like this.
Then I flipped the design as it read better with the heavier part on the left.
Having madea simplified paper pattern I cut it out in four parts from Craft Vilene.
Then the motifs were added - made from cast paper and Model Soft (Hearty Clay) in the shapes of fossils and leaves. I stitched a fossil fish. These were all applied to the Vilene and bedded in with gesso. At this stage I had an assistant. Took ages getting it off his paws.
It looks very splodgy at this stage as the gesso shrugs off the page. The book will have lots of ideas for getting around this.
Finally I applied more paint and then used Liming wax to blend it and bring out the detail. This gives a grey/white effect but allows the bright colours to show through.
Jane Wild and I used this a lot in our Paper and Beyond CDROM. It is great fun and smells lovely.
This technique will be featured in one of the workshops to make a vessel. I'm really excited about the results.
Must go now and meet Michael Wicks somewhere on the A303. Back soon.