Saturday, 21 June 2014

Workshop with Laura

We don't do very much face to face teaching these days as DesignMatters TV keeps us pretty busy, this month however, you have a chance to take a workshop or even two with Laura at her local Village Hall. The first class is all about Altered Books - a fantastic way to be creative if you're nervous of the blank sketchbook page! The second workshop involves all aspects of a favourite technique, Monoprinting. The full details can be found here on her blog. Just scroll down past photos of Amelie working happily in her own sketchbook till you find the previous post.

With the Altered Book workshop only a couple of weeks away I was so pleased to spot this lovely book at the flea market this morning.

 It was written in 1912 and has the loveliest illustrations.

What a steal at 50p! It's a perfect candidate for altering - I shall do my best to keep the original illustrations intact but I will add lots more of my own.

We visited my younger daughter this week and saw this day flying moth in her garden. We don't see these where we live so it was a special treat. I am fascinated by all kinds of bugs and insects so the second book I found at the market today was another little treasure.

I realise that not everyone shares my interest in bugs and beasties and this 1960's school textbook isn't as characterful as the old cookbook but I know I'll enjoy altering it to make it truly my own.

Just a short post today as the weeding beckons. On this summer solstice day, I'll leave you with a glimpse of what the English summer means to those of us who garden. All the hard work pays off when you get to eat the produce! Sadly, this is the last we'll pick until next year - a very short season but all the more savoured because of that.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope to see some of you at the workshops!
Bye for now - Linda


  1. What treasures you found for altering! I love dragonflies, so that caught my eye. I think the children's books that I escaped caused me to grow up thinking that everything (animate and inanimate) felt things. LOL! Our asparagus is long gone, but the pantry is filled with pickled asparagus for the winter. Happy Summer Solstice!

  2. Sadly I cannot do Laura's altered book workshop as it is midweek ( bother the day job) but I would love to do it. Can she be persuaded to do a Saturday??