I've had a wonderful few days pottering around and playing. I found some lovely pears and took a bunch of photographs, then fooled around in photoshop.
I cropped and played with the curves and messed around with filters.
I made them grainy and put painting effects on.
Some I washed out, and some I made into pastels on canvas.
Some I made into watercolours.
I made some painted papers for collage. What fun; painting and scrunching and rubbing!
I did a few more pages of my altered book project. I haven't added any text yet, but my new continuous ink system has arrived and was simplicity to install. No more expensive prints for me!
I drew a bird to eat the cherries.
And I even found time to do a bit of knitting! This is a short cropped cardigan I started and abandoned in the winter. I fell in love with the pattern, and found the wool had been discontinued (Rowan's Kidsilk Night) but trawled the internet and found a shop that still had some in stock.
It has a wonderful beaded border that will give it a heavy draped feel.
Toby has been away for a few days, so it's been long dog-walks and total immersion in my room. I didn't have a room of my own for a long time, then we converted the loft. I felt too remote up there, and I can be away with the fairies enough as it is. I feel better working on the ground floor with something solid beneath my feet. So now the front room downstairs is mine and full of all my gadgets and books and sewing and art. I had to make a new rule recently that I was to be considered 'out of the house' (and unavailable) when I'm in there as I was getting too many interruptions and it was halting the flow. Now it works perfectly!
Julie Shackson is an artist and designer, working across various mediums and living in Wales