I hope you have all been well! I have been having a nice time with family and planting seeds upon seeds in my studio. It is c o l d here but the long days see us upbeat, light and happy. Finally! Today, we are off on a small weekend adventure to see family and have some *city* time so I thought I would do a quick update before I busy myself watering everyone and packing.
I have had one solid day this week of working outdoors. Picking up sticks, separating fire burning wood from just bonfire wood, sawing and pulling out a very large plant that had begun to climb up the walls of our house. Since, the weather has been really rather unpredictable, I busy myself drawing. I am hoping to start again doing custom art work and hopefully selling my art work this spring. So, I started drawing from my own dried flowers and my medieval flower Book. I just wanted to share a couple photos, hope you enjoy 🙂
Just a couple photos of some recent drawings! We have so much work to do outdoors as well as indoors (a whole new bathroom). Knitting is going to really slow down, however I do have a lot of stock and will begin to update the shop next week! Excited for the future and enjoying having a simple life!
A song for you, the Massachusetts psychedelic rock band Quilt ❤ Perfect for sowing some seeds on a rainy afternoon 🙂
** P.S. I wanted to just let you all know that living in Rural PEI, we have very bad internet. I don’t know if there have been changes made but as of late – but it has been next level slow. I can hardly use instagram (it’s mostly me trying to load when I’m on there) and can rarely see videos or actually anything – I have been having a frustrating morning trying to use it and just felt like sharing that it just hasn’t been working for me lately (I’m wondering if you are seeing my stories? I can’t load videos on there or see anyones and new photos won’t load, blarg!!). Anywho, for everyone living in rural areas with sad internet, hiya!**
This March morning, the sun is shining and the birds are singing in the trees! I went out to feed the chickens in my pajamas and a touque, trusting that the bright sun would warm me despite the dusting of snow on the ground. It was glorious and I can’t wait to get out there today! But first, I wanted to share with you something I worked on this week, carving stamps.
Anyone can carve their own stamps, it’s fun and really rewarding! If you wanted, you could even make a template with a leaf or a dried flower, there are so many options! The only material you need is a linoleum cutter and whatever block you choose to carve (I am using the rubber from Speedball – available at most craft stores and extremely easy to work with). I started this week, knowing that I wanted to make a very simple dandelion stamp for my tinctures (in my previous post!). That small stamp, launched me into a morning obsession. I decided to make a series of three of my favourite flowers that bloomed here on this land last year: marigold, tulips and poppies.
I am forever and ever inspired by the medieval woodcuts of plants. I can’t explain why, I simply love the blocky, linear designs (Perhaps, I’ll do a whole post on woodcuts someday – or a series of them). I hope my work will help shed some light on why I love this style so much and perhaps inspire you to look into the botanists and printmakers of the past ;).
I also made a small set of cards, available on my Art Etsy Shop: Wood Folk Prints
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the pictures of my process and work.