Fern

A fern in the corner of this photo from the Dorothy Clive Garden. The shapes really stand out against the darker background leaves. This is the sort of photo that I might duplicate and mirror. I look out for images that can be made into patterns. The deep maroon/purple is a good contrasting colour. I need to look through all my pictures to see if there are any more like this. I do take too many!

Fern leaves

I can’t remember how I got this image, I know it’s based on a photo of fern leaves and I must have used layout to mirror the patterns. But how I added the various colours and added the tiles? I can’t remember. And just how did I get the embossed effect…. It must have been an app I no longer have on my phone. A puzzle, which is what the image looks like.

Bottles

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Stoke-on-Trent urban sketchers challenge today. The prompt was bottles so I went and drew the ones I have on the windowsill in my bathroom. My favourite is dark blue. Then there is a ‘poison’ bottle of perfume a glass cat with a glass goldfish trapped in it. A square small gin bottle and an old chemistry bottle with a cork… I do like collecting stuff…

I used brush pens and permanent colour pens and a fine liner. On cartridge paper in my sketchbook…

Just enjoying the challenge of drawing the fern that has spread everywhere in the bathroom.

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Why have I got so much cutlery?

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And one chopstick?

I had a nice set of six of each stainless steel cutlery, that was fine. But they started disappearing, what was going on? I guessed my hubby had taken them. He’s into fixing bicycles…. Hmm.

So I went and bought some nice ones with blue handles. But over the years the metal on them started to wear away. They were going rusty!

I don’t buy new things very often but after a few years I decided to buy a new set, lovely, sleek, stainless steel. Nice.

So that’s why I’ve got so much. Mostly we use the new ones, and the first stainless steel set, and then the blue handled ones…. Er yes, I know, I should keep washing the same ones. Maybe it saves hot water?

The one chopstick? Found the other one in the bathroom, propping up a maiden hair fern.

And the old cutlery that’s missing? Well I was looking in the shed for something and found some rusty knives and a fork in his tool box. He’s been using them as tyre levers, to fix punctures.

Plants today

My back yard, fern at spode, carnations at spode.

Just a few plants I saw today. The ones in the yard are mostly in hanging baskets that are billowing out in great waves of colour. The fern is a shuttlecock fern I think because its fronds radiate out from the centre and it looks like the shuttlecock used in badminton. The third picture is of carnation flowers planted up with a blue grass. These last two were taken at the Spode Site at Stoke. There are plants that are planted up by our stairs that soften the edged of the semi derelict buildings there. I love plants.