Wednesday, 19 February 2014

g a r d e n . b i r d s

grey green

light wedgewood blue

grey lemon and pink

this social media networking is pretty awesome isn't it?!
i finished carving this blockprint of mine recently - a group of garden birds.
however, when it came to choosing a colour to print in, i was completely stumped! 
as a test print i went for a bright green then a bold royal blue but it didn't really work for me. so i turned to my facebook followers for some inky help on this!
as you guys know, facebook is a pretty instant tool for asking questions and getting feedback.
it really helped & opened up ideas on which direction to go in. 

so these are the 3 colours i've rollered on and gone with :))
 : light wedgewood blue
 : grey with lemon & pink rolled through 
: grey-green 

a big thank you to lisa & kiran for your colour suggestion and input with this!

new : 'garden birds' original blockprint
now available from my etsy shop
with free p+p! 

han x

Sunday, 9 February 2014

s t r i n g . o f . p e a r l s

 {above images found via pinterest}

this block print of mine was inspired by the lovely bright green, trailing succulent plant; 'string of pearls' .

i carried on with carving a bit more of my printing block so i could use it as a repeat pattern, joining it up side by side and top to bottom for printing onto fabric to make ceiling and lampshades with. however, i'm still playing around with layout as it doesn't quite line up top and bottom as i'd liked. i was going to keep carving away but after kind feedback on here and on my instagram feed i didn't want to change it too much! so put down my tools! 
i didn't consider the design to be a print on it's own; one to frame and hang on the wall. i guess after concentrating my ideas to handprinting mainly cards and lampshades i forgot about seeing my work simply as a print or piece of artwork.

i hope to add these open edition block prints 'string of pearls' to my online etsy shop very soon!
crikey, i also hope that you like it!

han x

Thursday, 6 February 2014

t h e . s i m p l e . t h i n g s

i'm not green fingered in the slightest. i love flowers and plants but i have absolutely no idea when it comes to gardening.
i love house plants too but they don't seem to like me! so i'm trying again with 'easy to look after' plants like succulents and pretty leafy ones like oxalis triangularis (get me!) and this little teeny's name? i have no idea ;0) 
i've dug out some old empty tins and pots from the shed so i'm hoping to get stuck in with some more planting or is it potting? this weekend.