31 August 2015

This month on emuse

This month has been all about the postcards, inspired by Marceline's Summer Postcard Club! I started off by showing you my postcard collection, and showed how to make your own retro local postcard. I also showed you some Christmas stamp postcards I bought this month. Finally it was on to the postcard club, with an introductory post, then each of the postcards I designed, each of which was tailored to the interests of the recipient:

I've also been getting back into doing more drawing this month, so I bought some new pens, did a sketch of Bodnant Garden, and showed you how to create your own doodle colouring designs. This is a fun way of creating a drawing if you feel intimidated by a blank sheet of paper, and it means you'll have a never-ending supply of colouring pages!

I also posted about the marbled scarf workshop I went to at Process Studios last month, which was great fun, and also the walk I took up Calton Hill the same day (luckily before the torrential rain that came on later that day!).

And I showed my crop of purple potatoes, which I was able to harvest a few months earlier than I'd expected, and also showed you the dish that I made with them, a delicious roast chicken leg with lemon and herbs.
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30 August 2015

This month I have been mostly...

New French drama Witnesses, The Great British Bake-Off, Hair, Young Montalbano.

A free fashion illustration workshop in Glasgow, The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition in Kirkcaldy, Element in the Room: a musical about my greatest hero Marie Curie, Hanna Darboven exhibition in the Talbot Rice Gallery, Kwang Young Chun and Bernat Klein exhibitions at the Dovecot Studios. I've also been taking part in a couple of things on Instragram, #iwillwearwhatilike, and #igdayinthelife. I'll blog more about some of these over the coming month. I've also started watching the International Space Station going over whenever I can.

29 August 2015

Tudor bus postcard

Here's the last of my postcards for the postcard club. This one was designed for Kristen, who likes buses, tea, haberdashery, the Tudors and turquoise. I made a slightly crazy card with some Tudors travelling on a bus which is advertising Kristen's Tea and Haberdashery Shoppe!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the postcards, and now you can finally see them all together:

27 August 2015

Alpaca love postcard

Here's another postcard for summer postcard club. This was for Helen, who loves cats, alpacas, rainbows, cherries and wildflowers. I used a photo I took in Peru of an alpaca munching on some greens, and replaced those with cherries! Behind this I placed a large rainbow, and then, just because it seemed to need it, some stars and hearts.

25 August 2015

Parisian cat postcard

Here's another of my postcards for Marceline's postcard club. Alison's interests are CATS! And birds, books, flowers, scenes from Paris or London or Tokyo or India, and her favourite colours are purple, red and black. I designed her postcard with a very romantic cat, holding a flower in front of the Eiffel Tower, on which a bird is perching, and I used Alison's favourite colours of purple, red and black.

23 August 2015

Space beach bunny postcard

Here's the next of the postcards I sent for the postcard club, which was to Marceline who organised the club. Marceline's interests are bunnies, space, Japan, yellow and the seaside, so the postcard I designed for her is of a bunny on a yellow beachy planet, with a background of my favourite planet Jupiter!


21 August 2015

Groovy cat postcard

The first person on my list for Marceline's Summer Postcard Club was Storm, whose interests include rock music, cats, Finland, cats, purple and British Racing Green, cars, fountain pens and calligraphy. Here's the postcard I designed for her, with a cat listening to music, purple and green, and some hand-cut lettering.

19 August 2015

Summer Postcard Club

When Marceline announced she was organising a summer postcard club, I was really excited to take part, because I love sending and receiving (and collecting) postcards. I then promptly forgot all about it, until she put a final announcement on Twitter, so I ended up joining at the last possible moment!

When I received the email with the interests of those I would be sending postcards to, I had a quick look through my postcard collection for anything appropriate, but then decided it would be much more fun to design my own personalised postcards! And besides, I couldn't bear to part with any of my collection!

I sketched some rough ideas, then made all five postcard collages in one afternoon! To make things a bit easier on myself, I decided to use some black and white printouts of photographs in the collages. The photographs of the cats and alpaca I used were my own photographs, but unfortunately I didn't have any photographs I'd taken of Tudors or space, so I had to use some I found online (I'm guessing the Tudor ones will be out of copyright anyway!)
After making the collages, I scanned them in and sent them off to Moo, and it didn't take long for them to arrive. I also decided to buy my stamps online, because my local post office didn't have anything interesting, so I had to wait for them to come before posting my postcards.

As well as writing on the postcards, I used as many stickers and rubber stamps as I could!

I'll be showing you all the postcard designs over the next week and a bit!

17 August 2015

Calton Hill walk

When I went to the marbled scarf workshop I passed Calton Hill, so on the way back, seeing as the weather was nice, I decided to take a walk to the top for the first time since my student years.
The views from the top are amazing in all directions, over Edinburgh and Fife. And there are lots of interesting buildings up there too. The one thing that put me off walking up the hill was the fact I didn't have my good camera with me, but it was a great chance to try out the panorama function on my phone, once I figured out what way up to hold it when doing so!

The weather was glorious, and I was so pleased that I'd made the effort to go up the hill. Mind you, I did get completely drenched in torrential rain later!

15 August 2015

Christmas Stamp Cards

I mentioned earlier this month, when I told you about my postcard collection, that I love the stamp cards issued by the Royal Mail. I was buying some stamps online, and noticed the stamp cards of last year's Christmas stamps, and I just had to have them! 

The 2014 Christmas stamps were my favourite Christmas stamps for decades, and it was the retro style of the illustrations that appealed to me. In fact, I was thinking of using them as inspiration for my Christmas cards this year, until I had another idea! So you'll just have to wait until December to see what that idea is!