Texture, still life

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I love wandering round farms, I know some may find that strange, but the textures of old bits of farm machinery really do make for an interesting capture. I love the detail of these chains and the colours. Shot with my old Fuji dslr with a vintage 100mm nikon lens, cool daylight, iso-400, shutter 125, F4.

On the edge of my seat for Olympus pen f.


I am near to falling off my chair waiting for the new Olympus pen f to go on sale!

I’ve been thinking of adding another camera to my collection for a while now, and have previously dismissed csc’s, however, the spec that this little beaut comes with has changed my mind, and I just can’t wait to get my hands on it! When the basic pen came out the other year it just didn’t tick enough boxes for me, I know it’s a snip compared to this one so its no surprise.

The main thing that made me swoon apart from its gorgeousness and its 20 mega pixel sensor is that it has the all important view finder! I just love using a view finder and can’t get on with looking at just a screen. I’m also really looking forward to using the 17mm lens, plus am blown away by the reach of the ISO! Wow I’m nearly drooling, sorry.

It will also be nice to carry around something light,that packs more of a punch than my phone, and saves me taking out my big DSLR on occasions when I need to travel light.

I hope to buy the new pen f soon as, and will do a thorough review as soon as I’ve got to grips with it.

Emma.

Tulips.

  
A very simple bunch of tulips for a cheery flat lay shot. Such a happy flower full of the promise of Spring. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I get every time I walk around our cottage garden and see new bulbs emerging! It’s been a little odd as we had daffs before snowdrops, but the grape hyacinths are coming now so I think it’s all back in order.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Making hedgerow dye, blackberry dye tutorial.

   
  

Blackberry dye is probably the most easiest dye to make, and the results are beautiful!

I use a couple of handfuls of blackberries, a cup of salt and cover them with water. 

In a pan bring them to the boil then turn off the heat, squidge them with a potato masher to get all the juice out then leave to cool. Sieve the dye into a bowl, now rinse your chosen fabric with water so it’s soft and wet (I feel it takes up the colour better this way) and then submerge it in the dye. I usually go off and forget about it for a couple of hours.

When you remember your fabric, take out and rinse in a cool saline solution, then once more with clean water, your fabric should now be dyed and fixed.

Remember though, the colour will still probably run for a bit, so make sure you wash it separately for the first few washes.

Emma x

Floral inspiration and a chamomile tea.

  
I love really good quality blank paper which I like to naturally stain and dry before working on. I feel it gives my drawings/paintings more depth.

Whenever I start any piece I have to accompany my work with a suitable cup of tea, as I’m drawing inspiration from wild flowers at the moment it seems only right to have chamomile tea, naturally sweet and calming.

I hope all of you are having a good day!

Emma

Morning coffee

  
I love my nespresso machine! I’m always a bit miffed that Mr Clooney isn’t standing by it whenever I enter my kitchen but whatcha gonna do… At least I get to sit and enjoy my coffee in peace, with my latest country homes mag sprawled out in front of me.

Have a great Thursday everyone.

Emma.

Swallows screen print.

   
 
Whilst we’re easing into a winters spring, I can’t help but look forwards to the delights that the warmth brings!

I love screen printing in the warm weather as I like to wander around with bare feet and wash my screens outside in the sunshine. I remember capturing the beauty of these sweeping swallows last year, and rushing home to transform them into a simple yet striking print onto natural linen.

I love not having any set rules or particular style, and just printing what has inspired me however I see fit to interpret it, that may be a sleek black screen or a pastel bright block!

My work at the minute is full of pastel brights, but I just thought this deserved a share.

Hope you are all having a good week!

Emma.

Calming February hues.

   
   
My china blue roses linen is the perfect soft delicate background for a February flat lay.

I love to take a minute, with a cup of chamomile tea, my wild flowers book for new inspiration, a fresh bloom and a scrap of one of my fabrics. It helps me creatively- to calm my mind, see where I’ve been and make plans for where I’m going.

It’s also a pleasing composition of textures for flat lay photography. The fragile paper thin bloom, the texture of the linen, the cover of the book and the cup of tea all work in harmony to create a calming February hue with a pleasing form.

My designs reflect the seasons and my mood of that moment, I remember painting this one  one whimsical evening when the light was hazy and the roses had wilted slightly on their branches. At the moment my designs are very bold and full of the joys of Spring, my colour palette at the moment is pastel bright, and my prints are bolder as I’m really loving designing blocks! However this digitally printed linen is still one of my favourites, and is always a beautiful inspiration on its own!

Emma

My Instagram tea problem.

So I have this tea/Instagram problem, my two addictions seem to have found each other. It was brought to light by a fellow blogger the other week, the crazy things we do for our Instagram galleries! Some of us buy things to photograph, and now have a collection of insta props that come out to snap relevant stuff, the scissors always seem a firm favourite with a lot of you as do observers books. But my Instagram favourite is the cup of tea!

Whenever I have tea I think oooh I’ll share that ha, maybe it’s because it then feels like having tea with friends, but I knew my problem had become a problem when I had my daughter photograph me holding tea….. Oh dear. 

So here are some of my fave Instagram cuppa’s….   

    
    
    
 
That’s only the tip of it. Happy Monday everyone!

Emma.

Parrot tulip still life.

   

I just love how soft and dreamy this shot came out! It was taken in my garden room in this cool light we’re getting now. I think my depth of field must of been about f3 and my ISO was 400 with a really slow shutter.

I can’t wait for the tulips to make an appearance in the garden, it looks full of promise at the moment!

 

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