Sunday, 8 October 2017

Printing class for children

 A few weeks ago my children's art group did a printing workshop again.
The printing was done on a gelatine base, the recipe for the gelatine base is in one of my older posts about gelatine printing.
The printing workshop was done over two weeks; the first week the children printing backgrounds and the second week the children used the prints for art works.
The printing was done with different materials: bubble wrap, feathers,leaves etc.
the back ground prints

Finished art work

 The art cards are finished with stamps of birds.
The printing in action

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Summer or no summer


Shells from the beach
The month of January should be the hottest time in summer, but not this year.
We are still having strong winds like we normally get in spring and summer storms with lots of rain.
The vegetable garden is not producing a lot, we have no beans yet and the cucumbers are just coming into flower.
Luckily we eating our potatoes and one apple tree is producing a good crop, so coming week I can bottle some apple sauce.
I started a part time job picking strawberries 3 times a week. The strawberries are grown hydroponic on bench height, so easy on my back. The picking only last for 2  to 3 hours in the morning, because after the picking the strawberries are getting packed and delivered to the customers.
The picking job will last till the beginning of May.
The Nelson area were I live is for many a holiday spot and the beaches are always popular with swimmers and water sports.
Most beaches have lovely shady spots under the big pohutukawa trees, the New Zealand Christmas tree, now in flower with big red fluffy flowers.
I love these big beautiful trees and for me they symbolize summer with lazy afternoons swimming and reading a good book in their shade.

The native pohutukawa tree in flower
Ollie our dog got his favourite toy for Christmas and he is unpacking his tennis balls out of the wrapping wearing his little Santa suit.
Ollie unpacking his tennis balls.

Beach in Golden Bay
I started the art sessions after the Christmas break in the rest home and hospital and we painted watercolour butterflies and a background with charcoal.
Two lovely ladies in Motueka donated lots of art materials for me to use and here we are using the watercolour paints and the paper. So a big thank you!



Art session in the hospital
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