Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Peace is every step

No need for explanation!
#Thichnhathanh #mindfulnessandcreativity #papercutting

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Brush lettering

Really enjoying brush lettering practice at the moment, in preparation for a workshop in a couple of weeks. It's a real struggle for me getting to grips with the intricacies of the different pressure on the up and down strokes but I am having fun playing.

Here's a whole collection of thank yous for monastics and lay people who had contributed towards the Miracle of Mindfulness: Nourishing Happiness retreat in August.

And this is what I was working on today. A beautiful quote from Thich Nhat Hanh in his most recent book The Art of Living 
It's so difficult to get the consistency right with the letters but it just takes practice! :) 

#Thichnhathanh #mindfulnessandcreativity #brushlettering 

Monday, 17 July 2017

If you read these words - holiday doodling

After some time sitting in the shade or playing in the pool, I have found time for some holiday doodling and really enjoyed playing with pattern and shapes. This one emerged over several days and on the final day it was obvious to me to add the words, which became a poem on the Mindful Living blog http://lauribower.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/if-you-read-these-words.html

Here is the complete page (A4) 

And hear of some close ups of the different sections.
Love the fluidity of how the shapes and patterns dance together!

As this followed on the next day. Playing with dots, inspired by @roannawells
I'm inspired to take this further when I get home, and use paint to create the dots,
and probably stitches! :)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Playing with paper

Lots of playing with paper recently.
Calligraphy cards

This one is from a poem I wrote.

This is one of my favourite quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh

And these next two are both quotes from Swamiji.

Lots of playing with squares here

and my personal favourite (for now!)

A paper mandala 
using a brand new, recently purchased bird punch 

Finally a quote from Rumi. Love the way the sunlight shines through the gold droplets :)

Monday, 29 May 2017

Blue furnishings

At last we are having a dedicated meditation space in the garden, in the form of a log cabin. The cabin is up but not yet treated or painted, so no photos of it yet. But I have been working on cushion covers and decorations for the inside. This bank holiday I have been mostly folding origami birds that will hang from the ceiling.

There are 60 altogether in 5 different blue papers. I especially love the paisley ones and the darker blue with flowers!
I have also made denim cushion covers for various cushions I found scattered around the house.

The purple one in the middle is from an old jumper!
Had lots of fun making these, and it has been AGES since I used my sewing machine, and happy to be creating something for our beautiful meditation space. I will post pictures of the interior when it is ready.

Monday, 3 April 2017

More glass making

I'm really pleased with my latest foray into glass-making.
Having made 50 (paper) books last year I had a crazy idea of making a glass book.
One of my favourites of the 50 books was the one with Shakespeare quotes
so I was keen to recreate this, especially now I know how to adhere words to glass.
My lovely daughter had bought me a full day session for Christmas and birthday 
so I was ready to play!
It took a bit of discussing with Jane - the lovely glass-making expert -
and I just had a very strong image of what it would look like.

This is how they started off, one 'page' for each quote and one for the 'front cover'.

Then into the kiln -

And here's what they looked like cooked, ready for the words.

With words adhered, out of my oven.

And close ups of the pages in the finished article, joined together with wire and beads.


Although I had anticipated the pages standing upright like this

I decided it looked too regimented, and much prefer the way it has ended up, casually lying back, supporting each other, as you can see the words much better like this!

So happy with the finished results and huge thanks to Jane https://www.glasshousefusion.co.uk/
#attheglasshouse for all her help! :)

Mothers' Day glass-making

My delightful son knows how to please his mother! He and his girlfriend booked a special one hour glass-making session at 
https://www.glasshousefusion.co.uk/  #attheglasshouse for me and her mum. 
We had lots of fun playing with metals and trying to anticipate how they would react in the kiln. 
We each had a chance to make a dish and here's mine.

This is how it started off before going into the kiln.

And this is how it came out, after slumping!

Gorgeous! Love the blue hues. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Card making

I have been having fun playing with paper, and here are the results.

And the individual cards - 

Lots of fun and a never-ending joy to be had from marbled paper!