Anyway, the likes of wheelchair basket ball and Oscar Pistorius have been a bit of a distraction but this evening I was determined to have a bit of a play.
I was very restrained on the shopping when I went to FoQ but I did treat myself to a set of Brusho powders and tonight thought they should come out to play.
I was introduced to Brusho when I did a work shop with Brenda Boardman at the Bramble Patch a couple of years ago.
I have tended to use Procion dye powder for inks, but I know they can be an irritant. There was an offer on at FoQ, and I succumbed! (Do I really need any more inks? Of course I do!)
I just made a few back ground papers. First of all I used yello and leaf green. Using a candle I drew leaves onto the paper, then 'painted' on water and then dropped the powder onto the paper through an old tea strainer, kept solely for this sort of purpose. (where it did not dissolve easily I gave it another blast with a spray of water)
Then I did blot it with paper towel, which has reduced the intensity of the colour a bit.
Then I used lemon and scarlet. (But with no wax drawing on the paper).
And then I used turquoise and orange, having drawn a squiggle on the paper with the candle first.
And again blotted.
These are just background papers but a good session - quick, simple and needed after a bit of a flog up and down the A34 for the day job (I was on the road at 5.45 am! )