Wednesday, 18 April 2018


   This fascinating garden of lichen was on the weather side of a couple of Silver Birch trees.
                                             What an amazing display of the colour green.
                                   The lichen here were on branches of some kind of Cyprus.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Something Completely Different.

 While tidying up my computer files I came across these photos in the Blog Folder, photos that I didn't share when I originally took them. This Echidna in the back garden was busily trying to undermine the plant in the wire cage.
 Whilst Echidnas bury themselves immediately they see you coming, the back of this one was still completely out of the ground, so that the spines in amongst the fur are clearly seen.
This is another animal down at the edge of the creek where there is still some green vegetation, unlike in  the garden where it's very dry, just waiting for winter rain.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Beetle Combination Sun Prints.

 With my effort to use up all the various colours that I have of the aging Solarfast printing medium I have been mixing colours together, which I now know isn't a very good idea as I am getting all the various shades of mud! I might end up painting over these prints with transparent inks in an effort to improve them, but for the moment these are some of the results of another printing session.
 I have layered the beetle transparencies over my previous foliage prints, but the results on the whole are underwhelming, although parts of them might prove usable.
            This is the small circular transparency printed first with the larger one on top.
             Here the same one is printed twice, but moved slightly to reveal the first image.
 The larger beetle transparency was printed first in this one, with the smaller one on top, taking care to have a large beetle in the middle.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Beetle Patterns.

 The pattern above was made using the rubber stamp beetle as a Photoshop brush. It was more or less just a doodle, so I placed the beetles by eye, which you can see was not quite an accurate placement. I went ahead and made a transparency of it anyway, as I want to make some sun prints and I might only want to use part of the image anyway.
Here I've placed the scanned image of the rubber stamp beetle as accurately as I could, using the grid marks in Photoshop. The smaller beetles were paced by eye and are again not quite in the right spots. The image was inverted to show white beetles on a black background which will print out in reverse again when making sun prints.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

New Stamp

 It was back to the beetles this afternoon with these two different sized weevils, here drawn onto the SoftCut blocks ready for carving.
   I decided to tackle the bigger one first to get an idea of the problem spots, and there are plenty!
              First stamped image, which isn't too bad, but I wonder where the eyes should be.
There are local weevils that are black with bright blue markings, so just for fun I added blue to the spots on the back. Perhaps as well as eyes, it needs more bigger white spots that can be made blue.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Making Way for Power Lines.

Walking along the street recently I was taken by the symmetry of these power lines stretching through the gap where the trees had been cut back to allow them through. The local trees have weird shapes as a result!

More Colours.

I don't know the name of this plant, but the combination of colours of the flowers seemed to fit right in with my multi coloured sun prints. So many variations of pink and yellow on one plant!

Saturday, 7 April 2018

But Wait There's More!

 With the sunny weather continuing with our Indian Summer I was able to get a few more prints done. I'm delighted with the results of the layering of foliage and paint, and only need time to print many more.
 This above is quite subtle with the less strident colours, but it's a delicate balance of soft foliage and paler colours.
   Another one that is just that bit different, with less distinct foliage colours for the second layer.
                              This isn't all that interesting, so it might get a third colour.