"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Saturday, 12 June 2010

A postcard from St. Ives

Life is a whirl at the moment ... so much going on
I hope things settle down a bit soon ...






















Yesterday, I managed to finish off a few little things ... clearing the way a bit so I can concentrate on my art quilt for FOQ 2010 (which is looming!)

This is a postcard I made for Emma's 50th birthday postcard swap. It's lightly quilted with layers of distressed sheer fabrics, a mussel shell and some beads. I used one of my recent watercolours for the back of the card. I only finished it yesterday and haven't posted it yet ... but on Monday it will be on it's way to you Emma!






















St. Ives on the hottest day so far this year ...
85°C (Monday 24th May)






















This is the lovely postcard Emma sent me (which arrived yesterday). Emma has used textured and vibrantly coloured painted papers collaged with machine stitch. I'm really pleased with it. Thank you Emma ♥






















This is a little mixed media card I made using one of the watercolour backgrounds. I used a vintage seaside photo, text, distressed sheer fabrics and beads






















I like the photo which reminds me of a typical English seaside scene. I waxed the photo and text to give it a nice finish and a little layering

"so utterly English"





















... and another little watercolour got used for this column of pebbles which I machine stitched to some hand dyed cotton that Cathie gave me - thank you Cathie ♥






















For the strips in the pebbles I used torn (hand made) paper and text machine stitched with silver thread






















My colour scheme is, as ever, inspired by St. Ives ... aqua blue sea and sky and golden sand and lichen















This is a double page spread in my sketchbook ... a mixed media collage using hand dyed fabrics, magazine pictures, felt tops, machine stitching, monoprinted pebbles and text















It was hard to photograph as the book is bulging and wouldn't open out flat














Painted and monoprinted pebble shapes















A few of my distressed sheers crept in too ...





























A stormy sky over Porthminster beach, St. Ives. The colours caught my eye and I found the scene soothing















I made a little video of the waves washing in ... just 23 seconds of pure beauty

video

Have a wonderful weekend
Carolyn ♥

37 comments:

mano said...

oh carolyn, thank you very, very, very much for the video - I feel good after seeing it!!! and all the other beautiful things you show in this post: I love the sketchbook-pages, your cards, the pebbles-paintings, the pictures of the sea.. all is so wonderful! Have a fabulous weekend, mano

Lyn said...

Carolyn they are beautiful. I like the idea of doing postcard sized things, another for my to do list I think!
I reallly wish I could get my act togther and keep a sketchbook as varied and interesting as yours!
Love
Lyn
xxx

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Having been to Emma's studio on Skye, I know she will absolutely LOVE that postcard! Absolutely gorgeous!
Your photos are beautiful as usual. Loving that turquoise water. I've decided to redecorate the bathroom in turquoise and sand colours : )

A Time to Dance said...

I wish I lived by the sea, its such an inspiration...which your work testifies to...lovely thank you for sharing ...H

Chris Gray said...

..can't wait to see that pebble sketchbook :-)

x Chris

Pom Pom said...

Hi C!
You are truly lovely to give the gift of the waves. Thank you! Mmmmmmmmm.
I love seeing your sketch book!

Elizabeth said...

Oh you have fed my spirit, body and soul!!!! the video was the perfect end to a glorious post full of wonder and fabulous creations. Your sketch book is wonderful and your postcards are simply devine . the vintage British beach scene is adorable- love how you used it!! Emma will be over the Moon with her [post card!!! I hope that you are felling well these days and thank you so very much for the loads of inspiration and loveliness that you ahve shared with us today!!!!!!

ArtPropelled said...

So enjoyed the video clip. St.Ives is definitely a place I could live. Your double page spread is divine.

Robin Olsen said...

So much loveliness here--as always. Your journal pages are wonderful with all that texture and the oh so clever stones. Love the simplicity of your tower of pebbles card too!

Fabric Art said...

Carolyn your pages are gorgeous, I wish I could go into your journal, and the postcards are wonderful.
Anni

Diana said...

Truly beautiful work, Carolyn. I love your blog and even though I don't comment often (it would take too long to comment on all the blogs read every day!) I make an exception this time! Thank you so much for sharing.

artymess said...

Carolyn .....your posts are so besutiful ....you take us to St Ives which is such a special place ....lovely lovely lovely ...hope all is well with you too ...much love ...x

Lynn said...

Everything here is so beautiful and everytime I see your beach scenes I just want to put my barefeet in the water!!!!!!!!!!!

Twiglet said...

Such beautiful work there Carolyn and a great video clip to share!

JP said...

wow Carolyn you have got your mojo well and truly back - love it all

Julie said...

Was that you squeaking as your feet got wet? ;o) Carolyn, this post is so, so beautiful! You have surpassed yourself and I am getting on the next train! lol

Jill said...

I love every bit of this post, but especially your sketch book. Hopefully I shall be seeing the see next week when I cross the Solent to the IOW.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments :o)

Julie you can just hear my 8 year old nephew squeak as the sea washed over my feet. It was very hard for an excitable 8 year old to stay so quiet for 23 seconds :o)

missy k said...

Carolyn

What a lovely lovely post..... I love everything here..... and finishing off with the sounds and sight of the sea (and your nephew) was wonderful! Thanks for sharing :)

Karen

Diane said...

I so can see where you get your inspirations from Carolyn, your work is so stunning - just like the scenery. I'm missing St Ives. xxxx

Cathie said...

now you can add "film maker" to your list of accomplishments! lovely sketchbook pages and beautiful beach photographs. YOU are a nifty gal!

Kaye Turner said...

A real feast for the eyes here, as usual :-) Couldn't believe the colour of the sea in the third photo - it could be the Caribbean!

Emma said...

I can't WAIT to see your card to me in real life! Great to see my card to you up in lights - so glad you were able to join me in the swap, thank you!

Jensters said...

I just think you tease me with all this wonderful work on st ives...lol....i am one of your bigest fans....i could spend hours looking at your blog and all the wonderful creations you make....just love that postcard x

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

What an inspiring sketchbook you are creating! Love it!!

Becca said...

Just discovered your blog. Beautiful! So inspiring! I'll be back.

Ruth said...

Love your sketchbook spreads - and I always love bulging sketchbooks. It makes me want to page through each and every page because it is so inviting.

libbyquilter said...

as usual Carolyn, i have come here and been totally smitten by everything you've posted~!!~
love the cards and the stacked column of stones and your sketchbook . . . beautiful and inspiring in every way~!!

:-)
libbyQ

annell said...

I loved looking at your site, but was reminded of my home on the Gulf Coast. I now live in New Mexico, in the shadow of Taos mountain. I am heart sick at the loss of habitat on the coast and in the marshlands. It feels like a stone in my chest. I heard a man from Louisiana say, I went into the marsh and everything was dead. As Terry Tempest Williams says, "We must watch as beautiful things die." I know people around the world morn the loss.
Thank you.

bad penny said...

sigh ...maybe I'll get back to Cornwal again. Lovely imaves Carolyn as always

Catharina Maria said...

I can feel the love of the beach in all you makes . great the little film you have made !
love ♥RINI♥

Your card for Emma is adorable !

Mary said...

beautiful post, beautiful postcards, beautiful photos, beautiful video. loved all of it.

fibrefrolics said...

Your sketchbook is simply breathtaking! I also keep a seaside sketchbook - my favourite subject. Yours is gorgeous. Liked the video too, can smell the sea.Emma is lucky to get that beautiful card. Have a great week.
Penny

Heloise said...

It is always such a pleasure to read your posts it's like stepping into an amazing sketch book.
The video clip was great, I've never tried that facility on my camera maybe I should.

cornishmist - thats me ju x said...

Hi carolyn, Love your sketch book so much you have inspired me to start my own enjoy the weather today ju x

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Hi Carolyn,
Thank you for sharing a little bit of St. Ives with us. That video was amazing along with all of your beautiful "blue" art.

Roseanna said...

So beautiful, as always Carolyn! Your header is devine...such gorgeous hues.