|So happy to be writing a post . I hope you enjoy reading it.|
|natural colours from my eco dyeing. Eileen Postlethwaite|
My washing line has also been used to hang up my experiments with natural dyeing. These are some of the lovely colours from plants hanging out to dry, from last summer. I have also been using lots of different berries and plants to make my homemade inks.
|One of my favourites Blackberry.Eileen Postlethwaite|
I really love working like this, collecting the berries and making the ink and then drawing with my homemade colours. It is so exciting drawing blackberries with ink made from my own village hedgerows. I will share some other colours and drawings using my inks over the year.
|found acorns in ink and dip in pen. Eileen Postlethwaite|
During the last few months I have been recording some of my finds. I have been drawing leaves and acorns and my favourite Magpie moth. the moth was painted on a recycled box, our porridge box which has lovely parchment coloured card once you turn it inside out! I can't think of a better way to recycle than use it to paint a beautiful Magpie Moth.
|Some of my finds...A recycled box adorned with My favourite Magpie Moth. Eileen Postlethwaite|
|collecting shells at the beach . Eileen Postlethwaite|
Walks on the beaches have been blustery and cold during the winter months. Just the thought of going to the sea inspires me. I always find so many natural objects, then I arrive back home and get out my big box of coloured pencils to record the pretty pastel shades. A rainbow of colours on a winters day. they are tiny simple shells but I love collecting them and drawing them. Of course I never stop at shells....feathers, seaweed, mermaids purses, oak leaves, pieces of blue china, sea glass......all sit in dishes waiting!
|Amazing sunsets, evening sky in the Duddon Estuary,|
Waiting and dreaming of Springtime and the thought of my beautiful Snakehead Fritillaries filling the garden. And once again the snowdrops push through, then the daffodils and primroses and violets.
|violets in my path make me smile|
|my beautiful fritillary garden|
A study of one of the flowers, each one seems to have different patterns. I had pink shades and lots of white ones too and even some with double heads. I love their elegant shapes and the way they droop their heads and the leaves create movement.
|drawings by Eileen Postlethwaite|
|beautiful patterns on my favourite flower|
Time seems to pass so quickly, but gladly it seems a slower pace here in our little village. The other weekend we were reminded of a different time when things were slower and handsome steam powered trains travelled along the railway lines and passed through villages and people waved at the train and the passengers waved back with smiles from one to another. I think everyone would agree for a few moments we captured the spirit of that age, as I also captured some photographs to share with you. I hope my blog makes you smile and you find the time to send a little message back, it would be lovely to hear from you wherever you are.
|The Steam train approaching our village station. they always pull the hooter and spit out the steam to delight us all.|
Train whistle blowing.
And I will leave you with another beautiful sky...the colours of my pink foxgloves.
Have a wonderful weekend.
see you soon