I hope everyone is well and happy.
This is my last post before we go off on holiday so I will be having a bit of a blog break for about a week and a half. It’s going to be strange and quite refreshing to have no internet access for a while, but I am taking a few art supplies and a new journal I have made especially for the trip.
It is T’s 60th birthday and we are going to Keighley in Yorkshire where he was born and spent the first 16 years of his life. We haven’t been there for about 40 years. I hope it’s a good trip because he doesn’t have much of a memory of growing up, I think his childhood was quite traumatic, his parents split up when he was about 11 years old. He wants to go back to his roots, but I hope it doesn’t bring back too many unhappy memories for him.
We will be seeing his best friend from school, his sister and an aunt so we are looking forward to that.
It’s hard to believe that the boy I fell in love with all those years ago will be 60 in a few days time (even harder to think I am just a few years behind him)! Our relationship is as solid now as it’s ever been. Love is a wonderful thing and I am lucky I found my soul mate when I was just 15 years old.
We are both going to be quite traumatised at leaving ‘the boys’, our two cats behind, but we have a friend coming to stay in the house and look after them while we are gone. Hopefully everything will be OK. We have never had children so these two beautiful cats mean the world to us both and we have never left them before.
For this spread I used gesso, acrylic paint, some bits of old maps, a dots rubber stamp and some tape I made. I used microporous surgical tape and stuck it down on a sheet of acetate then printed text and old maps onto the sheet. It wasn’t hugely successful, as the printing is not as ‘fast’ as it would have been if I’d stamped with Stazon ink, but not a bad effect. The face is an image I cut from a National Geographic magazine. The edges are inked with distress ink.
Right, I’ve got to go and pack, hope you all have fun while I’m away.
The Bengal Boys (they are not pure bred Bengal, but they have the leopard spots and many Bengal traits). They look really sweet in this photograph but generally they don’t like being too close to each other any more! Boys!