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Flight Of The Tree And A Giveaway

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Hello Everyone!  All Hallows Eve for me is the time when fantastical things can happen.  All you have to do is stretch your imagination a little.  I love decking our house with a myriad autumnal and magical decorations.  My husband and I carve pumpkins and happily dole out candy to all who stop by, children and adults alike.  This year however, I had been feeling very lackadaisical about my favourite day.

Carol’s announcement of the Ghastly Ghouls blog hop was exactly what I needed.  I love her blog hops, she makes them fun.

 

 

 

The Idea

 

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I have been doing block prints on paper for a while.  Printing on fabric would be new to me.  This was just the occasion for trying that out.

 

The Raven was certainly going to be a central part of the picture, but the context was not quite clear to me at first.  Visiting a favourite spot, a grove of oak trees, sparked an idea.   What if, on All Hallows Eve, for that one night, the spirits of the trees are set free as birds!  They get to spread their wings and fly across the world.

 

Who else but the adventurous Girl and her Cat would venture into the woods to witness such a magical moment, perhaps even talk to the raven spirit of this ancient tree.

 

Then, one Sunday, the idea materialised into a drawing.

 

 

The Making

 

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I find block carving extremely calming.   Just like the Girl and her Cat, with my kitty right beside me, I ventured into the world of bringing the spirit of a tree to life.

 

 

The Printing

 

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This is the part where I stepped into the unknown territory.  The new Speedball fabric ink I got kept drying out on me, causing very blotchy prints.   After a few test prints, I gave up and went back to my favourite ink which tends to stay wet longer.   That way I could mix a couple of inks to get the right colour and pull a few prints with ease.

 

 

The Not So Magical Moments

 

Of course, there had to be a few hiccups.  Two of my sweet kitties got sick at the same time, both needing a lot of TLC.  Tight on schedule, but I made it.

My iron decided to stop working at 10:30 at night, right before I started ironing the fabric pieces for printing.  My dear husband mended the cable while I got everything else ready.

 

 

Fabric lino block printing @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

I had to wash the old Speedball ink off the block before I could restart with the new ink.  That caused the block to bend, making it impossible for me to apply ink properly.  After several unsuccessful test prints, I had to call it a night.  I set the block under LOTS of books to try and make it flat again and went to bed.

 

 

 

Fabric lino block printing @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

These are the test prints.   With the slight changes I made on every print, I saw improvements. That was extremely encouraging.  I wanted to do a few colour fastness and wash tests, but I ran out of time.   The bottom three I saved for a later day for that purpose.

 

 

The Joy of Success

 

Fabric lino block printing @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

 

Next day, much to my delight, I was able to very successfully pull a few prints by applying all the modifications I figured out the night before. 

 

 

Fabric lino block printing @ inktorrents.com by Soma

 

I set them to dry on the laundry drying rack.   The texture of the canvas fabric gave it a tapestry style look which I really love!

 

 

The Finish

 

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With the prints almost dry, I started working on my finished project.   Using one of the prints, I made a  bag with pockets.  The canvas fabric is stiff enough, but I still used interfacing to give it a sturdier body.

 

 

 

Here are a couple of photos of the inside and the back of the bag.  Please click on them to see the larger phtos.

 

 

A Giveaway

 

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As I was making the bag, I thought it would make the perfect giveaway for this festive event.  It’s a 11″ x 9″ sturdy bag made of canvas fabrics with three generously sized inside pockets.   I can think of so many things to use this bag for.   (Bag contents not included)

 

My giveaways are for those who subscribe to my blog via email. This is where I share my photos and work in context and communicate with you directly.  Thank you for reading and for all the wonderful comments!

 

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 This giveaway ends on the 25th of October.  I will email the winner. 

Unfortunately, due to high postal cost and current uncertain delivery dates, I am able to offer this giveaway to US postal addresses only.

 

 

 

Just Let Me Quilt

 

I love taking part in Carol’s Halloween blog hops, and I am so glad that I got to participate this year again.  She keeps the event fun  and open, which lets me try out new ideas for my project.  She also makes fantastic quilts and patterns, specially Halloween themed ones.  Make sure to visit her website see her beautiful works.

I am sharing this day with these wonderful ladies –

 

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Inflorescence

Samelia’s Mum

Songbird Designs

 

The Girl And Her Cat witnessing Flight of the Tree has become one my favourite Halloween stories.   I love those magical moments!

Happy Halloween Hopping!

-Soma

 

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Valley View Sunrise In September Yosemite National Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Wandering Camera – Three Days In Yosemite

Valley View Sunrise In September Yosemite National Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

Welcome to Wandering Camera!  Around this time of the year I come out of my summer hibernation by camping in the chill air of the High Sierra Mountains between 8000ft and 10000ft.  This year however, we had to change our plans at the last minute due to the wildfires.

I have been to Yosemite Valley in every season but summer.  The days are too hot with temperatures ranging between 28C – 36C, while my melting point is around 16C. 

I was, however, so desperate to see the mountains that we drove to  Yosemite Valley with the mercury hovering around 48C.

 

 

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We spent the first morning visiting a few favourites.  There was a heat advisory that day, and  it was clear that we needed to wake up extremely early to enjoy the summer outdoors.

We wanted to hike at least one trail.  Hiking to Taft Point was short enough for us to be back by mid-morning, before the day got too hot.  We got up at  5 AM, and after a little coffee, it was time to make the 45-min drive to the trail head.

 

A panoramic view of the Yosemite Valley  was waiting for us at the end of the 1.1-mile hike.  El Capitan (the massive rock on the right side of the photo)  towers over us in the valley, and here we were looking down at it.

 

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions –

 

 

 

At 7700ft elevation, Taft Point sits about 3500ft above the valley floor without guardrails.   If you suffer from acrophobia, you will really want to brace yourself. 

 

We also found four fissures with very sharp and long drops.   Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos –

 

 

 

My husband very gently reminded me that it was time for me to get back with these kind words – “Going out with you is like going out with a Yeti.  I need to get you back in your icebox before you melt away.”

 

 

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A sketch of Taft Point from my own handmade watercolour nature journal.

 

In the afternoon, clouds started rolling in above the valley.  That night, we heard loud thunder followed by rain.  Beautiful, torrential rain, accompanied by the most delightful petrichor.   Nature is always full of surprises here in the Sierras, and I LOVE her for it.

 

 

Valley View Sunrise In September Yosemite National Park @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

 

I was hoping beyond hope that I would get a wonderful sunrise the next morning.  We again got up at 5AM, and drove into the valley.  Initially the clouds were really low, so I didn’t get to see a peach/pink sunrise.   Still, watching the sun come up over the Cathedral Rocks to slowly wake up the north side of the Valley was ever so beautiful.  I believe I even spotted a little mist on the Valley floor.

 

 

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It turned out to be a beautiful, cool day!  The sun kept on playing hide and seek, lighting up the granite rock faces here and there.  That afternoon we read by Cook’s Meadow over mugs of tea.  With that, the day and our time there was over.  We finished our stay watching the last light of the day decorate beautiful Half Dome.

 

With a deep feeling of sorrow and yearning, I said goodbye to my mountains.

 


 

I have gotten a few requests for cards of  the Sierras photos in my shop.   I am excited to share these three cards, along with the last Half Dome photo above in my shop as the first set.

 

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El Capitan has to accompany Half Dome.  Since autumn is upon us, I thought this photo of the beloved massive rock by the side of the Merced River would be perfect for the season.

 

 

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Purchase Misty Merced In Autumn

 

Early morning mist floating over Merced River on an autumn morning, reaching out to both the colour-changing trees and the evergreens.

 

 

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Purchase An Afternoon At Lake Tenaya

 

A beautiful jewel of Yosemite – Lake Tenaya at approx. 8000ft.  Lake Tenaya is where I usually like to finish my High Sierra camping trip.

 

I hope you liked the photos and this first set of  the Sierras cards.   I print them on quality paper with archival ink as art print greeting cards.  They can be framed in a standard 5″ x 7″ frame.  You can find these little card prints here in my shop.

 

 

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