Saturday, June 23, 2012

Card making

I made a few cards last week. They're very purple - the blanks were a bargain buy, $1 for packs of 8 with white envelopes. Now I need to find some cellophane bags for them and they'll go in the shop at Genesis in the Hills.

Below: a couple of my demo pieces from a printing workshop a couple of weeks ago. We were going to do sun prints as well as block printing etc. but it was such a wet, stormy and windy day, so we did scrunching and salt effects instead.

Some of the tropical flowers at the Parap markets in Darwin. Aren't they gorgeous!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Printing and more Darwin pics

I'm doing a 2nd article, this time on thermofax printing, for the Online Quilt Magazine. It required some photos, - above is a result of today's thermofax printing session.
Below: I made a little print block from a strip of corrugated cardboard and test printed on a rollered background. The block is at the bottom of the pic.

We did a day trip from Darwin including a boat cruise on Corroboree Billabong, Mary River. The bird life was fantastic - I enjoyed this cruise more than the jumping croc one in my last post, although we did see plenty of crocodiles there too including the smaller fresh water type.

It was wonderful to see a pair of Brolgas (NT state emblem)

I can't remember all the names, but I think this was a type of stork or a pied herron.

A white chested sea eagle

This bird dives underwater for its food - its drying out here.

The billabong was full of lotus plants and flowers (close up of a leaf and seed pod below)

A crocodile sunbaking on the bank.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I'm back from 2 weeks in Darwin!

These are a few of the pics from DH's camera. We were in a small boat on the Adelaide River, about a metre away from this 4 metre wild crocodile which is jumping out of the water to catch a piece of meat. I wasn't sorry when this part of the tour ended and we were back on dry land. There were loads of crocodiles in the river.

Above: a popular swimming spot in Lichfield National Park - I'm 1 of the people about to go in the water. No crocodiles here thankfully - it was cold at first but really lovely swimming in such a wonderful place.

A cathedral termite mound - also in Lichfield.

Silhouetted Pandanus palms at dusk.
Darwin is fortunate that it is situated on a peninsular, surrounded by the harbour. This was taken outside the art gallery and museum.

Darwin's new waterfront area which is still developing. You can swim at the beach and there's also a wave pool a bit further along.

Northern Territory's parliament house.

Smith Street Mall - the main shopping street. I think it must have been a weekend - it looks a bit deserted!

I'll post some more pics next time.

While we were away the Online Quilt Magazine was published with my article appearing. The magazine comes out each month and only costs $10 for a year. They also have a smaller free version. You can find out about it by clicking on the link.