Wednesday, 10 June 2009

House Inchy Swap

The yellow lichen and Cornish granite inspired my inchies

I recently joined in the house inchy swap over on Inchy by Inch to make nine little inchies with a house theme. I based mine on St. Ives cottages. I used grey, white and silver for the Cornish granite and mustard yellow for the lichen on the roofs

This is my palette of black, white and yellow. I sprayed silver glitter into the palette and it made some lovely patterns

Using heavy weight water colour paper and acrylics I monoprinted my inchies and then edged them with platinum embossing ink

The roofs are all different and made from scrim, cotton, metallic fabrics, hessian, mulberry paper, silk and lace and coloured with mustard yellow inks

The doors and windows were made from a recycled gift bag and highlighted with black artist's pen and white gel pen

St. Ives cottages - inchies

My inchies were inspired by this photo I took earlier in the year. I altered the palette of colours in the photo for "A Year of Colour" to enhance the grey, yellow and green

The yellow lichen on the roofs has inspired me to look more closely at different lichen on the granite stone walls near where I live and near Porthminster beach. It has such interesting patterns and colours - nature never ceases to inspire me. I don't know anything about lichens or the names of the specimens in these photos, I just thought they were very beautiful

Here are the inchies I received back - I'm really pleased with them

Thank you to Irish3, Timaree, Karen, Craftydrake and Fiona (the bottom three are mine)


Purple Missus said...

Firstly, these inchies are fabulous and the photographs you are working from are amazing.
And secondly, haven't got an email for you so will have to answer here.
No, this particular stuff isn't actually in the workshop BUT it's only the next step on so will be no problem for you.
Judging by your work though I think you are going to be able to teach us a thing or two. :)

daisy said...

Luv all your little house inchies & what fabulous photographs yet again. I do luv coming to visit your blog :o)

Fiona Whitehead said...

Aren't they gorgeous little inchies - lovely to see how much work went into yours Carolyn - and it showed - they are stunning - thanks so much for joining in with the swap. x

Julie said...

Luscious lichen shots and great houses. I really love those cottages on the beach. I think it's one of my favourite views of St Ives.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Your inchies are great, as are the photos.

Lichen is fascinating and there are so many different species to be seen. Have you noticed how, in the winter the lichen on the rooftops is greeny/yellow and in the summer yellow/orange?

missy k said...

I can see clearly how you got your inspiration from your photograph -

Creating such beautiful inchies is quite amazing and another thing altogether!

The lichen photos are stunning.... I love old walls (and doors and gates) and often take pictures of them - I've got some really good ones from our visit to Cornwall when we went to Lands End I think.... really big squarish stones. Lovely and old and worn.

I really enjoyed the inchie swap mine are all lined up in a row and look so sweet:)


Cathy Cullis said...

I love that yellow! many lovely photos and lots of inspiration here... I had not heard if inchies before now! best wishes Cathy

Hens Teeth said...

Hi C
Thank you very much for your comment.
I too would like to contact you at times, but can't :-(
I really enjoyed your process here, and of course, the finished item. How you interpreted the colours and textures is just great.
The visit to Cornwall - There may be a Fair that I'm attending in Portscatho 2nd august. See
viv x

freebird said...

Thanks for telling us the story behind your houses. So interesting. So much in the U.S. is new and doesn't have lichens or other interesting stuff. Can't wait to get my inchies so I can see them up close.

Gez said...

Hi Carolyn

Its been fascinating seeing how your idea was born through to your finished houses. Fantastic!

Amazing photographs.xx

Clevelandgirlie said...

Your photography inspired art leaves me breathless sometimes. You have such a wonderful eye for things that aren't necessarily apparent. Beautiful - absolutely beautiful photographs of the houses/lichen and the inchie representations. And - your collection of inchies in return - how fun. You must think of something clever to do with them.
Oh and your "leaf" almost finished. I worked on it all day. I scrapped the first two backgrounds I made - took a break for a day and worked on something else. And just like magic - while I was working on another project, I made a mistake that I liked. I then put that mistake into practice on your "new" background. Mistakes gone "right" sometimes yield wonderful results. Should be ready to mail by Saturday. XOXO

Carol said...

The inchies are wonderful, great inspirational photo's

Basement gal said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful comment you left on my blog. I've written your details on the reverse of your inchie, thanks for letting me know. I'm glad you liked mine, yours are just wonderful. I loved your inspiration, what a beautiful part of the country you live in. Thank you I truly loved this swap.

Anonymous said...

Incredible inchies!!! Lucky recipient :)
This is my first time visiting your blog, I will come back often to enjoy your posts.
Greetings from Mexico ~

meplusmolly said...

Wonderful inchies.
Love how you show the original inspiration, your work in progress and the beautifully finished pieces. Lichens are indeed v interesting and a great source of inspiration in their textures and colours.
I love your original photo inspiration and the colour saturation you employed.
Always an inspiration to visit your blog ;0 x

Gina said...

Your little cottage inchies look great grouped together. Your photos are really inspirational.

Pom Pom said...

VERY COOL! You are inspiring!

Lesley said...

Fabulous inchies and great photos xx

A bird in the hand said...

I am in love with your house inchies ...

P.S. I used fresh rosemary in my sleep sachet.

Jane said... got the colours spot on!

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

Thank you so much for your kind comments on my Fallen Warrior hanging. Gorgous little inches - love that yellow

Jackie said...

I love those Cornish Cottages. How very clever of you to use the local colours to depict local colour.
I was thinking about your e mail..why don't you set up a completely different one for your blog? It would make replying so much easier.

mimilove forever said...

Thank you for dropping by and leaving such lovely comment :)

Loving the inchies project and indeed your blog..consider yourself well and truly followed x;0)

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello From Michigan. Your Inches are beautiful. I have never made any but must do sooo soon. I absolutely LOVED the Monarch Butterfly pics. Truly beautiful. Hugs Judy

The White Bench said...

Fabulous! I love them all!
Best wishes,