Monday, 22 April 2013

Fetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome Fundraiser art auction

Bid now on ebay for a original St. Patricks day painting with Sneaky snake by Eloise O'Hare for raising money for my school friend Karen Walsh son Lorcan's Anticonvulsant Syndromes.Lorcan has to undergo lots of costly operations in Ireland. This is also to raise awareness of Anticonvulsant Syndromes.

Bidding only on for ten days.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Eaton Park in Spring

Eaton Park in Spring time.
Everyday I like to have a wander or run, cycle through Eaton Park. There is a short cut from Unthank road by the old red post box, down the holly tree lane, left at the white horses head, past the lamp post with 3 sevens on it. Turn right on to Sotherton road, then left on Parameter Road by the chip shop. Then across the road and your by the boating lake which has Swans, ducks, seagulls and on Wednesdays has a boat club of remote control boats and little sailing boats. Boating lake has boat people are of all ages. You can take your boat down there any day. To the right of the lake is the "Miniature railway" which open on Sunday afternoons between 1pm and 5pm. The railway is run by some very keen engineers that keep the trains tip top shape. The park has fountain centred in a rose garden to have a quiet sandwich and bask in the sun. There is a row of bowling greens bowlers meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. By the bowling green is an enormous kids playground with all the fun climbing things and swings.  
Family's have picnics next to the playground. In the centre of the park is a band stand that plays music all year round and sometimes live. I have heard amazing musicians practise there instruments with no complaints from the public who sit and listen. In the round is a cafe open after spring and some public toilets. The park also has go-carts, skate boarding, pitch and put, tennis, golf, rugby, cricket, football and a little woods, running, fitness, walking, BMX and kite flying. For a city centre park its got a lot of activities and nature. Check out my photos published in i-witness news here.

Whistle Before proceeding at the miniature railway.

More up grades to the railway line. 

Little blue flowers in the wood.

Railway track making its way through the park.

Daisy's growing along the track.

Little Daisy with red spot in yellow centre.

Little wooden tracks and rails.

Heather growing in every shade of pink.

Railway sign open every Sunday after Easter till September after 1pm. Take your kids along to have a go on the trains. I think its about 50p a train journey. I think this train would be fab public transport in the centre of Norwich. 

Seagull in flight across boating lake.

More heather in another shade of pink.

Ducks floating on the water pre fight.

Lake changes colour everyday all year round with the changing Sky's and light.

Quake attack. Duck fight.

White horses head on the short cut journey to park.

Arched door on house before shortcut lane to park.

Pillar box at the short cut to park.

Windows that match the door of the house near the holly lane.

The shortcut with Holly trees all the way down.

The three 777's on a post on the way to park.

Turn right onto this Sotherton road.

More tracks and flowers along the train line.

Chip shop turn left here. Head down the road to park. Beware of cars when crossing the road, they think its a race track.

Giant buttercup flower in someones garden on Unthank road.

Mystical woodland.

Cones and flowers

White little flowers.

Model railway on exhibition at Hellsdon school. 

Blue flowers and pine needles.

Parkside station train stop.

Spring daffodils hanging out in gang looking seedy.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

ice Spring

Some photos I took in the garden after a viel of hail cover the country.
Here is a link to the i-witness report 

Like little lumps of icing sugar.

Snowdrops were happy this year. 

Bugs came out and went in again. Never to sure when the thaw was going to happen.

Hail of all sizes went everywhere.

More snowdrops.

Crocuses came out then froze and are now out again for another round.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Making a washable demo banner for NDPAC

A few weeks ago a friend said they needed a banner that with stood all the weathers. With all the cuts happening all over the UK. There is more social up rising, as people begin to realise that the cuts will effect so many things and people. 
This is the national logo for Disabled against the cuts and I have altered it on the computer to make it "Norfolk disabled people against cuts". 
I realised when I was about to put the logo on the banner that the words "People against cuts" are up side down. So I turned them up the other way.

I printed out the words, to go on the banner, after designing on the computer the typeface and the sizing of the words and the colours. My coloured ink cartridge was not working, so I printed it out in black and white and used the computer original to check the colours. 
In the above image I have gone over the print out in pencil lines. To help the drawing up the large image. This did not work for my brain power. So I went for the 1cm by 1cm grid system.

Here I use the pencil grid system and then worked out how many times greater for the banner by multiplying the 13 1cm squares by how ever many to get to the bigger banner size image. 

I have drawn up the banner squares very lightly with a pencil just starting with the left hand corner. Then I pencil in the letters by seeing the shapes on the small print out.  

Then I use a marker pen that is by Dylon and is a washable fabric paint. I pen in over the pencil lines of the letters. I put old cardboard food packaging underneath every part that I am working on. As it will go threw to the table or surface. Dry with hair dryer before lifting. So it doesn't smudge itself. Then dry on the radiator or hang up flat somewhere. Make sure the area does not over lap dying other parts of the banner. 

Then I fill in the outlined lettering with a Dylon paint. Watering is down very slightly to make it paint on easier. Beware of bleeding so paint away from edge and give it time to soak in and spread a bit but not over edge of line.

I use weights to help hold the part I am painting down on the table, to stop it slipping around. This is a ball weight. 

Mixing colours and watering them down a tad in an old plastic tub. 
The tub can be throw away once used as the paint will dry and cant be revived. Unless you put a lid on the tub. Keep the original jars of colours and pens under covered over with lids as much as possible. 

Here I have already marked out the logo with pen and realised it is spelt wrong. There is no going back once the pen is on. So I had to trace on to another piece of fabic and fix and make another logo spelt right.

Here is the new logo and I have sewed up the edges. Sewing the banner to size is a good idea and making the ends big enough for the poles to go in. 

 Every time I have painted a layer. I have Ironed with old sheet underneath and blank paper on top for two minutes per A4 sheet every painted part of the banner. The ironing fixes the colours so the stay in when washed. The words can bleed when painting and will need touching up to make neat with white or what every the back ground colour is. 

Camera on head. Self portrait after another night making the banner. 

Banner in the morning a few hours before it has to be at the Equal lives launch at the forum. 
I have sewn the logo over the old one and cut the old one out from the back. Then I have lined the whole  banner at the back with another sheet. There is still some pencil lines on the banner but hopefully they will come out in the wash.

Here is the flier for the Equal Lives launches across Norfolk. 

Get in touch if you need a banner for your club or group. I can do workshops to make the banner with the group as a group activity.