Saturday, 27 June 2009

Water, water, everywhere...

My F page is finally finished for my Alphabet Discovery Journal - the theme for this page was foam, and I wanted to try out a technique I had read about in a stamping technique book. First of all the background was painted with a wash of acrylic in pale green, I then stamped the word Foam with white gesso, applied a collage of newspaper (the financial pages of course) at the top half of the page, and wrinkled the paper to give the effect of water. Then more acrylic paint was used in shades of blue and green for the water, and brown and yellow for the sand. The paint was wiped off where the letters had been stamped - the gesso acting as a resist.

I then applied a little more gesso to the tops of the 'waves' and the shoreline. The foam at the water's edge was created by sticking some fusible fibre (the no-sew hemming tape), heating it gently with a heat gun, then while it is still warm sprinkling on some white embossing powder and heating it again. It gives quite a good effect, although it is difficult to see in the photo. The finishing touch was to add some fibres to represent seaweed.

Sing for Water West - The Big Sing. 600 singers raising money for Water Aid
Still on the subject of water - today was the 'Big Sing' at Bristol harbour side - 600 singers from various community choirs around the West of England raising sponsorship for Water Aid.

All the singers have been learning the same 7 songs for the past few weeks, and came together to sing them this afternoon, with only one joint rehearsal in the morning (which I was unable to get to!) Fortunately, the forecast thunderstorms did not materialise, and we were, if anything, too hot. I can be seen in the photo above 2nd from the left in the back row - singing along with the Tenors. Click on the video below for an extract of our first song Iqude - a traditional Zulu song (filming courtesy of my son, age 11).

Did you know that -

  • At least 4,000 children die every day as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

  • 884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population.

  • 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, this is almost two fifths of the world's population.

  • WaterAid projects providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene education cost just £15 per head.
Our aim is to raise a total of £24,000 from The Big Sing - I will keep you posted when the total comes in. Click here to read more about the wonderful work that Water Aid do, and if you would like to make a donation to this great cause you can do so here


  1. Sounds like a fun way to help a cause. Good for you.

    I really like that foam picture. Thanks for telling how you did it. This style is completely foreign to me so it really helps to read how it was done. it's really oceany looking. Love the seaweed too. I remember huge strands of kelp at the San Diego beaches I went to as a kid.

  2. I love your F page, its so touchy feely and makes me want to touch it. Gorgeous colours.

  3. Hi Gill! Fab to see you over at my place, especially as you're a fellow Wiltshire Wailer :)

    It was a great day wasn't it? I've popped only not only to say hi, but to say I'm linking to your post so that people can not only get a different viewpoint about the day, but also see your son's video. It may be short, but people will still get a good idea of what the song was like.


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