Sunday, 30 April 2017

A New Feathered Friend...

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in today.
A rather overcast Sunday, but lovely nonetheless.

We’ve had a super afternoon!
We have a new feathered friend in the garden -
a lovebird! When we first saw him yesterday morning, I dashed over the road to the neighbours, because they have an aviary, and I thought he must be an escapist.
But no. Not from there. They only have budgies. 

He (or she) has been trying out the box Dave made last year, 
but it’s a bit tight; the opening is just a tad too small.

he’s been gnawing away at the opening, 
but he kept looking over at Dave as only a lovebird can, 

until eventually Dave decided to help him out, 
pulled up a ladder,

made a little ledge for him to stand on,

 and widened the opening.

You can see him here, watching from a distance....

Ladder put away, pot of tea made,

and then we waited....
Had Dave frightened him off with his loud drill?

He was back on that little ledge and investigating 
before we could even pull up a seat!

In he went,

Perfect size. Not too big, not too tight.

Back out again. We did the in out game a few times, actually!

Now, he’s sitting on his new home even as I write, 
calling out for his mate to come.

Now I’m no lovebird expert.
Anybody got any ideas about the type from these photos?
Not that it matters what his name is! Won’t it be amazing if there’s a pair and they decide to have babies in our garden!!
He has a peach-coloured cap and chest. I have googled and the closest I can find is the Peach-faced Lovebird.


So we have spent hours watching and enjoying this little fella.
I shall keep you informed...

Before I forget, we need a winner for the quiz.
Many of you sent in your answers, 
and THANK YOU for joining in. 

A few people got all the answers
- even down to the name of the dog!

Here are the 10 questions and their answers:

Which ink pad should I use?
If I want to use Dye-based inks and Distress markers to colour in, which ink pad should I being using?

ANSWER: Archival or other permanent ink

If I wanted to colour in with alcohol inks, or Promarkers, 
or Copics or any of those pens, which ink pad should I use?

ANSWER: Dye Based ink. (Artistry, Distress or similar)

What do you think would happen if I spritzed water at this coated card at this stage? Would the black ink bleed? 


Would the card blister?


What have I done in the next step?

ANSWER: Added a further landscape layer at the front using the same colour as for the sky

Which size paintbrush would you recommend?

ANSWER: No. 2 Sable hair.

Would you add water to the ink?

ANSWER: YES, a tiny amount, just to help it move.

What can I do with this card to get rid of the blotchy inkwork?

ANSWER: Buff it with a tissue.

How have I made the background paper?

ANSWER: Spritz the ink left over on the blending mat lightly with water, and mop up with a piece of stencil card.

What’s the name of the dog?

Lynne Hammond’s chocolate lab is called Maya.

A £20 Clarity gift voucher goes to 
drumroll......close eyes....pick a winner....


And Maggie, 
I shall send the Clarity Voucher to you inside the card in question.

10 perfect answers.

Well done Maggie.
Thanks again to everybody who joined in.

Love & Hugs,