Crossing Paths - PREVIEW of artist book

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I have been asked by Liz Davidson for a few more images from my collaborative book - Crossing Paths - so here we are - I do hope it will encourage you to order a copy from my Etsy shop HERE - It is a limited edition so there are only another 17 available!

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Monday's job - restoration

A friend recently offered me this old guillotine which he was about to take to the tip.......

it was  very dirty and  rusted and needed a good clean but  the blade is still very sharp - I used soap and water then steel wool and finally a metal cleaner - all I need now is to buy some penetrating oil (I've done my research) in order to get the bolt off - then I can clean the underside of the blade

I shall cut up some old paper/card and non precious stuff for a bit before I put through anything that matters!
there is a great deal of satisfaction in making a 'throw out' serviceable again! And it is perfect for my bookmaking



I don't very often post about household jobs but I've taken a few days out of the studio to catch up on some creative house projects which I've been meaning to do for ages - firstly the final stages to my garden design which was to replace the turf in my small garden with gravel - it really was too small for a lawn - I've been digging the turf up a bit at a time as it's heavy work and gives me back ache after a while but at long last I've dug up the remaining bit and put the gravel down - I'm pleased with the result - now there's more planting to be done to soften the edges (any excuse to buy plants!)

I bought this second hand coffee table for just a few pounds last year with the intention of painting it red as that is the dominant colour of my living room. It looked a bit tatty but was generally in good condition - I love Annie Sloan  chalk paint - I've used her red/pink colour and then rubbed in her dark wax which gives it a darker look with a sheen! I think it looks quite smart! 

Now all I've got to do is some shelving in a downstairs room which I want to turn into a darkroom as it has no window and tidy up and make room in my shed! In between I will get back into the studio as I have a couple of books to make!