The Country Diary of an Edwuardian Lady

Woww,woww,woww,,, I must tell you Alison Bomber is now on The Team, so I asked her to work with my new "The Country Diary of an Edwuardian Lady" from the famous book by Edith Holdenand she did this absolutely stunning Vintage Poems Book, enjoy watching it:

The Year in Poetry by Alison bomber (12 months included)
Here I've used the lovely Country Lady Save Pack, inspired by the illustrations from Edith Holden's Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.


Since there are twelve months to get through, I'm issuing a Long Photo-Heavy Post Warning!!
This was one of those projects where it really felt as though I was just along for the ride... I didn't know very much about it!  That may be the effect of it all arriving in my head in the middle of the night, and half of it being made in the early hours of the morning, but I think it's also a good sign that you're "in the zone", or at least "in the moment" as you're creating... just letting things happen, and enjoying the ride.

It was also clear that the universe was on my side when, after a snowy night, the sun came out to allow me to capture some some photos in its late afternoon golden rays.


There's part of a photo from the earlier shots of my desk that will give you some idea of the journey of this piece.

I used sheets from a cheap watercolour pad (bought from The Works for a couple of pounds), and tore them to the size I wanted.

I printed the lovely monthly illustrations on some canvas weave printer paper which gives them a lovely weight and texture, slightly fabric like... I think you can see something of what I mean in later photographs.

To weather the papers, and tone them in with the images, I did a lot of spritzing.  I started with coffee (yes, actual coffee), but wanted a bit more colour, so I mixed a bit of Mushroom Color Wash in with it.

This gave a good base colour; then, for extra texture and colour I spritzed very lightly with the Mushroom again, or with Espresso Color Wash, and sometimes with both to build up the interest.

Once that was done, I blended Vintage Photo and Wild Honey DIs onto the edges of the pages.  The Wild Honey is great for warming up the tone of whatever colour you're using, and given that these images had quite honeyed tones in them anyway, it seemed the perfect ingredient.

You can see the eventual look on the back cover and these close-ups... and what I love is that each page is unique, with its own colour combination and splatter pattern!

And of course I used the Tim Holtz paper distresser and some more Vintage Photo DI on the edges of the illustrations.  I think you can probably see the woven texture of the paper I printed on here too, as well, obviously, as the lovely texture of the watercolour paper.

Some twine and raffia to bind the pages together... and we're pretty much done.

I'm going to leave you in peace to look through the journal shortly, but I should just say that the stamps come from a variety of sets: the front cover is Tim Holtz's Book Cover (simply love this stamp, and must use it more often!), and inside there are more TH stamps, as well as Stampology, Tattered Angels and Artemio images.

They're stamped mainly in Archival, but blending colours and sometimes including DIs on there too.

If you really desperately want to know more precisely, then drop me a comment or email with the month you want to know about, and I'll share the details with you.

But for now, I'm going to leave you to enjoy the winter sunshine... All I will add are the poem extracts from each page (in case the photos are not clear enough, or you can't read my handwriting) and sometimes a little something about the poems themselves, or perhaps the poem in full, or at least slightly expanded.

Some of the poems arrived on the pages here as inevitable participants, long-loved poems I've lived with for years; some I had to go in search of, and am delighted to have discovered some new poetical treasures!

So, on to the quotations, and the photographs of course!  Don't forget you can click on them for close-ups.

January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
February.  Get Ink.  Weep.Write the heart out about it. 

Another day in March.  Late rawness and wetness. 

April is the cruellest month

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May

     The birds were in tune with the infinite skies,
And all my heart sang, "It is June, it is June,"

Hot July brings cooling showers,

September Song
(born 19.6.32 - deported 24.9.42)

Undesirable you may have been, untouchable

you were not. Not forgotten
or passed over at the proper time.

As estimated, you died. Things marched,

sufficient, to that end.
Just so much Zyklon and leather, patented
terror, so many routine cries.

(I have made

an elegy for myself it
is true)

September fattens on vines. Roses

flake from the wall. The smoke
of harmless fires drifts to my eyes.

This is plenty. This is more than enough.

                                                                                                     Geoffrey Hill


A springful of larks in a rolling
Cloud and the roadside bushes brimming with whistling
Blackbirds and the sun of October
On the hill's shoulder...

From Poem in October by Dylan

So dull and dark are the November days.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,

Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ag

And here is the fantastic Pack used:

And all over if you are a ture fan of Edith Holden,,,,,,,,,,
Tehn you´d love my previous products:

Special thanks to Alison bomber for this Play of Art,,,,,,,I am proud she is workin now on


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