Emma Higgins - Printmaker

Emma Higgins - Printmaker
EmEmma Higgins - Printmakerma Higgins - Printmaker

Emma Higgins - Printmaker


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Taking cuttings!

This week I found out by accident how to make rosemary cuttings! 


First I cut some rosemary like this...

I just wanted it for decoration really so I put it in a little water. 

Before I knew it, roots had started to grow!! 

I planted it out and it's doing well, who knew? Not me anyway! 

I love herbs, two of my prints are based on the herbs in our garden...
This lino print...
http://folksy.com/items/6166241-Herb-garden-lino-print

And this Gocco printed card...
http://folksy.com/items/5962791-Birthday-Card-hand-printed-FREE-UK-P-P

Happy gardening! 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Buckfast Abbey

Such a beautiful tranquil place, this lavender garden at Buckfast Abbey (South Devon) has given me lots of printing inspiration today. 
The lavender was alive with hundreds of bees. We saw a small copper butterfly and a comma butterfly. Just beautiful. 







Friday, 25 July 2014

100 Happy Days


I've recently found out about this challenge and thought it sounded like a fantastic idea.  Check out the website yourself... http://100happydays.com/

I've registered and I'm going to be posting my photos on here and Twitter.

I've also recently started to learn about mindfulness from https://www.headspace.com/ It's made me more aware of the present moment and what makes me happy. 

I thought that this 100 happy days challenge would help me to further appreciate all the good things in life.

I've copied and pasted the basic idea (below) from the website.

We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.
How? Plain simple!

every day submit a picture of what made you happy!                      
It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day to a favor you didto a stranger.            
            
#100happyday challenge is for you - not for anyone else.                                  It is not a happiness competition or a showing off contest. If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures - you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating.
 
Here goes....
 
DAY 1

DAY 2

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DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7 

DAY 8 

DAY 9

DAY 10

DAY 11

DAY 12

How I package my prints ready for posting

 
If you buy a print from me, this is what happens next as I package it up ready for postage. I always take it to a tiny Post Office down the road, they call me 'The funny stamp lady' because I always glue old used stamps on my parcels for decoration purposes.
 
I use re-cycled materials for my packaging. I work in a school so I'm able to collect up all the old photocopy paper boxes which are a perfect size for my prints.

Here you can see that I've cut the box down to size and I've wrapped the prints in some pretty paper that I got free with a craft magazine. More recently I've started to wrap my prints in pretty pale blue tissue paper.

Next, I secure the edges with strong parcel tape.

I use brightly coloured Washi tape to make a box to write the address inside. If you've never used washi tape GET SOME! Its amazing stuff! I buy mine from Ruby and Dig who always provide great customer service.   
 
 

You can see as well that I've glued on some old stamps - just for decoration! I love the colours of them, such an easy way to give a parcel a lift!

I package my prints with lots of care and attention. I know myself, that lovely feeling you get when a pretty parcel arrives.
Finally, it's off to the post office!