Project: Frozen bubble photo

Hello Begonias!

Here is a fantastic winter photography project for you which looks impressive, but is incredibly simple to achieve.  Thanks to my friend Nick for putting me onto this.

Frozen bubble

The bubble above was created in -6°C on a very grey day between flurries of snow, but an ideal time would be a clear sunrise or sunset in order to capture some beautiful reflections in your bubble.

All you need is some bubble mix (e.g. dilute washing up liquid), something to make the bubbles (I twisted some thin wire into a loop) and a cold day with snow or a heavy frost – a couple of degrees under freezing or colder.  You could also add glycerine or corn syrup to the mix to help create a stronger bubble, less likely to pop. Continue reading

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Project: Gerald the owl

Tosh calls everything Gerald.  It saves time, although the same cannot be said for confusion.  Thus, our first project for you is Gerald the Owl.  As time goes on, you may detect a theme…

Not high art, but he'll do.

Not high art, but he’ll do.

Gerald the Owl was my first ever needle felting project, subsequently inflicted on a friend as a gift.  Despite never stabbing wool in anger before, it was fairly easy to get something resembling one of those naive art owls which are so popular at the moment.  He’s definitely not high art, but I’ve got to tell you that needle felting is fabulous for de-stressing, and I plan to continue.

First, we’ll take a look at necessary and optional materials and tools. Continue reading