It all started about two years ago. I was home alone for a couple of weeks, whilst my husband Kevin and son Charles were away on a project in the Scilly Isles.
I had done all the boring tasks, you know those, the vacuuming, dusting, polishing and general dogsbody stuff. Being on my own I made little or no mess, so around day 3 I was thinking how to amuse myself. I had found a piece of particle board languishing, had been using it as a sample board for various colours of paint. I had never written on board before, so painted it with two coats of Farrow and Ball’s Lime White (a favourite of mine) and stood waiting for it to dry, wondering and musing about what on earth would I write on it and what implements would I use.
Inspiration struck, thankfully. My absolute favourite piece is William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 – Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day. Beautiful words and so evocative.
Now what could I use that would produce crisp sharp lettering? The perfect implement – an automatic pen. Not sure why they call it that, because it doesn’t write for you, that’s for sure. Chose a size 4, and decided the colours should be a summer’s day, so a leaf green and a warm yellow. Daley Rowney do a wonderful range of acrylic inks called FW – no idea what that stands for, and have various theories, some too rude to put here!
Spent the whole day writing, letting it dry, then writing over the top.
And voila, something different, vibrant that now hangs on my wall in the kitchen