Wednesday, 20 August 2014

WOYWW 272 - a week off (work, not from WOYWW!)

Hi, welcome to another round of desk/globe trotting. I am on a week off work this week - so far I've had a day at Kew (see the photos here) on Monday and London (see the photos here) yesterday - think my legs want a rest today!

 Although, I did stand up to take these shots!
my A4 journal that I've been using lots lately, closed on the "desk" sitting on top of my pile of stencils (which usually sit on top of the Fresco paints in the plastic box)
I "may" have a bit of a sort out later today.... or maybe I'll just craft!

Join in with WOYWW here. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

My Heart Belongs to....

...I had such fun working over the black gesso on the journal page inspired by Seth Apter for the Paperartsy challenge yesterday, I had to do another one.

This time, I used the new Lin Brown Limited Edition Frescos - well 3 of them - Hint of Mint, Evergreen and Plum... I am going to love these colours!!

 I blended with both a paintbrush and a babywipe, to ensure you could still see some of the black underneath
 Stencilled Nougat fresco through Lin's bubbles stencil, all over the page, turning the stencil regularly so the pattern wasn't too regular.

Stamped the long script from ESN10 in black archival, without a block, over the page.
 then added the circles (ESN10) using Dolly Mix fresco applied to the stamp with a brayer so it spreads more evenly.  Did both first and second generation stamping over the page.
 The stamped the hearts, as shown... or at least not as shown.. I started by stamping straight on to the page, and painting in the Snowflake, but realised I was going to hide the text in the middle of the hearts, so painted over the entire hearts with Snowflake and then once dry, re-stamped the hearts.
Am entering this to Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers "backgrounds"

Darcy Month 7 - Live Love Laugh

I've been meaning to make a start on my entry for Darcy's Month 7 journal page since she first posted it, but here I am with just a few days to go...
I have used largely the same colours and several of the same stamps as Darcy, but have changed the arrangement as my journal is smaller.

 my Antarctic spray doesn't show up, don't think I put enough paint in the water.
 strips of embossed metal drying

 had to use a different image for my recess, as the page is too small for the face Darcy used, I used the butterfly from HP1203
 all the elements in place - the hand I used isn't mine as that was too big to use lifesize - this is a Judikins stamp, bit small, but I did cut it out and use the space as a stencil so you get the idea!

I didn't have room for the rays that Darcy used so opted for this instead, using Claret as my background and a white marker to doodle.
 my recessed butterfly
 and the lovely hearts
and finally doodled round the punched circles, I used thin card so they're not as dimensional as Darcy's, and my Pewter paint looks a bit pink, it tends to separate rather and I didn't mix it up very well!

finished page.
This month we have learnt: to use a recess, mixing up spray paints, using punch outs, embossing metal, adding doodling.

Entering this to Darcy's Paperartsy journalling challenge here

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Content? inspired by Seth Apter for Paperartsy

This week, we have welcomed back Penny and Helen, and Elizabeth shared her lovely new stamps, but I was really taken with Seth's journal page based on a black gesso background, so that's what I've done.
I bought some black gesso a while ago but not really used it - I loved how Seth used it under the Fresco paints.. you can see his page here

 I used Caramel, Sky Blue and Guacamole over the gesso
 the same script stamp as Seth, as I love it!  Stencilled some circles from the TCW mini coffee splotch and well rounded stencils, using Honey Dew and Toffee
 used Guacamole on top of my crackle glaze - used the catalyst tooth comb to add some scratches
 added Seth's  stencils in Little Black Dress - the 'content' and the squares down the side (as I knew I wouldn't be able to draw face to use as a mask) and then added some Sage which I mostly wiped off with a babywipe and some of the small coffee splats with Caramel.
added some flicks of LBD off the end of a paintbrush (went everywhere lol!) and some white gesso dipped in the end of a syringe.  Also mixed a little Snowflake in a bottle of water and spritzed that.

Not very content with that bit...
Outlined the word in white sharpie marker

 and the squares with a  black pen down one side and the white sharpie the other.
some of this I like - the black squares, the crackle, and the script stamping, but the Guacamole over the crackle has got a bit lost, should have used a darker colour, not something from the background.

Anyhow, it was fun playing with the black gesso, and I am entering this page to the Paperartsy challenge here 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Dragons Dream - TIO - O and Rust

Welcome to another challenge from the Dragons-Dream Team.
The delightful Julie Ann has set this fortnight's theme - the letter is O and the theme rust - either rusty colours, rusting powder, rusty old items... as long as you use one real stamp and a tag, the rest is up to you.

I settled for rusty colours, as (as always!) I've left this to the last minute and don't have time to try out my rusting powder and couldn't find anything truly rusty "hanging about"

 I covered the tag with Rusty Hinge distress ink and then spritzed it with water, to allow the colour to wick before drying it.  I added the diamonds (Kaisercraft stamp) in Vintage Photo and the edges were coloured with both inks.
 added some more Rusty Hinge, then stamped the script (from one of Sara Naumann's new Paperartsy sets) in black archival, without mounting it on a block

Added a piece of rope ribbon (it's actually silver but I tried to colour it (badly) with a reinker/copper perfect pearl mix) which didn't really work)
 and stamped the owls - Paperartsy - on tissue, painting from behind with translucent Frescos in Brown Shed, Autumn Fire and a hint of Yellow Submarine which I added to the front too.
Tore the owls out as close as I could, painted the reverse with Chalk Fresco
and once they were glued to the tag, I went over the tissue edges first with Wild Honey distress pen, then a light covering of Rusty Hinge ink with the blending tool.

The final touch was a metal zipper pull and a piece of ribbon.

Hope you'll come along and join the Dragons again, we'd love to see you join in - and we don't really breathe fire!

WOYWW 271 - more new stamps!

Good Morrrrrrrrrrrrrnnnnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing Desk Hoppers... I was so sad, like everyone I know, to hear yesterday of the death of the comic genius that was Robin Williams.  Sitting here writing this post for WOYWW listening to the radio,  many glowing tributes and clips of his films...

But, it's Wednesday (or it will be when you read this!) and you're here to see a desk... or at least, my space on the floor.  and as the title suggests, I've been shopping again!

the 4 sets of stamps at the front, are the new purchases - two sets of JoFY stamps that arrived today (Tuesday time of writing!) and two sets of Sara Naumann stamps, all for Paperartsy, that came at the weekend or Friday maybe.

The box full is a fabulous box of goodies I won on a blogoversary giveaway from a non-WOYWW crafty friend (yes, there are some!) Lesley - and boy it was like Christmas opening it and seeing what was in there.
I will be finding homes for it soon (well probably next week, when I'm off work)  All the rest round about is my normal "desk"!! Rapidly running out of floor... (and yes, I've already got stuff in the hallway...)

In case you missed the post on my photosbyh blog I'll just share this one* photo here with you of the Poppy installation at the Tower of London to commemmorate WW1 from Saturday - if anyone is wondering whether to go - YES if you can, go!! It was fabulous - and will only get bigger and better before November when the final poppy is "planted"
 Staggering. Poignant. Beautiful.
*ok 2!

If you want to know more,or want to buy one of the poppies (I have - wonder which is mine?! ) this is the link you need.

If you come back later, there'll be another post with my DragonsDream TIO tag.. see you then!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Craft Barn Q&L 16 - Family/Thing

My second challenge of this now sunny again Sunday, is for the Craft Barn Quotes and Lyrics challenge - the 16th.  We are to use either Family and/or Thing... much searching of quotes.. lots of quotes include the word thing , and indeed family, but none really grabbed me... I turned to lyrics. One was already going round (and round!) in my head, so I decided to stick with it!

The resulting page though, is the second incarnation of what I intended.

I was going to use a different stencil but couldn't get it looking good, so painted the entire page with the Fresco Mudsplat that I'd been stencilling... too dark, so mixed over it with Nougat... didn't really like that so added some Chalk with a babywipe.

Stencilled the 6x6 Stencil Girl bird in a church window, using Black Soot distress ink.  Stamped  two of the Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds in archival ink, and painted them in Caramel Fresco, watering it down, to it became more translucent than it is.

Wrote the song lyric - or at least, the first two lines of the chorus, in a Stabilo Write-4-All pen at the top.  I did take some close ups but my computer refuses to rotate them for you, so have left them off!

Entering the Craft Barn challenge here