Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WOYWW 407 - 22 March

Another week has gone by without me blogging in between Workdesks... (unless you count the Kew post on Saturday)  so it's time again to join Julia for our weekly Wednesday desk hop

 I seem to only be able to work in journals at the moment, and here is another one...


I'm going to do something I don't normally in my Wednesday posts, and take you through it in a couple of photos...

The first picture was going to be my desk shot..(part finished)

this is the first photo -  painted the page with Blood Orange Fresco paint, and a layer of gesso which turns it a kind of pinky colour.

I then tore some  pieces of Tim Holtz tissue wrap and glued it to the page and sealed with matte medium.






Then I stencilled black gesso over a small (left page) and large - well 6x6 (right page)  Seth Apter stencil/mask... so you just get a hint of the original pinky colour under the tissue...

I was in two minds about covering up the large butterfly but as you see, I did, and cut one of the smaller butterflies from the next run of the tissue wrap, and painted it on the back, with pink Frescos (Bubblegum and then Sherbert) and glued it to the bottom of the page.




this was going to be my other desk shot... the journal page from last week, sitting on top of my boxes of Fresco paints,

I've added some more to it, but don't have a close up...I might remember to do that for next week!





I'll leave it at that for today or I'll be in trouble with Queen Julia... thanks for stopping by, catch you later.






Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WOYWW 406

Welcome back for another Wednesday (already, really?!)
Stuff got in the way of many visits last week, - will try harder this week, but it won't be today as I'm out after work for a birthday curry for one of the lads from work.

My Country View order did arrive (today - er, Tuesday!) - delay was waiting for Paperartsy to supply the stock...

 4 new sets of Paperartsy stamps...
and some extra goodies - some Scrapinec chipboard pieces (Noor designs, saw them at Stevenage, great prices, if very thin chipboard) and speedy service - ordered these on Sunday!

The pack of cheesecloth was a snap purchase, been watching some You Tube videos and somebody was using it... hope I can find it again now!  but it'll come in handy for mixed media, so not a waste!


close up of the chipboard pieces.
 and under it all, lurks yet another WIP journal page with these fab Tracy Scott (for Paperartsy, of course!) stamps!


Just realised I haven't reminded you why you are here looking at this.   it's WOYWW day.. head to Julia's for the link - and I'll see you when I can!




Wednesday, 8 March 2017

WOYWW 405

Hey there, another Wednesday's rolled around... time to meet up at Julia's again for WOYWW..  

I promised you new stuff this week, but it's still not arrived (very unlike Country View Crafts, I guess she's very busy!)  I do have new stuff though, that I forgot to show last week
some butterfly bits and bobs from The Works, nice and cheap and cheerful...
some are chipboard,there are some lace ones and some metal ones... they're now on the pile of other stuff there's nowhere else to store, till I decide what to do with them!

Another layer of gesso and stamping on the journal page too, but not a lot else to see today...
Hopefully next week the new stamps really WILL have arrived!

Have a great week -  happy desk hopping.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

WOYWW 404 when life gives you lemons..

There should be new stuff but it's still on the way, so it will be here next week...
(I did a bit of online ordering after getting home from the work office launch party on Friday!)
the launch went well, quite a few clients turned up, we drank champagne (hence the online shopping!) and ate canapes but stood for 7 hours on the Friday and another 4 on Saturday...poor feet!  poor legs!!

However, one of my crafting Facebook friends alerted us to a good deal on lemons at Morrisons (UK supermarket if you're from out of town)  - £1 for a kilo.... and they come in a fabulously sturdy box... she bought 3, several other of my friends have bought 3, 4 5 or more...look.  of course I don't really want the lemons, just the boxes!!

I was very restrained, only got the 1, (so far) as I don't use many lemons, and aim to do some decorating of them at some stage (was going to say, the weekend, but no doubt that won't happen!)
 and once you take the lid off you can probably tell the size a bit better... (it held 6 lemons to give you more of an idea!)
and in case you were wondering, under the lemon box is another part done journal page (latest Paperartsy challenge topic, is infusions, so that's what I'm playing with here)

used a couple of the new colours that I got at Stevenage a few weeks ago.


thanks for your visits and I'll reciprocate when I can   nearly forgot the linky link 


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

WOYWW 403?

It's that time again!  I really don't know where the weeks go.

Head here for the link to the best desks  you'll find...


Since last week I have been playing in a new journal, one with black paper. the piles of gels and pastes seems to be growing...

there are also a bag of bottle lids (Paperartsy infusions) which arrived on Tuesday, following a discussion at Stevenage with Leandra about the fact that I'd made the holes too big..

She sent me a new set.. free.. gratis... for nothing.
Excellent customer service
close up of the journal page... It's by Pink Pig.  I bought it in Glasgow when the girls and I went to the show at the SECC the year before last.... thought it about time I christened it..

lots of texture paste and stamping and flowers.... Need to find some words now, then it's done.
Watch this space!


This week is going to be hectic, so not sure when I'll be visiting, work is having a launch party for our new office (I will be in the original one) - they're only round the corner from one another -  and we're working on Friday till 8 and then Saturday 10 till 2...
but I hope to get time to visit some of you as normal today!


Thursday, 16 February 2017

a small gift for RAK week

I didn't know RAK (random act of kindness) week even existed, till a friend mentioned it.  But I am in a small private chat group on FB with my friends and we decided to take part, amongst ourselves.

Names were drawn and we each had to make a piece of art for one person.  Until then, we weren't to say who was making for whom...
My gift has been received so I am sharing it here with a few pictures in progress

 I started with a square shallow canvas (the Works) and covered it in pieces of paper from a Prima pad  (Epiphany)
the idea for this sprang from a you-tube video by the lovely Maremi Small Art (Marta Lapkowska)
This is the link (hopefully) to her you-tube channel which is full of fun..  Of course I can't find the link to the right video.....but you'll have fun looking

I added stencilled layers of texture paste through a couple of stencils

 then I sprayed with Colour Bloom sprays (including the infamous Cobalt that fell all over my rug a few months ago)....

I always forget how sticky these dry, so I tried to seal it with some clear gesso... lots of smooshing of the blue colours... but I quite liked it so carried on..




time to add some stamping (Lin Brown for Paperartsy from ELB33) in blue archival ink

 adding layers of texture - an mdf heart got painted and coated with DecoArt  crackle paste
and some paper flowers got the spray treatment, plus a few dabs of paint on the petal edges..
I left some smaller flowers white
 some metal embellishments
 close up of the flowers
 some metal leaf embellishments too
and the final piece.  This was loads of fun to do!!

(edit.. no prizes for guessing Sam wasn't my swap partner, it's covered in flowers!)

(2nd edit.. just realised I made a big boo-boo.  the video I saw on you tube was one of Vicky Papaioannou's    )   sorry to both her and Marta for getting confused!  they are both super talented you won't be sorry if you check out their channels!)

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WOYWW 402 - the haul from Sunday's trip

Hello and happy WOYWW-day... time to bare all (desk wise) once again...
The best day of the week... Desk day and half way to the weekend!!

so, as I showed in the previous post (here) I went to Stamperama on Sunday in Stevenage, and boy, did  my cards get a workout!


 two piles of goodies, as they don't all fit in one!
Stencils, paints, inks, twines, infusions..
and  stamps, laces, chipboard, flowers, a couple of dies...

Luvvly Jubbly!



and just in case you think I've bought all these new goodies for nothing - I am using them already!

another background in the journal, which may or may not be finished, it might get a focal image yet!

(stamps by Lin Brown for Paperartsy) Inks are Ranger archival in shades of bluey-green



the link for the desks, should you need it, is here