Wednesday, 1 February 2017


Quite a milestone in the life of What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday...  week 400... that's a lot of desks!So, Julia, much loved Head Desker - we salute and thank you for having the patience to keep going this long!  We have made lifelong friends because of you, given and received support in good times and bad, and - just possibly - enabled one or two deskers to buy more stuff!!  (I hold my hands up!)

 I had a fantastic time at the Powertex workshop last weekend (full report and LOTS of pictures in this post here )   these are the pieces laid out drying on Sunday after I added some "finishing" touches (there may be more of those to come yet!)

This (Tuesday) evening I have been making a birthday card for a friend which needs to get in the post to arrive for the weekend...

my journal underneath has some stencil work (texture paste) over a Bistre background (I used some to add some colour to the edges of the plaques from the workshop)

(Bistres are like brushos or infusions)

In case you don't have time to read the whole post on the workshop, this is the finished project (unless I add more colour, there is some debate as to whether I added too much white paint dry brushing and it needs to be darker and more grungy!)
So, happy 400th WOYWW and have fun desk hopping again today!


AliWade said...

Happy 400th WOYWW. I love your Powertex piece - great texture and colours. Ali x #5 currently!

glitterandglue said...

Happy 400th edition, Helen. Have just spent ages reading about your workshop... the finished pieces are fabulous. I love the colours - they remind me of a sea with bits in the water, just floating on the tide. I've no idea what they remind others of... probably something far more sensible - but there you go. It's fabulous! Hope you find somewhere great to hang the piece.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #3

Judys Lace Creations said...

Happy 400th too! LOVE that textural Powertex gear.Will pop over and check out the tutorial.Isn't it great to discover a something new, or a new way of working....Sigh.We are lucky girls I think!
Thanks for nice comment on my Diary up-grade!

Anne said...

Hi Helen. Happy 400th WOYWW Love the creations and like Margaret they remind me of the sea, her description far more poetic than mine, like the card as well. Do I spy use of a SU folder in your book pages - if not it is very similar. have a great day. Anne x #12

Annie said...

I really love your finished project....I love the colours as it is so wouldn't want to add darker colours.
Have a great week.
Annie x#10

Sarah Brennan said...

Happy WOYWW. I keep looking at PowerTex and debating whether to add it to my stash and range of materials. Your work certainly tempts me to!

Kathyk said...

WOW! The Powertex workshop looked amazing and loving your piece



Unknown said...

I did read your detailed post, sorry not to comment, love the depth of texture and the colours of the powertex sample. and the journal pages - I can't wait to see them progress. All my brushos are in a box somewhere...its packed with the rest of our stuff from the uK - so hard to find things these days and I miss them hugely - I will do a forage... They are the most intensely pigmented colour dyes I have...dxxx#20

Elizabeth said...

Hi Helen, your fence panels are amazing. I love the colours and the texture - simply gorgeous. I did read the workshop post and it looks as though you had an amazing time there. The card for your friend is gorgeous too. Have a very happy 400th WOYWW and a great week ahead. Hugs, Elizabeth x #28

buterfliecrafter said...

Looks like you too had a fantastic weekend, your artwork looks great, thx for your visit earlier, vicky

Mrs.D said...

Happy 40th edition Helen, and didn't you have a fabulous time with that Powertex, those panels are really amazing.
Thanks for sharing.
Chris #33

pearshapedcrafting said...

Your Powertex pieces look great! Love how the card and journal are looking too! Hugs, Chrisx

SumBunneh said...

Loving your panels... I think they are perfect as they are! You could always do another set more dark and grungy if you like.

Happy WOYWW400!
Erika (26)

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Helen, I popped over for a look at your day out. I so love Powertex and haven't been to a workshop for a while. I bought some wooden panels from Hobbycraft ages ago and forgot all about them till I saw your workshop, will have to get them out when the weathers better. I like to do my Powertex stuff in the greenhouse as it's nice and warm in there and helps it to set quickly. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela X 23

Christine said...

looks like you had a good time at the Powertex, I am not green eyed .... honestly!
Love your completed piece, looks perfect to me.
Happy 400th and have a good week
Christine #21

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ooooh no, don't so any more to your triptych, it's great just as it is! I bet you had great fun at the workshop, it looked very messy indeed!
Happy 400th WOYWW, I'm so glad that I got the chance to get to know you through the blog, our paths would never have crossed otherwise!!
Hugs, LLJ 8 xxx

Tracy said...

It all looks amazing as always Helen. Tracy #31

Julia Dunnit said...

Love it, you quite obviously had a fab weekend..worth the early start! I'm lvong the colour, but am always ready to see more added, you know me. I like the birthday card too - you've been a bit prolific recently! Step back and look at all your're turning into a painting stamper!

jill said...

What a good work shop that was & your finished project has so much texture & depth. I wouldn't add anymore colour Helen , it great .
Happy woyww Jill ~41

Neet said...

Love the project - no time to stay around as I need to read your earlier post (from the weekend)
Hugs, Neet xx 10

Lindart said...

Your project looks absolutely AWESOME just the way it is! Gorgeous! I love the color you used on your journal, and the birch trees - really nice! Thanks for sharing! Lindart #47

Unknown said...

You've been so busy, and I love seeing photos from the workshops! Happy desker #400 Wednesday! Sandy Leigh #50

Darlene said...

you always have such cool stuff goin' on !
darlene #39

Sharon Madson said...

Love your project just the way it is. Not too much white. I wanted to thank you for visiting my Blog earlier and to tell you that when I scrap my photos from the 80s, they are in envelopes with dates, events and other details. So, It isn't like I have to remember a lot. But you would be surprised how much I do remember. Better than trying to remember what I had for dinner yesterday! LOL #43

Melissa said...

Oh, your finished books look really nice - must have been a great workshop!

Bernice said...

Looks like you've had a very productive time at the workshop. Happy 400th WOYWW.
Bernice #16

Lynn Holland said...

I'm on a workshop myself this weekend, hope I have as much fun as you did
Lynn x

Sue said...

Hi Helen, Glad you enjoyed the workshop. Your project is lovely.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Happy 400th WOYWW
Sue #16

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Helen,
Ah, great work that powertex I just read the post, amazing what you can do with fence posts, after reading the post and seeing them before dry brushing I think they look great.
I would wait for sunshiny day to get right light before jumping in with more colour, am impressed you bought them safely home on the train to dry properly. That's dedication.
I'm waaay behind on my comment...why ...???? cos I spend too long on each one, hopeless eh?
Thanks for sharing your inspiration, happy WOYWW 400!
Shaz in Oz.x #12

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Helen,

Your project from the class looks great. If you feel you need to darken it then go for it!

I agree with you. Through WOYWW I've met many people and have had a great time participating, although the last year has been very few and far between.

I can't wait to get my craft room "up and running." I might actually have a desk to show next week.

Thank you for visiting me already!

Kay (37)

Unknown said...

Happy 400th and thanks for the visit! I'm still trying to get some visiting done. I just LOVE those Powertex pieces! So much texture and great colors! Such a nice busy desk, too!
Carol N #36

RosA said...

Hi Helen,
They are absolutely gorgeous! Love the texture. Hope you are going to put them on a wall :)
Happy 400th Woyww!

Marit said...

OHMY, I really love that 'grungy project'... it looks perfect to me (but we, crafters, are such critics to ourselves aren't we?!) Thanks for stopping by my desk last week, happy 400th and a hug from Holland, Marit #20

Miriam said...

400! Wow!! Amazing!

Love your powertex project and what you have been creating. Let's hope we both get to enjoy something crafty over the weekend!!

BJ said...

Your Powertex piece is brilliant, so too the birthday card. Yep managed to post my blog on Wednesday but only now feeling able to do any replies. Hoping to get to the Carshalton Craft Sale in the Ruskin hall today 11am-3pm. Got loads of scrapbook papers there last time. Thanks for the visit BJ#29

Kelly said...

Good morning, Helen. Apologies for my tardiness. Deadlines kept me at bay until today. Lovely piece. I'm going to read about the workshop. Looks like something I would have loved to have participated in. Just not enough arts folks in my area LOL. you might think the piece grungy enough but I see vintage beauty. Creative Blessings! ~Kelly #48

butterfly said...

Yowzer - I'm off to see the full post - amazing!
Alison x