Wednesday 27 January 2021


 Another Wednesday.... time for another meeting of the WOYWW gang at Julia's...  I can't quite believe it is Wednesday already! 

For once I have no new goodies to tempt you with... but I have been playing with the ones I got recently!   

I used the back of one of the denim pages in my Dina Wakley journal.... 
stencilled the words, and layered some of the spray play from last time 
and finished the painty journal page too

(this was Dina's heavy body paint rather than the gloss paint sprays; I didn't make it clear last week, sorry) 

I also added some more stamping and collaged images to this previous page - needs some journalling on it now.

This was a good way to spend what turned out to be a much more snowy Sunday that was originally forecast for round here,  but I did venture outside briefly

there wasn't very much, but this was after the first hour and I didn't bother going back outside again!  

At one time the street was full of kids playing in the snow!

it rained today (Tuesday, when I prep this post)  so it has all been washed away (thank goodness, as it was very icy yesterday and this morning!)

Thanks for looking and happy WOYWW !  

Wednesday 20 January 2021


 Hello deskers, welcome - it's Wednesday again (you knew that, right?!)  time for another desk-share - WOYWW with Julia. 

As several of you wanted to know a bit more about the gloss sprays, this is just for you... 

I am not really used to them yet... I watch a lot of You Tube videos though.. (Dina Wakley's own channel, and Niamh Baily are good for gloss spray inspiration...) 

Anyhow,  they are gloss paint sprays 

they come in these colours, and some more, pastels that I don't have yet - they match the Dina Wakley heavy body paints (which I love!) so you can mix and match with them 

So at the weekend, well Sunday (Saturday disappeared in You Tube..)....

I had a bit of a play.

this was about ten minutes' worth.

taking instruction from one of Dina's videos, spray and flip...

(spray through the stencil, then flip the stencil onto another surface...and spray again)

on the left, a sheet of mixed media paper (Cass Art)  on the right a piece of plain white card stock

in my big A4 Seawhites journal, pages also gesso'd

I like these pages!

You can't really see the gloss in the photos, but they are glossy!  
white cardstock
the white tag is one of Dina's white tags (Ranger)

this was on one of the heavy watercolour pages in the new Dina journal - gesso'd first as recommended
The flourish would have worked better if I'd held it down on the page as I sprayed. Hindsight, wonderful eh?! 

It is best to clean your stencils immediately you've finished with the gloss sprays as being acrylic paint they stick and dry fast to the stencils... but I've never been one for excess cleaning!  

this was using paint, and again stems from a Dina video - using big brushes, although this was only a 1 inch brush (I don't have her bigger one)   you put 3 drips of paint on your worksheet and dip the tip of a very watery brush in the paint and make patterns.

first go, so not entirely satisfactory but I have plans for the page

I might have a go on one of the other surfaces in the book next week (got it wrong,the linen type pages are in one of her other journals! this one has the watercolour paper, denim and white burlap.and yes, there will be bleed through on the fabric pages)  

I hope this helps you - messy, (very messy) but fun!  

I have more goodies on the way (oops)  hopefully will be here for net week.  Till then, happy desking and stay safe everyone.  Don't forget your mask!  

Wednesday 13 January 2021


 Happy Wednesday again... time for WOYWW already again. 

I have no crafting to share this week, but I do have enabling... 

I gave in and ordered the "blue" Dina Wakley journal (and some other bits) from Art from the Heart whilst they were closed for Christmas/New Year and they came on Monday - would have been Saturday but I had them sent to work so delivery Monday!

they have the best Dina range!   
 I had to stop myself getting more....  

it's called the blue edition because it is blue (!) and  it has denim pages in as well as linen and very thick watercolour paper and burlap (hessian) too.

I can't wait to play, especially with the gloss sprays in it.

last week Julia asked if the box in view on my "desk" was a new box of goodies she would need to be inspired by --  it's the one with the gloss sprays in that I just moved!  

So that is me for today.... stay safe everyone.  

Wednesday 6 January 2021


 Welcome deskers to another WOYWW (What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday) - new year, new lockdown.... hey ho!   Time to meet up with Julia and the gang for our weekly desk-sharing-baring day... 

So after a solo-Christmas I had a few more days off work until Monday, and whilst I didn't do half the crafty things I intended, I did get a stack of birthday cards made to see me ahead a bit - I always seem to be making them last minute!  

artfully staged but no close ups!

Before I spread them out a bit, took  my "desk" shot!  Obviously didn't spend any time sorting or clearing or tidying either!

Did complete another journal page 
mixture of stencilling, stamping, and writing

it's my brother's birthday today, he and my sister were twins, (she was the one who got me into rubber stamps, so it's all her fault!)  
He won't see this, and I hope his card arrives on time, I had it ready good and early and then forgot to write and post it!!

the scruffy bird stamp I call Harry, I love him!  
He was feeling unused and unloved as he'd been languishing in a box of stamps for months...

So, lockdown again... No working from home this time though (despite the rules), it just didn't work effectively (too many computer programmes and systems didn't run properly at home; and trying to make phone calls through the tiny work laptop was a nightmare -  and so I am still going to be going into work.) Don't worry, all Covid-secure as far as we can (as we have been for the last few months) ,back to  single room occupancy, and no mixing without masks. I do feel guilty about that, but it just wasn't practical.  

I really wish I hadn't missed my haircut though, it is going to be WILD by the time we are allowed to go to a hairdresser!  

anyway, enough of that, it's WOYWW so a happy day!  off to visit some desks!