Wednesday, 5 May 2021


 Welcome to May and Wednesday - time for another WOYWW . The day of the week when we meet up at Julia's and share our crafty spaces 

Unbelievably we're 2 weeks away from our 12th anniversary - and we're planning an atc swap again this year - should have remembered that at the weekend and made some!!  

anyway, till then, it's desk time..

I enabled again.... more Dina Wakley stuff....

the new release items will be sent when Art From The Heart get them in stock...early May they're expected... watch this space!

so forgetting to think about atcs, I had some play time in my new 6x6 inch journal

forgot to photograph in daylight too so the colours are off

starting page, went wrong - or at least I didn't like how it started, so I covered it all in black gesso ad sprayed on some of the new pastel gloss sprays

they don't look especially glossy over the black gesso, but I quite like the look.

I also sprayed some of the pastel colours on watercolour paper which also dulled the gloss down,  and stamped some of the "ledger girls" stamp set on it and fussy cut tem.

then I wanted to try the ruby paint - it's a bit darker than shown here, due to the poor living room light bulb!  

the patterns are some of Dina's collage tissue sheets torn and stuck down before applying colour

a work in progress with no clear idea where the pages are going.

Saturday saw me leaving home mega-early for my Kew entry slot - you may remember from previous years I love to go at 8am when they allow this between May and September for members, (still have to pre-book a time slot) and Saturday was the first of them.  
Some of you saw the sneak peeks on facebook - for the rest of you - the blog is here 
new installation for the summer

the blossom has been spectacular this year 

That's it for me - will be along shortly to see your workspace.  


Sarah Brennan said...

WHat great journal pages in progress Helen. I particularly like the ledger girls page. Glad the weather was at least OK for you on Saturday as Monday and yesterday were a complete wash out here. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

Mary Anne said...

Loving you journal pages, completed and I progress. I finally ordered some paint but had such trouble with the basket! I ended up with TWO eggplants and no marine! Bah! Kew looks lovely as ever and hopeful for a summer getting out and about. I do hope the weather improves.
Happy Woyww
Mary Anne

Spyder said...

Loving your pages I, actually at last got some gesso. Now, all I have to do, is work out what to do with it! Been watching some YouTube vids. The wiggly sideways path is amazing...not a good thing, if you've had one to many though! Stay safe. Have a Great crafty week and a Happy WOYWW!? ((Lyn)) #6

Julia Dunnit said...

These gloss sprays seem to behave differently on every surface, could be a very useful tool. If you can remember what they do on what...the old remembering thing might be a stumbling block for me! Quite like the ledger girls, although I prefer a tad more detail. No doubt you’ll use them and use them.
I typed and lost a comment on your Kew photos (my fault, not blogger,). Lovely pics, you’d never know how cold it was from the gorgeous light and sun! Not sure about this new installation....might need some artist context. Is it meant to be seating? a shelter? Just a shape? As you can tell, not speaking to me at all!!!

Ali Wade Designs said...

Happy WOYWW. Loving the start of those journal pages. I will be creating some ATCs this week or next (depending on other commitments). No idea what yet! Kew is looking magnificent in the sunshine. Lots of blossom around here too. Ali x #15

Christine said...

I must admit that I forgot about the ATCs, so concentrating on work!!
When one looks back at your photos, it's amazing just how much Kew changes throughout the year, sometimes the month.
I am almost tempted with the gloss sprays but I bought some metallic paints last month so I need to use them a bit more.
Have a good week
Christine #18

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Loving the new stamps and the new sprays. I haven't forgotten about the ATCs just can't make my mind up where I'm going yet but better get on with it soo. Have a lovey creative (hopefully!) woyww, Angela x19x

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Any chance you might be addicted to the Dina Wakley, stuff LOL? It's ok, no judging from me! I went through periods of being addicted to different things, gelatos, watersoluable crayons, colour pencils, Sizzix dies etc, etc, - I had to wean myself off them! It's admirable that you're willing to get up so early on your day off, but I bet it's worth it if it means you beat the crowds! Happy WOYWW! xx zsuzsa #20

Lillianb said...

What a great journal page,

I to must crack on with ATC's

Take care and stay safe

Lilian B #10

Annie said...

I’m loving the pages you’ve been working on and always to see your finds at Kew...not sure about the new creation. It looks a bit like a roller coaster to me lol.
Annie x #11

glitterandglue said...

Hi Helen. Fabulous shots of Kew. I haven't been across to Bodnant yet - have to get my head around booking a slot, and keep forgetting!! Oops - must be my age. You have been busy in your journals, too - well done you.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #2

Twiglet said...

Your pages are always fascinating to me - I just love to see how you build up a finished piece. Love the blossom pics - stunning. xx Jo

Caro said...

Loving your journal pages and the way you are free to just play with them and always seem to produce something really good in the end. Happy WOYWW. Take care and stay safe. With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#9)

My name is Cindy said...

Great pages in progress Helen - I do like that red!! Is the installation at Kew meant to signify anything? Looks like a boardwalk gone crazy!! I haven't started my ATCs yet either, hoping to get some ink down today but hey I've still got that wedding card to do..... Have a lovely week, stay well stay safe, love n hugs Cindy #14

Diana Taylor said...

Your pages are great - I love the effects on black gesso, it's come out really well, I find it a difficult colour to work on. The Ledger girls stamps look really good, I love that style.
Hope you have a great week,
Diana xx #24

Lynnecrafts said...

Hi Helen, that red journal page is glorious! I love the curvy wooden seat at Kew and your photos, especially of the bluebell wood, on your other blog are wonderful.
Take care and happy WOYWW
Lynnecrafts 17

Neet said...

I seem to have abandoned FB of late - no real reason but just don't hardly go on so your photos were new to me. Love that blossom and the installation looks pretty awesome too.
I think I have found a Dina fan here - love her paints and those ledger girls might end up in my basket at some time. Thanks for the enabling.
Hugs, Neet 7 xx

Stacy Sheldon said...

HI Helen, I have moved my sprays and bottles of acrylic paints up higher off a cart to on a file cabinet in the hopes that having them more in my line of sight means I will use them more often. and I have decided that if the sprayers are clogged that maybe that is just something I can stick in there and dab and flick some of the color out. ( I really just need to make a ton of backgrounds I think some time and use some more things up) :) love the texture the ledger adds to the girls too. ~Stacy #29

Shoshi said...

Great journal pages you are working on this week, Helen, and my favourite has to be the last one! Love it. So glad you've been able to get to Kew and enjoy the blossoms.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi x #16

craftyani said...

Great journal pages, although it isn't my thing I appreciate the work that goes into them. Glad you are back at Kew. Ani #26

Shoshi said...

Thanks for your visit, Helen - I added 4 more squares to the kitty throw this p.m. in the absence of my hubby and hope to complete that column (#8) tonight after he's in bed. It's getting pretty unwieldy to deal with! I'm glad you enjoyed the garden pics - can't compete with Kew, of course, but my hubby does pretty well! We love it.

Thank you for your good wishes re the boob lump. I have got an appointment tomorrow afternoon with the nurse practitioner at the surgery and she will be able to determine whether I need to be referred on.

Shoshi x #16

pearshapedcrafting said...

Looks like a great spread coming on there! I'm loving using the sprays, still need more! I'll get to see Kew later! Hugs, Chrisxx

StampinCarol said...

Cool pages! Fun products! And love the Kew photos!
Thanks for stopping by!
Carol N #27

roffeycreations said...

Hi Helen, Lovely seeing your work space and art I am back on WOYWW after being missing for 8 years - am looking forward to catching up with all the talented people moving forward. Stay safe & well Maurs #33 xxx

Marit said...

I love your art journal pages, they look so... free (I think that's the right word.) Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day, hug from Holland! Marit #28

Crafting With Jack said...

Love the Kew pictures. With so much inspiration there. I don’t think I have seen a cream magnolia before. Have a great week Angela #23

Lindart said...

Hi Helen! Sorry I missed you last week, and this week I'm a day late, but at least I'm here! Your journals are making me itch to get back to making journals like yours again, so much fun! I love that new installation, kind of like a roller coaster, something we've all been on for the last year! Have a great week, Lindart #34

Lisa-Jane said...

Oooh I like the ledger girl stamp. I'm always inspired when I visit your blog but I just need to try and find some time to play! Late to the party this week - stay safe and keep smiling, Lisa-Jane #8

Susan Renshaw said...

Trying to catch up on commenting - it is already Friday! The problem is because we are 9 hours in front I can't manage it on Wednesday and then the time just flies!
I love those face stamps and I have just ordered a 6 by 6 journal! I must get organised with some ATCs...

Happy WOYWW!
Susan #25

Kyla said...

ooh loving the new enablement and those glossy sprays look interesting. Been loving the new photos I so miss London!

Empire of the Cat said...

Love the ledger girls stamp and your pages, how lovely to be able to get special early access to Kew, lovely photos Elle #32