Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WOYWW #398

It’s happening again (still)! Time has just gone crazy!  So we are on the 3rd “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, of the year…and I totally missed last week.

So the last two weeks have been me keeping up with the Wanderlust 2017 classes.  So far I’m 100%--that’s freakin’ awesome!  I did mention it’s been 2 weeks…so I’m really just bragging to me. 

This past week was to let go, not think, just get paint on a canvas, and covering up layers.  That part was hard.  So after a fairly successful first go (see my prior post here) I’m in the process of doing another one.  But I think I’m thinking.  It’s not nearly as organic, and taking much longer.  So we’ll see how it progresses over the course of the week. And in my usual fashion, my journaling desk has become overrun with paints, stencils, the canvas.  This was taken Tues. night.  I’m hoping that tonight I’ll get back up here to work some more. 


So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wanderlust 2017 Week 2: Feeling...not thinking

Good thing my statement for the year is be brave, free and to break out!  This lesson got me to do all that!  Mary Ann Wangerin led us through feeling the painting as opposed to thinking the creative process through. 

I used Liquitex Basic acrylics, as that’s what I had.  I can see how the fluid acrylics would be a tad more manageable, as well as achieving the lovely drippage.  I ended up using my Gelato’s to get some drippage going. I was surprised how badly the stencils glopped up, as I was just using my finger and very little paint. I think the give in the canvas is to blame.  And since my handwriting is the worst ever, and stamping on the canvas itself was an epic fail, I ended up stamping on Tim Holtz’ tissue, which very nicely blended into the wet paint.  And, again, do to my limited hand coordination in all things…I left off the fine black doodling that finishes off most of the other students work so nicely.  (but yes, I did try, and repainted..and tried…and repainted.)

And just like in card making and ATC’s...eventually the art will tell you when it’s done.  Amazing! And I actually like it.  Even without the mandala doodling finish.  But who knows: the year is young!

For info on the year long online course, visit Everything Art.com, there is plenty of time to join in!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WOYWW #396 A clean desk for a Clean New Year!

Whoo Hoo! The first What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday of the new year!  Thank you again, Julia, for hosting us on this fun mid-week blog hop!


My desk this week is waiting.  I spent some more precious hours over the New Year’s weekend not crafting, but tidying.  All my Christmas stamps, papers, embellishments, etc., have been put away. And I can no longer buy any more holiday stamps; unless I do what the organization experts say, and get rid of an equal or greater number.  I just can’t fit even one more cling stamp in my huge under-bed storage tote.  Such a quandary to start off the new year! LOL!

I did go into almost every drawer and cubby space, and while I did get rid of a few things (see the full trash can?)  it was mostly to re-organize so I can fit in more.  So my main desk and side desk, which as soon as I move the iPad and Laptop will have a nice clean area, are ready for my 2017 Endeavor!  My wonderful Hubby enrolled me in the Everything Art’s yearlong Wanderlust series!!  49 weeks of exploring creativity and new mediums! I can’t wait! 

And the mica spray update; I found the receipt…I did purchase them! Yet they are still very much missing in action.  Only 2 more workstations left to go through, and then I can blame it on the mice.

So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks.  Stay Crafty my friends.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

WOYWW #395--

Welcome to the last Wednesday of 2016….which makes it the last “What’s on your Workdesk” of 2016.  And with such a seemingly bizarre, stressful, annoying year  that it has been for so many…it’s been great  that we can count on visiting Julia at The Stamping Ground for some crafting comradery and grounding. 

So jumping in to the whole reason why we are here, and as part of that grounding, centering, and soul-fulfilling act that is art, I took the day off yesterday and spent half of it in my craft room.  First cleaning my second and third desks.  And for those who remember my last post a few weeks ago, this mostly in an attempt to find missing stash I know I brought in.  Found the WoW Embossing powder, found but didn’t know was lost the Tim Holtz snowflake charms (x2) but still missing...the Dina Wakely Mica Sprays.  And that is really annoying!

And then I got out my poor neglected art journals; they have not been touched since I took a workshop with Dyan herself in October!  So on my clean journaling desk, with the stencils somewhat sorted, I jumped in getting all paintey and making a mess.  What you see is the 2nd page I played with.  Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but it was fun getting there.  The tray upper left has water, in my attempt to keep my stencils somewhat clean.  There is a mug of egg nog…nicely nogged—it is my day off! LOL!  the whole back are piles of my stencils; not as neat as they were when I started (and no; can't blame that on the Nog).  Oh, and my new grey craft mat comes from Ken Oliver Crafts…billed as the Best Ever Craft Mat. I like the heavy feel, the fact it won’t crease or curl; but I have to say, the non-slip, or to me, stickiness is sorta driving me nuts.  Also it doesn’t seem to clean nearly as nice as the Ranger craft mat. 
  

So that’s me; now go back to Julia’s to portal off to other creative desks.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and got lots of crafty stash (I got the Everything Art year-long Wanderlust online course! Yipiee!) And I wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017! Stay Crafty, my friends!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WOYWW #393

These Wednesday's are just flying by!!  So I almost missed another "What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday" blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground.

Now, brace yourselves; this does not reflect the rest of my craft room;


But yes; this is a shocking view of my main desk.  It is in this current state because I finished my Christmas cards last week. And near the end of my creative chaos, I noticed that things that should only be at this desk...weren't.  So I figured it was a good time to get a good clean-up in.  So the box of white brads was found, as was the bone folder, the little pack of new X-acto blades, and my blue distress blending foam.  Still missing: my white embossing powder, and my brand new, never opened package of Dina Wakley Mica Sprays.

And here is a birthday card I made for my Mother..who we think will be 93; maybe 94.  See what happens when you keep lying about your age! LOL!  

So there is my desk...at least the main one; stay tuned as I progress around the other desks in my attempt to find those sprays!

Have a great week everyone.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WOYWW #391

All Right.  This is serious…somewhere the universe went into cut time, and that is just not acceptable! How can we only have 31 more days left in the year???    And it’s Wednesday again, which at least lets us take a break and visit The StampingGround to explore What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, conceived by the wonderful Julia!

I have to confess; not the most current look to my desk; I took this picture when I thought I was done for the weekend, since I never get there Monday or Tuesday nights…but then after dinner I went up to get wrapping paper, and then finished the card…but neglected to take another picture. 

So this is the step where I’m waiting for my Colorburst backgrounds to dry.  I used Ken Oliver Watercolor paper, as it usually stays pretty flat.  I don’t like heat setting them right away, as I think they lose some of the brightness.  That could just be me. The one on the left is a mirror image I placed on top of the right one to not waste any of that pigmenty goodness.  The white above will be the top layer—it is for my Sister in Laws birthday.  I had tried using the straw to spread around the gold Liquid Metals, also by Ken Oliver; sorta worked…Overall the desk is pretty clean, as I’ve learned to move everything away when using Colorbursts.  I get color Everywhere! LOL!

So here is the card a few hours later. (I've also since added a few purple and pink tiny gemstones to break up the white.) Also here is the finished Sled Blueprint card that has been sitting on my desk for weeks.  Hettie thought up the distressed snowflakes—brilliant! 


So that’s me; now go back to Julia’s to portal off to other creative desks.  Have a great week everyone.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WOYWW #390

I did it again...almost let Wednesday get away from me...but my pumpkin pie is in the oven, and I now have time to visit crafty places around the world, thanks to Julia at the Stamping Ground, and her marvelous "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday" blog hop. 

While I'm making progress, I'm still behind on my card making; hopefully this long weekend will give me time to finish...my job for the feast is in the oven; my brother is doing the cooking; Now I just have to remember to pick up my Mother! LOL!

So what you see are my TH Blueprint Sled panels, waiting for some layering inspiration.  The envelopes and bases are all done.  Some TH dies that I was contemplating; but probably won't make it on this batch.  Some paper pads that I still haven't broken into..yet; and my guilty pleasure--Mt. Dew. 

Here is one of the other TH cards I finished:


And finally, while our Saturday was in the low 60's; this is what greeted us Sunday Morning:


Gotta love Upstate New York!  So for those on this coast: Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving, and those on the other; I hope everyone has a great weekend.