Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WOYWW #401

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 

A real quick post this week, as I again, almost missed that it’s Wednesday, and also I didn’t take any pictures of the Wanderlust work I did this weekend, nor of the birthday cards I made. 

What you do see is the sheet I had stamped a while ago of the Tim Holtz Crazy Cats, which I thought would be perfect for my nephews birthday.  Colored in nice a pretty with Distress markers…then went to die-cut it out.  Notice the hole where another one had been cut out.  Proof I have, errr, had, the dies.  3 hours later on Sunday, and another 1.5 hours last night before taking this picture (I have to say; the rest of the room looks pretty spiffy now): no dies.  I’m praying they didn’t fall off a stack during the Holiday Chaos, and land in the trash can.  Because I may cry. 
The green card will be the background for said kitty; and various other card making tools are scattered around. (the blue curl is painters tape...used for masking another card; and now is just hanging out sticking to everything and pissing me off...but I might mask this card like that, its still hanging out.  Wow...guess there was a carry-over of stress from the die search! Sorry! 

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WOYWW #400! Wow!

WoW! This is the 400th post of  the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesdayblog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 
Mine not very exciting this week.  My main focus for crafting has been for the Wanderlust 2017 assignment…which you can see here. But I’ll have to get some serious card making in, as February is a heavy birthday month. (actually already missed one! Zoinks!) The VIP card is for my Mother in Law, and when Our Daily Bread Designs had a sale a few weeks ago, I (ahem) found a few stamp sets that I thought would suit her nicely. So that is what you see. There are actually 2 sets stacked, as well as 2 coordinating paper pads. I don’t know why I buy their paper pads…I never use them; I generally don’t make cards in their style…but they are just too darn pretty. So in my stash they go!  
The colorful page was an experiment with Color Bursts and a Dina Wakely stencil. There are some quote stamps, never put away from the last card making session a few weeks ago. I love the Funny Bones line; this one says “We’ll always be best friends because you know too much”  Oh, and the small little letter stamps...from the old PSX company...were used to stamp on Tim Holtz tissue
paper (box on far left), as it becomes invisible in an art journal once glued down. I just haven’t been back on this side of the room to clean them up. Need to remedy that quickly! 
So that’s me; now go back to the Stamping Ground to portal off to other creative desks. Stay Crafty my friends.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wanderlust 2017: Inspiration from January

The fourth week each month in the Wanderlust adventure has a few activities and a challenge (with swag!)  One is a virtual gallery where we can explore and discuss 2 masterpieces.  Another will be a yearlong bi-weekly collage piece. A third will be a monthly art journal page where we have either a sentence or thought to focus or start from..with the idea that we will be able to see our growth. And then the actual challenge, where for January is was to be inspired from the outside. 

The parameters where to pick 3 colors, and then any amount of white, black and gray.  Soooo…Upstate New York…in January: the only true colors ARE black, white and gray! LOL! Since it was currently snowing, I envisioned a sparkly, snow flaky page, which would help with my desire to create more white space. (I so love the look….why on earth can’t I manage it??) 

So I’m staring at a blank page; all my white and glittery stash is in front of me.  Dakota (my husky) goes nuts.  And by the time I get her outside, I can see deer tracks through the front yard moving into the pine trees. Not unusual.  The bear or bobcat would spark a bit more interest.  Back upstairs I see my new Dylusions stencil/mask set with the deer. (Country?)  I’m still thinking the white page, but start with the gray Dylusions paint and the baby wipe technique.  And then, suddenly there is blue, and I’ve opened the deer stencil.  And then I remember the James Taylor song, which is from a poem by Catherine Rossetti.  And the Stencil Girl herb stencil becomes my pine branches.  I have to say; the way it came together was rather shocking.  The worst is my handwriting; even with a journaling template (from Lost Coast Designs?) and starting with a pencil, I don’t like it.  And it is that which stops me from true journaling. Or in my mind true journaling.  I need to find a way to get Tim’s Tissue Paper to go through a printer!

Meanwhile, we’re supposed to get more snow tonight, so the white page isn’t out of the running. 

Thanks for stopping by.  For info on the yearlong Wanderlust 2017 online course, visit, The Adventure is just starting!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WOYWW #399--Clearing the Decks

Welcome to the “What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday” blog hop hosted by the lovely Julia at The Stamping Ground, where we open our craft rooms up to have you peak at our desks. 

Back (or still) at the journaling table.  This past week I was busy again with the Wanderlust 2017 assignment…which you can see here.  I spent 8 glorious hours in my craft room…and it was a freakin’ mess when I was done! LOL!  So Sunday I cleared the decks, so to speak, so I would be ready for this week’s assignment.  So what you see are my journals stacked and ready to go.  The front square one is what I’m using as my primary Wanderlust journal.  You can tell we haven’t used any Dylusions yet, as its still clean!   And the Prima journal is brand spankin’ new…can’t wait to crack that baby open!  The stencils are all nicely piled…in a somewhat Kimmy organized way. Brushes and Palette clean and ready to go.  

And that Peppermint Bark tin?  My Dear Hubby confiscated it from his work once empty, knowing I could find a loving home for it.  Some wives get flowers, I get empty tins….is there any doubt why I love him??! 

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wanderlust 2017--Week 3

This week looked very intimidating.  Wilna Furstenburg started with drawing in ink, then showed 3 ways to finish it off.  Thank heavens she made copies for us to play with!  I started with the plain inked version, and since I didn’t have acrylic inks or oil pastels, I used my liquitex basic paints and Distress crayons.  The Distress Crayons blended really well, but I had used gesso on the pages first, so that helps.  It came out much darker than I was planning, but overall, not bad.

Then I used her colored version, and got so caught up in the blending of the background I forgot to use texture paste first.  She really uses these images as frames for her journaling; and since my handwriting is the KoD to any page, I stamped on Tim Holtz’s tissue paper with Archival ink, darkened it a bit with a PITT pen, then when glued down, it becomes invisible.  Again, I was trying for some white space; nada.

And with being pleased with the first two attempts, and already finishing one beer before lunch, I took my only jar of ink: Opalescent green, and dove in with a free hand page.  1) the ink is amazingly pale—not necessarily a bad think for my first attempt.  After starting the first flower, which is one of the leaves now, I decided Lupine’s were pretty doable.  So that is where I boldly went.  And I will say…I’m rather shocked that that’s what they looked like!  I still can’t get the liquitex paint to drip.  Maybe after a few more weeks of using paints, I’ll explore acquiring some new ones.  I know the Dina Wakely Heavy Body paints have been calling my name for a few years now! LOL!

So there are my week 3 lessons.  Now I need to try a few on my own.  For info on the year long Wanderlust 2017 online course, visit Everything, there is plenty of time to join in! 

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, there is plenty of time to join in!