Wednesday, 18 January 2017

WOYWW 398 - scary eyes

Firstly, if you would like to join in with this weekly tour of crafty workspaces, go to Julia's Stamping Ground for more details and a linky thing.

Secondly, if you are wondering how to fill a few hours each week and would like to learn lots about mixed media/art, then click on the link for Life Book 2017 in my sidebar (yes, the 20% discount is still running too).  I have learnt so much and gained so much confidence already - and we are only on week three!

My messy table is showing signs of real craftiness right now.  In fact, it is exactly as I left it yesterday afternoon - after two sessions of sketching/painting my self portrait I was really tired (mentally and physically), so just downed tools (brushes and palette knife).  Naughty me - the paint will be dried now and the brushes harder to clean, but sometimes I have to think of my health more.  I went downstairs and watched the final two programmes from the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014 instead - so very inspiring and educational, as well as resting my body.



Here I am now, fairly early on Wednesday morning (I am getting more general pain throughout my body, which forces me out of bed earlier than I would like, as I get more active again after making a nearly full recovery from the horrible flu), with a messy table and a self portrait with scary green eyes (my eyes are actually blue, and my hair is not blue - but I wanted to relax more and not be so formal with it).  I really need to spend some time on those eyes!

Happy WOYWW to all those that I do not manage to visit this week.

I will be doing a separate blog post about Life Book 2017, so come back to see all of the finished pieces from Weeks One-Three.

Ali x


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

WOYWW 397 - a tentative return to crafting

2017 has not been the creative and fun time I hoped it to be when I signed up for Lifebook 2017 (link in my sidebar, if you want to join in with a whole year of fabulous mixed media lessons).  Flu struck our household as the year ended, and we have both been really ill.  Only today (Day 13 for me of symptoms) have I felt able to sit down and do some crafting.

Therefore, my desk shot today shows the Warm Up piece for Week One of Life Book (it will be a while before I catch up).  Well, the first 4 layers are on the paper and now I wait for the rather thick gesso to dry (my heat gun helped, but in the end I decided to step away and get some other stuff done whilst it dries completely).

You can also see my Derwent Inktense Blocks, water pot, brushes etc.



It is wonderful to feel that I am achieving something with my day - rather than just the bare minimum of caring for myself/hubby and animals.

Perhaps Wednesday 11th January can be my own personal New Year!!

If anyone else is suffering with one of these horrible viruses, get well soon.  I know it will be a while before I am back to 'normal'.  Flu is definitely not just a bad cold - and my body has been working hard to fight it.

WOYWW is 'What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday' and more details/link can be found at Julia's Stamping Ground.

Ali x


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

WOYWW 395 - never has 'normality' been wished for so much!

OMG - I know that I should love Christmas, but it is generally a mixture of a few happy moments/far too much food/and a lot of stress/phaffing about!  Whilst looking forward to the coming days when I can get some time in my craft room and hopefully be outside with the animals more if this dry weather/sunshine continues, I am also attempting to be positive and 'live in the moment'.

The current moment sees me sitting at my pc in my craft room - but it is all very tidy and showing no signs of any activity.  Therefore, I am sharing some pictures of the wonderful Secret Santa package I received from someone in the Bible Journaling UK Facebook group (come and join us - it is a very friendly group).




I hope that everyone is enjoying this festive period (or at least coping!) and Happy New Year to you all.

I am very excited about Sunday and the start of Life Book 2017 (link in my sidebar with discount code - sign up for an exciting year of wonderful mixed media).  I have ordered my paper from Amazon (the watercolour and mixed media papers I had are too 'rough' - who knew that there were so many different types?!) and will be getting everything ready in the next couple of days.  It is like a new school year!

Ali x

ETA - I forgot to add the link to the home of WOYWW - Stamping Ground.  Come and join in each Wednesday.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

WOYWW 394 - lettering practice

Firstly, Merry Christmas to all those that I do not manage to visit this week.  As usual, I have been too busy for the past few days - and hit a flare up of symptoms last night.  Today, will hopefully be spent in front of the tv or in my craft room - but I do need to get presents wrapped, house cleaned etc, etc before the weekend.  Can we have another week?!

I have not spent a lot of time in my craft room in the past 7 days, and most of that time has been on my pc sorting out new software.  However, I did get round to practising the lettering I want to put in my bible (which will be done today) and starting on my new Donkey colouring book.

Lettering notebook, pencil, eraser and a pack of pens I found in my cupboard (the brush one is particularly lush!), my cheap WH Smith colour pencils, the colouring book (which I got from Amazon) and my box of metallic pens.

As we rush towards the end of this year, I am, as usual, having a hard time trying to not tell myself off for not completing all the crafty stuff I had on my 'To Do List'.  I am sure many of you are the same.  I accept that I put too much pressure on myself, am far too ambitious as to how much I can realistically achieve - and that will hopefully change next year.  I have only signed up for Life Book 2017 - link in my sidebar (which is an affiliate link and there is still a 20% discount available off the already very low price).  This will be more than enough for me - in time and skills learnt.  My bible journaling/lettering will fill in the gaps.

Go on over to Stamping Ground to join in with this weekly tour around crafty blogs.

Ali x


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

WOYWW 393 - too busy with Christmas to craft this morning

I missed last week due to being away visiting family in Barry (yes, we did go down to Barry Island and I got very excited over seeing some 'Gavin & Stacey' locations!).  This week not much crafting has been 'occurring' (see what I did there?!).


I tackled the job of getting gesso onto some of my bible pages - just on the margins to start with, but I had some very impressive page-curling, so then put gesso onto the rest of the pages and left it closed and weighted down overnight.  As you can see, the pages are a bit flatter - but any useful suggestions would be welcome.  I have got some very nice blue acrylic paints onto James 1, and now waiting for the time to get some lettering on there.  I was hoping to have James 2 and 3 done by now, but oh well it will have to wait until I have completed my Christmas preparations.  The bookmark was a digital download from an Etsy shop (Karla Dornacher), which I printed off, mounted onto a scrap of festive card and then coloured in with pencils/glitter pens.

You can also see a prototype book that I made out of the super-smooth card I normally use for cardmaking (as a change from the rougher mixed media/watercolour card), and another little journal that just needs the grey tape applied to the spine to make it stronger.

My pen box is open and waiting.  This contains my Micron pens, GellyRolls etc.

I am not crafting this morning due to getting my final Christmas present ordered and then need to finish wrapping/packing up the presents that get posted.  No tree or decorations up here yet - hopefully by the weekend.

If anyone else wants to join in with WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), go to Julia's Stamping Ground.

Ali x


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

WOYWW 391 - test page in the bible

Happy Wednesday to everyone.  I am crafting in front of my pc today, as there is no water/glue/other messy mediums involved.  I read that it is sensible to use a blank page in my bible to test out pens/pencils etc to see if they bleed through (as bibles seem to be printed on the thinnest paper known to man!) - so I am sitting with an assortment of types and starting to try them out.  So far, they have all been ok.  I was very happy to find a set of metallic pens that I had forgotten about (one of my bargain TK Maxx purchases), so my already large collection of pens has grown!


On the far left - a sewing pattern I have just sold on a Facebook selling group (still a few sewing items left if anyone is interested), a cute card received as part of #SpooniePost (a monthly exchange of post between us Spoonies - chronic health survivors), my mobile phone stand (empty, as I was using phone to take photo!), my bottle of water which goes with me everywhere in the house, the usual pots of scissors/pens etc, one of my plastic boxes of pens (this one has metallics/Microns etc) and my bible (using a piece of pink Centura Pearl card to ensure that any bleeding through does not ruin the page behind).  Then my cheapy pencils from WH Smith, which are actually really good and well reviewed in the colouring world - and the tin of metallic pens I had forgotten about buying.

It is a cold/frosty/sunny day in Pembrokeshire again - so the window in shot is really bright (I have 3 windows in my craft room).

I have had a busy week, but mainly with farm business stuff.  I would rather just get on with crafting!

If you haven't joined in with WOYWW before and would like to share a photo of your workspace, get on over to Stamping Ground for more details.

A short post today, as I want to get on with my bible before lunch.  The day is just going too quickly.

Ali x

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

WOYWW 390 - a green horse that looks like a dragon!

Happy Wednesday to everyone.  Go to Julia's Stamping Ground to join in with the weekly sharing of our crafty workspaces.

I am being super honest now and admitting that no crafting has taken place on my desk for a couple of days.  Today is extra-busy with more boring tasks like booking our campervan in for service, paying bills, supervising the boiler service and delivering our car to the dealership for its service (why do we always schedule everything for this time of year?!).  I have just done a Lenormand reading for a client and decided that I could very quickly type this blog post before getting lunch ready, so there is no interesting stuff staged for the photo (I added a second photo as a bonus).

My Inktense Blocks and Pencils are out ready for action - probably not until Friday.
My piece for the Bonus Life Book lesson has had lots more layers.  The pink animal is not a pig, but my beloved dog, Medina.  She always loved pink, so I decided that she needed to be that colour, and with sparkle on her ear/nose.  Yes, the horse is green - why not?!  Still lots of faffing to be done - face, hair, cloak, background ......

I have another crafting desk now, as my sewing machine has been sold to a lovely new local home where it is being used.  This is directly to the left of my main 'messy craft' desk, so I can just swing my small office chair round (I have a big office chair for use at the pc).  My heat gun rests on it, so I can easily use it.  The boxes have my pens in - the smaller one has Microns, Sakura glitter pens etc; the larger one has Sharpies and cheap Fine Liner pens, plus my watercolour pens and old Marvy Le Plume, which still all work after about 11 years!  My new journaling bible is sitting waiting for action too.  I started to try stamping along the edge, but it didn't really work, so I am doodling on it now before adding colour with pens.  I made the pink bookmark many years ago for a stamping challenge.



I plan to do some blog touring this evening.  Time for lunch now (and investigate how the boiler service is going).  Happy WOYWW to all those that I do not manage to visit.

Ali x