Friday, 17 May 2019

Lost for words

Another page in my AJ, made with collaged Tomoe River paper, acrylic inks, acrylic paints and Prismacolour pencils ...

Really enjoyed playing with Tomoe River paper for the first time - it takes wet media beautifully but it's so thin and very smooth. It's really meant for pen and ink I believe, but I haven't tried that yet.

The girl in the boat was drawn separately on a scrap of watercolour paper, coloured in, cut out and applied to the page along with torn pieces of collage paper ...

Trouble is, I can't decide whether it needs some words and what the words would be - any ideas??

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Showing my Buttocks!!

Had a go at weaving willow over the Easter weekend with expert tuition from the lovely Emma of Willow Phoenix at Alby Crafts here in Norfolk UK. After a few happy hours sitting in the sunshine with some of my favourite crafting companions, we all had sore thumbs and aching arms, but also the satisfaction of producing something beautiful and useful to take home.

Here's mine (which is genuinely called a "buttocks basket") ...

Although my buttocks are not especially well-formed, I think you can see where it gets its name :o)

We used two different kinds of willow. They were both quite green and they were not stripped of the bark, so there was a lot of variation in the colours, which I loved.

In this one, you can see why my DH said it reminded him of the knickers we used to put over babies' nappies!

This is definitely something I would love to do more of when I have time. Three of my friends made beautiful berry baskets and another made a gorgeous lantern. I also love the idea of creating living willow structures for the garden - another one to add to my list for when I retire :o)

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Blind Selfies with Sketchbook Revival

I recently joined up for Sketchbook Revival 2019, a free online workshop hosted by Karen Abend. For the very first session, Kooje Koene showed us how to create a self portrait, without lifting the pen or looking at the paper.

This was great fun, so I tried it a few times - here are a couple of the more successful attempts ...

Neither of them look like me, but I do like the sketchy quality and I think maybe they've caught a bit of my personality :o)

What do you think?

WOYWW #519

Hello Fellow Deskers,

Sorry I've been AWOL for so long I can't even remember how many weeks, but I'm looking forward to catching up with some of you over the next couple of days. I know there's a big WOYWW 10th Anniversary celebration coming up - I SO wish I could make it and meet you all in person, but I will have to content myself with watching from the wings.

The sun's been shining today, so I've been crafting in the garden - my current obsession is turning old T-shirts into rag rugs ...

Those balls of "yarn" were made from T-shirts I had for years, worn them to the point where it would have been embarrassing to take them to the charity shop, but this way I get to turn them into something useful AND I'm not really letting these old friends go :o)

I'll be back after work to link up over at Julia's and have a snout around to see what everyone else has been up to this week - see you there!

Love Annie xxx

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

GoGo Getaway Fancy Folds

Really enjoyed the "Fancy Folds" GoGo Dayaway at St. Albans last weekend. Gorgeous kits and goodies, lots of techniques and tips from Niki and Kirei AND we came home loaded with leftovers. There was also CAKE - perfect :o)

All of the pages involved some kind of paper-folding technique. As always, I'm not the fastest scrapper on the block, so I had lots of finishing-off to do. Here are my completed pages ...

Folding circles into squares
Cut file with folded-back hearts

Hearts folded into flowers
Pleated paper rosette
Add caption

Origami stars
Folded squares with contrast centres
And last but not least, a heart-shaped squash book made from a cut file, with added flaps to give lots of space for photos ...

And I still have enough love to make some "extra inspiration" pages - brilliant! :o)