Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Wanderlust 2019 Week Three - with Kelly Hoernig

HI everyone,

I knew I was going to enjoy the theme for this first month of Wanderlust 2019 - "Typography" and I have definitely not been disappointed. For Week Three we had a jam-packed lesson with Kelly Hoernig, who encouraged us to be inspired by art supplies and different styles of typography and shared SO many useful tips along the way that I will have to watch the videos over and over again!

It's kept me busy all week and I have lots more ideas to try, but here's the first finished page in my journal ...


Hopefully I'll have some more playtime over the next few days, so watch this space ...

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon :o)

Love Annie xxx

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Wanderlust 2019 Week Two - Choose Joy

HI everyone,

For week two of Wanderlust 2019, we had a lesson with the lovely Athanasia Papantonniou, who showed us how to create a very dimensional page, layering different types of media and various elements inspired by this month's theme of "Typography". I really really had a blast with this and I love how it turned out ...


 Athanasia started by stamping on sticky labels and using pigment powders to add vibrant colours, these were then adhered to the page as the first layer. I didn't have any labels, so I used card scraps and punched them into circles ...


It was so much fun making the circles that I just couldn't stop and ended up with loads. Some of them I turned into "danglers" to hang off my page, by sticking two together back to back with thread sandwiched in between ...


What an inspiring lesson this was, and the next one looks just as good :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon and have a lovely creative week!

Love Annie xxx

ScrawlrBox December Challenge - Pastel Petals

Hello everyone,

Here's what came in the December ScrawlrBox - not my favourite so far, but there were a couple of things I'd never played with before so I had fun with it ...


We got a pack of five Frixion Pens in pastel highlighter colours, as well as a black one, plus fine and ultrafine black Sharpies, some sheets of paper and of course a little sweetie! There was also a silver fineliner which isn't in this photo.

This month's inspiration pieces were by Ann Pellegrino and the challenge for December was "Pastel Petals". Here's what I came up with ...



It was really interesting trying out the Frixion pens - the ink disappears when you rub the end of the pen over it, but actually any kind of heat works, so for example you can wave a lighter over it. I also tried scribbling them onto some plastic and applying with a waterbrush, which gave a subtle watercolour effect.

As I say, this hasn't been my fave ScrawlrBox so far, but it's always good to challenge yourself to try something new and I'm really looking forward to finding out what's in the January box, which should be arriving any day now :o)

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WOYWW # 502 - my collection of body parts!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloglanders,

It's Wednesday, time to hop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, link up and show everyone What's On Your Workdesk - I show you mine if you'll show me yours :o)


I've been mostly dining-table-crafting again this week - here you can see the various body parts I've been sorting into files ready to use for collages. My hairdresser kindly saves old magazines for me and I spend many a contented hour cutting and sticking - it's the perfect thing to do when you're too tired to feel creative, but you want to do something crafty, and I'll have them all ready to go when the arty-farty urge strikes me!

I'll be back to check out what everyone else has been doing this week when I get home from work this evening.

Thanks for visiting me today, happy WOYWWday!

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Wanderlust 2019 - Week One

HI everyone,

I decided to treat myself to Wanderlust again this year as I find it so inspiring - even if I don't always have time to try every lesson, I will still enjoy watching the videos and there is so much variety with all the different teachers.

This month, the theme is "Typography" and the first lesson for this year was with Kasia Avery, who hosts Wanderlust, along with her husband Jamie. Kasia showed us how she created a page in her art journal, starting with collaged papers and building up layers with different mediums, and thenshe encouraged us to have a go with whatever supplies we choose.

Here's mine ...


I started by collaging various papers - saved tissue wrap, old book papers, ephemera from the printable collection created by Eliza Trojanowska and supplied free with Wanderlust 2019, and some patterned papers from my scrap drawer.


After a layer of gesso which I scribbled into, I added colour with water-soluble crayons (Derwent Art Sticks), stencilled with Distress Oxide inks, and defined some of the shapes with water-soluble Inktense pencils and a waterbrush.


Final step was to use white pen and dark pencil to doodle and add some pseudo-handwriting to the page just because I like the look of it (my real journaling was scribbled into the gesso layer while it was still wet with the wrong end of my paintbrush).


As you can see, I had loads of fun creating this page, just playing with all the different media. It doesn't really have a focal point, but love the way all the different layers are peeking through each other and I do like this colour palette.

There is already another lesson waiting to be tried, hopefully I will have time to play later this week.

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx