Saturday, 1 June 2019

CSI #285 - 123 GO!

Pinch, punch, first of the month and there's a new reveal over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

There are three inspiring Case Files for June and you have until the end of the month to enter by sharing your page on the CSI Facebook page, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fab prizes.

Here's Case File #285 ...



And here's how I solved it ...


I loved the clean, fresh, fun vibe of this challenge. Although you don't have to, I love to follow the clues which Debbi pulls from the Scene ...

  • Scheme: all the colours are there.
  • Evidence: woodgrain, stipes, chevron, frames, tags, labels, numbers, metal, flowers, stacked things. transparent items, puffy stickers.
  • Testimony: inspiration words neat, bright, read made me think of this photo of my three step-grandchildren all excited and ready for a new school year last September. 

Check out the reveal post for loads more ideas and the CSI FB page for daily inspiration.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

New Life for Old Papers

One of my current obsessions is turning old newspapers and paper bags into useful baskets - first tearing them into strips, then rolling into tubes, and finally weaving into baskets like this ...


I'm so chuffed with how these came out - they're really sturdy and I love the look of them. It was amazing to see how many colours I could get from the newspapers without colouring them at all ...


I also loved the more natural colours ...


And tried out some decorative hanging hearts ...



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?