Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Embracing My Selfie!!

Hey everyone,

Week 26 of Life Book 2016 and we had a lesson with the amazing Pam Carricker who showed us how to map a face and create a painterly portrait - of ourselves EEEEKK!!!! We learned how to mix hues, tints and tones of just one coour with black and white.

This was a HUGE struggle for me - firstly because I really don't enjoy looking at pictures of myself, secondly because although Pam made it look easy and fun, the technique did not come naturally to me, and thirdly because I rather unwisely chose to use a smiling picture as my reference.

After about three hours of trying really really hard, I had a tiny tantrum and wiped off all the paint with baby wipes!!! Then I noticed that some of the paint had stayed put on the gessoed background, leaving a kind of shadowy version of my portrait - it said to me "don't give up - you can save me!" so the following evening I had another go at it, adding details back in with water soluble pencils .... and in the end I was really happy with it and glad I didn't chuck it in the bin ...



It's not exactly the most flattering portrait ever painted, but hey! Strangely enough, somehow I can see my Mum in there too .... :o)

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

WOYWW #368

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

It'sWhat's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - time to share what's happening on mine and check out other Deskers' crafty doings. You're very welcome to join us - just pop over to LLJ's to link up.

Lady June is trying to put her sunshine hat on today, I think it must have got lost in the bottom of her wardrobe or something - very strange summer weather we're having so far this year, just the odd tantalising glimpse and then it's gone again, most peculiar.

We've been away in beautiful Cornwall, catching up with friends and family, and of course I had to take a few artyfartysupplies with me and get a little crafty time in whenever/wherever there was an opportunity! Here's What WAS On my Workdesk LAST Wednesday (but I couldn't blog it) ...


This was a project I was working on for Life Book 2016 - check out the finished result here if you're interested. Note the brolly there - essential piece of kit!

Another temporary workdesk somewhere between Cornwall and Paddington ...

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Hello ATCs

Hi there Blogmates,

Just recently I made some ATCs for the WOYWW 7th Anniversary Swap. I had great fun making them, using layered stamps and diecuts. As I needed to make three extras, I decided to photograph the process and do a little tutorial to show you how they were made. Here's the finished design ...


It doesn't show in this photo, but the Hello was highlighted with my fave new toy - the clear Wink of Stella pen, which adds a very pretty shimmery effect, so addictive, I just want to add it to everything at the moment! Anyway, if you would like a peek at the process, click on "read more" ...

My Inner Wizard/Housewife!

Hello Bloggy Peeps,

Yesterday I managed to squeeze in some playtime to catch up with week 23 of Life Book 2016. In this lesson, the talented Jenny Grant showed us how to create a really interesting distressed, grungy look and encouraged us to listen to our inner voices and paint what we feel. The face in Jenny's beautiful painting was calm and strong; mine came out looking thoughtful and a bit disappointed ...


She looks more like my inner housewife waiting for a bus in the rain than my inner wizard I think - don't know why, that's just what came out! I'm very happy with the background though and learned a lot through this process.

Monday, 20 June 2016

A Story of Metamorphosis - in which we learn that a Manky Rag can be a Thing of Beauty ...

Hi Bloggy Friends,

Some of you may remember that in a recent WOYWW post I mentioned that essential piece of arty farty equipment, the Manky Rag - I talked about how it has taken months to achieve the perfect degree of Mankiness. Here's a close-up reminder of said Rag, which started its life as a piece of cheap white jelly muslin about six months ago ...


Sadly, this state of perfection did not last forever, and eventually the time came when it started to get really grotty and even slightly stiff, But this was not the end for Manky Rag - Oh! no - it was the beginning of a new phase in its life - time for transformation into something new and beautiful.

Firstly, Manky Rag was thoroughly rinsed in clean water - as you can see, the metamorphosis had already begun ...


... then it was hung up to dry in the sunshine ...