Wednesday, 9 August 2017

WOYWW #427 - in which I show yer me old china!!

Hello Lovely Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

It's been AGES since I joined in with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (too much other stuff getting in the way) and I've missed snouting around other people's craft rooms and seeing what everyone else has been up to.

If you would like to find out what I'm going on about and maybe show the world what's on your workdesk this week, just pop into to Julia's Stamping Ground - everyone's welcome :o)

Here's my desk this morning, in readiness for a massive cutting and sticking session ...


The plan is to turn these old boxes into gorgeous Art Dolls, by covering them with paper from my husband's old school algebra textbook, throwing some paint and stuff about, adding some vintage images off Tinternet and sprinkling with various bits and bobs which are currently cluttering up my craft room.

I've also been making Really Tiny Things again, like these little vintage-style plates ...


I just printed some images I found online - there are loads out there, like this one which is all blue-and-white china, very pretty. Just search for something like vintage crockery printable. All of these in the picture below came from just one sheet which I printed onto lightweight card ...



Luckily I had a circle punch which fitted perfectly, then I shaped them a bit, using a ball tool, a soft mat and a circle stencil I've had since the Dark Ages. Usually I would finish them with a couple of coats of clear varnish, but I decided to try Crackle Accents this time, hoping to get that cracked glaze effect you often see on old china. It didn't quite work, but I still like them, and really they're so tiny it probably won't notice. Here's a close up including my small scissors for scale ...


That's me for this week - watch this space to see how I get on with the Art Dolls :o)

Thanks for popping in, see you at Julia's !!

Annie xxx

15 comments:

Helen Wallace said...

Just when I thought I'd caught up with all your new ventures, you launch off onto another voyage of discovery. Your mind must have an extra set of firing axons and dendrites that jump across synapses when you are asleep. Superb tiny saucers and I look forward to seeing the next exciting reveal with the boxes.

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

OMG - those are made of paper? They really look like China plates! I didn't even know something like that existed! You're really are enjoying your miniature world, I can tell - and I can see the attraction too! Will be looking out for those art dolls - that's another thing I've never tried before. So full of inspiration! Glad you made WOYWW today Annie! I hope I didn't bully you into it LOL! You're in at #21 (my usual spot but I haven't prepared mine yet!) xx

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Annie, love those plates! You've given me a great idea for DIL's birthday later in the year, she's quite crazy about tiny things. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #4 XxX

Sarah Brennan said...

Those plates are amazingly life like and so tiny! I look forward to seeing you finished art dolls. Sarah #25

Claire said...

I'm a great cutter and sticker - it's the best therapy I know :)
Happy WOYWW!
Claire no. 2

Plush Possum Studio said...

Have a good "snout around" today! I really like your tiny plates. Have fun throwing paint about!
Happy WOYWW!
Rose of Rose's Art Garden #8

May said...

Gorgeous little plates... the effect is great I love them.. Thank you for the link...Happy WOYWW May #17

Helen said...

the plates look fab, but I love the sound of the art dolls. Helen #1

Julia Dunnit said...

Honestly Annie, you must have best pair of specs in the world..I'm really not sure I could cope with such tiny creativity. I think the crackle accents was inspired actually...I know the crackles are a little bit out of proportion, but people won't see that, they'll instantly see what I did ....old glazing, as suggested! Clever you, again! Have fun with the dolls from boxes...good grief.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, those little plates are amazing! How you have the patience to get such a great finish is beyond me :-D
HUgs LLJ 6 xxx

Jan Ltc said...

Happy WOYWW TFS xx Jan (34)

Angela Radford said...

Hi Annie, great to see you again. Have a very happy woyww, Angela x13x

Valerie Thorpe said...

Oh wow Annie you are firing on ALL cylinders. I can't wait to see the makeover of those boxes :D and I just love those tiny plates. Cant wait to see what happens to them too. I think the glossy accents makes them and I love the touches of gold around the edges.. You are truly inspiring.

Lindart said...

Those plates are so-o-o-o cute!! I didn't realize how tiny they were until the last photo! what will you use them for? Good luck with your doll making! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #30

April Story said...

Wow - those are beautiful and so tiny.
April #24