Wednesday, 30 January 2019

WOYWW #504

Hello Fellow Deskers,

I'm slightly late to the party but better late than never :o) Somehow it got to be Wednesday again already so it's time to link up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and see what everyone's been up to this week. Here's my desk this morning ...

I'm between projects, so it looks kinda tidy-ish. From left to right, you can see my iPad (essential for binge-watching, currently Les Mis on BBC iPlayer), some new stamp and die storage folders above that, my just-finished page for this week's Wanderlust 2019 lesson, a curious little book I found yesterday in a charity shop and my habitual black coffee.

The book was a real find, here's a closer look at the cover ...

One of the pages at the front was missing, so I went online to see if I could find out what it said. I didn't find the missing page yet, but I did discover that this was a collection of "found" photos from photo booths, put together by an artist called Dick Jewell (sounds like some kind of exotic body piercing doesn't it?!), which he self-published in very limited numbers in 1978 and again in 1980. The whole book is full of page after page of gems like these ...

I find it totally fascinating and I think these pictures would make really cool focal points for various projects. Apparently, if this copy was in much better nick and maybe even numbered or signed, it might be worth a lot of money, but I'm actually glad it's a gnarly copy as I really want to keep it :o)

Ok, time to pop over to Julia's and link up now, see you there!

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 27 January 2019

January ScrawlRBox challenge - Growing Up

Hello Friends in Blogland,

My January ScrawlRBox was waiting for me when I got home from work yesterday and I couldn't wait to play with it. Here's what we got this month ...

W&N Promarkers in three different shades of warm brown; Sakura Pigma Micron 01black; Sakura Pigma Brush black; F-C Pitt Artist Pen 1.5 white; F-C 9000 pencil 2H. We also got a couple of sheets of Canaletto 160gsm Liscia paper and a sweetie which I ate before I took the photo :o)

This month's inspiration piece is by Italian illustrator Giobi. We are encouraged to use these supplies to tell a story and try to convey a memory or emotion. The challenge for January is "Growing Up".

Over the last week or so, I've been noticing the days just starting to lengthen and new shoots beginning to appear, signalling that we will soon be coming out of the short, dark days of winter and we can start looking forward to the spring. Inspired by this feeling, I created a page for my journal, using only the supplies in this month's box ...

It was challenging to use only brown, black and white but I really enjoyed using the different types of pens in different ways to create depth and texture and the paper was smooth and lovely to work on. I tried to convey the feeling of coming out of the dark into the light. I think I may add a suitable quote or poem, just need to find it - any ideas?

It has always been a source of wonder to me that all of next year's growth is contained in a tiny seed, just waiting to be awoken at the right time and grow into a whole new life. We see this cycle of life happening all around us all the time and it's easy to take it for granted, but it really is wonderful.

So that's me for now, I'm off to tidy my workroom now, I feel a scrapbook page coming on :o)

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

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

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

WOYWW #501

Good Morning Fellow Deskers and Crafty Friends,

It's another wintry Wednesday in my part of the world, so it's time show the world What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?! Pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, where you can link up, have a snout at everyone else's creative spaces and show us all what you've been up to this week.

Here's mine yesterday afternoon ...

We had just got home from a weekend away and I was really craving a little playtime in my craft room - you can see that I've just shovelled to one side all the alcohol inks I was using last week. It's Week One of Wanderlust 2019 and I couldn't wait to get started. This month the theme is "Typography".

My page started with some collaged papers, then I added layers of colour with gesso, water-soluble Derwent Art Sticks, Distress Oxides and Inktense water-soluble pencils. I still want to add some darkness, doodling and definition. I'll show a proper picture of it when it's finished :o)

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

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

WOYWW #500

Hello Fellow Deskers and Friends out there in Blogland,

WOW!! 500 is a big number isn't it?! I have been AWOL from WOYWW for weeks, and pretty much from any kind of blogging except for posting my pages for CSI - but here's hoping that things will calm down a bit this year and I'll have more time for crafty stuff and blogging again. I do have LOTS of plans and new things to try this year :o)

If you want to find out all about WOYWW, just pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, where you can link up and show the world What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

This past couple of weeks I've been doing a lot of crafting at the dining table. Here's what I've been working on ...

These are my first attempts playing with YUPO paper which my son gave me for Christmas. I've used alcohol inks and India inks and now I'm doodling over the top with black and white pens, very therapeutic and I'm able to binge-watch Netflix and YT at the same time - perfect!!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

CSI #269 - Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!!

Hello Bloggy Friends,

CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration is turning 7 years old this month and there are some exciting changes afoot - read all about it on the CSI blog, where you'll also find all the CSI Detectives pages to inspire you.
The CSI Scrapbook Challenge FB page will now be the place where you can find all the clues you need to solve each Case File and where you can post your pages to be in with a chance of winning one of the fab prizes on offer each month.

Here's the first Case File for January -

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If, like me, you like to follow the traditional clues, you'll find them in the first comment in the album for this Case File on the FB page. If not, just pull your own inspiration from the Scene above. 

Here's how I solved this case -

This is my little step-granddaughter Macy, just after losing her first baby tooth. 

I used LOADS of the traditional clues for this one -
  • Evidence: polka dots, floral pattern, chevron, stripes, banner, hearts, flowers, multi-coloured title, twine, decorative border, something hanging, bows, cursive font.
  • Testimony: I was KINDA prompted by the inspiration words "new, beginnings, wishes".
  • Scheme: all of the colours are here, plus a couple others pulled from the inspiration image. 

A different page created by one of the CSI Detectives will be featured each day on the FB page, so keep an eye out for lots of inspiration. You can also check out Case File #270 - which I haven't made yet, but watch this space! :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon. 

Love Annie xxx