Friday, 31 October 2014

Dinas Wakleys Faces Workshop March 2014

I have been very lucky this year in the workshops I have been able to attend.  I have been doubly fortunate in that I have been able to attend 2 lots of workshops this year with the amazing artist Dina Wakley.  One in March and the second just last weekend - as always they were held at AFTH in Harrogate.  In march I did workshops on faces and another on using animals in my work ( I will do a separate post for that day)
I haven't really done much in the way of  drawing faces but I love the faces that Dina puts in her work.
So here are a few of the first attempts - warm up exercises to get in some practise, using unusual tools to draw or paint with or using our non dominate hand.

This one was using one of Dina's face stamps and creating the figure round it!

The more that we practised - the better we got!!
I could really see the improvement from where I started to these last 3 pieces which I was very pleased with.

If you ever get the chance to attend any of her classes I would encourage you to go - you wont regret it!!!
She is a wonderful lady, a great teacher and a very talented artist!
Have a go at faces, its fun once you get started!!
xxxx hugs xxxx

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Mini Journaling with Kate Crane

Hi me again - I know I'm probably going to bombard you with loads of posts now after not having put anything on for ages.  So apologies for this but I have to do them when I have the time and energy!! lol
I was at AFTH on Tuesday to do Kate Cranes mini journaling workshop.  Had a fab time as always with Kate and managed 3 small pages and a handful of backgrounds all ready to add things to them. 
So with no further ado - here's some pictures!!

This one was done in my mini moleskin its 10.5 cm x 6.5 cm - so very small!

Scary clown page done in a vintage notebook I managed to get hold of.  Its 15 cm x 10 cm and is in need of some TLC as its falling together.  Didn't manage to get the purple page done but its all ready to add a figure!

Can you see the Halloween theme run through the pages?!?! LOL!!  The skulls on this page was a stampotique stamp.  All the other images are digital downloads and I think Kate said they all come from the deviantscrap page - which now appear to have renamed themselves mischief circus!!
. This one was done in an artists sketch book 15 cm x 11 cm.

Lastly another couple of pages ready to add some images or stamps.
Had a great - thanks Kate!
xxxx hugs xxxx

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

October Calendar Journal Page

Hi everyone - well talk about being very late posting my calendar journal page!?!?! I was away at the beginning of the month and thought I would do the post then!!! Strangely enough that never happened but as I had thought about it so much I thought I had done it!!! So you can imagine my surprise then I came on here tonight and there was no posting for this month!!!!
OK going to make this short and sweet.
Did the background with Dylusions inks, water and some mica spray to add a bit of glitz!!!
Loved the background!!

I used a down loaded body (from deviant scrap from a seller caller itKuPiLLi) and remove the head.  I added another head and a wig and wings and stamped spiders on the dress.  
I added a load of background stamping - which I totally fell in love with!!
So no surprise - I didn't want to cover it up!!! So I decided I wasn't going to put day squares on instead I was just going to write in lines following the trails on the diagonal!!
So with the month and year stamped on old book pages and the same for the skull, I added a little bit of tape for detail for the figure to stand on and behind the skull and it was done.

As it happens I found I couldn't make myself write on those lovely diagonal lines so instead I have written less than normal and have followed the scrolled lines and wrote round the edge.  You cant see most of the writing so its almost invisible journaling. (the above picture was taken before I wrote on it).
I love it!!!

Monday, 29 September 2014

12" x 12" with Finnabair

Hi folks hope your all enjoying this unseasonal Autumn weather - I am, its wonderful, but it is stopping me doing much creating!!
Having said that I was fortunate enough just recently to go to a weekend of workshops with the wonderful Finnabair!!!  These were help in Middlesburgh so just a short drive for me - love the fact that Sue is setting up these wonderful classes so near to home.
If you want to look at more of Finnabair's work click HERE!! 
If you want to hear first about any new classes that are being help in Middlesburgh click HERE!!

I loved doing this piece of work as I don't ever work with photographs and I very rarely use dimensional elements, so I was rather out of my comfort zone!  (But playing with some of Finnabair's newly released products was fab!!!) However with Ania's superb tutoring it flowed really easily and I was so pleased with the result!
Since I brought this piece home I keep looking at her so I think I may have to mount her on some board and hang her up on the wall!!  
I have nicknamed her the frost fairy because the whole piece of work sparkles, but unfortunately I couldn't capture that with the camera!!
I did 3 workshops during that weekend and this one was the first.  I will try and grab time to post the other 2 with pictures.
Seriously if you ever get the chance to do a workshop with this amazing lady - grab it with both hands, you wont regret it!!!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Journal class page

Hi Folks I hope your all happily crafting away and enjoying the start of Autumn!
Last month Dyan Reaveley managed to fit in a journal workshop at AFTH, in between all her foreign travels and I managed to get to it.  
We had a great day and she let us play with some of her new releases.
So below is what I came up with, I used her new 'shapes' & 'suits' stencils in the background and 2 of her new stamp sets for the figure - 'shrooms' & 'strength'.  If you haven't had a look at them yet you can find them HERE

I hope you all manage to get a chance to play with some new items this month - have fun!!
xxx hugs xxx

Monday, 1 September 2014

September Calendar Journal Page

Hi everyone - well time continues to fly and the summer is , technically, nearly over and we are sliding into Autumn!!! OK I've just scared myself silly with that statement!!
My Calendar journal page as always  to start off the new month!!
As I explained in my last post I made September by accident then had to go back and do August, the good thing about that was I didn't have to panic to get September's done.
So here it is!
I had a hunt through my stash to give me some inspiration and found these day squares already stamped on a Dylusions ink background so I decided to use them as a base and build the page up around them.
So the background was done with more Dylusions ink - I tried to use more mute colours so that the squares would stand out better. I used distress ink blended through a stencil then I sprayed it with some mica spray and stamped with some of Tim Holtz old background stamps.  

Then I used a stencil and distress ink pad to do the bottom border.
With some of the spare paper from the day squares I drew a face (I've been trying to make myself do more drawing in the hopes that I will improve) which I was quite pleased with and added some shadows and highlights.

I had this board frame in one of my clutter draws and I thought it would frame the face quite nicely.  So I coloured it by applying 2 different colours of distress ink pads randomly directly to it and sprayed it with water.  Once it had dried I added a layer of crackle paint and while it was drying I added some gold mica powder into the wet paint in a few places to give it a bit of bling!!
One all of that was dry I glued the face into the back of the frame and covered the insert with glossy accents and left it to dry!! I was in 2 minds about adding the glossy accents as the face was draw on Dylusions inks and I had used a stabilo All pencil for some of the details and both of the elements are reactive with water, so  I wasn't sure how much blurring I may get.  Still I thought I would give it a go and see what happened.
As it turned out it wasn't a problem as I didn't move the glossy accents around when I applied it so all it did was mute the image a little.
So the squares, frame, face and quote got glued on then I did further stamping over the squares and did some gold mica spray splatters to add extra detail.
The final touches were some doodling round the edge - to imitate the borders round the square, some bronze liquid pearl dots added to the bottom boarder and I finally used some of my stash of wash tape to ground the frame!!
All in all I was very pleased with the result - hence the reason I was so gutted when I realised I had done the wrong month!! LOL!
I even surprise myself with some of the daft things I get up to!!!!
So hope you all have a bright, happy creative month - I plan to!!!!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

August Calendar Journal Page

Hi Folks - sorry its been so long since I blogged and I'm very very late putting up my calendar journal page!!
But there is a story about this one.....OK I know when isn't there but this one was me at my ditsy best!!!
I was running late getting the page done and it was already 7 days into the month, so I grabbed a bit of time over a couple of days and got cracking with the page.  Got it finished by about the 9th or 10th... took some pictures and happily started to put it on facebook.  
Had the post all ready to put up when I realised that I had done September instead of August!!! 
I couldn't believe it!! 
So I thought no problem I will take off the September note and put august in its place - then I realised for the first time in a while I had put the data squares in order and of course I would be one short!!! 
So back to the drawing board... and trying to grab a few minutes here and there again and this is what I came up with!
Very different from what I normally do!! 

So in a state of panic I started looking through my background paper stash box hoping that something would jump out so I could do another calendar journal page this month - but quickly!! 
whilst scrabbling frantically I came across a scrap of paper which I had obviously used to protect other pages when I was blending with a distress ink tool and it was covered in random colours and lines going in all directions - it looked quite cool (I imagine that's why I kept it) so I thought I would give it a go doing it intentionally!!
So a stack of different coloured distress ink pad and blending took in hand I got started.  (I have to say the sheet I used to blend against turned out looking great on its own as well!!)
After I was happy with my blending I tried to find out what would work for the squares.  I tried different thinks but found I didn't want to cover up the background, so out came the stamps.  
Piles of them later I found this square one and thought it would be perfect.  Only realising after I started stamping that there was a gouge dug out of the top left corner!! Well I had started so I had to finish!! as it turns out I really like the little flaw on the stamp!!!
So happy with how it was looking I tried different things for the title and all of it looked way to heavy on top of this background.  After a long frustrating time, I decided to leave it be and go back to it the next day.
I usually don't like to use my own writing and drawing on my pages because I invariable find my self unhappy with the end result, but I do keep trying hoping that eventually with enough practise I will be able to start pulling it off.  So feeling rather brave I started to draw the title on in pencil! It looked right so I went over in in pen......oh it now didn't look right - the line wasn't heavy enough but anything I tried on a spare piece of paper didn't look like it would work either!
  So finally I settled on the second line and was pleased with how that looked.  To try and emphasise the letters I went back to the blending tool and added one colour on one side of the lines and another on the others!!
It looked strange but it was happy with this weirdly angular page (I normally prefer curves not angles!!)
So for the first time in nearly 3 years I have forced myself to do 2 pages in one month due to my cotton wool brain!!!
I hope you all have a great month and don't find yourself being as ditsy as me!! lol
xxxx hugs xxxx