Wednesday, 13 October 2021

WOYWW #645: Gelli printing with talcum powder and LB Taster lessons

Oops, I managed to skip another week of WOYWW, but I'm back to show you a view of my desk for week #645. Here it is:

What's that on the gelli plate, you ask? It's talcum powder (aka baby powder). I was inspired by this video to try it. It gives you a resist effect reminiscent of peeled paint. Nothing much to shout about, but it was definitely worth a try. 

I've also done exactly 2 of the 35 LifeBook taster lessons. They're still available until the end of the week if you want to check them out. I might do a few more as time allows. Here's a link to all the lessons. 

This one was by Laly Mille, who's one of my favourite artists. Her lesson was titled "Poetic Secrets" and used magazine images and book pages to tell a story. Here's my take on it: 

Then there was this lesson by Laura Dame called "Intuitive Abstract Play" The point is not to recreate the sample but just to play, so mine looks very different as I went off on a tangent, but that's ok.

And that's it for today. Nice and short - I just wanted to check in and see how everyone else is doing. 

Happy #645!

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

WOYWW #643: Rust, bling and a flip-through

So I fell off the bandwagon, but I'm back! It's been pretty busy around here but things have now settled. I impulsively decided to shoot that flip-through last night that I wanted  to do three weeks ago. I normally use my little camera but it's difficult to position so I got this rig to use with my phone.  (that's a half-eaten pot of yoghurt on the left, in case you're wondering...a little mid-night snack)  

The video is still uploading, so I will share it later, hopefully at the end of this post. Until then here's some other stuff I've been working on. First up: rusting! All you need is vinegar and some metal bits - no problem if they're not rusty yet - they will rust very quickly in some vinegar! Here's my rusting tray: 

and some rusted fabric and paper:

It's been birthday season as well. My son has turned 17 and Oreo 6!!! How did that happen? It means next year my son will be an adult and Oreo a senior cat! Next up, my hub's birthday this weekend - all three birthdays bunched up within two weeks of each other - mine being the outlier in March. 

Here's a card I made for my son - I bought it back when I got hooked on diamond painting - a bit of bling never hurt anyone and he likes owls. I thought the three books could represent his three sixth form  subjects.

And of course, I personalised the inside with some scrapbooky stuff and cat cartoons as has become our tradition over the years. The whole of the back is covered in cat cartoons as well. You can find a bunch of these cartoons by Scott Metzger here. They always brighten up my day! 

Now let's see if my video has uploaded.... Here it is, my little glue book containing trial pieces, fails, left-overs, tags, all sorts of things that I just glued into a handmade journal: 

Happy #643

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

WOYWW #640: stamp carving and scrap journal

I almost didn't link up to WOYWW today but Shoshi gave me a little nudge behind the scenes, so here I am. The heatwave has returned to the UK, but thankfully it won't last long. I survived going to the office yesterday and won't have to go in again until Friday, and by then the heat will be gone. And if it rains, so be it - I'll take the rain over the heat any day!

I snapped this photo of my desk just a few minutes ago after tidying up a bit. I call it organised chaos:

Some eagle-eyed deskers might spot a stamp carving tool. I had to buy a new one as I have no idea what happened to my old one and I had some urgent stamp carving to do. This one's much better than my old tool, anyway and it wasn't expensive. I gave it a good trial run:

Then I used these bits and pieces in my scrap journal / glue book, along with some of my bleached papers from last week:

Previously I had made these pages:

My journal is quite full now - it only needs some finishing touches before I can do a flip-through:

I've also made these random pieces with more scraps and by-products of my experiments (this first one was actually on my desk last week, but wasn't yet completed - I added the fish as an afterthought):

These images came from Marta at Maremismallart as a free download in exchange for a voluntary donation. I've been using them in my image transfer trials. 

Oreo set up camp on my craft room chair again - I've found him snoozing there in the mornings for several days in a row now - he's still looking a bit sleepy here:

What else? Oh, yeah, we went to Witley Court last Saturday on our customary, end-of-summer family outing.  Witley Court was a grand Victorian manor house that sadly burned down in 1937, but even the ruins are spectacular! Here are a few photos: 

Thanks for your visit! I'll be around soon! xx

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Wednesday, 1 September 2021

WOYWW 639: Catch-up, rusting, bleaching, image transfers, embossing...

I had to skip last week's WOYWW as I was super busy and I wouldn't have been able to visit everyone back. Hope you're all doing well. Where did summer go? Back in June, autumn seemed so distant and here we are in September! My son's starting Sixth Form tomorrow - scary! 

Despite being busy with other things, I still found time to create and experiment in the last two weeks. Here's a desk shot from yesterday. 

You'll notice the new TH media mat and heat tool, both of which I had been able to resist up until recently before giving in. That's the travel size mat - I hope it will allow me to keep at least that small area clear so I'll always have somewhere to create, even if the clutter overtakes the rest of my desk - that's the idea anyway - and so far it's been working! The heat tool is fantastic too - it's a gamechanger for me. The reason I hadn't got one before was because I already had a heat tool for embossing and I used a hairdryer to dry my layers (both on my head and on paper) but I always had to do those things away from my desk as everthing would get blown off - but not with this little tool! It's so quiet and I can use it sitting at my desk. It dries paint and melts powders much quicker too! Both came from Craft Stash and at much lower prices than I had seen elsewhere, so I'm happy! 

I've created a few bits and bobs in the last two week, but mainly I've been experimenting with rusting, bleaching, image transfers and embossing. I'll show you some of my results:

First off is a rusted and bleached piece of fabric - the bleach was stamped on a still wet surface and created this cool pattern - quite an unexpected and unintentional result:

More recently I've tried stamping bleach on my previously eco-dyed papers - it also works with stencils! I got more definition from my stamps on these surfaces:

The image transfer experiments below involved matte laminating sheets. Basically, if you laminate just one side of a laser print or a magazine image, you can remove the paper from the back (rubbing with water) and the image stays on the film with a semi-transparent background. And it works with inkjet prints too, if you print them on photo paper - this way you don't even need to rub off the paper, it just peels away. I'm sure it works with gloss lamination as well, but I prefer the silky feel of the matte finish. Here's a little visual summary of my results (with image credits to maremismallart and medievalmirage):

And finally, though not in this order, I've tried an embossing technique that involves stamping into melted embossing powders to create this metal effect (I also added some gilding wax to highlight the textures):

You can see some of these used in the projects below: 

There were a few other things I've made, but I'll post those next time! Happy #639! xx

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

WOYWW #637: More pages in my scrap journal and ugly art

Good morning, Deskers! I've just found some new comments on my blog post from last week - true to my word, I think I got back to everyone, but if I accidentally missed you, please let me know! A new week, a new messy desk - whatever I do, I don't seem to be able to keep on top of things! Since taking this photo a couple of days ago, I'm afraid the situation has got even worse.

Shoshi sent me down that proverbial "rabbit hole" when we got talking about laminators, so I got mine out to try a few things. Since then a fell into a few other rabbit holes - it's a mine field out there LOL, especially when you have a passion for experimenting like I do. Which explains the state of my desk to some extent. I got side tracked several times over the course of the week with "things to try" but I still managed to add a few pages to my scrap journal:

Then I moved into a completely different direction when I discovered The Ugly Art Club on Instagram and their 5-minute challenge (#tuac5minchallenge).  Admittedly, some of these took a bit longer than 5-minutes, but the idea is that you create without second guessing yourself, putting an end to all that faffing which drives me crazy! Just do it and don't worry about the end result - if it's ugly, it's ugly, it's still art! I'm still working on grasping and accepting the concept! This is what I came up with running a few days behind the daily challenge, but it doesn't matter:

I only used scraps that were lying around, some of them the by-products of my laminating attempts . For example, these moth prints in the last piece were smudged inkjet prints on tracing paper, which were laminated with a matte pouch (only on the top side), which gave them this hazy, distressed look. One of them even got wrinkled during the laminating process. The good thing about the #uglyart movement is that you can include all your trials and fails because it doesn't need to be perfect or pretty. Of course, ugly doesn't mean I don't like it - I still have to like what I do, otherwise what's the point? It's more about letting go of imperfections.  

Having a messy desk with lots of scraps can actually be beneficial, but there comes a point when it becomes a nuisance! I have already reached that point this week, so a tidy up will be in order! If not next week, then soon(ish) day, for sure! 

I might be a bit late visiting again this week - son needs a haircut to get rid of his lockdown curls, so we're off to the town soon. He doesn't let me cut it anymore LOL! Happy #637!

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

WOYWW #636: Plaster of Paris, tags, scrap journal and another old book

I almost didn't link up today, but here I am - totally addicted to WOYWW! I'll be quick because I plan to walk into town and check out some of the charity shops looking for old books either to alter or to add to my growing collection. Here's my desk earlier in the week when I was working on some tags.

The Slimfast container holds Plaster of Paris - I must remember that LOL! Also, an empty cat food tin - Sheba's Prime Cuts, very fancy stuff - Tesco sent it as a substitute for Oreo's already fancy treat that was out of stock - and now that he knows about it, I'll have to keep buying it - 90p a pop! Oreo loves it - he literally licks the bowl clean! This stuff is so fancy, I wouldn't mind putting it in my own sandwiches! The cat eats better than we do! At least the empty pot serves well for mixing the P of P. 

This is what I made with the plaster, following a tutorial by Jane Chipp on the Graphics Fairy premium site. I subscribed for a month, downloaded what I needed and cancelled it - but I will resub at a later date, I'm sure. The tutorial shows you how to coat a cardboard box with plaster - mine's matchbox sized.

And here's a closer look at the tags shown in my desk shot - just playing with oxides and my new TH  stamps  - they're so versatile! 

I incorporated some of these tags in my new journal, which I will just refer to as my "scrap" journal. It contains leftovers from other projects, trial pieces, fails, clean-up sheets - you name it - I just slap them in there! I very quickly made these first four spreads (last night I finished another five, but I will keep those for next week). These are literally 5-minute exercises and so enjoyable - just sticking and stamping! None of that faffing around I normally do! 

And last but not least, I snagged this lovely old book on Ebay. It was a bit more expensive than I would  normally allow myself to pay, but £20 is still very good value for an antique Victorian book in such good condition. I'll try to digitalise this as well and make it available as a download soon. 

I'm off now, I'll be late visiting but will get back to everyone who leaves a comment - promise! xx

Happy #636!