Wednesday, 29 March 2017

WOYWW 408

Hi, sorry yet again it's been a couple of weeks since I blogged.  The last time was the 5th March a day before my Father in Laws funeral that went really well.  Since then I'm afraid my dad passed away a week ago, it happened just as he went to bed.  He had been unwell but earlier that day things were looking up as he was discharged from the heart failure clinic.  Then as he went to bed he turned around and told mum he thinks he needs an ambulance as he was struggling to breathe, just as mum phoned he suddenly died, aged 76.  Obviously my heart aches and the only thing that is helping is my ART.  I decided to join in with WOYWW  (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday) this week as I love playing but as you all know recently I haven't been able to join in.  So here are my ultra messy trolley and a rather cleanish desk :-)

I have a few things going on my desk, paints at the back are to finish off a two journal
pages, I have also got some alcohol ink on yupo paper I was playing with.
I have just cleared the main part away from doing some steampunk tags for a swap
which I shall be blogging either tomorrow or Friday.  I have to admit
it was great playing with the steampunk theme, it's been ages since I last did one.
I also have a step by step as well so keep a look out. :-)
I have now just started a large peg for a swap so that's what I shall be
doing after typing up this post lol.

Nothing much has changed apart from my trolleys that definitely look like
I have been dumping on them.  Also you can see the two journal pages I am in
the middle of.

Right that's my messy area's and what I have been up to, how about you?  What's your creative desk look like? Why don't you pop on over to Julia's Blog and join in :-)

Happy Art :-)
Hugs Kezzy
xxxxx

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Monster Inc Bookmark

Good evening, sorry it's been over a week, we have my Father In Laws funeral tomorrow so the last week has been busy.
Today I want to show you a bookmark I did for a swap.  I had so much fun with this, I can't actually remember what made me think of Monster Inc, I believe it was one of my new Stampotique monster stamps I wanted to use lol.  Everything I used is at the bottom of the post. :-)
I would like to enter the following challenges:-
Stampotique Challenge SDC268 - Add Ribbon or Lace - Sewed in ribbon between the front and back at the top of the bookmark so it feathers out brightly from the book it will be in.
That's Crafty Challenge - Just Words - I took the quotes from the book itself.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Based On A Book - I used book paper behind the monsters, plus it's a book mark and Monster Inc was also a book :-)
Craft Stamper Magazine - Anything Goes Stamping (stamps I used are at the bottom of the post)
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes Mixed Media - I definitely used lots of different things, even felt which for me was different.  Plus lots of stencils, paint, watercolour pencils etc.


The swap was for two so each got a bookmark.
This is the front.  I will explain what I did later through the
close up pics.

The Back of the bookmarks

One showing back and one the front.  Luckily I had to make two lol, as
it's easier to put the pic on the link to challenges. 
Backgrounds.......
Both are made from heavy primed canvas from a pad.  Soft enough
to sew but both together make it strong enough not to rip.
On the blue background is a mix of Paperarsty blue Fresco paints,
which was just added with brush.  Next I used a Finnabair circle stencil
with purple Fresco paints.  I added some Pebeo Dyna iridescent paint
with my finger on the top of the circles.  I used a journal pen to draw 
around the circles.
The green background was pretty much the same except for the lime paint
was Dina Wakley and the green on the stencil background is Fresco paints,
using the Crafter's Workshop mini Blazony stencil.  I then filled in some of the
stencil parts with white and used black paint for eyeball using the Finnabair stencil.
I then used journal pens to draw around the eyes and the other stencil parts.

Before sewing both finished parts together I added some coordinating colour ribbons.
The Monster Inc emblem is made from stencil and sewing onto the background.
When I sewn the back and front together I use a bit of stuffing, really thin but to add
just a bit of softness.



On both the green and blue sides I used a mixture of Stampotique and Susana Loves Stamps.
They were stamped in Archival black and then coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils.
I then re stamped them onto book paper that I had cut from book paper.  I then 
added the monsters on top after I had sewn the circles onto the bookmarks.  I then added
googly eyes and some gems.
The wording was stamped from Stampendous Alphabet stamps onto book paper
edging.  These were added to the bookmarks and edged with black stabilo pencil.












I hope you have enjoyed my post this evening.  I really appreciate you taking the time to look.
Happy Art :-)
Kezzy xxxxx

Products Used
Stamps - Stampotique (whisker monster with sign, feathery monster), Susana Loves Stamps (clueless, retail therapy), Stampendous (teeny tiny alphabet)
Paints - Paperartsy Fresco (smurf, snowflake, china, blue oyster, purple rain, lavender, wisteria, blueberry, limelight, hey pesto), Dina Wakley (lime), Distress (twisted citron, black soot), Pebeo Dyna (iridescent green yellow, iridescent violet blue), Daler Rowney Heavy Body (mars black, phthalo green)
Stencils - The Crafter's Workshop (mini blazony), Prima Finnabair (bubbles)
Mediums - Winsor & Newton (galeria matt medium), C Robinson & Co (universal lacquer), Judikins (micro glaze)
Colouring - Derwent Inktense Pencils - leaf green, spring green, sherbet lemon, fern, apple green, field green, iron green, iris blue, deep indigo, bright blue, violet, deep violet, sea blue, ink black
Journal Pens and Pencils - Staedtler Pencil (lumocolor permanent black), Stabilo All Pencil (black), Pilot Drawing Pen (black), Posco Paint Pen (white), Letraset Triamarker Marker (CG01)
InkPads - Archival jet black
Other - Gems, Book Paper, Sewing Thread, Googly Eyes, Ribbon

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

WOYWW 403

Hi ya, yep I know, I haven't blogged since beginning of December, later in the post is an explanation if you want to be updated.  But I thought for those who haven't followed I would get straight onto today's fun, it's Wednesday and at last I'm able to play again with woyww (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday) hosted by the amazing Julia :-)

As you can see by my trolley's, they were neat and tidy but now
getting used to my new arrangement they are being used
a lot, especially for dumping.  I do try!!!!!

Even the sides are being dumped on.  My stencils are under those watercolour
pieces but still need a few bits doing so they are there to remind me lol.

Last year I started a journal purely for colour.  I wanted to check out
colours, not particularly to end up in anything just colours that look
good together plus lots of finger painting, sometimes collage and doodling.
I have let my Fresco Paints go unloved so I have got my colour journal out for one
colour set which I have picked pastels (small piece of paper), I never do pastels.
The other collaged sheet is a loose journal page that I have started
and the colours are the page at the back which I am doing a workshop called
Wing It by Ivy Newport which is only $19 and has been really useful
in showing how to use colour inspiration boards.


Update on what's been happening in life..............................
I haven't blogged since 7th December.  I'm afraid the day after I blogged saying I had loads to show, my dad was rushed into hospital with heart failure.  I didn't get to my computer or craft room at all as my dad is mum's carer and she needed constant care.  It was touch and go with my dad but he finally was released Christmas Eve, he still is poorly but alot better then he was.  I was poorly with stomach flu all through Christmas, then my partner's Aunty died suddenly, our other Aunty who is 99 and in care, Tensy, she has no other family but my partner, was rushed into hospital so we was sorting her out.  She came out and the next day Adrian's dad (if you remember his mum died 22months ago and his father had to be put in a home because of his alzheimer's) well he was suddenly rushed into hospital and I'm afraid after two days they said they couldn't do anything and we spent 4 days in hospital with him day and night until he passed.
So as you can see December was bad and January/February awful.  During some of these times I have been continuing with my art to help me emotionally but blogging was just not an option.  I'm so ready now to continue blogging so lets hope from now on things will be happier and calmer.

Right that is it from me, I will hopefully be back with some more art on Friday this week.  Thank you all so much for taking the time to visit.
Happy Art :-)
Kezzy xxx

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

WOYWW 392

Hi, I know it's been so long since I have blogged.  A lot is due to family issues. An elderly member who we looked after was in hospital and needed taking care of.  She is now happily in a home and really loves it and looks better then she has in ages.  She is 98 and so healthy.  She was mostly in hospital due to stopping eating and drinking and in the end it was all down to loneliness. Even though we tried our best since Adrian's mum died  (who looked after her most of the time) last year, we both work full time and couldn't be there all the time.  Adrian also had another death in the family, his Aunty who was his mother's twin.  So as you can imagine something had to give and I chose blogging while we all got through everything.  But I have still been creating and took a huge task on by trying to sort my craft room.  It's not done yet but lots to show so I hope you don't mind alot of pics lol.
And of course I am showing this post for everyone out there that joins in with What's On Your WorkDesk Wednesday over on Julia's Blog. :-)

The first two pictures show how my room was.


And now for the changes so far.  
First off I sorted out this cupboard and managed to get all my canvas, alterables
and other general bits and bobs to alter.

The stamps haven't been done yet, still now sure how to make any
of that better yet, so any ideas would be appreciated.
The few bits in front of the stamps are bits that are half way through plus some
bits left to sort.
The two boxes on the left are my flowers etc.  I show them closely at
the end of this post.

The huge job was sorting out all my embellishments and wood bits etc all
now here rather then in big boxes that I can never find anything in.
Below are my journals and watercolour paper pads.

The other big this was sorting out my jewellery, now that was in a 
right mess but it's great now as everything is sorted and labelled so hopefully
will get used more.

The biggest change is the other table has gone and now my units are
in it's place.  It gives the room such an open plan feel and I'm not bumping into
everything.

I will take photos next week of what's in them all.  The shelves still
have a few larger boxes on which are the items that won't fit
in the embellishment box but everything is labelled.
I now have all my sprays out which is easier then in a drawer.  Plus
now the black drawer unit is paint only.

These are my trolleys, easy to put aside rather then on that desk I used to have.
Everything I need is on there plus the top where my purple heat gun is
usually is clear and I put anything I am working on all the paints etc I will use.
At the end I put it all away ready for the next project.

You can see here how it's certainly less claustrophobic.

On my desk tonight is some watercolour paper to cut up for some cards and
some twigs that I bought.

 Nothing happened on here yet as you can see, apart from on the shelves
are a few boxes I sorted.

The drawers have been sorted but the filing cabinet
hasn't, I want to be able to add 12by12 paper in there as they are in large
boxes by my desk.

I haven't sorted out my dies yet either so I still have some bits in the
new year to keep me busy lol.

And now for my flower boxes.  I seriously have to use more flowers lol.

The next few pictures show what's inside them all.






I hope you have enjoyed my little tour and now I am back to blogging I can't wait to show you all the crafting I have been doing.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit.

Happy Woyww :-)
Hugs Kezzy xxxxx

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Playing with Infusions and Doodles

Good evening, sorry it's been a week, I'm afraid the accounting has been a little bit of a sod lol, but almost finished, plus I have been doing samples for the workshop for the WI so blogging sort of got lost.  Paperartsy have had some brilliant challenges lately but each time I have be inspired to have a go it's been too late.  That of course never stops me lol, I like to make these my play days.  Of course when I play I like to try new techniques (resist with masking fluid and doodles this time) and something I haven't used but bought (infusions).  A lot of times when playing I don't end up with anything and as the step by step shows I ended up with 2 unusable cards as I went wrong at the end, but I loved them so much I redid them lol, but I did show the ones that went wrong.  As always the step by step is at the bottom of the post.
I would like to enter the following challenges :-
Paperartsy - doodles
Country View Crafts Challenges - Use A Stencil
Love to Create Challenge - Anything Goes Mixed Media

It was mega shining when I took the pics, a better one is below,
but I have added this one as well to remind me of the sunshine as tomorrow 
is supposed to be horrible.
















Step by Step

I had this idea that maybe I could use masking fluid through
a stencil and I have to admit it was easy and it came off really easy.
I just used a piece of cut n dry and then I used a tooth brush (old of course lol)
to flick the masking fluid all over the cards.

 Next I sprinkled the infusions plus some of the magicals 

And then I sprayed.  I know I can be a bit heavy handed with water,
but I love the way I can move the water around so I get light and dark spots.

This was after the first layer dried, I loved it then and maybe I should have
left it but I like to keep layering when I play to see how far I can go.

This is the 2nd layer, still nice.

After the 3rd layer, definitely darker now and vivid which is what I wanted.
I love how I get specks of green.

Now for the blues and greens.

Again this was the finished piece after 3 layers.

I had a random piece of card that I had added clear texture paste through so I had a go
at that while I was at it.

Then I doodled with a mask pen, to colour this I picked the first layer
from the green and blue card left over on the mat, then during the
2nd and 3rd layers I just kept dipping it in, I love the effect it gave, it reminded me
of distress inks.

After the playing session.

 Now I had the idea of doodling on the flowers, I have a zentangle and 
doodle book and whilst watching tv I have been teaching myself the basics.
This is the first card which as you can see I ruined.  I decided to 
use white embossing powder know the card was dry, but completely forgot that
the zentangle part wasn't.  Then I heated it up and wiped it off and stamped
in black, but as you can see it looked awful and was definitely bit fodder.

Here you can see that before the idea of doodling I had tried outlining but
I didn't like that.  I used this to practise the doodles I was using.

So for the new cards I went with 2 layers and kept some areas quite light.
Everything used was the same as the step by step cards except I used
some flowers not just from the JOFY 008 stencil but also used 003 and 004.

And the card that was a piece extra I did some more doodling.
Think I might used this cut up as a border in my journal.

Right I better be off, still working on the last sample for the WI women so they can choose what to do.  I am excited I have never done a workshop before and looking forward to having some fun with them.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit.

Happy Art :-)
Hugs Kezzy xxxxx


Product List
Paperartsy Infusions - a bit jaded, emerald isle, are you cerise, orange county, sunset beach
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals - pretty in pink, red hot poker orange, tibetan poppy teal, bells of                                                               ireland green
Paperartsy Stencils - PS008, 003, 004
Daler Rowney Masking Fluid
Posca Pen Black
Watercolour Card