Thursday, 28 May 2020

Dina's Birds

I took another one of Dina Wakleys online classes again , the title of the class was "birds of a feather", I have to say that when I knew that the subject was birds, I wasn't too enamoured, I'm not really a bird drawing fan, not that I have ever done it!!!...case in point!! But as I am now a fully fledged fan of Dina Wakley and her fabulous free and easy manner when it comes to doing art, I thought I would give it a whirl.
We had to print out several photo's of different birds and choose one we liked to carbon copy the outline onto our prepared backgrounds, easy so far!!!....but then we had to paint them using loose brush strokes and scribbly lines!!!...heck!!
Next it was time to draw our own bird after being given brief instructions on how to do this using sectioned boxes to get proportions right, and then once again, proceed to paint with free and easy brush strokes and scribbly lines. Well..Dina, you make it look sooooo easy, but can I heck emulate your style, of which I adore.
An artist once said.."you paint who you are"...well, I am definitely too anal, over cautious, trying to be perfect, scared of making a mistake....crikey, it is only a piece of paper, what the heck is wrong with me.
I am not saying I don't like my results, infact, I think they are pretty amazing considering I have never ever done a bird in my life...but why oh why do I feel the need to try and fill in every feather!!!!...grrrrr.....practice practice practice.
The bird on the right is the traced one, the bird on the left is my hand drawn one.


Thursday, 21 May 2020

After The Lunch

Hi all. I have started doing a journal of a collection of a few of my favourites.... verses, poems, quotes, sayings, passages from books that I like...etc. well, my absolute favourite piece of poetry is one by Wendy Cope, entitled 'After the Lunch',  the minute I read it I likened it to me and the relationship that I was in at the time!!.
 I used the fabulous window image from the ARCHITECTURE stamp set by The Artistic Stamper,  it has a relevance to my memories of the guy.


I stamped out the whole of the poem inside the little book. If you are wondering how it goes......

On Waterloo Bridge where we said our goodbyes
The weather conditions bring tears to my eyes,
I wipe them away with a black woolly glove
And try not to notice Iv'e fallen in love.
On Waterloo bridge I am trying to think
This is nothing, you're high on the charm and the drink,
But the jukebox inside me is playing a song
That says something different, and when was it wrong.
On Waterloo Bridge with the wind in my hair
I am tempted to skip, you're a fool, I don't care,
The head does its best, but the heart is the boss,
I admit it before I am halfway across!!

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Ooops Oh Well!!

Soooooo... I took another Dina Wakley online class, the accordion spine book class. I am guessing I will be doing a lot more of her classes now that she is more accessible. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this, and think it came out just great, very Dina-ish, I find it hard to do her sort of style without playing along with her.


Tuesday, 28 April 2020

The goddess Dina Wakley

All hail the absolute art goddess Dina Wakley!!. The one thing that has kept me sane in this lockdown is watching Dina Wakley' s  daily demo's, ...oh my word, why do I always come late to the party!! Why have I not seen her amazing work til now!!. But I absolutely love her style, with her "oops oh well" attitude and her wonderful free brush and pencil strokes that I want to emulate so bad.
Anyway, I took an online class of hers yesterday, called "Page In Motion",and I absolutely loved it. She showed us how to create a journal page with moving parts... dina style!!!. I am in lurvvvvvve.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Blossom With Time

Do artists blossom with time?...I certainly think so, when I look back at my style of crafting when I first started, it has definitely changed, I am still working on trying to be much looser, much freer, and less analytical, I'm not there yet,will I ever get there!!!,definitely not if I am always getting to a point where I dare not make another mark on it for fear of ruining it!!! heck...what do I have to fear...the piece will only go on the teetering mountain of previous stuff anyway!!LOL.
Anyway, enough of my mentality and on to this months challenge, in the garden. sorry guys for my overuse of this brilliant stencil yet again, but I love it, I love the random feel and the freeness that I was talking about, although I think this was more by chance than skill!!


Saturday, 22 February 2020

The Dragonfly

the challenge for this month at The Artistic Stamper is "Words". so I have made this card with the lovely sentiment, you would not think that it is sooooo colourful and vibrant because when you try to photograph anything bling or neon, it just comes out so dull, so I apologise for the terrible photo, but..hey ho...I'm no David Bailey!!!


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

A Broken Winged Bird

So this months The Artistic Stamper challenge is "Words".. however you want to interpret that, you cannot deny that words can be very powerful, and the tone always make a difference, ask anyone who has analysed a text to death, reading it in different tones..LOL.
This card came about by just throwing stuff on a piece of card til I liked what I saw, you can just see the fabulous arched window from the architecture stamp set in the background  then I added the bird image and finally the fabulous sentiment.


Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Butterfly Friends

I was watching Hochanda on TV yesterday....I'm always watching Hochanda!!!!... especially when Lou Withers is on, who doesn't love a bit of Lou!!. Anyway, on her show there were some Brusho's, and some new brusho's called Sprinklit. you sprinkle this stuff on top of your brusho's and it makes them sparkle...I ordered some, my brusho's haven't seen the light of day for ages now, so I got them out, if you don't have any I would definitely recommend you do.


I started this card with some texture paste, stamped into it while it was still wet, then once dry I sprinkles the brusho powders on and squirted water on them, I love how they merge and mingle.Can't wait for my Sprinklits to arrive!!


Friday, 3 January 2020

Happy Neon Year!!!

Hellooooo everyone, Happy New Year to you all. I have started my crafty new year by using my absolute favourite colours...for the moment!!... yes... Neon colours, so vibrant, I just love em. At the moment I am only using some very cheap poster paint sticks from The Works, truth be told, I bought them for my Grandchildren to use, but as soon as we were having an art session, I felt like hiding them from Jack and Billy, I couldn't believe how gorgeous they were, they certainly don't feel like poster paints, they actually feel exactly like gellatos, rich and creamy, and glide over the paper like a dream.


Monday, 4 November 2019

Mixed Up Magic

Mixed media...who doesn't love it!!. I love the style, I love watching people do it...actually  I spend more time watching other people doing it than I actually do it!!! So for this months The Artistic Stamper challenge "Mixed Up" says mixed products and techniques, which is what I have done for my sample. I have used stamps, spray inks, stencils, gilding flakes, actually I like the effect of the gilding flakes.  I first glued up a Tracy Scott stamp and stamped the texture paste, then added the flakes, gorgeous, and I think I will be doing that technique again. I have to confess that I was making this into a journal cover, but cut it upside down so the spine was on the wrong side, so just cut the spine off, I can always cut a new journal front and glue this on the right way.



Monday, 21 October 2019

The Sound Of Music



My favourite movie by far is The Sound Of Music!!. I have it on DVD, but I still have to watch it when it comes on TV, so as this months challenge is all about "music", then obviously I have to interpret a song from that film. Yes....I can hear you groaning, heck, she is using that stencil again!!!....but I just love it, so I'm not gonna apologise for it!!!. 
I have used the DOG ROSE stencil to interpret the edelweiss...yes, give me a bit of poetic licence!!!..but it also shows how versatile that stencil is!!. I have also used the SEQUIN WASTE OPEN stamp to add a bit of texture in the background by scraping a small amount of texture paste on my card and stamping the sequin waste stamp into it.

Music and Memory

So... this months challenge at The Artistic Stamper is all about music, and however you interpret that, you cannot deny that when you hear a certain song it always takes you back to a particular memory relating to the tune, my own song that evokes memories is the one by Aerosmith....I dont wanna miss a thing!!!. it was one of those "Our Song" kinda things!!. let me know which song or tune brings back the most memories for you.