Tuesday, September 29, 2015

woyww -layout

My desk this week has a scrapbook layout.  Unusual for me as I haven't played around with layouts for at least 10 months. But a friend died and I started looking at old photos and remembering all the things we did together.  So while I was in the mood I thought I better put it in a layout.  Funny seeing a photo of DH and me before children......looking relaxed, having fun and we both have lots of hair!! 

Please note the cup of Yorkshire tea on the right.  Lisa Craft Garden assures me it is the one and the same.
Have a creative woyww.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

woyww - wax and watercolours

Lots of pics this week showing bits and pieces that I have finished from online and face to face workshops.  RosA reminded me I had not posted pics. .. so here goes.
The leaf is the first attempt at an encaustic workshop.  Although it was a great learning experience I am too clumsy to work with hot wax, paints and pastels at the same time.  My first mistake was adding too much colour to the transferred leaf image.  Then I tried to scratch it off! which didn't work so I attacked it with a heat gun and melted all the wax with colours moving everywhere and burning off the shellac background.  In the end I walked away from the heat gun and started a second image.
Bird image transferred onto wax with a subtle application of pastels plus metal transfer onto the bark.  All a bit twee and not convinced shellac is that great a border.  But a good experience and I have an appreciation of the skills required for encaustic works.  
Completed pears  which I had started two weeks ago. Happy with these, especially the bottom of the pear on the right.  Looking forward to a leisurely hop around to peek at lots of woyww desks.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

woyww - sketchbook fruit and flowers

Not a lot changes on my desk from month to month. Fruit and flowers and flowers and fruit.

A birds eye view of a page in my sketchbook dated mid june.  I don't think I ever got around to posting a pic at the time.  Even the colours on my watercolour palette match.  

The final attempt at the magnolia I was painting last week.  I have learnt to keep a version of what I am working on in the sketchbook so that I have a record.  Always interesting looking back and seeing how skills and styles develop over time.

This week I will be starting a 4 week online sketchbook course with Liz Steel and I can't wait to start.  She is always inspiring and sketches teacups in minutes.  Hopefully I will have something to show next week.  
Have a great woyww peek.