WOYWW 362

So it is really Tuesday night, but I had  a major nap this afternoon and have been cat free for hours.  Sooooo I was able to finish up some major pieces and I am happy to share with WOYWW (What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday) lovelies. Again a gracious thank you to the amazing Julia at Stamping Ground who orchestrates this exchange.

My desk - my blue period

My desk – my blue period?

LIFEBOOK (from left to right)

  • WEEK 15: You story matters; the ripple effect. Finally figured out what it needed. Heidi Swapp Color Shine. This started out as the shaving cream exercise from a couple of weeks ago.
  • WEEK 10: Praise for the Present. Again this is a detailed adventure with many many many layers. When I started this a couple of weeks ago I was thinking about how wonderful friends are. A real art journal page with hidden messages and oh such lovely drippage.
  • WEEK 13: Layers of love. Once I finally had a chance to sit down with this one it was truly a love fest. I’m not quite finished, and again I lost track of the number of layers. My inspiration was the new acquisition of Florescent Orange High Flow Golden acrylic.
tah dah

tah dah

Close- up with shimmer effects

Close- up with shimmer effects

Such joy

Such joy and tissue paper

WANDERLUST

And I am very pleased to share my texture extravaganza based on my neighbor’s backyard. WOW oh WOW. My husband even thinks this should be framed rather than “going on the fridge”. Actually I think you can see the degree of sparkle, glitter and puffy paint I used. So very proud of my clouds. I learned so much from doing this piece.

Arizona rocks, soon to be 100 Fahrenheit

Arizona rocks, soon to be 100 Fahrenheit

a close up

a close up of cactus and rocks

Journal 52

And last but definitely not least. I finished off a piece for my Journal 52 fully loaded journal. 20160510_231906

It is better to build a longer table than a taller wall.

Happy WOYWW to everyone.

 

WOYWW 358/359

Big plans for the next couple of days on my Workspace. Well that was last week and my volunteer activities basically took over my life. So here is where I started and what I finished…


Yes I’m back to participate in WOYWW with the fabulous Julia at Stamping Ground and all of the other creative lovelies around the world.  Today has been full of interruptions (Newton) and distractions (doing laundry) and other mundane activities. So without a lot of fanfare here you go.

My desk (last week)

Catalogs

Catalogs:  I am a librarian after all

special effects

special effects: do you know the difference between Crackle and Crazing?

Embossing prep

Embossing prep: Actually what I was able to achieve today, more for my catalog

Pan Pastel Face

Pan Pastels: so satisfied with my new pan pastels and the final face has been “fixed”

build a longer table

Journal 52: Quote build a longer table rather than a taller fence ideas

Drop of Water

Lifebook: Drop of Water done with yes shaving cream


My desk (this week)

tah dah

tah dah

 

WOYWW 354

Another day, another WOYWW (What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday). So here is my desk, at the ready. I am in the midst of a couple of projects as you can see.

Kitties galore

Kitties galore

  • I have tried image transfer a couple of times with mixed results. The top journal is for Journal 52 and my favorite pet(s). Newton is almost finished, and I have a nice range of Orange Posca pens to work on Socrates. I haven’t decided exactly what to do in the background yet. I know that there will be dimensional whiskers as a final touch.
  • The bottom right is for Wanderlust. The idea is to use a very different palette from what is expected. I immediately thought of Andy Warhol as the inspiration for my extra images of the cats. Looking forward to going wild, again I think I’ll be using my newly acquired Posca pens.
  • And continuing on with faces, the bottom left is from this week’s bonus lesson at LifebookAngela Kennedy’s lesson did a simple face using a Stabilo All pencil, and water. Rather than using pastels to add a wee bit of color, I have selected some of my Gelatos to play with. 

For additional creativity around the world check out Julia’s Stamping Ground blog.  And have a very happy WOYWW.

WOYWW 353

Good  morning from my colorful workspace. It is WOYWW time again. For a tour of creative spaces around the globe follow the link to Julia’s Stamping Ground.

Looks like I will be waiting for nap time to get my creative groove on today as I have two wide awake kitties visiting right off the bat.

Good morning

Good morning

Socrates

Socrates

Newton

Newton

My desk

My desk sans chats

A wide range of activity. Starting from the back row:

  • “Only through ART can we EMERGE from ourselves and know what another person sees.” Marcel Proust. My ballet girl is spreading her wings as there were “bonus points” for incorporating a cocoon into your piece this week in Journal 52. Experimenting with Fineline Applicators. Standard tip now has my Glossy Accents and I couldn’t be happier with the result. The Fine tip now has most of my Golden Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic with H2O.  A bit of smudging happened. OOPS so I went wild with my DR Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic.
  • Just hanging out in my Wanderlust small journal. Distress Spray Stains and my new Crayola friends, Trip, Edge and Archie. See picture at end of post. These are so cool and relatively inexpensive.
  • Lifebook Lessons are the bulk of my plans for the day.
    • I think I have finished the Jar with pink and purple flowers in it. A Vessel Full of Tenderness with Pauline Agnew
    • Almost done with the blue Praise for the Present from Mary Beth Shaw. Need to incorporate my words and add some additional “me” embellishments.
    • Ah, faces.  Groan. I just listened to Tam’s lesson for this week on grounding. It was really good, excellent in fact. I think I will definitely need to get into a faces zone and work on a couple of different lessons at the same time. The instructor is strong, but the student still needs practice, practice, practice.

20 Gram Fineline Applicator: Pack of 2

WOYWW 349

Happy WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday). Not sure what this is, check out Julia’s page at Stamping Ground.

Today I am ready to go with a couple of projects, as you can see.

My workdesk

My workdesk

The large journal on the left is my Artfully Inspired Life book. I have just finished the alpha and mantra spreads with heART. I can see a definite improvement in my lettering thanks to the lovely Joanne Sharpe. Today I get to play with 29 hearts to make a place for things I love in February.

The smaller journal in the middle is for Journal 52 with Effy Wild and Sarah Trumpp. This is a free year long class with opposite prompts each week. I am glad I am using a small journal for this one, it seems to be working really well for me. This prompt is Beneath Your Feet and/or Above Your Head. I received a beautiful card from my mum this week and wanted to incorporate the flower girl into this spread. I feel pastel’s in my future. That will be something new for me.

My pretty flower girl auditioning placement of images

My pretty flower girl auditioning placement of images

And the cascade is the variety of WIP for Wanderlust and Lifebook.  Being ill for a couple of weeks and busy with my duties on our HOA Strategic and Capital Planning Committee (I’m coordinating our community survey), has put my creativity on hold or rather on pause or perhaps on canter… I can see that faces will be getting a lot of practice this year.

A couple of weeks ago I attended an all day workshop with the delightful Dina Wakely. Composition and random messiness ensued.

At Dina Wakley workshop

At Dina Wakley workshop

Artful hands

Artful hands

 

WOYWW 347

Reality check…

So this is my desk. WOW after being down and out for a couple of weeks with the crud (sort of like the flu but crappier) I’m just getting back up on my feet (or rather out of my pjs) and wondering where to start. Probably with another cup of coffee before wading in.  If you’d like to see the state of other creative desks around the world check out Julia’s Stamping Ground. WOYWW (what’s on your work desk Wednesday)

The state of my desk

The state of my desk

I was able to do some couch work for Journal 52 and Artfully Inspired Life, while I lounged about in the living room.

Full Moon for Journal 52

Full Moon for Journal 52

Remembering David Bowie

Remembering David Bowie

My doodly name

My doodly name

WOYWW 344 Happy New Year

I’m back. After a very long absence from WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday) I am thrilled to begin the new year with the wonderful and creative desks from around the world. Thank you so much Julia from Stamping Ground for keeping this going for so long.

So here was my desk on January 1st.

OMG where to start

OMG where to start

And here is my desk this morning.

Ready to roll

Ready to roll

My word for the year is ENJOY and I am planning on participating in a number of year long projects. Starting in the front row…

  • My keep my self organized lovely purple journal: I know I can keep things on my computer but my lifestyle and my memory really need a hard copy version of everything I am working on. Oh so organized for 2016 will definitely let me enjoy my life.
  • Carolyn Dube A Colorful Journey and Permission to Play: I am part way through permission to play, which is the colorful cardboard pieces. And for the monthly challenge we are supposed to create art from something we were going to throw away.
  • Jane Davenport classes: Draw Happy, Supplies Me and Miss Quoted. Just started on these and will devote a lovely Strathmore Mixed Media 500 series small hardbound journal for playing here.
  • Wanderlust: The Strathmore Mixed Media 300 series small wire bound journal is at the ready for the adventure that awaits here.
  • Journal 52: The amazing Effy Wild and cohort in crime  Sarah Trumpp will be conducting us through 2 prompts each week. This is totally free and absolutely amazing. You see my work ENJOY as my first spread.
  • Artfully Inspired Life : the ever awesome and absolutely fabulous Joanne Sharpe classes are the pile of composition books and Strathmore 500 hard cover Mixed Media journals.
  • Lifebook: The crowning glory of my Lifebook 2015 experience. I have about 9 more projects  to complete. I have them all downloaded and now I can pick and choose to add to my beautiful book. See other page for a flip thru if you are interested. And of course I’m enrolled again this year.

So that’s my plan for the year. Ambitious, perhaps, but I feel so much less stress going into 2016. Last year was definitely moving up my learning curve and this year I am ready. So ready. To really ENJOY my artistic life to the fullest. And WOYWW is going to be a part of this. Oh yes and I think Newton may have something to say along the way.

My trusty supervisor in his favorite spot.

NEWTON: My trusty supervisor in his favorite spot.