Friday, 26 February 2016

Starting 2016 with something different

To try and help get my mojo back after so many months of crafty inactivity I joined Wanderlust 2016 classes and also a facebook challenge group called pick a stick.  Below is the first piece of journaling I did this year.   It was for the pick a stick challenge and the instructions are to do each piece on the page in order that the 10 sticks with the actions are drawn from the cup.  This can be quite challenging, especially if you are like me and do not read/think ahead but charge in blind, literally following the directions in order.  The one thing I did do was start with some colour on the page as it was a mop up from another activity, this was in a way restricting but it also forced me to focus on my options.  If I did this page again one thing I would change is the direction of the journaling, I feel it should be horizontal or vertical but not written diagonally.  This is all good, I learned something!  I also learned that when I run out of texture paste I can use good old fashioned decorators filler, the sort that comes in a plastic tube!

what I have been doing for the last year.

I cannot believe I haven't posted for almost a year.  A lot has happened.  As everyone who reads this will probably know, I broke my ankle in two places whilst on holiday last june.  The resulting hospitalisation, surgery and immobilisation set me back a lot.  The quilt I was planning in March 2015 is only just underway.

A community craft group I planned with the local voluntary service was delayed for three months.  Happily it has gone so well they have twice extended it from the original three months. Below are just a few of the projects completed by myself and some of the ladies who have attended.

pop up box
gift card wallet

Crackled paint using pva, decoupaged with paper napkin

Stamping with distress, using ink to make mats and layers
gift card wallet, stamping with distress paints
more gift card wallets

ATC, using die cuts and the waste as a stencil.

using die cuts and waste to stencil with distress inks.