ICAD 2015 - Cover Card

June the 1st will soon be here!! That means it's once again time for ICAD (Index Card a Day) and Summer of Color (or Colour - s'cuse me if I keep forgetting to do the American spelling.) Yaaaaaaay! And Yaaaaaay again!

I don't usually do a cover card for my index cards but maths revision is particularly stressing me out - so I had a play the other day. I'm going to whisper this next bit - I'm getting a bit fed up with acrylics. Shhh. Shhh. I really want to get better at watercolours, coloured pencils, my Neocolour ii's etc. So I'm going to focus on playing around with those on my index cards each day. (You watch how I drift back to acrylics by the end!)

This is the cover card. I was so chilled out by the end of playing and look - I ended up getting a fab transfer when I ironed off my embossing.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Indigoblu stamp
 (Have linked because so many asked where I got it)
Clear embossing
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks
You can see the gold ink better in this one.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
I've posted these on Facebook and Instagram (my Internet and my PC are making it a nightmare to blog recently! I swear they are in cahoots!) I was surprised when so many people asked me how I did it. And then Kyla asked for a blog post so here we go - this is for you Kyla. And anyone else that wants it. I didn't take step by steps of the one above - I literally was just playing. So I did another today... bear in mind that I'm a really crappy stamper.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Clear Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
Index Card
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Stamp the image, add the powder and do your heat gun thang.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Roughly scribble over the entire card, image included, with Derwent Inktense pencils
*Ahem* Ignore the crisps
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Spray with water to activate smooshiness
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Smoosh about till you're happy
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Drip some ink on top of the wet card - spray and hold at different angles to get different effects
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When the card is completely dry, sandwich between a couple of sheets of printer paper.
Iron on a high heat.
This is just my normal iron, gets more use for arty stuff than it does for clothes *g*
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You can see the embossing transferring to the underside of the paper.
And this was todays result. Not such a good index card but I was rushing. However I really love the imprint on my piece of paper.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
When you iron off the embossing you are supposed to get a nice crisp white image. Like I say, I'm a crappy stamper and I kind of like the grunge effect anyway. I originally found this technique via this fab YouTube video. She uses distress inks which I don't have and you don't seem to get the imprint with those. I have done this technique with watercolour paints and Neocolour ii's with some lovely results. (I'm kind of addicted!) But this is the first time I've had such lovely imprints on my scrap paper - I think it's the drawing inks. 

Anyway - I hope those that wanted a step by step will have a play - show me if you do? I'd love to see. I reckon as long as you use something fluidy you should get good results with at least the original image - the extra image on my scrap paper was a bonus I didn't expect.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

WOYWW - On Thursday.

Blame the internet. These pictures were taken yesterday. Plonked myself down at the PC, which had been working all day... no internet. *Insert swear words and fist shakes*

Sooo, what's on my workdesk today? (Yesterday - but still there today!) Can't even get in the door of the shedio - Well, I can. If I squeeze in, balance on one foot and lean over the bike. But there's no room on the desk to do anything anyway - so... Tidy up is in order. I think a de-clutter sesh may be imminent too.

Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
Inside isn't much better. Craig is in despair. He cannot wait till I move my desk upstairs and away from his tidy eyes.
Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
For the extra curious amongst you - I was window shopping on Amazon. I saw mention of  Holbein coloured pencils on another bloggers page. I love her work and am now drooling over the pencils. 
Anyone have them? Are they good?

This is the book on my desk. I've had it years but not read it in ages. I pulled it off the shelf to give me some ideas for a wood sprite I wanted to put in my tunnel book. (Swap I'm in.) Can't put it down now, am loving it - it's like getting a new book all over again.
Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Brian Froud - Good Faeries Bad Faeries
Good Faeries Bad Faeries - Brian Froud
So what's in your work space today? Why not follow me over to Julia's  and link up so we can all have a snoop.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Mixed Media Grungy Pastel Bunny

Yep. Pastel.

The last couple of weeks has seen me organising revision time and art time a lot better. I was able to finish up this commission. The brief was a mixed media bunny in my style but also reflecting the tastes of the lovely Carol. (Snowbunny Knits.) I was sent an excellent array of pictures giving me an idea of Carols tastes to work from. One thing was for sure - there was a lot of pastel *Silent scream* Carol has been a huge supporter to me and believe it or not, I do love seeing pastel in other peoples work - it just scares the frig out of me to use!

Here he is; Bunny:
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
The process shots - leave me a comment if you like/don't like seeing these. I never know if people want them or not. I enjoy seeing how people get from start to finish on other blogs, that's why I pop them on here. 
Carmen Wing - Layering for WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - Layering for WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
 Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
 Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Collage Ephemera
Acrylic Paint
Neocolour ii Crayons
Inktense Pencils
Graphite Pencil
In the end I really enjoyed making Bunny and I am definitely not so scared of pastel now. Thanks Carol, he was great fun.

Thank you for stopping by today :)

Rocking My World Friday

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you've had a good week. Here are just some of the things that have made mine that little bit brighter...

A sampling of some of the mahoosive, yummy lunches and dinners that helped me to a 5lb loss last week. Yes - I get laughed at for taking piccies of my dinner. But some of us in  the local Slimming World group on FB share photos of meals and it's surprising how seeing what someone else is eating gives you ideas for your own week. Especially if you are struggling a bit. Which I have since Christmas - so last week was a welcome kick up the bum towards getting me back on track - the end is in sight now!
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Slimming World meals
My little Bear welcoming the new Princess with a kiss to her forehead. Melt? Just a bit!
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This lots new favourite after dinner activity. Coin rubbing! I think Devvie got them on it, Craig is absolutely loving it. Devvie has a big coin collection from different countries so they were loving seeing all the different patterns and designs in glorious multi-colour.
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Diggers and hairdressing. That's what this Bear is obsessed with. One of his favourite games is to stand behind me with his hairdressing set and style my hair. I either have to sit on the floor while he's on the sofa or he stands behind me on my chair while I'm on the pc. I swear if he isn't a builder, he's going into hairdressing! He broke his toy hair straighteners this week. You would have thought the world had ended. I am now on the hunt for a cheap set.
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And this is his favourite after dinner pudding at the moment. Tea. Yep a cup of tea and biscuits to dunk - what two year old asks for a cup of tea? Mine, that's who.
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My art gallery fridge freezer. Our fridge sits behind me, from where I'm sat now and the side of it is the face I see. So when I get little bits of postcard sized art like these canvasses, I add magnets to the back so I can sit and enjoy them. Especially when I am sat here cursing my maths revision - I can look up and this makes me smile! Art by Donna Rodgers - Red Lady, Susie Foulkes - Steam Punk, Jo Urbani - Ice Lolly, Sarah aka Lost Dogs - Stamp Head Cat, Jas Gosling - Tangled Scene, Me - Button Fairy and Pheebs - Doggy canvas and family pennant. 
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Other things that have made me smile this week:
  • Starting to get a good revision/art/work ratio going. It's taken me long enough but am finally getting into a good routine. I managed to finish up a commission this week, start another and get at least an hour a night of revision in too. Up till now it's been either/or. Maths revision OR art. And it was quite crappy to say the least. But the balance is starting to get better - not so much juggling - better time management. (Thanks, dodgy internet!)
  • I started using Instagram this week and am loving it. (This is me.) I want to cut down on social media - it's to much of a time suck, I got caught in the trap of reading to many of these articles that said you have to be on ALL of them publicising yourself - if you want this to be more than a hobby. So I signed myself up to loads and got thoroughly confused and had even less time to actual art. So I think I'm going to prune right back. I like Instagram, I love my blog and the rest are on probation till I decide which to ditch.
  • I know a lot of people have been moaning about it - but I have really enjoyed all the election stuff this year. Maybe it's because Devvie was old enough to vote this time. Maybe because it felt so personal as well. We watched all the debates, talked it to death and walked up to vote, the three of us, last night. It's definitely been an interesting one - that's for sure.
  • My sister having a de-clutter means I got two new pairs of unworn trainers and the entire Buffy and Angel DVD boxsets! Woohoo!
That's going to do me this week. I'm off to link up with Virginia

How has your week been?

Mega Huge Rocking Friday Catch Up...

Apologies - this is going to be picture heavy. I can't believe early February was the last time I managed to do one of these. Dodgy internet has meant I haven't even tried to get one compiled, although I have still been counting my positives each week, popping photos into my little folder on the PC. It's ingrained now, you've totally changed the way I think over these past few years Virginia.

So. What's happened to make me smile since... ahem... February.

Well, my eldest baby turned 18. I tried to forbid it. I tried to stop it. I got a tad emosh behind the scenes. But it happened anyway. We asked her how she wanted to celebrate and she chose a quiet night in with an indian takeaway. So that's what we did... The day before her birthday. We knew she'd have lots of people coming to see her on the actual day so we thought that was the best way to give her what she wanted. The following evening we had a dvd sesh with one of our friends and a pizza buffet on the table. It was really nice.
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The Bear thought she needed a bit of help with the candle blowing
Talking of birthdays, mine was at the end of February. I was spoilt rotten with books and arty supplies. A couple of friends, Virginia & Mel, got me the Inktense - have wanted to try those for ages. The pencils and sketchpad came in a black satchel and was from my Dad "for school" :)
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The bunny above, I won recently on the Royal Doulton Facebook page. It's a special edition by the artist Pure Evil. Isn't he fabulous?  He's sitting on top of the books I'm reading at the moment. The top one was a Christmas present but the bottom two were for my birthday from a couple of lovely friends.

Fables is a collection of the first few Fables comic books. I'm loving that - fairy tale characters transplanted to America - and not at all as we know them. Thanks Susie - I'm loving it. It has introduced me properly to the artist James Jean who did the covers. He's amazing! The Dave McKean book is simply stunning to look at and compiles his covers for the Sandman books minus the title, price, barcodes etc. He goes into detail about how he did them and it just engrosses me completely. My friend Sarah got me it, she actually introduced me to Dave McKean and the Sandman stuff when she compared something I drew to his work. I am a little obsessed by him now and realise what a massive compliment that was. The picture below gives a little peek inside...
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And then I got these two books as well, the Wonderbook is amazing crammed full of colour and information. I'm just about finished the Coraline book now - my oldest (as in time known, not that she is ancient... ) friend Lesley got me that and the Liquitex in the picture up top. Am cracking through both the book and the paint - thanks Lesley :) I'm on such a Neil Gaiman kick at the moment -  I've got American Gods lined up next.

I have been saving up for two years for a phone with a decent camera. I just wanted a camera in my pocket - don't care about the phone. My Dad, Craig, his Mum and a couple of friends knew this and gave me some pennies for my birthday which finally took my savings up to the right amount. Woohoo! So I have had great fun playing with my new toy - I love wandering around old cemeteries and am quite often in our small local one. It's a nice walk through and there's loads of birds and squirrels in there. Here are a few of my favourite statues - taken on the first day out with the new camera. (I don't even call it a phone.) It's got a lovely camera on it - more megapixels than my actual bulky camera. These were just point and shoot piccies so I am looking forward to having a play with all the settings and whatnot.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Cemetery Angels
This little Miss learned to tie her shoe laces in February - we all know what a tricky one that is. She was so proud of herself :)
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Rachael aka Shroo and I have decided to become old fashioned penpals. You know, physically writing to each other and getting an actual non-bill letter through the door. She's an amazing artist (go check her out) and it just really brightens my week opening up a package of sunshine like this. (Yes, zombies and fantastical fish definitely count as sunshine.)
Whoopidooings: Art by Shroo
Slow cooker curry. Mmm mmm mmm. Craig's Mum gave us her slow cooker and I am just loving it. 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Slow Cooker Curry
My sister and her girlfriend bought two carrier bags full of art stuffs when they dropped my birthday pressie in. The kids had done a clear out and don't really do art much now so I inherited all this. Canvasses, paints, easle, pastels. So much stuff! Ruby and Pheebs have already been using the paints. (And trashing my shedio. Phoebe!) So it's definitely appreciated.
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Look at this. You wont believe how quiet it was at this moment in time. No shouting, no arguing, no banging and bashing. Perfect peace with brother and sister sharing a moment. I couldn't resist taking a sneaky snap.
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Cute little Marmite pots squirrelled away from an all you can eat breakfast buffet. Some people pocket the muffins. I pocket the Marmite pots.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - I Love Marmite
Beautiful sunsets at the end of a long drive home and crisp frosty mornings to greet us.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Sunset & Frosty Morning
Craig and I found ourselves in Essex the other week. Would've been rude not to drop into Ikea, sample the breakfast and have a little look around. I bought some lovely white plant pots to use as pencil holders and finally got a deep frame for the Highland Coo tile we got on our last Scotland trip.
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But best of all... Craig surprised me when we got to the pick up area, by going and picking up a turquoise Raskog!! 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Raskog
I've wanted one for months and months and months. After seeing all the storage ideas online and having not much space here - it seemed perfect. But quite expensive. So it's been on my 'save up for' list. I now have to be patient as it is still in the box. When Devvie goes to uni in September (everything crossed for her) we will be moving into her loft bedroom and the two younger ones will be having our room. Our room is the biggest but a funny L shape. We've worked out that although Devvie's room is smaller, because it's a rectangle, we can get our bed in and a desk for me. So I will have an indoors, out of the way area to work on in the Winter. I wont have to pack stuff away for fear of rippage, or doodled over stuff. I might even be able to set my sewing machine up. Yay! So the Raskog is for there, we'll set it up in September. Ain't he a gem, my man?

And you know what? That'll do me. How's that for a catch up. Of course there has been loads more that has made me smile but I fear I may be already at ridonkulous length for this post.

Thanks for stopping by today :) How have you been?
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
Rocking Friday is the brainchild of Virginia over at Celtic House. She encourages you to look back over your week and count your positives rather than focus on the negatives.  I'm not kidding when I say she has re-programmed the way I think. It's not a quick process by any means but it becomes habit - to look for the good. I have suffered from depression in the past. It's not something I talk about a lot and I still have my moments. But in the main. I try always, always to find a positive these days. I really recommend it :)


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