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Monday, December 5, 2016

Bookmarks for my school librarians

During term time I'm a part-time school librarian, and I have wonderful students who help me in my job. In 2014  I made bookmarks from Pelmet Vilene for my head librarian and deputy. Last year I decided I'd make one for every librarian. Starting with dylusions inks on a base of watercolour paper, they were fun to make and very well received :-) Even seen some still using them this 12 months later!
I liked the watercolour paper for the base, and this time started with some random sprays through stencils
and a bit of lighter sprays for the backs
Then I added some more general shapes in paint - used some of my mini gelli plates which was fun for some of this
I don't think you can go wrong as long as you don't mix wet paint to make mud. They look cool once trimmed to size (click on any photo to see it larger)
Messages of thanks added to the back and fibre tassels added
and then time to add some stamping as I thought they needed
and others just looked good without having to add anything else
There were a few too many for my students, so added some lovely butterflies for some of my friends
The librarians had theirs delivered this morning. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

FFII : Week 3

Loving that I joined Effy's 8-week online class Facing Forward II : the things we need to hearEach face focuses on a different technique and I'm also enjoying the affirmations that we create to go with each. You get access indefinitely. Just as well, cos although she says "there is no 'behind' except the one you plant in your chair" class is about to finish! This lesson was a paint over collage and Effy was inspired by this image : 
Her sneak peek on FB was this :
I thought you might like to see that and see where I got to, using the same base collage image! 
I love how I started but got "stuck" here for a long time - just consumed by other projects and thought I was blocked because this stage was in my journal for weeks. However, once I got going again and changed her up with some white, she developed nicely.
I am a bit sad that her wildness above becomes a bit too tamed below. I pushed to keep going one night when I should have sat with it...I don't hate her, but not as in love with her....
Next day decided I need to fix that hair 
And although I took her in a totally different direction than I had thought - OMG - in love again!
Attention to lips and bringing back some darker shading made my happiness complete
I ♥ that we can end up in such different places from the exact same starting point. All along I was thinking the affirmation "Brave enough to choose my own path. I know what is right for me" and in the end I decided I didn't need to add the words. I am happy she is complete and gives the message without them.
See all the blog posts about the faces I've created in this class HERE. See my Flickr album for all my art from Book of Days and Facing Forward II classes with Effy HERE

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December Inspirations

It's December tomorrow! Have you got yourself some Christmas projects? I've had such a crazy busy November that December is going to be finish the madness at work and then organise what's happening for Christmas holidays at my house with hopefully time to catch up on some creative projects I've wanted to explore but not had time to do. If you have more time than me, I highly recommend some kind of December Daily project. I've done a couple in the past. See my posts about my Stitched Paper Journal HERE
and my December Daily from 2013 HERE.
If you are wanting to try something new, here are some more recent inspirations :
Felted wool ornaments by Judy Coates Perez - full instructions HERE.
12ornaments
Balzer Designs : #Carve December 2016 is coming

See all her stamp carving posts HERE.
Andrea Gomoll is creating an Artsy Advent Calendar in December and posting every day
Plus there's a giveaway as well - find out all the details HERE.
And from previous years, still available and also free : 
Alisa Burke's Holiday Play HERE.
and Five Golden Letterings with Joanne Sharp HERE.
If you need other inspiration, scroll through ALL of my blog posts about Christmas HEREMerry Merry ♥
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