Saturday, 30 January 2016

Wanderlust Challenge... January....


Hi all...

Well... I managed to finish my first Wanderlust Challenge piece in the middle of a storm! I have been fighting wind & rain... lots of it! I have louver windows in my craft room so the wind has been blowing the rain up and over the glass!!! Its been pretty crazy!

Anyway... In between dodging the showers I completed my very first Wanderlust Challenge... it was to be inspired by the following quote...

'Sometimes what your most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free...'

...instead of being afraid of 'doing' something in particular... I chose the word 'Change'... in our own children as well as ourselves as parents... I thinks is very natural for parents to be afraid for their children... 'will they be OK?'... but, more often than not, they they will thrive & live amazing lives... and still cause you sleepless nights no matter how old they are... I've just turned 50 and my parents still worry about me... & my life is definitely amazing!


A 'nest' always feels very nurturing, but the baby birds have go through a lot of changes...  first they need to grow feathers... they need to eventually leave the nest... learn to fly & live their life... simple...

In my case, my wonderful son has recently turned 18... he's starting UNI next year... now works part time... drives and is completely self sufficient.  We have always encouraged him to be self sufficient & not be 'afraid' of 'Change'... to learn from mistakes, grow and develop skills to help him live a full and rewarding life... We have commented this week that things have changed so much in the last few months... all in a good way... he seems so mature now... I'm not driving him to friends houses... not running him to school anymore... he is off doing his own thing... One thing he often say to me is... 'Don't worry Mum... I'll be fine...' and I know he will be...

It can be easy for anyone to take the easy road and not to change anything because of fear... but where is the fun in that! Just ask my son!!!














so... this is how my little 'Nest of Change' started... using watercolour paper I roughly sketched a nest... drawing in 3 precious little eggs... drew in more detail and using a Faber Castel super fine Pitt Artist Pen, I drew the final image... rubbed out the pencil and used my Faber Castel Albrecht Durer Water Colour Pencils to add colour to the nest... the eggs were coated with Ranger Glossy Accents... the little water droplets were also made with the Glossy Accents...






...for the leaves, I stamped out the images using a Stampin' Up! French Foliage stamp... coloured them with watercolour pencils... using the same colours of the nest... cut them out and screwed them up a bit while they were still wet... let them dry and added a bit more black shading... and started the fun part of layering... more watercolour, more pencil, more distressing etc. etc....





Below is my view at the moment out my little window of my shed... (its a pretty awesome 'shed')  rain, rain & more rain...We are on 2 1/2 acres and the bit behind the trees is miles of ever changing farmland... looking a bit brown at the moment but in the middle of winter it is beautiful & green... still... not bad for part of a backyard... my little horse friends live just to the left so I often hear them when I have the windows open... doesn't get much better than that!!!


This was an awesome challenge... It made me think a lot of how rich our lives are... we don't ever take anything for granted... enjoy every day and laugh lots!!!!

Till next time...

Luv Deb x

Monday, 25 January 2016

Wanderlust Journey. .. Week 4...


Hi all...

This weeks lesson was taught by the very talented Teresa McFayden... called 'A Fruitful Year'...
It was all about still life painting... I have never painted a still life before so this was a bit out of my comfort zone... It was all about composition as well as the actual painting...

I chose purple figs... no surprise to those of you who know me and know that I am completely obsessed by the colour purple... we have a few of these fig trees growing on our property... not only do they taste awesome they look amazing... I can't wait till we are picking these little babies...

so... here is my painting... called... 'The Purple Fig'... (no surprise there... but it needed a name...)







I just have to say this whole Wanderlust Journey has completely blown me away... I have met some amazing people... learnt some invaluable lessons and have produced some pieces that may have never attempted... for anyone who needs that challenge I would recommend jump on board... you will love it... the link is on the right hand side...

Well, that's it from me for now... might go out and make some cards... haven't done that in a while...

Till next time...

Luv Deb x

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Wanderlust Book prompt #2... 'What I really want is...'



'What I really want is...'

'...COFFEE! Now!!!
...please... white with no sugar... thanks...'

...this weeks Wanderlust Book prompt, What I really want is...) was a spur of the moment decision... needing no 'prompting description' written on the page (I was hanging out for a cup when I read the prompt...) The word 'Coffee' says it all! It can mean, 'I need to wake up'... or... 'lets sit down & have a chat... or... 'ooohh... I think I need to sober up'.... or... 'how cool is this coffee shop... fancy a coffee?'... or... 'hang on a sec... I'll just put the kettle on..'  The list is endless... if it can be placed in a 'drip'.. I'm in! Its a universal beverage that brings us all together or enables us to simply to enjoy a quiet time on your own...

Well.. here is my 'What I really want is Coffee!' journal page... inspired by Kasia's Wanderlust Class on Composition Building...


...so, this is how the big 'Coffee Caper' began... I had these awesome retro styled  digital 'Coffee' images & paper from Pickleberry Pop... great site for digital downloads... printed & cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo... glued them down on some watercolour paper that has been painted with gesso and after the glue had dried added a touch more gesso on top of the whole thing to grunge it up a bit more and add a bit more texture...



...then... all the added colour was done using Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils... (these are awesome!!) Stampin' Up! inks, and a H2O water brush... the coffee rings are done using a Kaszazz stamp with inks...

so... here's a closer look...








Well... speaking of coffee... time to put the kettle on... white with no sugar thanks... :)

Till next time..

Luv Deb x

Monday, 18 January 2016

Wanderlust Journey... Week 3..




Morning all...

Well... we are already in week 3 of the awesome Wanderlust course...  absolutely lovin' it! This weeks class is all about composition building and making a 'Travel' journal... mine was more of a 'Creative Thoughts' Journal... taught by the very talented Kasia Krzyminska... I spent the whole entire day yesterday in my craft room playing... mmmm... it was a hard day... mmm... lets see.. housework or crafting... I choose crafting...

Anyway... this is my finishing result for my day of 'playing'... many, many layers of paper, glue, ink, gesso, watercolour pencil, markers, stamps etc, etc... the book itself was made using old boxes our Derwent Pencils come in... I simply cannot bring myself to throw out anything 'kraft' looking that can be turned into cards or in this case a very rustic Journal...





so... I grabbed my 'bits' (pictured above)... and went to town...

It never ceases to amaze me what you can do with a simple sheet of paper and a whole lot of  TLC.... the finished book feels so textured and 'yummy'... yes... I have issues... :) I will definitely be using Kasia's book binding technique again... LOVE IT!







...and now for a bit of a closer 'snoop'... if you look hard enough, you may see some paper napkins I managed to sneak in... (the red leaves above and the pink flowers below... )






Well... its getting late... time for a quick cuppa and hit the sack... time for the next challenge...
stay tuned, thanks for popping by...

Till next time,

Luv Deb x