Wednesday, 17 July 2013


Well Wednesday again and not too much going on at my desk today, just a pile of journals looking for a place to be stored *sighs* and also an 8 x 8 mixed media canvas that I had finished and was left standing there after being photographed! Was really pleased with this piece and it can be found HERE if you are interested in taking a look.

That's about it for today, all very quick as I have loads to do today, but if you are wondering why I am showing off my ...erm... 'creative' space then please pop over to Julia's place to see what all the fuss and fun is about.

Take care, thanks for dropping by



Jackie x

8 x 8 Mixed Media - "Imagination"

Well , what can I say! It DID take some imagination to get this piece to work in the end!

It is a 'reworked' piece, and by that I mean an old canvas that had been previously painted and collaged and I wasn't happy with. So I decided to 'canabalise' it and do something else. There are so many layers on this piece it defies belief!!
Firstly I removed what I could from the piece while it was dry, I wanted quite a bit of texture and wasn't really happy with the result so I gave it a spritz of water and then gave it all a good rub over , this managed to remove a couple of the previously collaged layers in places, when it was dry I gave it a rub with some sandpaper and a wipe over with a damp cloth just to get rid of the 'bits'.

The whole thing then got a coat of Gesso and was set aside to dry. I used a few techniques for the background - random painting with acrylic,  some crackle finish with PVA Glue and acrylic paint, more random painting with acrylic paint and when I zapped it with the heat gun to dry it quick the layers started to bubble - Nice! LOVED this idea so just kept it in the piece! I ended up highlight that with a lighter shade of paint using the 'dry brush' technique. I love when you  have 'happy accidents'!

The Jars, light bulbs and flowers are stamps from The Artistic Stamper and from her Steampunk range , ! I LOVE these stamps!  The Pocket Watches and Chicken Wire background stamp were also used.

The bottom light bulb was the plain bulb and was stamped onto paper coloured with Distress Stain in Wild Honey, I then over stamped it with Dots Background in Fired Brick Distress Ink and then triple embossed it, sadly the photo doesn't show this.

The Jars and watches were done in a similar way only I used gloss medium to 'varnish' the jars and a Sakura glaze pen on the watches.
The Quote is from Albert Einstein and is handwritten on some old book pages which were coloured with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

REALLY pleased with this piece and I have had a lot good feedback about this so this one will be used for 'show' and may even end up with a companion because it has given me an idea to do something more with those pocket watches!

Thanks for dropping by,

Take care

Jackie x

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Junk Journal .

Those of you who follow me know that I take part in the WOYWW blog hop every wednesday - there is a clickable link in my sidebar , just look for the WOYWW badge - . When I shared my desk this week that little journal was sitting there as I had been working on it. I was asked if I could show pictures and explain what I have to it so far so here goes....

It is in fact an old High School diary/organsier belonging to my son. he was going to throw it away but I manage to rescue it. It is A5 size and I plan on using 'desktop scraps' and as many recycled things as I can for decorating it.

Now here is a photo of the front cover. It is clear plastic and no matter what I used the papers just would not stick so had to resort to double sided sticky tape and will use a few clips as well.....*note to oneself - snad it down next time* ...

The cover :- Some off cuts of decorative papers, stamped tissue paper, an oddment of lace and  some beads. The 'paintpots' are cut from one of those colour swatch magazines you get from the DIY stores.

This is the inside of the plastic cover, A piece of 'mop-up' kitchen roll from using the Dylusions inks sprays, and image from a CD rom printed off aaaaages ago, and an offcut of card for the journalling.

This is the  back side of the cardboard cover behind the plastic cover, because this was palin white I didn't need to do anything to it so thought it was perfect for painting on. I didn't set out to 'do' anything to this page just started by making some 'marks' with Inktense pencils and this is what turned out.

This is the page opposite , now these pages are very thin so I stuck two of them together, so they wouldn't disintegrate when I put 'stuff' on them! I gave this one a base of gesso first, used acrylic inks for the background and just drew the letters with Inktense pencils. the journaling is done using black pitt fineliners and a white posca paint marker.

The two photos above are just to show what the pages are like untreated so to speak.

Really looking forward to the challenge of this little book, will be interesting to see what I can come up with just with using the 'scraps' that were lying on my desk 'unused'!

Thanks for dropping by,

Take care

Jackie x


Wednesday again!! Sheesh! Where did the week go? .... Many Thanks to those of you who dropped by and left comments last week and sincere apologies for not being able to visit as may of you as I'd liked to have done.

This picture was taken last night before I stopped for the night hence the horrible lighting. In 'mid-flow' on a little 'junk journal' ( an old high school diary belonging to my son) here so you can see the 'stuff' I was using for that page. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A LOOK A couple of tins of Inktense pencils, some pens glue and other bits and pieces. Got a box of Acrylic Inks sitting on top of that Thesaurus draped in the lovely white wires of my headphones for my phone!! Behind that is a set of stacking boxes which contain alcohol inks and all the accoutriments, next to that is a humungus ginormous tub of gesso along with Gloss medium, matt medium glue and a pencil sharepener! That big canvas stow-it-all /organiser (yeah right) is in a serious need of some clearing out (like whenever)! lol

So there you have it....What's On my Workdesk today....if you are wondering what all this is about then please pop over to Julia's and have a wee looksee. There you have can have a look at what the world has on their desks!

Take care and thanks for dropping by

Jackie x

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Watercolour Sketches.

Just having a little play with some watercolours. Not really done much with these so decided it was time to try them out.

A couple of intuitive images in my A3 Sketchbook and i am really pleased with the way they have turned out.

Just painted what was in my head really  so there was no real 'aim or goal'. I work like this most of the time as my head is soooo full of 'stuff' so there are plenty ideas there lol!

Not really many techniques to go through, just watercolour paints and pen and ink detailing.

Thanks for looking

Jackie x

20 x 16 inch Canvas (pt 2)

Good morning everyone , and such a beautiful day it is too, going to another scorcher today methinks.

Anyway, here is the second installment of the 'set of four' canvas saga!

This one I struggled with a little and I think that was purely down to the colour! but I managed it and reworked a couple of things to get them to stand out better.  You will get a better look if you click on the image to enlarge it a little.

Not as happy with this as I was the 'Dance' piece but it is much better than it was before! This photo really does not do it any justice at all becuase there are some lovely Bronze highlights and some background stamping as well.

Just a quick post today as I have a few other things I want to do.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Jackie x

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Wow Wednesday already, where did the last week go !

Shock and horror !! I actually gave my crafty space a wee tidy up!! Still got loads to do but at least I can move around a little !

Felt like doing a little journaling in my new A3 Pink Pig Sketchbook ! I LOVE these sketchbooks!! Used them all the time at college hence the fact I bought a 'couple' before I those prices I wasn't turning them down! They can be a tad pricey in the 'real world'! That big one was £3:50 so enough said!!

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who left wonderful comments last week I really do appreciate them all. So without further ado I will show you all the finished CANVAS I was working on when you all popped in last week. I would also like to apologise for not being able to take time to visit you all, just ran out of hours.... I had a visitor staying last week.

Anyway if you would like to know what I'm prattling on about and why on earth I'm revealing what's on my workdesk then pop over to JULIA'S to find out. Enjoy your journey!

I am off to do lots of 'paperwork' and computer work today so no crafting for me I'm afraid.

Take care Happy WOYWW

Jackie x