I lost my little cat Saturday night and life is all higgledy-piggledy at the moment. Little Jaques (Jay-qu-es - not French Jack - from Shakespeare) was the runt of the litter - not fully weaned and had dreadful conjunctivitis in both eyes when he came to me. He was 17 - always a tiny cat - very neat and tidy in himself - loved being out in the garden but always close to home. He has been very well - but fragile this past few weeks and I was aware that something was up. I am glad for him that he spent his last late night in sharing supper with hubby when he got in after a wedding gig on Saturday night. Jaques must have died in the night and we found him on Sunday morning. He is buried with his brother's ashes in the garden that he loved to chase the mice in after living a very contented and happy life
I am not at full form at the moment. I was so tired and sore last week it's going to take a while for me to shake it off and get back to top form. I have done a couple of journal pages but I am not really thrilled with them. I don't like this one - the background is too black - and I should have drawn the brain (it's hidden under the vellum tab) at least twice the size - need to think bigger - B-I-G-G-E-R.
I am a bit happier with this one. Sometimes it takes someone to say - why not ---- - for the light bulb to come on. I have sewn on cards and scrapbook pages for year - why not sew in my journal too! This is from a Memory Keepers stitching stencil that is donkeys years old - and I love the technique of applying paint to your page with a credit card. the dots are gold glitter peel off dots
If you use the edge of a credit card to apply paint you get a really thin - almost translucent 'swipe' of paint on the page.
So now I can get all the rubbish out of my system and get back to being on form again Love kitten
I had a day out yesterday with the 'goat' at the dog show. we just love the dog show events - we have been a 'fixture' at the Lune Valley Agility show for - phew - must be over 8 years - we started before we had Henry. We got into it because I was working our William (and he must be 11 about now). It is such a fantastic time - the County Showground is block booked for 10 days by the Lune Valley dog training club - and people arrive from all over the country to take part. There is a mini 'village' of tents / campers / caravans / and mobile homes to die for - a couple of local catering vans, the milk man, the Tesco van, the camping gas man, the local brewery ;-) all visit every day to keep everyone going with the basics. There are toilets, water taps and showers there for those that need it, and several doggie suppliers have tents. We were going to go on Sunday - but the weather was just not practical - and hubby is well over swamped with other work - so the only day we managed this year was Monday. so here we go - all line up for a picture
William did the 'meet and greet' to settle any doggie nerves at having a picture done
this is what the dog portraits look like (these are old examples)
Who's the muppet that ver carefully and securely sewed the velcro fastening on back to front - and then wondered why it did not work - that would be me then!
I made an envelope bag to fit in my Gansai watercolours and a colouring book to carry around. I measured so carefully where to put the second piece of velcro type fastening - and I put the hookie side down instead of up - see - we all do it ;-) I very carefully unpicked it and turned it round.
Don't ask me for sizes - I just used to box as a template for the big front - then cut envelop shaped flaps for the back. It is lined with some fabric that was gifted to me about 3 years ago - the bias is from the pattered bundles we have in the shop - and the red pompom is from the the felt trimmings that I am selling off
I have no head today and I just wanted to doodle about with out having to think what I was doing. The background is Dylusions inks painted from my water brushes - I just fill them with the ink and use them like a paint brush (I have one for each colour and keep the ink in them all the time). Then I just kind of doodled zened all afternoon. Big thick black lines for a change - I wanted them to really stand out.
I m getting on really well with my tidy up campaign. At the moment the contents of the box room shelves are all over my bedroom ;-) It is improving - really - I am having a good blast over of all the kits to get them streamlined and consistent. And I will be able to get finished the ones that have been hanging about since before the builder's upheaval. There is a new kit for yo - the Darling Dragon pin cushion. He stands about 3 1/2" tall and he is based on something I made for my needlework exams about a million years ago.
The felt pieces are already cut for you - and as it's one of my kits - everything y ou need to complete the project is in the little plastic work box (well it's a takeaway tub - but they make brilliant little project boxes).
It has taken me loads of attempts - I kept messing up one of the elements - then when I thought I had finally got it all - the audio gave me problems. But it's done at last. I so admire the people who have channels and do amazing stuff with their videos - I will never be that clever. And I will never be that tidy or organised to do a long run at a project. I hope to do short 'how tos' - I will show you how to draw a mushroom this afternoon. Well I will record it - it will probable take me another week to get it fit to be seen! Anyway - here is my video - a short tour of the shop - it looks huge in this ;-)
And seeing the sunshine always makes me want to Spring Clean. I have had a good old clean and re-organise iof the front boards
I do love my little shop - I feel I am making real progress now after the move upheaval - finally getting things organised, clean and tidy - and all labeled properly. It has taken me a little while to find my style and look - but I think that has been down to circumstances beyond my control.
I have sorted out all the cross stitch and tapestry and put them on the door trellis panel - looks really pretty.
Right - now my housekeeping duties are done I can spend the afternoon colouring.
This evening's work will be starting on Posh Dog jumpers for the coming winter.
OK chaps - this is the first 'proper' how to do video on the princesskitten channel on a you tube video - now - this is my first attempt - and the lighting is not 'spot on' - but it's a very easy and practical drawing that you can all do and use in your projects. I am using Videopad to do the editing - which for the less techie endowed of us - I find really easy to use - then uploading to you tube and adding a free music track for the background
Any tech advice is always welcome and anyone with a local (Cumbria / Kendal) band / singer who would like me to use their sound track (with credits of course) - know idea where this will go - but who knows ;-) Love kitten
Several different journal pages to share today - some in my bible and some of my Gansai watercolour I did this cute little birdie - acrylic background - stamped bird coloured with Gansai watercolour
Then I did this paint effect - it is much prettier than it looks and there are bronze clock faces embossed onto it.
I liked the effect so much I did the cover of my little watercolour book using the same technique. There are 3 blues and 1 green paint colour dabbed on first - pat all the colours together and dry a bit - then you wipe over with a bit of metallic copper paint and wipe back to show the base colours - I added a bit of very dark red over the top for depth - rubbed a dry Memento Black pad around the edges to age - then I drew on the wings and crown pattern through a stencil with just a black fine liner pen (I did try to use paint but the cover has a canvas effect and the paint kept bleeding under the stencil and making a mess) - then I added the white highlights - wow did that make the image come alive! I am sure a few more bits and bobs will get added in a while - but I love it so far.
Then I coloured a Lisa Victoria stamp with the Ganasi - the wing colour is one of the metallics in the set - sheer silver (over a light colour tone undercoat) - really pretty
and I painted a tree kind of following along with a youtube video. It's growing on me - I might try the technique again with autumn colours and remember to leave the tops more 'open' for the branches to show. Sometimes you have to go away for a bit and then come back to your work with a fresh eye to see what you could improve on.
So that's the weekends creativity so far. At the moment I am working in my colouring book to experiment with the watercolours. A pre-printed colouring book is great for taking the stress out of creating the actual image shape - and it leaves you to just concentrate on the watercolour and how it reacts to how you work it.
Ephemera: The term 'ephemera' covers printed items that have been designed not to last ie. bus/train/ride tickets, handbills, leaflets, posters, advertising, packaging, flyers, newspapers, menus As the Ephemera Society says - 'The minor transient documents of everyday life'. When you think of all the junk that falls out of our monthly magazines / news papers / handouts everywhere - and we think it's junk - take that 'advert for a cruse' - age it by - say just over 100 years - that could have been the flyer for the Titanic!! - All those postcards sent from the lines in the first world war - 'ephemera' - not designed to last more than a few days (well months - post!) - and we are spellbound by them. Those amazing vintage adverts - we all hark back to 'better days' - designed to be thrown away - so beautiful. So in this big age that everyone calls 'the throwaway generation' - we have never been so documented and saved. I am going to create a journal page from one of the junk mail flyers I get this week - might even video it and add it to my youtube we need a new word for modern ephemera - 'junk that is here now - and will be available for years to come if you google it' Suggestions on a (ephemera) postcard - or a ( ??? ) email ;-)
I started this canvas an age ago. It got put aside when I started with Personal Impressions because there was so much to do to start off. All the bits and bobs were there waiting on the kitchen bench - now I have actually made the effort to get it finished.
The side detail
In its place on the end wall of the shop - and yes - I have spritzed the wall with inks ;-)
I am not on my game at the moment - I was so tired and washed out last week that it will take me a bit to get back to full action again. Not really pleased with this one - the background is too black - and the brain drawing (underneath the vellum tab) really - really should have been bigger - twice the size at least
Happier with this one though. Sew on a journal page - some times it takes someone else to say - why not try ----
I love the technique of applying paint to your paper with a credit card
You can get a really lovely 'scrape' of paint - so thin it's almost clear. I will be more on top of stuff this week Love kitten