Friday, 28 September 2012

Folksy Friday - Warm Ears and Toasty Toes!

Have a super busy week planned this week, were off to the Dr Who Experience today a treat for my Dad who’s been ill, then fish and chips for lunch and if it’s not raining a boat tour around the bay!.

Tomorrow is a craft fair which is usually very busy so fingers crossed for a good turn out and dry weather, and then on Sunday it’s off to the museum to see the new Turner paintings on display, lunch in town and then to buy a new quilt!

This is followed by a really busy week in work going from Wrexham on Monday to Cardiff on Tuesday and then Bridgend at the end of the week, by next Saturday I may need a lie down lol!. This weeks picks are all things that have caught my eye that would be useful for keeping me toasty whilst out and about this week.....

A hat to keep my ears warm – Nofkants Curios
A scarf that won’t get easily blown away – Knittingtopia
Fingerless gloves great for the craft fair – Uniquely Yours
Stylish Shawl from Eccentric Ella
Toasty toes from Legyveil

Well that’s if for now, thanks for stopping by have a great week ahead everyone TTFN

Friday, 14 September 2012

Art of the moment - Folksy Friday

This weekend I have set myself a challenge to try at least one different painting technique. As many of you know I am a bit of a crafty butterfly flitting from one craft to another and even then I just have to sample every technique! So it will come as no surprise then that this weekend I am going to try my hand at ‘one stroke’ I have new brushes and some acrylic paint, I have watched all the u-tube video’s and I can’t wait to get stuck in. Being part of Folksy is a fabulous thing, I have met and made many friendships there and we often share tip, tricks and value the feedback we get from our friends on the forums. Over the past few months it seems everyone else has also been having a go at trying their hand at something different, so in this weeks blog I am going to show a selection of work from my fellow friends & artists on folksy.

First up is Margaret who has been practising with ink based pencils then adding layers of watercolour to great effect, I love the softness of this poppy and the technique would be well worth a go for other types of flowers as it has an almost ‘dreamy’ quality that I think would work really well on pale colours. 
One of my favourite background techniques is to use cling film to create some texture, in stephie’s stunning lighthouse, you can see the use of cling film around the edges with darker pigments gives wonderful depth to the painting and frames the lighthouse perfectly. 
Brenda now if you thought I was a crafty butterfly well then Brenda is probably the red admiral to my painted lady. Brenda as usual is leading the way, this time with the one stroke technique, her work and gorgeous flowers are what have inspired me to have a go at this simple technique. In this gorgeous little painting the colours blend really well and I still can’t believe that each petal is painted in just one stoke, by loading the brush with 2 or more colours and blending as you paint. A really fabulous effect and I can’t wait to have a go now

After years of painting more traditionally and representational work Imogen has let her creativity run wild and unleashed her imagination to great effect, with bold strokes and random shapes. In this painting we can see some wonderful shapes and textures created, Imogen says “I suddenly feel the urge to break out and explore my imagination, which is filled with a bank of shapes and colours bursting to be free”, well I say well done you for getting outside your comfort zone and trying something completely new I for one love this new style, it’s bold, quirky, colourful and unique!
Gina has been doing a lot of wet in wet watercolours over the past few weeks and this one is by far my absolute favourite. Despite the unpredictable nature of painting in this technique, Gina has managed to control the paint just enough to give definition where it’s needed and reveal this cheeky little chappie. Again in this painting we see the use of cling film in the branch which adds that little extra dimension. This would make a fab Christmas card!
Often when using pale watercolours it is difficult to get definition to your subject. In this lovely little painting we can see that Pam has added a feathery outline in ink, this is also one of my preferred techniques when using pale colours. Using a really fine tip ink pen little feathery lines in the right places give good definition without making it look like a picture you have ‘coloured in’ and without taking away the depth as can happen with thicker marks, I think Pam has got it spot on here!
Well that’s if for now hopefully next time I’ll have some new work of my own to show as well, hope you enjoyed my artful eye candy and learnt a bit about different techniques TTFN

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Folksy Friday - Commuter Brightners

Well the children are slowing going back to school, the summer is nearly over and it’s going to take a while to get back into a routine.

My kids are grownups now so I don’t have the holidays with them at home, but for the past 8 weeks I have been able to leave the house knowing that the traffic will be light and I’ll arrive at work in a sunny mood.

But that’s about to end now that stress free commuting is gone, so I’ll arrive at the office feeling wound up already!. I tried leaving earlier this week but just got stuck in traffic of commuters trying to avoid the school rush by leaving early lol!,

So it seems I’ll just have to accept that my morning commute will be what it will be and there’s nothing I can do to change it! I guess I am not the only one who feels the commuter stress, so this week I got to thinking that what is needed is something to make the morning journey a little brighter.

I looked around Folksy and found a lovely selection of nik naks that could be kept in your car or handbag that I’m sure would put a smile on your face and reduce the stress:-

Merry Berry – Zip tag

The Glass Mountain – Calming Lavender Bag 
Crafty Mushroom - Keyring

Pawsome Creations – Phone Cover 
 Red devil Crafts – Cute Purse

Oh well roll on half term lol :)!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Folksy September Sellers - Christmas Early Birds

Well it’s the 2nd September and as we say farewell to the Augusteers and hello to the September Sellers you can expect to start seeing Christmas goodies being listed in readiness for this year’s Santa visit. I’ve had my own personal Christmas craft-fest over the past week making a stock of cards, paper rosettes and gift tags to gorgeous up your parcels.

I know it’s a bit early but at least it has taken my mind off the continuing rain so here’s my pick of the Christmas Early Birds:-

Natalie’s Beautiful Angel
The Sewing Crofts Christmas Postcard Cushion
Paper Chains & Beads – 1st Batch of Christmas Cards
Dandelions Gallery Christmas Badges
Esme Dodsworth Cute Trees
Fantoosh, Felt Hanging decs

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed a littel taster of whats to come in the Christmas goodies on Folksy TTFN Max x