This is my first blog post of the year and although it's already 12th January, I would like to wish everyone who reads my blog a very Happy New Year.
I knew I was going to have a busy time in my studio over the Christmas period, so I had a mammoth tidy up, de-clutter, re-organise and a huge chucking junk away session. This involved a trip to that well known Swedish store for new storage units. The result is that I now know where everything is and it is clean too, which is a real bonus as I am such a messy worker!!!
I have been so busy working on secret stuff, that yesterday, I felt the need to take a break and work on something else. I recently watched a DVD by Beryl Taylor whose work I admire and it really inspired me to try out one of her techniques. She sandwiches scraps of paper between a layer of calico and tissue paper, paints over it with watered down paint and uses it as a substrate for her projects. You may remember that I was lucky enough to take a class with Beryl last year and made a fabric book, which I absolutely loved, so I decided another, but bigger book would be my project. I love an on-going project that you can just keep adding to.
These are going to be the pages for my book and I will work on them when I feel the need to be creative just for me.
Sometimes when you are working on things behind the scenes, the excitement builds and builds but you can't share that excitement with anyone because it's all top secret. Anyways, I am beyond excited about my new PaperArtsy releases next month and am finding it hard to keep the secret, so I asked Leandra if I could share a sneaky little peek with you and she said "yup"!!! So here you go, a first taster of what what lies ahead. Very different for me, but sooooo much fun!!
Tomorrow, I'll be working on more new samples, you never know, I might be allowed another little looksee later in the week.
It's Christmas Eve and there's a lot of baking going on in my kitchen today but I just wanted to take a few minutes to wish all of you a very Happy Christmas.
It's has been a year of mixed emotions for us, the arrival of our fifth grandchild, Callum, was the highlight of our year, followed a week later by the passing of Mark's Mum, who was truly a remarkable lady and like a Mum to me but we are really looking forward to a special family day tomorrow, there will be fifteen of us in total!!! It will busy and probably quite manic at times but that's the way we love Christmas.
I've been lucky enough to go to a couple of school Christmas performances this year. The children seem so grown up now and it was an absolute delight to watch them singing their hearts out.
Yesterday, we went to the theatre to see Peter Pan which is such a fun way to start the Christmas celebrations.
Once again, Happy Christmas everyone, I'd like to leave you with a photo of Spiderman Seb and Santa Isla who are both three years old, actually there's only two months between them but they love each other dearly, I just love listening to their conversations.....I'm looking forward to listening to them tomorrow!
Well although my blog has been quiet, I have been really quite busy. As well as finishing my Christmas gift shopping (don't think I've ever managed to do that by December 8th before), I've made a few Christmas cards......I haven't made any for about six years, so I'm very pleased about that.
I'm proper giddy about the new secret stuff that I've been working on for PaperArtsy. I know that's really mean to even mention it when I can't share it with you yet, but all I will say is that I think you'll be surprised, it's all very different from my usual style.
I did manage to find a bit of time last Saturday for a bit of a play session with my encaustic paint and wax supplies. This is so much fun as I really have no idea what I'm doing so it's a real learning curve. Everything is really quite unpredictable and for me, that's part of the appeal, not really knowing what I'm going to end up with.
The first one is a mix of wax and Pan Pastels with a few rub ons to fill in some gaps.
This one is simply wax, pasted over a collage with some mosaic tiles embedded into the wax.
The final one really surprised me. I painted half green and half blue wax onto my prepared board. I scraped some shavings from a white Art Bar on the surface and tried to fuse it with my heat gun. I'm thinking that the two types of wax are completely incompatible and that the melting point of the Art Bars is far higher than my R & F wax. It just looked like I'd sprinkled sugar on the top, so I decided to paint a layer of white wax over it and start again. When I fused this layer, the magic started to happen, the blue and green wax started to bubble through my white layer where the speckles of Art Bar were.....I'm liking the effect but who knows if I'll ever be able to recreate it again.
In other news, I'm starting to think about what I'll be doing next year. I have a few things pencilled in my diary but one new thing that I'm excited about is that I will be teaching a two day class at
Art Van Go in Knebworth next may. I'll let you know when I have more details but if you fancy having a dabble with metal embossing, keep the 19th & 20th May 2015 free.
Well, that's pretty much all my news....well, the stuff I can tell you about that is. I'm off to scour tinternet now, I need new storage for my studio, all my shelving is now overflowing......I feel a refit is on the horizon.....poor Mark!!
My name is Lin and for the last eighteen years I was the owner of L. B. Crafts, a rubber stamp store in the UK. At the end of 2011, I retired from L.B.Crafts in order to spend some quality time with my wonderful family. I am married to Mark and Mum to Kelly, Sarah and Alex also Nanna to Ronnie,Amillie, Sebastian and Isla who are the light of my life. My family have been so supportive throughout my creative journey and now it is time to supoort them whenever I can. I love to play with anything inky and painty,I love working with metal and polymer clay as well as altering stuff.I am also truly addicted to beads...I have even bought a torch to make my own lampwork beads!