100 Faces in a Year... So Far.

No... I haven't done a hundred faces this year already. I've done six. Which for me is quite good going - hoping I can keep the momentum I seem to have at the start of this new year.

I'm going to start a page tab at the top of the blog just to keep these all in one place (and so I don't lose count) but will still blog them. I hope you don't get fed up of faces.

Please excuse the terrible picture taking too - my scanner has given up the ghost so if anyone can recommend a good reasonably priced scanner/printer I would appreciate it. While I'm asking for recommendations - I have been saving up for the past couple of years for a new phone with good camera so that I can have a camera in my pocket (don't care about the phone capabilities as long as the camera is good.) My question to the more technically minded of you - should I just save up for a pocket sized camera? If so, which? Or are there any really good camera phones (that aren't stupidly expensive) out there? I have been looking at the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy Zoom but all the differing reviews are doing my head in.

And now back to the faces...
Whoopidooings:Carmen Wing - Neocolour ii Portrait #100Facesin365 #Face
Watercolour Sketchbook
Neocolour ii's
(Used this photo as a starting reference)
Whoopidooings:Carmen Wing - Collage Paper Pieces Frankenstein Portrait #100Facesin365 #Face #Frankie
Scrapbook paper collage
Washi tape
Whoopidooings:Carmen Wing - Paper Pieced Collage  Portrait #100Facesin365 #Face
Here he is in my book next to a copy of the one I did for the Halloween junque journal.
Whoopidooings:Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Portrait #100Facesin365 #Face Bird Crow Skull
Watercolour Sketchbook
Watercolour Background
Whoopidooings:Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Portrait #100Facesin365 #Face #Skull
Watercolour Background
Whoopidooings:Carmen Wing - Neocolour ii Portrait #100Facesin365 #Face #Dog #Beagle
Watercolour Sketchbook
Neocolour ii's
Posca Pens
It's been great getting the practice in and also filling up my sketchbooks a bit - flipping back to the front of the sketchbook I am starting to see improvement so that is good stuff!

Thanks for stopping by today :)
What have you been up to? 

Mixed Media Sister Canvas

Good Afternoon to you. I have been waiting impatiently to share what I did for two of my sisters for Christmas. One of them took forever to reach it's new home - way after Christmas! One sister had specifically asked for a canvas. The other's husband had hinted last year that sis might like a little something handmade this year. So I thought... "Hmmm..." and they ended up quite similar but different. Which I'm pleased about - I think of them as two sister canvasses, if that makes sense - even though they are different sizes.

(Please excuse the picture quality. I was right to the wire getting them finished and then it was a case of making the best of dodgy Winter light and getting them wrapped ready to go... plus I am a crappy photographer!)

The first, I had noticed last time I was round Sister no.1's house that she had a few elephants dotted about so that was the route I went down...
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Elephants on canvas
Acrylic Paints,
Oil Pastels,
Pan Pastels
Gilding Flakes
Modelling Paste
Pens, Pencil
Inks & Sprays
The second sister I knew used to love wolves and Native American imagery and folklore so I hoped that was still the case. It's what I went with anyway...
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Wolf on canvas
Acrylic Paints,
Oil Pastels,
Pan Pastels
Gilding Flakes
Modelling Paste
Pens, Pencil
Inks & Sprays
As always when I am making a gift for someone, my nerves were shredded. It's different to when someone commissions you (although that's bad enough!)  - they're telling you what to do. But gifting a canvas is hugely personal as I don't want the person to feel obligated to display something they might not like... and I know I am not to everyone's taste ;) Which is why I generally don't make for family or friends unless they ask. Am I alone in that? Aargh.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

2015 Goals

Not Resolutions... Goals. ;)
Jo, over at Fiddlesnips, is wondering what arty plans we have for 2015. Here are some of mine...

I'm going to try and take part in The Documented Life Project which is free to participate in.
I have several classes still to finish - I made a good dent in them last year and hope to continue this year. I will not be buying any more online classes till I have done a good chunk of these. I will not. I will NOT. (But they are so tempting.) No - I will not!

I will be applying for a real life course as you know, fingers and toes crossed for me please.

Twitter Art Exhibit has a call out once again, so I'll be taking part in that. Great fun, a worthy cause and the chance to get yourself some affordable art too. It's in Norway this year.

I've lost count of where I was on my 40 Portraits challenge so I am starting afresh. I've seen the 100 portraits challenge floating around the blogosphere so am going for that in 2015. And, just to start off with a little cheat,  my first portrait was completed the evening before New Years Eve.. that counts. Right?
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media in my Sketchbook 1/100 portraits
Done over the top of an inky page already in my sketchbook,
Oil Pastels,
HB Pencil,
Various paint pens,
White Acrylic paint
My word for the year last year was Organisation. I've really struggled to pick one word this year - then I came across Chris Brogan's site where he makes a point of choosing 3 positive words - I like that. So I'm going to try it.  I will be adding them to my white board with a list of plans and goals - that really helped last year and was so satisfying when I could cross something off.

My words?  Organisation (it steered me well last year) Imagination & Daily 

How about you - what plans have you made for this year? Thanks for stopping by today :)

Rocking My Year... 2014

Happy New Year lovely people.

I like to do an end of year reflection and it helps keep things in perspective. These are just a few of the things that Rocked my year... (Picture heavy)

2014 was the year of...

First lost teeth and first haircuts...
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014 - First lost tooth
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014 - First hair cut
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014 - First hair cut
My first Comicon. I was only going for a day out with my sister. She ended up poorly but Devvie and I went anyway. We loved it so much we're going again this year. Jaw dropping art in artists alley. Amazing outfits, we met Wonderwoman - oh yeah and Superman and more importantly, met up with Sarah too. 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014 - London Comicon
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014
2014 was also the year that Frozen mania seemed to take over the house.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014 - Frozen mania
Awards... there were many. I'm so proud of my girls.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014
This was the year that these two stopped fighting and started getting on. It's freaky. I keep expecting an explosion.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014
Lots of art was done this year but in particular was the one we all did together. We finished our Family canvas and it now hangs in our living room.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014
I can legitimately say I've been exhibited. The Twitter Art Exhibit took place in Orlando and was such a fun thing to do. Can you see my crow just over that lady's shoulder? I'm taking part again this year - you can too - click here for details.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014 - Twitter Art Exhibit
 I'm still seeing Silver Crow flying around our area, that does make me happy.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014 - Silver Crow
 We had some lovely weather this year that made for some gorgeous walks...
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014
 I had a 3.5stone weightloss between May 1st and Christmas Eve...
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014 - start of weightoss
May 1st - Start
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014
A happy bunny a few months on.
And then a 6.5lb gain in the week that followed. Whoops! Christmas grub was enjoyed muchly but am very much looking forward to getting back on the Slimming World plan - it has to be said. 

We lost a friend, very suddenly and very unexpectedly. She lived life to the full and was doing something to get her where she wanted to be. She was such an inspiration and very encouraging to me in what I wanted to do. Because of her 2014 was the year I stopped saying "when." When the kids are older. When we have more time. When we have more money. No more. You just might never get that "when." So with the support of Craig I decided to turn my "when" into "now". We looked into art classes and degree courses. We went to open days. We talked and talked about what could realistically happen. We found out I needed a Maths GCSE to apply and I am now enrolled and struggling *ahem* doing that. 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014 - The Maths Face
The Maths Face
I've submitted an application to The University of Creative Arts to join their Art & Design Access course. I wasn't going to say till I'd been but I've shared the process with you all thus far... I have an interview, well, an "application event" which involves an interview and showing my portfolio. That's in a couple of weeks. I'm pooping myself. Hopefully they'll take me on - if they do it's a year course starting in the summer, two days a week. Though they say with the amount of work you have to do at home, you have to treat it like a full time course. If I can get on there and pass that, it sets me up for the next bit - the goal is then to do a part time Fine Art degree over 6 years. Part time because, by 2016 The Bear will be in nursery. Craig says he can juggle the business to help with dinners, picking up and dropping off the kids etc. He's been amazing in helping me plan this, propping me up on my wobbly moments (There has been so much social interaction. Scary stuff!) Telling me I'm good enough and can do it. Apparently if your circumstances change you can switch from part-time to full time after two years. So we'll see what happens. may come to nowt yet. Maybe not. Hope not.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My Year 2014
What Superman really looks like
Phew - it's certainly been a year of change. 
There's so much more I haven't mentioned... but I finish with a smile on my face.

I'm so lucky to have the family that I do, including my Dad, Craig's Mum. And all you lot, you know who you are - the ones who are there. Just... there. You understand my social awkwardness and clumsiness and still. You're there. You dafties. I love you all.

I hope 2015 is an amazing year for us all.
Thanks for stopping by.

Secret Santa & UKS Stocking Swap

Ho, Ho, Ho! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I took part in two swaps over Christmas - the Secret Santa that I host on the blog and the UKScrappers stocking swap. Both have become a traditional part of my Christmas now - I enjoy compiling the gifts for my recipients as much as I enjoy seeing what people have put together for me.

First up, my Stocking Fairy on UKS was Chrissie. Our budget over there is a minimum £15. Blimey but I was spoilt. A massive box arrived and everything was beautifully wrapped (I forgot to take a picture of that bit!) She knows me so well...
Whoopidooings: UKS Stocking Swap 2014
Soooo many happies!
Whoopidooings: UKS Stocking Swap 2014
Mmmmmalteser goodies, 
Canvasses of varying sizes, 
Inka Gold - I so wanted to try that,
 Gilding flakes *happy clapping* Love gilding flakes... Craig, might have cried a little when he saw them *g* 
Washi tapes, 
Beautiful pins... 
The doll is to alter. I may feed her to the zombie doll I'm making. 
Stazon - does anyone else think that smells like marzipan? Mmm. Yes - I might have a black tipped nose now.
Whoopidooings: UKS Stocking Swap 2014
Steeeeeeencils! I had none of them - I can't wait to try them. 
Beautiful, beautiful papers; DCWV Once Upon a Time and my very first G45's! 
Watercolour postcards - I love watercolour postcards!
Whoopidooings: UKS Stocking Swap 2014 - Wooden calendar tag made by Chrissie.
And this beautiful wooden tag calendar - made by Chrissie. My favourite thing in the stocking. 
Next up is the Secret Santa swap which I host on the blog each year. Our budget is a minimum £10 spend. K was my Santa this year...
Whoopidooings: Secret Santa Swap 2014
Oh my goodness!
Whoopidooings: Secret Santa Swap 2014
More Malteser goodies (nom!)
A beautiful Alice in Wonderland book - gorgeously illustrated,
Skully beads and embellies,
Whoopidooings: Secret Santa Swap 2014
Gorgeous washi tapes,
Project life type cards,
More gorgeous DCWV papers,
Some Project Life style scrapbook pocket pages...
Whoopidooings: Secret Santa Swap 2014
And my very favourite thing in the parcel... this Nevermore cut out. Isn't it glorious? I'm framing that.
Thank you so much to Chrissie and K - I couldn't believe my eyes. I really loved absolutely everything you so carefully put together. I can't believe how well thought out both presents were and I just loved everything about them both.  I'm a lucky girl!

Now - people have started blogging their Secret Santa's so I will update the list below as and when I see people doing it. Have a click if you'd like to see what everyone else did for each other. These are really making me smile...

I posted to Ally - Blogged here
Virginia posted to Laura - Blogged here.
K posted to me. (Blogged above.)
Ally - posted to Carol - Blogged here.
Carol  posted to Virginia - blogged here.
Laura posted to K - Blogged here.

And finally - this has nothing to do with the swaps - I just like to share the bookish goodness that Father Christmas brings...

Whoopidooings: The books that Father Christmas brought me :)
We Make Dolls by Jenny Doh (Thanks Lesley x)
1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol (Thanks Susie x)
Whoopidooings: The books that Father Christmas brought me :)
The Last Temptation compilation. I know I'll love this - I used to own it in comic form. (Thanks Melsie x)
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell - this one is so gorgeous. Even just to hold - my picture does it no justice. (Thanks Cas x)
Whoopidooings: The books that Father Christmas brought me :)
Not strictly a book. It's a deck of cards , each card has a painting on one side and fun facts on the reverse. Love them! Famous Paintings Art Cards by Sarah Courtauld (Thanks Ky x)
And not forgetting the beautiful Alice in Wonderland book from K :) happy bunny much? Yes indeedy. So all in all I have no excuse now not to kick-start scrapbooking again in 2015 and to dust off my sewing machine too!

Thanks for stopping by today - back later with my yearly Rocking post :)


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