ICAD 2015 - Cover Card

June the 1st will soon be here!! That means it's once again time for ICAD (Index Card a Day) and Summer of Color (or Colour - s'cuse me if I keep forgetting to do the American spelling.) Yaaaaaaay! And Yaaaaaay again!

I don't usually do a cover card for my index cards but maths revision is particularly stressing me out - so I had a play the other day. I'm going to whisper this next bit - I'm getting a bit fed up with acrylics. Shhh. Shhh. I really want to get better at watercolours, coloured pencils, my Neocolour ii's etc. So I'm going to focus on playing around with those on my index cards each day. (You watch how I drift back to acrylics by the end!)

This is the cover card. I was so chilled out by the end of playing and look - I ended up getting a fab transfer when I ironed off my embossing.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Indigoblu stamp
 (Have linked because so many asked where I got it)
Clear embossing
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks
You can see the gold ink better in this one.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
I've posted these on Facebook and Instagram (my Internet and my PC are making it a nightmare to blog recently! I swear they are in cahoots!) I was surprised when so many people asked me how I did it. And then Kyla asked for a blog post so here we go - this is for you Kyla. And anyone else that wants it. I didn't take step by steps of the one above - I literally was just playing. So I did another today... bear in mind that I'm a really crappy stamper.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Stamp
Clear Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
Index Card
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Stamp the image, add the powder and do your heat gun thang.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Roughly scribble over the entire card, image included, with Derwent Inktense pencils
*Ahem* Ignore the crisps
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Spray with water to activate smooshiness
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Smoosh about till you're happy
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Drip some ink on top of the wet card - spray and hold at different angles to get different effects
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
When the card is completely dry, sandwich between a couple of sheets of printer paper.
Iron on a high heat.
This is just my normal iron, gets more use for arty stuff than it does for clothes *g*
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
You can see the embossing transferring to the underside of the paper.
And this was todays result. Not such a good index card but I was rushing. However I really love the imprint on my piece of paper.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
When you iron off the embossing you are supposed to get a nice crisp white image. Like I say, I'm a crappy stamper and I kind of like the grunge effect anyway. I originally found this technique via this fab YouTube video. She uses distress inks which I don't have and you don't seem to get the imprint with those. I have done this technique with watercolour paints and Neocolour ii's with some lovely results. (I'm kind of addicted!) But this is the first time I've had such lovely imprints on my scrap paper - I think it's the drawing inks. 

Anyway - I hope those that wanted a step by step will have a play - show me if you do? I'd love to see. I reckon as long as you use something fluidy you should get good results with at least the original image - the extra image on my scrap paper was a bonus I didn't expect.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

WOYWW - On Thursday.

Blame the internet. These pictures were taken yesterday. Plonked myself down at the PC, which had been working all day... no internet. *Insert swear words and fist shakes*

Sooo, what's on my workdesk today? (Yesterday - but still there today!) Can't even get in the door of the shedio - Well, I can. If I squeeze in, balance on one foot and lean over the bike. But there's no room on the desk to do anything anyway - so... Tidy up is in order. I think a de-clutter sesh may be imminent too.

Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
Inside isn't much better. Craig is in despair. He cannot wait till I move my desk upstairs and away from his tidy eyes.
Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
For the extra curious amongst you - I was window shopping on Amazon. I saw mention of  Holbein coloured pencils on another bloggers page. I love her work and am now drooling over the pencils. 
Anyone have them? Are they good?

This is the book on my desk. I've had it years but not read it in ages. I pulled it off the shelf to give me some ideas for a wood sprite I wanted to put in my tunnel book. (Swap I'm in.) Can't put it down now, am loving it - it's like getting a new book all over again.
Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Brian Froud - Good Faeries Bad Faeries
Good Faeries Bad Faeries - Brian Froud
So what's in your work space today? Why not follow me over to Julia's  and link up so we can all have a snoop.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Mixed Media Grungy Pastel Bunny

Yep. Pastel.

The last couple of weeks has seen me organising revision time and art time a lot better. I was able to finish up this commission. The brief was a mixed media bunny in my style but also reflecting the tastes of the lovely Carol. (Snowbunny Knits.) I was sent an excellent array of pictures giving me an idea of Carols tastes to work from. One thing was for sure - there was a lot of pastel *Silent scream* Carol has been a huge supporter to me and believe it or not, I do love seeing pastel in other peoples work - it just scares the frig out of me to use!

Here he is; Bunny:
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
The process shots - leave me a comment if you like/don't like seeing these. I never know if people want them or not. I enjoy seeing how people get from start to finish on other blogs, that's why I pop them on here. 
Carmen Wing - Layering for WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - Layering for WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
 Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
 Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Collage Ephemera
Acrylic Paint
Neocolour ii Crayons
Inktense Pencils
Graphite Pencil
In the end I really enjoyed making Bunny and I am definitely not so scared of pastel now. Thanks Carol, he was great fun.

Thank you for stopping by today :)

Rocking My World Friday

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you've had a good week. Here are just some of the things that have made mine that little bit brighter...

A sampling of some of the mahoosive, yummy lunches and dinners that helped me to a 5lb loss last week. Yes - I get laughed at for taking piccies of my dinner. But some of us in  the local Slimming World group on FB share photos of meals and it's surprising how seeing what someone else is eating gives you ideas for your own week. Especially if you are struggling a bit. Which I have since Christmas - so last week was a welcome kick up the bum towards getting me back on track - the end is in sight now!
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Slimming World meals
My little Bear welcoming the new Princess with a kiss to her forehead. Melt? Just a bit!
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
This lots new favourite after dinner activity. Coin rubbing! I think Devvie got them on it, Craig is absolutely loving it. Devvie has a big coin collection from different countries so they were loving seeing all the different patterns and designs in glorious multi-colour.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
Diggers and hairdressing. That's what this Bear is obsessed with. One of his favourite games is to stand behind me with his hairdressing set and style my hair. I either have to sit on the floor while he's on the sofa or he stands behind me on my chair while I'm on the pc. I swear if he isn't a builder, he's going into hairdressing! He broke his toy hair straighteners this week. You would have thought the world had ended. I am now on the hunt for a cheap set.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
And this is his favourite after dinner pudding at the moment. Tea. Yep a cup of tea and biscuits to dunk - what two year old asks for a cup of tea? Mine, that's who.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
My art gallery fridge freezer. Our fridge sits behind me, from where I'm sat now and the side of it is the face I see. So when I get little bits of postcard sized art like these canvasses, I add magnets to the back so I can sit and enjoy them. Especially when I am sat here cursing my maths revision - I can look up and this makes me smile! Art by Donna Rodgers - Red Lady, Susie Foulkes - Steam Punk, Jo Urbani - Ice Lolly, Sarah aka Lost Dogs - Stamp Head Cat, Jas Gosling - Tangled Scene, Me - Button Fairy and Pheebs - Doggy canvas and family pennant. 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
Other things that have made me smile this week:
  • Starting to get a good revision/art/work ratio going. It's taken me long enough but am finally getting into a good routine. I managed to finish up a commission this week, start another and get at least an hour a night of revision in too. Up till now it's been either/or. Maths revision OR art. And it was quite crappy to say the least. But the balance is starting to get better - not so much juggling - better time management. (Thanks, dodgy internet!)
  • I started using Instagram this week and am loving it. (This is me.) I want to cut down on social media - it's to much of a time suck, I got caught in the trap of reading to many of these articles that said you have to be on ALL of them publicising yourself - if you want this to be more than a hobby. So I signed myself up to loads and got thoroughly confused and had even less time to actual art. So I think I'm going to prune right back. I like Instagram, I love my blog and the rest are on probation till I decide which to ditch.
  • I know a lot of people have been moaning about it - but I have really enjoyed all the election stuff this year. Maybe it's because Devvie was old enough to vote this time. Maybe because it felt so personal as well. We watched all the debates, talked it to death and walked up to vote, the three of us, last night. It's definitely been an interesting one - that's for sure.
  • My sister having a de-clutter means I got two new pairs of unworn trainers and the entire Buffy and Angel DVD boxsets! Woohoo!
That's going to do me this week. I'm off to link up with Virginia

How has your week been?

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