Monday, 9 July 2018

Welcome to the start of another (scorching) week

Morning readers,

As the UK heatwave seems set to continue through this week too, how do YOU keep cool? I must confess that I am struggling and, for two pins, would empty out the fridge and sleep in there .... if I thought I wouldn't suffocate!

I've been crafting in near darkness too, in an attempt to keep the heat out - just hoping it doesn't show in my work!

I signed up for a free creative retreat for this weekend and watched a couple of their tutorials - I don't presume to call myself an artist so most of the tutorials just kind of went over my head but .. I thought I could work with one of them and my make below is my interpretation of that .. be nice, it's so far out of my comfort zone, I still got to sneak some stamping in though, with splatters and a sentiment!

EDITED TO READ: the retreat was free over the weekend, there were a good number of tutorials from very talented artists, a taster if you will, to introduce us and encourage us to sign up to their chargeable online classes - sorry for any confusion

My Artist Trading Coin
A view showing the stamping and texture
My snippets
Die cut and gesso'd
Materials used:
  • Snippets of card in cream and navy + ripped sheet from book of music
  • Circle dies (2½" and 2¼") used to cut circles from the gesso'd and navy card
  • Using a water soluble pencil, I drew the outline of my face and hair, blending strokes using the waterbrush
  • Inktense blocks and waterbrush used to add colour and drips
  • I stamped the splatters using the grey ink and the sentiment using black ink, sprinkled with clear embossing powder which I then heat set
  • Using the paint pen I accentuated the sentiment and then doodled my border
  • I then gave the project a spritz with Crafters Companion spray and shine to stop the water based pencil from further reacting with any water it might come in contact with!
Memento tuxedo black and London fog inks
INKTENSE blocks and a Caran d'Ache water brush
Stabilo "Aquarelle" water soluble pencil + white Posca paint pen
Precious Remembrance Shop "DIY stamp set"
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 330 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. WeLoveTooCreate - challenge No. 10 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  3. More Mixed Media - July 5th challenge - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES + option of PINK - which I used
  4. Creative Artiste - challenge No. 40 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  5. Happy Little Stampers - July mixed media challenge - NEWSPAPER (though DP is acceptable so I'm assuming music paper counts too - hope so!


Lillianb said...

I like your coinn Kathy I can guess what colour you like Lol


Kathyk said...

PINK? I used the cerise Inktense block for the drippy bits!


Sarn said...

Very cool and artistic of you. Well done for trying something way out of your comfort zone.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Pat said...

A cleverly done self portrait Kathy and love the music background and all the drips and also your trademark doodled border round the edge of this ATCoin. I have tried to look at this site but it is locked and it doesn't say what you have to do to get in. x

Kathyk said...

Thank you so much for your comment Pat, it was a free retreat that was just valid for the weekend - the purpose of it was to introduce us to their artists with a taster of their week and to encourage us to sign up (and pay) for their regular classes. Sorry that I misled you


Di said...

Oooer, I love this Kathy! And it's very much you with the pretty lipstick as well. And brave to step out of your comfort zone - and very successful as well!

Ha, I've been crafting in the dark too! Well, keeping the windows well shaded anyhow - today we finally have a breeze which makes it much more bearable! I was on the verge of taking up crafting with my little trotters in a bowl of cold water!!

So funny that you already have the stamp set that's this week's prize - it wouldn't surprise me if I spotted you using yours at some point and ran off to buy a couple!


Di xx

Darnell said...

It's easy to be nice when your work is so easy on the eyes, Kathy! I think you did a marvelous job with your interpretation! And, please, do call yourself an artist for you are one! We all are. We might not be "professional" in the traditional sense, but we are most definitely artists!! Hugs, Darnell

Sue - said...

Great make Kathy! I’ve bought two Arctic Air machines, one for by the bed and one on craft desk. Better than a fan which blows everything away, although it does still blow but more gently!

Andree said...

A super Artist Trading Coin, lovely work on such a small space.
Thank you for joining in with our July challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

FIona Kenward said...

Lovely art work. Im not sure of the UK weather but I know here in QLD Australia I wish I had one of those walk in supermarket fridges I would move in through out the whole of summer, lol. Hope it gets better for you soon and thanks for joining us over at

Gemma Hynes said...

Great coin, thank you for joining the challenge on the We Love to Create blog.

Seemaa said...

beautiful project, lovely colours and the love the whimsical look and feel.
Thankyou for joining us at Happy Little Stamper Mixed Media Challenge this July, All the best.
DT Seemaa

Dotstolines said...

Great project! Lovely interpretation! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!