Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Happy Birthday WOYWW

WOW!! 4 years old today! What a fabulous event Julia has created at The Stamping Ground. I'm a relative newbie but have already met some fab people and had such a brilliant opportunity to share my work (and my Percy, and also learn so much from the generosity of others!! So congratulations to all you blog-hoppers out there and here's to another fabulous year ... : )

Oh yes ... nearly forgot today's desk!

No paint today!! I'm having a play with my Tim Holtz stuff! I love everything he makes but haven't really got to grips with some of his techniques so thought I should get some practice in, so I can then incorporate it into my own stuff. Don't hold your breath, this may take a while ... ; )

So on my desk is a load of Tim (and some random stamps)... but no Percy Pigs...shock horror!

Happy Woyww and have a great week.  I'm off to tidy up for tomorrow's class ...

Liz xx

Wednesday, 22 May 2013


Hi Bloggers

It's Wednesday and that means a quick peek at my desk for this week's "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday" courtesy of Julia at The Stamping Ground, so pop over and see what all the fuss is about!

My desk this week is in 'organised chaos' for a change!  Rather than a random assortment of 'all over the place stuff' I have at least managed to sort it into 'piles of stuff'!!!  There are a couple of pieces in the foreground which I've made over the past week and in various states of completion!  Middle of the picture are loads of stamps/ink pads/blocks that need putting away.  Top right are my containers with an assortment of die-cuts, letters etc and just next to them my new Derwent XL Charcoal blocks which are BRILLIANT fun to play with, especially good for random sketching, cos you can't be precise with them at all!   The rest is just 'stuff' with no real home to speak of ... except the Pigs of course : )

Happy Woyww and thanks for coming to visit.

Liz x

Friday, 17 May 2013

Waiting ...

This is a piece that I created from a gelli-print I made a little while ago, in fact it may have even been one I made when I was on Dina Wakley's workshop at Art from the Heart in Harrogate! The problem is that since I bought my gelli-plate I have compiled a HUGE pile of prints ... so I'm a bit behind with turning them into some fab!

Anyway, here is the original print ...

... and here is the final piece...

I used the title 'Waiting' because she looked like she was waiting for someone know the feeling, when hubby is still in the shower and you're already late ??? Or is that just in our I may still add some writing, I just haven't decided yet.

I'm putting on a 'Gelli-Plate Playtime' workshop for Flutterby Crafts so watch this space for more details.

Thanks for stopping by and happy painting ...

Liz x

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


Hi fellow bloggers ...

... here we are again hanging out and showing off our desks 'warts and all' courtesy of Julia at The Stamping Ground.  The weather's lousy outside (typical English summer!) so what better way to spend a wet Wednesday afternoon than blog-hop around some fabulous desks ....  So, here's mine ...

... a couple of horse canvases that I'm working on, the one on the left has been re-worked a bit, and I'm finally getting there.  I'm pleased with how they're coming along so far, but I often find I have to put things to one side and come back to it later (sometimes it's MUCH later... lol).  The pink canvas at the top of the picture is one that I was using as a demo during my class at the weekend but I wasn't happy with it at the end so it's another one in the pipeline for a bit of 'attention'.  I can't bear to throw it out so usually try and cover it up with something else!  After all, isn't that what the great artists did too ... ; )

Hope you're having a great week.  Thanks for visiting and leaving your lovely comments, I'll do my best to get back to you.  

Happy painting ... 

Liz (and the 'pigs') x

Monday, 13 May 2013

Home Sweet Home

I had a fabulous day on Saturday teaching a mixed media collage canvas at Flutterby Crafts in Thatcham. As always, Lynn and the girls always make me so welcome with lots of tea and I get a chance to browse the shop and stock up on lovely goodies too. Fabulous!

I took along a sample canvas to show the ladies what techniques we were going to cover, but I always like to encourage them to make it their own, whether its by changing the colour, design, words or doing something completely different! We just work through the techniques and go with the flow! It's great fun and I love seeing what they create ...

My class piece that I used to demonstrate each technique ...

Sue's gorgeous creation ... beautiful colours
Yvonne's colourful creation - and the first time she's done anything like this .... awesome eh?
Beautfiul blending on Hannah's creation
Another lovely creation from first-timer Karen ... beautiful

I managed to also fit in a quick demo of the awesome 'Gelli-Plate' which I shall be running as a class on my next visit, so watch out for updates on that.

Thanks for popping in and happy painting ...

Liz x

Wednesday, 8 May 2013


Hello Bloggers ...

It's Wednesday ... and you know what that means??  Yep, the highlight of the week, a fun blog-hopping festival of art gorgeous-ness ... oh and a lot of messy desks too!  All thanks to Julia, our Hostess at The Stamping Ground, go and take a look but I warn you now ... it's addictive!

So, what's happening on my workdesk today ....

Firstly, I must confess that I took this yesterday afternoon *gasp*!!  Although I will admit that it does look pretty much the same, ie I haven't tidied up ... lol!

I've been playing with my faces again ... and experimenting with different backgrounds too (see my earlier post).  This particular one was Jo Sonja acrylics, some Tim Holtz tissue paper and then colours built up using Neocolor II crayons and the Stabilo All Pencil (thanks Dina W *wink*).  I spent more time building up the layers of colour on this one and I'm pleased with the effect, although her nose is a little short, but hey we're not all perfect!   I should really give her a name ... any suggestions?

Thanks for popping in, help yourself to a Percy Pig and stay for tea too if you have time.

Liz x

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Faces... Faces... Faces

I've been having the best time playing in the studio this week, although I'm feeling a little guilty because I have loads of other projects that I should be working on ... Still, when you have to paint ... you have to paint!!!!

Here are the fruits of my guilty labours ....

I've been experimenting with different backgrounds; Jo Sonja acrylics, Dylusions inks, Neocolor crayons ... and not forgetting the wonderful 'magic pencil' as recommended by Dina Wakley ...awesome fun!

And the sun has been shining doesn't get any better!

Until next time, happy painting and thanks for popping in ...

Liz x

Wednesday, 1 May 2013


Hi Bloggers, It's Wednesday ... which means a sneaky peak at 'What's On Your Workdesk' courtesy of the great Julia at The Stamping Ground so pop along and find out more.

As for me, it's been a busy week preparing my new Pet Panels for an event on Sunday (see earlier post) so I managed to get in the studio today, had a bit of a tidy-up (again!) and had a bit of time to play using a new book I've just bought ... "Art at the Speed of Life" by Pam Carriker.  The title sold it for me, cos that is just what I need!  And boy, it is AMAZING!  I love this book already and I've only got through the first few pages.  My desk shows the book, open at page which shows you a quick and easy bookmaking technique.  AWESOME!  I've been intrigued by bookbinding since the lovely Dina Wakley workshop at Art from the Heart, and this technique is just so easy.  I made a couple of books with different papers and I'm now practising my 'faces'.  I can't wait to get further into this book, it's so inspiring.  You'll also see a selection of books/magazines that I'm constantly referring to, various materials that I'm enjoying using; Derwent Inktense Blocks and Pencils, assorted Gelly pens and Sharpies as well as the fabulous Stabilo All pencils .... such a plethora of gorgeousness!  Oh and don't forget the Percy Pigs .... yum  ; )

Have a great week everybody and thanks to everyone who visits and for your lovely comments.  I'm sorry if I didn't get back to you last week, I will do my best to catch up this week instead.

Happy Woyww and Happy Painting ...

Liz x