17 October 2012

WOYWW 176

I know!!! Late!!! No excuses, got caught up with stuff and suddenly thought "oh heck" (well that's the polite version anyway:) It's Wednesday, which means What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday is currently in full flow - this is a chance for the inquisitive amongst us to find out what others are up to (or not). To find out more please head over to Julia's blog HERE and hopefully we'll see you soon.


What do we have here then? After Kettering I was inspired to get even more mucky than usual. Looks clean on the desk but you want to see my hands! Even with a Grimebuster alcohol ink clings somewhat:) I'm working on combining a few challenges, so you find me in the middle of altering that pot in front of the Distress Rock Candy. Just got some Distress Embossing Powders and Distress Stickles - OMG what brilliant results! Doesn't having the right stuff make such a difference? The pot itself if about done (though I'll probably faff more:) and now it's time to make metal flowers. Gonna use those Morris Dance Mega Flakes on them somehow. Still mulling the best way to do that as I find they don't stick on shiny/smooth surfaces quite as well. All suggestions greatfully received...


Promised Anne x I would show you the artwork on the wall to the far left. Son 1 completed this for his GCSE - he ended up spending most of last year's summer holidays doing loads of shell paintings on playing cards and thankfully it was all worth it. The part to show Anne is the background. He mixed acrylic paint with beach sand (more irregular than building sand) and then 'borrowed' my mica mists to add a subtle sheen to it. I've been using the same idea for faux rusting but it can be quite tricky and reluctant to stick in place depending on the surface. Right, enough yacking. Need to come see what you have been up to now.
Wishing you a happy WOYWW, hugs from Buttons x

24 comments:

  1. Hello - big wave - I have joined in this week too! Love the tin and you are right the right tools really do help - they certainly know how to get us to part with our cash dont they (those chaps at Ranger that is!) - my friends all went to Kettering at the weekend too - hope you had a great time. Sunshine Girl no. 57

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  2. Oh Wow Buttons, your Son has done a spectacular job! His drawings are absolutely gorgeous, I hope he got at least an A for his stunning work. I see what you mean about the sand, it looks really good. Thanks so much for showing it, you must be sooo proud.

    The only thing I can think to stick the flakes would be Indigo Blu Flitter glue, it is versatile stuff and can be used for stamping too. Just had a thought though, maybe Ranger's Glue and Seal would work, will have a try and let you know as I need to do my Sunday Stampers thingy yet. Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  3. Hello there. We love your inspiration board of tags above your desk. We have one full of tags we made for challenges.

    The bears@#105

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  4. Hello there! What is the flowers you punched out made of? I bet they're going to be beautiful!
    I love your sons cards they look fantastic!
    -Tamika #124 or 123 depending on when the incorrect posts are corrected

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  5. Thanks for sharing again - looks intriguing and love those shell paintings. Good idea with the sand too

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  6. Hi Buttons! that altered pot looks fab!! the artwork with the sand mixed in it pretty neat!! Brigita #129

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  7. Wow that was an interesting visit! Your pot is fab and your son's artwork just amazing! Happy Wednesday. :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner @ 76)

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  8. Hi Buttons, can see how you were distracted, lots of yummy goodies to play with on your desk this week. Glad you enjoyed Kettering. x

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  9. Great desk and loving the shell paintings, xx

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  10. What a talented son you have. Great art work. Looking forward to seeing the grunge roses which i think you might be making.

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  11. Great to hear about the projects you have on the go ! Love your son's pictures - he's very talented ! Have a great week ! Ali #48

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  12. Great work desk. Happy woyww, jenx 139

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  13. Lots to see Buttons, great supplies out and in use and fab pieces of art. Those shells are superb. Thanks for sharing your creative space. Happy WOYWW and have a great end to the week.
    hugs {brenda} xox #88

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  14. What a tidy desk but with grand plans for some unruliness. Love your son's artwork. I have a bit of a thing about shells!

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  15. Wowza, Buttons, first I have to say those are amazing shell paintings! What a talented son you have there!

    Second, alas, a lot of the lingo on distressing and rusting and sanding and blasting is all Greek to me. But I love how we are all sisters of the craftosphere, aren't we?!!

    Thanks for coming by to visit me earlier! Have a wonderful week! Darnell (#35)

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  16. The tin looks great. Your son is really talented, those shells are fabulous.
    Have a great week.
    Von #43

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  17. Hey Buttons! Am so far behind on visiting, but catching up is fun... That altered pot looks stunning, can't wait to see how the flowers come out - sanding the metal surface for extra tooth, would that help?

    Your son's shells are simply beautiful, and such an inspired display idea - clearly a chip off the old block! I'm sure I'll find some more posts as I trawl through the last few days, so see you again soon!
    Alison x
    #31 (yeah, I know, I couldn't sleep that night...)

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  18. Those distress embossing powders ARE fun, yes indeed!

    :)trisha
    #137 this week

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  19. There looks to be some lovely creations taking shape on your desk there. Don't worry about inky hands, that's a permanent state of affairs with me. I'm always apologising to people about the state of my hands!!
    Your Son's art work is stunning, wow, talent certainly runs in your family.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #84

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  20. Oh, and yes it is a tree... one of those twinkly Christmas ones (though I took out the multicoloured rotating glass so that it only twinkles in white), but since my room revolves around blue, white and silver, it gets to stay out all year. Until very recently, there was an actual tree too, though (it's also my bedroom and sitting room, not just craft room) - a huge ficus benjamin about 8ft tall, and at least as wide!!
    Alison x

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  21. Loving your son's work - I used to collect playing cards and I would've bought a deck like that in a heartbeat! I also use beach sand to get a rusted texture (the beach is at the end of my street!) and I mix it in with PVA to make my own texture paste. It seems to stick to most things!

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  22. I don't do altering, so haven't yet missed the ranger stuff that I haven't got..but I fully expect that they'll creep into my collection as time goes on!! Your son's cards are fantastic, what wonderful observation.

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  23. Oooh - your son is quite the talented artist! What lovely playing cards...

    Sorry I'm a bit late getting round, as per usual, but I surf during my lunchbreak at work and can only get round so many at a time! LOL....

    Soon be Wednesday again!

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  24. You do have a very talented family! :) Your desk looked very intriguing, I'm glad you explained a bit about what was going on there. I've clicked the links for some of your other posts and you do fit in well with your talented family, don't you? Oh, the lovely stuff I saw! I'm really inspired now to get into my craft cave and try to get something, other than a mess, made. :)
    Deeyll #83

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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