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Second to Last Day of November

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SO much to finish ready for X-mas! X-mas being “two weeks before 25th December”

Right, here’s what I wrote in my bewk after lunch, before scrapbooking.

“Walking down a street that runs from Hucknall Road to the Sherwood end of Mansfield Road (I say walk, I mean totter over ice), Iplod not working, having forgotten my gloves and scarf, the past week had been spent with me feeling poopy, walking up te sandy main road to the shop at the top of the hill to where Art Journalling had moved, with the wind trying to blow me backwards… imagining Judy Garland playing though my head so as not to go crazy (though, if you know me and I tell you it’s been a Judy Garland day, you’ll know the day was going badly), finally! I get in to the warm shop, am met with smiles, met with a “ay up trouble!” and “got a hot spot over here for you!” and then ALL feels better!

…Though Claire asked me, “Are you okay?”
high dismissive voice “Yeh”
unconvinced “Sure?”
high-pitched “Yeh”
are we sure she’s not psychic?

Mug of mango, spices and mandarin tea later and I’m feeling toasty warm and eating one of Roberts mince pies and feeling even more fine! The hard past week and nasty start to the day was so worth it!

Lynn even looked through my book (after asking permission o’course!) and complimented me lots!! I havent put a picture or her work on this blog but her pages are each and everyone brilliant- impressive scenes! I just thought “ahh, she’s an artist” and moved her skills from my head so that I wouldn’t keep thinking “I could never think to do that with that!” and “How did she…!?” so for her to say “ooh, I love how you did…” and “how did you…?” and “I wish I…” and “did you stamp this birdcage? How did you do it?” so that was HUGE and lovely and full of compliments! Her book theme is birds and it’s so damn lovely with colours I wouldn’t dare use and textures I don’t dare try, so maybe I should tell her that because she seemed a bit blue about what she was doing and wasn’t sure about some of her work.

Today we were missing a couple of people from the lesson, but had gained another two, maybe because of the snow? Even after 10 mins in AJing my ears still asked from the frost- but I had so much fun with the brusso that even with having to borrow bus fare, waking through the brisk cold to class without music or warmth, it was much-needed to make me feel alright again!

Scrapbooking is soon and I’ve just eaten chili non carne and had a coffee at Weatherspoons- got to find a nicer, but cheap, place for food an coffee!- but the coffee will hopefully keep me awake  long enough for us to put glue to paper, have a gas about “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here” (Stacey or Shaun to win!), X factor – Katie and Wagner finally gone but still mourning the loss of Aiden on telly!

Eyes are feeling droopy, need 30 pence coffee from Textile Workshop! More news later…”

So, here’s what I dunned: This is one A5 sheet, cut in half ready to make pages and so I could show you each side in one picture!


I enjoy the effect from splashing droplets of water on the paper and using the heat gun to dry it up where it lands (also, heat gun made my fingers warm!)it
When I looked at these finished sheets in class it made my eyes widen at how bright they turned out!

Both sides of my second sheet of paper! Also,  I used the sewing machine Lynn had used and sewed on the sheets in bright orange before I cut them in half.

Scrap book page result:

In this lesson we had toooo:
Distress white-core card, use two patterned cards and two plain cards- one white core, corner round (again- but I kinda like that), embellish with buttons, use chipboard (see trainer that has very little to do with the rest of the pic- though we did live in trainers while in muddy Ireland.)


Llama grinning and happy

But then Michael blew him a kiss and the llama stopped grinning, lowered his ears and leant away from Mick.
(later on I scratched/distressed the photos too, though that’s what we should be waiting for next lesson)

HA! love it XD Next week in class? Painting and distressing photos.

Also in art journalling we chatted about Claire’s classes next year! There will be MIXED MEDIA CANVASSES!! Gosh. And in the morning (should I choose to wake at half 7am to get to class on time) we’ll be each taking a book (handmade and pre-painted if we like, or a novel we like even!) and in the lesson we’ll each be given two colours to use ALL term! Our own colours, and these books will be passed around class and each person will work in every ones book in their only two colours!

Right then, off I go, lunch time!
xxx

Written by Cherise

November 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Day 2 of Workshops/Classes!

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Firstly, an update about what I do at home:

Some fings I dun while watching films:

dunned while I was watching a film called Post-Grad… something featuring Alexis. B from Gilmore Girls! And and and these are the shapes I varnished a while back.

Take pictures of the apples that are too cold to sit outside:

We have an apple tree (in a pot) growing outside our living room doors on the back garden… um… we have french doors in the living room to the back garden… so our french doors are at the back, our back door is at the left side of our house,  and out front door is at the front, to the right side of our house. Yup. Odd.

ADULT LEARNING @ SOUTH NOTTS IN SHEREWOOD:

Art Journal, 1st time:

Blog entry written at lunch time in a sketch/note-book:
“This week, starting a week after the other workshoppers, I worked on a background, house and trees.  I easily caught up with the other folks in my group….” and then it trails off, haha! Tut, I fail at writing a paper blog!

SO! Art Journaling; last week, the week I missed, the other peeps did the background but tutor lady lent me a heat gun (first time using/ seeing one! ‘citing!) so I could dry my different layers =) I’d heard of heat guns and how people use them for embossing but I didn’t know that I could use one for speeding up the drying process! And I LOVE that there’s a picture on the heat gun at ‘school’ that let me know that I cannot use the heat gun as a hairdryer.

So yesh, on the first layer I used paint pastels (how I never used them before because I was a whuss in the old days of paint crayoning!) and then (enter heat gun) I put white pastey stuff on to the paper with my fingers to make flower shapes (use heat gun) then I did different colours over each flower (enter heat gun), added a house out of funky papers (enter sewing machine, zig zag stitch)!, used a paper punch and argyle rectangles for trees and for the embankment behind the house

Pssst! Check the shimmery blue dots on the tree!

Chalky pens for outlines, windows showing what colour is in each room and next monday I can add some more layers to give the picture depth!

Recent note to self: “Do you like getting dirty?” as tutor asked, and I don’t mind it but remember to wear not good clothes for art journalling.
– Use tea! Nick a darjeeling or a berry tea, use contents of tea bag? Try just adding a small amount of hot water and hope the colour’s more concentrate
– Go to library to order natalie Goldberg bewks.

THEN it was lunch time from 5pm til 6:30 (boringggg) and I had to work really hard on procrastinating…

Procrastination (not an actual class just things I wrote):

“to do:
– blog- art journaling
– ponder what to do between Art Journal + Scrapbooks
– blog- scrapbooking
– blog- joining first aid for 4 lessons

Review each week/ every other day on where inb a shoppy street of Sherewood I go for lunch because I am SO bored.  Today I ate at “Just Potatoes” that makes tatties, cakes, baggies (baguettes), soft rolls and salads… and when her kid rang after scool the only lady working there asked the kid “do you want potato for tea?” ….poor kid… do you think she has to eat left over tatties every day?

Good gosh- must go out of Sherewood for lunch each day- it’s only 5:31 and already I’ve written notes, meandered around the reptile house, consumed a tatty with cheese and coleslaw and made notes to bring £3 a week for materials at Art journal workshop. DAGH!…

Next time I’ll poke around charity shops that close at half 5 before I go for lunch.

Soooo… Awkward silence , that’s what I wrote while bored. Yup. Was it as boring as I felt? =P

SCRAPBOOK WORKSHOP/CLASS:

What I learnededed:
Started being very popular in the Victorian times apparently and their books would contain items such as news, auricles articles, pictures and found items such as flowers.
Later it was used by the Americans who made it hugely popular.
Most scrapbooks are 12″ x 12 ” but lately you can buy 8.5″ X 11″, 6, 7 or 8 inch squares or even A4!
Photographs must me matted on to acid and lignin-free card using acid- free glue.
Matted is the same as “mounted”.

To class take 6 x 4″ pictures as well as a large picture each week
Google UK Scrapbookers forum.
Take album Kyla bought for me for birthday times, else have to buy an album for £15!
Can find reasonable craft goods from The Range and Homesense… but not Hobbycraft 😉 and I learned that my album is “post-bound” (has little nuts and bolts type things)!

Our first thang was to look at Carla’s (the tutor’s) scrapbook containing pictures of her little girl. Nice to see the humorous side =P

I like this bit XD might nick the idea to put at the edge of a page in art journaling.

Second we were asked to pick three pieces of card- two plain, one patterned.



This niffs (smells) nice… paper chemically but okay. And the pattern feels good.

It’s okay, in scrapbook class it’s normal to sniff paper. Teacher says so!

Then we cut a 4″ x 9″ rectangle (being American, it’s alllllllllllllllll in inche) and cut another strip, maybe 1.5″ x 9″? I can’t remember sisnce telling pretty thrifty over the phone this morning! And two 6.5 X 4.5 rectangles for my pictures (because, almost running late, but arriving 5 mins early to Art Journal class, forgot my pictures… pah!) *flops*

Then I used

to crank through latter plates contained in here

to make very tidy lettering like this…

At one point I misplace my scissors, then one of my cream photo matts (as you can see) and misplaced my letter ‘c’… but as a fellow learner said, “at least you didnt loose your ‘S’!”

check out the funky letter swirls!


And now! For your eyes only… and who ever else has these books… book porn!

Just one of my excellent birthday prezzies from Dee Pretty Thrifty!

I like words and letters (I know, you never guessed, paper nerd, book nerd AND font nerd? yup. hang on kids for a cool ride!) and my tutor in A.J. has cut out words like this for her “home” themed page

And recently I found out you can get canvas books with canvas pages! *drool* and I like that idea because it was be damn fun to have some fabric pages and some ‘norma’ cartridge and blotting type papers, all in one book. Then I could really go wild with things like this…

… without worrying about hurting the page too much! Usually I wouldn’t worry and would just give it a go but beading seems to take longer, I think…

❤ dragonflies

and now for scrapbook porn!

what kyla bought for meeee XD

and a book I bought for myself a while back from book works

…obviously for a younger user

On the subject of scrapbookin, Pretty Thrifty helped me realise that I dont have to go every week because I think that if I can’t shake up what I can do in class then I’d worry about being able to enjoy it enough and attending each week and then getting home quite late. Today I was knackerd all day and didn’t even wake til Pretty Thrifty rang at 10:40!

By the way, wordpress doesn’t like me putting “knackered” and if i check spell check it suggests knockers and knickers. Tut. Or maybe it’s just dirty because I think it sounds dirty. ahem. Back to scrapbooking…

So oui, might attend every other week or every third week. I feel like I’d be a naughty kid for saying “I know it’s my book but it’s your class and despite that I’m going to sketch and paint and add fabrics, beads and do it differently!”

Tomorrows classes are Sewing Machine for Beginners (to make cusion covers, bags and purses) and Singing for Confidence and then I’m going to open mic night at Jam Cafe to meet a friend, Anna, and to sing a couple of songs… if it doesn’t seem to scary…

ta ta!
xxxx

Written by Cherise

September 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I’m sorry blog so being gone so long!

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I just spent the past hour typing a blog entery (truthfully, it was mainly pictures) and then I realised I was logged on Pretty-Thrifty’s account! >.< So I’ll try that blog entery again, shall I? =P

On May the 15th I made my way to The Crocus Gallery Opening where I took part in a FREE silk painting taster workshop ran by a lovely lady, Danushka, and her daughter!

(picture taken from Crocus Gallery’s Blog!) Wearable and displayable art =) gorgeous things!

This is Magsy Malone’s Posey

with some border work by me and Danushka’s little girl.

and here’s my posey with swirls, with help from Danushka’s eldest daughter.

and what does Danushka create and sell? He’s just a taster:

….I give you permission to swoon….

Our finished scarves are on display at Crocus Gallery. Just a Bus ride away from Broadmarsh Bus Centre!

Who else did we meet on this eventful day other than Alyn, Morag and Sarah… we found… ANNA!

Anna’s a SUPER HUMAN… hero type woman.

And I want that camera.

Say “Hi!” to this flower, it was in Alice in Wonderland decades ago!

Check out my button and paper bling! I left my jewellery children with their uncle Alyn whilst I went on holiday and he managed to re-home FOUR of them!

At some point in my time at Crocus Gallery this day I did some singing. It was requested. I swear! I’m a good singer anyway.

Too soon came the end of the opening, and I was told to give back Anna’s dad’s camera… come homeee with meeee Canon…

Also in this day (before I had returned home to start packing my suitcase for my Spain holiday the day after)….

Sarah and I poked around in the light shop on Maid Marian Way and found a magical 90 pound mirror that makes our short forms appear taller!

90 pounds? I want it!

And, like an episode of Doctor Who, we returned to the market square to find we’d accidentally gone back in time!you’re not the only one surprised to find they had pizza hut in Robin Hood’s time.

OH! It’s the premiere of Robin Hood? Okay. Fair enough.

This dark, shining, bright, end of the day view made me not want to leave Nottingham! However….

Written by Cherise

June 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm

[AonP] 2nd to last session =( *pout*

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Hulloooo!

Right! Just ONE session of arts on prescription left! POO POO POOEY POOP! Yes. That’s my view.

Oh well. Jade got us one extra session, so, today was our SECOND to LAST and I’m alllllllllllllmost good and ready to finish my canvas! here are (just) a couple of pics!

I ABSOLUTELY piled on the paint right to the end of lesson! See how thick and wet my yellow and purple are? So it’ll be ready for me to doodle on and embroider next week! *cross fingers*

Hmmm, I always take pictures of my work at the end of “class”. Then, when writing this blog entry or looking back at an entry I’d previously written I kind of find myself looking at my work with new eyes… Right now I’m thinking I’ll doodle on the canvas and paint with a silver pen, where before this I’d had planned on using black marker. Sorry! This isn’t riveting but it’s TRUE! =P

I liked my felt picture until I saw my photograph of it days later. >.< DOH! But I’m rectifying that and working on it – I even brought it home with me so I can take the piece back to Arts next Monday and hopefully wow Alma with what Sue’s family and I have been up to in the past few weeks!

Another thing I’ve realised? My teacher last year, Andrea, taught us about differentiating colours that have a hint of blue…

from colours that have a hint of yellow

We were also taught about being selective and trying to restrict ourselves to using just three colours:

So I feel kinda naughty about using teal, yellow, purple, pinks, preens, blues ALL on one ever so small canvas! HOWEVER, all of the colours I’m using are on the “blue” side- slightly cooler tones, so to avoid TOO much clashing. Hopefully it’ll work. If not? PLEH! Who cares!?! I’m enjoying this WAY too much.

The other thing I did in “class”? THIS!

Ooooookay, so, it isnt THAT much, but I DID bring it home with me =D so I can enjoy myself with some beading and embroidery! See that flower? I did french knots! Sue taught me! Hmm, let’s see what stitches I can figue out using the tintanet…

Okay! This can be my “before” picture! In a week I’ll post the “after”! =)

Written by Cherise

March 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

[A on P]

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Todayyy (like every Monday) I went to Arts on Presctiption! Last week I had drawn some ideas and drawn on to  felt with glitter glue-type stuff.

This week I did some basic swirly beading

And added some hand-made paper beads

After looking at the felt last week I had decided that I didn’t want to add too many details

So next week I want to embroider the shape of flowers in to one sections and Sue (resident embroiderer) is going to show me how to do french knots and other skills! I can’t wait!

Sue today brought in an embroidered piece she had made in college- DAMN there were lots of fantastic-looking techniques used! I’m glad I got to see it- though when she first walked in with the picture my hands were covered in paint… NO I havent been hand printing again! But I did nicely coat my little canvas in Dulux tester paint

and next week I can hold this canvas to the wall and arrange an over head projection of my drawing on to the wall, pick out sections and details that I want to transfer! =o)

On to this I can also embroider, add buttons and beads! NICE!
This colour is also similar to a tester pot that my sister bought me when I thought of re-decorating my room.

Here’s Sue and her son Johnny, also, check-out Sue’s picture projected on to the wall!

Mural anyone? ; )

Written by Cherise

March 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm

[AonP] Wall Flower, Wheelz! and Selling…

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Wave “Goodbyeeee” to Wall Flower! It has gonned to the home of JulieToo! On with the journal entry with some other memorial pics of Wall Flower…

Julie1 is the Teaching Assistant at AonP and has (flatteringly) been asking me to bring in my jewellery to show people for the past year. Soooo, today, I finally did take in my crafts (inside the legendary paisley box).

Today in Arts there was a Substitute because Jade’s on a lovely holiday with her fella for a family birthday do. The Sub’s name is Julie… for the purpose of this blog will be known at JulieToo… She laid out pictures and photographs of car wheels- more pointedly, the patterns on hub caps!


When she said we would be working in MONOCHROME and drawing circles? TOO HARD! No, really! I’m a fan of acrylics, silk paints and colourful printing!

Right, I think there are three stages of control/painters:
– Watercolour: GO WILD! Maybe? Mot sure about the water-colour people yet.
– Acrylics: Impatient, bit more control but generally liking stronger colours and quicker drying times than…
– Oil: Control, texture, shine and patience.

Onward!….
TYRES!

Fellow “student” Sue did great things in her black and white circles (but admits when she started AonP she was a bit scared of colour)! Drawing patters reminiscent the pictures she liked in a book of Guatemalea Textiles books and drawing flowers.  I was a bit shy with it, just scribbling, though I eventually started drawing the leaves like the ones on my ring and designs that looked a bit celtic-y.

We then cut out the circles, arranged them on paper, stuck ’em down and drew on/ around the outsides.

Here’s what I came up with!

Ch-ch-check it out! I used white paper, black and “nude”, chalk, charcoal and our old friend, MONO-PRINTING!

Sue (fellow student) started AonP a few weeks ago, alone. Then Last week she brought her son, Johnny. Then, this week, she brought her son, Johnny AND her dad. Next week? We’re aiming for her son, dad AND her mother! *cross fingers* We need to keep the numbers up, for the sake of funding- else there’ll be no funding and NO free arts!!! Join us?

Bye bye Wall Flower *waves*

JulieToo’s colour is PINK! Though today she was head to top in TEAL.

Julie1’s colour is RED and she bought a necklace that I love dearly *swoon* and had made a while back- it had crystals of rose quartz and garnet, a deep red rhodonite heart, crystal, red glass beads and a funky handmade cylinder bead as a pendant- with gold plated links that I made by hand!

I very much liked JulieToo, hope I meet her again some time! And of COURSE I like Julie1 very much also, so I’m happy to know my brooch and necklace have FANTSTIC new homes =D

Written by Cherise

February 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Some day my prince will come…

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Yesterday I smiled and grinned for MOST of the day, I think.

To the tunes of Miles Davis I had a creative day with Dee (yes THE one and only Dee) and Jan. Jan’s LOVELY!

Where to start!?! Well, pictures will help me tell tales of what Dee and Jan taught me.

Firstly we drew our designs on to paper. I misunderstood and thought it would be a mono-printing type activity, instead it was stamp-like! I remember that Dee or Jan said they thought I might design smaller but I drew a HUGE indian-ish, feather or leaf-thing! Which had its faults in not being robust enough- so, with Dee’s advice I re-drew and bulked it out a bit. =) Making lines as thick as she suggested.

Then, from the base up we pressed hard on to the lines of our designs to leave an imprint on the foam below.  The foam was that what you would lay under linoleum flooring and had a plastic film on the back.

We peeled this off and put our stamp type things on to cardboard to make the stamp inflexible.

Here it is =D It’s a bit dotty.  I found it easier to use my pencil to poke dots through the paper on to the foam and then to draw in to the foam, itself, with a pointed but blunt tool that Dee’s hubby had once rescued from a skip. I suppose a pen, other end of  a pencil or any thing else would do nicely too!

Though some of the lines arent perfectly covering the dots or are slightly wonky it didn’t show on the prints at all!

see? =D This was my first go. I Chose prussian blue, gold and flesh tint….

THEN we tried our stamps on gold tissue! Very happy with our results! =D

…meanwhile, Jan’s first go had a MUCH more exciting and bright autumnal colour theme! With added gold and bronze to each paint to give it a sparkly finish!

And then Dee blew BOTH of your minds out of the water with her pretty dotty mix and effects.

SO, along Jan went playing with her stamps.

Here are some of my pictures…

I LUUURRRVE this one and can’t wait to embroider beads on to it!

And here’s one I made with Jan’s colour pallet! Mwhahaha!

with both of these I painted the back ground, and on this one (below) I double stamped.

I made some other stamps too!

heart/strawberry, sun (it looks baaad i know, but the resulting print made me veeery happy!) woop woop for the moon and tweet to the bird…

The paisley isn’t up to my standards but, again, the print looks EXCELLENT! =D You really can’t tell from the stamp, alone… [right now I’m watching a pigeon in the garden]. Heart. Simple but good stuff =)

The star aint great when printed,  the bulb is poop-ish, the heart doesn’t please me but I love the bird =D it’s the negative of the one above- just the left overs but I like it more than the original =D

See? PRETTY Paisley! With SPARKLES!

OOH! That reminds me- Mum got me a pretty box from The Big Jumble Sale at the John Godber Centre in Hucknall. It’s fantastic and BEAUTIFUL and mine all mine!

*swoon*

…Back to the stamps, oui?

…and more?…

heart shape light bulb

play time!

on fabric! Very happy with these =D

and leaves/feathers on brown paper. Burgundy/red with copper is

golds, yellows, red and green

and printed on to a scanned picture of my jewellery! Thanks Dee!

Next to come? Going to show you CAKE! yum…

Written by Cherise

February 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm