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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

Paper leaves of Poetry & Macbeth(shh!)

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PrettyThrifty and I agree I should be more blabby in blog entries! She says I’m funny (in a nice way!) but she’s the one lent me the words “dust elephants” and sent the text “But it’s impossible to be mr impossible!”

Speaking of… here’s my new (second-hand sewing machine)

It used to be PrettyThrifty’s and was living at her house until recently. So far I’ve been practicing and attempting little bits…

heart-shaped door-hanger! The First attempt looks like a wonky sock. That’s why I need Pretty Thrifty as my tech-support- telling me why it looks like a wonky sock and how I can make it look more “country kitchen” the next time around =o)

At least my cat Casper gets his own christmas stocking this year… so all’s not lost in learning how to craft with a machine.
On Monday, PrettyThrifty and I are going to The Art Organisation so that she  can hand over her beayouuuutiful makes to be put in the new shop.  On that note- thankyou Oscar for lettuce and letting me rant, and WOOP to Kris, a pal who recently joined their team for a bit of painting and work on the new shop! People should employ him *hint hint* and me *more hint* when we apply to places.

SO! New shop… I’m making some items for the shop too and for Crocus Gallery in Lenton (near the Savoy cinema).

On Thursday I had phone counseling so I could stay ‘at home’ on the quite nice day. I blu-tacked my paper shapers to an old sketch book, sat in the garden with a tin of clear varnish and a brush (of sorts)…

after a couple of coats and hours of drying in between I ch-ch-check them out… this was the first time I varnished paper and it feels funny to respond to “what have you been varnishing?”
“paper hearts.”
“hahahaha!…. oh. really? why?”
“yeah, odd for me too!)

I discovered that when painting older paper hearts (and leaves) from an older book with yellow-er pages, it makes the paper translucent and look a little bit like grease-proof paper, which may not sound attractive to you but I see them being used for scrapbooking and mixed-media projects (for a book Pretty Thrifty gave me for my happy 22nd) and newer, creamier pages turn a lot less translucent! But I also enjoy the effect left on the empty pages once I’ve removed the shapes… so they’ll be used for another project! Happy bi-products of creating…

I’ve been thinking about how I might update the brooches (varnish? play book? leaf shapes…?) and have been thinking of stitching them to felt, but I quite like the stiffness from backing them on layers of card… I’ll experiment with them tomorrow =]… in an hour less wee and less rude to my eyes.

I tested with one of the leaves but found that (as lovely and speedy as that was) that the thread was too thin and didn’t make the brooch nearly as lovely and colourful as wanted it to be… but just now, while typing this I’ve had an idea… what if I just use the sewing machine to make my brooch all holey, ready for me to sew through the pre-made holes- to that the stitches are all more even? or not?

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On another subject, FOLKSY! I made a second Folksy account for myself for anything I’ve made, intended for more making, and for anything I’ve stash-busted! It’s called CardBored… obviously I was PMTing and moody at the time of thinking of a title ;o)
Here are some fabric beads I made…

ummm… and there was one last thing I wanted to write about before I ran off to bed at 3:30am…

TO DO:
– Blog about my garlands I made for ME and no one else *mwhahhahahahaha*
– Pics of lemon and lime curd I’m making later, in the day light, or in a few days. (If Ms.Thrifty is reading this, a jar is to be saved for you!)
– Embroid, and take pics of paper thangs.
– Mixed media bewk (book)?

wee wee, brush teeth and…
BED TIME!
xoxoxox

AHH! Arts on Prescription! It isnt up and running again yet BUT there’s an exhibit on at the New Art Exchange… tut, what have they done to the website? I find it hard to find the info now =o(… ahh, yes, the exhibit is of items made at AonP, so I’ll be going on monday or thursday to gawk at nice things =]

I reeeeally need the loo now, bye…

Written by Cherise

September 19, 2010 at 2:38 am

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

{ Book Binding } Internet has returned so let’s start back dating!

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Today *cough*last friday*cough* my parents RAN AWAY (in a car) to a luuurvely place in Norfolk! Meanwhile I was at Dee’s house having fun with first Friday Crafts.

Also there was Suella! She’s so nice and we had great chats =D

Mais oui, at Dee’s house we did… BOOK BINDING!… well… Dee got around to binding HER book  but Suella and I couldn’t STOP chopping old books and paper!

We also ate nummy souP. And I  now want swede. Is that so wrong? AND I want sweet potato. And cabbage…  This, as they say, “has nothing to do with the price of fish”. But I DO!… By the way, my Wednesday self wants sweet potato and cabbage. My Friday- Tuesday selves wants swede.

What was I saying…

OH! Right, so I thought I’d packed my camera when I set off to Dee’s house… but I hadn’t! SO here are some pictures! and a how to!

Firstly, gather bobs, bits and stuff! These things will come in handy:

As well as:

Paper that has spaces that can be written on! Here there’s a leaflet or two,  paint charts, letters…

… old papers that can be re-used, envelopes from every day letters and occasion cards, pages from books that had a wire spine that had damaged and twisted, magazine picture pages, recipe pages… book pages… what else!??! I think you get the idea =)

I enjoy used boxes as book covers! Nonie and Dee were wonderful enough to donate her old biscuit box to me!

And here’s a box that once contained mini choccy mousses… oh the things my family help me with.

Cut the papers to DOUBLE the length of the front (or back) cover.
And don’t worry about any slightly stout or imperfect pages.

Out of habit I open envelopes down one side but if you open envelopes properly you can use some pritt stick or pva to glue the edge of closing to save having a huge triangle missing from part of your envelope…

Fold your papers in half and combine all of your new old odd pages in to strange and interesting mixed bunches!

… And have your puppy, Lady, sniff  the pages and inspect what you’re up to just as you take a photo for a tutorial…

place your pages in your book cover to check that the book isn’t too skinny (else your spine may will bend and weaken) or too fat. If it is you may have to add another bunch or two of paper… or remove a bunch or two… so that it’s easier to bind your book.

However, If you plan to stick things (pictures, menus, inspirational bits etc) in on to your pages at some point then a slightly skinnier book will make the book less *poof* later on, meanwhile you can cut an extra strip of card and glue it on either the inside or outside of your book spine (inside it will be hidden) to strengthen the spine.
ALSO! If you PREFER a thicker book you could sew a pretty button on to your book’s cover and sew some ribbon or thong (not THAT thong!) on the back cover and make yourself a little fastener to stop your thick book from popping open or taking up too much room in your bag.

NEXT:

Using a pencil and a ruler measure the width or your book cover’s spine and divide that measurement between the number of budles (of pages) you have and mark the fractions on the inside of the books spine, then draw lines down the inside of the books spine.

From this, measure half an inch from the top and bottom of the books spine, this, on the crossover, of lines, is where you should make your holes. Then, an inch and half towards the centre is where you should make another two holes.

On the middle fold of each bundles middle page is where you should measure and make the same holes so that you may then sew your bunglers to the spine.

This is the “Nonie’s Biscuit Box Covered Book” and on the other side of my book cover I stuck a picture I couldnt HELP but use! This picture was found in one of Dee’s old, unwanted book, FULL of gorgeously glossy egyptian pictures. And there’s an extra flap for me to stick down to cover my book spine stitching.

However, on a mini cereal box book, I prefer to look at the stitches, and have started sewing the spine using a co-ordinating colour of embroidery silk…

HERE are some other KICK BUM tutorials about the same thing… maybe they’re a little clearer in explaining =P

Cut Out and Keep 1

CO+K 2

AND this is where I stole my mini ceral box project. Except when I saw this project it was in a brilliant book (Eco Book!) Dee had borrowed from the library.

And finally Instructables!

GOOD LUCK! If you have a go or try a different method then let me know!

Written by Cherise

April 5, 2010 at 8:37 am

Yesterday [Handmade Nation, Upcycling & Friend’s Gig!]

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Sooooo…. Where to start!?! Again 😉

T’was the night before Christmas a cold, rainy Saturday morning where Dee and I met at the Broadway Cinema to see Handmade Nation: Rise of D.I.Y, Crafts, Arts and Design!

It was EXCELLENT! I now want to play with glass rods & flame, paper & blade, book binding, bead embroidery and I have wanted for SO LONG to edit my clothes a bit!

After the film, Dee and I wandered up stairs to the Mezz bar to see the Craft Fayre! There I spied a poster for my friend’s show at night time! WOOP! They’re called Baby Godzilla!

Also! Our friend Neil’s jewellery was there! Can I hvae a guitar and some butterflies pleeeeeeease?

As well as these hilarious and insulting (yet pretty and sparkly) cards…. NOT by Neil, don’t worry…

Yoyoooooos

Theeeeeeeeeese gorgeous flowers- wouldn’t you just like to stroke a bouquet of these?

And oh wise one, Neil (Woody)

and theeeeeeeeeeseee pretty posies!

See the spot where one posie is missing? Because it’s MINE ALL MINE!

I want too many of them =( …again, JUST a bouquet of them plese? Twelve maybe?

Right! After this, our moods dampened by the damp and by poorliness Dee got the bus home and I sleepily swept myself off to The Art Org. However, there were many hours to wait until the evenings show, so I meandered around the place, looking at pictures

I like these naughty, clever pictures on the wall, inspired by Damien Hirst.
And this… hmm, those fellas look familiar…

Guy in the black tie is Gary, guy on the drums is Tom, guy ON the drums with guitar is Matt and guy in the background wearing stripes is Adam, say, “Hi guys!”

Also,  I hung out with Marie and the two fellas in the background and a good guy called Dan, “Hi Marie! Hi Oscar and Howard!”

However, TAO aint the hottest place around, and I was collld and wet, so off I ran in the rain to the Free Shop- looking for something warm and dry…

boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooookkkss *drools*

OH! Something warm and dry, this’ll do the job:

NICE! AND hand-knitted! Check-out my sleepy eyes  ^_^

NEXT I wished to see Jonathan’s studio/hair salon, it’s very funky *ahem* sorry, I mean, modish:

Back in the bar, trying to have a nap on one of the sofas, and along comes this brilliant ragamuffin!

This is Anna Wells! Protester, genius, cyclist and lovely creative person! Last year, in spring time, I made for her a purse!…. and she still uses it! I havent seen Anna for SO flipping long because she’s busy most of the time!

So he’s the purse I made for her (I’m assuming it is now the MOST well traveled purse that I’ve made to date)

and the other side? even more worse for wear

I’m very happy that they’re (the birds) are very well loved and still being used! See the holes? they are showing the lining which is made of old clothing! And the outside of the purse is made of felt that had been chucked away because the primary school had brought a new batch. Upcycled baby!

And Anna’s dress, boots and belt: From a charity shop!
EXCELLENT!

and these lights at The Arts Org are made by a clever person who puts empty plastic bottles to great use!

I think I want one of these when I re-model my room!

SKIP TO THE END! (reference to reading Edgar Wright “60 second interview” in the Metro that very day)
Eventually, along came Ron and Annaand pink-haired Amy

and some interesting characters!

cool specs! they even make people smooch!
enjoyed by many!

The show was BRILLIANT!
The only logical conclusion to the night? Running off to the last tram of the night with Marie and sleepily goimg home in my new cardigan!

Written by Cherise

March 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm