Sunday, 28 July 2013

I've been away.............

wayyyyyy too long!!  Holidays tend to stop me from doing normal things for way longer than the actual holiday!  It's been totally manic at work too since I got back and also very hot (not complaining about the hot!!!) so crafting has taken a leisurely break too! Anyway, thought it was about time I got back to my blog! Yesterday was spent at the Artistic Stamper doing a workshop with Georgina and very productive it was too!  We made 4 cards but I'm only going to show you one!!

This went to my gorgeous friend Christine for her birthday...She loved it! (Phew!).  And then I spotted all the other sea-side themed stuff in her house! It must have got through to me subliminally!!

And this is our garden table earlier! I've been mounting stamps!! The book is the Cambridge Biographical Encyclopaedia which Nick was browsing (as you do)

Now for some of my holiday sketches...
My favourite!

One of the bars around the Piazza
 Mountains from the Hotel

 The Duomo, Ravello

 Planter and beer - I decided to concentrate on small stuff!!

 Looking at Scala from the Piazza....

And my favourite
This only exists in my mind although all the elements can be found in reality!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! I definitely enjoyed the holiday and it was certainly the most successful as far as creating is concerned in a lonnnnnnnngggggg time!

Bye bye for now xxx

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

WOYWW 213....

From Italy! Another quick blog this week as I'm on my phone. Just wanted to share some photo's of my holiday journal. My sketches this year are totally different and I'm very pleased with them!
Bye bye for now peeps (I'm going to try to link up!).......

And I'm back! Using the hotel laptop for some last minute editing!
This is the view from the Hotel Parsifal Terrace looking towards the mountains.  Work in progress as I need to add lots more of the houses that form Torello, the village on the way down to Minori on the coast.

Another work in progress but this time the page on the right needs to be viewed 90 degrees to the left!  It is from my favourite bar and is a sketch of a wrought iron gate and lovely old stone wall.  The next picture is my actual desk for tonight (well, my lap was used a lot so I put everything on the table!)  This is my journal.  The front cover was done before the holiday, the back I've done whilst here - yes. I took my stamps and ink pads (carefully selected mind) with me!  The colours are Derwent Watercolour pencils with Pentel aquabrushes (why have I only just discovered water brushes?????)
A close up of the back cover:
One of the quick sketches (about 90 seconds -  I wanted to just catch the shapes of the guys while they watched Italy play Spain in the semi-finals of the Confderations Cup (the other half of the watch seemed perfect to hide Raffaele who was moving about so much I couldn't capture him!!)
I'm so  pleased with these as it is something completely different for me! I used to be a watercolour/pen and ink, quite classic stuff, but thanks to various lovely tutors at craft classes, I've discovered a whole new artistic mojo!!
He he! So much for a short blog!  Till next week, Happy crafting fellow WOYWW'ers!