Sunday, 31 January 2016

Groot Dances: Saturday Night Fever Pose

Do you remember the iconic pose of John Travolta on the Saturday Night Fever poster?

Well here is a local tree (relative of Groot, obviously), secretly caught dancing in a field near me!

and if you want a side by side comparison...

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Planning a Cartoon Assault

Another Webster's transmutation.

From start...

To finish

If you're not sure what I mean by 'another's Webster's', just scroll back a few pages of the blog and you'll see where it all started  = )

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Evil Jerboa

As promised, here is the Evil Jerboa.

And after...

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Frosted Sunflowers

Do you remember the sunflowers I grew in the summer?

Well this was their fate when the winter frosts came.

A different kind of beauty.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Favourite Pictorial Websters so far

This is a very unprepossessing start... a tie

But it became such a cute little picture that I felt it had come out of someone else's pen, not mine.

Mind you, its now a close call between that one and the evil Jerboa! More to come...

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Growing a Cress Garden

I don't claim any credit for this. I came across an image on the internet and, as I had to do a craft activity with a group of kids ages 4-12, this is what I chose.

Get an empty matchbox (I bought packs of ten for speed as I had a large group to work with). Bought ones for craft are plain but if you are using one that has contained matches then just wrap paper round to cover the print.

Measure how far up the tray part comes against the outside and draw a line, everything you draw above the line will show when the two parts are put together at the end. Draw a house (some of the younger kids drew an animal face so the tray in front would be a feeding bowl!).

Line the tray with an offcut of plastic bag to try and keep it waterproof (didn't work well for me so stand it in a saucer when finished so it doesn't damage polished surfaces).

Half fill the tray with folded tissues or cotton wool.

Scatter cress seeds in the tray and place it in front of the house. Water liberally to start with and then about a teaspoon of water a day to continue. Place it on a windowsill (in the saucer to protect from any leaks or careless watering) and watch your garden grow.

An advantage of this kind of lawn is that you only have to cut the grass once!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Owls and Christmas Baubles

Someone I know likes owls. So when it came to Christmas, I bought this lovely Christmas bauble

Then I used a permanent marker to draw a variety of different owls on the light spaces.

I enjoyed the drawing and am tempted to make a similar one with Tardis stuff on (of course she is... she's obsessed!!).

Sunday, 17 January 2016

More Pictorial Websters

Here's another couple of ideas following on from yesterday's blog: taking the initial picture from the original book of Webster's Pictorial...

and letting someone draw from it to complete the page

Or write a little vignette

From coat to odd fragment of story...

It's a lovely little discipline of the imagination and one I shall return to from time to time.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Pictorial Webster's

Have you seen this book?

It gives you a beautiful, formal little picture that would have been in the original information book on an otherwise completely empty page. The aim of the book is that you add to the page with drawing or writing.

Here is one of mine... more to follow

The illustrations are in brown on a light cream page.

So I used a brown fine-liner to stay in keeping...

and so the result, although not seamless, is still in keeping and makes it flow as a whole picture.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Snacks with Eyes!

One of my cutest little presents for Christmas was a set of these icing eyes from my daughter.

So I used them to persuade my son to eat a healthy snack over the Christmas holidays rather than all the sweets he had been given...

Who can resist a snack that is looking at you, asking to be eaten?

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Transforming box drawers

I bought these drawers (made from cardboard) from the Range just after Christmas

and with the application of some acrylic paint, Tim Holtz papers and cheap jewel fastenings made from sale jewellery from Primark (accompanied by the audio book 'The Graveyard Book' by Neil Gaiman), arrived at this...

Much more beautifuller!
Space for more stuff!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Transforming boxes


All sorts, all shapes and all sizes. The house is full of boxes and the boxes are full of stuff... ergo the house is full of stuff!

Here is one I had for Christmas and what I did with it...

It was a lovely sturdy box from TK Maxx, with a flap-opening lid held with Velcro. The top and front were gold, cream and bird-word emblazoned.

They were the first go. Now it is more sombre and moody in purply-black.

The front has old map-type paper from the Tim Holtz stash I've had for years (waiting for the right moment... this was it!).

The little wooden creatures come from Hobbycraft and were part of my 'Wahay I've got Christmas money' purchases.

The side panels were also Tim Holtz papers and have a jewel-like feel to the colours.

The box will help fulfil my New Year's Resolution: Finish the Unfinished and Clear the Clutter!

Unfinished craft projects will be placed inside it (at least as many as will fit... there are SO many) and I will worry away at them throughout the year until they are done or declare them clutter and get rid!