What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #487

Good morning my crafty WOYWW friends! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Well, talk about crappy lighting this morning. It’s so gray outside and I don’t think my indoor lights made anything better so I apologize for the poor lighting today. I will make sure when I finish this page that I take a picture on a nice bright day.

Today I am trying to continue to work on this page from Kerby Rosanes book’ “Fantomorphia“. This is the second page I aim to complete in this gorgeous coloring book. I am trying out another technique I learned on YouTube. I am using matte acrylic paint to cover the background. I painted it black. I think it makes the image pop. I learned that if you use acrylic paint that is matte, then you can color over them with colored pencils rather easily. So instead of having to take hours and hours using a black colored pencil coloring the background, I used a variety of sized brushes to apply the acrylic paint. It’s very fast and dries fast. I am now going over the little areas I missed or that were too small for my brush with my black colored pencils.  I plan on using my colored pencils to color the gears next and then I will either use my Wink of Stella over the top or try out another technique painting a coat of some of my Nuvo crystal drops. I want the gears to sparkle.

On the right are my rulers, colored pencils and gel pens. I like using this little kitchen tray to hold colors I use in each project for easy access. You can also see the corner of a photo of some of my Hawaiian family and my family from our recent trip.

On the left of my desk, you can see a package that contains some new craft supplies I ordered from Simon Says Stamps.  I purchased some dies and more Nuvo drops.  You can also see some foam tape on the desk. I couldn’t find the one I had already purchased a long time ago. This, of course, is a side-effect of craft hoarding. I have a craft closet that holds many of my supplies. I think the door really should have police tape over it because it is quite dangerous to open the door without stuff falling out. Yup, it is in desperate need of cleaning. That is where I suspect my original foam tape is located. So, for now, it is in the crafting abyss.

Well enough of my yapping, so I can come snoop on some desks.

Belinda

Food for the Soul: Catching up with Friends

Good morning! This weekend flew by in a flash but I managed to make the most of it.  Saturday, I spent the entire day with some of my crafty girlfriends.  I hadn’t seen them since last spring and many since last winter so this reunion was really special. Life kind of has a way of keeping us busy and my schedule which revolves around my family and work didn’t seem to make room for fun with my friends.  However, now that the boys are back in school and we are falling into routines, I will be able to make time to be with my friends.

The first picture is of a page in the Fantomorphia coloring book by Kerby Rosanes. I had already begun coloring the flowers in the picture when I saw a few people on YouTube showing pages that they used acrylic paint on their coloring book pages. So I couldn’t resist trying.  I brought my paint and an assortment of brushes to ensure I had the tools to give it a go.

I saw others use black and I thought that it would really make the gears and flowers pop. I didn’t dilute the paint before applying it to the page. As I was completing the painting, I realized that a second coat was necessary to hide all of the brush marks. This technique is a great way to cover a background on a page quickly and then use the black colored pencil for tiny spaces.  I have to say that I love the result and I know that this might not work well in all coloring books, but the pages in the coloring book series are thick and no bleeding through occurred. I only used a blank piece of cardstock behind the page as I painted so that I wouldn’t get any on the desk or the next page. Now I am so excited to paint more pages in this book!

As part of my quarterly business purchases, I have bought quite a few new stamp sets and this fall set simply makes me happy. You all know how much I love autumn so I was eager to play with this new set. I stamped them up on Copic paper and watercolor paper to explore the different results. I absolutely love both versions. I even googled and found pink sunflowers so you know I had to take the opportunity to color up some pink sunflowers!

I had a great time catching up with my friends and left feeling filled up with joy. I work from home so it is very important for me to make time to get out with friends and socialize.  So this time was priceless and I look forward to the next.

Have a blessed week my friends!

Belinda

 

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