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Friday, 24 March 2017

Yarn Dyeing

Hello everybody

Well I haven't done any yarn dyeing since the end of last summer and forgot about a lot of the stuff that I'd dyed, but since I've been working hard on revamping my craft room to organise it so it's more art and painting friendly, I've come across them all and as I hadn't shared any photos with you of my  dyeing for a while I thought I'd share them.

First up was a blank canvas knitted base that I bought as long ago as June 2015 from Woolfest.  The canvas is a long knitted piece of fabric with two separate ends so that you can dye it however you choose and then unravel it to make two identical balls of yarn.  I used a length of cling film on top of the work top and used Kool Aid to dye the canvas and then wrapped it up in cling film and put it in the microwave.  Once it had cooled I then rinsed it and popped it outdoors on the line to dry and then once dry I unravelled it into two equal and identical balls which are now waiting in my stash ready to make something pretty with.  I think it is destined to make socks but they are way down in my list for the time being.  I took these photos a while back and they have my old Occasions & Creations logo on them, but never mind.





At the same time as dyeing the canvas blank I also mixed up some more Kool Aid and with the same colours I dyed some sparkly 4ply sock yarn and this is the result.




It is ever so sparkly in real life so it will have been an exceptionally pretty pattern that takes my eye for this lovely luscious yarn.  I'm still looking for something to do the yarn justice.

I do have some more to share with you but will have to take more photos of them when the weather picks up because despite it being sunny last Wednesday in Lancashire the weather has been dull and very wet since.

Take care

Tanya xxx











Monday, 20 March 2017

Rabbit rabbit rabbit

Hi everyone 

Hope you've been keeping well since my last post. 

I've been attending art group still and learning new techniques as I go. 

I've done a few paintings since I shared my owl one, which I'll be sharing later this month, but here is my recent completed one from start to finish. I used watercolours from Royal Langnickel and water soluble oil pastels which were really cheap from The Works, fur texture created with KohINoor pencils and Posca white pen. Hope you like it. Here's some close ups and the finished project all framed up.

Starting to watercolour the background
and the background and watercoloured bunny beginning to add detail
 Close up of the detail using the Kohinoor pencils
 Hello there.....just look at the texture on the fur.


 I achieved the background flowers by just dabbing a paint brush in multi colours and then dabbing them onto the paper after adding brush strokes of green for the stems and grass.
 Boo......just look at my beautiful eyes.
 and my little twitchy nose
 And here is the finished picture now it's been framed with the added little birds in the sky

I hope you like my wild rabbit/hare that I've created.  Please look in next week when I'll be sharing another make with you.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Come & Get It Challenges Anything Goes (ends 25th March)
Corrosive Challenges - Number 3 March (ends 2nd April)
Mixed Media World Challenge (ends 7th April)
OLLCB Challenge 224 (ends 25th March)
All Sorts Challenge Blog -Anything But A Card (ends 25th March)



Take care

Tanya xxx





Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Owl 🦉 Painting

Hello everyone

Well I've been sketching and painting with my Royal Langnickel watercolours again using Daler Rowney mixed media paper to create a multicoloured owl.

I started off with a rough sketch outline of the shape and the eyes and then set about giving a wash of a bit of colour.
Those eyes looked a bit spooky so I did a bit more work on it.


And then with a few more hours work on the owl and the background I was happy with the outcome and this is the final watercolour painting with some close ups.




 and here's a close up of the eyes..... 
I used salt on the face and background to give texture and a little bit of a quirky look.

 Here's my final owl.  I'm so pleased with my work and all those that have seen it love it too and it's given me confidence to carry on with my art journey.


Hope you like it.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/challenge-339-anything-but-card.html
http://craftforthecraic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/our-2nd-birthday.html (MY TWO OF ANYTHING IS THE OWLS TWO EYES)
https://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/challenge-172.html
http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/challenge-2-february-anything-goes.html
http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/include-animal-challenge.html
http://imaginethatdigistamp.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/february-link-up-anything-goes.html




Take care
Tanya xx


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Rather Late Happy New Year

Hello everyone

Well you may have noticed I've been missing for a few weeks (AND NEARLY A WHOLE MONTH!!) so I'd like to wish all my followers a very belated Happy New Year. I hope it's been a good start for you all and that 2017 holds all you wish and dream of. I'm certainly grabbing this year with both hands whether it be crafty or otherwise

I've left the Polkadoodles/Digi Choosday design team I was on to pursue lots of other interests.... one of them be some voluntary work st a local hospice and the second is to grow my own art.

I've never drawn much myself and am certainly out of my comfort zone but I'm prepared to challenge myself, as always, and willing to learn.

Back at the beginning of December I visited a local art exhibition and after chatting to some of the artists and art group members I decided to take the plunge and join the art group and I've now been going a few weeks and I'm love love loving every minute of meeting new people and learning new things each week. from shaky beginnings I've now grasped a few different mediums and been practising lots and would look like to share with you my very first watercolour painting (using Derwent Inktense pencils) totally done by me from scratch including the drawing all from a photo taken in our garden last summer.

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So from the first drawing stages here is my finished art piece now framed. 

I'm so pleased with my first attempt and am now thinking of other things and in between working and other stuff I'm challenging myself daily whilst continuing my crafty journey of adult colouring books and knitting and crocheting.  I've given my painting to my mum and dad for their wedding anniversary and it is heading for their hallway as I type. 

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I'd like to enter the following challenges:



Stay tuned for some more art work of my own in the coming weeks and months.

Take care
Tanya
xxx


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

It's Digi Choosday Day - Week 51 - Anything Goes

Hello everybody        
     
It’s Digi Choosday day again.  Hope you’re ready to enter another Digi Choosday Challenge. Our last one of 2016!!

Every week our challenge will be ‘ANYTHING GOES ’ but the design team will have their own challenge theme just to keep them on their toes, which this week it’s ANYTHING GOES for us as well.

As usual you can click on the Thumb Linkies below to be taken off to the Doodles website for all the collection details.

So I've made another card to add to my Christmas collection.  This time I've used the Winnie in Winterland Collection and layered the wreath over one of the sentiments and then decoupaged it and added Stickles Glitter Glue in red on the berries and then layered it onto some lovely paper (I adore the lace look to it....very realistic looking indeed).  I've used green and red card for the matting and layering which I've distressed the edges using my scissors.  The mini Christmas trees are from The Works .  They're super cute.  I used a red ribbon bow from my stash and have stuck a red sparkly oval gem to the centre.  I've left space at the bottom of the card so I can personalise it....in fact it's for my mum and dad.  But shhhh.....it's just between us lot.  Lol.

Here is my DT Inspiration for this week:         






I’m always excited to see your makes for each week’s challenge but remember not only can you win a badge for your blog if you are one of the top 3 Design Team choices but you can win a fabulous prize if you are the random winner too.  AND not only that there’s a 24 hour discount code available too so you’d better head off over there right now to grab it. 

Why not join in our Facebook groups as well.  Just click on the links below:



Just ask to join the groups to join in all the fun.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly and informative team and so it’s a great community group to join in with and show off your Polkadoodles makes or just ask us general crafting questions.  There’s always one of the Design Team around to have a natter with and offer guidance and inspiration, so don’t be shy….head on over there right now!!!    And with great competitions and giveaways each week/month too, why not give us a like on facebook right now.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my followers and crafty friends.  I hope you have a wonderful time and 2017 brings you all you wish for.

These are the challenges I’m entering this week:
CARD MANIA – Challenge #87
LITTLE MISS MUFFET – Challenge #153
CRAFTING FROM THE HEART – Challenge #14
LEMON SHORTBREAD – Challenge #31


Take care and I look forward to seeing you again in the new year.
Tanya xxx

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

It's Digi Choosday Day - Week 50 - Anything Goes

Hello everybody             

It’s Digi Choosday day again. 

Hope you’re ready to enter another Digi Choosday Challenge.

Every week our challenge will be ‘ANYTHING GOES ’ but the design team will have their own challenge theme just to keep them on their toes, which this week it’s ADD A TAG.

And as usual if you click on the Thumb Linkies below you can be speedily taken over to the Doodle website for the collection details.

My make this week uses the brand new Winnie in Winterland collection which I've used Design Sheet Number 4 and some Kraft card to make a card with a tag that slides inside the frame from the design sheet which I've cut the middle out of and stuck some Hunkydory snowfall acetate to the back of.  Finished off with the scrabble tiles from the Love & Kisses Work and Play Collection (recolourised in Craft Artist) and then some glitter glue and red and white twine to finish off the design.

Here is my make for this week’s challenge:   







      
I’m always excited to see your challenge entries and not only can you win a fabulous prize if you are our random winner but there's badges to grab for your blog if you're in the design team top 3 as well.  Head on over to the blog as well to grab your discount code which is valid for 24 hours only. 


Why not join in our Facebook groups as well by clicking on the links below.

Just ask to join the groups to join in all the fun.
The Design Team pride themselves in having a friendly community group that you can pop into and share your Polkadoodles makes with us and ask us all manner of crafty problems.  There’s always one of the Design Team around to have a natter with and offer guidance and inspiration, so don’t be shy….head on over there right now!!!    

These are the challenges I’m entering this week:
ARTISTIC CREATIONS - Challenge #169
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUTIES - Challenge #1
DREAM VALLEY CHALLENGES - Challenge #146HOUSE OF CARDS - end of term blog hop challenge
LOVE TO CRAFT – Challenge #5
CRAFTING WITH FRIENDS – Challenge #33
SIMPLY PAPERCRAFT – Challenge #42


Take care
Tanya xx 






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