Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Confined to Barracks...

Hi my friends, With the weather putting a damper on my plans to spend the weekend in the garden, I retreated to the cubbyhole to try and make a dent in the box of backgrounds I've made, inspired by the amazing, fun and inspirational Saturday night Facebook Lives over at Tim and Mario's place. This is definitely the highlight of my "10 weeks confined to barracks quarantine" week, the in-place to be on a Saturday night if you are a Distress Lover. No need to dress up or spend hours applying the polyfilla, just turn up in your jammies with your Wurzel Gummidge hair, and enjoy a glass of wine, a bowl of snacks and all the demos in the company of lots of crafty friends.  So let's kick off with the Wrinkle Free Distress backgrounds, fun to make but they did require much pondering and several cups of coffee before I was in the "I know what I can make" zone
 and decided to make journal card pockets to use in my Collection Folio "floral theme" project.

Busy and colourful backgrounds make a great backdrop for a little bit of collage layering, so I spread out  the Field Notes Ephemera on my workdesk and arranged on the backgrounds until I was happy with each layout.
I fixed the Ephemera in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and applied a layer over the entire background, lightly so as not to re-active the Distress inks. I added shadows around the Ephemera pieces using a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.
I added splatters of White Gouache
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Circles Thinlits to die-cut a notch
and fixed the panels to kraft card to create the pocket.
On this one, before adding the Ephemera, I stamped the dragonfly from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Classics #1 on to the panel, inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and coloured the wings and body using Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks using a Distress Detailer Brush. I tapped Black Soot Distress ink on to the back of the Halftone Layering Stencil, spritzed with water and pressed randomly on to the panel to create a mono print effect. I applied Distress Translucent Grit Paste through the Tangled Layering Stencil, sprinkled with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Glazes and heat set once the paste had dried.

 I tucked them safely into the Collection Folio until I'm ready to make a start
I've decided that this confined to barracks regime ain't so bad and think I am coping pretty well with the situation but you may not agree when I tell you that every morning for the last few weeks, while I enjoy my first coffee of the day, I've been having a conversation with a chubby thrush who, regular as clockwork, flies on to the grass, dances around to attract the worms to the surface and cheeps back at me while he gobbles his breakfast feast AND at around 4.00pm every day, a couple of wood pigeons fly on to the trellis and entertain me with their courtship ritual. Lots of bobbing of heads, shaking of tail feathers, neck snuggling and canoodling which sometimes leads to a bit of hanky panky, so who knows, they may soon be announcing the arrival of babies, taking my lockdown entertainment to a whole new level.
In the meantime, I'm going to have a go at the foiling techniques shared by Tim on his Instagram Story collaboration with Heidi Swapp, I don't have a Minc or Toner Ink and who knows, it may be an adapt and overcome triumph or a mega fail- watch this space, kind of a day.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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  1. Those are absolutely wonderful! I fully understand your new friendship with the thrush - we appear to have been adopted by a crow. He's pacing up and down outside the window right now asking where his breakfast has got to - I'm sure if he was wearing a watch he'd be tapping it irritably.

  2. You always make me want to get in the craft room and make something or other, these are stunning Kath, I just love the colours and designs, fabulous.
    Hope your doing ok, the weather here in the NW has taken a turn, much to my dismay, but still, fingers crossed back soon. Happy crafting Kath.xx

  3. Kath they are absolutely stunning , so beautiful 😍

  4. Wow! Amazing projects! Cathy x

  5. These are so beautiful. Your collage always amazes me, Kath. Love the distressing, too - it's years and years and years since I did any of that...I think I got so fed up of the browns and sepias until the brighter colours arrived. Can't wait to see the new ones :-)
    I've only watched one video but it was certainly worth watching and very inspirational. I really ought to find time to watch more. Meantime, I'll just enjoy your eye candy, lol, thankful I can't see the jammies and the Wurzel Gummidge hair!
    Cath x

  6. You've done it again. Beautifully composed pieces with TH products.

  7. WOWZERS! Awesome collage pieces!

  8. Kath, These turned out wonderful! I loved the backgrounds and then the addition of the Field Notes ephemera is perfect. These are going to look great in your folio!

  9. Absolutely Amazing! Thank you for sharing with us!

  10. I have been following your blog, for quite a few years, but this is the first time that I have commented. I love the journal card pockets that you created with your backgrounds!

  11. Oh, my goodness, Kath! I about busted a gut, laughing at your post! You slay me! And you also amaze me with your talent and collaging skills! These are gorgeous little pockets and your backgrounds are scrump-dil-lycious! Well done!

  12. These are fabulous, Kath!!!!!!! I love each one and really enjoyed hearing about the thrush and the pigeons!!

  13. Ooh, how I dream of being able to create something like this. Your collage art is absolutely beautiful. I have bookmarked Tim's video to watch when I next get some crafting time! Great inspiration. Thanks ~ Stef

  14. Hi Kath,loving your Stunning creations.You are a very talented lady.I have been enjoying watching the birds having a bath in our rather large Bird Bath.the Magpies particularly love it.We have had the cows visit too and my favourite beautiful Rosie comes to the wall to to have a chat when she sees me.Keep doing what you're doing Kath and stay safe.xx

  15. What beautiful designs you've made, with your creations its brought the sun out in my craftroom


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