Sunday, June 7, 2015

Practice, Practice, Practice ...

Kia Ora Crafty Chums.

I thought I would write a little piece on practicing, drawing and painting.
Now, I just have to talk about my son here who is a pretty good guitar and piano player and I don't think that's just his Mum talking. But since he was small I got him to take piano lessons, not because he had aptitude but I just think that if you can play an instrument it gives you a measure of achievement and pleasure. Well that's my warped thinking anyway. He seemed to enjoy it and spent a lot of time practicing. I thought he was quite good so invested in an electronic piano for him and I say invest because it was a few hundreds of pounds. Anyway long story short, and this just dumbfounds me,  he can't read music, he never progressed at school with music exams because of this. Some of you will have heard his music on my videos and I often link to his band music as well. Someone said to him once you're so lucky to be able to play like that, I wish I could. His response to that was that it isn't luck it's hours and days and weeks and years of practice. And it really isn't luck or something he was born with, he practices a lot, in fact he works jolly hard at it. As a child he would play his piano and guitar for hours and hours a day, well, he used to play his guitar until his fingers bled and he split his nails from the ends to the cuticles. That's not luck it's perseverance and a willingness to put in the hard yards, whatever it takes really.

So, onto drawing and painting. I'm still at the practicing stage, and I may never get beyond that, but I know that for every two or three average or just downright fugly pieces I produce I will produce one that is ok. Now I shall show you what I mean, I really want to master watercolor, yeah good luck with that I hear you say. Yesterday I drew and painted 2 ATCs

This was the first one…

It's not too bad but it's not good, it would be ok as folk art or what ever it's called but I thought I could do better so I tried again ….

Number two was, to put it bluntly worse, it is out of proportion, I almost threw it in the bin but decided not to, why? Well, because it serves as a reminder of what not to do lols.. Anyway as you can see it's not good. So today I decided to give the picture another go and this was the result..

 Now I am happy with picture number three, the scale is good, the drawing is good and I have little touches in the water coloring that make me just darn happy. All I need is a consistency now and that takes practice. I put the three ATCs together in the next picture and to be honest it looks as if 3 different people painted them and that's because I have no consistency with my art. So I will keep on practicing, practicing, practicing and one day I may become as good as my son.

P.S. I failed art at school. I didn't just get an F (fail) I got ungraded which meant they couldn't even give me an F…….. 

Have a good day

Keep Well

Nicky x 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mum's the word

Kia Ora,

I am a bit slow in the card making arena at the moment, it's taking me longer to back into it than I thought it would. I'd like to enter this card into the challenge over on the FSC blog #31 Mum's the Word 

The stamp is a LOTV stamp, Teddy for Mum. 
I have used a spellbinders die, copic markers, Santoro DP, Kraft card stock and mirror card. 

Thanks for stopping by.
And as always Keep Well


Friday, February 20, 2015

Pinky Pink

Kia Ora

Yay, I'm back, my card making mojo took a hike but I think it's back now lols.

I've made this card to get back in the swing of things following sketch #188 from deconstructing jen

I'd like to enter this card into TGF FFF challenge Pinky Pink

Internet has been playing up over the last couple of days and it's working now so I'm just going to post this as is…. the next card will have more detail I promise ;) 

Keep Well x

Monday, September 15, 2014

Anything Goes

Kia Ora,

I'm back again, this time with an ATC for the FFF Anything Goes Challenge at TGF .

I made this ATC using the prompt Rubies and Diamonds and Pearls Oh my! 

Here's what I used:

Image from the Spooky stamp set from TGF
Zebra striped tissue paper
Bling from my stash. 
Sentiment stamp is an old one and I don't know where it's from now :(

You can see me putting together this ATC swap card on my youtube channel: Here

Thanks for stopping by

And as always

Keep Well x

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

world #artdropday

Kia Ora,

I'm taking part in world art drop day. I'm both nervous and excited about this. But even as I'm writing my post someone has already picked up my art work. I chose a spot close to the boat just so I could keep my eye on the spot and voila as I was walking back to the boat someone sat down on the bench and put my art into their bag. So I suppose that's a result lols…

I didn't manage to get an "after" photo because it all happened so quickly.

But I did get two "before" photo's so here they are .. This is a food coloring and ink pen drawing on water color paper…

Before I put the drawing in a plastic sleeve

Packaged and Dropped

I left the drawings on a bench in Elizabeth Marina, St Helier, Jersey. UK.

So thanks for dropping by (pun intended)

And as always 

Keep Well x

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Kia Ora,

I would like to enter this card into TGF's FFF Favorite Embellishment Challenge.

I've got to admit that I'm a girl and I like bling, I like the black or deep red stuff the best though.

I had a play with the facial coloring, it's a bit different to what I normally do. I love this new stamp from  TGF and I predict that she'll appear on a quite few cards in future lols.  

I used:
TGF Spooky Stamp Set
DP from Paper Cellar
And BLING from my stash (may be a recollections one but I'm not positive).
Kraft card stock.

Thanks for looking.

And as always

Keep Well x  


Kia Ora

Here is todays card:

The image is watercolored and the background is a mixed media acrylic and ink on water color paper.

Products used:
Acrylic paints
Neocolor II watersoluble  
Stazon Ink and Studio G pigment ink
Stamps.. Dreamy and Magical by TGF
Flowers and Tags from a RAK given to me by a good friend Zoila Rivera.
Bling from my stash.
EK Success Border punch.

I'd like to enter this card into two challenges:
Totally Gorjuss Sorry
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #17 By the Sea

Thanks for stopping by
And as always

Keep Well x