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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

WOYWW - Merry Artmess

Hello there. Wednesday again? Wow, isn't December steaming on? I've been busy wrapping Christmas presents for my love, Clarissa. I hope she likes what's inside, I made her a paw made book.

I've not really indulged in any Christmas themed crafts this year. I didn't even make all of the Christmas cards, but resorted to buying charity cards instead. Podgy has baked a few Christmassy treats, but with the fridge freezer being out of action the last two weeks, even that's been difficult. Still, it's being fixed today so hopefully he'll fill it with mince pies and other delights.

Now, the real reason I'm blogging is the wonderful world of WOYWW. If you're confused by the acronym, click on the link and see what it's all about. Join in and share your desky delights with the world, like me.

Here's my Wednesday mess for this week, the bright beginnings of an art journal page, plus a smaller art journal that I added texture paste to whilst I was decorating the larger journal. Sometimes it's easier to work on two pages at once, especially for the stuff that takes ages to dry.

Anyway, my page is all to do with the fridge freezer breaking ( see about two posts below for the boring story) and how I hate to wait for people to come to the house; you spend the day constantly looking out the window, wondering if every little noise is a van drawing up, dashing to the bathroom and imagining you hear a van pull away at that moment.... I guess I am just an impatient little bear at heart, and this page will reflect that.

As you can see it's a bright page, I used my much maligned distress stains, first adding Gesso to my page, then smearing the distress stains randomly over the page. I added a spritz of water and let the colours run into each other a little, leaving to dry thoroughly before adding more colour. I then went mad adding drops of alcohol ink in complementary colours. Texture paste scraped on through a stencil added some depth. I'll glue the image on once everything is properly dry. I've stamped it on tissue paper, and if I add enough Mod Podgy to the page,the tissue paper will magically disappear, leaving the image behind.

As you can see, I'm still at the watching paint dry stage right now, always such an interesting pastime, I think!!

While I'm waiting, I'll go and peruse some other WOWYW desks. TTFN for now, I hope no one is too stressed with Christmas preparations. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the occassion. Xxx

With love from the bears


  1. This time of year it seems all I *DO* is wait for things and people to arrive. SO MUCH of Christmas is being delivered. So I am the same - working on the handmade gifts on my list, and visiting desks today. If Google lets me I might even get to more than my allotted number before Word Verification shuts me down! :)Lucky we have cameras and they are inked to a motion detector so I can see, and hear, every delivery. And my desk overlooks the drive. But I feel safe in popping off to make a cuppa. Hellish, isn't it? All the waiting....

    And I NEARLY forgot to mention how much I like the page. Fab texture.

    Happy happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (2)

  2. Hope the FF gets fixed soon, such a bind when these things go wrong and waiting around for people or parcels or anything to arrive drives me insane! Love that you're wrapping up presents, I got mine done at the weekend too, one more thing off the list! I like the journal page so far too, nice colours. Have a Beary Merry Christmas.

    Brenda 38

  3. Hi Horace you do look cute in your Christmas outfit. I'm glad you like my reindeer. If he makes them next year I will get you one!
    Happy Christmas to you all
    Lynda B 14

  4. Hi Horace, and thanks for visiting me and Betsy this week.
    Had to laugh at your waiting story, cause I do the very SAME thing.

    Your page is so pretty, I am very drawn to those colors in my journals. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

    Merry Christmas to you and all the Bears

  5. Love those journal pages! And when it comes to our appliances, something always has to break darn it. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #41

  6. Oh, I haven't wrapped even one present yet. I just keep piling them up on my table. I love the journal page - the colors and textures are beautiful. It also have the effect of looking like it's encaustic. Very cool.

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay (43)

  7. Beautiful, I so love drippy art. Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing.

    Pat #49

  8. Hi Bears and thanks for visiting. I've wrapped no presents but tree in place this afternoon with twinkly lights :-) I do love Chrimble but am a touch behind but not stressing. love that page. Anne x #9

  9. Hi Horace! Love your hat! Some promising beginning to your art journal page there! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #24

  10. What pretty colours on that page - love it! Happy WOYWW to all the bears. Hugs, Chris # 8

  11. I hope your fridge has been repaired. Here it's so cold we wouldn't really need one (except for the deep freeze stuff).
    Your journal page is lovely and bright. Very positive. Thanks for telling us the process. One of my good intentions for the new year is to start an art journal and to get messy. I've never done messy. But I've got gesso and modpodge and a few inks as well. After the holidays: here we go!
    Have a good week,

  12. Ah, playing the game of hurry up and wait on both the repairman and the pages. I really love the colors in the smaller one :) Hope all the bears are busy wrapping the packages and merry merry to them! #25

  13. fun pages. I try to think of waiting around as opportunities for prayer.
    thanks for visiting.
    robyn 7

  14. Smiling at your story of waiting in for someone to turn up... and the dash to the loo! Try playing it when you don't have a door bell so you continually check if you heard a little knock on the door.... nope, still not here! This is NOT the time of year to be without your fridge/freezer...
    Love your gift wrapping and the pages you are making. Helen #1

  15. How gorgeous :-) I am glad you got the FF fixed :-D I know exactly what you mean about waiting for workmen etc. You can guarantee that they arrive just as you park your butt on the loo :-D LoL

    Gorgeous page :-D xxxxxxxxxxxx

  16. Thanks for visiting. Great fun page ! Love the colours ! Hope the fridge freezer is nice and chilled now ! Hope all the Bears (and their human friends !) have a wonderful Christmas !
    It would be great to see a group shot of you all looking festive ! Love Ali x #17

  17. Next year I will take a leaf out of your book and buy some charity cards - you have more sense than I have.
    Looks as if you are enjoying yourself.
    Hugs, Neet 22 xx

  18. Ah so good to be getting along with things and yes there are hiccoughs but the bears seem to have them in hand now more mince pies coming eh?
    Happy WOYWW and every blessing of the CHRISTmas season. Shaz in Oz.x 34

  19. Hello Bears - would you like to come and wrap my presents, pretty please. I have given up competing with Butterfly.....

    Have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year

  20. I'm very happy watching paint dry when it looks that pretty! Happy to see you're getting on better with the Distress Stains - I love them dearly. I'm sure Clarissa will appreciate the pawmade book, and I'm sure the charities will appreciate the contribution from your Christmas card purchases - win, win all round I'd say!
    Alison xx


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