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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

WOYWW #295

Not my workdesk as such this week as I am waiting on a parcel to arrive with more crafty goodies  before I get going again ... waiting on some new canvasses  as I have a couple of ideas rolling around in the vast emptiness of my head but am really quite excited at seeing how IF they come together.

I was putting off working on canvas despite really wanting to Have-a-Go so cajoled and pushed and encouraged by my very dear friend MaggieC (Silvercrafter) I took that deep breath and did just that ... Had-a-Go!

Can't say I am dreadfully pleased with the results, but they have grown on me A LITTLE these past few days and they may not now be heading for the bin.  They didn't turn out anything like I planned or hoped ... they are loosely based on a design by Barbara Gray at Clarity Stamps and having gone back to see her piece over and over again I now realise where I went wrong.

This was the first one I did : 

Then using the same three colours I decided to Have-Another-Go and what a difference!

The colours are not showing up so well on here but the first canvas was very green and the second one purple! Yet the same three colours of paint were used for both ... love the randomness of it I have to say!

I think had I not got a specific goal in mind I  might feel happier about these but because they are so far removed from what I set out to do then I have struggled to find them acceptable.  Shall hang on to them for a bit longer before deciding what to do with them ... I have had two very kind offers of new homes for them to save them from the bin but am waiting to see if they grown on me some more or if I should keep them as an example of my first failures work.

Apologies to the gorgeous lady whom is Julia over at The Stamping Ground and whom gives us the chance to blog hop on our wonderful Wednesdays - gone on a bit this week Julia and I know you like it short and sweet - will Do Better next week!
Happy WOYWW'ing everyone!


  1. They are not KIND offers, Debbie. You should keep these canvasses and sign them any hang them somewhere that everyone can see and enjoy them. The offers to remove them from your bin are made because we think they are brilliant. The secret to doing this kind of work and the Brushos is to have the technique in mind but enjoy the randomness of the results. You can learn to control them to some extent but never totally. Just enjoy the process. xxx Maggie #29

  2. I do get how you are feeling. I have yet to take the plunge into creating a canvas but I have had the same feeling about my art journal pages. I put them aside and later, sometime MUCH later, I look at them as see them totally different. They are beautifully done. diane #37

  3. I think they are BOTH stunning!!! We are always our own worst critic! Be proud and keep going!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #5

  4. well, I like them both! I do understand your frustration in translating what's in your head to getting in onto the page, it happens to me all the time. But they are what they are - really interesting, grungy canvases. Be proud :-)
    hugs, LLJ 20 xx

  5. Loving all the beautiful texture in these pieces
    Happy Deskday

  6. Well I think they look great and I'm clearly not the only one. I was suffering from Leaky Elbow Syndrome this week too. I couldn't get my card to turn out how I'd pictured it so just went with the flow and ended up with something completely different. Just keep on "Having a Go" and enjoy the process.

    Fiona #58

  7. I like the texture in these pieces and I think they should be saved from the bin! I know what you mean about having an idea in your head and then it not turning out exactly how you invison it.Happens to me all the time but I say every piece gets a 24 hour rest before the trash..lol Usually that saves them. Shel#55

  8. Debbie - these are great. Don't bin them whatever you do. Sign and hang them. Ok, so ones you do in the future may look different - but that's simply what happens when we learn and grow. These really are lovely pieces of work, and show you put time and effort into them.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #33

  9. Hi Debbie, I'm right there with everyone else! They are great. I know exactly what you mean though, if something doesn't turn out exactly how we see it in our head, all we see are the 'faults'. Which no-one else ever sees either. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #13 xxx

  10. Sthese are good...how on earth can there be a point where you 'have gone wrong'? I think the biggest skill with these textured works are actually knowing when to stop. When the colours are in danger of turning to mud or the text cant bene told from texture...too much then, but very easy to achieve!!

  11. I don't see anything 'wrong' with either - they are gorgeous - the whole idea is to try and 'have a go' which you did... Great results in my mind. Keep at it.

  12. Your work is great and I will say again the canvasses are super and not to go in the bin! Been lovely to read all the comments you are getting and they must have given you pleasure,hope and belief. Nothing ever turns out as we expect in craft or in life but just go with the flow. Hugs Fi PS I have decided where I will put the canvas you throw my way xx