Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WOYWW # 70: A full desk

For the 8th consecutive week in a row, I can claim this button created by Nikki specifically for Julia's What's On Your Workdesk (table) Wednesday, that insanely popular blog hop that seems to grow in popularity each week. For week 69, there were over 140 participants. Sadly, my lack of artistic motivation led to me not finishing my appointed WOYWW rounds until Monday. But finish I did. This week, I may not be able to, since I have so many deadlines and I'm still in one of those dry spells, where nothing comes easy.

Since Julia loved the larger look to my photos, here is what I did. I saved the photos off site and at 600 pixels. However, once they were off site, they came into my blog bigger than big. If you want to see the full image, you will need to click on the photos (once for "normal" size, twice for details). That's the curse of saving them this way, no matter how small I save them.
At least you will get a really good snoop today!


So what's on my desk? In front are some old book pages I just colored using the Golden Fluid Acrylic and a bit of water to create a watercolor effect. Directly behind that are some book page strips I've glued to heavy cardstock. WOYWWendy is holding a container of nails I'm rusting in vinegar and salt. Directly behind Wendy are two ornamental peppers I'm drying to use in an assemblage.

At the back of my desk are some painted strips I'll be cutting into various geometric designs for a Geometric themed ATC swap. You can see I've already played with a pattern. My ATC backs are semi hidden underneath.

These papers look dry, so all that's left is to

show one of my rocking horses,

then bag what I need to put these two projects together. And, if you have time, please let me know if you prefer photos this size or the smaller ones.

Today's blog is one I discovered during WOYWW. Cath at Inky Fingers was playing when I first "met" her and fell in love with her style. Although she mostly only has time for making cards right now, since a return to University eliminates her art and blogging time, she has made ATCs, tags, altered recipes, and will stamp anything that doesn't move for more than 5 seconds! So if you are in need of a crash course in card design today, visit Cath at Inky Fingers.

104 thoughtful remarks:

peggy aplSEEDS said...

hi, Elizabeth! I prefer the bigger photos, all the better for snooping on what Cleopatra has been up to. I do prefer a clear desk like yours. I will, I will, I will clean up!

Morti said...

Good morning Elizabeth (and Bleubeard, of course) - thanks for sharing another fab technique with us!

Jennie said...

loving the painted book pages , thank you for shwoing
Happy Woywwing!

Sue said...

Hi Elizabeth
oh can have good old looky looky now, fabulous creations going on, have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x (2)

Sheila said...

Love the horse!

Great things happening at your desk!

Christine said...

Great big pics! I love all the stuff you do, so interesting, thank you for showing it off :-) Christine No.8

Mandi said...

What a creative workdesk!

My first time joining, good to see you

mandi xx

Neet said...

Love the painted book pages - but cannot wait to see the rusting results. Must try that one. Thanks for the BIG piccie snoop. #17

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Good Morning - 1st again I see, you are really turning all this into an art form - you must be watching from the crack of dawn to secure the coveted 1 spot ;) - I like the close ups, but agree a full workdesk shot does allow for lots of snooping :)

The Taming of the Glue said...

Had a great snoop...love the bigger piccies..."all the better to see with" Oh no..I'm off into fairytale land again!

Myra said...

Love the larger photos. Easier snooping. I bought some old books at a flea market just so I could use them in my altered art. Thanks for the inspiration. Take care. (#8)

peggy gatto said...

Love seeing the details!!!
what fun these pages are!
thanks for coming by!
off to bed, 11:46 pm!

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh lovely busy desk there today! love the painted pages. Thanks for sharing - Sunshine Girl (28)

Glen said...

Lovely snoop Elizabeth. *Ü* Was interested in the nails rusting in vinegar and salt. What is the ratio of each? I prefer bigger pics. The older I am getting, the more I have to use my glasses. *Ü* TFS. ~Glen~

Lisa said...

Wow!!! such beautiful vibrant colours you have used...

I must use more colour and alter more stuff!

thanks for showing today :-D xx

Chrissie said...

Love the bigger than big pictures and this week's rocking horse is the cutest!
Really interesting stuff going on too!
Chrissie

Nikki said...

Hey Elisabeth
I love your painted pages makes me wanna rip apart a book ... & I think you'll love the new button it's perfect for you .. your like magic being # 1 is Julia on speed dial lol
happy WOYWW
hugs Nikki #40 :)

Helen said...

Love these painted book pages, hope you decide what to do soon! Have some birthday cards to make so need MY mojo back!!

JoZart said...

Good Morning Elizabeth!
Lovely goings on there and don't forget to let us see the ATCs made from those lovely painted pages.That is a lovely rocking horse but I do feel sorry for WOYWW Wendy flat out and squashed under the pot! All together now ..."Aaaahh"!!! Now I've met her and know her I am looking out for her well being.
Well done on getting round every one again!

Lothian Crafts said...

The book pages look good. Well done for getting round all those desks again.
Elaine no46

Wipso said...

Thanks for another fab demo. What gorgeous colours you use.
A x

Doone said...

(63) - ohh looks very interesting - I have missed watching you work everyday -I can't promise a daily visit but it's good to see you...I like the big ones ( oops that sounds rude!)

Dx

nerllybird said...

Lots of interesting stuff going on there, I like what you've done with the book pages. May I also say - to continue the ticking-off I have posted on my blog, lol - that I really don't think you should be apologising for 'not making it to people's blogs until Monday'!
Helen (32 i think...)

Tuire Flemming said...

Your pages looks great! This size of photos is good for snooping :)

nnalorac said...

This all looks so interesting so much going on, great creative desk. nnalorac.xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, I posted at 1.30am this morning! Went to bed early 'cos I was falling asleep watching TV but then couldn't drop off so got up for an hour :-/
Love the pages and the rocking horse. Lovely to see Wendy giving you a hand this week ;-) Look forward to seeing the assemblage with the peppers - I'm intrigued
Anne xx

Lizzybobs said...

loving your book pages - your photos are great toothanks for popping by my blog last week - lv Liz (68)

Jules said...

I love your busy desk - the book pages look fab. As this is my first visit to your blog I also have to say, what a gorgeous cat! :D

Jules (#72)

Sarah said...

Lovely book pages, I have just bought an old dictionary so I may be getting my paints out later :) #60

secret scrapbooker said...

Well i lovce being able to see the photos so big is always good :0)
Kate xx

triciasconfetti said...

Oh those old book pages still make me shiver. I really must get over my aversion to torn books. Maybe I need to do a workshop to get over it. Great stuff going on on your desk.
Have done every 5th desk so far this week - will get to everyone one day.
x Tricia

triciasconfetti said...

I'm 65 this week - forgot to add the number.
x T

Sarah said...

Eight weeks of visiting everyone? I think you can definitely be excused this week if deadlines get in the way. There is certainly lots going on on your desk this week

Lou and Mel said...

Loving the large photos - all the better to nosey around!

akilli melek said...

love your busy desk, so creative. love the colour you have chosen for the book pages, and like the larger photos too. caroline (82)

oneoff said...

The larger photos are great; it's so easy to see everything. You're at the stage of a project I love, where the preparation is well on the way, and then it's time to put everything together. The geometric shapes are going to be like jewels. Bernie (87)

Cheryl said...

oh these larger pictures are great hun so easy too see too,see all the prepertaion you have looks so interesting always so much to see and learn,on here love hugs cheryl xxxxx

Linda Elbourne said...

I tell you what ... there should be a WOYWW Gold star blinkie ... you would sooooo win it! Always such an interesting read here ... as for the pictures ... I like a mixture ... som big some small :0)

Cardarian said...

Hello Elizabeth!

Thank you for coming around to me so many times - I love what you do coloring all those pages, something really nice will probably come out of that! The horse is lovely! Like that you are making the photos bigger - he, he the snoop is better !!!! :-)
Hugs,
Cardarian

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Hi Elizabeth!
I personally prefer the bigger images too- more detail! Can't wait to see your finished products!

Phree said...

Good morning, and thank you for the bigger pics - much better for snooping round all the stuff going on! Happy WOYWW Day.

voodoo vixen said...

Morning Elizabeth (and a smooth for the lovely Bluebeard) - your pages look brill and I will be back to see what you do with them!! Pictures... hmmm, methinks a mix of the giant and normal would be great and your rocking horse looks lovely in his large size!!

Susan Allan said...

so much going on...i prefer the smaller ones, as when you click on them you can usually enlarge them..at least that's what happens with mine...love the 'yellowy' colour of the painted book pages...hope you will show the finished articles..have a great week
sue xx 88

ellen said...

Hi! Loving all that book text - can't wait to see the finished result! I really like the bigger photos - I guess that mean's I'm *really* nosey!! LOL. Have a great day! Hugs, Ellen xx

Gez said...

FAB looking book pages. Lovely to see your horse. Have a great week. btw I just love Cath's blog. :)

Theresa said...

Hey Elizabeth! Always admire what a neat project manager you are and enjoy seeing your latest endeavors! WTG visiting everyone's desk again! Enjoy your Wednesday!

Morti said...

Hi Elizabeth! In answer to your question, indexing on a clear stamp is where the manufacturer inks it up so they can a) check the quality, and b) see what stamp it is when it's displayed on a shelf. The stamps I have in particular are by Clarity Stamp, and she leaves the indexing on so it's easier for the folks buying to see what they're getting. Cheap nail polish remover gets the ink off perfectly, cos it's neither water nor alcohol based! Apparently expensive nail polish remover doesn't work because it's not neat acetone... go figure.

sasa said...

GOOD TO HAVE BIG SNOOP AROUND - LOVE THE PAGES...HOPE TO SEE WHAT YOU DO WITH THEM!
SASA 18

Kathryn said...

Can't wait to see what you do with the nails! Lovely snoop, I like the bigger photos, K

La Dolce Vita said...

love those yellowed pages, can't wait to see where they go... on my desk... are beads, milagros chains and cloth!! : )

elle said...

amazing paper!

Carolynne said...

Love the pages...in fact I love everything, such an inspirational desk

xx

Scrapcollectr said...

When do you wake up to post, girlfriend! Looks like tons of fun going on there!
=D
Linky #112

Julia Dunnit said...

I love the big pics as you know - and I particularly love to be able to see which stories you're painting over - top level snooping! Love the naive carving of today's rocking horse.

BethanyR said...

I like the bigger pictures myself....can't wait to see your finished project....

Harriet said...

Love the bigger photos.The pages look great. I can't wait to see the finished project.

Sherry said...

Hi Elizabeth - number one again! I don't know how you manage to craft and surf the blogs - you must be super organised! I like the watercolour look of your pages so far, look forward to seeing the next stage.

Thanks for the link to Nikki's site - I'd wondered where all the buttons came from. I love the one she's made with Bluebeard on, doesn't he look swell!

I prefer bigger photos every time - see more, more easily!

Have a great week xx (117)

Patti said...

ahhh, nickel azo gold - one of my favorites!! I would say that you have a lot of creativity happening madam! if you saw my table, you'd see several unfinished projects - it seems that indecision has set in; maybe time to do something for me:)
I love looking at the photo detail - much more telling! have a great day!!

Diane said...

I always love the larger photos--you can see so much more. I wanted to rust some things, but I don't know the actual "recipe"--can you help? Thanks for all the inspiration!

Heather x said...

Love seeing what you are doing with your pages :)
*hugs* Heather x (75)

Heather x said...

oops I'm not 75 I'm 99 ;)
*hugs* Heather x

Carola Bartz said...

I love the painted book pages! My fingers start to itch when I see them!

Pam said...

Big photos all the better for a good snoop. Hugs Pam x

Tracy Evans said...

Love your desk, even when you are busy working it still looks very organised, just how I like it. How is Bleubeard, well I hope and keeping you on your toes. Love the coloured pages, interested to see what you create. The pictures are great bigger and better for someone who is nosy like me LOL. Have a good day, Tracy Evans x

Kaz said...

look forward to see what you make with the pages.....looks fab!
kazx

Marilyn Rock said...

Great fun; lovin' those painted book pages!

Dee said...

Hi, love the size of your pictures. Like the look of the book pages..so many uses.

Dee #38 x

Cath said...

Love the pages cant wait to see what you do with them. Not sure about the size of the photos!

Cathx 95
Psybou have won some blog candy over on my blog I just need your address so I can send it off.

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Love your book pages this week. I've been to a few car boot sales (do you have these where you live?) and picked up some old books that will be perfect for this technique.

A.x (22)

Penni said...

Love these pages and the bigger piccies are great too.

Hugs
Penni
X
(42)

Twiglet said...

I see a lot of old books at our car boot sale - maybe I should be buying them and chopping them up or all my card making and arty friends!!

Sarah Anderson said...

I've never visited everyone, but truly appreciate you visiting me ... thankyou :) I LoVe working with book pages, looks like you do too

Elliephant said...

Woah, that's a full desk! Nice to see lots of stuff on the go. Well done for visiting everyone, its always nice to see you pop up on my list!
Happy WOYWW, Elliefantasy xxx (129)

Elliephant said...

Whoa, thats a full desk. Nice to see lots of projects on the go. Well done for getting round, I can't seem to manange more than 20 at the moment. And its always lovely to see you in my list. Happy WOYWW, Elliefantasy xxx (129)

craftimamma said...

Ah, love the little rocking horse. Fab interesting desk too with lots going on.

Lesley Xx

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Ohhh Snap said...

You have a lot of lovely painted papers for someone in a dry spell. Looks like you could have some serious fun with those : ). I'm impressed that you have seen everyone for 8 weeks running! I was tearing my room apart but I think I got up to 80 inbetween boughts. TFS :D

#127

Shari said...

I enjoyed very much getting an "up close" look at your goodies. I will have to try the antiquing of the book pages as they would be lovely for scrapbook pages. I also love your rocking horse. It is something that would look right at home in my house. Thanks for the snoop! ~Shari

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, lots of lovely activity there - looks like fun. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks also for the 'Blog of the Day' mention - what an honour and what lovely things to say!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Spyder said...

I feel really guilty now, as I didn't get round all of the blogs last week, I'm sure some of the days just didn't happen as the week felt really short! Love all your stuff, and hopefully will have some thing worth showing on my blog next week!
Have a great woyww
(Lyn)

joey said...

Hiya

Ooooh I am late tonight looool a hectic day! I like the piccys bigger I cant do it on my blog and each week let peeps down with not being able to see arrrrgh. Love the book pages I have a book on my desk I tear out of if I need too, my hubby cant believe I do that, I cant actually well out of character for me! Have a great week

Joeyxxx

Kimmie said...

you look so busy today! I love the bigger format pictures - I don't have to squint :)

Anne said...

Loving what you're up to !-- be back often to see what else you do
Anne xxx

Halle said...

You've certainly been more creative than me lately!! And what's up with the gassy dog button?? Would that be "tooting" your horn??? that you've visited all the weds sites??

NEEDLEWINGS said...

I like the larger photos. I usually end up editing the HTML directly on the blog to change the size. Looks like you are being very productive!

Amy said...

Oh. Me and rusting techniques don't seem to see eye to eye - so you know that I am jealous of any you successfully attempt. grr. No matter - hey, the larger pictures are awesome - much easier to see, because I am always wanting to copycat, but too lazy to click on the enlargement with my slow internet connection.
A

Glen said...

Hi Elizabeth. Thank you so much for the time you have taken to visit my blog and leave me instructions for the rusty nails. Ü ~Glen~

Paula Gale said...

I love how you are always so busy, always first on Mr Linky ('spose that's something to do with the time difference?), and how all those pages of painting you do - which looks like loads of fun - turn into works of art - just like magic!!! Love the the horse is overseeing the process - is he the quality control officer...?

Thanks for showing what fun you've been up to!!!

Paula x x x

Daniele said...

interesting book pages thanks for the peek
hugs

Terry said...

Wow, you've got lots going on on your desk. I like the bigger photos.

Terry #125

Candace said...

Looks interesting

Thanks for sharing

Candace #140 (little late this week!!!)

butlersabroad said...

Cripes you are the WOYWW stalker aren't you???? Loads of stuff on the go as usual, I don't think you ever get any time to sleep!

Hugs
Brenda 105

lisa said...

What amazing photos. We've no excuse for not seeing absolutely everything on your desk this week. Those pages look very interesting. I shall be intrigued what you do with them.
hugs Lisa (122)

madebyKarla said...

What a beautiful rocking horse! I do like big pictures! Thanks for the snoop!
Karla

Kay said...

Well done on being No. 1 this week! lol. I'm a bit behind, had a crisis at work which then wiped out the rest of the week. I love seeing all your techniques, thanks for sharing them.

Alicia.R. said...

Hi Elizabeth
Well haven't you been busy, and I don't know about the pics as I always enlarge the smaller ones so I can get in and have a good snoop.
Thanks you for sharing, and yes I too am late this week.
Alicia.R. (#102)

Shirl said...

Oh my everything looks so interesting I love those pages and the nails in the vinegar and salt sounds like lots of fun.
Hugs Shirley #97

kayc said...

Thanks for the snoop. Love that horse. Kathleen x

Joanne said...

Wow, you are busy and such interesting techniques going on.
Luv Joanne xx

Ciara said...

You're always doing interesting looking things! Glad you liked the pics from my holiday - I will post some more just for you :-)

Ciara
xx

Claire said...

Those book pages look great -can't wait to see what you do with them! I've been playing a lot with the golden fluids myself recently and absolutly LOVE them

Nicks said...

Finally I have got here, your desk looks as interesting as always!
Just got to go and pick small man up from school and then I will come back to read about the awesome looking book I scrolled past to find WOYWW

Martina2801 said...

Hi Elizabeth, the techniques you´re sharing are so beautifully and uniquely. It's a pleasure to visit your blog.
Thank you very,very much!

Holly said...

Your kittys are so cute... My son is allergic to Cats.. I really wish we could have one.. I'd love a siamese. Looks like you have a lot going on, on your desk today...