Design Team News and Weekly Round-Up: 05 – 11 Nov 2018

Hello! It’s Monday, so it must be time for another weekly round-up.

For Cheeky Studio this week, I shared two project. The first was a birthday card I made using the left over Sweet Succulents clusters from the July kit, and the second was a homework-themed layout, created using the August kit, featuring the Notebook Nancy ephemera. The kits themselves aren’t available anymore, but you can still buy the individual ephemera packs on the website. Don’t forget to use my code natalie10 for 10% off your orders!

Speaking of Cheeky Studio, I created another layout featuring their ephemera for my Mixed Media Monday series on YouTube. For this 12×12 I used the ‘On the Cover’ ephemera to scrap this picture of my children sitting in our local library, reading books. To create the mixed media background, I used Nuvo Shimmer Powders and LOTS of water on a piece of Vicki Boutin Foundations paper – it took the water really well. I’m impressed!

For Mama Makes, I made a stack of watercolour Christmas cards and used the ‘merry christmas’ stamp from the Cozy Christmas stamp set. It was the perfect size for these 4×6 cards. For Skull and Cross Buns, I used the Santa’s Workshop set to stamp the robot and doll, the Merry Christmas Neon Sign Rubber Stamp and the acrylic stocking embellishment on top of an embossed panel I coloured using Gelatos.

My biggest project this week was One Week In My Bullet Journal. Every day, I filmed my planning sessions and shared them on YouTube. The photos below show how the week turned out. I used the EllieBeth Designs UK Poppy Fields stickers as it was Remembrance Day yesterday. Rachel donated 100% off the profits from the sale of this collection to the Royal British Legion – which totalled £250.

For the coming week, I’m using the Grateful Heart collection and am again combining my personal tasks and my creative work tasks in the same bujo. I liked having everything in one place last week, so I’m hoping it works well for me this week.

Angela Fehr’s Watercolor Mastery course continued with its second week last week. We looked at value and how to master it and bring depth and vibrancy to your watercolours. We painted Notans and Value Studies before trying a painting based on a high-contrast photo. I chose a photo of a lotus flower as it was beautifully lit and had the full range of values. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out although I think the background still needs a bit of work.

Week 3: Colour, Not Just a Theory

This week, we are looking at colour and how to use it to affect the mood of our paintings. On Saturday, I tried my hand at a beach scene. I used a photo I’d taken on our trip to Knoll Beach a couple of weeks ago and made a Notan and Value Study before attempting the actual painting. I’m finding the Notans and Value Studies really helpful – they make me look properly at the picture and help me determine where to focus my painting attention.

Over the next few days, I plan to paint this scene again, using different colours to play with the mood. I also want to paint it looser and with more expression.

Finally, here are some other cards I made. This Saturday coming, I’ll be selling my cards at our local Health and Wellbeing Fayre. As I’m doing a lot of watercolour practice at the moment, I’ve decided to focus on painting watercolour cards to sell too. They always seem to sell well – and if the Christmas cards don’t sell-out, I’ll just use them myself!

Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by! xxx

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