Wednesday, 2 November 2016

WOYWW 387 - sketching and autumn leaves

Here we are again - another mid-week day of sharing our crafty workspaces through the Queen of WOYWW's website, Stamping Ground (WOYWW = What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday).

My desk is quite empty again this week, but only because I am working purely with a pencil (and eraser!) at the moment.  I have just started sketching out the outlines for a mixed media project that is taught in the free taster class for Life Book 2017.  I am getting even more excited about 1st January 2017 now that I am experiencing for the first time the quality of lessons that will be sent out to me weekly next year.


This project is called 'Happy Traveller' and so far I have the outlines of a woman in a cloak, a horse, Medina the dog and a large bag.

The most wonderfully coloured leaves are from one of our trees in the garden.  I have taken a few photos to use in digital projects - and will be researching ways of using them in mixed media/preserving them (please comment below if you have any tips).

Happy WOYWW to all those that I do not manage to visit this week.

Ali x

22 comments:

  1. Good luck with your drawing - glad to see there is a dog in there. Autumn is great for colour - wearing yellow and orange myself today. Have fun x Jackie #16

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  2. Now that is like the start of a whole new adventure - in fact, The Fool of the Major Arcana, at the beginning of a journey! I'm glad the course will live up to your expectations.
    Hugs, LLJ 9 xxx

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  3. Hi Ali, glorious leaf colours aren't they? Would Glycerine work? Hope you enjoy the course. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #22 xx

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  4. Your desk is looking very interesting with the sketch emerging. Will have to look at the class you are taking.
    sandra de @26

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  5. You gonna love LifeBook, Ali! I haven't met anyone who hasn't. A lot of people return year after year and that's gotta mean something! Look forward to seeing your finished page soon! zsuzsa #31

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  6. Now that is an interesting looking desk, assume you will be drawing those leaves?

    Happy WOYWW to you too

    Kathyk
    No. 34

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  7. I haven't done sketching in such a long time, whenever I do it, my stamps start crying. . .LOL!! You look like you are having fun with your project - looking forward to seeing the finished piece! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #41

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  8. Sounds like an exciting project that you're really looking forward to. Love the leaves. Beautiful colours. I hope they bring you inspiration.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #38

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  9. Good luck with your drawing. I love autumn leaves. Have a Wonderful Wednesday and terrific week. LisaDV #37

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  10. good luck with the class, sketching isn't something I am good at... Helen #2

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  11. It must be the time of year - I'm playing with leaves too!! I'm afraid I just press mine in my microwave flower press but that means I do lose the shape of them. Maybe varnishing them would work, using something like Golden Gel Medium - might be worth a try but not on your best leaf!
    Have fun with your drawing,
    Diana #24

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  12. Hi Ali! you commented on the face that I have in my journal page - it is, sadly, a stencil! I am terrible at drawing faces! It came in a set of 4 faces I think, and I use them once in awhile. I can't remember who makes them, maybe Stencil Girl? Thanks for visiting! Lindart #41

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  13. You could seal the leaves between laminator sheets and the trim off the excess but you would need a laminator to do this. Happy woyww, Angela x 19

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  14. a few years ago, I did bring a leaf into my crafty space to be a "prop" and I didnt do anything at all to it, so it sits in a crystal dish off to the side of the dresser I shoot cards on top of and it has faded a little color wise but, other than that because, its not moving around its also not broken or anything.

    I have in the past pressed leaves and flowers ( picked fresh) from my garden in between paper towels under big books, and I store those in layers of paper towels flat. and so far most of them ( some are going on a dozen years later now) are still use able as pressed things.

    Thanks for the earlier visit, ~Stacy #51

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  15. Hi Ali, beautiful leaves - the colour on the trees this year are exceptional. Glycerine might work to preserve them. Good luck with the sketching class - sounds like a whole new adventure :) Wishing you a very good week. Elizabeth x #35

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  16. Oh the beauty in your garden must be a sight to behold! Am happy that the course is so good. Can't help with leaf preservation though, but I bet someone will.

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  17. Hi Ali, The leaves are a lovely colour range this year. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them. Also looking forward to seeing your drawing.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #14

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  18. The only thing I remember is standing leaves in a jar with some glycerine in, so they sucked it up I think. Try googling it.
    The drawing course sounds good but I am afraid I enrolled on three internet courses this year and have not done one of them - in fact cannot find two. Also did TH's Chemistry 1 course and never got past lesson three - that is years ago. I am useless with these things.
    Hugs, Neet xx 5 (thanks for the visit to mine)

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  19. Oh You are going to LOVE Lifebook 2017... I have takne LB2013, LB2015 and LB2016... each one just gets better and better and those lessons have changed the direction of my art life... My goal now is to actually COMPLETE all the lessons in one year.. Grin I have been collectiong leaves for years (I live in Canada) and the only method I have seen for preserving leaves in a life-like state is when you encase them in resin... wax might work too... Happy Belated WOYWW from Lynne in Canada #47

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  20. LOve the colour of those leaves, I wouldn't even attempt to replicate them on paper, would just be a complete waste of materials. Do share when they are done.
    Thanks for visiting my page, and your nice comments.
    Chris #7

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  21. can't wait to see the results! Happy belated WOYWW donna #49

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  22. Hi Ali, happy belated woyww ...
    ..I've used leaves like that as bookmarks, I dried them in a phone book then with dip pen and black ink wrote verses on them then laminated them and trimmed their outline. But you probably had somethinekse in mind. I was quick enough to get a free pass to lesson of stamping with water colours by Stamping Anja. Going to peek soon, had link fur week but life was too busy, more away than home.
    Running bit late here....
    Thanks for popping over and for sharing,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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Thank you lots and lots for your fab comments. I read and treasure them all. Ali x