Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WOYWW 425 - Pixie Powder, Butterflies and a Sketchbook

Good morning everyone.  It is raining and a Wednesday again.  Rain was needed here, so I won't moan too much - and at least I can get some crafting done without feeling I should be outside pulling up weeds!

I am going to share some photos of what is going on in my craft room this morning, and if you would like to join in, then go to Julia's Stamping Ground for the linky thing.

Firstly,  I actually went out and crafted in a group setting last week.  Not been able to get to a workshop for a while (they are normally expensive, on a day that I couldn't make or my health has got in the way).  There was a big birthday being celebrated at our local craft shop, and several workshops were hosted by the birthday boy to raise money for charity.  Despite him never doing anything like this before, he did brilliantly - and I really enjoyed it.

I was introduced to Cosmic Shimmer's Pixie Powders, which I had never heard of (seems they are the latest 'thing' in the craft world - but I had missed the programmes on the craft channel and do not read magazines now).  We used them in a simple but very effective way - mix a tiny bit with varying amounts of water and paint on to vellum (butterfly stamps had been used with black embossing powder and they were stunning).  Embossing onto black card created the backing of this wonderful project, vellum stuck on top, butterflies cut out and added, and voila!  I had time and some spare already-mixed up powder, so did two more butterflies, ready for another project some time when I get round to it.  They are really shiny and fab.


Of course I had to buy some - and the Metal 3D Paste (which was in their sale area at a bargain price).  If you are in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, then go and see Ben and his team.  They also sell online - SET Crafts.  (ETA - I have had lots of questions about the Pixie Powders.  I will blog again in more detail about how I am using them, but click here for a video.)




Here is my much-awaited Sketchbook Project book.  I am now thinking of ways to fill it - but I don't want to think too much, which I tend to do - so will be jumping in and at least getting some photos of the farm in there (especially the older buildings before they completely collapse!).



For those who are not aware of the Brooklyn Art Library (we must go on a visit there!) Sketchbook Project, it is basically the world's largest library of artists' books from every corner of the globe.  Order a book, fill it up, send it back (and you can have it digitised too).

I am going to have my breakfast now, sort out kitchen etc, feed dog/ponies/cats.  I went to the dentists yesterday for a big filling and couldn't eat much last night - so will make up for it today!  Then I can return to my cosy craft room (it is actually dark enough this morning to put lights on) and make 2 heart-themed ATCs for a trade I did last week.

Keep safe everyone.

Ali x

30 comments:

  1. Ooh, I signed up for the Sketchbook Project too! Are you doing it with Victoria Smith at the Mojo Lab? It's a fab idea!
    Happy WOYWW :)
    Claire, no. 7

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    1. No, all by myself - although might have a search around and see if anyone else is doing one locally. Ali x

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  2. Hi Ali, great photos! I love those butterflies. It is raining here too, I'm fed up of it, I heard on the radio there's a heatwave coming - yeah we shall see!! Thanks for sharing. Lyns xx #20

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    1. Heatwave - sounds great, as long as there are not lots of flies on the farm to annoy me and ponies! Ali x

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  3. You're so lucky living so close to SET craft; I order from them occasionally and they are great. Glad you enjoyed the workshop so much. I've heard of the sketchbook project, but haven't got round to ordering one yet. Happy WOYWW Sarah #23

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    1. SET have great prices and competitions. Ali x

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  4. How lovely to craft with a group of people - there's something so heartwarming about doing that. I'm glad you enjoyed it, those butterflies are beautiful!!
    Hugs LLJ ^ xxx

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    1. I may have missed all of the WOYWW Crops and also not able to afford to go to the workshops at another local craft shop, but I am hoping to get to more of the workshops at SET Craft. Get the train to Haverfordwest and join us! Ali x

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  5. Hi Ali, the sketchbook idea sounds wonderful. What a fabulous thing. Love the butterflies, I think the Pixie powders are similar to Brushos', except the colours are more stable. Brusho's separate into many other colours, whereas Pixie Powders don't. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #3 XxX

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    1. Yes, I had seen Brusho's on tv and tempted, but think these powders will suit me better. Ali x

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  6. Lovely that you were able to take part in a real life workshop! I've never done that! Your butterflies look wonderful - I like how they sparkle! Have a lovely week! zsuzsa #26

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    1. I do like to craft in 'good company'. The butterflies are even more shiny in real life. Looking forward to trying out different techniques with the Pixie Powders

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous butterflies. Thanks for sharing - Hazel, #25 x

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    1. They are beautiful. I have decided to use the smaller spare one on an ATC, and going to try to use the other one on a canvas project.

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  8. Beautiful butterflies, Ali. I think those powders are a bit like Perfect Pearls? I watched a Youtube video on them and they certainly behave like Brushos or Infusions but with the shimmer added. I must try spritzing Perfect Pearls and see what happens! So glad you were able to make it to a workshop. You sound busy and active! Great stuff.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #30

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    1. One of the butterflies was painted using mica paint like Perfect Pearls (not sure which one now), and it came out really well, but not quite such a shiny effect. I just fell in love with the colour intensity of the Pixie Powder, and you only need a tiny amount.

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    2. That's great, Ali. The butterflies really do look gorgeous. Thank you for your return visit. A farmhouse definitely should have a pantry so I'm glad you've got one too! Yes, the light comes on when you open the door which is pretty cool. I keep opening it just to make the light come on, and have a good look at it and wonder when I'm going to wake up and find my grotty old cupboard back again lol!! I found the magazine rack idea on Pinterest and just knew I had to do it. It's working really well, and takes up very little space. We are mega excited about tomorrow now. Less than 24 hours to go and we'll have the new kittens with us. Don't worry - there will be lots of photos forthcoming! They score 150% on the cuteness overload scale.

      Shoshi

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  9. oh, those butterflies are just gorgeous! so glad you got to go and attend the workshop.. Helen #1

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    1. It was brilliant to get out of my craft room!

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  10. Great space and thanks for sharing xx Jan (36)

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  11. Your butterflies look lovely! I really like the colors you've chosen. Plus, that is one of the best butterfly stamps that I have ever seen. Really nice.
    Thanks to you, I am now craving Metal 3D paste. Naturally, I would have to be in the states. Perhaps they'll set up a store at Amazon sometime in the future. (?)
    Happy WOYWW!
    Rose #35

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    1. I will ask Ben which stamps he used and publish details on here. The 3D metal paste. I found a seller on Ebay who would ship to the US, but they only have gold left. I am happy to see if there is any left in my local craft shop and post it to you (I think there was another silver one there). Email me on teddybob@live.co.uk

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  12. Lovely to join in a workshop. those butterflies are beautiful but then I love butterflies. Send some of your rain over to me here in Spain I would love to cool down in it!! Anickoana #4

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    1. It soon stopped raining here - and has been sunny for most of the day. A lot cooler than Spain though!

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  13. What a lovely project! I love how shiny and "alive" the butterflies look! I am intrigued by the sketchbook project, it will be interesting to see what you do with it! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #33 - but Mr Linky will take you to a page that says my post does not exist - Fake News! click on "home" and it will take you to the post!

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  14. I'm having to take my time getting round this week due to a bad head cold but I'll get there. Must say I was quite pleased it rained Wednesday because I should have been walking with friends but really didn't feel like it and because of the rain we sat in the garden centre eating scones and drinking coffee. Loving your butterflies too. Happy belated woyww, Angela x19x

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  15. Love the butterflies! I'm happy you were able to join a workshop. Like you, I don't get to that a lot. First they're expensive and second (but more the problem) my health doesn't allow me to travel across the country and show up at a workshop before 10 AM, only to get back home late in the evening. It's so much fun making art together with likeminded people. Especially when you get to learn new things!
    The sketchbook project sounds so much fun. I've read about it before. If I lived near that library I'd want to spend so much time looking into all these art books.

    Much love, Michelle (@mebearc)

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  16. Loving the butterflies, my favourite colours. Hope you find a "Moo" doll which isn't too expensive. Delivery man came as he said and Hubby and Son fixed it yesterday so all nice and new and see through now. Thanks for the visit and sorry it took me so long to reply BJ#21

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  17. How fab for you - there's nothing like getting out and sharing the crafting groove at a workshop. I have a bunch of pixie powders too. They're like brushos. Im struggling with the mess, frankly! The butterflies are gorgeous. Hope you had fun with the ATCs...isn't the gloom in July feeling a bit much after such a fab JUne?!

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