Thursday, 8 August 2013

Crafty Colleagues and a Blogging Anniversary!

Hi and welcome. Today is the anniversary of my first year of blogging, and what a journey it has been! It's been a marvellous opportunity for me to discover so many wonderfully talented artists who share similar interests and passions. Blogging has opened up a whole new world of exploration and the chance to extend myself in directions I never thought I would.
Thank you to all who have visited my blog and left comments this past year. This has let me glimpse your world, something I truly enjoy doing.
Today I'd like to share with you the inspiration image and my DT piece for Pixels and Paper Challenge blog.

Inspiration image of our second challenge.

My take on the challenge
The background is second generation stencilling. This I do by using gesso and spraying with Dylusion inks and while wet, lifting off and flipping the stencil over onto a new piece of card stock. Sometimes I add a further layer of gesso and sprays. I love this method of stencilling, because you never know what you'll end up with.I'm building up quite a store of my 'what if' experiments.
This particlar background went perfectly with the colours the lovely ladies were wearing. I decided, that since I had absolutely no photos of bathing belles, that I would concentrate on the eyes. This inspired my layout, with the photograph forming the 'pupil'. To tie in further with the sea theme and colours, I outlined the eye shape with buttons, braid and fibre (eyelashes) and used the same fibre for a seaweed effect.
The photo is of  a group of my former workmates and self, at a craft weekend, Lennox Head; a beautiful beachside spot near Ballina, NSW.
Thank you for visiting and if you are interested pop over to the Pixels and Paper blog page at: and see what the rest of the DT have done for this challenge. Maybe you'd like to join us. We'd love to see your work.
Catch you later. Cheers, Di


  1. Congratulations on your one year anniversary Diane, it has been a pleasure to follow your journey. Your layout is fabulous, I love the way you created an eye with the fibres - so clever and so very effective. Great photo too. Here's to many more years! Hugs, Anne x

  2. Fabulous take on that wonderful image Diane and the fibres eye is so creative. Congratulations on you're first anniversary. Jennie

  3. Well done Di! It is fabulous to be part of your journey.
    Your layout is such a lot of fun! The eye is different and interesting too!
    You just might see me at Pixels and Paper like I have threatened next week!

  4. Huge congrats on your blogaversary! And what a great layout to celebrate!
    Alison x