Friday, 27 May 2011

Grungy Monday - Brushless Watercolour and meeting up with blogging friends.

Hi All

I have had an amazing week meeting up with fellow bloggers. Last Wednesday Ken and I drove to Maidstone to meet up with Joyce at Gram's Treasures. We all went for a meal and had a fabulous evening getting to know each other better and the men chattered away and got on really well too.  I met Joyce on-line over a year ago when she won my first blog candy and we have stayed in touch ever since. Joyce lives in Canada but has been visiting  England as this is where she lived as a child. Joyce, if you read this, thankyou for your great company, it was lovely to meet you in the flesh. Then I had a great time this morning - I went and had coffee with Shirley at Shirl's Cards, who is on the LIIU with me. Shirl lives in Ireland but originates from my neck of the woods here and is off on holiday today with her family who still live in this area. My goodness, again it was fantastic to meet up and the time just passed far too quickly, hopefully we will get together again sometime when she is back.

Well I have been very busy with projects that you will see coming up during the month of June, but I had to have a go at the challenge that Linda has posed us at Studio L3 this week. Thanks for keeping this going Linda. You need to go take a look at Tim's great tutorial where he shows us how to use stamps and inks to produce a brushless watercolour effect on watercolour paper. It's a fab technique and produces great results - but you will need to have a practice at it - well I did!!!

 I haven't made my piece into a card, I'm not sure it should be, just leaving it as a piece of art - I really quite like it just as it is.

 As you can see this gives a great blurred, watercolour effect and I love the mix of colours you can achieve.

Great saying eh?

Linda has told us on her blog this week of two recent cases where people have been using Tim's work and claiming it as their own. One person has lifted Tim's tutorials and not given him any credit for the them at all and someone else has scanned or photographed his ideaology keys and is selling them as a pdf file for use in blog work. How can anyone do this? As Linda says we are a sharing community and will give anyone help, ideas and inspiration, we look, we learn and we create our own which could be similar in style - but actually taking and using others work for our own personal gain is completely different. I really hope these people can be stopped.

You may have seen that I have stepped down from the MAWTT design team. I am moving so much more into the artsy, vintage and shabby styles that I am unable to work with alot of digi images and do not get pleasure from using many of them. But I will miss my DT team mates hugely. They are a great bunch of girls and have become such good blogging friends. Thanks girls for all your love and support over the past year and please stay in touch.

I hope you have had a good week, even with all the Blogger problems again. What have you got planned for the weekend? We are going to a wedding reception that Richard and Sal are holding for all their family and friends who didn't go to Cyprus. I haven't seen them since we returned and I want to find out all about their honeymoon.

Take care, enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend if you are in the UK.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox