WIP: no crying over spilled ink!

Work in progress with @aallandcreate stamps. And yes, that is a large A4 stamp which I cut in two. With the no. 57 this is really easy to do without harming the imagery. #workinprogress #WIP #collageart #rubberstampcollection #rubberstampart #aallandcreat

It's wednesday and bit of a hump day indeed, but pushing through the work today so I can enjoy a long bank holiday weekend. Looking forward to enjoy the sunshine and finish some works in progress. This is what my desk looked like this morning - left it like this as I was in a hurry to get out the door. Yesterday I started to work on the above art journal tip in page, did a bit collage and stencil work, some gesso over it and wanted to use my DecoArt Media Spray - got the turquoise shimmer spray and twisted the spray nozzle off to apply a little bit on the edges and as I put the bottle down, was not looking where, it tipped all over my card and the glass matt!!

I learned a couple of things here: don't open bottles right over your work, always look where you are putting your bottle away, having a glass matt is super duper handy (clean up was easy and managed to save some spilled ink with a pipette) and baby wipes and gesso are life savers for sure!
So after the clean up, I dried the piece thoroughly, gesso over it until desired muted effect and started again. No crying over spilled ink or "mistakes" because you can just always start over! 

By the way, stamps are from AALL and CREATE  (very popular new brand of clear stamps and stencils) actually it is one LARGE A4 size stamp which I cut in two - the imagery was not hurt because they can actually be used separately. This is #57 and designed by Olga Heldwein - I actually met her and Autour at Art Specially earlier this April and they are just delightful!

Another piece I am working on is the following:
The elegance of the Elegant Writer. Fun to finally test it out with @stencilgirl_products 'thanks a lotus' stencil. Also loving my new @tonicstudios A3 tempered glass matt ✨ #elegantwriter #elegantwriterpen #stencils #stencilgirl #watercolorplay

I finally used the Elegance writer pen by speedball over a stencil and watercolor paper. I just wet the outlines with a water brush to create this effect. And I am not sure to add more color or just a little color or just leave it like this with a quote... well, it has been on my desk for a while (thankfully no blue spillage on there!) so I hope to finish it this weekend. 

This stencil I used is from StencilGirl® and is called Thanks a Lotus designed by Andrea Matus deMeng. It's new in my stash and I absolutely LOVE it! By the way, if you missed the news, I am super thrilled to be on the design team for SG this term! So you'll be seeing me using their stencils a lot more frequently in my coming work :) 

Sharing the desk shots over at Julia's WOYWW #466 this week. Hope you all have been doing well and looking forward to catch up with you! 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!


  1. A great use of the stencil, I am looking forward to both pieces when finished! Yes that happens sometimes - but often those accidents lead to fantastic new adventures! Love the blue and the fabulous texture!
    Hugs Susi

  2. Am feeling in a bit of a daze as I am commenting on last week's blogpost of yours following the link on WOYWW this week. Am I living in a different world?
    Love the page you have finished the tip in for - gorgeous blue (accident or not). Autour is a hoot isn't he, so funny and such a great character. I love their stamps and long to buy lots.
    Hope you enjoyed the BH weekend.
    Hugs, Neet xx 6

  3. What a fabulous use of that stencil. It is a beautiful lotus, too.

    I can see where a glass mat would be better than the plastic like one I use on my desk. You did good to save the ink.

    Thanks for already visiting my blog and congrats on being a Stencil Girl, too.

    Happy WOYWW from #3.

  4. Hi Cheetarah, those stamps from AAL and Create are amazing, I will have to look out for them. I like the way you used the stencil, it is so different. Have a great week. Sarah #16

  5. Loving your projects and thanks for the useful tips, must try and remember those Lol! Look forward to seeing all the lovely stencils too. Thanks for the lovely comment over at mine and happy WOYWW, Angela x15x

  6. Love the way you used the stencil, very crafty! The stamps are very nice too. Thanks for stopping by!
    Angie #25

  7. Love the blue page - the stamps are fab. The design is lovely and congrats on being a Stencil Girl. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great week,
    Diana #17

  8. I did that with a bottle of cobalt blue spray once.. it tipped over the edge of the craft mat and turned my rug blue (I work on the floor) what a mess.... so I feel your pain! Helen #2

  9. A quick splash of ink never hurt anyone - lol. xx Jo

  10. Hi Cheetarah, thanks for your kind and speedy comment which I much appreciate being a newbie to WOYWW.
    Love your stencilling and the heap of AAll & Create goodies. Love their stamps too.
    Congratulations on your StencilGirl news too which I saw via my friend Katie Lamb.
    Fliss #26 xx

  11. I love th colour of the blue work, my favourite! We've all done the daft thing that, with hindsight, we shouldn't have, so you're in good company there :-D
    Hugs LLJ 13 xxx

  12. I dont think there are many makes of mine that have escaped a splash of something unplanned. Great stamp from AALL & Create, i'm hanging back on the A4 purchases at the moment, not too sure how long for though! Congrats on you SG news look forward to seeing lots of lovely creations.
    Thank you for sharing WOYWW Tracey #5

  13. Ha Cheetarah... dank voor je bezoekje/commentaartje op m'n blog gisteren - ik had geen idee dat er nog een Nederlandse 'desker' in de lijst stond maar het zijn ook zóveel namen dat ik die nooit allemaal onthou en/of bezoek. Nu dus wel, gelukkig maar want ik had je verhaal en de blauwe pagina niet willen missen.. mooi is-ie!!! En ja, van die ongelukjes... ik dacht door schade en schande wijs te zijn geworden maar ook mét voorzorgsmaatregelen overkomt zoiets mij ook nog wel eens - waar zouden we zijn zonder gesso inderdaad!!! Geniet van je lange weekend (Middelburg ligt er nog steeds min-of-meer zonnig bij - met prachtige witte wolken in een blauwe lucht!) Liefs uit Zeeland, Marit #4

  14. I love that journal page! Mistakes? Bob Ross says "Ever make mistakes in life? Let's make them birds. Yeah, they're birds now." Love the effect with the pen! Have a wonderful week! Lindart #26


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