Wednesday, 22 February 2012

WOYWW - 142

Not a squeak from me about 'where has this week gone' (but did anyone pinch it?).
Here's what I was up to yesterday afternoon - it looks just the same right now too:
Correction, the mug of coffee has gone :) Last week I spotted a comment from Eileen on Sarn's blog which referred to Pan Pastels so, being a nosey little crafter, I Googled them and came up with lots of information. Then, I spotted a link to using chalks, such as Pebbles chalks which are on my desk above, using a Dove blender. Whoop, whoop - I was totally enamoured by the idea of digging out the long forgotten chalks and using them. Off went the order for a refillable pen, spare nibs and a bottle of blending fluid - and this is what I've been playing with:
I need a card for the arrival last Friday of a neighbour's baby boy so what a great excuse! The Dove blender pen is lying beside the cute LOTV image I was working on and it has a really lovely to use, flexible and fine tip. You can use it 'with all water based markers, watercolour pencils, watercolour paints, chalks, embossing powders, dye pads, and pigment pads. The blender never has to be replaced, it is easily refillable and the nibs are replaceable. But most important the Dove Blending Fluid will make your work Permanent when it is allowed to dry'. I lifted those words from the Dove website :)

This tutorial is brilliant too - so if you have any chalks languishing in your stash, take a peek and be inspired - I was! I don't say that chalks will replace your other colouring mediums, I love my Pro Markers too much, and need lots more practise, but they sure are fun to use this way. The soft results are great, I have yet to try really strong colours though.

Just thought I'd share and maybe help you to spend some money! Tee, hee!!

Right, time now to hop over to Julia's here to see if the garden fork is still stuck in the ground outside her craft room window and to gasp look at her desk and say 'Hi' before hopping off again to see what other desks have been linked up! It's time to be nosey!! Beat you, I've just checked and not only the garden fork but the ladders are still there too :))

Happy WOYWW!



Annie said...

Love the chalk effect :-)
A x


Oh so very lovely and fun!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Happy WOYWW Di.

Beautiful effect from the blender pen and chalks on your baby card. You certainly inspired me to have a go (although I used a Tombow blender pen).

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely baby card hon....happy WOYWW...x

Karen said...

Gorgeous card Di, I love all the shades of baby blue :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Luv Karen xx

jill said...

Beautiful baby card. I wonder how moany of us have chalks lurking on there stash & can get to reuse them again.
Happy Crafting

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Your card is really Cute!!! and then the How-To also... I had a ball watching, she makes if look so easy.... Enjoyed my visit today girl.... hope you stop by!

SueH said...

That’s such a sweet image Di and you’ve done a great job with your chalks.
I’ve just watched the video and now thanks to you I’m going to have to go shopping for a blender pen because I have a couple of sets of chalks sitting in my cupboard that are very unloved.

Happy Crafting!


Anonymous said...

Hi, what a busy desk today, the baby card is going to be lovely. I can't make out what the furry white thing is. Have a lovely day, Laura

lisa said...

Now I am intrigued, Di, I have those chalks on your desk too, can't remember where they are though, it's so long since they saw the light of day. I'm off to find out more about this pen, it sounds great!!!!!
Thanks for helping me spend my crafting pennies!! It's soooo hard to do!!!! lol
Hugs Lisax

~Tammy~ said...

No way would I show my desk right's a mess with too many work projects going on. Lots of paper and scraps everywhere!

scrappymo! said...

Thanks for the reminder about the chalks. I am going to give this a try when I weant a sort of subdued amount of colour.
Your slooks lovely...just the right look for a baby card.

Karen said...

I assume you can use an ordinary blender pen from any manufacturer Di??? Might have a go at this and see. Love the card, so cute!

May said...

Thanks Di, I have chalks that I never use, and the beautiful way your card has turned out I am getting on to that link and going to buy myself one of those blender pens, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x

Ann B said...

Blender with chalk is a new one on me so thanks for sharing. May just get out that box of chalks languishing at the back ofthe drawer.

Ann B
I have blog candy if you are interested

Trish Latimer said...

good tip about the chalks!! I'm all for using stash thats been lying around for ages!!! Trish #63

Bernie said...

WOW Di this is lovely! Love the soft look of chalks. Thanks for the link, may need to pull out my chalks and give it a go with the blender pen.

Sandra said...

Turorial was brilliant and your colouring is brilliant too! :) Sandra H

Kathleen said...

Well I nearly threw my chalks away last week but glad I didn't now as I may have another try with them.
Card looks really lovely, love the pastle effect.

Kath x

Twiglet said...

I have 2 boxes of chalks - maybe I need a Dove blender - best place to buy them?

lisa said...

Thanks for that Di, you are a treasure, good job it was pay day yesterday!!
Hugs Lisax

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a sweet image! It truly does call for the softer effect of chalks. I'm not that into chalks myself but am glad to have them around for when the mood strikes. I learned the blender pen trick not too far back. It's a goodie! Happy WOYWW.... and I noticed not as many are saying "where did the week go?" as usual!

505whimsygirl said...

Hello dear Di,

You are so funny - I think no matter what you decide to color with it will be perfect! What an adorable stamp, by the way. Two friends are having babies (both boys) and I would love to make each of them a card.

Did you see what number I am this week?!? woo hoo. I've been to Doctor appointments today and so am just now going around visiting (except those that I visited last night - which was Tuesday here).

Hugs to you, dear blogging friend.


Elizabeth said...

Hello Di, you desk does look lovely with all those chalks on it, very colourful. The baby stamp is gorgeous too and the blues are beautiful. Don't have any chalks myself ... well, not as yet, still happily using my ProMarkers/AquaMarkers, but maybe one day I'll be tempted to try the chalks. In the meantime I'll just check out that demo :) Elizabeth x #80

Jules said...

Hi Di

Fabby post!!!

Off to check out the tutorial now.

My chalks only get used for adding rosy cheeks to my characters and a touch of green for grass and blue for sky .. .. .. so lots of colours not very well used!!!

Thank you for the inspiration.

Loving the image too by the way!!

Love Jules xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Chalks and about it goers around and comes around. But such a lovely way to use chalk, because so often it's a bu**er to apply in a controlled way. And you have a few chalks to work with, I must say!!

CraftygasheadZo said...

Such a pretty effect you've created. I haven't used chalks before, but have seen them used lots. Maybe I need to find out more? lol Enjoy this week's WOYWW snoop of the crafty & creative desks around the world. Take care Zo xx 81

Peggy said...

A little late visiting.. oh i forgot about chalks thanks for reminder I'll have to pull mine out! great card

MaggieC said...

A really lovely card, Di, and the colour are so soft and perfect for a baby card. xx Maggie #11

Sam said...

Aw Di those cards are gorgeous and thanks for the heads up on the tut. Going to have to go for a wander as I have some chalks that have never been opened! Oops!