Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Crafter's Block? Make swatches!

I've had a serious case of Crafter's Block since Thursday. Despite all the fabulous inspiration I see every day on Instagram, Facebook and various blogs, nothing is forthcoming. What to do? I wanted to make something, so I grabbed some scraps of water colour paper and a brush and did some washes of all my Spectrum Aquas so I could compare and make better use of colour combinations. I also drew them straight onto water colour and plain white paper to see how they differed. I like it.

My next thought went to ink swatches, but I wasn't quite sure where to start, so I stopped by Michelle Short's You Tube site and found the one I needed! She uses a 2x2 card system like Stephanie Klauck and also Jennifer McGuire, who has created a whole host of free downloads to make it easier to create your swatches (links to Stephanie and Jennifer's videos and downloads are on Michelle's video post). I don't have a printer, or I'd have used them! I also don't have many inks at present (but more than I thought I had!!!), so it wasn't too strenuous hand writing them. I used a stamp from the Clearly Besotted Mr & Mrs set that I thought worked well.

I had SO much fun, just stamping! I also had no idea I had so many blue and green inks, then I looked at our carpets and they are blue and green - must be subliminal!

Sorry there's no card today, but I hope you found this useful. I managed to find a UK supplier for the album and the pockets via Hey Little Magpie - I need another store selling goodies like a hole in the head of course!

Here's to crafting when my mojo returns :)


Vicki Dutcher said...

Isn't it fun to get "organized" :)

Squirrel x said...

Looks like you had super fun Ruth! I shall keep this in mind for the next missing-mojo episode Hugs xx

Kelly Latevola said...

Organizing definitely helps when the mojo takes a vacation. Sometimes I just sit and color too :)

Ruthich said...

Thank you! I love getting organised! In fact I think I'll stop making cards and just organise my stash..... Can you tell I'm an ex Librarian?

Aileen (mum) said...

Ahh can't beat getting organised when the mojo isn't running. Love what Im seeing. Its funny how it comes and goes, I even find I go into the room to do a card, get so far then its ok what next and end up having to walk away. Most of my moments come as Im cooking dinner.

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