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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

WOYWW #460

Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday time again, and if you don't know what this is, then pop over to Julia's place, The Stamping Ground, and read all about it, then join in!
Stuff on my desk, then. I've been making some stencilled backgrounds, ready to do some stamping on. Not sure exactly what I'll be stamping on them yet, but these three will probably become Lavina stamps scenes.

 All the stencils are by Clarity, and I've really just been playing with sponging here. Distress Inks & Oxides, some done with Cut N Dry foam, some with brushes.

I love how these circle stencils came out- the shading means they really look dimensional. As I said, no real idea where I'm going with these, but I shall be playing more with them over the next few days.

Depending on the weather, that is. I've been clearing my planters, and have a whole load of new plants for them, so if it stays dry, that will be the next job.
Still making my mind up about these- it's something called the Retiform technique. You create shapes with sponging and post-its, then mask off each area and stamp into it. No idea where the name comes from, and Google for once has nothing to say on the subject, apart from asking me if I meant Retriever!
 They may end up in my UFO box yet- we'll see.

Bought this little drawer set from the Range- I sort of hoped I could fit my Brusho pots in them, but the drawers are just a fraction to small for them.

And finally...............

So, I'm done. Short & sweet this week.


Sarah Brennan said...

Morning Shaz, love what you've done with those backgrounds. I look forward to seeing the finished retiform pieces so please don't let them end up in the UFO box lol. I'll be posting once I make it out to the shed. Sarah #?

Helen said...

Loving the backgrounds! I am sure you'll be able to use the retiform ones(no,ever heard of that) too - they look great too. Helen #?

Neet said...

Love the message at the end, will bear this in mind.
Retiform technique, I think that is what I know as the Grid Technique. I used to love doing it so please continue with it on those backgrounds, I have some cards somewhere that I won't send out because I love this technique on them.
Some lovely stencil work there, I especially like the circles with their depth.
Happy potting this weekend, hope the snow does not come that was forecast.
Hugs, Neet 2 xx

craftyani said...

Love your backgrounds especially the first and last ones. Looking forward to seeing how you use them. Ani #6

Annie said...

I really love the backgrounds you’ve been working on this week Shaz and am hoping you will do a show and tell when you’ve finished them off. As to your funny this week?.....it’s really made me chuckle. I could use that as my motto for my week 😂😂😂
Annie x #12

Christine said...

I love your playing ... have made several Retiform ATC cards but I find it tasks my brain a little too much trying to sort out the shapes. PJ says it's because I need more practise!! I did think of going large and making a few cards, now I've seen yours.... I might just try.... thanks for the inspiration.
Enjoy your week and have a Happy Easter
Christine #16

Annie Claxton said...

HI Shaz, love all your stencilled backgrounds, it's good to have some starting points all ready to go. I'd never heard of Retiform, but what an intriguing idea, must try it. I've just had a quick look online and found a definition of the word as an adjective "having the form of or resembling a net", and a lady on YT describes it as involving intersecting lines, so I guess that makes sense. I just love how we all share inspiring ideas and lead each other to different paths we might never have come across otherwise :o) Happy WOYWWday. Annie C #15

Lunch Lady Jan said...

....and that's why I'll never cross you - you know too much!! Lol. Love those stencilled backgrounds, they're all so different, I don't know which one I like the best. Those little drawers are cute but it's a shame you couldn't fit in what you wanted. You'll just have to buy some more :-D
We're really looking forward to seeing you on Sat!!!! Woohoo
Hugs LLJ 9 xxx

My name is Cindy said...

I love a bit of retiform! You've done some lovely gentle inking there, they will make some stunning backgrounds. Did this technique with my ladies last year but we also stamped in the spaces (there are lots of options, some of them very clever and arty). They (and I) were really impressed with what they managed to do. Like the look of those stencils are well. Must get on and do something today! Happy WOYWW Cindy #20

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. I love making backgrounds - and have a good collection of various sizes waiting to be used eventually. I treated myself to 2 more Distress Oxides this week - so now have the grand total of 4! Going to get a couple each month (they are cheap in our local craft shop), so I don't break the bank. I love using them. Ali x #23

Ellie said...

Hahaha that quote cracked me up, I managed to splutter my tea down my chin hahah. I adore those card backgrounds and the circles, the colours you picked are beautiful too. Have a great Wednesday.
Ellie #27

Monica said...

beautiful stencil work. Wow hope you get many ideas to use them.
Monica #32 Late start.

Magic Maggie said...

Dear Shaz

I love seeing what you do - I think it is because you seem to have a lot of the same stuff as me, but you are better at using them! I keep the brushos I actually USE in a Really Useful 1.75 box with an XL (high) lid - my spares are in a watercolour box. I will be popping a picture of the ones in use on Pinterest in a minute. I don't know how you find stuff on Pinterest though. I will head it Magic's Brusho box

Maggie (Yorkite)

Lindart said...

I looked up the Retiform technique, and got some You Tube videos - one said that the other name for this technique was the "Grid technique", which makes more sense. "Retiform" actually means "netlike". Looking forward to seeing your finished cards! All your stencil backgrounds will come in handy at some point, I'm sure! I love the 3-D effect on the circles! Thanks for sharing! Lindart #31

Lillianb said...

Great looking stencil work well done. Thank you for your visit to my blog,

Lilian B #73

Angie said...

Love the backgrounds. Sometimes, it's just fun to play with no real purpose in mind. Like when we were kids!

Happy creating!
Angie #38

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, I'm loving all your stenciled pieces, especially the circle ones. Like you say they really do look dimensional. It will be interesting to see what you make with them all. I've never heard of the term Retiform but some time ago I did see the technique demonstrated on TV - must have been Create and Craft and could have been Barbara Gray demonstrating it. Shame about the box - it looks as though it would do the trick but clearly not. I've duly noted your warning :) Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Elizabeth x #28

Heather Marshall said...

Hi Shaz, I like all your backgrounds. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them. I've not heard of Retiform (but that doesn't surprise me). Looks good though! I am in love with my Lavinia Stamps. Love your end quote! Have a lovely week Heather x #37

Angela Radford said...

Hi Shaz, the word Retiform refers to something which resembles a net or network and is used in medical terms referring to cell structure. Anyway enough of that Lol! I love your background papers and hope to see sometime how you use them. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy woyww, Angela x19x

Carmen Wing said...

Those shapes really do pop off the paper - love that technique. I hadn't heard of retiform either and spell checker is underlining it. Always ove learning something new.

Love your quote at the end. Understood. Taken on board. :D

Have a lovely week ahead,
Carmen x #26

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Lovely stencil play, Shaz! The shapes came out really crisp and beautifully blended. I recognize those drawers - shame they're not big enough for your Brushos, but I'm sure you will find a good use for them. I've just ordered some drawer units for my desk as well - hope to show them off next week! Thanks for visiting yesterday - wishing you a lovely Easter! zsuzsa #11

Cheetarah said...

Those are some fantastic stenciling scenes Shaz! I can't wait to see the finished cards! hanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a kind comment :) xo Cheetarah #30

Vicky Fisher said...

Lovely stencilling, especially the first 3 and the circles. You will find another use for those drawers. Laughing with the quote, thx for sharing and thx for your visit earlier, Vicky

Sue said...

Hi Shaz, Loving your staqmped cards. Nice to have them handy to do more to when needed.

Did smile at the quote. Note to self, don't cross Shaz:) LOL

Shame the drawers aren't big enough for what you wanted. I'm sure you can find something else to store in them.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sue #25

BJ said...

Love what you have done with the stencils, especially the window type ones at the top. Thanks for the visit BJ#4

Nikki C said...

Those are a lot of pretty backgrounds and shame the unit was to small
hugs Nikki late at visiting

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Shaz loving your masking I think it looks grand ..and am sure you’ll create something special.
Not WOYWWing this week.. however have done a post on Retiform technique... see here give the background and technique. Have a Pinterest board of it too.

The Pinterest page has 52 pins some great ideas there.
Hugs and prayers fo God’s blessing upon you Easter as we celebrate His death, burial and best of all His Resurrection.
Shaz in Oz.x

okienurse said...

I love all the stencils and sponging you have done. You got me on this one too...Never heard of it being called Retiform...it is the old grid technique where you cover over or mask a stamped image. I remember doing this when I was first into Stampin' Up! years ago. Here is a link that shows a tutorial. https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/retiform_grid_technique/
Great quote at the end! Hope you are having a great week! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier...I am late getting around as usual! Vickie #39

Aimeslee W. said...

Check out this link for the answer to google search "how did the retiform grid technique get its name": http://icreatecraft.weebly.com/blog/high-tide-with-the-retiform-technique Says what it literally means, composed of crossing lines and interstices; netlike. Once I read this, I immediately remembered encountering it in Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry in school. It's a mathematical term, that's all.

Your stenciling and your retiform sponging look great. xoxo

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