Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Thursday, 12 October 2017

WOYWW Calligraphy Gilded Tissue, Pineapple Smiles!

Mm! It is now past Wednesday, however I've still a desky share - or What is On Your workdesk Wednesday.. pop over to our Julia's desk for the link up, at Stamping Ground!
I started this post last week for WOYWW, but became ill, so will utilise it.. but edit somewhat!
This week's desk, my practise with dip pen and ink for Eamon sleeps here (what bugs me is in my practice I wrote Eamon perfectly but froze halfway through his name looking at space thinking, eek! Not going to fit it in, and messed up ... should have taken deep breath, prayed then continued!!)
Must admit was nice to be doing dip pen work again, must get back into it.. Have finished it but wont share it yet although they dont look at my blog.
Second desk, this is a direct copy of kookaburra, I edited image (not sure of source, as downloaded about four years ago). Removing colour from image, making it a very pale pencil sketch, printed it in draft on sheet to outline and colour. Used other images for guides also as you can see.
Tip for fellow crafters with white pens. Firstly I do not recommend Signo which have heard others recommend..  always gets clogged -> unusable, in end, so now in bin. Before it was binned however I did the following process, which DID work on Gelly Roll white which do like (it has never to my memory clogged).
BUT lid was accidentally knocked off as pushed in and probably out of drawer which it is in, so not on tight. Result->dried up!
Method. Boil up water, as if making a cuppa! (mm, do one at same time!) place in cup, then add white gelly roll, with tip down.. without lid on it.
Heated the water twice (removed pen to reheat in microwave),
then left it overnight. This afternoon in answer to prayer, + above method, it works just fine. 
Nil response from Signo. I know other folks recommend it but I did not like this one.

EDIT to above tip: While ever it was submerged in water ie moist, as shown, the pen works, but once lid is put on and is put away it returns to unusable state.
So I'm just re-immersing it as shown in image each time I need to use it at the present. This doesn't take long, just add really warm water allow to cool about twenty mins, then it seems happy to write away.
Technique of crumpled tissue and embossing .. to see technique look here! A favourite technique - this sheet was one done on this post.
Used SB Fancy (majestic or royal something?) Circles, with memory Box Blushing branch die. Love this verse. It is from WAW, was sent to Mrs D. via Margaret of Glitterglue. "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." He fails not!
NOW TO THE ... Aussie shots ... be warned photo heavy!!!

Pineapple, patch, four plants, in total, the one at front has new baby and it is the one with flowers below. Pineapple ready for picking behind it and it has sucker growing up from it as new plant after this is picked the mother plant dies.

Another baby there are two suckers here and one has shot a fruit.. they are brommeliads and at this stage in the flower you can see that.
Picked pineapple about a foot or 30 cm long, that is a ruler at front.
Below: Test whether a pineapple is ripe in shops and on plant by whether you can easily pull out the centre leaf.

1.332kg with skin and top, peeled below it is 776g or 3/4 a kilo of fruit and yes it is sweet and very nice. We were having a family BBQ so it went down very well!
 The roses are flowering downunder as spring has really sprung so here are some bunches in house.. I also take them to family in nursing home. This red bunch and pink was particularly fragrant as they are all strongly scented.

 Well, its almost into Friday here in about six hours so going to join up with Annie's Friday smiles too, lots of smiles here!

Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat!May God bless your day wherever you may be. 
  Will do my very best in commenting, and truly appreciate your visits! 

Shaz in Oz.x  

“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in Thee: yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Psalm 57:1
Linking up to:
1. Annie's Friday Smiles  
2. Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on card, all but base card.(mm just realised already joined, der!
3. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
card for Mrs D was a cheer me up praying/ thinking of you card after her very nasty fall.


Diana Taylor said...

Beautiful calligraphy work - I am so impressed at your talent for it, and how uniform the letters are. The picture of the Kookaburra is so sweet too. I'm just off to look at your crumpled tissue technique - it's gorgeous on that card.
Hope you have a great week,
Diana #9 x

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

The gilded tissue technique is wonderful and I love your calligraphy. You must have a very steady hand! How cool to have pineapples grow in your garden?! Beats the apples we've got at the bottom of ours for sure! Happy belated WOYWW! zsuzsa #11

Grammy Pammy said...

Beautiful work, beautiful pictures and thank you about the two hints about pen and testing ripeness of pineapple. God Bless you and your work.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Ah! one of my favourite techniques with the tissue, love it. Gorgeous pineapple too. Have a lovely belated woyww, Angela x7x

Craftychris said...

Love your crumpled tissue card, it's beautiful! Your calligraphy is awesome - so clever, and I love your photographs! xxx

craftyani said...

Love the art of calligraphy not done any for years and was asked by church to enter names in the Book of Remembrance, must say I was a little no a lot rusty. Congratulations of the pineapple growing wonder if they would grow here in Spain. Have a good week. ANickoana #29

Twiglet said...

Your cards are lovely, as always BUT that pineapple looks delicious! Wish we could grow them here. Thanks for the tip about the centre leaf. x Jo #23

LilArtsyWoman said...

Beautiful projects as always.

glitterandglue said...

Hi Shaz - what a great post - as you say, plenty to smile at. The calligraphied piece is beautiful - as is that gorgeous card. The text is fantastic - oh how we long for people to know the mercy, grace and compassion of our Heavenly Father. That pineapple is amazing, and I can almost smell those roses from here!!!
Take care my friend. God bless.
Margaret #1

Helen said...

Your calligraphy is beautiful! so too is the pineapple! Helen #2

Unknown said...

Beautiful calligraphy and the gilded tissue paper is just stunning !
Hugs Kaz xx

Betsy said...

OH, how I enjoyed this post Shaz. That card is stunning and one of my favorite verses. His mercy. It is what gives us hope. That pineapple looks so delicious. It's hard for me to fathom that as we are beginning to deal with snow, you're experiencing the beauty of spring! Beautiful roses.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

You have a lot of patience, I've not a good calligraphy hand :)
Lovely kookaburra drawing,it looks perfect!Your card is amazing with that background, such amazing texture and colors!

Shoshi said...

Your work is stunning, Shaz. When I did calligraphy many years ago, I found layout to be the most difficult part. I love how you created the image - must remember that! A useful tip. I am one who uses the Signo white pen and have never had one that clogged up, but I do find it needs to be fixed as it can rub off a bit. Perhaps I'll try the Gelly Roll white pen. I love your beautiful piece with the crumpled tissue - it's so beautiful, and I love the frame surrounding the excellent text. Thank you for your visit and your lovely comment - so glad you enjoyed the kittens and my Zentangles! You are right - I don't have private health insurance, but the reason for not getting elective surgery is that my surgeon is weighing up risk against benefit. When he deems it necessary to have surgery, it should happen fairly quickly. I am hoping to persuade him to go ahead with it, when I next see him, because I am most anxious to avoid a repeat of what happened at the beginning of the year. He is keeping a very close eye on me and I know I am in good hands, and he's been giving my case a lot of thought, I know.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #3

Conniecrafter said...

Your calligraphy looks great! So cool with the bird image!
Thanks for the tip for your white pens, I need to give it a try, I have had a couple dry up on me.
Beautiful tissue card, will have to give this technique a try with my stamp group :)
The flowers are beautiful, I am sure your family appreciates you bringing them by!

kiwimeskreations said...

Love your penmanship Shaz - it's beautiful, and the way you have paled the kookaburra image so you can colour it yourself is clever.
The tissue paper card is gorgeous - so delicate.
That pineapple looks so yummy!!
My roses are growing well, but it is too cold where I am to have flowers yet :-)

Dorlene Durham said...

Those cards are so beautiful and I love your pineapples! Great post again. Thanks for the earlier visit. Dorlene #33

Berina RGA said...

I love your calligraphy! Thanks for the tip about white gel pens. Your tissue technique cards are stunning! Beautiful pineapple and the roses are gorgeous!! Hope you have a great day!

loz said...

Beautiful caligraphy Shaz. I would never be able to do this..Fabulous cards and I lo0ve the beautiful queensland pineapple..loz

Sarah Brennan said...

You must be so patient Shaz to produce such beautiful calligraphy; I'm sure it will very much be appreciated. Hope you'll share the finished piece once it's been received. happy belated WOYWW Sarah #20

Cara said...

Beautiful post x

Lindart said...

MMM-fresh pineapple! I've never had one THAT fresh before, I can only imagine how wonderful it was! Your cards are gorgeous, I love that technique! And those roses - wow!! Sorry I'm so late this week! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #26

Shoshi said...

Thank you for your visit, Shaz - yes, Margaret and I had a gtreat time! More nattering than creating took place, though! The Pergamano is so beautiful but it's not for me - too fiddly and time consuming, so I shall continue to admire what others do!


Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Shaz! It's so elegant and the colours and textures are lovely.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Neet said...

Love your tissue card, not done this in a long time. Must remember when I get back.
Sorry to hear you have not been well. Do hope that God was merciful and you are now back to good health.
Could almost taste your pineapple. How wonderful all those photos were, so different from here.
Neet (a week late, sorry) xxx

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