Wednesday, 4 January 2012

WOYWW 135 - Panto season! or, the one where the desk goes vertical

Here we are again - WOYWW has hit us headlong into the New Year, so I hope it is a happy one for all of you!

It's that time of year again.... oh yes it is....oh no it isn't.... sigh.  I can't resist it...

Anyway, my desk this week has been mostly vertical, as I have been helping my good friend Nettie and her partner Rob paint the scenery for Treasure Island.  Nettie does the big stuff (scares the crap out me), Rob blocks in, and I've been making stuff look round, like I do.  I give you exhibit A:


exhibit B (we need baskets, they said) :


Bigger view of what's going on - I've just been adding depth and shadow and stuff, and not working on the big bits.  Sorry they're blurred - it's me iPhone you know!





But my desk hasn't only been vertical - Tuesday night it was definitely horizontal and I have just finished making two maps for the panto. Treasure maps of course. And here I say All Hail the Duke of Distress - for t'is his inks wot made it possible. All done using a black Sharpie, and the lovely inks Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Faded Denim, Peeled Paint, Festive Berries and Black Soot. Ta Dah! Makes life so much easier, and so much more realistic, than using a tea bag, dontcha think?





Oh, and if you're interested, the island is based on a slightly stretched Christmas Island.... LOL.  Had to be done, really!

Catch you on the hop...... Arrrrrrrrrrr......

32 comments:

sandra de said...

Brilliant map and of course you would put all that fabulous stash you have to such good use. Enjoy the panto, it looks like such fun.

Tertia said...

My uou have been busy! I could never even begin to work on anything that big! It looks amazing.
Happy WOYWW

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oo-aarr, me hearty! I will have to purchase some tickets to come and watch the panto! Now, where are my doubloons....?!
Hugs, LLJ #34
PS Love the map :D

jude said...

TYhe scenery is absolutely beautifully painted such talented bunch you are.Hope the panto goes well
hugs and happy new year judex 10

Helen said...

Wow, what great scenery - and the map is wonderful. Hope it goes well.

ScrappnBee said...

So Jealous! Nothing like a good mural to get the creative juices flowing! I was stuck painting solid colors for my boy this week! The map is spectacular! Thanks for sharing! Happy WOYWW- Amanda 28

Tuire Flemming said...

Love both of your desks - vertical and horizontal! The treasure maps are fantastic!

Happy 2012!
Tuire #44

Neil said...

Happy New year to you. I hope 2012 is a full, busy, fun and creative time for you. Seeing those sets brought back loads of memories, I used to do that too!
Neil#49(ish)

May said...

This is FANTASTIC, Beautiful scenery, you have great talent love it and the maps are brill, Hugs May x x x x x

Neet said...

Impressed, yes, definitely impressed. The scenery is fabulous and you are talented. Nothing else to be said - believe me you are talented.
Thanks so much for sharing something different - Hugs, Neet #1

Neet said...

Forgot to thank you for the Geocaching meaning - sounds fun. And Yes, blackbirds are great to have around. Now I have no cat or dog birds are my substitutes.

Ann B said...

Now that's what I call a big canvas to work on and lovely scenery. Love the map as well and agree about the TH products, just right for aging. I did a treasure map for my Grandson last year burning the edges and using the same inks.
Ann B
#42

Cathy said...

Great creative space and fab crafting going on there, but WOW at that canvas, its brilliant. Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

butlersabroad said...

Can't believe it's been a whole year and it's panto time again! Lots of hard work there by lots of people, it takes team work to pull together something of that size. Love the maps, good ole Timmy!

Hugs
Brenda 76

Julia Dunnit said...

Was just about to show Mr D the mapl to get him to identify it..you know when yknow, but you don't recognise!! Great work Diane, crikey, you're very modest about your contribution to the scenery - the shadows and depth and round things are amazing. Hope you enjoy the Panto season then!

Katie said...

This is all so beautiful! I especially love the map, I feel like I really stepped back in time looking at it!

Katie #81

Doone said...

Slap me thighs and shiver me timbers,

Legion yes

Constantine ( and I have scant regard for keanu reeves ability to 'act' but in this being typecast he is perfect) is my ALL TIME favorite biblical interpretation of hell and the road to salvation, must recheck who wrote the screenplay .


I wanna look and move like rachel weiss in that film for every aspect of his lack of depth she has it in spades....

I ADORE tilda swinton who is the only woman who can play a male angel, fallen from grace, and you still love her...and think you could never fathom her out, performing artist extraordinaire...

I shall re-wing Angela for I am a goddess...

and totally mad,

and on my way to hell...

thank you for swinging past M,
your observations are ....remarkable

Dxxxx

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Most splendid. Sure the Panto will be a great success. How fantastic to know it is your maps and you helped with the scenery. Happy New Year.

TangolikeRaindrop said...

What fabulous artwork! That looks like it would have been a lot of fun to work on (and see in the panto!). Here's some trivia for you - did you know that R.L. Stevenson likely used the island of Unst in Shetland as inspiration for Treasure Island? Unst is just a hop, skip and a jump from me. Lovely place. :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unst

Enfys said...

Wow, I am seriously impressed, the scenery looks great and I love the maps.
hugs
Enfys

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Wow! The scenery looks fantastic. I love the map too. My desk is vertical this week, but for a different reason!
Fiona #86

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Your talent at making round things round is most excellent. Your maps are awesome too!

Hazel said...

Fantastic scenery and map - a lot of hard work and creativity (Hazel, WOYWW 108) x

Robin Panzer Art said...

How fun and on an impressive scale, I think it looks wonderful! Happy WOYWW #5 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Hardwick Creations said...

Love the backdrops...looks like you guys had lots of fun doing them. Remember going to Pantos as a child, but they don't seem to do them in Australia anymore...well, not that I'm aware of.

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

brilliant map and awesome sets... I love helping out with things like that... always such fun... mine have never looked quite that good though... happy woyww...xx

MaggieC said...

What fantastic work, and beautiful shading and "rounding". Hope the show goes as well as the scenery. Thank you for your thoughts on keeping tract of visiting - a good idea. Maggie #73

505whimsygirl said...

The stage scenes are very cool - but the map, oh man -- I'd go wherever that beautiful map told me to go!!!

Beautiful!

Happy New Year!

Kay
WOYWW #92

Anne said...

You sure are a very talented lady. Scenery looks fab. Hope Panto goes well. Happy New Year. Anne x

Joanne said...

You are seriously clever. Those backdrops are amazing. My 14yr old GD has been accepted for Puss in Boots - next Xmas!!! Wonder who does the stage prep??
Hugs Joanne xx

Elizabeth said...

Wow! That is impressive work and your map is a triumph. My grandchildren would just love it ... like me they love maps. One of the projects I had to do in geography class, oh so many years ago, was to draw a map of an island complete with hills, a river, towns and villages, etc. I named it Shapiro Isle (Helen Shapiro ... you don't know who she is!!), Richard Town (Cliff Richard), Presley River, Jagger Mountain, and so on - great fun :)) Thanks for the memory and all the best for 2012. Elizabeth x #60

PS: it's 6 months since we seen anything from Ciara - I've sent her an email but no response as yet ... I do get upset when a person just seems to disappear of the radar like that.

Angie said...

Brilliant sets ...what fun you must be having ....took me back to one my youth club did ...omg ... over 30 years ago.

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