Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 273

 There is a touch of creativity flowing here.  On my desk is a piece of watercolor paper in which I was trying to get some color on for an ACT.  I wanted a light wash for the background so I started with watercolors.  I couldn’t get the look I wanted so I added gel sticks but still found myself uninspired with the results.  After using spray ink which I knew would be too bright but used purely out of desperation, I tried lightening it using white linen spray ink rubbed with a baby wipe.  Still not satisfied I reached for Perfect Pearls Mist in biscotti.
Swap: USA Senders Choice ATC
I had looked through my Pinterest board looking for inspiration and liked THIS heart ATC.  I am always amazed how different my completed card (above) is from the one I get inspiration from.  Always so very different

The mixed media collage that was on my desk last week is waiting to be completed, you can see it on my desk off to the right.  I added modeling paste and paint but then the inspiration stalled.  I look at it, searching for inspiration but nothing comes.  So it has been pushed aside waiting, hoping for a surge of …something …anything….
Sunset over Traverse City Bay
 I have never shared my passion for photography here.  You can see my photos under Friday Finds, a wonderful place where I go to share the small finds of my week.  Lately my photography has flourished, taking hundreds of photos, seeing the beauty in the small things throughout my day.  I thought this might be a good time to share some of my work.
Field of sunflowers, Traverse City, MI
School has started so I am knee deep in moving my classroom again (urg!!!), getting lesson plans together and sitting through endless boring PD’s (professional development meetings).  One good thing, no more Chemistry or Physics, I am teaching Biology this year, my passion.

Peaceful view: deck overlooking Christmas Cove

Having fun peaking in other artist’s desk at What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  Join in!  We would like to visit and see what is inspiring you.


  1. The sunflowers are stunning . I'd like to see a flied of sunflowers it must be a lovely sight. Happy woyww Jill #16

  2. I really enjoyed your post today Diane - your desk, card and photos were very inspiring!
    If you have the opportunity, please share your card at our Inspire Me Monday party - I'm always looking for beautiful art to feature! :-)

  3. Great desk and all your lovely photos. Thanks for stopping by. confession, re my lattice card , the surround is cut with a die but the lattice is done by hand with strips of paper. Francesca #33

  4. What a busy, productive looking desk - I know only too well how frustrating it is when you can't quite get the effect you want! The ATC is gorgeous and I love the lace with the old text, they give it a lovely vintage feel. Thank you so much for stopping by my desk earlier, I hope you have a great week,
    Diana #27

  5. Your photos are lovely, I could just imagine sitting on those chairs on the deck, looks very inviting. Jan x

  6. Hi Diane, happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting my desk. Some lovely creating going on, on your desk....and gorgeous photos...would you like to join in a blog to share your pics....Our Beautiful World have an inspirational word each week - link on my blog. Cheers and have a lovely week RobynO#24

  7. Oh tell me about it...the amount of times I've tried to copy something off Pinterest and it might have come from Mars, the result is so different! So I'd say, don't worry about doesn't matter if you can't your own thing and enjoy it! The ATC is exquisite btw but my favourite photo of all are the Sunflowers. That is SUCH a funky, brilliant picture - I love it! I enjoy photography very much too but never share anywhere other than here occasionally. I'm going to have a look at your Friday finds!!
    Hugs, LLJ 20 xx

  8. Gorgeous Sun flowers! I love that tray of metallic paints. I use them often. I'm also a big fan of ATC's. Thanks for visiting!

  9. Beautiful photos. Did you use a filter when taking the photos, or did you filter them in PhotoShop or Instagram? I had to giggle at all your attempts at perfection...I had one of those days yesterday. Fab ATC, lots to see. I love it when I am inspired by something and surprised when I see the finished project. Never even close! But always loved.

  10. I love love love the sunflower picture.... there is something so ...... sunny about know what I mean! busy desk too
    thanks for sharing
    janet #8

  11. Sunflowers always remind me of the summer and warm sunny days.
    Love your photos too.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 34

  12. hahaha I wear flip flops in the house to protect my feet from the dust bunnies lol
    Bridget #6

  13. Lovely work on your desk and the ATC - and lovely photos, Diane. Sounds like an exciting year ahead at school if you can impart your passion to your pupils! All the best.
    Thanks for visiting - glad you enjoyed the wedding pics. Folk on WOYWW have been SO supportive as I have lived and breathed this wedding and all it entailed for the past months.
    Take care/. God bless.
    Margaret #17


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