Hi hi! Happy What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday to you! It’s been an artily active week here in my craft room and I am proud to say that I have reached day 7 of the #100DayProject!!

So let’s have a look at the desk shall we?

My swatch book is coming along nicely and I have now completed all of my watercolours and also my gouches which I had never used before. On the left hand side you can see the lovely oil paints that I’m too scared to open. They whisper to me now and then reminding me that they are still there and still need to be swatched. I had to push my paints out of the way while I did some disability related admin but you can also see photos at the back of the desk too. I’ve got a scrappy retreat this weekend so I’m trying to plan some pages so that I actually take what I need. I use the blue flowery TN to note which photos and collections I’m using and if I’ve got a sketch or scraplift in mind then I note the code so I can find the inspiration when I’m away.

I was using the left over goache to paint squares which I intended to decorate later but I might give up on that! I’ve been struggling to do more than about 30 minutes a day because of issues with my hands (you can see my thumb brace on the right hand side there) and actually just creating the squares was great for understanding how different consistencies look when they dry and how they blend and cover. You can see from the mess on the flowery pallette that I discovered that you only need a teeny tiny amount of the artist grade black if I mix it with my cheap gouches… It reminded me of “Johnny” from The Fast Show if anyone remembers that… “BLACK BLACK BLACK!!!”

Some of you noticed my garden through my window last week so I thought you’d like to see how it looks today… ahem…

Please don’t worry. All members of the family are present and accounted for… We are having to have a soakaway installed but I’m rather concerned that this large hole is already full of water and we haven’t had rain in the last 36 hours! I’m trying not to stress about the state of the grass – they removed the turf for the hole but of course not for the digger. Hey ho, it all needed levelling anyway…

So I definitely need a cup of tea. I’ll be round to the other desks shortly so please to put the kettle on!

Bye for now x


  1. Christine on 28 February 2024 at 10:30 am

    Sounds like you’re coming to the end of the samples . . . well done for sticking with it.
    One thing I have learnt about gardening is that by the end of the summer it will look BEAUTIFUL!! once it is all finished and the lawn has been mowed a couple of times, the flowers are growing and the veg are ready for harvesting, you can look back on this picture and laugh . . . .
    Christine #15

    • Lynnecrafts on 28 February 2024 at 1:00 pm

      The hole in your garden looks quite suspicious, glad your family are all accountable for!
      I find a good black in watercolour using veridian and burnt sienna with indigo. My tutor would have the vapours if we brought black or white paint into class!
      I found cool strips helped when I had tendon problems. They sell them for relieving headaches or fevers.
      I hope you enjoy your workshop
      Take care and happy WOYWW
      Lynnecrafts 4 xx

  2. Angela on 28 February 2024 at 2:15 pm

    My first thought was you were going to have a pond! Is the water table particularly high where you live? Enjoy your retreat. Happy WOYWW. Angela #11

  3. Sarah Brennan on 28 February 2024 at 2:54 pm

    Hope everything works out with the soakaway Lisa-Jane. Great use of the left over gouache. Visiting having been up to the hospital with Hubby getting additional pain relief. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #14

  4. Diana Taylor on 28 February 2024 at 4:27 pm

    I’m liking your colour swatching. I haven’t used oils for a long time – the last time was for printing and I spent longer trying to clean up than I did actually printing. Good luck with the soakaway – that’s one heck of a hole.
    Hope you have a good week
    Diana xx #12

  5. Kelly on 28 February 2024 at 5:12 pm

    Thumb brace? You have me intrigued. The pad of my right thumb has been giving me fits. Of course, it’s the one I use the mouse with. would love to hear more about yours.
    My first thought was a pond, as well. I’m past the age of wanting a pond. Always wanted one but maybe a trickling bird bath is more my speed now. LOL
    Love the swatching. It is a task. Creative Blessings! ~ Kelly #17

  6. Helen Lindfield on 28 February 2024 at 7:13 pm

    I’ve never been into swatching, but good for you – and the colours do look good! I hope the water in the hole soaks away soon . Happy WOYWW Helen #2

  7. Angela Radford on 28 February 2024 at 9:15 pm

    I thought you were building a pond when I saw the hole. Hope it does what you want it too. We have a pond and have had to take water out several times this winter which we’ve never done before which shows how much rain we’ve had o ther wise the fish would have been swimming round the garden Lol! Loving the swatch book. We’ve been out all day today so on catch up. Wishing you a very happy woyww, Angela x9x

  8. Susan Renshaw on 28 February 2024 at 10:03 pm

    What a big hole! I too thought it might be a pond! I am sure it will be great when finished. My little grandson would love the digger in the garden. Well done on working on your swatches – something I always intend on doing – and using oils!! Happy WOYWW! Susan #1

  9. Spyder on 1 March 2024 at 3:48 am

    Well, the garden looks very nice, I thought you were having a pond built! I’m guessing he’s going to go a bit deeper. The swotches are great…keep saying I;, going to do some, but haven’t yet…well not for my new paints. Now, was it you?? If I say, yes, my granddaughter lives in Chandlers Ford and you know what I mean…then yes its you how reckonised the Rugby colours, if not….oh what a nice digger!!
    Happy WOYWW!? ((Lyn)) #16

  10. BJ on 2 March 2024 at 5:15 pm

    Oh my word, thought you were installing a pond there, despite its rectangular shape. Hope it all gets sorted soon. Sorry to hear your thumb stops you painting for too long but what you have achieved is super. I had a set of gouache paints for Christmas but still too scared to open them. They are in tubs and I worked out they will harden after opening but can reactivate with water but still reluctant to open them… Hugs BJ#10

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