Monday, 25 May 2015

Going back to 35mm Film

I was exposed to photography from a very early age, with my paternal grandad being an amature photographer and having a darkroom in his house for as long as I could remember.

I started taking my own photos when I was around 15 years old when I left South Africa. I was using my parents camera which was a Canon FT, it even had a telephoto lens. When I started high school here in Australia back in 1996 I was so lucky to be able to do photography as one of my classes, which was sooooo different to what I was used to. South African schools didn't offer some thing like that in their education system.

It wasn't until about 2006 that I decided to go digital and bought my first digital camera. Although the camera was not that cheap the use and process was as no further cost. I made the mistake though of selling my film camera, which has always been a regret of mine.

So recently I was looking at film cameras on eBay and come across a build-it-yourself Twin Lens Reflex and bought one. Then not a week later the photographic society in Adelaide had a Photography Market where I was able to find some cheap expired film which I almost didn't buy.


Three weeks later the camera arrived and I set out to put it all together, which was a little nerve wracking. 











Last week the 36 exposure film FINALLY came to an end and I could get it developed. As I have a negative scanner I didn't get prints done. I had to wait until I could scan the negs in to see what the final result was. 

Here are a few of the photos.


Twin lens Reflex

Twin lens Reflex

Twin lens Reflex

Twin lens Reflex

Head over to my flickr and check out the rest of the photos. 



Saturday, 23 May 2015

New Collection: Down the Rabbit Hole Book Kit

Hello crafters and followers.

My latest collection was released this week on my webstore.

Down the Rabbit Hole 

This is my take on the wonderful story of Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carol and illustrated by the ever so talented John Tenniel.  This collection is bright and bold, however maintaining a bit of a vintage feel with use of textures and some of the details used. I have kept with tradition in the use of various icons images and the general story. I see this collection being a very versatile and popular with children themed cards and layouts. 


I thought I would do a couple videos to show what you get as a digital download and also how EASY it is to download and print. 

Last but not least is the Book Kit which I personally can not wait to have a play with. 







All of these are available on my webstore at www.kerryjeanwatson.com.

Please let me know what you think


New Collection: Down the rabbit hole Cardmakers set

Hello crafters and followers.

My latest collection was released this week on my webstore.

Down the Rabbit Hole 

This is my take on the wonderful story of Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carol and illustrated by the ever so talented John Tenniel.  This collection is bright and bold, however maintaining a bit of a vintage feel with use of textures and some of the details used. I have kept with tradition in the use of various icons images and the general story. I see this collection being a very versatile and popular with children themed cards and layouts. 


I thought I would do a couple videos to show what you get as a digital download and also how EASY it is to download and print. 


Next there is the cardmakers size. 





I also release my collections as US Letter size (8.5x11inch).





Last but not least is the Book Kit which I personally can not wait to have a play with. 








All of these are available on my webstore at www.kerryjeanwatson.com.

Please let me know what you think


New Collection: Down the Rabbit Hole 8.5x11

Hello crafters and followers.

My latest collection was released this week on my webstore.

Down the Rabbit Hole 

This is my take on the wonderful story of Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carol and illustrated by the ever so talented John Tenniel.  This collection is bright and bold, however maintaining a bit of a vintage feel with use of textures and some of the details used. I have kept with tradition in the use of various icons images and the general story. I see this collection being a very versatile and popular with children themed cards and layouts. 


I thought I would do a couple videos to show what you get as a digital download and also how EASY it is to download and print. 


I also release my collections as US Letter size (8.5x11inch).







All of these are available on my webstore at www.kerryjeanwatson.com.

Please let me know what you think


Friday, 22 May 2015

New Collection: Down the Rabbit Hole

Hello crafters and followers.

My latest collection was released this week on my webstore.

Down the Rabbit Hole 

This is my take on the wonderful story of Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carol and illustrated by the ever so talented John Tenniel.  This collection is bright and bold, however maintaining a bit of a vintage feel with use of textures and some of the details used. I have kept with tradition in the use of various icons images and the general story. I see this collection being a very versatile and popular with children themed cards and layouts. 


I thought I would do a couple videos to show what you get as a digital download and also how EASY it is to download and print. 

First up is the 12x12 papers.

Now unless you have an A3 printer you won't be able to print these at home with your printer. You can take the files down to a local print shop and have them printed A3.




All of these are available on my webstore at www.kerryjeanwatson.com.

Please let me know what you think


Monday, 18 May 2015

A Birthday Card and a Book Cover


I made this for a new friend who has had a birthday recently. 



I also passed on one of my hand bound books as I have SOOO many of them and as this friend does draw I thought she might like it. 

I actually made this book cover well over a year ago and did not like how it come out. To resolve this I coated the entire cover in gesso and started again. 

I found a crimson spray in my stash and totally love it so using that and some black ink, I ended up with a VERY moody end result and loved it. 

Now because I use sprays which are essentially ink you cannot seal the surface with matt medium or anything like that as it just rehydrates the ink and starts moving it around which was what happened the first time I did this cover. SO, what did I use? Hair spray.... and THEN sealed it with matt medium which worked a blast. 





 I had to relearning coptic stitch to bind the book because I haven't made a bound book in a while. Interestingly enough I seemed to have improved on the method a bit and I have no idea why or how. I am just going with it. 
 

Let me know what you think by asking any questions.


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Scrapbook Layout WANETD


My brother sends me the BEST photos sometimes, usually around Halloween. 
This was one of those quick layouts I started in December last year, 



 

Edit: Some of you by now would have noticed the spelling error, I or my housemate did not notice this until I have originally posted this. This is what dyslexia looks like. The funny thing was my brother was the one who pointed it out and took it as an intentional joke. He too is dyslexic and more so than me. 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Travel Keepsake Booklet


Hello everyone, well those that read my blog. 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I released a collection that was a recycle from The Gentleman Collection that was released last year. This collection, called 1920, has no graphics in the paper design and features only the backgrounds, with their grungy goodiness.



I decided to have a play with the collection to see what I could do with it, and pulled out my stamps, embossing powders and heat gun. I had SO much FUN! I ended up sharing little sneak peaks throughout the day on instagram





Well here it is!

I had a Graphic 45 Kraft envelope booklet in my stash, that I could not figure out what to do with, until now. I turned it in to a travel album where you would slide the photos from a trip in to the envelopes.  












The great thing about having the papers as only the background textures, is you can use what ever stamps you have to add to the papers. 

I printed out the 1920 Cardmakers set on to A4 190gsm paper on my very modest Epson inkjet printer. The prints came out so well, really happy with that.