Back in Mixology weekend Kate Crane showed is some new techniques with a brayer. Normally I take my part finished project home and it gets filed under ‘pending’. But this time I’ve completed it.
Thanks Kate. Great class
A friend of Julie’s spotted her ‘Sail away’, retirement countdown board and, as she is heading towards voluntary redundancy, took a fancy to it. There was no other option. She had to have her own. Lazy days …
Painted with DecoArt Americana colours, with a little assistance from their Media Fluid Acrylics, on a small framed blackboard.
What do you think?
Another hectic weekend. This time in Coventry at the Ministry of Mixology – the ever-popular event for all mixed media maniacs. Thanks to the Mixology crew for organising a great event.
For the full MoM experience you have to arrive Friday evening. There’s a bit of a meet’n’greet in the bar, always a good place to start. But not too late to bed because Saturday morning you need to get booked in, do a little light shopping in the Tando store, the into your chosen first class.
I started in France Papillon‘s class (pronounced Fronce Pappy-on, she’s from Belgium, you know). We constructed a small book/box and treated it to some super techniques, including Weathered Wood crackle, triple thick glazing medium, and some gauze like material called Cambric.
Saturday night is all make-and-takes. The hall was filled with tables where you could sit and complete a small demo piece in 30 minutes – then move on to another. The evening was punctuated with Andy Skinner and Craig De Souza dressed as ballerinas, putting on a birthday treat (?) for Andy’s daughter. And of course the raffle. And the odd glass or two of wine …
Sunday was hangover day for some, but the pressure was still on. In to Kate Crane‘s class (pronounced Kate Crane, she’s from Yorkshire, you know). Kate loves colour, and her work is lively, vibrant, and lifts the spirit. All very poetical, but driven by the fierce school teacher that she is. We learned, well I did, how to use a brayer (little roller) to great effect. Using a light touch, and super colour combo, we created beautiful textured backgrounds.
And then there was Monday … and back to work. Looking forward to next time.
I spent Friday in Suz Humphrey‘s class, painting a rather nifty peacock feather in the morning, and learning some equally nifty techniques with her FolkIt session after lunch – a super day, thanks Suz!
After painting all day Friday with Peggy Harris, those brave enough came to my Friday Fun session.
After rounding them in to teams we had a quick quiz – the theme was famous women, with some obscure questions I’d found – followed by an hour of making some kind of animals with modelling balloons. I’m not sure where their minds were going, but some of the articles produced were not of any animal I’ve ever seen.
Saturday, it was my turn to teach. I lead a gentle introduction to mixed media where everyone was encouraged to experiment with texture and colour, and to try media that they hadn’t used before. All seemed to go as planned.
Julie and I got to grips with Powertex on Saturday evening. We’d heard about it but this was our first ‘hands-on’ with it. We’ll be getting mucky again soon, when Claire and Debra run another class in the studio in Crawley.
Sunday was wind-down day for me. Peggy taught her last class, and convention shut down for another year. Everyone packed up and went home.
Thanks to the Ibis Hotel at Crick. They provided the rooms, the service, and the attention to our needs, and made it a pleasure to deal with them. All their staff are willing to put themselves out; making meals for one with special requirements, additional towels on request, a toothbrush, and coping with constant changing numbers of guests for our sit down dinner, our messy attendees, and happily disposing of large quantity of recyclables.
And thanks to everyone who took the time to come along and join in, in whatever capacity. I believe it was our best so far …
Members can read the full, inside story in the newsletter – out soon!
Just back from a week in Cyprus, soaking up some winter sunshine. There is nothing exciting to report, because the whole week was spent relaxing, chilling, doing nothing – other than taking advantage of all of the hotel’s facilities. We ate, we laid in the sun, we swam in the pool, we drank in the bar (a fair bit), and we strolled to the mall and back – rinse and repeat.
I did smuggle an art journal and pencils into my luggage, and treated my self to some sketching-doodling time. It was great to have time to just doodle, sketch without pressure to produce anything usable …
But now I’ve had two weeks off work, it’s time to brace myself for the dreaded return to the office, on Monday.
I’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead – BADFA’s convention in Crick, next week, and Ministry of Mixology in Coventry the week after. In between I’ve got to be in London for a photo day with Julie. Going to be looking forward to another break soon.
Julie has a special event (at work) soon. She wanted a board to count down the days; something appropriate to chalk up the numbers, she says. So I spent today with brushes and paint; surprisingly I got the whole thing done in one sitting.
The title is the chorus from Enya’s Orinoco Flow.
What do you think?
As the date gets closer, so the pace quickens. So much to fit in!
The badges are finished – but the design remains secret until the big day. It is hand painted and should please the FolkIt fans, and the traditional Folk Art painters. The bits and pieces for Friday Night Fun have been ordered, and are in the post – under plain wrapper. Something else that will be a surprise on the night.
I’ve prepared my class for Saturday, and there will be some extra flourishes for my students – a little added value.
I’ve rounded up the paints, table coverings, and a box full of random items we needed last year – I guess we’ll need them again – and the mdf blanks will need to be arranged to fit in the car, too.
Supplies from our sponsors, DecoArt, of their Media Range, have arrived, and traders are booked to fill the tables with good, must-have stuff. This year we have a new trader bringing brushes at special prices.
The big rush now is to get the last newsletter out to members before I go on holiday. Luckily the team proof read before we go live, otherwise there’s no telling what gobbledegook I’d be sending.
Then all that will remain is for Julie and I to catch the plane to Cyprus, and enjoy a week in the sun (we hope).