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Suz Humphrey’s Friday morning class

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).

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Oi! You at the back! Get in line!

It’s been a busy day at chez Kim. Apart from getting motorbikes serviced and tidying the garden, I’ve put my brushes to good use on some preparation for BADFA’s forthcoming convention. See previous post for details.

One of the convention’s conventions is to present each attendee with a badge for the occasion. Of course the badges have to be hand painted, what else! And this year it falls to me to do them. I also did 2014 and 2016. Anyway, here are this years badges in progress. Look at that! There is always one little rebel who has to be out of step!

So far they are only gessoed – a bit like Ford’s original production line – any colour you like, as long as it is black.

I’ve also been experimenting with DecoArt Modelling Paste, and Crackle Paste for more texture options on the mixed media day of the convention. More on that later, once it is dry and I know if it has been successful.

I’ve still got to work on the highly secret goings-on that will be Friday Fun Night. This is the after-dinner entertainment when, after you’ve all had a few wines, I get you to take part in an evening of cultural and educational activities …

I hope you have all booked your places – early bird discount ends tomorrow (19 February). I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

 

 

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Kim’s Saturday session

For full details and to book your place go to the BADFA blog site!

For the first time, I’ll be teaching at the Convention. Our main event is international visitor, Peggy Harris from Nashville, TN, but we were asked to cater for a broader skills base, so Suz Humphreys and I will be adding a little seasoning to the mix.

Suz is doing two half day sessions on Friday (31 March), starting with her Peacock Feather in the morning, and a FolkIt piece in the afternoon.

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I am running an all day session on Saturday (1 April – April Fools’ Day – is that significant?). It will be multi-media work on an art journal, using the DecoArt Media range, with lots of ‘whatever’ – choose your finish; Steampunk or Steampink – Industrial grunge or Girly Goth.

If I’m really lucky I’ll get to flex my traditional brush-strokes muscles on Sunday (2 April) and lead a ‘Ribbon and Daisies’ class, too!

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Just back home from a great weekend in Rugby at the BADFA annual convention. Probably our best event so far, with Karen Hubbard from Oregon, US teaching classes on all three days. BADFAblack

The day’s painting was supported by evening events, a ‘fun factory’ on Friday, and a ‘paint ’til late’ on Saturday – the evening events in turn supported by the bar staff!

New friendships were made, and old ones refreshed, and strengthened. Thanks to everyone for making it a great do!

Photos and full details to follow.

After a great weekend in Coventry with the Ministry of Mixology, it’s back to more pressing stuff. One of my tasks this year is to get the delegate IMG_0529badges done.

Traditionally we paint the badges, and the last time I did it, was in 2014 for the 20th birthday of BADFA. I got volunteered again this year. There are still some special commemorative ones from 2104 – 50p each, a bargain I reckon.

Anyway, I’ve had such a productive day that they are all done! The design is a secret until the first day of convention. As an experiment, to see how the delegates react, I’ve finished the badges with DecoArt Media Soft Touch Varnish. This gives a lovely soft and ‘touchable’ finish to your piece and adds another dimension to any piece that is going to be handled.

CDs with the BADFA News back issues have been burned (… as in files added, not ceremonially torched!), and a special picture, commissioned for the chairman, has been painted. Sorry, have to keep it under wraps to await the big reveal at the venue.

The next few days I will concentrate on making sure everything is packed ready for a late departure on Thursday night.

It should be quite an event. If you haven’t booked your place (it’s too late now) you can still drop in for a coffee and a chat, and may be do a make’n’take, or browse the traders stands. Looking forward to a fun weekend!

Julie and I are just home from a great weekend in Coventry with Andy Skinner and Michelle Webb at the first Ministry of Mixology event.

Sponsored by DecoArt, it was a weekend of fun and finding-out using the new Media range of products, in a coupe of mixed media projects.

Day 1 was with Michelle. we created a neat beach hut scene using the kit of pieces, book pages, stamping, texture mediums, crackle finishes, stencils, and various other techniques. 11207279_10154426113923902_835773985124287138_n

We spent the night at the hotel, which was a superb venue for the event. The teaching rooms were separated from the main hotel, but close enough to be part of the facility. Having the function in the same building as the accommodation and restaurant is a great idea. Everything in one place, no worry about getting there on time in the morning.

Day 2 was with Andy. A piece created in Andy’s ‘steampunk’ style, but with each person’s own personality built in. He was his usual self (for those who have seen him before) but with the added bonus of large screen technology – which he nearly mastered.1979648_10154428231148902_3393873407621525366_n

A great, well organised event. Good location, good venue and facilities, well timed classes with sufficient content, nicely timed. The new Media range from DecoArt is great to use, and you can achieve some fascinating effects, a good quality product. A good quality event. Thanks Andy; looking forward to the next one!

Hello 2015. Well, we made it through the time warp into the next year.

The latest issue of the BADFA Newsletter has just been sent to the CD subscribers, which means I get two months to relax and enjoy myself before starting the next. Like!

Might even go shopping at B&Q …

What I do hope to do, is to get a couple of painting projects underway. I’ve started a canvas experiment in naive art which needs some attention, but I really want to get started on decorating the hall, stairs and landing. Not so much the decorating bit, but the trompe l’oeil at the top of the stairs. I’ve sketched the outline and really need to get some paint on the surface.

I don’t know about you, but the short, grey days of winter sap my enthusiasm for anything that requires too much effort.

I’ve signed up for an ATC swap, too. That means I have to produce 15 ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) before the beginning of February.

Spring is on the way! Busy times ahead.

What are you up to?