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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?

I can’t believe that this time last week I was on my way to Crick for the BADFA Convention! Tempus darned well fugit-ed! What a great weekend it was, too!

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.

Thanks to DecoArt and JoSonja for sponsoring the paints.

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!

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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Another challenge! This one is all about Thanksgiving – and giving thanks. It originated on Tracy’s blog when she went back to her journal and created a page for all the things she is grateful for.

img_2085I started with photo mount board that I found lurking in my stash. First, a base coat of DecoArt Media White Gesso, followed by some texture using Media Modelling Paste through a ‘Rays’ stencil from the Tim Holtz Collection.

The letters were cut from another piece of photo board. It’s nice and thick and will look like rusty ironwork when I’ve finished. Some tiny brads will be turned in to rusty rivets. The colours had to be autumnal, so for the background I blended DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics; Primary Magenta, Cadmium Orange Hue, and Diarylide Yellow.

To dirty-up the background I used a selection of Brusho crystals spritzed and dribbled; mostly dark brown and leaf green. Final background effect is courtesy Andy Skinner’s Stampendous texture stamp and archival black ink.

Words were handwritten with a Zig 005 Millennium pen – hidden amongst the texture for you to seek out.

The ‘thanks’ letters are mine – super rust technique is Andy Skinner’s.

 

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ibis-crickThis year’s convention will be at Crick again. It’s a convenient location, facilities are good, and the staff cater for our every need – near enough.

This year we have Peggy Harris coming from Nashville, Tennessee to do three days. At the AGM this year, members said they’d like a range of styles and difficulties to choose from, so we have also classes offered by Suz Humphreys (Surrey Crafts), Rowena Howell (BADFA Teacher), and me.

The event will run from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April and the format will be similar to last year’s (because it was so good, of course!).

On Friday, after a day’s painting we’ll relax over dinner, then there will be an evening of … something different. Last year we had a wine-fuelled evening of constructional competition. Who knows what will happen this year. Saturday; more painting, this time followed by the AGM, the members’ dinner, and an evening of art and experimentation – and may be wine. Sunday the last painting sessions of the weekend – then dispersal for those still standing.

As a side dish, there will be traders, demos, make’n’takes, and the usual chatter. Oh, and Ann’s cake – only for the brave!

I’m looking forward to it – a great way to drive out those winter blues! Will you be there?

Visit the BADFA Blog for more info – and pictures!