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December and the Christmas holiday is supposed to be a quiet time, well, except for the actual Christmas arrangements themselves, of course. But I have managed to sneak in some arty-crafty stuff along the way.

First there was the rush-job on the Advent Christmas tree – a re-paint after a faux-pas with the spray finish – then I got a bit carried away with the brush-stroke practice. Next I found a piece of stash that needed some attention (please note the nifty faux bois photo layout board), and today I got the ink done on my old Lambretta (my first – Ah! The summer of ’69 …)  . All I have to do now is decide – colour or mono?

What to you think?



But it didn’t turn out the way I planned.

It all started OK. Black gesso, dirtied up with Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, English Red Oxide, and sealed with Matte Medium.

I continued. Once dry I applied Crackle Paint, but to add a little je ne sais qua I dipped the loaded brush into Quin Gold. Very nice.

This is where things went astray. I ended up with a flower. Oh, well. Hope you like it. 


This piece was commissioned as a ship’s log for the MV Bluedon. Not the official log, but one that is suitably decorative for a steampunk captain.

The base is a plain art journal, decorated using DecoArt products, including Media Texture Sand Paste, Modelling Paste, Crackle Paste, and Crackle Glaze, together with Media Fluid Acrylics. Embellishments by Tando and Tim Holtz. Special techniques inspired by Anna Dabrowska and Andy Skinner.

Front cover of the Bluedon ship’s log

Back cover of the Bluedon ship’s log

Front cover detail


Design © 2017, Kim P Moody


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).


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.