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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.

 

 

Hey! Remember I told you that Suz Humphreys and I are teaching at the BADFA convention this year? Well I forgot to tell you that non-members are welcome … AND … that there is Earlybird discount for those who book before 19 February.

Suz will be doing her Peacock Feather on Friday morning (31 March), and a FolkIt Candle in the afternoon.

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And I will be running my mixed media art journal cover all day on Saturday (1 April).

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Full details and booking form on the BADFA site. Get on over there and book!

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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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I enjoyed the last doodle I did. It expanded on the Inktober challenge. I was looking around for another subject that would be interesting and recognisable and decided on a local landmark.

Just down the road, in Warsash, there is a clock tower. It used to be the water tower for Warsash House, but the water tank has gone, it has been restored, and is now a residence.

So here is my rendering of the tower (pen and wash on Bockingford watercolour paper), as seen from Warsash Road, near The Ferryman pub (used to be the Great Harry pub).

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The Clock Tower, Warsash

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!

I didn’t get to the Ministry of Mixology in Coventry, an event of painting, fun, and laughter, with Andy Skinner, Brenda Brown, and Mark Gould, so I made up my own.

I’ve got a couple of projects to get ready for our own event in March, and this was a good opportunity to make progress with those, and, while the layers were drying, a little bit of doodling’.

So here we are, a little bit of ‘line and wash’ …

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