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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!

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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.

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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!

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!

All you BADFA members – the August issue is out! It should be in your inboxes … waiting. images-2

If it’s not there, check your spam folder or your trash – if you still can’t find it, check your membership. It’s for members only, and we announce some exciting news about our 2017 convention.

If it wasn’t so secret I could tell you …

… I’ll tell you any way – we have booked Peggy Harris from near Nashville, Tennessee! She’ll be with us for two days in May.

Of course, as a member you’ll have the chance to book your seat at a special price. If you are not a member – assuming there are spaces left – you’ll have to pay full price.

And those who were there this year will know about the full-on BADFA experience that lasts the whole weekend … want to join? More news next month, and full details as soon as everything is finalised.

Just saying.

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.