Back in Mixology weekend Kate Crane showed is some new techniques with a brayer. Normally I take my part finished project home and it gets filed under ‘pending’. But this time I’ve completed it.
Thanks Kate. Great class
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 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.
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!
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.
Julie has a special event (at work) soon. She wanted a board to count down the days; something appropriate to chalk up the numbers, she says. So I spent today with brushes and paint; surprisingly I got the whole thing done in one sitting.
The title is the chorus from Enya’s Orinoco Flow.
What do you think?
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).
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.