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!
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).
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.
And I will be running my mixed media art journal cover all day on Saturday (1 April).
Full details and booking form on the BADFA site. Get on over there and book!
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.
I 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.
My son tried to draw me into the ‘black isn’t a colour’ argument but I carefully sidestepped and explained that it didn’t matter, because I had to use it, whatever it is. My third colour, from the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics range is Cobalt Blue Hue.
I used an 14×10 artist board, with two coats of Media Black Gesso.
I added the spotty texture with Modelling Paste through a stencil, and the two large clock faces, and splats, were crackle paste through stencils. Once they were dry the whole surface was painted in Media Carbon Black. The fluid acrylic is finer and doesn’t fill the crackle in the paste.
The textured areas were dry-brushed with Media Titanium White to highlight the various textures and features.
The ‘glow over the horizon’ was sponged on Titanium White; the skull is Cobalt Blue Hue. Background texture is from the Andy Skinner ‘Toxic’ stamps.
The words are adapted from a phrase first recorded by St. Marher in 1225. Tide does not, in this case, refer to to the rise and fall of the sea, but in a period of time – as in Yuletide, or Whitsuntide.
The watch faces are without hands, except for the one on the left, which is set to two minutes to midnight – the end of the day.