Thursday, May 21, 2009

Keep It Simple Sequins!

By complete contrast to my last two posts, here is a very simple card I made recently. I just love these little fantasy flower stamps from Impression Obsession! The ribbon has black sequins down the middle, which are a bit iridescent, but don't show up too well. I think my next course to go on should be photography - I seem to keep blaming the subject for not photographing well, but I think it might be me who's a rotten photographer.

Mixed Media course

I haven't posted about this wonderful course at Graphicus in Barnard Castle until today. The tutor was the very gifted Glenda Waterworth, and it was every Thursday in April. I really enjoyed it, and my fellow students were great! The travelling was tiring though it was through some of the most beautiful countryside - Rossendale, Ribble valley, North Yorks, Teesdale etc - gorgeous, particularly when the sun shines. I have some photos but they are on my phone and at present I can't get my phone pics to upload!
Anyway, here is a photo (camera) of a piece of work I did on the course - it's Mixed Media of course, it includes various techniques like data transfer, and various media like gels and metallic paints. the subject matter is about an artist who is actually my Dad. He can no longer paint due to illness, but he loved to paint birds among other things. I stuck some objects from his art box onto the piece, and a notebook sketch, a bit of a poem which mentions birds and a father talking to his children, a little metal owl, all things relevant. The black splodge below the kingfisher is a bright blue feather but it will not photograph!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A bit of a change

This is a card I made today before work, inspired by one in Craft Stamper by Kim Costello. I loved her card, but not particularly the main image which was of a little child gardening. This whacky bird house is more my style, I bought it at HSNW. All the mats and layers and the main image are on pre-patterned paper, stamped, distressed, ripped up etc. It's coloured in with Promarkers, which I LOVE - the colours are so clear and no pen marks!

Workshops, May 2009

Here are some of the industrious crafters who came along to my workshops last week, you can see Rita's left eye, Freda and Paddy, Sarah A, Brenda's hands, Sarah C and Moira - apologies to those of you whose photos came out too blurred or who were not there when I took them (Jackie, Lynn and Chris). I think we all enjoyed ourselves, I certainly did, and everyone did some lovely work. Particular thanks to the Thursday group for sharing my birthday and singing to me so beautifully! But thanks to all of you for coming along and being so willing to have a go. There were lots of lovely moments including Brenda shrinking plastic for the first time ever - shrieks of excitement, and a new addiction I feel!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Still here! I've been preparing for a workshop for the last few days, here are some samples:

I changed my font at