Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Messy Playtime and Nice Crackage

Hi Everyone,

I've just returned from the Ministry of Mixology event at Coventry over the weekend and what a marvellous time I had. A lovely group of ladies "adopted" me when we all arrived on Friday evening, and I enjoyed the weekend so much more for being in their company. Thank you Denyse, Sue, Andree and Caroline, looking forward to meeting you all again next time! Here we all are in class on the Sunday morning ...


Two of my mixed-media heroes, France Papillon and Kate Crane, were teaching the main classes, plus there were make-and-takes, and lots of temptation in the form of the Tando Creative shop and a constant supply of food ... and as the great Oscar Wilde once said, "I can resist anything but temptation." :o)



In Kate's class, we made this beautiful divided box, with some tags to go in it and lots of space for more. It was SERIOUSLY messy, but lots of fun - we learned some really useful techniques, had a huge range of paints, stamps and stencils to play with, and lots of scope for creativity. I still want to tinker with mine a bit, so will post more pics when finished.

Here's a better pic of the project we made in France's class ...


France showed us how to make this ingenious book-shaped box - it opens at the side, and when you pull the string, the contents magically pop out!! It perfectly fits three ink pads, but I may use it for storing technique samplers.

We used some of the cambric France loves to used (I've watched ALL her YT vids!), as well as various paints, inks, glazes, mediums and pastes to build up all these layers of colour and texture. My favourite part was creating crackles and I was so impressed with the products we used that I had to buy some in the shop. Here's a better look at my crackage ...


That effect was achieved by painting Burnt Umber, drying it, then a layer of Weathered Wood crackle medium, drying it, then a final layer of three different colours over the top and finally sealing it with matt medium. I will never get tired of watching that crackle happen :o)

In the evening, there were lots of make-and-takes going on. I was flagging a bit by then (amazing how tired you get just playing isn't it?!) so I only did three. Two of them still need finishing, but I can show you this one, where we used So Soft fabric paint to stencil a design on our canvas Goody Bags. We had a huge selection of stencils and paint colours to choose from, and it was really easy to do ...


Apparently this is machine washable -I might heat set it with an iron first though. Here's the other side ...


Love that fossil stencil designed by Andy Skinner. I did buy a couple of his stencils in the shop which I'm looking forward to playing with.

And here's what was in my goody bag waiting for me on the first day ...


Very nice :o) Couple of gorgeous stamp sets and stencils, some chippie pieces, Distress Marker, those fabulously fat Zig markers, wooden hearts, a bag of pretty trims and trinkets, and the sticky alpha mask.

I also bought some stuff, of course ....


Looks a lot, but all those little packs of chippies were 50p bags from the Happy Buckets, and the stencils are very reasonably priced. I picked up a kit to make another one of the book boxes, which was only £2.50, plus some of the acrylic pieces we reverse-painted in a make-and-take class as I'd like to try more of that. The priciest item there is the stamp set at £11.99, but I will get a lot of use from that, and I love how it comes with a paint-splat stencil included. I also couldn't resist some of the crackling medium and paste that we used in class, but those were still in my suitcase when I took this pic.

Which reminds me, best get on with my unpacking!!

Thanks for popping in today, hope you're having messy fun wherever you are today :o)

Annie xxx



1 comment:

Lizzy Hill said...

My GOSH! YOu have had a really, really fun scrappy away time atm! This looks right up your street - I bet we see a few of those techniques popping up on your blog, eh? LOOOVE the look of that stamp set you got in your goodies bag & the one you bought looks VERY useful!!!! Thanks for sharing - I do LOVE seeing the classes peeps take & what they do etc:):)