Friday, 6 May 2016

More primitive styleee!

I so enjoyed painting a face Mindy Lacefield style that I had to do another one! I was helped along by these fabulous cards that Mindy has in her shop. I've still got a long way to go in my learning but I'm enjoying the process :-)

Here's how the background looked before I painted over it:

I decided to do another primitive style painting but this time I painted a little boat ornament that sits on my bathroom window sill. Ha! Inspiration is everywhere!

And this is how the very busy background looked before I painted over it. I just LOVE all this colour :-) Knowing that you are going to paint over a background and cover it up is very liberating.

Right, I'm off to enjoy some unusually good weather we are having here in the UK. Byeee!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Learning ....

I LOVE learning. Really I do. There is never, ever a point where you know everything or can do everything, and learning is fun.

I really admire the work of artist Mindy Lacefield. Her paintings are a curious mix of simplicity and naivety, and yet they have such depth.  Recently she had some cards for sale in her Etsy shop explaining how to paint a face Mindy style, so I gave it a go. It was such fun! I have a long way to go but I'm happy to keep learning ....

And talking of learning .... you know when you casually walk through a book shop, and then a book which has been placed seductively at the end of an aisle just catches your eye and you HAVE to have it?! Yeah, well this fell into my basket the other day. Watch this space .... modern calligraphy coming this way!

What a weekend!

Well, I've not blogged for a while, but I have been busy! Last weekend I was away teaching at The Ministry of Mixology, and wow! was it fun! Two days of creative painty messy fun, taught by Andy Skinner and myself, organised by Andy and the awesome Di of Tando Creative. There were some fab sponsors so lots of goodies to be had, and a shop all weekend at the event run by Di and Tony. 

In my workshops we put together our own planners (made by Tando, kits available here) and painted them, stencilled them, doodled on them ... using the fabulous Decoart fluid acrylics.

Here are a few pics of the workshops in progress. The lovely participants worked very hard over the two days ... there was a LOT of painting and stamping and doodling and stencilling to be done! As well as drinking and eating cake of course.

Ta-da! The finished journal planners. Not all quite finished (well, there WAS a lot of painting to be done!) but ongoing projects to be worked on and loved at home :-)

I had the chance to work alongside Andy Skinner again, and use some of his fab stamps too. Here he is doing his thing, ably assisted by his lovely daughter Jade:

Many of us were staying over at the hotel so things didn't stop at the end of the workshops. Saturday evening was taken up with make-and-takes, and demos by some very talented demo-ers:

Dee Adams

Suze of Surrey Crafts

Mark Gould

Nikki Killinger

Kathy Walsh - DecoArt

And then there was the raffle. Here I am ... erm, not sure what to say about this picture ... I think I am cheering the raffle on (aided by the glass of wine in my hand obviously).

And crying with laughter about something ... ? (Probably something that Tony said!)

All in all, it was the most fun ever. Got to meet lots and lots of lovely people, some of which I had met before, but many new faces. Thanks to all the lovely MoMers which attended the event, your enthusiasm made it so much fun.

And this lovely lady worked so, so hard, running the shop, cutting the kits, and doing EVERYTHING else to make it run so smoothly. Well done Di and Tony, you did good!

Thanks team Mixology, and cheers!

*This event takes place at The Holiday Inn in Coventry and is organised by Di of Tando Creative,  and Andy Skinner of DecoArt. For details of future events just like this keep an eye out here:*

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Journaling with colour.

Oooh, I just love a bit of colour! Often when choosing colours I just line up a few paint pots and then jiggle them around until I find a combination that I like. Yes, I know there are rules, but rules are there to be broken ;-)

I used Media Boards by Tando Creative for this little journal as they make great book covers, and they are fab for painting on. I added a concertina journal inside using water colour paper, and added a few back to back signatures for extra pages.


I've been getting all prepped and ready for the Ministry of Mixology weekend coming up soon - 9th - 10th April. It's going to be a fabulous event and I'm soooo excited. 

Here's a sneak peek of my project .....

Oh go on then, here's a bit more ......!

This event is now mostly sold out but I *think* there may be VERY limited places left on the Saturday. Check here for all the details.

Byee for now.....