Many of you will know that I have been in Coventry this weekend attending a fabulous weekend workshop (Applied Creativity in 3 Acts) attending workshops with Anna Dabrowska (Finnabair), France Papillon and Marta Lapkowska - three of my all time favourite mixed media artists. It was a most amazing weekend, jam packed with projects, techniques, laughter, inky fingers, meeting old friends and making new ones. All my projects survived my trip home so I have today been able to take photographs and will share them with you.
Our first project with Marta was this amazing hanging using all manner of boards, metal, resin and paperclay embellishments which we then aged with brown paints.
I really loved the layering and then the ageing just adding the touch of turquoise to give it an amazing depth.
Marta's Sunday project was this wonderful wooden board which again was layered with greyboard and embellishments and then sprayed with four corresponding colours.
Marta is wonderful at finding "ordinary" items to use as embellishments - here little picnic forks!
Anyone who knows France will know that she always surprises! and she certainly did with this project. We MADE, yes MADE a plaster of paris egg which we then decorated and then of course we had to make a nest for it!
Not an easy one to photograph and it did suffer a little damage on the way home but this project will be remembered for the laughter at the "laying" of the egg - when we burst the balloon to see what sort of egg we had. Mine was rather small - some were akin to ostrich eggs!
Our second project with France was this rather abstract board but she wanted to get us to make something using techniques which we could utilise in our art journals.
At the start this was my least favourite project, but by the end I absolutely loved it. I really learnt so much about creating depth and texture in a very simple way and I can't wait to utilise the techniques in my art journal.
Our first project with Anna was also a board which we decorated with paint techniques and then collaged metal and board in what is Anna's unique style.
She makes her placement of the embellishments look so simple but I certainly struggled to get something I was happy with.
And finally our last project with Anna - this beautifully decorated notebook cover. There was much painting and spraying on this before going in with her wonderful new waxes (which I must say have the most beautiful aroma - vanilla and frankincense.
A wonderful weekend spent with so many like minded people. I spent a lovely Friday evening in the company of Marjie Kemper, France Papillon, my fellow Vintage Journey Creative Guide, Anne Redfern and Rachel Fisher who I had met on the team at Country View Crafts.
And then a chance meeting in the breakfast queue got me talking to Jan MacAuliffe which led me to spend the rest of the weekend crafting with these lovely ladies who before Saturday I had not met at all.
Jan MacAuliffe, Kathy Byrne, Jacqui Chimes and Janina Byrne
So a fabulous time was had and much was learnt and many new friends made.
Hello to you all and welcome to another new challenge at A Vintage Journey. My heavens how the months are whizzing by!
The irrepressible Nikki is our host this month and she is asking us to use
Let's work with canvas this month in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journal, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style. It doesn't matter how, as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project. Perhaps you may use canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface.
Shimmers Paints are our sponsors this month and there is the chance to win a $25 dollar voucher and the chance to join be chosen as a Creative Guide Pinworthy.
I decided to use a canvas board for my project - this one measures 5" x 7" and is a great size for mixed media layering. The board was already primed with gesso so I got straight in and added some texture paste and then a good shake of PaperArtsy Infusions (Rusty Brown) with plenty of water.
A little bit of text stamping here and there and that was it done!
I was recently given a little money gift and decided to treat myself to a three month subscription to one of the monthly craft box companies - Craft Box. This was the most vintage company I could find which suited my style, but more than anything with no chance to visit craft shops or shows I thought it would be great to have a surprise box each month with lovely embellishments and products. I have not been disappointed! I decided though that I needed to stop looking at everything and actually use some of it! So these are a few of the embellishments I chose.
There was also a lovely wooden frame included in one of the monthly boxes. It was a little small for the canvas, so I cut it in half so it just pokes out top and bottom. This is a bit photo heavy but I thought you might like to see the layers which contributed to the finished piece.
This was the base layer - I had an idea where everything was going, hence the floating lace! The lace was soaked in the Rust Brown Infusions.
The little wooden frame embellishment came next.
By this stage there was quite a bit of depth so the metal and Prima clock had to be stuck down with some heavy gel.
Finally I stamped my sentiment and layered it on some heavy greyboard.
I tucked some muslin in amongst the layers too and added this gorgeous little cotton reel with some hessian twine - so cute!
I did go in with gesso once everything was well stuck down but just here and there as I didn't want to overpower it.
I just LoVE this little cameo!
You can see how raised the layers are and having started with a canvas board means that they have a good level of support.
I have really enjoyed using some of my lovely surprise products! There are still plenty more left so I must get on and use them. And so ..... back to the challenge .... it goes without saying that you should hop on over to the challenge blog for details of the challenge and to see the wonderful inspirational projects the rest of the team has created. Not to be missed !
Have a great weekend and thank you for joining me today.