The Leamington Canal Festival will be on 24th June 2018 and opens from 10:00am-6:00pm. There will be stalls, trade stands, food outlets plus live music on stage during the afternoon. To add to the fun there will be an inter-school model boat building competition too!
I’m pleased to be supporting this event by holding a stall so come visit me there and see demonstrations on the ‘dotty’ technique, and while you’re there why not have a go yourself 😊
Join us for our second beginners workshop in the main hall at St Mary’s Church Leamington on 16th June 2018.
We had a lovely time earlier this month and one of the ladies who attended shared a couple of lovely projects she had created since the workshop. I think she’s done a beautiful job of applying the dotting technique don’t you? 😊
As you can see, this technique can be used in all sorts of ways to create your own unique gifts and cards, or to simply update and brighten up objects to give them a new lease of life!
Don’t delay, download the Booking Form-BeginnersJun2018 and click this link to be taken to the payment page.
I look forward to welcoming you to the Folk It! 😊
Come and join us at our first Folk art workshop where we will cover basing and distressing your projects, then transferring on a design prior to painting them using the ‘dotting’ technique. Dot painting is great fun and you can create some amazing designs and even if you do the same design over and over again, because they’re hand painted no two are ever the same.
Well, this took a little longer than I had expected! Still, plenty of time for you to put some of these lovely hanging decorations together. They are really simple to do – no sewing, no gluing, no mess 🙂
- 8cm Polysterne discs
- Ribbon in contrasting colours (approx 4cm x 2m & 0.5cm x 20-25cm)
- Sequin pins
- Decorative bows/flowers/discs for the centres.
I’ve attempted videos this time to give you a visual (no sound though). Bear with me, it’s not brilliant but hey, we all have to start somewhere 😉 Comments and/or suggestions will be gratefully received. Hopefully the more I do the better they will become. Here goes: Continue reading Instructions for Catherine-wheel Decoration
A couple of evenings ago I excitedly took out my new Folk It! kits and tried to decide which design I would attempt. I always practice first, even if it’s a technique I have become comfortable and familiar with only instead of bits of loose card (which in our home can easily be mislaid) I have started an artwork scrapbook. I’m glad I did because it gives me a place to try out my own variations on the shapes and designs using the techniques and ideas I’m learning through the Folk It kits. This was a recent one which I’m sure I will use and, at some point, even improve on.
Back to the other evening I chose to try the beautiful rosebud design using a new (to me) brushstroke technique, as well as a new style brush, the flat brush. I was so looking forward to mastering this because I want to use it for a very specific gift. You can see for yourself how lovely it is on this image from the Folk It site.
I am a little way off and will need to master the new strokes before my buds look this neat. To be fair, Carol does say in her instruction DVD that she would expect pages of practising the buds and leaves before embarking on a project but, me being me, I was determined to crack it in an evening. No. That simply wasn’t going to happen. In fact the more frustrated I got with myself, the worse my strokes were 😔
I need to have patience and…
Stop. Slow down. Breathe. Watch. Listen. Learn.
In the meantime…
I have practised, and although not mastered – because we all get better and better the more we practise don’t we?, I have completed what I think is a lovely gift box for a friend of mine (she doesn’t know yet but there’s a little surprise inside too, shhh…😊)
Lace Design Gift Box
Although it took me a little while to get here, I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my latest efforts.
Here’s wishing you a colourful and creative weekend. God bless 😊
This took a little working on because of the text I wanted to include. One way of doing text transfers is to use a mirror image that is either printed or photocopied using a laser printer. I only have an inkjet so the usual way of doing this either left too much paper on my mount board and/or I ended up smudging the print…grrr!
So, what do most of us do when we’re flummoxed? You’ve got it, I Google it! I found a number of tutorials about transferring text or images using an inkjet printer and the one I tried was printing on to wax paper. You have to be quick with this otherwise the ink dries and won’t transfer (hence a few botched attempts!) but when it works it’s great. I have a little name plaque to do for our new baby niece, so I’ll let you know how I get on with that when it’s finished. For now, here’s the ‘Congratulations’ card I created though the poem on the inside isn’t mine, I found the verse online but I don’t know who wrote it.
Oh yes, and my Sizzix Big Shot (die cutting and embossing machine) arrived this afternoon so I’ll be trying that out over the next couple of days and no doubt boring the pants off you with my excitement at being able to cut new shapes, borders and embossing pretty patterns. I’ll try and remember to give you a ‘yawn alert’! 😂
No one could be more surprised than me at my love of crafting because I have never seen myself as creative, or artistic. In fact I have the utmost respect for those who can draw anything that actually resembles what it is supposed to be, and totally in awe of those who can create something that looks positively photographic!
These pieces are not in the same league, but I derive great satisfaction at being able to create something so pretty which can then be used in all sorts of ways: card making, wall hangings, photograph frames etc. So these first photographs are of some Folk Art.
Dot Roses & Hearts
And these are of machine embroidered bowls, again, something I didn’t think I could do but got so much satisfaction when I saw the results of my efforts 😊
In response to WP weekly photo challenge. See more satisfied bloggers here.
Happy Monday! Have a wonderful week 😀