The Summer Fete

After being knocked down by a 48-hour bug for a couple of days at the end of this week, I wasn’t sure I’d even make the summer fete today, so much so that last night my wonderful husband was ready to hold the fort for me if required.  Thankfully (much to his relief I’m sure) that wasn’t necessary in the end and what a great day we had 🙂

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What a difference…

… a week makes!

Hello lovely readers 🙂

I think a quick update is required first.  You’ll remember how excited I was last week to announce a new venue for my workshops. Well, it looks like that may not happen now because, according to a social media post, the current owner with whom the arrangement was made, has ‘moved on to new ventures’!  That came as a bit of a surprise to be honest, particularly as no direct contact has been made.  Anyway, I, intend to see what the new owners think about keeping the arrangement but won’t know until next week so another ‘watch this space’ moment.

On a happier, and even more exciting note, I have shelf space in a local shop, hoorah…

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LOTT Bazaar is a community shop for (and I use their own words)

‘talented crafters to rent space to sell their handcrafted goods and paintings’.

How cool is that!  Such a brilliant idea and a fabulous way to support individuals who might find it difficult to get wider exposure of their work.

The voluntary team members are also involved in a number of initiatives to bring awareness to the whole area about how many great local trades people we have in what is know as ‘Old Town’, or ‘South Town’, which is often forgotten about by the district and county council when it comes to funding, improvements etc.  I live south of the River so I’m really pleased to be part of this in some small way.  So folks, there’s not a huge amount on it yet but here is my first lovely shelf which gives me a ‘high street presence’.

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LOTT Bazaar also offers space at the rear of the shop for crafters to run small workshops, and this is where my next one will be so don’t forget, if you haven’t booked already it’s on 11th July, 7:00-9:00pm. Come and join me for a fun evening of Folk Art painting.

Have a wonderful Friday and stay safe in this heat 😊 x

It’s Festival time!

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!

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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 😊

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Workshop – Round Two

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!  😊

Spring Workshop

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.

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Delicate Lace…eventually

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.

750925BE-1FCF-4590-A85A-DC925B284B1ABack 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.

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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…😊)

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 😊