Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Ronnie Bringle's Workshop 23rd to 25th Oct 11

Gosh did I have a great time at this workshop!!!! Ronnie is a brill teacher and great character we all really got on great and had loads of laughs as well as being taught some new techniques and ways of working the paints!! The "Rooster on a Fencepost" was the first days painting then "Past Times" was the 2nd & 3rd days project. We used Jo Sonja's paints throughout the workshop and the Past Times project we used tissue to give texture to the surface of the piece! I would certainly paint with Ronnie again in a heartbeat she was so kind and patient with everybody and encouraged us throughout. She must have been tired too as she only came over from the States the day before. Great workshop!!!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

A session of brayering and rubber stamping

I used this old stamp Ive had for ages its supposed to be fencing panels so I turned it round and used brown inks to stamp the front of the card then used a makeup sponge and worked it a bit more with the brown ink to blend it in. I then folded a teabag medallion to be the handle and added some butterflies.

Then I opened up the triptych and stamped inside using Lavinia stamps I stamped the trees in dark brown, then centred the door in black and using Lettuce Adirondak and the trusty makeup sponge I coloured the background. The fairy is also stamped in Adirondak inks then I got out my paint brush and bled the inks a little to create shading round the door. The ferns and the leaves are both from Claritystamps using the Lettuce and the toadstools are Lavinia stamps in brown.

I turned to the back cover and using the makeup sponge and Lettuce again I boardered the perimeters and turned the fern upside down to make a frame above the verse which is from Lavinia stamps. The pretty flowers on the bottom were printed in brown then painted with inks from adirondak inkpads.

Workshop with Kirsty

I had a brilliant time on a visit to my friend Kirsty. She had made and shown me some tea light candle holders made with coloured glass and lead frames, they were so good and she said she would be willing to show me how to make them. We had a brilliant time and not only did she teach me the techniques but I also came out with 3 finished projects; the candle holder, a coaster and a brilliant necklace to wear.