Tuesday, 27 September 2011

I have opened a Folksy Shop

Good evening.

This is just a quick note to say that I have opened a Folksy Shop. This is a website that is dedicated to crafters selling their hand made creations. If you would like to have a look you can either click here or else on the link in the right hand bar of this blog.

I hope you like what you see. At the moment I have added examples of my encaustic art and some of my small acrylic paintings. other things will follow as time goes by.

Encaustic Art Workshops and New Artwork - Jungle

Good morning.

A quick update. The workshops are go! All the equipment is ordered - it should arrive today or tomorrow and the workshop dates are booked. I have 6 sessions set up for 2011 so all I need now is to start advertising and to take some bookings. I have another demonstration session set up for this Friday afternoon. I am so looking forward to that.

Here is a new piece of Encaustic Art that I created at the weekend. It is on canvas board and it is about 10 inches by 12 inches in size. I used a hot air gun and the scribing tool to create this and I am so pleased with the effect.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Exciting things are happening

Good morning. Sorry I have not been around much of late but things are happening and so I have not had time to make cards and do challenges.

I have the opportunity to start holding workshops in both rubber stamping and encaustic art. I am hoping to start the encaustic classes in October so all my energies are being directed at getting this sorted out. Initially I will be holding the workshops in the Craft Emporium in Stonehouse which is currently stocking some of my encaustic pictures  and also some of my acrylic flower paintings. Once I am up and running I will be able to hold them anywhere so I will be starting to look for other venues. It is even something I can do in people's homes. How exciting is this.

This picture shows two of my new encaustic pictures. These are the first I have painted on canvas rather than the usual glossy card. To see some more of my canvas encaustic work click here

Once I have got these classes underway, as I have already had a lot of interest following a demonstration day at the shop a couple of weeks ago, then I will contemplate the rubber stamping one.

Friday, 2 September 2011

'G' is for ...... Gardening (and Green)

Good afternoon.

A card for 4 challenges:
Crafty Creations #134 - Dies 'n' Punches
Sketch and Stash #69 - Sketch
Cards for Men #'18 - 'G' is for .....
The Paper Shelter #29 - Anything Goes

I believe that this design follows the sketch provide by the Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge except for the fact that I turned it though 90 degrees. The stash was the stamp set which I have not used for some time.

The 'G' is for - Gardening (and Green) gives you two Gs for the price of one.

For the dies and punches, of which you had to use a minimum of 3 - well, as near as I can tell I think I used 13. They were all Spellbinders, mainly from various flowers sets, which were used to cut out all the layers from the flowers, all of the leaves and the oval shape was cut using an oval Grand Nestability for the main image. All of the flowers and leaves were tinted with Distress inks which had been used in the main image to make sure that they coordinated. The flowers were layered up and fixed together with gold brads.

The main image is a composite picture made from stamps by Sheena Douglass for Creative Expressions. These were coloured with various Distress Inks and a water brush. The 'With Love' Sentiment was also from a Stamp from one of Sheena's "A Little Bit Sketchy" stamp sheets.

The various strips of card were cut from my hand marbled sheets. Everything was mounted onto a dark green background which in turn was mounted on to a lighter green A5 size card.