Thursday, 18 October 2018

Powertex Tutor Training Days

So guess where I've been the last couple of days? Yes, on my Powertex tutor training course, along with three other lovely ladies all set to become tutors for their designated areas.

First of all we played with the ivory Powertex.

The mdf shape that I was given was an owl and there was a huge box of embellies to choose from, so as you can see I went off piste with mine (what's new there then!) and went down the skull, cog and Halloween route.

We then started working on the next piece.

This was the next piece, either an angel or a fairy, I chose an angel and the others made fairies.

Here at the end of day one are my three pieces all ready for their colour tomorrow.

Back again for day two and today the sun was shining.

We played with different colouring and layering techniques firstly on the bottle.

Everyone is on a roll now.

Michele popped down to see how we were all doing.

I went for the blue for my angel.

This is a photo of the projects I made taken outside this morning in my garden - love them all.

This is a snippet of my certificate, so it's now official!!

And my absolute special favourite is my fabulous apron which I shall wear with pride - thank you sooooo much.

Can't wait to also share my other news with you, but that will have to wait until nearer the end of the year!!

Saturday, 6 October 2018

All things Bright and Beautiful

So this morning I took another Powertex class with Jill from Purple Meadow Crafts. We both made a sample piece using the Abyssimo technique. Firstly we made a thick texture paste using ivory Powertex and then covered a board with it. We then drew into it using clay tools and made shapes and generally created some texture and even made some little balls from the paste. Dried it off slightly.

Then we added colour. The idea was to create bands of strong, bright colours, but blend them. This is what mine looked like when I left the workshop.

This is the one that Jill started. As I had 1 2 1 tuition she made one too.

When I got home I added more colours to make them stronger and more defined. I also painted a thin black border around the edge to make the colours pop.

Close up of some of the textures.

More textures and colour blending.

Close up of the balls we created using the paste.

Craters made in the paste using a clay tool and more colour blending.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Wet Felting Workshop - Spikes and Craters

So today I attended a wet felting workshop with felt maker, Jenny Pepper. It was a lovely day, which was lucky, as I travelled to Scarborough for it.

The first thing we did was laid out three layers of Merino wool and created a pre-felt.

This is Liz creating her prefelt.

This one belongs to Jenny who came all the way from Cumbria, somewhere near Hadrians Wall.

Jenny (the tutor) helping Liz out with her prefelt as it was quite thick and she needed to add more soapy water.

This was one of Jennys samples showing a few different techniques that I wanted to try.

We each created a base and then stopped for a bite of lunch. I just went with a plain cream. Jenny gave us a demo of how to create the different craters and spikes and flaps and then we had a play on our own pieces using the previously made prefelt.

We used the prefelt as it has still got some felting life left in it, so it will adhere easily to the background piece which was just laid down (3 layers), wetted and left until we needed to use it.

The after much rubbing and rolling and more rubbing and rolling and hot and cold water shocks x2 finishing with cold and rinsing out and cutting and sealing the cuts, this is what I ended up with.

I love how it came out, I forgot to say about the spikes on the bottom, they were the last thing to be felted after everything else had been wetted out and rubbed.

And this is how Carols turned out. I didn't get a photo of Jenny's and Liz's finished pieces as they left pronto, as their lifts had arrived before I got chance.

Had such a lovely day and my piece is now drying in the airing cupboard.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Stone Sculpture

I made this piece from wire, tinfoil, masking tape and a polystyrene ball for the head.

I used Powertex and Stoneart to create the effect.

It looks rather light on the photo, but it does actually look like stone.

And the view from the back.

And another view from the front but the light was fading by this time.

Inspiration taken from a Pinterest post.

Monday, 24 September 2018

KC Workshop at The Craft Box

So yesterday I attended a workshop Kate Crane at The Craft Box in Barnsley.

It's also an auction room and there were loads of antiques around.

Fabulous craft space, loads of room between the tables of four.

Lots of old uniforms and mini bottles waiting to be catalogued.

It was like an Aladdin's cave down that end, but that's also where the tea and coffee were.

We were making backgrounds using a gelli plate.

We were doing it Kate fashion and applying the paint to our plates with our fingers.

We were also using Kates new Carabelle texture plates on the gelli plates.

Anna chatting to Kate who she'd not met before.

Everyone busy creating their mini makes.

Using the texture plates on our pre-cut Tiny T!m houses.

This is the total sum of my purchases from the lovely craft shop.

These are all the lovely gifts I received from Anna, Lin and Chris. No coin excuses now!! Can't wait to Powertex that skull and I used some of the T!m images and words on my house I made.

These are the mini marvels that I made at the workshop. A couple of cones, a couple of mini books and a mini T!m house with a mini book inside.

Thanks for a lovely workshop Kate and it was great to see Chris and Lin again and finally meet up with Anna. 

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