I had a fabulous time at ‘Tex Towers’ last week. I met some fabulously creative people who totally inspired me to go the extra bit and outside the comfort zone. A big shout out to Lisa Evans who runs CreativeStays retreats (which sound fabulous!), Lynette Jasper,and Leonie Pujol our celebrity crafty TV demonstrators; Michaela Thouless, Lisa Robinson, John Cook and the marvelous Tracy Evans who inspired us all on our Powertex journey.
I have booked my first promotional craft fair on March 24 at The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool. I am also busy crafting the basics I need for the workshops and demonstration pieces.
A design team challenge was to create a card with the theme of ‘Things with Wings’. That immediately struck me as an inspiring steampunk theme card. This was created using the inked and stamped background with watch images and then used Tim Holtz distress inks on the edges and the gears die using copper card in the background.
The feature used a large prima flower with hand made lightweight clay wings and a watch face. The matting and layering was hand stitched around the edge, then eyelets added and the corset style ribbon threaded through. Additional elements include a copper painted chipboard dragonfly with hand made clay clock face and smaller gear cogs. All finished off with a tiny wing and key charm
Coming previously from a card maker and scrap booker background; I designed my layouts within two dimensions. Even through I was used to matting and layering, or adding texture and elements, I still had a steep learning curve moving to a true mixed media canvas.
Deciding on a feature item is always the fun part. for this canvas decided to raid my kitchen drawer and found an old Apostle spoon. Who remembers them? tiny little teaspoons with a figure of a saint or apostle at the top. It must have been inherited from my grandmas kitchen.
Once I decided to feature the spoon, then it was a case of layering any dry placing all elements around it.
Who else lives the rock and roll lifestyle? I have got to the age when Friday evening is no longer spent dressed to the nines going clubbing, but more like dressing in my PJ’s and crafting.
Hubby is out in the craft studio, yes I do share my love or art and craft with my husband and yes I am lucky! He is creating a tree branch mosaic in the shape of a motor home. Just because he can.
I, on the other hand have been preparing for Powertex workshops on Monday. I have two booked in.
The morning of Monday the 16th we are creating a mixed media canvas based on a memory or memorial with keepsakes. Then on the evening there is a fairy house workshop. For these I need to cast the silicone moulds for the doors and windows to go on the recycled coffee jar. I just wish I could get hold of more old teapots as those are fab as a fairy house.
I have used a mix of silicone moulds for my preparation. I like the Artyco large fairy door and castle window as it feels strong and solid like a castle door. But I also like casting the KatySueDesigns enchanted window with the extra ivy leaves and flowers.
I must admit, after trying a few silicone moulds from eBay and China, I much prefer the quality of the designs from these UK providers. The quality of the cast is exceptional and doesn’t break up on extracting.
Did you watch Tracey and Leonie on Hochanda this afternoon? If you missed it you can watch it on the website to see the fabulous demonstrations and products for the Powertex wonderland theme. The amazing design team came up with stunning ideas for using these. #powertexaddictsunited #powerofcreativity
I am a certified Powertex tutor and can provide workshops local to the North East. Either in my home studio or i can come to your home party. Think Tupperware parties but much more fun than Ann Summers as everyone gets to create and have fun using these fabulous fabric sculpting products.
Get the girls together, bring out the bottles and book me to come and facilitate a crative workshop. Prices are per person and depending on the type of projects but I can work with you to meet your requirements.
Whether its a hen do, girly night in or birthday celebration, all I require is a table and I will bring the fun with me!
If you want to try an i troductory workshop, book into one in our studio. New events have been added to the calendar.
We are also deomonstrating at Billingham craft fair on Saturday 7th April. Pop along and say hello. You might even win a free workshop!