If you don't have any plans this weekend and are able to get to Birds In The Barn, Marks Tey, Essex, I will be there both days. Saturday, I will be demonstrating with all things PaperArtsy....Stamps, Stencils, Fresco Finish paint, Grunge Paste and of course the fabulous new Infusions. On Sunday, I'll be teaching my "House of Blues" class and I'd be tickled pink if you could join me on either day.
Hope to see you there.
Friday, 17 June 2016
I normally use my blog as a way of keeping in touch with friends, family and loyal followers, usually sharing my crafty ideas. Sometimes I use it as a way of advertising my classes and sometimes I share holiday photos and family events. I have to admit that I don't post on my blog as often as I used to but that is simply because I have been doing other things and today I would like to share one of those things with you.
My daughter Kelly has been supporting a local charity called Supershoes for a couple of years. Basically, she is the person behind their social media and has spent a lot of time working on their new website. She told me all about their fabulous work and I couldn't help but volunteer my services to help Sarah, the founder of Supershoes, behind the scenes in their very busy office.
Supershoes started in Oct 2013 when Sarah read about Henry Allen - a little boy from Milton Keynes who had neuroblastoma and he received the very 1st pair of Supershoes. Kelly helped Sarah to set up a Facebook page and it has snowballed from there.
Supershoes became a registered charity in August 2015 and there are now over 130 artists, 10 volunteers and 4 trustees who all work on a voluntary basis to try and brighten the day of a child suffering from cancer. Supershoes has now produced over 850 pairs of hand painted shoes for 850 very poorly children. A pair of Supershoes will not change the fact that a child has cancer, but they will certainly brighten the day of a child who is undergoing treatment to try to beat this dreadful illness.
I spend every Tuesday in the office dealing with all the new referrals that come in via the hospitals around the country who are treating these very brave children. A few months ago, when I first started in the office, we were receiving 6-8 referrals a week. Now, each week, I see 20+ referrals and it breaks my heart to think that so many children are suffering. Each child has a different story to tell but they are all equally upsetting.
It costs around £50 to produce each pair of custom painted shoes. This covers the purchase of the shoes, paint and postage. Fund raising comes from a variety of sources, it could be local businesses who kindly want to help support a local charity. Friends and families of some of the artists and volunteers organise fund raising events. Families of children who have previously received a pair of Supershoes know what a difference it can make to a child and have funded shoes for other children. Some of those parents fund shoes in memory of their child who sadly didn't survive.
As I said before, I don't normally use my blog for anything other than my own personal posts but today I would love it, if you would take a moment out of your busy day to click here and take a look at the Supershoes website. Please tell your friends and family too, raising awareness is crucial and if you feel you could spare a few £££'s to bring a smile to the face of a very poorly child, there is a donate button on the website.
Sadly, not every child survives and for the families of those who do not make it, these shoes become a very special and cherished memento. I'll leave you with a few photos of some of the amazing shoes painted by some super artists who generously give up their time, to brighten a child's day.
Thanks for reading to the very end.
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
The days are fast ticking by on the countdown to Bucks Open Studios. This event runs from Saturday 11th June 2016 to Sunday 26th June 2016 and is an opportunity for you to admire the work of many fabulous artists and crafters throughout the county of Buckinghamshire. The best part of it is that it is all totally free of charge.
Sally, the owner of Threads and Patches is taking part in this event for the first time this year and invited me to display some of my work as part of their exhibit in order to promote my classes. I've never taken part in anything like this before and I have to admit to being a tad nervous but excited too.
The Threads and Patches exhibition will comprise of work by Sally, Julie and Bonnie as well as samples of my work. The days that our little exhibition will be open are listed below along with details of when myself and the other ladies will be demonstrating. My demos will be based on printing fabric on my Gelli Plate so if you would see how I use my Gelli Plates, pop along and say hello, we would love to see you.
Sat 11th June - 10am - 5pm Julie demonstrating
Sun 12th June - 10.30am 3.30pm Lin demonstrating
Fri 17th June - 10am - 5pm Sally demonstrating
Sat 18th June - 10am - 5pm Sally & Julie demonstrating
Sun 19th June - 10.30am - 3.30pm Bonnie demonstrating
Tue 21st June - 10am - 5pm Julie demonstrating
Sat 25th June - 10am - 5pm Lin & Julie demonstrating
Sun 26th June - 10.30am - 3.30pm Sally & Bonnie demonstrating
Here's a selection of some of my work that will be on display. My class samples will also be on display and you will be able to book a place on any of my classes on the days that I am there demonstrating.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Monday, 6 June 2016
On Saturday I taught my Lynne Perrella Collage class, I do love Lynne Perrella stamps and I think you'll agree that my lovely ladies created some beautiful artwork.
First up is the work of Emma, loving the shades of green.
This one is by Jean who is Emma's Mum. We worked out that Emma and Jean have been coming to my classes for over twenty year!!!!!
This sample belongs to Halina, gorgeous shades of turquoise.
Next up is the work of Alex, daughter of Halina. It was a bit of a Mother/Daughter day which is always lovely to see. I loved Alex's choice of colours, she chose pink and grey as her main colour combo and it really came to life with the addition of copper Traesure Gold. Good luck with all your exams Alex.
This sample belongs to a lady called Karen who came to class by default really. Her lovely friend who had booked the class has been really quite poorly of late and invited her friend to take her place. Karen is very new to inky/painty crafting, she is more of a patchwork/fabric girl but you would never know that she was a beginner would you?
And last but not least was a sample by Kerry. She stepped out of her comfort zone and made a beautiful sample in shades of blue that she wouldn't normally use, but unfortunately, I fear I may have deleted the photo of your sample Kerry. I am so, so sorry but if you read this, perhaps you would be kind enough to send a photo to me please.
I've been having a bit of a dabble with Powertex again. This piece is destined for our newly decorated living room. As yet, I am undecided as to whether it should be a wall mounted piece of if I should mount it on a stand so that it can be displayed on a shelf.
We've been spending some time in the garden too. I can't wait for this little beauty to open fully, it's going to be huge. I bought some bulbs early in the year and being very new to this gardening malarkey, I really have no clue what I'm doing but I am enjoying the results. I think this is a type of Agapanthus but because I can't find the packaging, I'm not entirely sure. Maybe one of you lovely gardening/flower loving people would leave me a comment to tell me what it is.....I'd love to know for sure as I'd like to get some more for next year.
Well, that's my news for today, I'll be back soon with details of Bucks Open Studios.
Saturday, 4 June 2016
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Monday, 23 May 2016
I've been busy with all sorts of things of late and have really missed having a play just for me, so I spent a couple of happy hours yesterday afternoon playing in my journal. My poor blog has also been badly neglected so I took step by step photos so I could type up a little tutorial for you guys.
I found a double page that I had previously started that didn't really float my boat and thought I would work over it.
I started by painting some Matt Glaze over the pages and sprinkling on some Infusions. I used "A Bit Jaded" and "Golden Sands"....these are my two favourite colours and blended using a wide paintbrush.
This is a technique that I demoed at Stevenage which I really like and have used a lot. I painted some more Matt Glaze over an area of the Jaded Infusions and sprinkled on some Golden Sands and blended with my paintbrush. While it was still wet, I used a baby wipe to remove some of the colour through a stencil (PS005), to reveal the colour underneath.
Love this effect!
I repeated this with one of Emma Godfrey's stencils (PS018)
Now to start filling in the gaps. I found a giant, tube shaped packaging thingy.....you know, one of those polystyrene, squidgy things and used it as a stamp.
Then I used some of that sticky mesh tape that builders use to join plaster boards together, this makes a great stencil.
I found a piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and stuck that down with Matt Medium.
Loving Emma's mini trio of flowers (EM23)
I painted in the butterfly with a selection of Fresco paints and Matt Glaze to make them more translucent.
And finally, this tree (I think it's an iStencil) which I enhanced with Prisma pencils.
It was so nice to be creative again, what a great way to spend a couple of hours.