Sunday, 22 November 2015

Work in progress

I was very flattered to be asked to do a canvas for a friend. I really only craft for pleasure, and enjoy making cards and other hand decorated gifts for friends and family, so this is a relatively new experience!

The request was for something in beige and brown tones, with hints of apricot and blue. Actually some of my favourite colours :-). I started work on this a few days ago - it may end up being the commission, or if I'm not completely satisfied I will keep it for myself and use it as a prototype. 

I love nothing better than taking my time over a piece of artwork, standing back from it for a while and then going back with fresh eyes. I've built up layers of colour here, using ideas from the recent workshop I attended. I'm leaving off the stencilled paste embellishments this time, I wasn't too keen on those. 

Thoroughly enjoying myself-and it's taking my mind off the stinking cold I've got at the moment!!
I'll put up another post when I've finished this canvas. Have a good week everybody :-)

Saturday, 14 November 2015


Had a fabulous crafty day yesterday at my local craft store, making a canvas. The course was run by the very talented Hels Sheridan, one of my favourite crafters.

We worked on our canvases for around five hours, with a break for lunch, trying out lots of different techniques under expert tuition. This is my sort of crafting! I've been crafting for a lot of years now, starting off with card making, but have realised my true passion lies in mixed media. I have a huge box of cards I have made over the years, and so I only make cards now for specific occasions.

This started off as a plain white canvas, and the focus was on building up different layers using papers, different types of paint, embellishments, gilding waxes etc. Mine is the pink version, based on the blue one designed by Hels which was used as our inspiration. There were seven of us on the course, and each one was completely different. I was absolutely thrilled with mine :-) and I got a lot of positive comments from everyone. It is always nice when people take the time to give you feedback and compliments 😊