As an extra post to the 31 Days ones I'm sharing this month I just had to share details of the wonderful workshops I attended over the weekend.
Sue Tucker (Art Workshops - on Facebook) had organised for this lovely, talented lady to share some of her techniques with us. I had booked my place on 2 half-day sessions months ago, and as the time got closer I was just hoping I'd be well enough to go (I have had some really bad episodes with the Fibro over the last month or so - but enough moping - on with the show and tell!!)
I'm sure if you are into Mixed Media and/or Scrapbooking you will have heard of Finnabair or at least seen her amazing creations. If not, do please take time to visit her blog : http://tworzysko.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1 you won't regret it and that's a promise! She also has an online shop : http://www.mixedmediaplace.com/ that's well worth a visit.
The first workshop was titled Tea for Two and as well as gaining some understanding of how Finnabair builds up the layers of embellishments she also shared a way of using tea staining. I've always loved how this looks but been nervous of trying it myself. Finnabair is such a good teacher that she inspires self confidence and here is the result
I just love it!! I keep looking at it and can still hardly believe that I did that!! The photo is of my parents on their wedding day, and despite being one of the few photos I have of them together (my father died when I was 10) it has mostly lived in a drawer instead of being out on display. I decided it was time to change that and so chose this photo to take on the workshop. It was a bit scary at times - all that ink and glue flying about (not literally) - but I'm so glad I braved it out! The colours fit in perfectly with my front room so this will be on my wall :o)
The second workshop was titled Imagine. It was another amazing experience. We worked with creating texture and more embellishments before turning to gesso and inks to finish our pieces.
Again I am stunned with what I managed to create!! Little old me!!
So I want to extend a massive 'thank you' to Sue, to Finnabair and also to the wonderful fellow crafters I met. These are the photos showing some very happy crafters :)
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