Saturday 12 January 2019

Happy New Year

Now that Christmas and New Year are past, it's time to look ahead and start planning lots of projects to try. 

This will be another busy year I'm sure. My daughter is now halfway through her teacher training. I am so happy that she is now on the perfect career path for her. I think she will be a great teacher!

We have a family wedding in August. My nephew Neil is getting married. So that will be a trip to Ireland to look forward too. And on the work front, I have put a request in to work 4 days a week. Call it pre-retirement if you like. I have worked full time for as long as I can remember but I have been struggling over the last few years. I want more time to do the things I love. So I am hoping an extra day a week will help that.

As some of you know I have been doing the odd workshop at McOyster Paper Crafts in Cupar. I will be doing some new classes this year. Adrian and I have agreed dates for the first two.

Setting the Scene - Saturday 9th February

This workshop is all about creating little scenes using ink blending and masks. We did this in the Christmas workshop but I was asked by a few customers for more ideas that weren't wintery. The card with the cowboys on the fence is just there as an example. One of the shop's other tutors Pamela will be doing a workshop using that die.

Here are my examples:

This is a card I designed last year for a magazine commission. I thought it would be a nice simple idea to start off with.

I love Oriental style cards. I bought this die in Adrians shop and I just think it is so effective. It reminds me so much of the designs on a willow pattern plate.

As soon as I saw this stamp set from Visible Image, I knew I would use it lots and I have. I just love the owl flying across the moon. 

This is the sample I mentioned using the two cowboys on a fence die!! Such a great die for men's cards. 

Vintage Dress Form Monolith - Saturday 23rd March

This my first mixed media class for McOyster Crafts. Visible Image make these MDF monoliths. They are freestanding and reversible. I thought they would make a great base to create a mixed media project. This class shows you some basic techniques which I am hoping will inspire you to try your own ideas at home. 

We will use texture paste and stencils, black gesso, mica sprays and waxes. 

I am still finding my way in the world of mixed media, but trying to develop my own style. Be prepared to get a bit messy in this class, so if you have an old apron please bring it with you. 

If you are interested in joining me on any of these classes then please contact the shop. They have a Facebook page (just google McOyster Paper Crafts)  or phone Adrian on 
01334 654606.

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