Sunday, 8 October 2017

Tamsin's Folk Art Journey

Folk Art Brush skills are not normally associated with Junior School children.
Their attention span can be limited and they are encouraged to "Do Their Own Thing" during Art lessons.

My Stroke work lessons are taught where each student needs to give their full attention to instructions because "Doing Your Own Thing" dosen't apply within this style of painting.

Miss out on the techniques at the beginning of each course and a student will struggle later on.

I'm totally blown away with this little girl. 
Tamsin has started her painting journey at just 8 years old.

She enjoyed the Make and Take Sessions at various craft fairs using the Folk It dotting techniques.

She enjoys art and wanted to try Folk Art. 
Tried a taster session in the studio Painted Daisies on a canvas board.
Oh my this clever girl can handle precise instructions. 
And Mum comes too, I'm not CRB checked for children, and she enjoys the valuable quiet time during the lesson.

She is extremely happy with her first project and wanted to come again.  Happy Days.
My projects are not geared for children, maybe a bit old hat and staid? Most students stay with the colours suggested for each project.
Tamsin has been given full rein on her choice of colour and we can trust children to try something different and the second lesson was base coated "Orange" with the "Mistletoe" good choice Tamsin.

Lesson 3 Honeysuckle on Lilac
This is a long lesson, lots of practice with 3 round brushes to create small, medium and larger stroke work, well done Tamsin your "Point Of Growth" is spot on. How many children do you know you will stay focused for over two hours? Clever girl.
I'm learning a lot too. Did you know some Guinea Pigs like to eat Melon?

Lesson 4 Faux Marble created with Cling Film. 
Tamsin's choice of colour today - Royal Purple andHauser Medium Green.
These long strokes are not easy. A superb project Tamsin well done young lady.
Look for her name at the Bude  Horticultural Show, she loves to compete in the Craft & Cookery Sections for Children.

Lesson 5 Fairies (a design by Rachel Byass)
Painted on a heart with two toned dresses, so pretty, well done, these pressure strokes are not easy. Finished with a stippled border and "Folk It" stir roses.

Lesson 6 Owl on a Branch (design by Annie Richardson)
With simplified branch and Pinecones basecoat.
Well done young lady you have painted a beautiful bag for keeping your Art Kit in maybe? 
Lots of fun stories are told during class, from pony riding to "MASSIVE" Spiders.

Lesson 7 - the last one in Course No 1
Chrysanthemums another simplified design, one flower to practice a couple of times and then straight onto painting on a card blank. Pink and Blue, point of growth once more is spot on, applying equal pressure on strokes will come with practice, the important bit is that point of growth! 
The confidence to play with extra long skirt petals to make the design her own, Happy Painting, so proud of you x
Wondering what Mum does during class? Lots of badges to sew on for a young Cub Scout who loves being busy.
Next week a fun Christmas Robin, and Mum will join in the painting fun too.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Dragon

After working through my No 3 Course "Floating Colour for Dimension" Most students love the effect and for Donna and Sharron they wanted to learn to Float like I do.
Now my brain is slightly stuck on Beginners and these two students are upping the game.

Time to think outside my usual box!

We all love trawling through the wide and varied inspiration that Pinterest can bring, so they were set the task to find a linedrawing with enough nooks and crannies that could be shaded and highlighted in several ways.

Now the fun began .... so many cute and beautiful shaded designs came hurtling into our FaceBook Messenger Group.
Lots and lots that were not quite what I wanted till finally this one landed THE DRAGON

We printed our colouring page. All set up for class.

I'd chosen a project that was perfect for what I was going to teach them,.
For students it is hard to understand why this design had caught my eye.
I had rejected so many delightful options, their disappointment was clear to see.


We traced and transferred not only the dragon but a few nooks and crannies within the design.

Explanation time ......"Take a Linedrawing" and "Decide What Colour and Where"
Float various colour combinations to create deeper and deeper shadow and brighter and brighter highlights.

Using the wide and varied colour options that DecoArt Americana Paint can offer, they eventually decided that the Dragons Tummy would be Yellow
We painted all three sample tail sections with Primary Yellow.
No 1 Shade with Butterscotch and Highlight with Pineapple - basic shading.
No 2 Shade with Butterscotch, dry and repeat shading with Honey Brown in a smaller area. Highlight with Pineapple, dry and repeat in a smaller area with Lt Buttermilk.
OHHH my... the penny is dropping the difference is clear.
No 3 Shade - Buttercotch, dry, repeat smaller area with Honey Brown, dry and repeat in an even smaller area with Raw Sienna. Highlight Pineapple and Lt Buttermilk.

Choice time once more - which colour combination will you paint the tummy and why?
No competition its No 3.
No 1 is acceptable and has been a big part of course 3, but the depth created with colour is amazing.
Now they understand the reasoning behind the choice - all those nooks and crannies are crying out for depth. Happy Day and a middle brush float puts a perfect shine line on their tummies.
Lesson 1 Donna's
Lesson 1 Sharon's
LESSON 2 was a social affair we did more general talking than actual painting!!
Sometimes it happens we are firm friends and today was a talk and share session.
We did decide on the colour of the wings, played with how extender will dilute paint into a easily managed inky consistency that will cover an area without streaks.
Our base colour is Napa Red - Shading and Highlights with Napa Red, Plum, Black Plum, French Mauve and Pink Chiffon, perfect way to try to see what works and what doesn't plus each student has a different eye to which colourway they choose. And don't forget to write down which colours you used!
Lesson 2 Donna

Lesson 2 Sharon

We cracked the whip to try to make up some time.
More colours to try - Golden Straw, Marigold, Burgundy Wine, Grape, Paynes Grey & Soft Black.
And guess what?
They are both enjoying the process. HAPPY PAINTING.

Lesson 3 Donna

Lesson 3 Sharon

At this point they wanted to finish their dragons at home, so eager to see the finished result of all that planning and painting. The understanding of the process was clear to see, the ability to play with colour. Waiting another week to finish would have been hard, go home and play with the new found techniques.
Happy Painting

The finished Dragons - Beautiful painting Ladies. Are they boys or girls?



Alike and yet different - just the way it should be xxx

Monday, 31 July 2017


Design Instructions moved from My Picture Trail during a "Spring Clean"

Enjoy this free design with a Video too SURF MY WEB 

Stratton Church Craft Fair

Stratton Church, a stunning backdrop for an excellent craft fair.

Lots of interest in Folk Art and extremely happy visitors creating beautiful projects with  
Folk It  techniques and DecoArt Americana Paint.

Happy Dotting everyone xx

Time to catch up on news for the Blog

Been a tad busy, so surprised to see my last post was 2016 - Gee where does the time go.

My new Face Book page has been a vast learning curve.

I'm back into the craft fair arena, promoting courses and workshops and running Make & Take sessions too.

New students and lots of new projects that need to be shared in so many places.

Watch this space.

At last I'm on the right road for me.

Happy Painting.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Royal Cornwall County Show 2016

Bude WI  entered the County WI Competition for the Show Cup.
The theme for the display was "Reuse, Recycle - Too Good To Waste"
I am one of the team who organised the projects for this show.
We decided on a Beachcombing theme.
My contribution - the painted poster and beach hut.
We won 3rd prize - doing a happy dance,

I also entered the "Royal Celebration" Competion - a Birthday Card for the Queens 90th birthday.
Created using my sisters Dies and cutting machine and one of my favourite techniques "Mud"
Not what I call a card maker!!!! Am really pleased with the effect, though I do not know what the outcome was at the show.

Birthday Card for the Queen

Beach Scene 1

Beach Scene 2

Monday, 11 April 2016

Teddy Family - Intermediate Painters

Teddies are always a firm favourite with students.
I have a super duper book - Bear Hugs & Jelly Beans by Jo Sonja.
My Intermediate students are working through The Honeysuckle Bears. 
Gandma in a Rocking Chair with Grandpa and the Grand Children.
Working together with just the line drawing, using Deco Art Americana paint.
No instructions - using techniques previously learnt, creating projects with our own style of painting.
This is a good way to assess what my students will need to be taught later on.

Step by step.

First half day - Basecoated, stencilled border and transferred.

Day 2 - Half Day
One little girl & Grandpas fur and hat.

Day 3 - Full Day
Granpas clothes etc - 3 little bears and the start of the chair

Day 4 - Full Day

Day 5 - Full Day
Two little bears and a bit of tweaking!
Done & Dusted - 3 superb projects.
Love watching students working through a detailed project like this.
Happy smiling faces. HAPPY PAINTING

Jane W

Gill W

Mine !!