Monday, 30 June 2014

Cuddly Buddly - Beads or Charms Theme

Denim Peony

Project No 4 as a Member of the Cuddly Buddly Design Team

 Learn how to paint this delightful design

 This is my design for the Bead or Charm theme using a Faux Denim Technique using DecoArt products. Painted on Kraft Tex a brill paper product that has lots of uses. Take a look at the many ways this can be used here
For inspiration or how to create your own or take inspiration from it the step by step tutorial and video is available here on the Cuddly Buddly Blog
It is a super technique which can be used on lots of surfaces.
The original technique was by Donna Reed on a terracotta pot for Mothers day.
My version of this pot can be found on my Picture Trail in the Garden & Patio Album

Until next time HAPPY PAINTING

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Crafty Day at Pam's

Sugar Craft & Silk Painting

3 sisters crafting day 

We get together to share our various crafting skills.

Each of my sisters are keen on various crafts. Lorna is a papercrafter, Pam loves silk painting and sugar craft.

Lorna & I went to Newton Abbot to spend time with Pam learning basic silk painting we produced a shells project, these are completely different which shows our individual style. I played and experimented with all the colours. Lorna listened better than I did!!!

Thoroughly enjoyed what we did, it was brill.

Thank you teacher :-)

Then we did the sugar craft, slightly nervous about this. Both of us way out of the usual comfort zone. Thank goodness for a patient teacher.

 Oak leaves and acorns, poinsettia leaves, ivy, rose hips and blackberries.

Pam with her paint brush, painting one of her blackberries





The more we did the more we relaxed and enjoyed it.




Left them overnight to dry, then we wired them together and created our Christmas cake decorations.

 Didn't we do well?


Finished pieces

Next crafting session - Nov booked in my studio.

More poinsettia with gold or silver leaf and something to do in between whilst the piped outlines dry. Will get my thinking cap on and most probably pick something from my Pinterest boards.

Until next time.


Saturday, 21 June 2014

VAT on Digi Downloads in the EU (European Union)

Hi Everyone
New rules from the EU, please read and pass on the info.

Sent from Cuddly Buddly to anyone who sells this type of product.

From Jan 1st 2015 ALL folks selling digi downloads to anywhere in the EU will have to collect VAT at place of customer consumption and pay the tax back to the relevant country. We started a Facebook group to warn folks about what's fast coming down the line. If you know of anyone selling digi downloads, and there appears to be no exceptions, who might be affected please send them the group link All are welcome to join. There's two expert tax guys in the group.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Paint Till You Faint at Pontefract, West Yorkshire

With Rachel Byass

The West Country painters travelled to Pontefract in June - Friday 13th!!!
Lynne and I from Cornwall, Jane from Devon, Honor from Gloucester and Joanne from Wiltshire, Joanne travelled by train which was pretty wise considering the weather was a super duper sunny day.

Several pit stops on the way up to stretch the legs etc plus coffee and water top ups. The 50 mph speed limit on the Motorways slowed us down a bit and of course the traffic is a lot heavier than we Cornish and Devon  gals are used to.

Arrived at the  Pontefract North Premier Inn, Knottingley. We all highly recommend this hotel the staff were helpful, the rooms and especially the beds were comfortable aiding a good night sleep. All of our rooms were at the back away from road noise.
Rachel had arranged for our ceramic dishes to be at the hotel, complete with instructions on how to transfer the design using Sharpie pens and tissue paper. Always room in the brain cells to learn something new, so after our evening meal and suitable refreshments (hic ) we traced and transferred onto our bowls and stowed them safely in the car.

The next morning we were ready and eager to paint on our plates. We arrived at Rachel’s superb studio ( check out her website, specially built and full of things to paint and learn, a studio to die for. Am green with envy )  ....we met two new painting chums Penny and Lorna.

We all enjoyed learning how to tube pipe, the glaze blending and Sumi painting. Lots to learn and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Lots of laughter with quirky humour! And excellent food, plenty of calories to keep the brain cells fed. Later on Dave Woolass demonstrated – how to paint a rain drop on a leaf with a lot of patience and good sense of humour too. The evening was finished off with a BBQ and wine. Rachel is a superb cook and is planning to write a “Small Kitchen Cook Book” can’t wait to buy one, especially the desserts. YUM, YUM.

Lorna, Honor, Me hiding behind my plate, Jane, Penny, Lynne and Joanne

Sunday morning we finished off the last few details on our dishes, then moved on to strokework. Bamboo on a paintbrush wrap, a small terracotta pot and pink plastic coated aprons. Freehand painting is something most of us don’t do. I prefer the safety net that a line drawing creates, so thinking about placement is something that sends off alarm bells because we like things just right. OK gal – jump straight in – remember that everything grows to the point of growth. Ahhh it’s not that bad!

We practised the bamboo technique on card and because time was running out we decided to paint the project at home.

Rachel stretched us with the bamboo wrap it’s not the normal surface to paint on for new painters, it is quite odd to use a brush on this type of surface but am happy with the result. Hey ho - maybe I ought to have painted them a bit longer ... next time will be on a flat surface.

Before starting the terracotta pots – Rachel did an intensive demonstration on a variety of different brushstrokes, Rose buds and leaves, Sunflowers, Queen Ann Lace, Geranium flowers and leaves, a Fairy, Bluebells, Lavender and a simple stroke flower using her specially designed Sumo brush. It took time to decide which to try first ..... I liked the geraniums, need to play with these sometime soon.

We started the aprons with stamped butterflies, bees and lady birds and then filled in between, most of which I’ve done as homework because time had run out. The hours just flew bye as it always does when fully engrossed it what you are doing. Rachel has a lot to give and share, her studio is crammed to the ceiling rafters with all that she does. Not just ceramics, strokework, fabric painting, candle making, soap and bath treat workshops, fine art and a whole lot more :-)

My fellow West Country Painters - Honor, me, Jane, Joanne & Lynne

The plastic coated apron was another unfamiliar surface and took quite a while to work out how best to paint it, tried everything .......... lots of paint and big .... not too good. Then more by accident than skill realised painting small with slightly watered down paint was best. LOL and then I over played and have a very busy apron!

Yes we painted till we fainted ......... and with Rachel’s computer out of action and sadly no back up paperwork to remind the grey cell, I’ve been painting every minute I could to nail down some of what we learnt during Sunday the rest is on a list. Looking forward to meeting up with Lynne and Jane to play and paint all the things we have been shown.

 Strokework – now in theory this was a big backward step for most of us, but it made me realise how much of the beginner’s strokework has been lost from my memory. The basics that quickly produces pretty projects that build a new painters confidence, before they move on into more brush techniques, I’ve booked a one to one day course with Rachel after the Nilda Seminar in Sheffield at the end of July.  Getting back to basics it’s time to get this nailed down ready for my next set of new students.

Thank you Rachel for a brill few days, the relaxed atmosphere, good company, good food and lots more. An extremely talented teacher, designer and painter.

Love picking up tips and sayings from other teachers. I’ve been stroking the cat and making my brush dance and making a river and not a road this last one is a perfect description on how to water down paint and will be using all three within my teaching.

Four dishes after firing - gosh they look so different from the chalky look you get with painting them. So looking forward to picking them up in July

My apron is full of Sunflowers not at all like Rachel’s original; I got carried away with playing with paint. The sun has had his hat on for several days down here in Cornwall. I’ve been outside getting my daily dosage of Vitamin D whilst the paint dries – Oh Happy Days

Rachels Contact Details

Don't take my word for it - book in and enjoy the experience.

BADFA Convention 31st May & 1st June 2014

We had a great weekend of painting, meeting up with friends from all over the country at the Ibis Hotel near Rugby, Warwickshire.
Joanne and I arrived at the hotel just after lunch, no other committee members were there so Joanne and I started moving the tables around for the traders, helped later by Mal and then Ann P arrived too.

Had dinner and a few glasses of red wine and off to bed. Rather a sleepness night – the brain cells would not rest ...... kept going over the steps of the class I was teaching the following morning .... not good, maybe with more experience it will get better?
Saturday morning I taught my Violets and Lace design

The workshop went really well, a bit nervous to start but soon settled in to my routine. I worried for nothing.

 Thank you Margaret, Pam, Ann, Chrissie and Liz for booking my class. Thank you also to DecoArt for supplying the paint.

Enough time to eat some lunch before heading back to the classroom for a workshop with Clare Holmes.
A beautiful design inspired by Loui Jover
MUST find time to paint this again. And nail in the technique. A beautiful project especially when it is framed. Thank you Clare.

Just enough time to freshen up before the AGM, my three years stint as a committee member is now officially over. Time for all the things I've put on hold.

We all enjoyed a superb dinner followed by the paint till late.

After a good nights sleep and breakfast it was time to teach a Make & Take session. An Owl on a small notebook. Well loved by everyone who has tried it over several shows. Methinks it might be  time to find a new one? This cutie is inspired by a similar design by Annie Richardson.

 Browsed the trade stands quickly, bought some supplies, LOL as if I need some more :-) before heading back South to stay with Joanne overnight before heading South West and back to Cornwall.
Next years convention will be down in the South with a shorter journey time, looking forward to planning my next convention class. Glutton for punishment or what!