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 !!

Mud & Bling

A special card for a dear friends 60th Birthday.

Mud and bling on a Silver Card.


Kim & Alan - Their painting journey

The Folk It kits are a perfect resource for learning the traditional style of Folk Art painting.

Kim has wanted to learn to paint, her husband Alan has also joined in with the beginners projects.
Sadly Alan has MND (Motor Neuron Disease) and his hand shakes when painting, but just look at the BRILL projects he has produced, am so proud of them both. And sometimes friends and family have a go too. Happy Days of Painting.

First lesson - Alan & Kim
Folk It Daisies

Andy painted a special heart for his Mum


         Mo joined in the fun too :-)

2nd Lesson Folk It Bluebirds

Alan & Kim produced two beautiful hearts.

3rd lesson Folk It Angel Art                

4th Lesson
one of my designs - Honeysuckle    

Dotting Fun with the Folk It Series 2 kit
Alan, Kim and Mo, lots of chill out time for everyone.
With extra colour choices we all had a brill time.

Busy times for the Gouldson family, next lesson planned but not booked. - Mistletoe on cork.
Watch this space & Happy Painting.

Friday, 29 January 2016

So many options ........

..... combining DecoArt Americana Paint & Mud.
Inspiration comes from so many different places. A simply beautiful butterfly started this ball rolling, with a basic daisy linedrawing, a piece of MDF and a candle.

Mud doesn't adhere to oily surfaces, so I've assumed wax is a type of oil. I brushed on some DecoArt Adhesion Medium and set it aside to dry.

Mudding on the candle took a lot of time, each section has to be done in stages, allowed to dry before moving on to the next bit. Just like mudding on a bauble, it is too easy to smudge the wet mud if too greedy on how much is done at the same time.

The candle base was a lot easier, bridging over the top of wet mud, can he hazardous, I had to be careful!!

Mud has to be left to dry naturally for 24 hours before adding any paint.

The base is an MDF shape previously basecoated cream found in my stash and too good to throw away. I traced and transferred my daisy linedrawing. Added the mud and left it to dry.
I painted the whole thing with Emperors Gold Metallic, I thought it looked a little harsh, so painted it again with Light Buttermilk, in sections and removed some of the wet paint with a damp paper towel. Thought it now looked a bit bland. LOL from harsh to bland LOL Maybe some colour?
Titanium White on the edges of the petals and blended into the center, oh yes I like this!!! Marigold in the centers, shaded with Traditional Raw Sienna and Asphaltum, Highlighted with a brush mix of Light Buttermilk + Marigold. And a few dots of White.
The leaves are loosely painted with Celery. Very happy with this look.

I transferred the daisy and butterfly linedrawings onto the candle with dark transfer paper, (the leaves were freehanded to fill the gaps) added the mud in stages and left it to dry. Repeated the painting process, covered the candle with Emperors Gold Metallic, dried and then the coat of Light Buttermilk, a lesson learnt here, whilst wiping the Light Buttermilk off I also removed the Metallic Gold from the surface of the candle, the effect on the mud was BRILL:-) Painted the daisies and leaves in the same way and the butterflies with white on the wing edges, blended down to keep the wings apart, the back wing is more solid catching the textured lines. For the bodies I used the Traditional Raw Sienna. Happy? Yes very Happy with end result.

Playing with techniques and colour doesn't always work out, but so much can be learnt, mostly on what not to do next time, or a layering of colour can lead to a whole new way of looking at how to create and more ideas of what to try will evolve.

Until next time.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016


Oh boy - have you tried Margot Clarks MUD techniques, if no why not.

Totally in love.

New Mixed Media Mirror Workshop for all levels of painters/crafters

Napkin Decoupage, swirly stencil and Mud.
Found some beautiful paper serviettes ....... I had some mirrors, so pleased with this, it is just as I imagined it would be.

Played with other stencils, mud and bling. Happy Days


Lots of new fun, creating with stencils and Mud.
Happy Mudding :-)

New Direction

I've been extremely quiet.
Time to make some new decisions on which direction I need to take. Spent way too much time on Craft Fairs painting items that do not sell very well. Most people like what I do, but it doesn't follow that they will actually buy the items. Had a long winded "pity party" !!
Going with my intuition - will paint what I want to paint, offer it for sale on various FaceBook pages and a local Cfaft Fair at Hedley Wood if it dosen't sell I'll donate to charity.

Had a massive de-cluttering of my stash all Craft and Painting related stuff.

Feeling so much better, with an aim once more.

Time to play with all the goodies I have - So many books, E-pkts, Mixed Media, Folk It, Mudding and lots more.

New class workshops to plan .........

Watch this space ............................. HAPPY PAINTING