Perpetual daydreamer, aspiring mixed-media artist, some time bead designer, haphazard art journaller, knitter of jazzy socks, slave to one demanding Siamese cat - take a peek into a little of my creative (and not so creative) life.
If you ever get the opportunity to attend one of Lindsay's workshops then grab it ..... you'll really enjoy yourself, learn a variety of techniques and have a great time. Yesterday I joined Lindsay's workshop over at Topaz Crafts/Dawn Bibby Studio in Oswaldtwistle to make a "Secret Canvas Shrine".
Doesn't everyone look very serious here? I think everyone was just concentrating really intently on what Lindsay had to say about the canvas, because I can assure you we all had a lot of fun and there was a huge amount of laughter all afternoon! It was lovely to at last meet up with Sheila (in the foreground), who does some beautiful creative work and gave me her "fairy themed" ATCs for my Midsummer swap - look forward to meeting up with you again, Sheila, at Lindsay's Ranger Techniques class in July! Behind Sheila you may spot Amy Shaw (Dawn Bibby's niece and a regular craft presenter now on QVC), another lovely and friendly lady with a great sense of humour!
Here are photos of Lindsay's sample "secret canvas" to show what we had to aspire to!
The front of the canvas - I love the look of this and those beautiful blue colours are gorgeous!
The back of the canvas contains a variety of ephemera (including an altered matchbox), to reveal a secret tale or mystery
This is the first stage of making my canvas, using acrylic washes and tissue paper
Next, I dabbed on gold acrylic and created a word from grungeboard letters, painted with distress crackle paint
Here is as far as I've gone with my secret canvas - beeswaxed images, stamping, embellishments
We were all having such a good time that the workshop ran over - I still have to complete the back of the canvas as I need to decide what images and words I want to add to it, plus I'll be adding flowers, maybe other things, to the front as well, but I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out so far - and I'm getting more comfortable using the Meltpot and beeswax now too. I'll post pics of the finished canvas when it's done.
My name is Heather and I share a home by the seaside with my very lively and demanding siamese cat, Mia. I enjoy the creative life and have experimented with different crafts over the years. One of my biggest passions has been beadwork for which I received a City and Guilds qualification and also had a book (Beading) published. I've since discovered a love for other forms of art, mostly involving getting messy with paints and inks - artist trading cards, altered books, mixed media, collage and most recently, art journalling. Here on my blog I'd like to share with you some of my artwork and hope you enjoy looking.