Art doll, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Golden acrylics, Luminarte silks, Random Crafts, Stampotique, Tim Holtz

Update from Harrogate

Hi there

So today I indulged in some arty therapy with some dear friends, no my sisters, in Harrogate at Art from the Heart with a great teacher, Karen Hayselden.  And I decorated a very cute birdhouse, made some stunningly bright and busy layered backgrounds and a big splodgy mess.  I played with air drying clay, did a bit of stamping and had a crafty spend.  I learnt techniques,  played with supplies I hadn’t tried before and best of all spent time with loved ones.  Sadly one of our group was MIA as she was unwell but another came in her place so that was a positive surprise to a poop situation.  I also got to meet in real life two new friends (although I didn’t really chat much as we were at opposite ends of the table and all working too hard to stop really … sorry Chris and Linda for not being more sociable).

So enough blathering… I suppose you want to see what I made… well nothing is exactly finished as I want to do something slightly different from the class ‘sample’ but here it is as it currently stands…


The light in the hotel room isn’t the best for showing it off.. I will post and updated daylight photo as soon as I can.  It is quite grungey but also bright and shiny with about a million layers of paints (maybe an exaggeration but a lot of layers!).

To get used to creating layers we also made a couple of backgrounds…


… those to the left at the top.  I then made a splodgy mess out of my palette. … There was a lot of black left on my palette so it is a very black splodgy mess… It needs further working on that’s for sure.  And then I stamped some images out for adding to my birdhouse as options and for adding to my boot I made from clay too… no pics of this as yet… It’s in the car at the moment…. It needs to dry before I can start decorating it.

Of course there was a little crafty spend too…


Some bits and pieces… inks a couple of wood mounted stamps I couldn’t resist a stencil I’ve been seeing on you tube videos and admiring and some dylusions quote stamps that I know I will use a lot in journalling projects. Plus a watering can archival (very useful essential) and matt medium…. oh and a distress stain to complement the other warm colour ones I’ve got so my distress stain collection is complete for me. 

The day was rounded off with chat with Darcy and Marie before dropping Darcy off for her coach home, then a lovely tea with Marie in the pub (wine has been drunk) and watching the Paperartsy periscopes and utube launch videos on my phone with Marie.  Wifi far too slow for ipad to watch them (poo) so good job I’ve got loads of data on my phone!

So a nice early night to make up for the early start and then tomorrow a nice big brekkie with Marie before we head home.

Such a lovely day with loved ones.  Was great to see Jayne and Marie for the first time in just over a year (we really shouldn’t leave it this long between meeting up), and a lovely surprise to see Darcy again.  Loved being creative, learning new things and creating something different. Missed the lovely Lynn and hope she is feeling better really soon.

Small update… couldn’t sleep straight away so did some colouring…

Night all… and of course happy crafting!


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