Thursday, 25 August 2016

Dare 2 Create with Tracy, Three Colour Challenge!

Before Tracy left for vacation, we decided to have a Dare 2 Create challenge one evening. We hooked up the webcams, grabbed a blank canvas and a glass of wine each and decided to limit ourselves to just 3 colours from the Media Line: Pyrrole Red, Carbon Black and Titanium White (I would argue that this is a one colour challenge as black and white are officially not colours but hey!).

We give ourselves these challenges for a few reasons: 1) to push each other out of our comfort zones, 2) to learn and discover new techniques, 3) to de-stress, 4) because it's great fun, and 5) it's a damn good excuse to chat and have a glass (bottle) of wine together, even though we are over 5000 miles apart :).

Here are our finished 3 colour canvases:

I love Tracy's canvas and am claiming it for myself when we meet up again in Chicago for The Ministry of Mixology event. (Ministry is down to its last 4 places out of the 70, so if you want to come you better get in quick! We'd love you to join us for 2 days of painting and a whole lot of fun!)

Details and bookings can be found here

Now we challenge those of you in our private groups to have a go or if not already a member come and join the fun! 
We will award two DecoArt Red/Black/White prize packs (1 per group so make sure to upload those projects!). Deadline is September 26th…..

Head to the groups below for more info

Thursday, 14 July 2016

We Dared.. you Created!

Well, what a fabulous, fun-filled and furious weekend I had at Dare to Create with Tracy Weinzapfel. Two days of mixed media workshops were topped off with a live, interactive Dare to Create session which we taught jointly on Sunday afternoon. I'm worn out but elated by the wonderful comments from the students who came along - thank you all for your lovely feedback and more so for giving Tracy such a warm welcome on her debut appearance in the UK.

Here we are looking fetching in our handmade aprons, courtesy of Debbie Martin. Pink's my colour don't you think?

My Saturday Workshop
Tracy's Saturday Workshop

I've known Tracy for quite a long time and she wasn't going to get away without a prank or two on my part - I might have hidden eight alarm clocks in her room and set them to go off a few minutes apart. She got off pretty lightly really! I expect she's already plotting her revenge for when I go to the States later in the year...

Thanks to everyone for embracing and joining in with our tomfoolery and wearing your 'Tracy, is it dry yet' caps with pride! (If this reference is lost on you, check out pretty much any video of Tracy's and just watch!)

There were so many creative variations coming out from the students - fabulous to see so many people embracing their creativity.

Artwork by Brenda Brown

Artwork by Carol Findon

Artwork by Suz Humphreys

Thank you to everyone who came along and to Art Workshops for organising the weekend. We hope you had as much fun as we did and that we'll see you all again sometime.

Tracy and I will be appearing together again at the Ministry of Mixology weekend retreat in Chicago this October. There are still a few places remaining and we'd LOVE it if you'd come and join us!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Time Challenge Winners!

A big thank you to everyone who entered the Time Challenge - it's always a pleasure looking through the entries and seeing your creativity. My apologies for the delay in posting this - I've been away from my desk for a little while, teaching at Dare to Create (more about which to follow).

Several entries stood out once again but I finally decided that this piece should be our winner. Great composition and use of textural elements, and a very original take on the theme.

Congratulations #10 Kerstin

Kerstin wins a place on the Andy Skinner online workshop of her choice! Kerstin please pop over an email to claim your prize!

Don't forget to grab your badge too!

Our randomly drawn winner is:
Congratulations #9 Kim

Kim wins this bundle of Tando goodies! Kim please send over an email to claim your prize!

And last but not least... my Top 3!
In no particular order...

Congrats to you all - grab your badge!

Thanks again to everyone who took part - see you at the next one!

Monday, 27 June 2016

MoM Chicago Update - Sponsors and More!

Announcing our NEW US Sponsors

We are so proud to be welcoming a host of new sponsors for MoM Chicago, who are partnering with us alongside our Core Sponsors, Tando CreativeDecoArt, and Stampendous.

Please give a very warm welcome to:

These companies have all generously donated to the event - which means our Goody Bags are going to be EPIC!!!

And in Other News

We are happy to announce that we have an awesome face to welcome everyone at registration - the lovely Nadine Schwartz.  She has been so generous to volunteer to take on this vital position for us and will be there to give a warm welcome to everyone and to help out throughout the event. 

You may be familiar with Nadine from the Craft & Hobby Association and of course she'll also be able to answer any questions you might have. Don't miss out on the opportunity to network with her!

We've secured an on-site retailer to join us at Chicago so start saving your stash money! As well as their regular lines, you'll be able to buy the products used in our workshops and items from our fantastic sponsors. Our apologies in advance to your bank balance...

Tracy and I are SO excited and can't wait to meet you all! There are just a very few places left now so if you'd like to book just click here.

See you very soon!

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Italian Job

Continuing on my European adventure, I've been teaching in Italy this weekend (and am doing so again next weekend) at Marte in Savona. My hosts have put me up in the most exquisite place - they own a vineyard and olive grove where they make their own wine, liqueurs and olive oil (I may have sampled some - be rude not to!). And I've been eating the most delicious food, all home grown. More about that later in the week - with pictures.

So for this Saturday's class we worked on the 'Book of Redemption'.

And our Sunday workshop was my 'All Seeing Eye' project. 

I had to work with a translator this time and many of the students were scrapbookers who hadn't done mixed media before. But what brilliant students! They all worked fantastically and the end results were so good! I had my youngest ever student too, who is already super talented at just 11 years old.

My hosts also took me to the best pizza place in the world where the pizza is just to die for. Best I've ever tasted. Can't have too many of these or I'll never fit into the suit for my daughter's wedding!

So all in all having such a fabulous time - except for my visit to A&E.... I made the mistake of leaving my windows open and was savaged by mozzies to the extent I only have one functioning eye as it's swelled up! Hopefully I will be able to see again by Saturday for my next class! You'll be pleased to know I'm not sharing any pictures of that!

Ciao for now!