This week has just flown past and i just seem to have been so busy that i haven't even had a chance to blog about the retreat last weekend! So sit yourself down and read on ... this will be a long and photo heavy post! Today i will just share the classes that we did over the weekend and will share my projects on another day!!
The weekend at the lovely bush retreat at Glentui kicked off at midday on Friday.. we were straight into the first class with the lovely Cindy Porter from Melbourne- a Ranger and Tim Holtz instructor with her own Scrapbooking store.. Scrappy Angels.
|Cindy Porter in action...|
Cindy is an ink and stamping Queen and it was these techniques and heaps of new products that we were all so keen to try and to learn how to use from her. So she chose wisely when she decided to make the first class a tag album with a different technique on each tag- using distress inks, distress stains and alcohol inks and lots of stamping! These are products that i have seen used and seen in the shops but have never bought because i never knew what to do with them!
It was great fun getting VERY messy and covered in ink- our hands were stained till we shampooed our hair the next day! We all went through a packet of baby wipes and a roll of handy towel each over the weekend and my hands were dried out husks from continual washing!!
|My table- a hive of activity!|
But it was great fun to do! And fun to create lots of different tags using all the techniques and some fabulous products that i had never seen before and that Adrienne plans to bring into the shop now! We spent till 9pm just playing with our tags and most of the next day too- till past midnight!! We even masked and ironed them to get great effects!
Sunday was for the most part working on a canvas that Cindy had designed for us and using an impasto gel medium, paint and glimmermist and a gold metallic rub... amongst other things and handmade flowers...
So without further ado- here are some photos of our super busy weekend - there wasn't alot of free time to do our own projects- but i managed to get a layout done of each girl- mostly because i stayed up till 3am each night!!
|my favourite - a chipboard heart covered with croco|
|a thick paste that when dries for 12 hours cracks and looks like crocodile skin- lots of different colours too!|
|Using a chipboard heart again this time covered with FERRO- then stamped into and left to dry- sort of like a clay texture-on a distress inked tag|
|Using INCA gold metallic rub- i chose green- you buff it up - much shinier than it looks in the photo!|
|Distress Stain tag- then stamped|
|Distressed tag- then inked and stamped- prob my least fav!|
|Distress inked- burnt edge then stamped|
|Distress Stain- then stamped- Distress stains weren;t for me either|
|Distress inked- masked and stamped|
|This was very cool- it looks like metal- inked embossed with heat gun and embossing powder then reinked with dark ink|
|Faux suede look- using mixative and distress inks|
|Distress inks and stamping|
|Distress inks and bleach out with stamping|
|same as above|
|Using alcohol inks and mixative then stamped|
|Basic distress inks and stamping|
|Alcohol inks and mask resist and embossed and ironed|
|Basic distress inks and stamping|
|Alcohol inks mixative- bleach out and stamping|
|Shimmerz powders- embossed design- heat set then painted with powders- one of my favs|
|Distress stains and stamps|
|alcohol inks and masking|
|alcohol inks plaid|
|emboss resist and ironed|
|alcohol inks and marbling|
|distress stamped then ironed resist|
|more distress inking and stamping|
The second project that we did was a canvas, I was really looking forward to learning about gesso, texture paste and impasto and gel mediums and what the differences were ... On our canvas we used what we thought was a impasto but was actually a gel medium in the end as we couldn't get the brand that Cindy needed in time for the retreat. So it wasn't as dimensional as we hoped and was clear rather than white - i loved it though and plan to get some- i love the subtle effect in the background that it gives with masks and stencils. I used some on a canvas that i make of Ella at the retreat as well.
Anyhoo - the canvas was great fun- lots of techniques on this one- not my usual style or colours but fun to make and to use some new products. Simon liked it so is taking it to work to hang up there!
It was a full on and very tiring weekend but alot of fun. The company and the food was great- so nice to have meals cooked for you !
Here is a photo of me and Cindy- it was blowing a gale outside when this was taken!!
The next big event is Finnabair coming in March- i have booked and paid my deposit already and cannot wait to meet her in person- she has an absolutely instantly recognisable style that is truly unique!! Then it will be the Scrappin Patch Autumn retreat so lots to come!!
Back soon with my own work to share...