Thursday, September 13, 2012

Scrappin' Patch Spring Retreat....

Hi Everyone,

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!!

Tag Album...

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

distress stains

distress stains

alcohol inks plaid

emboss resist and ironed

alcohol inks and marbling

distress stamped then ironed resist

more distress inking and stamping
It was amazing seeing how everyone's tags looked so different depending on what colours they used and the stamps that they used- lots of bright colourful ones- mine were more muted as they were the colours that i had! Definitely loved the distress inks and am a convert to those- i can see lots of used for me in my scrapbooking - maybe not so much for the alcohol inks - you need the ink- mixative and blending solutions to make them work- they look great on smaller surfaces like tags though.

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...



Today for Tomorrow said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend. Great tags and canvas. I too have booked for Finnabair and am so looking fwd to it.

rarsberry said...

Looks like you had a great time, the tags and canvas both look amazing. Will you be bringing them to the crop so we can see them in person?
Any idea when the Autumn Retreat is? I'm hoping its not the same weekend that Richard wants to go to Australia for F1.