Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Kasia's coming to Wirksworth

We have (finally) released the Autumn Winter workshop schedule, and have the fabulous Kasia Krzyminska  booked to come to see us in early November.

Kasia will be doing four workshops in Wirksworth.

Check them out by clicking here

We have set up a brand new business called Creative Wirks, which will offer a wide range of Art and Craft workshops here in Wirksworth (Derbyshire), we will be hosting local, national and international artists over the next twelve months.

The dedicated workshop is next door to the Artist Trading Post shop and offers a comfortable space for up to twenty four attendees.

Later on in November Finnabair is due back here too!! Spaces are filling up really quickly on these workshops so book in before its to late :)

Monday, 4 August 2014

A Triptych Treat !

Hello ! I've popped back today to share the lovely Ruth's finished triptych from my class on Saturday 26 July. Ruth has finished it off and what a beauty it is so I thought I would share it here too !

 Ruth opted for the fiery, summer colours in the Fresco Finish range and how beautiful they look !

The thistles on the reverse look wonderful against the backdrop of these hot colours !

If you want to find out more details of how Ruth put her Triptych together hop over here.


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Altered Triptych on a hot day !

Hello, it's Sue here and after a few technical hiccups (thanks Windows 8!) I'm here to share the Altered Triptych class that I took on Saturday. It was a very hot day here in the UK but the  6 lovely ladies, and helper !, soldiered on regardless !

The ladies soon got down to business and lots of Fresco Finish paints were swapping hands on the table.

 Then it was time to do some stencilling !

 You can just see Elaine's fabulous project coming together on the above photo.

Once all the stencilling and stamping was done it was time to put together the embellishments including a metal rose.

 Things are really starting to come together now !

Unfortunately, time did beat us but Ruth managed to add all of her embellishments and I grabbed a quick snap ! The colours everyone used were gorgeous !

A really fun day despite being a little on the warm side ! A big thank you to Jamie for keeping us watered throughout the day.


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

When the Heart Speaks part 2 !

Hello, it's Sue here sharing with you the beautiful projects made by the 5 lovely ladies who came to my When the Heart Speaks canvas class on Saturday. This was a second sitting, if you like, as the first class sold out.

This is how neat the table was before we got started !

Then it was eyes down and lots of concentrating !

Getting really serious now the paints are out !

Here is Mel's beautiful creation, can you believe she'd never done anything like this before !

Cheryl really took to the Fresco Finish paints and loved blending them to create this stunning piece.

Carolyn fell in love with stencilling and we had a hard time finding a sentiment that wouldn't cover it up !

Eileen wanted to use vibrant colours and I think the blues look absolutely beautiful !

Last but not least is Di who used these beautiful shades of green, love the pop of blue too !

A great day and great company, lots of laughing and some very messy hands at the end which is always a good sign in my book !


Thursday, 24 April 2014

When the Heart Speaks class

Hello! It's Sue here and today I'm sharing the projects that the 8 lovely ladies made who attended my When the Heart Speaks canvas class on Saturday 12 April. It was a day full of painty and inky fun !

Everyone here is concentrating on getting everything stuck down ready to paint.

Now it's all stuck it was time to get stuck in (pardon the pun!) with the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints. There was lots of layering and blending to create these stunning final pieces.

After all the concentrating and painting here is Pam's beautiful project.

This beautiful piece is Gill's, the greens with the red are so effective !

Sheila went for the hearts on the slant, which looks fabulous !

Ruth used the beautiful lilac shades and mixed her own colour of Dylusions for her wooden hearts too!
Paula chose the gorgeous turquoise shades with a little hint of black.

Karen started off with turquoise then changed direction to the more subtle blues, either way it turned out fantastic !

Rose created a gorgeous effect with the brown shades and also mixed her own colour for one of her wooden hearts !

Last, but by no means least, is Marilyn's beautiful project, the red hearts really pop.

The day was absolutely fabulous, lots of laughter and lots of messy hands by the end, which is always a good sign of a fun, crafty day !

There's still a couple of places left on the 24th May class if you'd like to join me. Would love to see you!


Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Magic Sketchbook Workshop with Sue Carrington

I have just had the the most Super Sunny Saturday, thanks to Sue and 6 wonderful ladies that have kept me entertained all day.

Sue was teaching the class here at Artist Trading Post, and was joined by Sheila, Ruth, Diana, Rose, Lynda and Jill.

All though I wasn't teaching the class or taking part, I enjoyed the banter, the shared knowledge and of course the good company.

The workshop was to create a journal cover, using mainly Paper Artsy Stamps and paints, with stencilling and individually designed metal work.

The Pink Pig book was larger than most ladies thought it was going to be, so there is plenty of scope for journalling, doodling or turning into a scrapbook album, the sky's the limit.

This is Sue's Sample on a large Pink Pig Landscape book, showing how she builds up the background  layers using Paper Artsy paint, stencilling and stamping with Archival Ink. Then adding metal embossed with 10 Second Studio Tools and other embellishments.

Here's Sheila, Ruth and Diana working hard.

Sue happy in her work and doing a wonderful job.

Jill, Lynda and Rose also busy.

Rose's book cover using various Lynne Perrella stamps, Paper Artsy paints and lots of Crafter's Workshop stencils in the background.

Diana's Cover  using some of the Limited Edition Paper Artsy Paints (which we should have in stock next week)

Lynda chose to go purple.

Sheila went a bit different using the New JOFY stamps, which are really super.

Here's Jill's the colours are really vibrant, sorry about the picture being a little blurred.

Last but not least, Ruth's stunning cover, you can see the Treasure gold highlighting the grunge paste which has been applied through the stencil's.

Well done ladies and thanks again to Sue for teaching all the lovely techniques.
Sorry for making you stand out in the cold.

Look forward to seeing you all again soon.


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Simple Stamping

I seemed to be getting in  muddle, unfinished projects just laying about making me feel guilty because they needed completing. All they needed was a bit of you know putting together basically.

So to make life simple (because life can be complicated enough without stressing over things that you should be enjoying) I limited myself to one stamp a few bits of paper and two maybe three Distress inks.

And here are the results.......

This is a Craft Individuals stamp no CI390

Now that feels better, just need to get on with the rest now.

Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you soon