Thursday, 20 July 2017

Gosh! It's July already!

Well time sure does fly!
But to be honest there hasn't been much news to tell you. The June newsletter is out, and you've all been reading it, but we do have a bit of Breaking News (as they say on the BBC).

The committee are meeting soon, and we will be announcing our big name, guest artist for the 2018 Convention. We just need to get a few bits of paper together to confirm, and then we'll tell you who it is!

I am particularly pleased because her style is different and refreshing - but come back soon and find out all the exciting details.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April 2017 newsletter is out

Just a quick note to let you all know the newsletter has been e-mailed to all members. If you haven't got yours, first check your spam folder, and if you still can't find it let me know.

Have a good read!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Another successful convention!

Thanks to everyone who came to our annual convention in Crick. Thanks to Peggy Harris and Suz Humphreys and Kim Moody for teaching great sessions. Thanks to Jo Sonja and DecoArt for their sponsorship. A great weekend!

We had three days of painting, fun, laughter, and companionship. We've spent time with old friends, and made new friends.

Now we start work on next year's event.

As soon as I get my breath back there will be photos and a report in the newsletter.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Convention 2017 - there's more...

Convention 2017 is coming - 31 March to 2 April! Here is some more information so that you know what you are letting yourself in for. Alongside Peggy Harris we have Suz Humpheys and Kim Moody.

See the Convention 2017 page for full details and a link to the booking form.

Suz Humphreys runs her own business called Surrey Crafts, teaching various arts and crafts classes in Surrey. She is mostly self-taught, spending hours researching and playing with ideas. She has attended workshops with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Dyan Reaveley and of course Andy Skinner!

She teaches mixed media classes, jewellery making and creative embroidery, and loves upcycling; taking unloved items and giving them a makeover. 

She is part of Andy Skinner’s Ministry of Mixology team in the UK, on DecoArt’s Helping Artist programme, and a recognised tutor for ‘You Can Folk It’

She has been published in mixed media magazines and recently launched her own stamp set.

Suz is teaching her feather design on Friday morning and a Folk It design on Friday afternoon.

Kim Moody is returning to teaching art/crafts after a few years doing IT support, and coaching. He and his wife, Julie, ran a ceramic teaching studio near Southampton, and he travel-taught across the south of England as an ambassador for Duncan Enterprises. 

He was taught his stroke-work by the king of brush-strokes, David Hoff, and his ambassador training by the late Gini Figueras, and Rhonda Thorne.

He will teach anything, and his favourite disciplines are trompe l'oeil, and paint effects, and loves to try new techniques. He writes articles, and flash fiction (very short stories) for fun.

He is on DecoArt's Helping Artist programme. 

Kim is teaching mixed media effects on the cover of an art journal on Saturday. He has also been volunteered to take the 'Friday Fun' after dinner ...

Sunday morning's session will be 'Daisies and Ribbons', a stroke work design by BADFA teacher, Rowena Howell. If Rowena is not available, this will be taught by Kim.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Convention 2017 - Details

As promised, the details of the classes for our convention are now on the Convention 2017 page.

Click on over and check out the details. Especially, our special guest artist, Peggy Harris!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

November News - Convention booking


Hi all,

The November Newsletter has gone out and it includes links to the Convention Classes and booking form.

Further details to follow - but e-mail the editor if you have any questions.

I'll get details on this blog soon.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Inktober 2016


October is Inktober!

In the September newsletter I told you about Jake Parker's challenge to get everyone being creative and developing their drawing and inking skills. The idea is that every day for a month (October) you post an ink drawing on the internet (with #inktober #inktober2016) - just for fun and to get those creative juices flowing. No prizes!

Doing a drawing every day is quite a heavy commitment, so I've chosen the 'lite' option - just the weekends. I've used Jake's list of prompts, and have posted the drawings on my personal blog .

Have any of you taken up the challenge? There's still half a month to go! If you have, we'd love to see your work. Leave us a comment and tell us where to find your work.

Happy painting ( and drawing)!