Sunday, 16 August 2015

Altered Hanging Book Workshop Review

Hi bloggers, today we want to review our workshop from Saturday and as always it was a brilliant day with some fab results. As always we give everyone the same starting materials and then it's up to them to use their own creativity to put the elements together - with a bit of guidance inbetween. 

Everyone provided us with photos before the day so that I could age them on the computer and print them to the correct size for their book.  

I think it's fair to say that cutting into the book was a bit more hard going  than I initially thought but there was a chance to relax a bit afterwards whilst sticking every page together. Once all the necessary tasks were over with it was down to the decorating of the book with a montage of embellishments.

So..... time for the finished results!

Jen's Book

Joanne's Book

Jane's Book

Heidi's Book

Pauline's Book

Mag's Book

Carol's Book

Chris's Book (unfinished)

I think you will definitely agree that everyone's book looked fantastic and I always love how everyone puts their own individual flair to the project. It was also lovely to see a travel inspired theme in Jane's book as she reminisced her trip to India. It just shows that you can use this project to scrapbook any event from weddings and holidays to old family memories.Seeing people's old family photos was also a highlight of our day and to learn about their family's history.

As always we put on a scrumptious lunch and plenty of tea and cake to keep everyone refreshed! We want to thank everyone for coming and if you're ever interested in attending one of our workshops just keep an eye out on our workshop page for the next project, we would love to meet you!

In the meantime, if you fancy scrapbooking old memories, look no further than an old book!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Make Art with Wendy Vecchi

Hi bloggers, today we want to share with you our awesome day that we spent with Wendy Vecchi on Sunday in London. We had been waiting for this day to arrive for quite a few months after having booked the class near the beginning of the year, so you as you can probably imagine, our excitement was brewing.

It was an early start to get up to London but obviously worth it to spend the day creating alongside Wendy Vecchi. For those of you who may not be familiar with Wendy Vecchi, she is an incredibly talented artist/designer for Ranger products and owner of Studio 490. Year after year we have watched CHA demonstration videos oohing and ahhhing at the techniques she shows us so to watch them live in front of us at a class was a big highlight for us. 

So let's see what was waiting for us when we arrived.....

In our stash we got some mini distress ink pads (Brushed Corduroy and Broken China), matte medium glue, remnant rubs, ink applicator tool, Wendy's Art Parts and a few other embellishments to use on our box and tags.

Wendy designed an art box project for us, also making 4 tags to go inside the box which had a range of techniques incorporated into them. We all gathered round a table to watch Wendy demo each step and then took those tips and techniques and translated them using our own creativity.

First we started with the box. For this we used Wendy's Studio 490 Embossing Paste in gold and used our fingers to rub it onto the surface of the box which gave it a lovely golden sheen. We then used Archival ink pads with an ink applicator tool to apply colour over the top. This technique is incredible, the box looks like it is made of wood, love it!

Next we decorated the box using stamps and stencils and using archival inks to apply them.

We then added some embellishments to the box, adding ink and stencil patterns to those as well. Love the flower and button on the top of the box!

After a scrumptious lunch that was laid on by the hotel it was time to get creative with our tags.....

Tag #1

The main feature of this tag is the teacup and saucer which is a die cut from Tim Holtz and we absolutely adore the metal spoon on the side which is one of Wendy's fabulous finds from the web as she told us she snapped up all of them as soon as she saw them. We created a granite effect on the teacup and saucer using Glacier White Pigment ink from Ranger and one of Wendy's stamps - simple, yet so effective! To finish off the rest of the tag we used stencils, stamps and remnant rubs.

Tag #2

I think this is probably my favourite tag, simply because of the stunning rose we created using Wendy's Clearly for Art. Wendy had covered the clearly for art with some newsprint before stamping the rose design on it. We then cut around the roses and heated them with a heat tool so we could mould the petals of the rose. And once it cools, it sets....for life! At this point in the class, Wendy also came round with our own rose stamp and stencil set to keep so I think I may be making myself quite a few of these roses from now on. Thanks Wendy!

Tag #3

This cute little tag used one of Wendy's clever stencils for the tree and then we layered up some more clearly for art pieces and other embellishments whilst incorporating more stencils and stamp designs whilst throwing in a couple more remnant rubs and embellishments. Love the mini ruler!

Tag #4

Our final tag incorporated a lovely little stamped message that Wendy had previously stamped on our tags which read " The sweetest of moments are those I spend with you" which was a lovely way to end the day. More of Wendy's art parts were used to decorate the tag with some stenciling. I have to say I now have a renewed love for using stencils in my art work and there are so many different techniques you can use with them.

All in all it was a fantastic day and Wendy was so patient and kind with all of us and we were even lucky enough to have a picture taken with the talented lady.....

We will definitely treasure this day and have learnt many tips and techniques that we can translate into our own creative ways and also pass onto others. 

We loved Making Art with you Wendy, we hope you enjoyed your trip to England, please visit again soon!