Absolutely amazing day yesterday!
Brilliantly organised by Team Paper Artsy, we had a day’s workshop with Seth Apter at Merrymeade House in Brentwood. Best mate Miriam came and stayed on the Friday and we were up at crack of dawn (well, early for me anyway!) to get on the road before 7:00 for a 9:00 workshop start.
After doing the round of introductions where we had to say who we were and what our ‘artistic inclination’ was(journaling / mixed media work / getting messy /stash collecting etc), we got down to Seth doing demos and us doing our own interpretation of it. We started with a 16″x 12″ canvas plus a smaller one of 8″x 8″ and 3 little 2″x 2″.
I took photos of some of the stages but didn’t always remember!
First stages of the big canvas before any stencils/stamping
Then the start of the smaller canvases and first placement idea
Besides the normal fresco paint colours, we had Seth’s new set of 4 colours to use – Mahogany, Terracotta, Midnight and Buff.
Once we’d tried out some different techniques on these canvases, we went on to building up more layers with stencils then stamps from Seth’s new ranges and this time adding some inks into the mix as well.
I was reasonably please with this…until we followed his demo on using die cuts and also the next demo on highlighting/mark making…… so the final piece (although it still needs some more highlights in places):
I learnt so many new techniques / ideas from Seth which I can use to improve my artwork and, of course, a few new items had to be purchased from the shop from all his new range of stamps / stencils – well, it would have been rude not to!
And here are some close-ups of some of the different areas of the canvases:
This was my table with Miriam, Jo, Alison, Julia and Kathy
It was so lovely to meet up with all the other girls from the PAtwits group – so much nicer when you can finally put faces to names. Lots more photos of the PAtwits on Helens’s blog along with her canvas. I also met Rebecca again who I was at “Graphicus Paradise Retreat” with many years ago (2009) although neither of us could remember what year!
And, of course, I had to have a photo taken with Seth!
Lastly – the group photo at the end with all our creations….and including the great man himself as the ‘focal image’!!
Many thanks to Leandra and Mark and all the PA team for making it such a wonderful workshop day!