Been a bit busy this month, with some very exciting things – that I’m not at liberty to share with you at the moment, but I will as soon as I can!
I found out about this set of 3 free shows at Excel, which is about a half hour drive away, I also went to meet some of the peeps at Woman’s Weekly, who have been lovely and welcoming.
At the entrance we are greeted by some lovely lads singing Christmas songs, and then we are into the show, there are 3 colour themed areas, White, red and purple, the three shows are Simply Christmas, Hobbycrafts, and Art materials live,
I can really say that what ever craft you are into you will find something that you like, I have seen marbling, beading, card making, glass making, painting, some reeeally lovely food including truckle cheese, cookies, and an amazing bakery.
some wonderful and inspiring colour palettes too!
After I had a good look around I decided to try a couple of free workshops, the only one I ended up having time for was a watercolour with the lovely Matthew Palmer. He did promote his videos, and other products, but they are really good, and having looked around since, there is nothing I can see to match his texture brushes!
We started by taping the paper to a wooden panel, then taping a curved line across the board for the edge of the field. Using a small amount of blue we painted the sky with a wash making the paper wet. we then used natural light green for the ‘sunny’ part of the trees. Using the extra large texture brush made it really easy!
We then added the darker green also with the texture brush, then thinned out the colour to do a mid green on the trees. the clever bit was to then use a plastic card (credit/debit/loyalty…) to scrape off paint to make the tree trunks. We then removed the line of masking tape to work on the bottom part of the picture.
We added some light green, then used the purple to first sweep across the page then stipple in the bluebell effect, also cleaning the brush off to add to the stippling and remove some of the paint. Finally using a piece of card we made lines across the field and added the bushes, using a fine brush to paint the gate and fence posts.
It was lovely to just create something quite easily (because Matthew stepped us through it) that was creative, but completely different to the crochet I have been focused on recently 🙂