It’s January – the time for looking back over the year and anticipating the new. So, here are some of my arts & crafts highlights for 2017.
Main focus for the year: mixed media canvases. I started the year inspired by a new book which demonstrated collage and ink glaze techniques. I produced quite a few pieces, getting through a lot of canvas boards and experimenting with different media along the way.
Most fun artwork: Home is where the Art is. I used just about every technique I could cram into this one: paint, ink, stencilling, heat embossing, collage, fabric, structure paste, 3D elements and probably a few other things as well.
Favourite product of the year: probably has to be Brusho. I finally succumbed and bought some at Make-It in February. I love the unexpected patterns and colours it produces as it mixes together. I have also made much use of my Art Basics – Mixed Media Essentials set.
This is the first year I: organised a craft event, doing upcycling workshops and activities to raise money for a local homelessness charity. Unfortunately we didn’t have very many visitors, but those that did come had a great time. I even learned how to do book folding art to demonstrate the event.
New technique: acrylic pouring. I tried this while visiting a friend (and her new craft room!). It’s very messy. My first attempt didn’t come out quite how I wanted, but I managed to rescue it by taking it home and covering it in structure paste and embellishments.
What I’m looking forward to in 2018: new mixed media experiments (not sure what yet!); getting back into life drawing; trying to keep this blog up to date (it could happen!)