Wednesday 1 July 2009

Workshop at The Stampman

Last Saturday my friend Jo and I travelled up to Skipton for a workshop at The Stampman shop with a lovely and talented lady called Jill Boulton.

In the morning we made a pretty little canvas using pretty paper, paint dabbers, sticky backed canvas, grungepaper and all manner of stamps. I didn't quite get mine finished at the workshop (I rarely do) but have done so at home and because of this I've used a couple of word stamps I had and a butterfly from the Elusive Images Butterfly Bliss themeplate, which I stamped onto acetate with Stazon and then added glitter to the back. I also highlighted the flowers stamped directly onto the canvas with my Inkssentials pen.

Some of the flowers and leaves were stamped onto Grungepaper and then spritzed with Moonshadow Inks and others were stamped onto sticky backed canvas which were then either spritzed with inks or painted with dabbers. We also stuck the canvas to metal sheets before cutting them out which enabled us to shape the leaves a bit. When I got home I decided to emboss my metal as well which gave even more shape to the flowers.

I really enjoyed doing this little canvas and I think I'm going to add a card to the back and give it to my Mum for her birthday later this month.

In the afternoon we played with the Melt Pot and tried out several different techniques, including placing molds over pictures chosen from magazines and pouring clear Utee (slightly tinted with ink). These would make nice brooches. We used the same technique pouring the Utee over a picture cut out and fitted into a slide mailer (this was my favourite). We marbled two colours together and poured it over a large textured stamp, poured another colour onto a craft mat and pressed a previously inked stamp into the puddle and finally dropped a square of cardboard into melted black, took it out of the Melt Pot and dusted patches of Moonshadow Mica Powders all over. We then melted the surface with a heat gun and then pressed an inked background stamp into it. All this was great fun, gave me lots of ideas and made me determined to get my Melt Pot out of the cupboard where it has been languishing for the past year.

All in all, I had a lovely day. I had good company whilst driving up to Skipton and because I chose not to take the motorways we saw some beautiful scenery. We shared the workshop with two other lovely ladies plus The Stamp'lady' herself Jill Tuck. Thankyou Jill for helping to make it a really good day out and thanks also to Ian (The Stampman) for fetching the bacon and sausage butties at lunchtime.


The Stamp Man said...

WOW, top marks Lesley, lots of A+'s for finishing the canvas and posting it and the other pieces you made, they all look fab! I could see great things happening on your side of the table. Thanks for sharing it all.

Jill x

Lynne K said...

The canvas is beautiful. Gorgeous colours. I like the slide mailer too - wish I had a meltpot!

Shirley said...

Talk about creative~! I don't know where to start. Your first post is just beautiful and the rest are all so unique and pretty too!

lisa said...

What a work of art Lesley, your canvas is just stunning. Your workshop sounds fantastic, I am deeply envious. It's great to get to play under instruction isn't it!


judith@poppy cottage said...

Thanks for your kind comments Lesley, maybe see you when I meet up with Jo at the end of the month? Hope so, love your work from Skipton! Judith x

brenda said...

Wow, real creative artwork and some great projects on your blog.

B x

Sally H said...

Fantastic Canvas! The colours are so lovely! Sounds like a wonderful day, and the melt pot creations are beautiful!

Spyder said...

Beautiful canvas!Lovely colours


Debbie Dolphin said...

oooh ive seen these in the flesh as Jill did them too and they are lovely!You sounded to have a great time.I work for Jill and Ian but struggle to get there on Saturdays,but hopefully one day will make it.Ive never ever in my life been to any workshop!!Im determined to go one day.Love what you have donexxx

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous Canvas.... I love your creations, so pretty!
Hugs, Christina

Debbie said...

Ooh gorgeous creations Lesley...I love your beautiful canvas such a pretty mix of colours and the melt art projects are're so clever. I buy all of these products but I really don't know how to make the most of them.
Hope you have a great's raining here :( Debbie x

Kathryn said...

The canvas looks great, but i love the stuff youve made with the melt pot, you should definately do more


Isabelle Norris said...

wow !! great work, love the canvas. You had a blast with the grungeboard: lovely
isa xx

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

What a beautiful canvass. A real work of art.

I am sure your Mum will treasure it always if she was to receive this. Good enough to go in a frame on the wall for always!!

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog yesterday. Very much appreciated.

Love Jules xx

Shirley said...

These are absolutely gorgeous. Talk about art!!

Lavender Rose said...

Oh I love that canvas and all the lovely pieces you did with the Meltpot, gorgeous!

Phree said...

Sounds like a fabulous workshop, love all the things you made - the canvas is beautiful. I love watching Jill Tuck demo on TV - so I am rather envious of your trip to Stampman workshop.