Well its been a week I have to say. This time last week I was trundling up the M6 to the NEC for the first day of Stitches, the crafting trade show. I was there to sell "me" in terms of showcasing my style and seeing if people a) liked it (they did) and b) was anyone interested in me running classes / workshops (potentially, just need to work out what and prices).
But the best thing was the networking, the talking, asking questions of people visiting, exploring new avenues I'd never thought of (was that weddings I hear you say), talking to suppliers (and not baulking at minimum order costs). Lots to think about what I want to do and who in a business sense I want to get into bed with.
My contacts book is bulging and I need to start going through, following up, planning workshops, putting together brochures for that and booking a stall at Kirstie's Home Made Fair in the Autumn.
But in the meantime - art!
The theme over at PaperArtsy (can't thank Leandra and Mark enough for the support they've given me for NEC) is image transfer.
I love and adore image transfer and most of my artwork especially at the show was showcasing image transfer.
I've wanted to work on plywood for some time, the solidness of the substrate and the tone of the wood. So the nice man at B&Q cut me some 6x8" pieces the other week and early one morning before the NEC I had to have a play.
Basically I used Chalk and Brown Shed to add colour and Red Geranium and Potting Soil to stamp with.
The photograph was taken at Hollowell Annual Steam Fair which is about 6 miles away from us. Its a glorious affair, with vintage cars, farm machinery, heavy horses, traction engines, hounds steam fair rides and organs, donkeys, small animal petting areas, junk stalls and real ale. And when the sun is shining you think you are in the Darling Buds of May!
I scanned and photocopied the image (reversing the image as I didn't the MF back to front) and used Satin Glaze to transfer the image.
I do love this, I could have added more embellishments, but I quite like the simpleness of it and solidness of the plywood is very tactile and fits in with the rustic nature of the image.