Thursday, 10 July 2014

Getting Messy with my Pals !

Apologies to my regular visitors for the lack of new posts recently, I've been dealing with 'stuff' and spending a nice long time with my lovely Dad, plus - as you've probably guessed from the title of this post - having a little fun time with some of my lovely crafting buddies.

You may need a whole pot of tea or coffee rather than a mug as this is a very pic heavy post - apologies !

Part of the time spent with my Dad was in Spain - he suddenly decided that he'd like to visit Spain (his first visit for over 20 years !).  So we headed out for almost two weeks and he thoroughly enjoyed it - apart from the little tumble he had which saw us at the local hospital at 8am one morning.  Only minor injuries thank goodness - although lots of blood as he cut his head - and he was soon patched up and back to his holiday home to continue his holiday. 

Here's my 'little wounded solder' - 'shaken but not stirred'

He had a slight headache from the injuries, but the noisy green parrots in the tree outside the apartment window made it worse LOL

Once he was over the shock of the fall, we were pleased to see he hadn't lost his appetite ! 

"Scampi and Chips por favor"

So, now on to my other reason for not posting lately and the reason for the title of this post.

I spent a couple of days with some of my lovely crafting buddies - pals from around the country gathered at Kathy's house to try out the 'Tarmacking Technique. 

I discovered this technique through the lovely Karen aka The Clock Lady, she has created some fabulous projects using it, you can check it out here on her Blog.  She runs workshops and has also posted up a tutorial on the technique on her Blog.  We followed Karen's tutorial during the weekend and had lots of messy fun - thanks Karen.

Kathy, Cherry, Debs and I gathered at Kathy's house on Friday afternoon to begin the weekend and start our projects.  Kathy had kindly bought an Ikea wooden mirror, wood backed canvas and a picture frame for each of us to work with and also provided the Bitumen Paint and White Spirit needed for the technique.  Plus, the very necessary plastic sheeting, old newspapers and rubber gloves !   Thanks so much for everything Kathy.

Here's 'the gang' partaking of a little 'light refreshment' purely to assist with the flow of the creative process of course

Firstly we sorted through a pile of pieces of white card embossed with various folders, plus some diecut shapes and decided on the designs for our projects.

Here's my canvas after the first step was complete - card pieces, card candy and diecuts stuck down

We then painted our projects using various colours of metallic acrylic paints - painted randomly over the whole item.  Looking good so far ?

Mixing the Bitumen and White Spirit 50/50

Now the scary bit !

Painting the bitumen mix all over the projects - OMG !

Are you SURE this is going to work ?
Finally the 'magic'  - using white spirit and a soft cloth, wiping over the tarmacked area and revealing as much or as little as you like of the painted elements underneath.
Here's my finished mirror
 my finished canvas
and finally my tag
It's hard to believe that all of these can be created using white card, acrylic paints and some Bitumen Paint and White Spirit.  I really enjoyed doing it, it's messy but well worth it I think.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest projects, I have another couple of busy weeks ahead but will post on my Blog if I get the chance.  


Kathyk said...

Lovely to see your dad looking so well after his fall, here's hoping for a full and speedy recovery.

It was lovely that you could make it last weekend (hard to believe it was almost a week ago already) and your pix and projects? Simply brilliant.

Wot? No stash pix from Newbury?

Thanks for sharing


Lauren Hatwell said...

Good Golly Miss Molly you HAVE been busy haven't you. So glad to see Sir A not too rattled and was able to enjoy his fave Scampi & chips. Good job he looks so dashing in a hat :oD

Your projects are absolutely tremendous. That tarmacing technique really is so effective. It was so great to see you all at Newbury and good to hear what a lovely tim eyou all had at your mini-craftathon too. Yeehawwwww!


Katie Berberich said...

Awww Wynneth, I do hope your Dad is OK now, poor thing. Hope the rest of the holiday was amazing.
Ha, ha -love the scampi pic!
Your canvas is great, what a lovely get together you had. Light refreshments can only help in such a situation. :)
It's so nice to see pics of you altogether.
Katie xx

Patricia said...

Glad your dad is fine after his tumble.
Love your beautiful project, would love to have a go at something like that.
Have a great weekend

Patricia xx

Debs M said...

Oh poor Sir Andy - glad to see he was up to sampling some local cuisine! Loving your projects - we had a great time didn't we! x

Michelle said...

What beautiful creations! And it sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your Dad. I loved reading your post. Art. Family. Good Food. Good Friends. It sounds to me like you've been living creatively. How wonderful! Enjoy!