Tuesday, 6 October 2009

My Stash form the Artisan Show

Sorry guys I've been a bit busy what with starting my new job and visiting Artisan at the weekend. The feedback about the show has been good, several people commented that they preferred it to the NEC which was nice to hear.

The high point of the show for me was meeting the wonderful Leandra Franich. I managed to sneak myself in to her workshop. Leandra showed us how to make fabulous metallic look beads using the ferro texture paints, acrylics, glimmer mists and precious metal paints. First of all we had to coat the beads with a smooth layer of ferro paint, this was then stamped into and left to dry. While they were drying we smeared more ferro paint onto chipboard tags and stamped into it to get more texture.
The tags were for us to practice using the acrylic paints/precious metal paints and glimmer mists until were happy with the resulting colours so that we could then decorate the beads in the same way. I chose to do my fav colours blue/green and copper. Once the beads had dried we made them into ear rings...my eldest daughter has just had her ears pierced and has been eyeing them up and pleading!

The photos don't do these justice as in real life they are very rich and shimmery. The workshop really inspired me to make something for my desk at work...so if you keep checking the Craft Stamper blog over the next few weeks you might just see what I made. There won't be any peeking here until then though!

So what did I buy...well obviously some Steel ferro, Copper croco, acrylic (black, sage and tropical water) and precious metal paints (blue azure and copper)! Then I got a couple of mdf blanks to paint them on, some more beads (teardrop shape this time) and the paperartsy stamps that I had on my wish list...and a few more to be honest! I also managed to get hold of some grungepaper and cut and dry foam, I've been itching to have a play with this since seeing the patchwork bag in craft stamper...I have another project in mind though..watch this space. Then finally but not at all least I found some beautiful stamps from Chapel Road Artstamps. Sue if you're reading this....you now have a stamping shop "Snazzys" just behind the Renault building in Swindon....she stocks these lovely stamps and loads and loads of inkpads...oh I forgot to mention I bought a few of those too!

There were a few things on my wish list that I didn't manage to find so I will just have to go to the NEC as well....LOL!


Zoechaos said...

Well you had a good time. Can see how inspired you were by Leandrea and the Viva range is rather exciting. DD may like the earings but perhaps Mum is entitled to a bit of glam?

Dr Babs said...

Sue, these are just beautiful. I can see that I am going to have to check out some of this wonderful crafty stuff next year when I am over there. I think you should keep the ear rings too - treat yourself!

Anonymous said...

These are so beautiful. I love the shimmery look
hugs June xxx

Lesley said...

Oooo how did I miss these. Lovely beads Sue. We were using all those same things last weekend at the Artsycraft weekend. Acrylic paints, metallic paints, glimmer mists - fab!!!
Lesley x