Monday, 30 March 2015

Catch up part 2....

Quick edit...following on from my brief post yesterday about our new challenge blog Stamps and Stencils, it's my turn today along with my lovely teamie Yvonne to be introduced. As the name suggests it's all about using stamps and stencils in your mixed media projects...I'm so proud to be working with these talented ladies again...our first challenge starts on Thursday!

 Hi, part 2....I attended a Sue Carrington workshop a few weeks ago where we created a wonderful canvas panel with lots of lovely techniques but what I especially liked was that we were using beeswax. I haven't used it as often as I'd like to and have to admit I have a desire (even more so now) to dabble in encaustic artwork, layering wax on panels  to create muted shapes of depth a la Donna Downey and France Papillon. Anyway before I get carried's what we created.

I won't give too much away but there is some stamping on tissue and when combined with wax gives a soft quite beautiful finish.

Some lovely paint techniques to age things

And there is some drippage here and there!

I'm lucky that Sue has become a good friend since I've attended some of her workshops and felt really honoured when she made a lovely present that I thought I'd share with you. You may think it looks familiar, she made a similar one here for another crafty friend.  

It has pride of place on my pen draw where I can see it when I 'create'. Thankfully Sue has taken my big hint and her next workshop is a metal work one.....

...can't wait. If you're around the West Hallam area of Derby June 20th you might be interested, you can find all the details on her blog here

Whilst on a green theme, I've signed up for Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday workshop and thoroughly enjoying experimenting and just enjoying her videos she has such an enthusiasm for art and never fails to make me laugh. I've made my art journals, although I love fabric, me and sewing machines aren't a match made in heaven, so I'm quite pleased with how they turned out.

I said a green theme, well there's a you tube video here of a past Inspiration Weds post from 2013 that I wanted to have a go out. This is my version, it's paint and gesso, UTEE and paper flowers. It's a textural piece...or in my words, touchy, feely.

This is part way through.

If I was doing it again, I wouldn't add as much colour to certain areas, but then that's what experimenting is about.

It really is a glossy dimensional piece. Hope you enjoyed this catch up, exciting times ahead this week. Thanks so much for stopping by. 


  1. Wow...where do I begin to give you compliments for the gorgeous creations...the wallhanging looks great with all those details. The gift you received is stunning. Your sewing creations are so nice and I like what you did with the flowers on the panel. Lovely bogpost Ruth!!
    Greetings, Alie

  2. Wow Ruth I said you did fabulous work. It was so lovely to meet both you and sue at the weekend. That green is just such a gorgeous colour and just love how textural these pieces are. Thanks for the link to the new challenge too!
    x catherine

  3. Oh what a fantastic post Ruth, so much to see, just wish I could feel the things too! Each one is beautiful and the gift from Sue is so lovely. I don't know if you follow Anita Houston but she is very into Encaustic Art too. Anne xx

  4. Wow, this is a fantastic post, they are all gorgeous projects.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Wow,you really are very multi talented Ruth,love all your creations here. What a wonderful pressie too,a gift from a crafty friend is the best thing to have ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  6. Just back from watching the video, Donna was very happy wasn't she lol.

    Can see why you needed to give this a go, your touchy feely project is sensational Ruth! I like the colours you have used wouldn't change a thing if it was mine...

    Enjoy your gift, the colours and textures are amazing:-) xxx

  7. Well, I am doing a catch up here too, been out of blog land for far too long it seems.... Ruth all of your pieces are stunning, the big ART panel looks incredible, stunning techniques and wonderful embellishment. This waxed piece is fantastic too, wow, must check out that video link. And of course all the very best for the new challenge blog, (loved your photo on there). I just wished I lived closer to where all these wonderful workshops take place...

  8. What fantstic pieces of art - the top piece is beautiful, I love the stamps you used, the black one reminds me of winter seed heads - gorgeous. The UTEE piece looks like it's made of ceramic and it really makes me want to run my hands over it! I love it! Oh, and the art journals are fabulous, and it looks like you are a whizz with the sewing machine!!

  9. Wow Ruth, there are so many wonderful projects here, I'm not sure where to start!! I spent a lot of time PINNING! Beautiful wall hang, so lucky you get to go to Sue's classes! Thanks for the link on that UTEE technique, I am definitely going to try that one out! You are so talented and I am always so inspired when I visit! big hugs :)

  10. Ruth, I love your canvas, and I love beeswax on old papers and tissue paper, giving a wonderful glow and beauty.
    Your gift is amazing , such stunning colours, and the dimentional piece looks fantastic,- You create so many different art pieces, and they are all wonderful !
    Dorthe ,xo

  11. Wow! This is a catch up and a half!! Love the beeswax piece - need to play more with mine! Love the flowery one too - an amazing look! Chrisx

  12. What can I say it's just all gorgeous and lucky you what a great gift to receive.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  13. These are all just amazing, I could get lost in the art on this page alone, I want to drool!! Stunning!!! You have been so busy creating such gorgeous pieces, I love the ART canvas and the UTEE I think I remember seeing that vid aaaages a go, but I'm going to go check it out again. If it is the same one I remember being in awe of it but very scared lol xx

  14. Hi Ruth....what a fantastic canvas. There are so many wonderful and inspiring details to look at. Your gift from Sue is beautiful and such a treasure. Best wishes on your new journey with Stamps and Stencils.

    Hugs Annie x

  15. What a wonderful post Ruth with so many fantastic projects and how lovely to get a gift from Sue.
    Julie xx

  16. Wonderful creations Ruth, thanks so much for sharing them all!

  17. Wowzer - what an amazing post packed with fabulous creations, Ruth. The wall hanging created at Sue's workshop is absolutely stunning - I love messing about with beeswax, though I don't know whether it counts as "encaustic" in my case! The glossy flowers look fantastic - that was the first IW video I ever came across and I remember sitting there open-mouthed as it progressed!
    Alison xx

  18. Stunning!!! the ART creation is my absolutly favourite, many thanks for sharing!! Kerstin


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