I was lucky enough to be able to attend the first weekend of Glenda’s workshops held at her Portpatrick Studio over the weekend of 25th and 26th April. My husband Keith had agreed to drive me from Durham to Portpatrick and we had booked into The Portpatrick Hotel, high on the cliff overlooking the harbour. He then had to fill in his time on the Saturday and Sunday while I was off playing!!
There were four of us on the Saturday , Lesley Wharton, Karen Paul, Judith Smith and me and we were looking forward to a great weekend of painting, sticking, inking and stamping.
We started on Saturday morning by preparing 3 affirmation blocks and a tag, the blocks themselves were the wooden blocks from wood mounted rubber stamps. I am sure we all have a few of these lying about from which we could remove the stamps.
Firstly we gessoed the blocks and allowed them to dry while we planned out what we were going to do. Once dry we started the decorating bit.
I chose to use Golden Light Moulding Paste through a stencil on my smaller rectangular block so that was done first in order that it could dry. The square block was decoupaged with bits of Tim Holtz printed tissue, and again left to dry. The larger of the two rectangular blocks was left plain.coloured with Gelato’s and Acrylic Paint and left to dry.
With light moulding paste, with decoupage
We then adjourned for lunch, provided by Glenda’s husband Adrian and Lesley’s husband David. It was a very fine buffet lunch and a wonderful fresh fruit salad.
Suitably replete we returned to the studio to do the finishing of our blocks, The larger rectangular block was coloured using Gelato’s and Acrylic paints and , once dry , part of a paper napkin to give the bird and Nature decoration.
AOnce the decoupage had dried on the square block it was coloured, again using Gelato’s and left to dry.
The smaller rectangular block was coloured with acrylic paint and then a piece of Paper Napkin applied over the middle section.
I then made a tag , again using blended Gelato’s and part of a napkin.
Day one drew to a close and I headed back to The Portpatrick Hotel to get ready for dinner. After dinner we collected Karen and drove to the harbour to meet up with Glenda and Adrian, Lesley and David, and Jusith Smith. After a good evening we dropped Karen at her hotel and went back to ours so I could get a good nights sleep , ready for Sunday’s workshop.
We were joined on the Sunday morning by Eileen and we set about making a Rainbow of Tags. 7 tags using different grounds, mediums and techniques.
Tags with grounds applied. Before colourimg
Glenda showed us samples that she had prepared , and how she did them before letting us loose with the necessary supplies in her fabulous studio. Once we had prepared the tags we were again served another wonderful lunch.
After lunch we were allowed to use Glendas supplies to finish our tags. We had used different techniques as explained by Glenda in the morning but now it was up to us to choose which colour was going to be paired with which tag. We were also allowed to use Glendas wonderful collection of Stamps and colouring materials. Paints, stains, ink pads, and a myriad of different pens. heaven!!!
All we had to do was produce one finished tag for each colour of the rainbow. Easier said than done when you have a huge choice of lovely stuff to choose from!
Red, Orange and Yellow
Here are my 7 tags assembled on a book ring.
My Tags on a book ring
I must admit I did not finish all of my tags on the Sunday and actually have just finished some of them today!
Eileen, Judith, Lesley, Glenda, Karen and me
I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful weekend and would encourage anyone to check out Glenda’s future workshops and try to attend if you possibly can, and I hope to be able to get to another one soon.
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