Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Birds In The Barn...

... I had a wonderful weekend at Birds In The Barn in Essex. I love that shop - tis chockful of gorgeousness and owner Janet is a brilliant hostess. Over the two days I did two completely different classes. Both were fully booked - so hooge thank you's to all the lovely ladies who came along and got messy with me, especially as it was the hottest weekend we had this year!



Saturdays class was all about getting painty. You all know how totes inspired I am by the wonder that is Finnabair (click her name to see her art) Well, the class subject was a 9 x 12" canvas, lots of textures and layers applied and then painted over. And then came the decorations. This is my favest part... cos you all will have sussed by now that I do lurve metal embellies and of course, flowers.



Mixing the two together makes me very happy... add in the use of Dylusions sprays (yep, addicted to that Black Marble) and some Perfect Pearls Mist (Turquoise) to jazz up the Prima Flowers and I am positively ecstatic! I did a smidge of spritzing onto the canvas too just to tie the background to the embellies. Check out the ickle knife, fork & spoon... Janet has loads of these little goodies in the store - I just love how the fork was manipulated... I had, indeedily, a Uri Gellar moment lol


Anyways, these here pics are of my canvas. Strips of punched and die cut watercolour paper, strips of canvas, smidges of lace, tonnes of flowers and flashes of bling. Thank you to Janet for having me teach at her store again, we are getting our heads together to have another weekend before Xmas - as soon as we have the dates, I will pop them into the sidebar :O))


Right, I shall away... I have decided to take a day off today. I have a special date with a gorgeous hunky bloke (Grim) - he is taking me to the cinema to see The Sweeney (can't wait) and then maybes a little meal in Nando's (loooove Nando's, I am a "medium" girl... what about you? Hotter? Or milder? Grim always has a "hottest" he is a nutter lol) As ever, thanks for looking.... TTFN!

Hels x

30 comments:

Little Messy Missy said...

Very beautiful!
xoxoxo

Claire said...

Beautiful canvas Hels, love the texture and those gorgeous flowers. Enjoy your day off :-)
Claire xx

inkypinkycraft said...

Beautiful canvas, enjoy your time off with Grim! Trace x

Helen said...

What a beauty that canvas is. Never been to Nando's.....!! Enjoy.

Julia S-W said...

Gorgeous canvas! I'm attempting to work on something similar but it isn't going anywhere at the moment - perhaps I'll tinker with it a bit more today. Have a lovely day with your special man.
Juliax

Laura said...

Just Fabby!

ElizabethR said...

Gorgeous canvas Hels enjoy Nando's. Off for a rumage in Aberkhan just need a few bits, calico, lace, trimmings, paint, buttons......... Elizabeth x

Marleine said...

Morning Hels,
Your canvas creation is absolutely beautiful. I would be proud to display on my walls. X

Aquarius said...

More monochrome - love this canvas with such pretty details. Hope you have a good day - enjoy!

Denise said...

Wow Hels,this is beautiful,makes me want to go and do another one.Thank you for such an inspiring class,it got my mojo back for me - it's been away for a few days !

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, WOW, oh wow, this canvas is stunningly beautiful, I love everything you have done with it, those 'lucky ladies' got to do this in the class with you, they would have been delighted.
Enjoy your day off, the cinema and meal sound lovely, although I have never been to Nando's yet, I take it you would recommend Nando's then ha ha. Lots of love from Patricia xx

sally said...

Gorgeous canvas! I need to to get more adventurous ....maybe a big family sized bag of Cheetohs will help :-)

marg said...

Hello Hels
I don't usually comment on your blog ..just read it LOL! but today this is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for a wonderful blog!
LoveMarg

rachel said...

beautiful work Hels - really pretty xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels
This is stunning, love all of it! Great colours, textures and interest for the eye to follow.
Enjoy your day off you deserve it!
Emma

Joanne said...

I sooo love this Hels. It's delightful, delicious, gorgeous, stupendous, amazing, beautiful, magical, utterly fantastic. Hate Nandos though!!!!!
Hugs Joanne xxx

Joanie said...

Love this Hels! Gorgeous! Have a lovely day - hope the weather is better there than it is here!

Joan x

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, your canvas is gorgeous, love all the dimension, the flowers are stunning and all the embellies are fabulous - wow, wow, wow. Never been to Nandos though, am I missing something good? Have a lovely day with Grim. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Sharon said...

Lovely canvas, I really must have a go at one myself. Enjoy your day off! Mmm Nando's, haven't been there for ages....I'm a medium girl too! Enjoy x

Michelle Webb said...

This is really gorgeous Hels. I think we're all at it lately with the canvases! I'm enjoying the ride, It looks like you are too. Michelle x

Buttons said...

Oh you have seriously got your take on Finnabair sussed and I love the cutlery. Hope you had a fab evening with the gorgeous Grim. Hugs, Buttons x

Planetsusie said...

Hi Hels - I really wanted to see this close up so I opened it in another tab and it is absolutely brilliant. All those little twiddly bits are amazing. I just love the way you have layered up all of them. What's more the colours are super.

Hugs to you Sue P xxx

Rita said...

Just back from the Hospital to-day,so this has really cheered me up no end. Your canvas is Stunning. I have a canvas,I have the Paint, but not the confidence I'm afraid, but I would love to do something like this hels. Hope you enjoy the film and your meal at Nando's afterwards too. Hugs Rita xx

Ann said...

Gorgeous Hels!! I love Finns work too!! Take care, Ann xx

whyducks said...

Stunningly pretty Hels!

Gerrina said...

The canvasses are great; so subtile in colour and still enough to play with by technics and self-made embellish.
Greetings, Gerrina

Lottie said...

OOOOOH I am postively drooling over your canvas - and it's positively huge.

Love your Uri touch - pure genius.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Hels, hope you are well. Love your canvas, the layers of flowers and bits and bobs look gorgeous and that black spray is a must, I love it. Love how you have added the colour. Great layout. Enjoy your visit to the cinema with your hunk. Tracy x x

Caz said...

Totes Gorgeous piece - lurve it!!!
Those little cutlery pieces are a must have!!
Hope you enjoyed your date with your hunk - hope his tummy survives the hottest Nandos!!
xxxx

Carole Z said...

Beautiful canvas Hels, hope you has a great day off...we are off for 2 weeks at the moment and loving our little stay in the UK hop, Carole Z X

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