Monday, 22 June 2015

A Metal Workshop Weekend with Lin Brown

Saturday saw the usual suspects (me, Lin S, Sam, Emma and Lesley) descend once again on Lin Brown's home - thanks to her and Mark for the warm welcome, (not to mention the bouncy enthusiastic one from the gorgeous Meg)  for two days of metal workshop..

 we started by covering a large canvas with patterned papers
 glued down, and put to one side to fully dry whilst we got on with the metal pieces...
 everyone hard at work!  Sam was working on an MDF arch rather than her canvas




Day one saw me being surprised by a birthday cake (photo borrowed from  Sam's blog!) as it's my birthday next Friday... thanks girls, that was lovely!

 Lin being very industrious
 one of my metal pieces, stamped these flowers (Donna Downey) on metal, and refined the stamped lines with a teflon tool on the foam mat
 At the end of Saturday, Jo Myhill joined us at a local eatery for dinner

 Day two and it was time to greet Meg again, love this photo of Emma with Meggy...
 The scary moment when you have to decide what colour to paint over your papers... thanks to Emma for helping to rescue mine by reminding/suggesting I needed to put some white (well, I used Chalk actually) over the blues - before that it really wasn't looking good at all!!  I used Glass Blue and China, and a bit of Smurf too...
 then time to arrange the metal pieces...
and some background stamping before gluing down the metalwork... still has some finishing touches to be done at home sometime soon...
 Lin still hard at work... as it was Father's Day, Lin and Mark's children their partners and grandchildren all popped in during the morning so Lin's "Y" has got rather abandoned..
 Lesley and Emma
My canvas
 Sam's second piece of the weekend, (she's such a speedy crafter!) -  a square of multiple metal pieces,
laid out over her canvas
 Emma got on so well, she was finished (apart from some finishing flowers to be applied at home) - before any of us!!
Looking gorgeous, Emma - and so's the canvas!
 my piece, with the dowelling rod added at the bottom and my metal letters hanging from them..
it says "happy" - will take some close ups when it's properly finished!
back inside for some more work!

 Sam gluing down her metal
 out into Lin's beautiful studio for some stamp-choosing!
Meg came too..

 Mark took some group shots. and all too soon it was time to go...
I'd just packed my camera into my suitcase when I took it out again when we noticed this gorgeous cloud pattern in the windows of the building opposite the platform!

A huge thanks to Lin and Mark for the warm welcome, multiple cups of tea and coffee, cake and biscuits and lunch, and for letting us invade your home once again, and to Lin, Emma Sam and Lesley for a great weekend!

17 comments:

Gabrielle said...

Looks like you had an amazing weekend! Your projects look fabulous!

Virginia said...

Looks like a perfect weekend, I've just purchased some metal items and tools off a friend who was getting rid - haven't had chance to play yet!

Lin said...

Absolutely perfect weekend, fantastic project and brilliant company as always!! thanks girls xxx

craftimamma said...

As Lin said an absolutely fabulous weekend with a wonderful workshop, taught by a great tutor. The company as always was brilliant with lots of chat and laughter shared with friends and a big thankyou to Lin B and her hubby Mark (and of course the gorgeous Meg)for making us so welcome.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Looks like a great fun weekend and happy memories to keep! Love what you all did Helen! Xx

Darcy UK said...

Great photos, looks like a brilliant weekend, bet you all learned loads from Lin.

Had to chuckle at one photo where Lin S looks like shes getting a haircut lol

Kyla said...

Looks like an amazing weekend
Kyla

Linda Brown said...

What a brilliant round up of our weekend Helen. You girls are always welcome, it's such a pleasure teaching such a fun group. Everyone worked so hard as well as finding time for lots of laughs along the way. Meg is certainly missing everyone today though, she was a very spoilt girl this weekend.

Lin x

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow some great makes great photos and great people. So glad you had fun xx

snazzyoriginal said...

These projects look amazing, such beautiful colours and embellishments. Very envious here lol! X

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Glad you all had a wonderful weekend & the projects look great.

sam21ski said...

Great photos Helen, thanks for getting some of me, at least it proves I was there - lol.

Looking forward to the next one already, we really do have a fabulous time don't we.

Sam xxx

Claire said...

Glad you had a fab weekend! Lovely photos - thanks for sharing :)

Carmen said...

Oh it looks amazing Helen. What fun you all look like you're having and the finished pieces are gorgeous too. What a beautiful home too.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This looks simply amazing, and lots of fun, too. I can see why getting together with these friends puts a smile on your face. And your metal project is wonderful.

I want to wish you an early happy birthday. I'm glad the gals took time to celebrate it with you. Early is good.

I also want to THANK you for your comment about the cut and dry stamp product. As it turns out, I bought a sheet of it on clearance about four years ago and used a portion of it to create my Christmas cards one year (I used Staz-on). The following year, Tim Holtz came out with the same technique using dye ink for one of his Christmas tags (back when he only made tags at Christmas). I paid next to NOTHING compared to the retail price.

It got me thinking. My friend Kathy's hubby made me one of those wooden block and handle stamp thingies for adding replaceable felt that you could use to add ink or AIs. The entire stamping end is covered in velcro, which I also have. I think I'll cut a piece of the cut and dry product the size of the block, adhere the other side of velcro to it, and use it for when I want to use my stencils. Thanks again. You are a GENIUS!!

JoZart Quilts said...

That looks a fab w/end, will be back for a longer look but wanted to say a big thanks for your vote!!
Jo x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Looks as though you all had great(and productive time) Loved seeing your photos! Looking back through your posts I'm pleased to see you are still getting regular supplies in!! Chrisx