Monday 11 April 2011

Encaustic Art

A busy week this week - Michelle still busy counting everyone (census), kids (and me!) back to school tomorrow, Card Club workshop on Wednesday, then off again for the Royal Wedding and associated celebrations on Friday - hope you have all been making your red, white and blue themed cards for the challenge we set at the last workshop.

At this month's workshop we will be brushing up on our ironing skills! Graeme from the Tadworth club will be leading the encaustic art taster workshop. As you can see from his sample cards above he is very artistic and will be demonstrating some of the basics using special encaustic art irons and tools. I know lots of you have expressed an interest in this technique so it will be good to give it a go - and much fun than real ironing!!

In keeping with Graeme's cards above, our theme for this month is Nature/Underwater and we will also be demonstrating another technique for creating interesting background designs using shaving foam and inks - great for underwater scenes.

More memberships are due this month and that means another batch of membership packs will be handed out. So time to rummage through your packs and begin to design your competition cards. This year we would like you to use at least five items from your membership pack in your card design. It can be any size, shape or design and can be for any occasion, but must include the all important five items - you can list the items used on a separate slip of paper if it is not obvious. As with previous competitions we will arrange for the cards to be judged at Village Day and the winning member wins back their membership money. Card entries will need to be given to us at the May workshop (or before if completed).

We do have a confirmed stall at Village Day again this year - Saturday 11th June. So once again we will be asking for a merry band of volunteers to help set up and man the stall - let us know asap if you can help out. Also please think about sending some of your cards and/or handcrafted items for sale. If you want to know more about how we organise this then again please ask us at the next workshop. It helps us to organise the stall if you can make sure your cards are given to us before Village Day, in cellophane bags with envelopes, sorted into event categories and labelled with your membership number.

And that's all for now. Till Wednesday...see you then.

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