Wednesday 26 September 2018

"Beautiful Disaster" Mixed Media Canvas Class - Scrap & Chat Retreat by Sue Plumb

Hi Colour Blast fans!
It's Sue Plumb with something a bit different to share today.
Last month I was lucky enough to attend the annual Scrap & Chat retreat in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne with 60 other ladies. If you have never been on a retreat, let me tell you that there is nothing that compares to being around like-minded people for a weekend full of creating. So good for the soul!

While I was there, I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to teach a class to a couple of dozen ladies and I had an absolute (colour) blast! hehe 

The piece I taught was a mixed media canvas panel, entitled "Beautiful Disaster" and it was a great opportunity to fly the flag for a number of fabulous Aussie brands including Colour Blast, Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Flutterby Designs.

The canvas was was coloured with my favourite Colour Blast product - Colour Artist Inks, and we used the warm tones of Slipper, Cranberry, Cider and Citrus for the background; then the cool blue colour of Oasis for adding some contrasting highlights. 

Besides the Colour Artist Inks, we also used one of my other favourite Colour Blast products - Colour Paste. We used Deep Water for contrast and texture through a Flutterby Designs stencil (although there were a couple of ladies who used Lovely Lilac from my stash because we thought it would work better with the pieces they had created). 

We also used both black and white Heavy Gesso on the canvases - using the white to strip back colour and provide the eye a place to rest; and black to add some contrast and tie in with the stencilled image and the Flutterby Designs quote. This was probably the messiest part of the class as I encouraged everyone to test my motto that "fingers make the best brushes" - so fun! 

We finished off the canvases with some vellum embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The gorgeous colours of the printed vellum die cuts worked beautifully with the tones of the inks and paste. 

I so enjoyed the opportunity to fly the flag for Colour Blast and share my love of mixed media with such a lovely group of ladies. Thanks to everyone who attended!

If you would like the opportunity to take a class with one of the Colour Blast design team members at your local store, crop or retreat; please ask the store owner or event organiser to contact Tenisha at Colour Blast to enquire and see if we can come to you.
Until next time, happy scrapping! 

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