Got a min (or thirty)? Then allow me to share the events as they occurred.
Just a heads up – because so much has happened this week I have split this post over several pages – you can use the numbers at the bottom of the page to flip the page and continue reading (if I haven’t bored you senseless by then).
First, I must say that the Sat Nav and I had a falling out.
One too many times that little black box has tried to convince Maisy and me that a street is a street is a street.
This is Maisy.
Maisy is a 3.5 tonne, 7.5m long, 2.5m wide, 3m tall beauty.
What I am trying to say is that she’s a girl with curves. She’s got dimensions that get her noticed.
She is also a girl of some refinement. She isn’t one for a bit of rough.
So, when the Sat Nav tries to convince us that the following types of roads are achievable goals for her …
… he’s clearly taking the pee.
He therefore had to go.
Thankfully he has been replaced with an app that we can type Maisy’s dimensions into and the roads are chosen based on those, rather than the other way around.
Ok, first challenge of the week sorted,
Next, the typical British weather.
The following picture doesn’t really show the scale of the challenge faced but let me tell you that was near horizontal rain with strong side winds and surface water.
The challenge here was not as previously indicated the actual weather, but the utterly disgraceful driving skills of other road users.
I was genuinely shocked at the risks people will take just to get one car ahead.
Despite this, Maisy stayed strong and unwavering and got us to our next destination.
You get a better idea of the rain in the next pic.
This calls for hot, strong tea and plenty of biscuits!
The goal for the next couple of days was to get ready for three upcoming workshops.
The first one that I began to prep was the mixed media project for the Hertordshire group workshop.
I began by sticking the biscuits in the back of the canvases. No, not the eating biscuits, the little bits of wood that come with the canvas that no one ever knows what to do with.
Tip: These keep your canvas taught whilst working on it so make sure that your canvas comes with them!
The next step was to apply the gesso.
Then it was down to some serious mucking about!
Plenty of texture and paint was applied in various layers and with various methods.
Liking it so far.
Next to work out the upper layers.
Flowers oft work well as a framing tool as you can cluster them in various ways so I whipped out my little collection.
After die cutting a load of white card stock and shuffling these about and faffing for a fair bit, I finally settled on this layout.
Tip: If you do this, take a photograph with your phone so that when you sweep it all to one side, you have an assembly guide immediately to hand, and can reuse it again in the future when/if you get crafters block.
Anyway, more paint, faffing and finishing and I ended up with something that I thought the ladies would enjoy making.
There will be a sentiment going into the finished ones, of course.
Time to pack up though as the next day I was heading over to see Gina …
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