Friday, 25 April 2014

Four seasons in one day

I have been so looking forward to attending the 2nd Country View Crafts workshop run by my great blogging buddie, Brenda, of Bumblebees and butterflies. The theme for this workshop was to make a set of vintage Nature Garden panels. I was up bright and  breezy on Thursday and caught the train to Flitwick and at 10 am the workshop began.

Brenda is an excellent teacher we soon elbow deep in burlap panels, matt medium and alcohol inks, which I have never used before.

Fueled by delicious cake and pastries and lots of tea our projects evolved as the day flew by.

The bases of the panels are burlap, or to us English ladies....twill/hessian/sacking. I remember potatoes being sold from sacks made of this material in the greengrocers when I was small.  We were shown how to build up lovely layers and textures using grunge paste and book pages.

 I decided that I would like my 4 panels to represent Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter so I chose to use inks and colours to suit  the seasons. We added stamping, remnant rubs and inks and some chatty word embellishments.

We also used die cut images using acetate gives extra depth to each piece. These were coloured with alcohol inks and then bent to shape using a heat gun.

And here are my finished panels .....first up is Spring
next is Summer, with a gorgeous dragonfly
Autumn follows with rich  berry and gold coloured  butterflies

and finally Winter with a robin or 2.

And here is a photo showing my 4 panels as a group.
 I really love them and plan to either link them together with hooks and eyes or put them together into a frame. They will smile down to me from the wall of my garden studio.

I would like to enter my panels into the following challenges;

County View Crafts New beginnings my new beginning is my first dabble into mixed media...and it will certainly not be my last.
A Vintage Journey Spring Flowers I would like to enter my "Spring" panel
Pan Pastels Go grungy
Crafty Catz anything goes
Crafty Ribbons anything but a card
Fashionable Stamping flying things
Vintage Stamping anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit  Altered art
Polkadoodles Springtime I would like to enter my "Spring" panel
A little bit crafty the birds and the bees
Penny Black and More blossoms and bows
The artistic stamper embossing and texture
Bunny Zoe Distress

This will certainly not be my only dabbling this art form....I'm off to buy some grunge paste and matt medium as I have lots of other ideas for my newly acquired skills.

It's Friday again so I am now home from work and looking forward to some crafting both card and jewellery making over the weekend. Thank you  for all your support and encouragement with my recent crafting...I really am branching out into new styles and techniques.  I do still love colouring with my Promarkers and my cute cards and I would never stop making them but I just love getting inky, gluey fingers and mixed media is so interesting. And to think that at school art classes held no interest to me at all.

 My art teacher would never have believed  how much my jewellery making and crafting would become such a big part of my leisure time relaxation. On the subject of my jewellery making I have also added a couple of lovely pieces for sale in my Etsy shop.
 A  haematite bracelet available here
and a gorgeous glass  lampwork seashell pair of dangle earrings here ...thoughts of sunny summer days...mmmmmm

Enjoy your weekend,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Oh, your panels are gorgeous! Love the color you got on the flower, butterfly, and dragonfly - the transparency is so cool. Your jewelry is beautiful too. So enjoyed your post!

  2. Oh wow! I love your panels, clever you! :) They really are brilliant, such a great idea to do the seasons! Hasn't sacking come a long way, I too remember when it was the lowest of fabrics for holding spuds!
    Love your new jewellery too, very pretty. :)
    Have a lovely crafting weekend my friend,
    V xxx

  3. Those panels are awesome! I think they would even look more amazing in frames and then hung in your creative studio. You know I'm in love with the seaside earrings.. I'm off to check out your Etsy shop. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. those panels look gorgeous - i adore the acetate - it looks fabulous and I would never have thought of using it in that way - wonderful. Gorgeous jewellery too Jane - fab xx

  5. Love the season panels. They look so beautiful. :)

  6. You are so talented Jane!
    Thank You~

  7. Hi Jane! This looks so interesting! Your seasonal panels are beautiful and I love the technic (I really like 'sack fabric' as we call it in Finland). This gives so many possibilities to create exciting things! Your NEW jewelries are also adorable! Great Info also in your listing. Have a wonderful weekend! x Teje

  8. Oh my goodness, amazing works of art Jane, love the way you used the acetate!
    Thank you so much for sharing your art with us over at Pan Pastel UK, goodluck.

  9. oh wow you just get to play far too much and in some fabulous places great texture on them love them all, and your jewellery is just as delicious you are so talented
    hugs Kate x

  10. That looks like a great workshop Jane and the finished projects are amazing. I agree about trying something different, jewellery is certainly something on my list for when I have a bit more time and I love what you have been making.
    Have a great weekend, despite the weather! it's horrible here too but I've brought all my bedding plants out of the greenhouse for a good watering so it will save me a job later!
    Anne x

  11. What a great workshop, Jane! You learnt so much so quickly! I am always inspired by the seasons too. Your panels are a lovely idea, and I can see your creativity has been fired by all the new techniques!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  12. Hi Sweet Jane, lovely panels and what fun to make at a workshop and with a friend! Love the four seasons and I think they would look stunning in a frame in your studio. I've always enjoyed your jewelry making, so nice to see again. Have a great weekend, xoRobin

  13. Looks like you had a great time, burlap panels look fabulous!

  14. Fabulous canvases. I love your seasons theme too.
    Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Ribbon Challenges,

  15. Hi Jane. good to meet you at Flitwick on Thurs. Here is my blog if you would like to hop over! See you in October hopefully

  16. Your panels are totally gorgeous, I love how you have a theme incorporating all 4 pieces.
    A fabulous entry in to our challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  17. I love burlap and these panels are fabulous, thanks for sharing at crafty ribbons

  18. all your panels are stunning, nice to learn something new, thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz challenge


  19. What a beautiful creation for our Blossoms and Blooms theme Jane, thanks so much for sharing your lovely work with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x (My Grand Calibur candy is still running here)

  20. I'll admit my first thoughts weren't flattering because I couldn't see where it was going, but the end results are beautiful. Maybe I need to break out of my rut and try new things too. Thanks for showing the process. BTW, I recently learned hematite is magnetic. Very pretty jewelry :)

  21. Fabulous panels Jane, really gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more,
    good luck;-))m

  22. Wow what 4 amazing panels and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck, Luv Sam x

  23. Your panels are beautiful Jane and I love the choice of seasons to link them together...they really are beautiful (and I remember hessian holding potatoes too!)
    Your latest jewellery designs are beautiful...x
    Wishing you a happy new week!
    Susan x

  24. I saw your art over at the Pan Pastel challenge and I'm zipping by to say ---LOVE!

  25. Jane...your canvases are awesome!I love each of them. I also wnated to thank you for the very sweet comment you left on my blog about my Words mini album that Tim recognized on his Blogworthy Links. I'm still pinching myself! Have a wonderful week. <3 Candy

  26. Hello Jane,

    What a lovely piece(s) of art you created, and in one day? Wow! Those four panels will look stunning in your wall.

    I wish it's been sunny and beautiful at yours, and you have been enjoying your studio-time?

    Have a lovely last days of April!


  27. Fabulous canvas work Jane - they are all wonderful. Thank you for travelling with us at A Vintage Journey for this month's challenge. Best wishes Jennie x

  28. Great creation thank you for joining in at Polkadoodles. Have a great day and Keeeeeeeeeeeeeep Crafting Katie DT x

  29. Wow Jane, you did such a good job with these, they're fabulous! Great to see you again and so glad you're enjoying the workshops! Thank you for adding your inspiration to our challenge this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

  30. Hi Jane...all your panels are fabulous and its lovely to have you share your Spring Panel with us here at A Vintage Journey. Looks like you had a wonderful time at Brenda's workshop. Great texture and a fab floral x

    Hugs Annie x

  31. Love your canvases! Great texture. Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge this month :)

  32. Gorgeous! I love the texture, and the neutral colour scheme with a pop of bright colour on each! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  33. Well I finally got here Jane and your panels worked out so beautifully. Thanks for the shout out and link and so glad you enjoyed yourself. Thanks also for linking to Country View Crafts and A Vintage a Journey. Big hugs xxxx

  34. This is so very creative, love the idea of this project! Thank you for joining our 'anything goes' challenge at Crafty Catz and don't forget to come back tomorrow for a brand new theme.
    Anna xxx

  35. Hello Dear Jane, I am behind in commenting.
    I'm so glad you could go to this workshop. Isn't it fun to try something new.

    My Fave. is the bird square. I think these would be lovely with a hook and eye connectors.
    Curious to see what you'll do with them.
    Happiest May......
    Anne xx


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