Friday, 22 January 2016

Touchable textures

Last week I attended one of Brenda Brown's workshops. I really love going to them as Brenda always has such unique ideas for the projects. Last week was no exception and the name of the workshop was Taking the rough with the smooth". It was all about creating different textures using Decoart products.  This is Brenda's board and she took us through all the 9 different textures, 1 at a time.
Brenda's board had a French theme but I decided to try a different theme...the season's.
A very pleasant day was spent creating the 9 tiles and I learnt so much.
 Here is Brenda in action
Here is our group in action, well actually eating lunch whilst crafting ;0) 
 I sat at this space on the right next to a lovely fellow crafter called Hazel,
Hazel used pinks and reds for her colours. Here she is finishing up, I loved  her boards.

Below are my spring and summer boards coming together.  
I managed to get all my textures bar 1 finished at the workshop. I need to make the last tile and the backing board at home and I finally got some time to do this on Thursday.
This is the tile I finished below.

I added WOW embossing to the wet texture paste which you will see in the photo below.

I added some seasonal die cuts and remnant rub numbers so that I can check out which technique it represents. I put some rivets through my board, added the string and here is my finished seasons' texture board.
and here are the textures seasons by season.

Spring showing stamped texture paste and stencilled crackle.
 Summer showing textured collage and rusted enamel.
 Autumn showing crinkled low and highlights and layered shapes.
 and Winter showing subtle layered shapes and textured wallpaper
 The centre tile is weathered white....I decided to add some die cuts from each of the seasons to the 4 corners to link my board together.
I will hang my board up in my studio, it will be a useful reminder of the many textures I can use with my mixed media work. It was a really lovely crafty day, thanks to Brenda and I look forward to the next one.

I would like to enter my textures board into the following challenges;

Pixie's snippets playground  3/3 #212 I used a snippets of card for my die cuts flower and a snippet of twine for the hanger.
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Rhedd's creative spirit anything altered art
Crafty friends  anything goes
Simon says stamp Mondays  best friends Brenda is the very best of teachers and also a great blogging friend too ;0)
We love to create  #2 anything mixed media
WOW embossing challenge anything goes  
Anything but cute Ring out the old...bring in the new all these Decorart products are new to me, my favourites are the gorgeous crackle and the blue paints I used for the winter tiles.
Crafty calendar something new these are mostly all new texture techniques for me.
Country View crafts Be inspired by Bottles...I was inspired by dozens of gorgeous Decoart acrylic paints and chose the ones above.
Moving along with the times 1/3 wet or dry embossing I have used wet embossing on tiles 4 and 9
Winter wonderland 1/3 something new my new are all these great Docrafts paints and lovel textures.
Craft heaven 1/3 something old something new old are the die cuts I added to my tiles my new are all these lovely Decoart paints and textures.
Craft your passion 1/3 anything goes

Thanks for all the birthday wishes you left for my Hb on Wednesday. We had an amazing day and lunch at the Shard was just incredible...and the sun shone too. I will have a sort out of my photos I took and will be back with a post (and a Moment) very soon.

 Another weekend is here again and it looks like milder temperatures are returning here in the south. It has been a bitterly cold week so it will good to warm up a little again.

Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get some time to be creative, it's certainly not gardening weather! Welcome to my latest follower too, it's great to see you joining my creative journey here.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. These look amazing, looks like you had an great day, x
    Thanks for joining our challenge at MAWTT, xxx

  2. Oh my gosh Jane - just wait until SaRn feasts her eyes on these! Just fabulous and the combined end result is perfect!


    Di xx

  3. Wow I love what you made, Jane, and I love Brenda's creation for you!

    Lucy x

  4. Hello again Jane... its so lovely to read your posts and see your projects... looks like you had a lovely time and the end result is absolutely gorgeous, I love all the little tiles all together. Thanks for entering in to the 'Anything Goes' challenge over at CRAFTY FRIENDS... good luck in the draw and hope to see you again.
    Diane Louise (DT) xx

  5. Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and sharing such fabulous design squares. Love them all. Zx

  6. These texture boards are beautiful Jane! I love the example Brenda made and I love yours too.
    Thank you so much for your very kind comments recently x
    Wishing you a very happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  7. I love the theme you chose Jane, your seasons board looks brilliant, of course I love the spring section best of all! :) Just thinking how much my daughter would love Brenda's!
    So glad you and M had a great day out for his birthday, looking forward to those London images.
    Enjoy your weekend my fried, it was like Spring here today, bright, sunny and 12C, hope it lasts,
    V xxx

  8. stunningly beautiful work Jane - I have been looking forward to this post after seeing you in photos on Brendas post! Looks amazing - wonderful work! Big hugs rachel x

  9. It does look like you had fun creating this board. wish I had been there! Your tiles are fab and I like you r theme of depicting the seasons. Thankyou for sharing with us at Crafting From The Heart. Hugs ValeryAnne. D.T.

  10. Wow... what a beautiful group of mini masterpieces... Love the idea of doing the seasons and what a great way to refer back to a texture technique that you really enjoyed and want to implement into a new art piece. Thank you for creating with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit

  11. Awesome. Thank you for joining us over at Craft Your Passion challenge. Look forward to seeing you again. I am so following your blog. It rocks.

    Tammi, CYP DT

  12. HI Jane!
    My! That class looks like it was a lot of fun indeed!
    I love your tile, so pretty! I had never heard of anything like that before!
    Thank You for sharing~

  13. Wow, wow, wow my friend, you did an amazing job with all nine tiles and then adding the seasons elements was sheer masterful. I love your finished creation, the colours and added elements are prefect. So glad you enjoyed the day and want to do more lol. See you soon.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  14. Wow Jane, this is just incredible! How lucky are you to get to meet all these fabulous crafters and learn from the best designers. I'm so jealous!! You really put together a great piece and I'm excited for you to get familiar with DecoArt, they have such great products! Love the snowflake panel and those crackle feathers! Brilliant design Jane!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Bring in the New' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  15. Absolutely fabulous work , love all little mixed media tiles..guess you had lots of fun during the workshop..good luck at Crafty Friends ! hugs Blankina

  16. What a great workshop.. I bet it was so much fun. I love your end result. I hope you win your contests! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  17. What a lovely card Jane. I enjoyed looking at your photos. Your workshop looks like great fun and you certainly did lots. Great textures and a perfect snippets card. Barbxx

  18. This is a genius idea and it looks like such a fun and inspiring way to showcase different textures! Awesome sauce idea to use the Seasons as your theme! My favorite has to be Autumn but all are fantabulous! Seems like you had a blast and you so lucky to be able to go to a class like this! Wowzers! DecoArt products are amazing!

    Thanks for joining in our "Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New" challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugz ~Niki DT

  19. Just beautiful Jane, love all the different textures. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Winter Wonderland. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

  20. What a wonderful work! There are so much stunnig textures and colors!
    Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbarayaya

  21. The tiles are such a great size to use to experiment with new techniques and the fabulous DecoArt products - your finished tiles look fabulous Jane! I particularly love the Autumn coloured tiles but they are all beautiful! How wonderful to take classes with Brenda too!

    Thanks so much for joining in our 'Ring out the Old, Bring in the New' challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Anne DT xx

  22. Wonderful work! Thank you so much for joining our Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  23. Wonderful project. All the tiles are beautifully representative of your Seasons theme. The colours and textures are fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  24. What a blast! I so wish I could have joined you - this is top notch! Love it and love every detail!

  25. OH WOW . . these tiles are fantastic. Cor, what a fab workshop to go to.

    It's Hooch o'clock at the Tree house later! Be there or be square.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  26. Wow Jane this is fabulous. I love the texture you have created. Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland this week.
    Crafty hugs

  27. I adore these mini works of art and beautifully collect to make a is stunning.
    Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit....x

  28. I just love these! Looks like such fun to learn! Thanks for sharing with us at Moving Along with the Times.


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