MANDALA MADNESS

Hi There.

I have been taking an online class called Mandala Madness with Barb Owen at HowToGetCreative.com

This is an excellent, professionally set up site for anyone who is interested in mixed media, writing, journalling and stitching. Barb runs live streams from her workroom every Friday evening at 2pm EST (9pm BST) There is a different topic every week and one can take part in live chat or not depending on your interest. The live audience is eiher watching, joining in chat, following along with Barb or simply watching while doing one’s own work. Up to you.

One can sign up to the site for a taster  for 1$ and get a feel of it before committing to full membership, which gives access to all of the site, workshops and special member only live streams.

Mandala Madness is a separate course run from the site for members who have signed up for it. It has consisted of a series of workshops on different techniques, live video sessions for the lessons  and bonus classes, plus ‘Show and Tell’ sessions where one can see and hear what other students have done during the week. You can choose whether to be seen on screen or not… so there is nothing scary about it at all. All the sessions are recorded so if you can’t be there for some reason you can still watch, although I find it is not as much fun without the live aspect.

Here are a few of the Mandalas I have completed.  I still have more to do and will post when I do them.

AS USUAL, CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO ENLARGE AND SEE THE CAPTIONS.

These images are all drawn by eye. In some of them I used a compass to draw circles to work from, but the drawing is free hand.

The lacy ones start with a single white spot in the centre and are then worked out from there.

The last two are known as Zendalas as they are zentangle inspired using defined named patterns.

Such huge fun and relaxing to make these images.

 

 

 

 

VISIT TO THE FESTIVAL OF QUILTS

I thought I would share some images I took at the FOQ on Thursday. I had a most enjoyable day and whilst I could not see as much as I wanted because of mobility issues I did enjoy it. Two days later I have nearly recovered too! 🙂

I don’t have the names of all of the artists whose work I am sharing but they are all amazing. Some of them are from the prize winners section.

CLICK ON THE IMAGES FOR MY COMMENTS.

 

are’t they gorgeous? If you click on the images you can see my thoughts on each one and where I know the artist’s name I have included it.

Next are some from the Through Our Hands Stand.  First up are images of Laura Kemshall and Annabel Rainbow, painting a quilt in aid of Save The Children.

 

Next, two images from Linda Kemshall of her grandaughter Amelie.

 

Finally a few of the miniature portraits in the TOH gallery and two favourites out of many. They were all superb.

WORKSHOP WITH JEAN LITTLEJOHN

On Sunday I was lucky enough to get a place on a one day workshop with Jean arranged by my branch (Lutterworth) of the Embroiderers’ Guild.

It was an excellent day as always with Jean and I learned lots of new tricks, using my Embellishing machine. The topic was all about textures and layers and the subject matter was fields and hedgerows. Here are some images from the day, firstly of Jean’s work and then some from the members.

Sample of jean Littlejohn's work

Sample of Jean Littlejohn’s work

Another of Jean's

Another of Jean’s

This one is an altogthere lighter piece of Jean's. rea;;y fine and 'floaty'

This one is an altogether lighter piece of Jean’s. really fine and ‘floaty’

Next are two pages from her Sketchbooks.

Jean's work

Jean’s work

Another sketchook page

Another sketchbook page

The rest are all of member’s work.

Table laid out for Jean to review

Table laid out for Jean to review

Some were total beginners with the embellisher and I think there are quite a few new ones being bought now! 🙂

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A selection of closer views

A selection of closer views

Of course in a day we couldn’t start on big pieces of work so we were encouraged to make little gems showing techniques.

Jean is a really fun person to be with and a very giving tutor. I should love to meet her little grandson who loves to play in her workroom.

A most enjoyable day.

CROFT OPEN GARDENS

Today was the day to go and look at some of the gardens in my village. There were many more open than I managed to view…… it was very hot and of course a lot of walking … some of them unsuitable for me with my wheely walker 🙂

Th first one I visited was at The Old Butchery, no longer that but the buildings once used for such are still there. This garden was huge and had many ‘rooms’ to visit. There was something new and different around every corner and a big surprise at the bottom of it! Here are some of the shots I took.

Too late for the poppies here but I love the seed heads.

Too late for the poppies here but I love the seed heads.

Another 'room' with one of several sun rooms

Another ‘room’ with one of several sun rooms

There are fairies at the bottom of the garden

There are fairies at the bottom of the garden

Impish grin?

Impish grin?

This was round another corner, leading to yet another secret sitting place.

This was round another corner, leading to yet another secret sitting place.

And the big surprise the garden overlooks the working quarry! There are seats here too allowing one to sit and watch the wildlife

And the big surprise the garden overlooks the working quarry! There are seats here too allowing one to sit and watch the wildlife

Another view.

Another view.

Next I visited the Old School House this one really was too steep for me but I took some shots where I could get to.

Walking down from the house

Walking down from the house

A patio area with many pots near the potting shed.

A patio area with many pots near the potting shed.

Next was the old Rectory. Again… a very steep garden as the house on the side of Croft Hill. This is quite a landmark in an otherwise flat landscape in this area. In the old days people used to take a bus out to the hill for picnics. It is a good place for birdwatchers and is also known for butterflies and dragonflies.

This is the view from the rectory patio area.

This is the view from the rectory patio area.

Another view looking towards the vilage

Another view looking towards the village

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The brook, leading into the River Soare makes a good drinking spot for the cattle

The brook, leading into the River Soar makes a good drinking spot for the cattle

Finally some shots in the garden of Rose cottage….

Bill or Ben the flower pot man!

Bill or Ben the flowerpot man!

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I know this is a bit odf  weed but it's lovely!

I know this is a bit of weed but it’s lovely!

All in all a lovely day out. And the muffins and coffee at the Old Rectory were delicious!

IN THE GARDEN

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These poppies are like huge tissue paper balls on a plate! This plant had 11 blooms on it at one point

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Champagne Moment in bud

Champagne Moment in bud

And fully open

And fully open

Love the colour of this against the dark trees from next door

Love the colour of this against the dark trees from next door

Love the colours in this which is in a pot with verbina

Love the colours in this which is in a pot with verbina

Does anyone know what the name of this tree is? It is a variety of cherry…………….. I think from Australia originally. It has these fluffy blooms at this time of year and bunches of small inediable black fruit later.

 

Showing leaves and flowers

Showing leaves and flowers

Flowers in close up view

Flowers in close up view

It is about 12-15  feet high.

SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON HERE

My nephew has just bulit a lovely pond in their garden  and wanted some plants for it so we also visited the Aquatic area  while we were at the nursery and I found these…..

Reflections

Reflections

More reflections

More reflections

Aren’t they fun?

This is the pattern of a mimulus flower that fell from the plant he bought to put in his pond

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