Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Blab with Andy and Tracy – Dec. 9th!

We will be back blabbing on Wednesday, December 9th LIVE
We had so much fun with our first one that Tracy and I have arranged to do not one but TWO more Blabs! The first will be as follows:

When:  Wednesday, December 9th
Time:  12:00noon (PST), 2:00pm (CST), 3:00pm (EST) for those in the USA and 8:00pm (GMT) for those of you in the UK! Make sure to check your local time zones.
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What is it you may ask? It's a live, jointly held chat session; a chance for us to Blab together and interact directly with you. It will be an open session where you can ask us absolutely anything you like. All you need is a Twitter account to login FREE to Blab and you can watch directly on your phone or computer. Learn more about BLAB HERE.

During the Blab will have 3 GIVEAWAYS! The first one will be given out first thing and for a chance to win it, all you need to do is submit a question to us. You can leave it here on my blog or on our Facebook Walls:  Andy Skinner or Tracy Weinzapfel and we will pick our favorite question to win a prize! We will have two more giveaways during our Blab session so you won't want to miss out on the fun!

Our second Blab will be a LIVE Dare to Create from CHA and will take place on Monday January 11th at 10:00am-12:00noon PST. We are really excited about doing a live show broadcast and more details will follow on this nearer the time.

I hope you will join us for one or both sessions and get those questions coming!


Monday, 23 November 2015

Ministry of Mixology 2015

I know it's a bit late in the day but this is the first chance I've had to report back on the Ministry of Mixology event that took place in Coventry earlier this month, 120 class spaces in 2 days!

This was our first (but almost certainly not last) Ministry event - a joint venture between DecoArt, myself and Di Oliver at Tando Creative. As I'm a little behind with my blogging, we've had lots of feedback on the weekend already and I am happy to say it was mostly very positive indeed!

I had a fun but furious two days of teaching an altered notebook class using my Tando Industrial Elements kit and, of course, lots of DecoArt product. I think the delegates really liked it - there were certainly lots of smiling faces around the room. What I liked most about the sessions was the variety in the finished items - although everyone followed the exact same techniques we got so many different results.

The other class at the weekend was offered by my colleague Michelle Webb (who you may know from the DecoArt Design Team), whose beach-themed box frame also went down a storm with attendees. I think this project shows off the vibrancy of the DecoArt Media paints beautifully.

Outside of the workshops, we had lots of demos plus a free Folk It! mini workshop, so I need to send out a big thank you to all those who gave of their time so freely and taught with such enthusiasm. We also had a messy table which proved very popular and a very busy Tando shop!

All in all a wonderful weekend of creativity and fun - watch this space for news about the next one (although don't nag me too much - I have a lot of show prep to do between now and January!).

I will leave you with a recap video of the weekend.

And finally some fab feedback!

“Fabulous weekend, great class by Andy.  Well organised with shop, refreshments and lunch.  Overall fab experience, would love to see it as a yearly event.  Can we have it further south?”
“Wonderful, please do many more”
“Enjoyed every minute and it’s fantastic to have something in the Midlands”
“Fab workshop, brilliantly explained and Andy and his crew were brilliant and the shop was fab, would love to attend another”
“I really don’t think anything could possibly improve Andy’s course!  It has been brilliant and I have learned so much.  Thank you to everyone involved”
“Thoroughly enjoyable workshop.  Thank you Michelle.  Timing was good, facilities fab.  Wonderful day, certainly do a similar workshop.  Thanks to all”
“It was absolutely FABULOUS!  Michelle is a great teacher and the Tando Beach set is gorgeous – will buy another!  Hotel has been fab, lovely helpful staff – great food and refreshments.  A really great project!  I love DECOART products and have bought loads!  Thank you so much”
“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing weekend in Coventry.  I didn't get a chance to fill out the feedback form at the time as I was dashing for a train, but wanted to say I thought it was brilliantly organised.  Both workshops were fantastic (I was with Michelle on Saturday and Andy on Sunday), great teaching, great set-ups and great kit to play with.  I loved the idea of the "play area" so that you could try out stuff when off-duty.  The food was great throughout the weekend (I was a bit worried at lunch on the Saturday when I came out to find almost empty platters, but just a couple of minutes later they arrived from the kitchen with fresh supplies!)”.


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Painting in Poland

If you've missed me over the past week that's because I've been over in Poland sampling the vodka and teaching some workshops. Our distributor over there, Decoratorium, worked with me to organise some training days for retailers to introduce them to the DecoArt Media line.

A lovely group of delegates from across Poland enjoyed two days of tutoring, where we altered some sketchbooks using a variety of Media line products and my Tando Creative industrial kit.

I had a couple of days before my workshops to look around the city of Poznan, where we were based. It's a city with some beautiful sights and I had a fun time exploring and practicing my photography skills.

They even had a micro brewery at the hotel I was staying at - I felt right at home!!!

I've got a couple more European appearances lined up in Germany, Greece and Italy next year which I really looking forward to! 


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Did you miss our Blab?

If you missed Tracy Weinzapfel and I Blabbing last week you can now catch the repeat on YouTube. I promise the matching ensembles is pure coincidence although it did raise some virtual eyebrows.

We are hoping to Blab again before Christmas and we'd love to know what YOU would like to chat to us about.


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Blab Q&A and Live Chat

The terrible twosome strikes back! Yes Tracy Weinzapfel and I are getting together again following our Dare to Create adventures - but this time just to Blab. We'd love to invite you to join us on Wednesday 4th November on

Some of you may be wondering... what on earth is Blab? Basically it's a social media platform on Twitter which allows us to interact directly with other Twitter users in a live broadcast. We'll be hosting a Q&A session and general chat (undoubtedly with some silliness thrown in for good measure). Ask us your art-inspired questions - or any other burning questions you may have (note: we reserve the right to plead the fifth!).

When:  Wednesday, 4th NovemberTime:  12:00 pm (PST), 2:00 pm (CST), 3:00 pm (EST) for those in the USA and 8:00 pm (GMT) for those of you in the UK! (make sure you check your local time zones as the broadcast is live).Where:

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All you need is a Twitter account to login FREE to Blab. Below is a video which tells you a bit more about the service.

We think this is a great way to connect with other artists, share our creativity and have some fun! We hope you will join us! You never know what might happen.........