Saturday, 13 April 2013

Coming to America.. Oh..and a Confession!


It's been a while so time to catch up and share what I have been up to and what I have in store the next few weeks.
Today I am going to be running a Decoart mixed media workshop at Barjan b Crafts in Leicester so really looking forward to that and on Sunday I will be travelling up to a new venue for me, The Craft Den in South Yorkshire to hold another workshop, by my calculations that's 554 miles driving this weekend so why I am writing this post at 3am this morning I have no idea lol!

I am flying out to the US in just over a week for 11 days to visit Decoart in Stanford Kentucky and boy am I excited, can't wait to meet everyone and take a look around.
I fly into Detroit first which is approx 8 hrs, then fly from Detroit to Lexington Blue Grass airport in Kentucky, luckily for me flying tends to send me asleep and to be honest I am normally catching Z's before the flight even takes off!
I am determined to post regular to facebook on my visit so I promise to keep you all updated.

Ok before I continue it's confession time....  I know some of you are aware of my past and my involvement with glitter, for those of you unaware here goes!
I used to own a creative studio that also held Children's birthday parties, one of the party options were Glitz parties where children would make bath bombs, glitter body gels and so on, needless to say cosmetic glitter was involved and that stuff gets everywhere,  I eventually earned the name of Twinkle in the local drinking hole because I was always covered in the stuff.
Now my housemate at the time was the main instigator of this nickname and delighted in calling me it, my revenge was imminent! I secretly poured half a bottle of Decoart's very fine sprinkle-on glitter Glamour dust into his shampoo and mixed this thoroughly, lets just say...... he twinkled for weeks lol!  (sorry Clive) :)

So here goes... (warning this may shock) a couple of projects combining Decoart glamour dust and Decoart glass stains on glazed white ceramics.








Heart Plaque



4x4" white tile




















6x6" white tile using just the glass stains and an Americana Gold writer.



Drizzling the glass stains looks very cool.




















Next up is Decoart So Soft fabric paint Painted onto a tshirt  using a brush, stamped and painted through stencils! They are soft, like fabric dyes, but do not require the addition of a medium or heat setting.





















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Bye for now,

Twinkle!

27 comments:

  1. A brilliant workshop thank you Andy, I know we all enjoyed it - have a good day in Sheffield!!

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  2. Glitter huh? Some things are better left to the unknown........lol.

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  3. have a wonderful trip!! =)

    and LOL, what a prank...love it, i bet clive did too... ;D

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  4. Twinkle twinkle little bat, how I wonder what you're at .....oh yes, you are off to the USA...........have a FABULOUS, EXCITING, INSPIRING time.

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  5. Who are you and what have you done with ANDY ;) only kidding, nice change of pace? lol. I love the t-shirt and the glass.

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  6. You need to sit with us on the naughty table at the next Barn class! Did the glitter improve his look??
    Love, love the t-shirt. Enjoy the States.
    Julia (short darkish one next to Mr Gould - I know you don't do names!!)

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    1. I know exactly who you are Julia lol

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  7. If you run into any problems when you come through Michigan, let me know....just email me at candice@mac.com, unless you get in trouble for glittering the whole plane and then you are on your own!! LOL

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    1. Thanks Candice... I will leave the glitter at home :)

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  8. Great post Andy and fabulous pieces. Have a blast in the US, can't wait to see what you come back with and new ideas. I've just got into FB more so will keep up and will be in a different part of the states.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  9. I knew you had used glitter even though you denied it!! Great T. shirt and the glass as Mark said. Have a good time in America. Love Francesca

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  10. Now I am speechless, Pops or twinkle, mmm. There seems there is no end of strings to your bow/guitar! Have a great trip and don't forget to come back, we need you here!

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  11. Thanks for the stories, Twinkle! I hope you enjoy your trip to KY. I've never been there at this time of year but the state is quite beautiful w/the rolling green, grassy hills and mountains. Your projects are amazing! Love them, especially the heart tile and t-shirt. Take care! :)

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  12. well then, its Twinkle from now on..... absolutely love the t-shirt, never thought of that and its one of a kind, no one else will have anything like it..... have a fabulous time in USA, looking forward to reading about your exploits...

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  13. I personally think Twinkle is a fine name. Of course my name is Boo so I might not be the best judge. Are you teaching while in the US? I live on the Tennessee/Kentucky border and would love to take a class from you.

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    1. Not this time Boo but hopefully in the future :)

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  14. Knowing your track record with practical jokes I am not surprised to hear this story at all!!!!!

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  15. you may think that that is glitery/blingy, however...it's not enough!!! I shall continue to try and bling it up Mr S! Have a great time in the US of A - bring us back some new techniques, but I will see you next weekend at the craft barn! can I add glitter into plaster? will that work?! TTFN

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  16. Andy, I was so excited when I read in your email - coming to the US! I was ready to sign up for your classes! Dang, I was so disappointed to discover you are simply coming for a visit to Decoart! Have you considered teaching classes here? I'd be one of the first to sign up!

    Love your works!

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    1. Hi Linda, I am sure it will happen at some point in the near future :)

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  17. Thank you for a wonderful day at Barjanb on Saturday I learnt so much from you ...can't wait for a play later on in the week with the products we bought at the end of the day ...have a wonderful time in the USA ..hope to see you at the end of the year at Barry's ...thanks again Andy x

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  18. Hahaha loved your shampoo story Mr. Twinkle :-)
    Must have been a great "revenge".

    Good luck in the US of A...the glass stain creations look very bright and modern!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  19. Andy, Twinkle is not a name I would have imagined you held, LOL.
    I met you last year doing the Rejoice class at the Craft barn, and have got some ideas how to use the technique you taught to us on some home projects, but stupidly did not write down all the steps, any chance you could let me know them, would really appreciate it, loving the t shirt painting and your stencils are to die for, hoped to get more from Ally Pally yesterday but only found one stand that had them and they had sold out on Saturday of most of them, good news for you but not for me, (sad face).

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  20. Oh California is not too far from Kentucky! How fun for you, but I did get all excited thinking there would be some classes near me! I am happy with online, but when I visit the UK it will be around one of your workshops!!! Have a great time!

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  21. Hi Twinkle!

    Thanks for a brilliant workshop at Craft Den. Looking forward to May.
    Lynne

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