Sunday, May 26, 2013

Leisure Books Polymer Clay Class

As I said, I am glad to be working with polymer clay again.
Maybe playing with clay during my Gr 1 year has
left a lasting impression om me that I wasn't aware of.
 Maybe also the painting.......

 Ranger has a Distress ink called Stormy Sky. I used the
ink on the canvas and then sprayed it for a more distressed look.
It looks like Delft, I couldn't believe my eyes.

 To colour the clay, we used Perfect Pearls. (Also form Ranger)
The small silver element was covered in Silver Leaf.
Stamp the words Love and Memories with black Archival ink. 
The edges of the canvas are stained with the Distress Stains.
I used Black Soot and Stormy Sky.

Use a Crop-a-dile to punch holes in the Canvas panel
and thread a piece of gross grain ribbon through
the holes. Make a knot in front at both sides and you are
ready to hang your art work.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Mothers day Gift Tin

These tins were decorated during our class on the 11th of May.
Most of the girls said that they were going to keep their tins.
We used Alcohol inks to colour the lids and each one chose their own colours.

Then we decorated the lids with stickers and flowers.
With alcohol ink you never really know how the result will look like,
but that is exciting. If you want to experiment first, do it on a piece of acetate.
The sides of the tin were covered with paper and decorated with stickers.
And as always, you need to bling it up. Either with some
rine stones or flat back pearls.
Inside the tin are 18 small cards, some completed with
stamped words and small embellishments, The others more plain
and dry embossed.
The small Afrikaans stamps work wonderfully
with this size cards.
Also inside are decorative pins, ribbon, paper ribbon and
flowers. You can really fill it with anything you want.
Earlier this year we decorated the same tin for the
Creative Hobbies magazine but gave it a vintage feel.
Inside are memories of my Grand mother.
The next post I have lined up is all about the
polymer clay class we had with Leisure Books
at Diep in die Berg.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

Hi Everyone
as you know I am a few posts behind,
but I would first like to share a few photographs of
the Olive Festival that we went to.
It is an annual event held in the Riebeek Valley,
one of the most beautiful places in our country.
The day before the festival started we went on our own wine tour with
our friend Johan. He knows the region and he really knows his wine,
which was a huge benefit to us!
I love the smell of an old wine cellar and the old farms has a
special magic to them. Here you talk to the owner or the winemaker
and buy directly from them and of course you start tasting at eleven
o'clock in the morning!
The day the festival started all the stalls were fully stocked
and you could taste bread, honey, olives, wine,
preserves and lots more.

I liked the new way the sell olive oil. In a litre box.
Now it will stay fresher for longer, because no light or oxygen
can get to the oil. Brilliant.
I can't believe that I didn't buy one of these cupcakes....
Never pass up on a chance like this.

Later in the day we settled at Kloovenburg, bought a bottle of wine and
some cheese platters. Sat in the sun and soaked up the atmosphere,
the music, the colours and the smells.


Our last stop of the day was at a modern wine cellar, Pulpit Rock.
Excellent wine, wonderful atmosphere
and delicious food.
That night Johan, Sonia and the team (all of us)
made supper and kuiered on the stoep until very late.
Next year we are doing it again!