Sunday, 8 December 2013

Bah! Humbug!

Just look what she made me do! This is going to spoil my reputation!
How am I supposed to maintain the 'grumpy old git' image with our house bedecked in all this jollification?

The biggest worry is that it may attract carol singers. They shouldn't be too difficult to deal with - I'll keep a bucket of cold water at the ready. I'm feeling better already.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Autumn newsletter is out

I've finished BADFA's autumn newsletter and sent off the link to the email subscribers.
The CDs will follow later in the week.
Let's hope all the members enjoy it.

Would you like to get a copy every quarter? Better join BADFA then!

Monday, 28 October 2013


Not long before I get creative again!

In a couple of weeks I will be off to Wantage,  for the last in my current round of workshops with Andy Skinner.

I'm not sure what the project is gonna be, but it will great ... just a matter of time ... the clock is ticking ...

If I get time, I tell you all about it.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Meeting of minds ...

The BADFA committee met today, at chez chairman, just inside the M25. All us country folk survived the experience with more than six hours of concentrated discussion.

The main topic of the day was our 2014 Convention, planned for 31 May/1 June in Crick, Northamptonshire. We have moved forward, and we are making more detailed plans, now we have a better idea of what we want to achieve. Will there be a 'big name'? How many seminars will be on offer? How much will it all cost?

There was plenty of other, mundane committee stuff to wade through, but at the close of play we knew we had made progress. Oh, there were a couple of less mundane topics, too, but you won't read about them here!

The problem with any voluntary group is, well, finding volunteers. We are still trying to find a replacement membership secretary, and other posts will be up for election next year. How will fill the empty seats?

Luckily, in BADFA, the current committee are all like minded, and are happy to have open and honest discussions - that makes decision making easier.

Members, the newsletter will be out in early November.

Onward, and upward! Now where's that list of jobs I have to do ... ?

Monday, 30 September 2013

Decorative Folk Artist - Autumn Edition 2013

I am starting the autumn edition of BADFA's members' newsletter, so this is a gentle reminder to those who are preparing to submit an article.

Closing date for submissions is 15 October. I would rather have plain text in the body of an email with your pictures as attachments, than formatted Word documents.

I am happy to receive complete projects, techniques ideas and suggestions and useful tips. You don't have to worry about spelling or grammar, punctuation or layout - I will sort that before publication.

So there is no excuse - get brush to canvas, and pen to paper.

If you need the email address, leave me a comment and I'll send it.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Another day out - with Andy Skinner

On Saturday Julie and I went back to The Stamp Attic in Wantage for another day's colour and experimentation with Andy Skinner.

Oddly enough we didn't know what to expect and, for technical reasons, Andy had changed his planned day for something a little different.

It was a day of mixed media; a cheap mirror, heavy weight art card, glue, gesso, texture medium, colours, stamps, a fascinating piece of machinery, and a secret ingredient.

Here are our final results. Julie finished hers with Payne's Grey, and I used Burnt Umber.

We both started with the same basic colours, but the end results are completely different. Another fun day, and a welcome relief from the stress of moving house!

Watch out for the next edition of The Decorative Folk Artist for more ideas and techniques. Next edition is early November and is for BADFA members only.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Remember the 90s?

We are getting ready to move house, and we've just found those boxes we packed last time we moved. Actually some were packed when we moved nearly 15 years ago. And I found some of my old Duncan and Gare teachers things from the days when we had our own teaching studio, and I was the UK's only male ambassador for Duncan products.

For those who can remember back to the mid-90s, we took over Ower Hobby Ceramics and re-named it to Studio Minerva. It was in Rumbridge Street, Totton. Ah! Those were the days. Must see if there are any photos for you.

What I did find, together with the teaching materials, projects and guides, was my teachers badges and Duncan Shield. It is the little things that mean so much ...

Decorative Folk Artist - Summer 2013

I've been slogging away at the next edition - the first since our annual convention in Swindon - and it will be sent out to our email subscribers very soon. The CD subscribers will be a few days later.

There are some interesting and thought provoking articles; I tell you about my day with Andy Skinner, Gill Hobbs starts her new series of projects for beginners, and not-so-beginners, Dorothy Oliver tells us what she things of the BADFA collection, and Ann Patmore describes her time spend with one of our popular teachers.

So, if you are a member of BADFA, the Summer edition will soon be with you. If you are not a member of BADFA, then you should be.

Don't forget to drift by our web site to keep up to date with the latest goings-on! incase you were wondering.

Friday, 5 July 2013

A fine pair ... er, pear.

Just had a look at Andy Skinner's recent post - It's all gone pear shaped.

Andy has created a beautiful pear over a textured background, using mixed media products, including DecoArt Traditions colours, crackle paste, Flitter glue and mega flakes. It's no good gazing at it here - click on over to Andy's blog and see the full details.
Andy skinner mixed media painting decoart

Monday, 3 June 2013

It's all over

... but everyone is getting primed up for our next convention.

The three days with Priscilla we a success. Everyone had fun, whether painting, eating, drinking or running round making sure everything was as it should be.

During the AGM, for my sins, I got volunteered to take over the association's web site, Don't go looking for changes just yet! I haven't found my way round the site. But when I have, that will be the place to find out what's happening.

As soon as there is something new I'll let you know.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013


There is certainly a buzz in the air around BADFA (British Association of Decorative and Folk Arts) at the moment.
Friday sees the start of this years convention and AGM and, for those lucky enough, and quick enough to book a place, three days of painting with America's First Lady of decorative art, Priscilla Hauser.
Priscilla Hauser
The first two days she will be teaching her gorgeous rose technique, and on Sunday a beautiful poppy design. Of course not everyone gets to paint, some of us (me!) will be duty gopher. That should be go-fer, because they'll be shouting, "Go fer clean water, go fer more paint, go fer more coffee".

The event is all booked up now, but if you want to pop along to the Campanile Hotel, in Swindon, over the weekend to have a chat or see what we get up to, there will be someone on hand to answer your questions.

Flutterby Crafts of Thatcham, Berkshire, will be there to sell you whatever you need to satisfy your painterly urges, too.

Anyway, I shall be Cinderella for the weekend, 'cos I won't be going to the ball.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Linda Lock

Last year BADFA (British Association of Decorative and Folk Arts) ran a seminar with Linda Lock from British Columbia, Canada. I did one of the three days, a butterfly with silver foil wings.
The technique used blending for the background and clover flower, and tube lining with texture medium for the raised outline. Of course, the wings are silver (or in this case, aluminium) foil.

The random script is more tube lining with texture medium.

Read more about Linda Lock and her techniques at

Leave a comment, tell me what you think.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Let's get started

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