Wow, just wow! Two exciting things happened this week. It is school holidays (term break) in Western Australia and I have had the most lovely five days travelling around the rural Great Southern region of our state. Three of my artist friends and I set off on Sunday to begin our road trip pursuing the 2018 Southern Art and Craft Trail. We saw the most amazing artworks, met fabulous artisans who are passionate about their work and who happily shared their techniques and medium knowledge. It was a great experience and we have all come back inspired by what we saw and heard. We also picked up a few art supplies along the way, after viewing some paintings and speaking with one artist, Terri Pikora, we had to have some cold wax!
Know idea what that is? We didn’t know either. It is a medium which you can use that gives the appearance of encaustic wax without all the mess and heating. You can create luscious layers of translucent colours, embed materials in your work and if using oil paint, it speeds up the drying process. You can get several different versions/brands, we managed to track down some Langridge Wax Paint Paste. I can’t wait to try it out and see if it works with a range of mixed media techniques.
We also saw lots of amazing scenery, vast farming land, extraordinary coastline and amazing forest. We got lost several times, laughed a lot, ate wonderful meals made from local produce and sampled local wines, whiskey and gin. Here’s a little spot we ended up at after the GPS, nicknamed Roberta, got us lost.
Exciting thing number two… whilst I was away I was selected as the September Counterfeit Kit Challenge showcase member. Given that it is my first attempt at the CKC I was very surprised to be chosen. It has been a great experience joining in with the challenge. I have enjoyed all the little challenges, the sharing of others and the encouragement to use up what you already own. If you haven’t heard of CKC you can check them out on FB, Instagram and their website.
My latest layout, number 8, was created just before I went off on the art trail journey. It is a simple layout. I used one of my leaf stamps to make long strands of leaves, I stamped the leaves onto 12″ strips of patterned paper and then fussy cut them out. I fixed the leaf strands on to the background cardstock and woodgrain paper. Then I added some simple embellishments and the title. The photo is of trees which my husband is growing to later sell as mature trees.
I am looking forward to seeing the October CKC kit, there have been sneak peaks on FB. I am loving those colours and the woodgrain. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates with their version of this month’s challenge kit. Keep creating and enjoy the last day of September. I will be trying to get a couple more layouts completed from my counterfeit kit.