Wednesday 4 September 2013

Finnabair Workshop

It’s taken me a couple of days to get time to post again after getting back from my crafty travels (and beware this is photo heavy). Having blogged about my Tim Holtz adventure last week, this last weekend saw me travelling to Swindon to take part in a two day amazing workshop with Anna Dabrowska also known as Finnabair and OMG what an incredibly creative two days we had with this extraordinarily talented and charming lady. Anna is the epitome of all things artsy and is a fabulous teacher. We explored mixed media Finnabair style over four workshops creating a layout. canvas, journal cover and journal pages and what an exciting, refreshing and inspiring journey it was. I thought I would share these projects over at Frilly and Funkie as their new challenge is Anything Goes.

My layout…….

My Canvas

My journal and one of the double page spreads. (I have some things to finish yet!!)
Starting with a prima canvas journal with resist covers.
If you have already been lucky enough to spend time with Anna, you will know what I am talking about and if you have a workshop already booked you are in for a most amazing treat and if you haven’t then what are you waiting for? I came away with so many techniques to use, so many ideas and so much new enthusiasm to create. I am raring to go and just need to find some time. (I think Anna must have brought Mr Mojo back from Ireland for me and in the most amazing mood that I want to be at my desk for the next week).

Saturday’s group
Lesley, Alison (Butterfly), Me, Emma, Astrid, Tracey, Alison (CraftyTrog), Anna, Nicky, Gillian.
Alison, Me and Astrid.
Anna teaching.
Alison, Anna. Astrid, Me, Jools and Alison.
Intensely working away.
Thanks Anna, I loved each and every second and enjoyed your company over dinner.
I hope to do this again one day.
Hope everyone is having a brilliant week especially as the sun is shining.
Stay creative.
hugs {brenda} x0x


Jools Robertson said...


This is fabulous, your art pieces look beautiful
We were all so busy that its really nice to see them in greater detail, fab photography

I love the saturday group shot, could you let me have a copy?

Thanks for sharing the memories


Jools x

Deborah said...

Blown away by your Finnabair inspired projects, Brenda. Great to put names to faces too (I've met Alison - craftytrog before).

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow you were really at an exciting creative event. Your creations are awesone.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Terry said...

Brenda, these could not be more beautiful or perfect! Love each one my talented friend! Wow! The photos are so great and always fun to see people in real life! Big Hugs!

Helen said...

What a great post, I wish I could have been there! The photos of your projects are just amazing, I love them all, especially the colours you've chosen.

Kath Stewart said...

Wow wow wow can't wait for the Glasgow class now...stunning projects xxx

Minxy said...

Lovely to see your projects as didn't really get chance in class, had an amazing time with awesome company xo

Redanne said...

Oh my goodness Brenda, what fabulous creations, each and every one. What an inspiring lady Anna is, can hardly wait for my day with her in November now! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful experience. Hugs, Anne x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Looks and sounds like you had an amazing time and your pieces of art are wonderful. What a lovely way to spend a couple,of days. Tracy x

Von said...

Love love love your finished pieces Brenda and what fabulous company we were in :)
Von ♥

TAM said...

What incredible artwork everyone produced - it looks like you all had an amazing time

Rita said...

What a fabulous time you had Brenda. Stunning canvas too. Hugs Rita xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous pieces Brenda each and everyone of them and I feel so lucky that I was able to see them all IRL!!
It was fantastic meeting you at last and I want to thank you for all your kindness, the lifts to and from the venue, the drinks, the laughs and above all the many happy hours creating with you! I sincerely hope we can meet again very soon!!! xoxo

Jennie Atkinson said...

Absolutely fabulous pieces Brenda and so lovely to put faces to so many blogging friends.

Kathyk said...

WOWser, looks like you had such a great time and such SPLENDID projects


Gram's Treasures said...

Gorgeous creations! Sounds like you had a splendid lucky duck!
Joyce xx


Stunning artwork Brenda - I love all of it! What an amazing crafting experience - I can understand why you felt so inspired.
I enjoyed reading about your TH class too - he really is awesome - I attended one of his classes in Harrogate a couple of years ago. (I enjoy trying things which are out of my comfort zone)!!
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Glennis F said...

Absolutely stunning Brenda, don't you have the most amazing workshops to attend in UK - nothing like that here I'm afraid

Nichola said...

Beautiful, beautiful pieces. Love each one of them :)

Tincan Crafter said...

Brenda, your journal is just awesome. I love the lilac pages the best - the metal filigree flowers are so eyecatching. Thanks also for coming by my blog!

Paula Whittaker said...

Looks and sounds like an amazing weekend - something to treasure in all ways.

Daniele said...

amazing creations, gosh what a huge amount of embellisments on those creations, my fave has to be the blues and greens journal cover......gorgeous project, looking forward to seeing all the rest of your inkilicious creations

Jenny Marples said...

I can feel the waves of creativity emanating from you from here!!! So glad you had such a positive and inspiring time in the company of such wonderful people. Love your projects. It would be great to see these irl some time. Hugs, Jenny x

Jane said...

O wow Brenda,just amazing work especially the canvas and the journal pages...just many layers and colours. I can see how much your recent workshops have inspired, looking forward to your pieces of art. You need to do a class........on a Thursday.....;0) Hugs xx

Berry said...

This is just stunning Brenda you really do make the most beautiful pieces! Looks like you had a great time too hugs Rebekah xx

Meggymay said...

Wow, gorgeous creations. Thanks for sharing your photos of your amazing weekend.
Yvonne x

Paper Profusion said...

Truly fabulous pieces Brenda! Fantastic to see all the photos. Your enthusiasm is so so refreshing - thank-you for sharing. Nicola x

ElizabethR said...

Everything is just so gorgeous and how lovely to put names to faces, thank you. And did I spot Neet at the back of the first photo? Elizabeth xxx

1CardCreator said...

Wow what a beautiful array of art, looks like you all had fun! ~Diane

Karin said...

wow it sounds like fun, and what gorgeous creations you made!
Groetjes Karin

Annie said...

Hi Brenda x looks like you had fun and your projects are fabulous. I can't wait to meet Anna. Great photographs x crafty hugs
Annie x

Mrs.B said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend - and such amazing project too. Love the photos.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend - and such amazing project too. Love the photos.
Avril xx

Sandy said...

Loved all the pictures Brenda and you makes look wonderful. How lucky you were to be able to attend this workshop and I am pea green with envy. The only thing we get around here is bears!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

What exquisite work, Brenda!

Lucy x

kateri said...

I love, love, love your art. It's absolutely amazing. Ok, I have to admit it, I am not only in awe of your work but also that you got to take a class taught by FINNEBAIR. I think she is an amazing artist. The paper that she designed is stunning. Thanks for sharing your art with us.

Anonymous said...

You will find me at a loss for words as this is breathtaking - from the focal images to the colours and skill.
Then those wonderful photographs and memories you have.
Such a lovely post.

Words and Pictures said...

What a wonderful weekend it was... It was such a joy to work/play alongside you, and see these beautiful creations emerge. Thank you so much for the lifts, the laughter and the lending of all the things I managed to arrive without!!
Alison xx

Nan G said...

Beautiful beautiful pieces! Looks like everyone had a fab time! Love the pics. Thanks for sharing!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

You took grand photos girl!!! Love your projects! It's amazing how everyone's are so different.

Véro said...

Whouah,fabulous!Great job!

Laura said...


trisha too said...

SO much gorgeous, all in one post, and all the great pics of the class.

Thank you for posting, Brenda--I'm such a snoop, I always love it when bloggy friends share what they're doing like this!


nefertiti said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!just fabulous!!!I love these projects!!!!
and lucky girl to have met Finnabair!!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

What a wonderful post! Having taken those same classes in July it's especially fun to see your spin on these projects. Wasn't Ania a delight?!?!? I know exactly what you mean about feeling all revved up and creatively charged. Lovely pics! And what a great group of women you were with... so many familiar faces I'd love to one day meet!

Inkypinkycraft said...

These are absolutely stunning, the delicate layers colours and such beautiful details to look at . Your head must be awash with ideas! Hugstrace x

Jenny Marples said...

So pleased you've joined us at Frilly and Funkie with this Brenda. Hugs, Jenny x

craftimamma said...

I can't understand how I missed the original link to this Brenda but better late than never. I would hate to have missed this post!

It was a fantastic weekend wasn't it and lovely to have met you. I didn't get to see your projects on the weekend (I had all on keeping up, lol!) so great to see them now. They are all fabulous and such lovely group photos too. Something else I didn't get time to take :-(.

My OH looked at me as if I'd finally lost it when I gave him a big soup mug and told him to put his used teabags in it for me ..... I don't drink tea, lol! It's stewing nicely, urgh!

Lesley Xx