Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Ministry of Mixology 2015

It has been a very busy week and weekend for me with prepping a workshop project and teaching in Bedfordshire on Saturday and then after I had finished I was able to drive on up to Coventry and meet up with some of my wonderful AVJ sisters at The Ministry of Mixology retreat. 


This amazing event was organised by Di and Tony from Tando Creative and featured the extremely talented Andy Skinner and Michelle Webb as tutors. I also spent 2 hours demoing on Saturday evening before Jennie (Live the Dream) and I could get to the bar for something to eat and sadly we didn't get any photos of this to share. But I was able to meet up with Alison (Words and Pictures), Anne (Redanne) and Julie (Juliz Design Post) as well and spend time with all of them during the workshop on the Sunday. It was so relaxing to then be the other side of the table.


We made covers for a notebook using DecoArt media line acrylic paints and mediums .....



.... and Andy's Industrial Elements.


Each of the cogs, nuts, bolts and screws are from the kit and made of chipboard, but you wouldn't think that to look at them here would you?



Andy was also very generous with give-aways during the day and you can see here a fabulous stencil set that I won from the DecoArt range. Thanks Andy.


I was so busy enjoying myself I didn't take any photos, but here are a couple Julie's husband too of us AVJ teamies.




Off to get some planning done for my next workshops.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx


Update - I've just nicked this from Andy's FB page - I'm sure he won't mind xxx


15 comments:

Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome book cover, Brenda. How wonderful to be able to meet up with fellow crafty friends!

Redanne said...

It was a wonderful day Brenda and great to meet up with you, Alison, Jennie and Julie (and Jenny B on Friday night) and I love your cover! Hugs, Anne xx

rachel said...

looks like a wonderful time! Hugs rachel x

Gina said...

Glad that you had such a lovely time. Your notebook cover made me feel very nostalgic ... all the rusty metal cogs and peeling paint (good old days of heavy industry lol) XXX

Candy C said...

Brenda, this is so cool! I just love Andy's techniques and style. These Tando pieces are just amazing and I am so jealous that they are not available in the US. You did a fantastic job on this.

Joi at RR said...

Wow - Andy did you up proud.... and you took it and ran - SUPER FAB project - WOW. Sounds like so much fun to be with your teamies and create with the best!!! You fit in perfectly!! j.

Daniele said...

what a great book cover, the rust effect is amazing.Hopefully they will have a another retreat next year.
hugs x

Anita Houston said...

Lucky you!!! This is awesome! I'd love to take a class like this, and all the artsy friends are a bonus!

Jane said...

Great covers Brenda, what a busy weekend for you. How super to catch up with your AVJ teamies....Wendy's workshops seems like moons ago now. Happy days xx

Lynn Price said...

How lovely to see you all - sounds like a fabulous workshop!! And love your covers, Brenda - looks like you learned even more cool rust techniques! xxx Lynn

Lynne Gilbert said...

Such a brilliant weekend. Enjoyed every minute. Your makes are great. Here's to the next one. See you there!

Annie said...

How lovely to get together x I am sorry not to have been there x love the book cover and the cogs look wonderful x hope you manage a little R & R soon
TFS and hugs Annie x

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful project -those gears sure do look just like heavy rusted metal! How lovely that you met up with all the girls - SO jealous!!! Julia xx

Susanne said...

It was very nice meeting you there at the very inspiring retreat. I liked your demos on Saturday evening a lot.

butterfly said...

Well, this one I've seen in real life, at every stage of its existence! Fabulous to be able to meet up again, and I even don't hate the photos!!
Alison xx