Thursday, 1 June 2017

Back on Hochanda Tomorrow

Hello! We hope you're enjoying the short week. This is a quick post to let you know about our Hochanda programmes tomorrow.

Our newest design team member, Mandy-Jane - known to all as MJ - is taking over the reins and guest presenting on three shows, at 8am, 12pm and 4pm GMT.

Canvas by MJ...............

There will be lots of mixed media techniques on canvases and cards, some new products - including some new stamp sets that the rest of us are desperate to get our hands on - and of course, they wouldn't be Imagination shows without a special offer, or two.

Canvas by Martina..............

You'll find all the products in the shows on our page on Hochanda's website - many of you know by now that shopping ahead can be a very good idea........

We'll be cheering MJ on tomorrow and we hope you will too. She's a little nervous, but after last weekend's One Day Special baptism of fire we're sure she's going to be wonderful.

Canvas by Lisa B...............

By the way, if you'd like to see all the amazing samples created by our design team for the Art Deco One Day Special they're all in our Pinterest boards

That's it for now. We hope you can tune in to Hochanda tomorrow. Once again, programme times are 8am, 12pm and 4pm GMT.


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Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Art Deco Canvas by Martina Tidball

Good morning all, Martina here! Enjoying the sun? I know it’s a bit hot, but it is lovely to see bright skies every now and again. Not so great in my craft room though, it feels like an oven and when the heat gun goes on I really do melt! This week I would like to share with you a step-by-step guide showing how I created one of the canvases for the Imagination One Day Special on Hochanda last weekend.................

To start with I wanted to add some dimension to the corners, so I reached for my StructurePaste and used it through the Art Deco Corners stencil. Once this was dry, I reached for my 
Mixed Media Sprays in Fuchsia and Purple and spritzed directly onto the canvas. With a wet paint brush I dragged the colour across horizontally to create a divide and to blend the tones..............

One the canvas was dry, I wanted to create a ‘showbiz’ backdrop. I had no idea how to do this, so at this point there was a lot of playing! Taking a wet paint brush, I striped upwards from my horizon line to the edge of the canvas. After each stroke, I immediately blotted with a tea towel to ‘bleach’ the colour away. I repeated this several times until I was happy with the effect................

 The ‘lights’ looked a bit pale for the effect I wanted, so I decided to add some Pearl Starlight Wax to each stripe making a shimmery finish...........

I was getting there with my background, but I still wanted it to ‘pop’ a little more, so this time I used some Black Starlight Wax and watered it down to make a grey tone. Using a fine paintbrush I added a light stripe to the edge of each ray on the left-hand side.
In the bottom purple area of my canvas I wanted to create a floor. To do this I used the repeating pattern on the Art Deco Fan stencil and some more Pearl Starlight Wax.

To make my Structure Paste corners stand out, I replaced the stencil and stippled some Black Starlight Wax through it using a domed stencil brush.

Now my background was sorted, I needed to add my main features. I apologise here, as I think I got so involved I appear not to have taken many photos! I chose a font from my PC (I think it was called Broadway?) and typed my chosen sentiment, resizing to fit. Once I had thought about my positioning, I planned where I wanted my Deco ladies to sit. I masked the bench section from the Isobel stencil and used Black Starlight Wax to add it in. I then extended the bench by moving the stencil along slightly and repeating the process. Next, I changed the masking tape to mask the bench on both the Isobel and Sally stencils. Using the NEW Golden Delicious and Vineyard Sparkle Medium colours I added the ladies to the canvas and set aside to dry. The finishing touches were some gems from my stash.

There we have it: a complete experiment, but I think it turned out ok in the end!

The other samples I created for the ODS programmes can be seen in our 

Imagination Crafts will be back on Hochanda this coming Friday, June 2 at 8am, 12pm and 4pm GMT with our new design team member, MJ. 

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you again soon.


Structure Paste   ST Art Deco Corners      Mix Media Spray Ink - Fuschia    

Mix Media Spray Ink - Light PurpleStarlight Wax - Pearl    Starlight Wax - Black   

ST Art Deco Fan    18mm Stencil Brush        ST Sally    SM Vineyard - NEW!!      

ST Isobel     SM Golden Delicious - NEW!!