A Fabulous Day – Hels Sheridan Meltpot workshop at Craftique, Hessle
I just want to say a big thank you to Amanda at Craftique in Hessle (where I here you ask, its near Hull in East Yorkshire) for putting on this workshop with Hels Sheridan.
We had so much fun, made friends and just had a fabulous day.
The meltpot is one of the things you see being demonstrated on TV and think “I have got to have one of those”, so you buy it get it home and try and have a go just as they showed you on tv or put it to one side till you have the time to have a proper go with it.
Is this you?, I know it was me, you NEED to go on one of these work shops, Hels Sherridan does workshops all over the country( check her blog for workshop dates for next year) and there are plenty of Craft shops etc that put on work shops even without the lovely Hels.
If in the East Yorkshire area just check out Craftique’s web site to see what workshops they are putting on next year. Amanda and her staff were great and helped make it a really enjoyable day.
Our workshop was for a full day 10am till 4pm with tea/cffee breaks and lunch all included.
We were given a deep square canvas and 2 small canvases which we had to paint using a spatula to scrape it on using different colours in layers.Then stamping onto 1ply serviettes the images we wanted in a permanent black ink. That was the prep work done, now we got to play with the melt pots.
First, using a project pan we used bees wax. Once this had melted we used it to paint the stamped serviette onto the canvases, dabbing on extra around the edges to build up layers.
Mica powder was then dabbed around the edges over the wax and gently polished to add some lustre.
Now out with the project pan and in with the UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder). Hels showed us the different effects you can get by adding the meltpot inks, coloured UTEE, mica powders, and the Metallic UTEEs and then pouring into moulds, pouring onto texture treads or stamps and using cutters to get different shapes. (There were a lot of oohs and aahs during this demo). Then it was our turn play, some of the moulds we were given to use were amazing (so going to have to get some of these) Amanda did say that she would be getting them into stock in the New Year. Here are what I managed to produce. love the green.
To finish off we painted the sides of the canvases black just using cut and dry foam (so much easier than a brush) and then it was just a case of deciding where to stick what , hmm
I haven’t quite decided yet, I have got it on my table now and just keep moving things round, adding, taking away hmm we’ll see.
This is one workshop that I can thoroughly recommend though and thanks again to Hels and Amanda and to the rest of the ladies there for a really fabulous day