• Hannah Oxberry

Ministry of Mixology Coventry, November 2016

This past weekend was spent at the Ministry of Mixology event in Coventry. An art retreat hosted by the great team at Tando Creative. Over the two day event we had the chance to get involved with some fantastic projects;

First up was this gorgeous weathered vintage frame by Brenda Brown from so many layers were used and rubbed back to create a really authentic feel to the piece. I loved the sentimental vibe and the processes to achieve the crackled wood effects.

Next up was this fab grungy piece by Andy Skinner. The class was split in to two halves to allow for drying time. The project features Andy's fossil stencil as a background with washes applied. The frame shows a patina look, while the compass motif was given a rusty twist.

To round up the weekend we created this wonderfully textured piece with Mark Gould from SpeshInk. The background was made using greyboard substrates with tissue paper, the whole piece was dry brushed to really bring out the texture. Stencils were used to create added interest and the piece was finished with rusty cogs and a crackled "all seeing eye" disc. I love how the bright contrasting colours really cement the style of this project.

The weekend brings together a whole host of excellent artists. Following the classes on Saturday, the evening was given over to make and takes; mini classes by DecoArt Helping Artists like Nikki Killinger, Suz Humpherys and Dee Adams who all brought their unique style to mixed media projects.

On site throughout the weekend was the Tando Creative shop full of far too many temptations! And sponsors even provided a fab goodie bag take home as well!

I really can't recommend these art retreats enough; brilliant workshops full of inspiration, great hosts and helpers on hand to offer advice, and a weekend spent with like minded people - swapping stories and ideas.

Thank you Ministry of Mixology Team for a fabulous arty weekend!

Happy crafting x x x

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