Someday, the altered art you make today will be
old, faded, falling apart, and someone else will salvage the bits and use them
in new altered art.It's the best that any piece of art can hope for

~ anon~

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Friday, 19 July 2013

So Many Crafts, So Little Time

I can remember my mum saying there weren't enough hours in the day - I so understand what she meant, (thats terrible english!). Like her, I think housework is a necessary evil and time is much better spent creating. That however doesn't mean I have enough time to do everything kind of art/craft that I would like to, so I flit between this and that.
I had been crocheting for a while but was hankering over inky painty messiness. Then my lovely surrogate triplet  Debs invited me along to a workshop with her twin sister Sue and another friend Beverley - with our surrogate quadruplet Andy Skinner - Confused??? well we all share the same birthday - July 11th - apart from Bev, cos if she did we would be Quintuplets - I digress, the upshot is we all had a lovely time with Sir Skinner, and learnt the art of image transfers and played with several other lovely Deco-art products.
As it was my Birthday I also treated myself to some multi medium paints that promised to go onto any surface and after seven days be totally water and everything proof. I had seen that another friend had painted a pair of boots with it, so I decided to have a go with an old pair of Birkenstocks I LOVE my 'birkies' and although these had loads of wear in them they were looking a bit worse for wear (they are 10 years old!).
So here is the before and after....



You should leave them for 7 days to cure properly but I am not that patient, these have been worn from day two almost constantly, and apart from where I adjusted the buckle the paint seems to do exactly what it says on the tin (or bottle in this case) I did do the buckle up almost immediately and then adjust it a few days later, so in fairness the paint didn't have a fair test in that instance, so I am really impressed - larger project next a handbag. Watch this space..

(can you tell who the twins are by any chance?)

The full team with our project for the day ..

and my box 

Andy also gave us a quick tutorial on using Gelli-Plates... that's another story for another day


  1. great before and after shots Nicks and love the box. Smashing photo of you all, x

  2. Fabulous shoes, can I ask what paint you used?
    Would love to do one of Andys workshops, love the box you made.


  3. Sounds like a fabulous way to celebrate your birthday! I love your box, and the Birkies too..

  4. They turned out beautifully, I love them. I did a pair of sandals too and they hadn't left my feet the last few weeks.

  5. The birkies look good as new! AND they are complete originals now. Great photo, bet you had fun.

  6. I adore the box and that paint looks fab!

  7. This post is really incredible, one of the most helpful I have ever read, indeed.
    picasso paintings


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