Monday, 17 October 2016

Blogtober Post 8 - The best way to spend a Saturday ......

We have a farm shop/craft shop a few miles away called Pickwell Farm and a few times a year they have guest professional artists in holding workshops. On Saturday I was lucky enough to go to the one run by Mark Gould of DecoArt - a great down to earth guy and great teacher. 

When we first sat down we had a pile of MDF pieces which we had to glue together to make a 12 x 12 box and lid - that was a joke and I can tell you, the air inside my head was very blue and occasionally some of it would escape and a naughty word would come out! I wasn't the only one having trouble with it which made me feel a bit better!

Eventually the box was made and we slathered it with moulding paste. Once dry we painted, painted more, grunged up, stencilled etc and the end result is below. I can't tell you how much product we used - we got through gallons of the stuff! I hadn't quite finished mine at the end of the workshop so completed it at home, adding, as an extra, some crackle paste to the topper which I let dry overnight then rubbed a little Antiquing Cream over - after all you can't have too much crackle, can you?

I must say, I arrived home with extremely painty hands and with numerous splatters over my face and neck which hubby thought was very funny :)

Don't forget to take a look at what others are doing for Blogtober - just click on the Blogtober button on the side bar.


  1. Love the additional crackle. So glad you came along and had fun xx

  2. I did this class with Mark a few months ago in Coventry and know what you mean about assembling the box in the first place, all good fun though especially when you get such a fabulous result at the end of the day x

  3. Wow!!! It looks great, I love the crackly close-ups!!! All that box-building was worth it, wasn't it? :) and swearing helps sometimes...