For those of you who know me, you'll know January is an incredibly busy month for me, and for those who don't know... I'm a self-employed accounts service provider and as the self-assessment tax deadline is the 31st January, I am always up to my oxters in books, tax forms and spreadsheets at this time of year. But I only have one client left to do, and even remembered to file my own tax return so things should be back to normal around here by the end of the month - I'm hoping its actually the end of this week, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.
So I'm also going to apologise for my lack of blog-hopping and commenting for Passion for Promarkers. At PfP, we pride ourselves on the fact that all the DT try to comment on all entries to the challenges - we think its only polite to take the time to look at the entries and leave a comment. But I've asked for a little time off from that until I get back to normal. Believe me, when you're spending 16 hours a day staring at numbers on a spreadsheet, the last thing you want to do is anything else on the pc.
So, now that all my apologies are done, I'll tell you about today.
Today was my very first time teaching a promarker class out at Simply Create, my stomach has been in knots all week - its one thing to colour an image, its quite a different story teaching someone else to do it.
BUT... I'm pretty chuffed at how well it went, Jacqui said that everyone really enjoyed themselves and they were all really pleased with the results they got.
I think it really helped me that Kath, Jacqui and Anne were all there - they helped me to relax immensely.
Firstly I demonstrated how to colour a monochrome image, I used my absolute favourite stamp of all time - the perfect "Daisy" from Sugar Nellie. I thought that by showing them how to colour in monochrome they would pick up the concept of blending far easier than confusing the matter with colour - and it seemed to work really well. Every single one of them did a fabulous job.
Here's some pics of us all - minus Kath as she was behind the camera - at coffee time, complete with choccies... if any of the ladies in the pics are visiting here, can you leave me a comment telling me which one you are please, I'm taking Tramadol at the moment which seems to make everything leak from my brain lol
That's my good side (I'm the one in the foreground in scarlet)
I think Kath was actually focusing more on the Hero Arts stamps than the ladies in this one lol
thankyou Kath for cropping out my lumpy bits (ie all the bits below my shoulders lol)
(Sorry, have been asked to remove this pic)
The second stamp we coloured was one of the Gorjuss Girl stamps, again from Sugar Nellie. Now that they had the basics of blending and shading they all managed it easily.
And I had a fabulous time, once I got into my stride and got over my nerves (and learned to tell them to shurrup! lol), I really enjoyed showing them all how to use the promarkers and I was chuffed to bits with how quickly they all picked it up and their finished images were lovely. So Jacqui has asked me to come back and do another class, so keep an eye out for that.
Jacqui, if you're reading this - thankyou for talking me into teaching a class, I thoroughly enjoyed myself today and you've given my confidence a huge boost.
I'll be back tomorrow to share a few of the samples I made up for the class.