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Kay Lancashire - of Kay's Artycles' - Pocket Full of Posy workshop is a fabulous workshop for so many students as it covers such a wide range of techniques.

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Over the past twelve months I've been lucky enough to book some fabulous workshops with some amazing tutors but every so often one comes along that I simply MUST attend myself.  This was one of those workshops - Introduction to Foldforming with Robyn Wilson.

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Sometimes I think we all get a little too comfortable in our surroundings and with what we are doing and fail to challenge and push ourselves out of our comfort zones.  I know this is true of me at times so when this new challenge presented itself to me, I was excited and petrified all at the same time!

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Those of you who have been to one of Kay Lancashire's workshops will know that they are always a treat!

Kay is the owner of Kay's Artycles, an online store and gallery stocking unique findings and supplies for all your jewellery and beading creations. Lucky for us, Kay is also a seriously talented artist who loves to pass on her knowledge to willing students and we had a whole group of them here on the 2nd March 2014, just waiting to learn!

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On the 1st of March I held a brand new polymer clay workshop, 'Alluring Layering'.  On first glance the project featured in this workshop looks rather easy but it's all about being precise in your technique.

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The first of our metal workshops was held here at the studio last Sunday and we had a wonderful day with Robyn and Jules from Deegan Designs.

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My 'Ancient Organic' polymer clay workshop is one that I have taught twice now. Once in 2013 and once only a few weeks ago. I try not to repeat my workshops too often however when the demand is there I'm only too happy to do so.

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These bamboo tile beads are effective and you will learn/use quite a number of techniques when creating them so they are great for beginners. Experiment with different colours and textures!

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The ‘Skinner’ Blend was developed by artist Judith Skinner. It is a simple way of creating sheets of graded colour. The Skinner Blend is an essential part of claying and has numerous uses.  It is also a great way to incorporate fantastic shading and contrasts into your work.  It is a ‘must learn’ technique but don’t worry – it’s not hard at all! 

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Mica Shift is a wonderful polymer clay technique that involves aligning the mica particles within metallic/pearl polymer clay and then misaligning (or disturbing them) when imprinting the clay with texture sheets/stamps. The raised areas of the clay are sliced off, leaving a seemingly 3D image trapped within the clay! The best thing about this technique is that it is relatively easy to achieve.

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