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Tuesday 14 June 2016

Riikka Kovasin workshop 1: Unfamiliar flowers grow on the seashore

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well. Things have been getting worse with my lovely dad - he just seems to be shutting down at present and is sleeping and sleeping. At least he doesn't seem to be in pain which is great - we will just have to wait and see what the next few days bring. I am spending as much time as possible with my mum - love you mum!

So at the weekend I had the most fabulous time at Art Workshops in the North East - The very talented Riikka Kovasin was the artist who took us for the workshops - she was a very calm and beautiful person and talented - did I mention talented??? Here's a picture of us before I left on Sunday.

The first workshop that I took was titled Unfamiliar flowers grow on the seashore. It involved making lots of ATCs.

This is during the workshop - in fairness to Riikka I don't want to publish a step by step method but it involved beautiful papers, gel medium, mica powders, sprays and gorgeous ephemera. I loved it to bits! I have swapped one atc and given one each to the girls and one to my mum - these are the ones I have left.

and this is possibly my favourite...

Here we all are at the end of the workshop:

I loved this workshop -- I hope you have enjoyed my report of it - and don't mind me bringing you more reports later in the week.

Big Hugs

Rachel x


  1. Very striking colours and super ATC's Rachel and I can tell it was a great worksho.

    B x

  2. Looks like a fantastic workshop and you produced magnificent results xxx

  3. Sorry to read abour your poor Dad but goad he is not in pain. Looks like a fun and messy time, great makes

  4. Very sorry to hear about your dad, but how wonderful you could attend that workshop!! I am lucky enough to own one of her ATCs, - the ones you show from the workshop look wonderful!! How lucky to do that workshop!

  5. so sorry to hear about your dad , such a cruel disease xx sending lots of love to you all. xx wow your ATC's look gorgeous and I cant wait to see more of your creations x take care xx

  6. Sorry to hear the news about your dad, - sending you all hugs.
    Your workshop looked very interesting and enjoyable, love the atc's you've made, very colourful and full of beautiful elements.

  7. Looks like a brilliant weekend Rachel

  8. Hi Rachel
    Sorry to hear about your Dad... Sending big hugs to your Mum...
    Love your ATC's stunning work....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  9. Hi Rachel - so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending lots of hugs to both you and your Mum. Love your ATC makes from the workshop - looks like you had a huge amount of fun!
    Hugs, Helen x

  10. Fabulous results on your ATC's, and the workshop was probably just what you needed to balance out the stress of your Dad's failing health. I'm happy he does not seem to be in much pain, but saddened with the news of his declining health. Big hugs to you and your family!

  11. It was a really great time at this workshop, you made many fantastic ATCs!

  12. Hi Rachel, fabulous ATCs and I'm so glad you had a wonderful time...If you fancy a swap anytime just let me know. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, it's so sad. I know you'll be helping both your mum and dad just being there...Take care dear lady. XXxx

    1. hiya she - I would love to do a travel bag atc swap with you - we could use the travel bag on the current AVJ if you like ... what do you think???

  13. Would have loved to have done this class Rachel, so much messy creative fun !!

    Sending you all big hugs as thats all I can do sweetie xx


  14. Looks like you had a fabulous workshop Rachel and really enjoyed it
    X catherine

  15. Fabulous ATCs Rachel, it looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Sorry to hear about your Dad, it must be so hard on your Mum, I know what it was like with my Dad.
    Take care.

  16. Hi Rachel lovely little cards and fabulous colours. So pleased you had a brilliant day at the workshop.
    Big Hugs, Kate x

  17. Brilliant ATC's Rachel and love your favourite one -sorry to hear about your Dad Rachel
    Carol x

  18. Gorgeous makes Rachel. Big Hugs Marlene

  19. Sorry to hear about your dad, Rachel! Lots of strength to you and your family. Thank you for coming to the workshop - it was a pleasure to meet you! Your cards are gorgeous!

  20. Sorry to hear your dad's not so good at the moment Rachel. Sending hugs to you all!
    Glad you managed to get some time out to go to the workshop. Seems like you all had a fab time!
    Dawn xx


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