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14th February 2010 Issue 58

From the President,

Welcome friends to the first issue of Snippets for 2010. I hope the festive season was all you wanted it to be and that you are now ready to face the New Year with gusto. I wonder how many New Year's resolutions have already been broken?

As you know our first meeting of the year is Sunday 14th February. As a lead-up to the new category in the RNA Show of "Wearable Art", members are encouraged to research ideas to extend our capabilities in this area. Sue and Barbara have kindly offered to provide morning tea for the meeting.

As the Crow's Nest weekend is fast approaching, consideration should be given by members who have not already booked, yet are wishing to attend.

I look forward to catching up with you all again and sharing in the fellowship of our Guild.

Regards Carol

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Secretary's Jottings

Happy Decoupage Year to all. Hope your Christmas and New Year break was a happy and somewhat relaxing time that has left you invigorated with inspiration to try new things in 2010.

Shortly after the October meeting you may recall being notified by email that the Guild was invited to select any useful items from a decoupage studio whose owner is no longer able to practice the art and whose family wished it to go to a "good home". Some members were able to inspect and choose materials and the balance is being held to share at future meetings. Could I suggest that those people who are storing goods please bring a selection or maybe a list of what they have to the February meeting.

Have you booked to go to Crows Nest Workshop planned for March 12/3. If you plan to go please ring 4698 1269 and request a cabin set aside for the Decoupage Guild by Barbara Chapple. Of course, a successful weekend depends on members having ideas to share and queries to be discussed by the group. Bring your suggestions to the February Meeting so that an outline for a program can be prepared.

I have been experimenting with hand rolled paper beads using various papers. My main problem is that my fingers can not keep up with my ideas — some of which are more successful than others. If you would like to try your hand at it at the meeting bring along :- Scissors, Ruler, Sharp pencil,Water container, Small sponge for wiping excess glue, and Hand towel. More information inside.

Reminder — please bring a decoupaged article (complete or work in progress) to display, say a few words about and/or seek advice.

Until February 14.

Barbara Chapple

Meeting Dates for 2010:

14 February,
11 April,
6 June,
8 August,
10 October

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Exploring Techniques of Hand Rolling Paper Beads

Barbara Chapple

With the idea of making a few feature beads to complement decoupaged pearl pendants, I found myself "hooked" and wanting to explore possibilities further. Literally starting from scratch I can now share the following basics:-

Beads are best rolled on a metal or plastic implement (e.g. Knitting needles — very fine if beading wire or thread is to be used, approx. size 10 for cord or thonging). Toothpicks are OK, but harder to keep dry and free of glue.

1 part PVA and 1 part Clag makes a suitable glue (the addition of gold paint, ratio 10:1, adds an interesting gloss to bead.)

Thicker paper makes a more interesting pattern (and is also quicker to roll). Size of bead is a matter of trial and error depending on thickness and availability of paper. For an average rounded bead strips of paper 12-14mm tapered to 2mm make a good start — cut the narrow end to a point. "Top and tail" to get best use of paper. Shape of bead depends on degree of tapering. If your selected paper is thin or in short supply a "core" for the bead can be made from about 10cm length of paper, either in a contrasting colour or gold. Making "cores" and leaving them to dry before continuing may help to prevent beads sticking to rolling implement.

Calendars, art books and children's books make good resources. Hand made paper also works very well.

One coat of GMV and 2 coats of Aqualac seemed to make an adequate finish, although I imagine a satin lacquer could be very effective in some cases.

Fine wire hooks (as used for Christmas decorations) on a wire coat hanger are perfect for drying.

My next venture is into experimenting with balsa wood. What is yours?

Now for something completely different!!!
Deliciously rich, while being quick and easy to make.

Chocolate Hedgehog Slice

250g wholemeal biscuits, broken into pieces
2 tablespoons dessicated coconut
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
4 tablespoons bournville cocoa
2/3 cup caster sugar
225g butter
250g dark cooking chocolate
Melt chocolate & butter in a double saucepan (or microwave) then add all the other ingredients. Mix well & pour into a baking paper lined slab tin. Put into the fridge to set (about 1 hour, but longer if possible). Cut into small squares & serve. Then just watch it disappear!!

"Faux" Small Grain Granite

by Judith Madden

Materials: Gesso/magic paint white; Natural sea sponges (the texture will determine the size of the granite/grain); Paint (Antique White, Titanium White, Black, White, Metallic Silver); Spreader medium (Scumble); water, hard tooth brush/nail brush, fine liner brush, 4 containers for mixing glazes.


  1. Prepare your object with several coats of Gesso and sand smooth.

  2. Apply a coat of Antique white or similar creamy colour .... allow to dry (Titanium White)

  3. Apply a second coat and while still wet dab lightly all over with the lightly dampened sponge to even out strokes and give a dimpled effect .....allow to dry.

  4. Mix up a glaze of Titanium White and Black 50/50, add spreader medium and water to the consistency of thin cream (one third each of water, medium and paint)

  5. Sponge the Dark Grey glaze to create a soft dappling of colour.

  6. Wash the sponge thoroughly and while the glaze is still wet, soften with the just damp sponge and dry.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 drying between glazes with Dark Grey, Medium Grey and Black glazes gradually build up the layers softening and drying between coats.

  8. SPLATTERING, mix up a diluted black, dip brush into mixture, dab off excess on a paper towel. Do a test on a separate sheet of paper first. You want to create a light, fine dotting so gradually build up a light even coat of dots.

  9. Repeat using diluted Metallic Silver, let dry + silver powder.

  10. Select some light areas and highlight with Metallic Silver to give the effect of transparent quartz.

  11. Add a few very fine black cracks with a fine liner brush, dry.

  12. Seal.

Varnish with water or oil based varnish depending on effect required.

Granite is formed in a variety of colours experiment with —

On the glass plate I worked on a black background topped with coats of Prussian and Cerulean Blues then the 3 Grey glazes and Black glaze.

Splatter Mixture 1/3 water, 1/3 Scumble or glaze medium 1/3 paint.

( Pewter, Titanium White, Mars Black, Matisse Silver, Silver powder, Super Sparkle.)

Have fun experimenting, lots of examples of granite in grave yards.

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.
Henry L. Doherty