Sadly, the Keep On Crafting store in Bury St Edmunds will close on November 30th 2019 but owner Mandy Shedden will still be trading online, looking after all your craft needs. Mandy and her team will still be running workshops too so make sure you visit her website for all the news of new products and workshops.

international craft awards

International craft awards are not easy to come by, but Mandy Shedden of Keep On Crafting in Suffolk won a few while trading from her shop in Bury St Edmunds.

It was because of the faithful customers who nominated Keep on Crafting in sufficient numbers for her to win.

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The European Style paper bead making tool is especially designed for creating big hole beads (BHB\'s as they are known).

Beads made with the 5mm European style paper bead making tool can be easily fitted with silver cores that will give your beads a beautiful finish.

European style paper beads made with this tool will fit Pandora style bracelets and other larger stringing materials such as leather cord.

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You can see a video about making European style beads here.

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Julie Driscoll
Southwold Beach Huts by Julie Driscoll

"Julie Driscoll...she sounds really familiar...where do I know that name from?"

That was the response I got from a friend when I said Suffolk artist Julie Driscoll was the next painter to be featured here.

Then...

"Oh my goodness! Julie Driscoll - that 60s singer! Wow - she paints now? And lives in Suffolk?"

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making a living as an artist

Making a living as an artist - if you are a ‘starving artist’, those words may make you smile.

Having spoken to a few working artists lately, I realise there is a huge difference between making a living as an artist and making money from your art now and then.

In my next few posts, I will be showing you the work of artists who are making money out of their art and who are working towards the ideal of making a living as an artist.

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paper bead workshop

This week, I ran a paper bead workshop at a popular West Suffolk craft shop. 

Thanks to the artistic skills and dexterity of Mandy, Beryl, Sonia, Clarissa and Alison, the workshop ran really smoothly and was good fun.

They were a brilliant group who picked everything up really swiftly; that meant there was plenty of time for a tea break and time to set the world to rights!

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Paper Bead Cuff

Paper bead cuffs are my way of using my own art to create pieces of jewellery.

To create the paper bead cuffs, I do an abstract painting in acrylics on a sheet of paper slightly bigger than A4 (US letter size roughly).

The paper I use is usually quite thick and sturdy to create chunkier beads.

To find out more about making paper beads and the tool I use, click here to see a previous post that explains the process.

To create my paper bead cuffs, I do an abstract painting in acrylics on a sheet of paper slightly bigger than A4 (US letter size roughly). Click To Tweet

 

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Make beautiful 'Moon Glow' alcohol ink pendants using kitchen tin foil.

Alcohol ink pendants are my latest arty happening!

After seeing someone online doing crafty things with ordinary tin foil, I thought it would be fun to try and make some jewellery using that technique.

My previous post was also about using alcohol inks - you can find it by clicking here.

I have been making bottle cap necklaces for years and so I was inspired to use the bottle caps I have in my stash of resources to create some alcohol ink pendants.

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To help you create your own alcohol ink pendants, I have made a YouTube video.

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Alcohol Inks - My Latest Happy Discovery

alcohol inks

Alcohol inks - oh my goodness - you know when something really sets you on fire and you don\'t want to sleep?

Well this is it for me! It\'s all Mandy Shedden\'s fault - since I went to visit her fantastic little craft supplies store in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, I have not been the same.

The store, Keep On Crafting is an absolute Aladdin\'s cave of art and craft goodies. I seriously didn\'t know which way to turn.

 

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