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Just popping in to tell you briefly about my little trip to Art In Action yesterday which was blue skies all day.

It must be about 5 years since I’ve been and it has become much better organised. There are demonstration tents for Painting, Textiles, Illustration, Sculpture, Newcomers, Jewellery, Storytelling, Music, even Bee Keeping!

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There was probably more but I can’t remember it all.

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My favourite stall was this one belonging to milliner Jane Corbett (The Duchess of Cambridge wore one of her hats recently don’t ya know).

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It was so bright and vivid and bursting full of inspiration and creativity.

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And she had made this adorable little book and decorated the pages with stitch and button collages, papercut page markers and tiny little birds. I want one!

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You might remember my disappointment at not getting a place on the mackerel painting class that Jenny Muncaster ran at Patchings. When I saw people leaving with these awesome, vibrant, fish paintings I was so gutted that I’d missed the opportunity. Well as luck would have it, she was demonstrating on the Pebeo paints stand.

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She had spaces yesterday for my friend and I to have a go. I was giddy with excitement to learn Jenny’s water dropping and wiping technique, try acrylics again (and these paints are soft as butter) and leave with my very own fish painting a la Muncaster.

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The time flew by and I thoroughly enjoyed Jenny’s tuition – she tells you step by step what to do and we just got on with it without any angst –  she was super lovely , funny, normal and approachable.

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And here’s my little fishy on a dishy.

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