Patchings Art Festival

Been to the Patchings Art Festival today. It was the first time we’d been along to anything like this, as we normally prefer to avoid crowds and awkward parking. However, as this was a big creativity event taking place a 10-15 minute drive from us, we decided to brave the crowds and chance Flossie’s suspension in the car parking field.

Patchings - Middle

The first thing we headed for was the Winsor & Newton tent, where they had product demonstrations and a big table set up with paints and paper. Well, it seemed rude not to, so while Michael took pictures of the brush making lady, I sat down and had a play with the acrylics. The main thing I’ve learned from playing with acrylics in the last month is that it’s a tough product to master. I also discovered today that it paints on clothing just as effectively as it does on paper. I put my embarrassing excuse for a painting on one side for drying, and we headed off to look some of the art on display, with me wearing my paint-stained jumper with pride.

To quote Monty Python, and many others no doubt, I don’t know about art but I know what I like, and as we wandered round the stalls of jewellery, stoneware and various types of painting, one stall jumped out at us. The artist’s name is Wendy Carlton and her speciality is big, bold floral paintings in oils and acrylics. That’s where we bought our first piece of art.

Poppy Painting by Wendy Carlton

After that we found ourselves in the Aladdin’s Cave that was the Art Supplies tent, where money flew out of our hands and into the till of vendor after vendor as we indulged on pencils, paints, pastels and magazine subscriptions. In-depth reviews will appear very soon, but here’s a quick summary of the goodies we came away with:

  • Derwent Graphitint pencils – New, not yet in the shops, soluable graphite pencils that can be used dry as good quality sketching pencils or used with water to create bold, vibrant tints.
  • Derwent Aquatone – sticks of colour that can be used dry or with water.
  • Chroma Artist’s Colour – an amazing new type of paint that can be used as acrylic, watercolour, ink or gouache. It’s the Variax of paint!
  • Caran D’Ache Neoart Aquarelle Wax Pastels – basically an excuse to play with wax crayons. 😉

Derwent Graphitint 24-pack Inside

As well as having a heck of a good time spending money, we also met some lovely people, and as they kindly listened while we gibbered on about the site, it seemed only fair to give them a plug here.