This weekend is the first of the three North Wales Art Trail weekends and today my friend and I visited Ann, where we learnt about using oil based printing ink, painting and stencilling to make beautifully vibrant prints, Maud, where we made paper beads and added them to the "community" necklace she was creating from the beads made by her visitors, and Sarah, where we were inspired by what she had produced with things discarded by the rest of us (and admired the pretty beach hut - in her garden!) All three artists were so warm and welcoming, inviting us as complete strangers into their homes and even offering us tea. We were so glad we'd made the last minute decision to follow a tiny piece of the trail.
We loved seeing the artists' work spaces and their works in progress. I came home determined to be more creative with all the "stuff" I've been collecting over the years - I've mountains of stuff stashed away; fabric, yarn, old books, magazines, postcards, ephemera, old linen, lace, beads and all the bits and pieces I can't resist picking up at car boots and charity shops.
I'm looking forward to more visits next and the following weekends - there are 125 studios open over North Wales. And if there's an Art Trail near you why don't you visit some of your own local artists and be inspired.