Sunday, 1 April 2012


Just had to let you know that I am the Member of the Month as Crafter's Companion.  How fabulous is that!

Here's the article for anyone who is interested or you can go to the Crafter's Companion and use this link 

Sharon Harding  from Tupsley, Hereford
April Member of the Month is...
Sharon Harding from Tupsley, Hereford
My story is much like a lot of other crafters - nothing spectacular.  I was one of four children before becoming one of five children after my Mum's second marriage.  There was a year between each of us four children and I was the only one who loves to draw, colour and make things.

Over the years I did crocheting which was taught to me by my Nan.  My Nan was very creative and made everything from duvets, to men’s vests, to knitting both hand and machine etc.  She loved in the Seventies to collect shells and coloured glass and cover lamp bases, tables and jars.  So I guess I took after my Nan.  I knitted, sewed, did soft furnishings, loved to bake, cross stitch, jewellery making - you name it, I tried it!

Like so many children at sixteen I had no idea what I really wanted to do with life and so I went into the administration world and worked for many years in this field  but I never envisaged working for 30 years doing this!  

I had tried doing a couple of Art evening classes (Painting and drawing) at the local Art College but being a single Mother this was quite difficult with holding down a full time job.  I had many times thought about doing a HND in Fine Arts but finances played a part in not doing this.  I did on the other hand do a couple of City and Guilds Soft Furnishing course and even a City and Guilds Massage course.  I also did an A Level in English Literature.  I loved playing with make-up and even did an evening course in this when I was very young.

After being retired on ill health grounds at 46 I did nothing for a few years - but still having the burning desire to paint and draw I decided to take up card making.  I had done a little stamping, painting and drawing with my Son when he was young where we had made bookmarks etc.  Not being able to consider doing a full time course, I thought I would start gently with colouring so I got some Copics and joined an on-line Copics colouring class.  I went on Youtube and watched people colouring, watched where the shadows on people’s faces were when I was watching the TV etc and voila, here I am a fully fledged crafter loving all aspects of crafting and continually trying to perfect and develop my own style.

Just discovered how to remove those annoying glue marks we occasionally get - an eraser - works brilliantly.  Best to use when glue has dried.
When colouring be more relaxed so that your strokes flow more freely.  This way you don't get lines or over colour.  Remember to blend edges so that there is a graduation to your colouring, not blocks of separate colour.
Be observant. Look at flowers in your garden, the way the light comes through you windows and casts shadows, and look as your ornaments, figures or even your cups and see how you get the rounded shape by shading.
If you want to deepen a shade or tone down, go over your coloured area with a light grey pen.
And my final tip is try using pencils with your alcohol pens - they add depth to your colouring.

Best wishes,