Watercolour Class – Fantasy Feathers & Adapted Acordian Spine Book

Do you love using watercolour but not quite sure how to achieve cute feathers? This might be the class for you. Painting feathers are a fabulous way of learning different watercolour techniques. To complement the watercolour techniques, I will also be teaching how to fold an adapted accordion spine book that can be used to showcase your watercolour samples.

During class, we will be focussing on fine brush control, making washes, wet in wet, blending, abstract style and doodling.

You will need your basic cardmaking kit of:

  • Pencil, ruler, rubber
  • Bone folder/scoreboard
  • Scissors
  • Double sided & foamtape

Plus:

  • Watercolours in a variety of colours
  • A selection of round brushes in different sizes plus some extra brushes of different shapes. Try to bring one large (~size 12 or larger) if you can. (Watercolour brushes are not required for this class, but please bring them if you wish and I can teach you about proper care. If you wish to purchase proper watercolour brushes, we will discuss options to help you decide.)
  • As this is a beginner-style class, we will have limited Prima watercolours to share. As for many other supplies, the higher quality ones will give you better results. Bella Paperie stocks Prima watercolours.
  • N.B. watercolour cardstock is included in class cost

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 1pm – 4pm, May 26 and costs $22 with some supplies provided. Details on what to bring are also on the blog and in the newsletter.

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Mixed Media Art Journaling Workshop – Bloom

What does your creative garden need to bloom? Supplies, techniques, inspiration, time? Perhaps a creative journaling class will encourage those flowers to bloom?

This class will aim to indulge your inner child while you paint sweet, scribbly flowers. I’ll show you some ways to get visual texture on your page without picking up texture medium, plus a simple background technique to make your images pop and how to easily transfer imagery to your page ready for painting. As always, experienced journalers will still find a lot to learn in class and I’ll find a way to challenge your skills if you would like.

If you already art journal – bring along your usual kit, if not check the requirements list for a guide on what to bring. You will need an approx. A4 sized journal to begin with – please check in store for details. We would love to know where you are at with mixed media so let Deb know when you book in – absolute beginners are very welcome but the more experienced will find something to challenge them in each class.

We will be working in an A4 sized journal and please have on hand – 

  • A few stencils with open type patterns
  • Stamps for background – I will bring some to share
  • Permanent stamping inks in shades of light blue & green if you have them
  • Black permanent pen
  • White gel pen
  • Black paint pen if you have one
  • A variety of acrylic paints in flower colours plus some suitable for the background
  • A variety of paint brushes
  • Pencil, soft lead
  • Ball point pen
  • Scissors
  • White gesso
  • Liquitex Matt medium
  • Paint palette – one with separate wells will be very useful
  • Paint spatula
  • Non–stick craft mat
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Sponges for stencilling
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towel
  • Container for water
  • Heat tool
  • N.B.      I will bring the flower imagery I have used to create sample page. If you wish to use your own, you will need photocopies of a variety of different sized flowers that are photographed from above rather than the side with diameters ranging from approx. 3 – 10cm.

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10.30am – 2.30pm, May 25 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

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Paris … je t’aime

I’ve had a busy few weeks with classes, photographic adventures and lots of creating. One of the projects I’ve made recently is this sweet little mini book for the Helmar Creative Team.

 

I’d love you to stop by their blog and find out how it was created! You can find my post here.

Don’t forget, you can follow along with my daily adventures on Instagram.

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Join me for some creative play

Looking for something creative to do this week?

On Thursday, I’m running another Learn for Free session at Bella Paperie about using the Gel Press plates. Pop in any time between 10am – noon and get ready to soak up some knowledge, no need to book.

You are invited to bring your questions as you will have a chance to pick my brain about monoprinting! If you happen to miss it, I’ll also be demoing with the Gel Press at our Paper Craft Trail on May 5.

 

 

On Friday, I’ll be teaching an art journal class centred around the beauty of abstract flowers. After all,

The Earth laughs in flowers…

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

it’s one of my favourite quotes and one that springs to mind whenever I see beautiful bunches of flowers or joyfully planted gardens. Why not put some happiness into your art journal with this abstract floral page?

This class will start with a textured page based on printed paper napkins and then we will build a beautiful bunch of flowers on top that will be wonderfully touchable. If you did a similar class with me previously, the techniques used for this one are quite different.

If you already art journal – bring along your usual kit, if not check the requirements list for a guide on what to bring. You will need an approx. A4 sized journal to begin with – please check in store for details. We would love to know where you are at with mixed media so let Deb know when you book in – absolute beginners are very welcome but the more experienced will find something to challenge them in each class.

We will be working in an A4 sized journal and please have on hand –

  • Paper napkins with all over types of designs. Abstract flowers and subtle pattern collages will work best and I will have some to share.
  • A variety of acrylic paints, particularly in flower colours plus some suitable for the background
  • A variety of paint brushes including a wide one suitable for matt medium
  • Black Stabilo or black watercolour pencil – Bella Paperie now has these in stock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White gesso
  • Liquitex Matt medium
  • Paint palette – one with separate wells will be very useful
  • Paint spatula
  • Non–stick craft mat
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towel
  • Container for water
  • Heat tool
  • I will provide the cheesecloth, book paper & tissue paper

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10am – 2pm, April 27 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

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Mixed Media Art Journaling Workshop – Courage is…

Do you have the courage to leap into pattern making without the end result in sight?

Why not join me this Sunday at Bella Paperie as I share my favourite pattern taming techniques to help you create a page that you love. They are sure to become techniques that you will return to many times in your mixed media journey.

We will start the class with a play session using our Gel Press plates and then I’ll guide you through calming the myriad of patterns into wonderfully, drippy shapes. To finish we will have fun doodling and adding yet more patterns and complete the page with a quote.

If you already art journal – bring along your usual kit, if not check the requirements list for a guide on what to bring. You will need an approx. A4 sized journal to begin with – please check in store for details. We would love to know where you are at with mixed media so let us know when you book in – absolute beginners are very welcome but the more experienced will find something to challenge them in each class.

Robyn Wood - Courage is... - mixed media art journal workshop

We will be working in an A4 sized journal and please have on hand –

    • Gel Press monoprinting plate (I will have some to share but your own will save waiting time)
    • A variety of acrylic paints including some dark colours and black
    • A variety of stencils with different sizes of patterns for printing & stencilling
    • A variety of paint brushes
    • Pencil
    • Scissors
    • Black Stabilo pencil
    • Sponges for stencilling
    • White gesso or paint
    • Gold acrylic ink or paint
    • Black paint pen of medium nib size
    • White gel pen or fine white paint pen
    • Paint palette – one with separate wells will be very useful
    • Paint spatula
    • Non–stick craft mat
    • Spray bottle for water
    • Baby wipes
    • Paper towel
    • Container for water
    • Heat tool

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10am – 2pm, April 8 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

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