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Wednesday 16 November 2022: Online Workshop (Create Your Own Christmas Cards!)

We're really excited as always to welcome Gary Mills into the CraftyMonkies November schedule. In this, his 3rd in the series of wonderfully unique and crafted art and design classes, Gary will be teaching a class on how to Create Your Own Christmas Cards!

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Wednesday 16 November 2022: Online Workshop (Create Your Own Christmas Cards!)
Wednesday 16 November 2022: Online Workshop (Create Your Own Christmas Cards!)

Time & Location

16 Nov 2022, 19:00 – 20:30 GMT

Online Interactive Workshop

About the Event

Gary Mills - Wednesday 16 November 2022 - 7.00pm to 8.30pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop: Create Your Own Christmas Cards!

Bringing the Christmas celebrations to CraftyMonkies, Gary Mills is on hand in the 3rd of his series of Art and Design classes (you don't have to have participated in the others, each session is a stand alone session) teaching Design & Create Your Own Christmas cards! Here's Santa Claus (Mr Mills) to tell you all about it!

Introduction by Gary:-

Have you always wanted to learn more about being creative? Have you wanted to explore design, but never had the opportunity? Well, this is just one of the lessons specifically designed for you by Gary Mills, where he has created a series of individual lessons that specifically are designed to be accessed by everyone and at all levels and abilities; This is for all of you who would like to learn and have a go, and those who enjoy being creative but would like to become a little freer and more open to some new ideas. If you love, colour, doodling and playing with scraps of paper, cloth, and ephemera then you are really going to enjoy your time on any of Gary’s Art and Design short lessons.

This lesson is based around creating 3 unique Christmas Card Designs, with using just snippets and trimmings from your studio and collected ephemera. This design base lesson in illustrative collage, will undertaking a series of processes to help you achieve your own Christmas themed cards using found materials. This will not be a conventional card making workshop, far from it; but rather a fun and informative approach to creating seasonal illustrative art which will give those cards a personal unique twist to send to friends and family this coming festive time of year.

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

In this short 1 ½ hour lesson you will cover making coloured papers and plenty of “collage fodder” to use in the making of these three themed card designs. You will be using both acrylic paint and water colour paints. You will be using found decorative trimmings such as sequins or found scraps of papers such as magazine pages, old books, and maps. You will be shown how to assemble your designs with templates supplied to follow.

The outcome to this project is three card designs: Christmas Pudding, Wonky Christmas Tree, and Red Robin.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Gary has many years of experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of art and textiles; his lessons are so enjoyable, fun, and very well organised with his clear and patient guidance. This lesson is suitable for all; if you are a beginner this is a great way to find your creative ability through learning process and skills which explore the rudiments of creative art and design practices. For those with some confidence and experience you could add further diversify to approaches in your own artistic ability and imagination.

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

All the materials are easily accessible. Such as papers and inks and paints can be sourced from local shops or online and most other materials can be found around your sewing box or in your desk draw.

You will need for this workshop:

· Important: Acrylic paints used:

§ Titanium White

§ Yellow Ochre

§ Deep Turquois

§ Red

· Something to make permanent black ink permanent marks with, such as a gel pen, ball point pen (a pen which will not smudge or run when wet)

· A Glue stick such as a Pritt Stick or similar

· A set of simple water colour paints

· 3x plain white card stock 7” x 10” these can be folded in half to make a greeting card 7” x5”

· Selection of small sized found papers, newspaper, old text from books, colourful magazine pages, bright / seasonal wrapping paper.

· A strong brown envelope can be used or some strong brown wrapping paper (used for robin body and Christmas pudding)

· Some sequins red (although I will show you how to make similar with a hole punch)

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

· Sharp paper scissors / craft knife & cutting mat

· 2x containers such as a jam jars to hold some clean water.

· A large plate or a palette for mixing paint

· 1 small paint brush 1x medium sized flat paint brush

· Some paper kitchen towel to hand

· Ruler or quilting / crafting square

· Pencil and rubber

· A hole-punch

· Tweezers for handling small bits to stick down

· Important: A hair-dryer to hand when speed-drying is required

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Those attending the workshop will receive Gary’s Templates & Seasonal Titles.

​Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! If applicable, any free pattern, or other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date. The ticket price of £20.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on British Summer Time (BST). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location! Here's a great world time zone reference:-

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Enjoy This Class/Workshop Again on YouTube!

A link to a recording of this workshop will be sent to all who buy a live ticket for the Zoom broadcast approximately 5 working days after the event; the video will be available to view for 30 days from the video release date.

Are you not able to attend this class due to living in a different time-zone? Are you otherwise engaged on the date of this workshop? Well, we have excellent news!

This class will be available to view via Pay-On-Demand via our Online Shop for 30 days following the video release date (approximately 5 working days after broadcast on Zoom).

Please note: Not all workshops/classes will appear as edited videos due to licensing restrictions with some of our tutors; that said, the vast majority will be available!


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