Wed, 24 Nov | Online Interactive Workshop

Wednesday 24 November 2021: Online Workshop (Secret Pockets)

Join Gary Mills for the third of three classes in our latest all-NEW Creative Sketchbook Series of 'easy-art' workshops!...
Wednesday 24 November 2021: Online Workshop (Secret Pockets)

Time & Location

24 Nov, 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
Online Interactive Workshop

About the Event

Gary Mills - Wednesday 24 November 2021 - 7.00pm to 8.30pm (GMT)

Online Interactive Workshop: Creative Sketchbook - SECRET POCKETS & PULL-OUTS

We're absolutely delighted to unveil our new Creative Sketchbook Series of workshops & classes, safe in the hands of multi-talented designer/artist, crafter and tutor extra-ordinaire: Gary Mills! Gary has tailored a block of THREE Creative Sketchbook classes which students can embrace as a set of one class during each of September, October & November 2021 (for this we have a reduced rate for a block-booking of ALL THREE classes - see our Pay Online section for that special deal!).

Alternatively people can choose to attend just one or two of the classes as they prefer - no pressure from us, but once you've read all about what Gary is delivering across his Printing Patterns, Stitches In Paper and Secret Pockets & Pull-Outs workshops, we're pretty convinced you'll not want to miss out on ANY of what's on offer!...

Introduction by Gary:-

After the success of the first three chapters in the Creative Sketchbook workshops, I've designed a further three amazing concepts that can help develop creative ability in anyone. You do not even have to consider yourself the next Picasso, as all the activities are about making a response rather than an accurate representation of what you see or want to communicate.

Have you always wanted to feel more confident in creating a sketch book or exploring ideas on paper? We are not all given the natural ability to draw and yet we love to get creative, but that blank sheet of paper or a drawing in a sketch book can seem so daunting.

The exercises (chapters) are on “How to create a sketch book”, or more accurately how I carry out a series of engaging and fun activities which you can then later curate into a “book” / sketch book / journal or portfolio.

This is not your conventional art drawing lesson, far from it; but rather a textiles-based sketch book to inform and work alongside your practice, be that a quilter, a textile artist, or someone who just enjoys all aspects of textiles and sewing. These workshops are designed for you to make a response to a moment in time, to have fun through experimentation and playing with “stuff”. Be that colour, texture, form, and line; but also details and little scenes captured in time.

This Secret Pockets and Pull-Outs workshop concentrate on creating simple yet effective little holders and pouches to conceal, hide and surprise within your sketch book. A sketch book does not have to be a book of flat rectangular pages, here Gary demonstrates how you can fold and manipulate your sketch book to hold additional little pieces of interest. This is perfect for those of you who just like to collect “bits & bobs”, such as snippets and image tears and little swatches to add further interest to your journals and sketch books. As always Gary will take you through a series of fun and accessible exercises that inform and open-up the mind with bite size knowledge to later build upon if you wish. This chapter ends with a mini project outcome, in a “Surprise!” Envelope holding a message to keep or give away.

Note: You do not have to do any of the previous chapters in the Creative Sketchbook series as all chapters/workshops run independently so you could do just this one. But if you enjoyed this one, take a look at the rest of them on offer. See also my 'Footnote by Gary Mills' at the end!​

What You Will Learn in this Stitches In Paper Online Interactive Workshop:-

SECRET POCKETS & PULL-OUTS starts with simply folding a page within your sketch book to make a channel or pouch and how to create little snippets of interest on pull tabs to interact with as the viewer of the book. You will progress to making a folded pull-out reveal of a picture, be that of your own or a found image. As the workshop progresses, with Gary you will make both a folded pouch and an envelope from found recycled papers to add to your sketch book to contain images and messages within the pages. Finally, you will construct a surprise envelope to hold an image or message for you or even someone else.

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Gary has many years’ experience as a professional practitioner and teacher of art and textiles; his workshops are so enjoyable, fun, and very well organised with his clear and patient guidance. This workshop is suitable for all; if you are a beginner this is a great way to learn and explore the rudiments of art-based design processes and for those with some confidence and experienced you could further diversify your approaches to sketch booking through your artistic ability.

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

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

For your Art box start with the basics and build upon as you go…even things found around the home can be used.

You will need for this workshop:-

As you will be working on creating interest into your sketch book, have to hand the sketch book you wish to work with. Suggested Size: A5-A4

Papers: Have-to-hand a good selection of saved recycled papers along with new sheets of cartridge, photocopy papers and sketch book pages. In Gary’s examples he has used mainly recycled papers, such as old maps and geography pages from books. He has also used old vintage clothing pattern illustrations and instructions and the original pattern itself. But you can choose more contemporary materials such as magazine images and photocopied pages. (If you do not wish to cut up more precious images you can scan and copy those also.) Gary has also used cartridge paper, old books, wrapping parcel paper. In general, you will need around 6x sheets of A4 (8” x 11”) reasonable quality paper. Consider what images you wish to add to your pull-outs and folded images. These could be your own drawn images, snippets of things you’ve collected, sizes approx. 2½ ” x 11” and 3”x3”.

  • Suitable thread for making loops and tags you will need either dark button thread, linen thread, or Perle thread or DCM embroidery thread. (Something thicker than just ordinary sewing thread)
  • Craft knife
  • A Glue stick such as a Pritt Stick or similar (but not runny glue such as PVA)
  • Sellotape or scotch tape and masking tape
  • Hole punch
  • Piece of narrow ribbon for your surprises envelope 24” long
  • Bone paper folder or a very blunt dinner or butter knife
  • Paper scissors
  • Ruler or quilting / crafting square
  • Pencil and rubber
  • Something to cut on such as a cutting mat.
  • Optional: Alphabet block printing set with black ink pad.

Additional Information relevant to this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Those attending the workshop will receive Gary’s guidance notes.

Gary's Footnote!:-

I used to struggle with using a sketchbook or even producing one of worth which could support my creative work…. I had to find a solution that worked for me and my way of working through the creative process. To me a brand-new sketch book can be daunting! They always look so beautiful in ‘Paperchase’ all shapes and sizes, with different covers, looking very chic and each knowing they are destined for the most articulate of written words or the finest line of a drawn sketch. 

Of course, you cannot make a mistake in it, that is the law… the law of the new sketch book… especially on the first couple of pages which always seem to warrant your absolute best concentration and your most trained and honed artistic skills! That pressure to produce perfect pages, it always got to me. That is why I have had in the past so many empty sketch books sitting on my shelf unused and still in pristine condition, just because I was too frightened to use them, in case I made a mess of them.

The solution to this phobia for me I found was to work on loose sheets of papers, completely mixed papers of varying weights and textures …. I even make up my own papers by painting white emulsion paint onto magazine papers and brown wrapping papers. I make up my own pages from all sorts of papers, I even use wallpaper lining paper to make fold out books.

A blank page; a white sheet of paper… it is so new, so clean... so minimal… if you are going to make a mark on it, it had better be good! Oh no, flippin' heck …. here I go again!!!

SOLUTION

I quite often pre-mark my papers and pages. I may take just one swipe of colour across the page; the colour may relate to the environment I am in or it may not; sometimes I just stick to a neutral colour; a dash of grey or a smudge of beigey brown. Or if the day is bright and sunny, I may go for more pops of vivid colours on may pages. Apart from colour I may layer my page through collage, adding torn pages from old textbooks stuck down or even newspaper tears stuck down. You can always add a thin coat of white emulsion over the top to dumb down any vibrant text coming through…although sometimes I do not mind that as it adds another dimension to my pages. One of my most favourite journals was a sawn in half telephone directory which I thoroughly enjoyed using to record as a pictorial diary, the 3 months in Holland studying at the Royal Academy.

Apart from pages and papers, I use anything I can find at hand to either make a mark on or stitch into, wrap or stick. Large luggage / parcel tags are great, bits of cloth like calico and canvas which have been primed with gesso or emulsion paint. Cardboard and some packings are great alternatives to papers for making marks on or even give a texture to.

MEDIA

Leave the graphite pencil and rubber at home! I much prefer to make a spontaneous mark that is a permanent mark, be that ink, paint, ball point pen, or crayon. Back to those old phobias, would have me doubting that mark I had just made and rubbing it out and starting again; only to miss that opportunity of making an error which turned out to be something quite inspirational and beautiful. I like to use brushes with wet media, in foam, bristle and even from found material wrapped around a stick dipped into ink. Felt tip markers thick and thin work well, as just drawing directly from the pipette of the ink bottle. So, the rule is... break all rules on your sketch book pages! Work spontaneously, be impulsive, be intuitive and just relax, play and ‘not give a damn’ to what transpires on YOUR pages.

Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited and allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! Any free pattern and 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 £15.00 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!

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