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Purchase this digital product and receive a link to the YouTube video of the CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop featuring leading designer, tutor & craft expert Gary Mills and his excellent Making Marks class, the third in our first three-part 'easy-art' Creative Sketchbook Series, which first aired via Zoom on Wednesday 7th July 2021.


Once you have purchased this product, the PDF document you will receive contains a link to the private-access video on YouTube as well as the Workshop Information Sheet!


Introduction by Gary:-
Have you always wanted to feel more confident in creating a sketch book or exploring mark making 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.
Let me introduce my creative sketch book workshops designed by me, Gary Mills, 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.
The exercises (chapters) are on “How I create a sketch book”, or more accurately how I carry out a series of engaging and fun activities which I then later curate into a 'book', sketchbook, 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 but that a quilter, a textile artist, or someone who just enjoys all aspects of textiles and sewing.  This workshop helps you to make a response to moments in time or from observations that you can use to apply to textiles. Be that colour, texture, form, and line; but also details and little scenes captured in time.
Each chapter has 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. Each chapter ends with a mini conclusion or project outcome: in Making Marks & Mini Sketch Books you you make 3 mini sketch books from recycled papers!
Note: You do not have to do all three of the Creative Sketchbook series as each chapter/workshop runs independently so you could do just colour or you could do all three.
What You Will Learn in this MAKING MARKS & MINI SKETCH BOOKS Online Interactive Workshop:-
MAKING MARKS & MINI SKETCH BOOKS: starts off by making a simple little folded book from one sheet of paper. Next by cutting a simple view finder to the same size as the book pages you place the view finder over pages of a found magazine to explore interesting shapes and lines to then translate by your marks using a marker pen & cocktail stick dipped in ink into your mini book. This mini book folds out to make an abstract image which later could become a starting point for an improv quilt or even an appliqué design. Two more mini sketch books are demonstrated and made for future use for mark making or using as a scrap book journal.
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 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.
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:-
  • Something to make black ink permanent marks with, such as a fine line pen or a gel pen, ball point pen, fountain pen ink pen.
  • Some black ink or water based black paint and a cocktail stick to draw with.
  • Craft knife
  • A Glue stick such as a Pritt Stick or similar (but not runny glue such as PVA)
  • Papers: 6x sheets of A5 reasonable quality 150 -180 gsm cartridge or water colour paper.
  • You will also use found and recycled papers, to make your mini sketch books A4 old envelopes work well but other papers in A4 size will work also.
  • Small haberdashery buttons such as laundry or shirt buttons
  • Thread, machine, linen, button, and embroidery thread (any colour but I have used in my examples black and brown)
  • Sellotape or scotch tape and masking tape
  • Bradawl for making holes or a compass point will work.
  • Bone paper folder or a very blunt dinner or butter knife
  • Large needle or Chenille needle
  • Paper and embroidery scissors
  • Sharp blade such as a craft knife or Scalpel
  • Ruler or quilting / crafting square
  • Pencil and rubber
  • Something to cut on such as a cutting mat.
  • Optional: a simple child’s block letter printing set for printing numbers and letters


This class is available to view as many times as you like for 60 days FROM THE DATE OF YOUR PURCHASE


NOTE: Any short video featured in this promotional info is a Trailer and not the fully-edited version you'll gain access to via YouTube!


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Video of Workshop: Gary Mills - Making Marks!

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