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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 Printing Patterns class, the first in our second three-part 'easy-art' Creative Sketchbook Series, which first aired via Zoom on Wednesday 29th September 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 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.
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.
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 Online Interactive Workshop:-
PRINTING PATTERNS: Starts with simple masking techniques to create repeated lines and stripes. You will be collaging papers together before printing upon them. With gathered objects around the home, discover what shapes and prints you can get from those. Learn to make a simple stamp printer using a rubber and thread with a homemade ink pad. As your confidence builds you will be cutting into the rubber to make simple shaped stamps to print with. Students will be encouraged to play and experiment, let your imagination go wild. Finally, the session will conclude with you selecting your best printed designs and assembling a simple yet very effective contemporary piece of artwork.
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:-
  • Craft knife Sharp or Scalpel
  • Masking tape or similar that can be stuck down then peeled away from paper
  • 2 x rectangle rubbers / erasers, which you will be printing with and cutting up to make printing blocks
  • Medium linen thread or thick button thread or even dental floss is good enough approx. ½ metre or a yard
  • A Glue stick such as a Pritt Stick or similar (but not runny glue such as PVA)
  • To get you started printing use a couple of colours in Cheap Acrylic Paint (choose colours which compliment well… Gary has used a teal blue and a mustard/orange colour)
  • Some black ink or back water-based paint
  • Flat paint brush not too small, approximately ¼” – ½” wide is ideal
  • A container such as a jam jar to hold some clean water.
  • An old plate to mix colour and ink
  • 2-3 small pieces of sponge or like apply paint and ink
  • Wet wipes or a small piece of cotton flannel to making your own printing pad.
  • Some paper kitchen towel to dab and clean
  • Consider small things to print with, such as pen lids, tooth paste lids, the end of a pencil…these all make great little repeated circles…. have a look around and see what could possibly work.
  • Ruler or quilting / crafting square
  • Pencil
  • Something to cut on, such as a cutting mat or an old magazine


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 - Printing Patterns!

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