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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 fabulous Make your own Christmas Cards


Once you have purchased this product, the PDF document you will receive contains a link to the private-access video on YouTube


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 THREE x 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 1⁄2 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 are used!):

  • Titanium White

  • Yellow Ochre

  •  Deep Turquoise

  •  Red

  • Something to make permanent black ink marks with, such as a Gel Pen, Ballpoint Pen (ie, a pen which will not smudge or run when wet!)

  • A Glue Stick such as a Pritt Stick or similar

  • A set of simple Watercolour Paints

  • 3 x 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/preferably seasonal wrapping paper, etc.

  • A strong Brown Envelope can be used or some strong brown wrapping paper (used for Robin’s body

    and Christmas Pudding)

  • Some red Sequins (although Gary 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

    • 2 x containers, such as Jam-Jars, to hold some clean water.

    • A large Plate or a Palette for mixing paint

    • 1 small-size Paint Brush and 1 x medium-size Flat Paint Brush

    • Some Paper Kitchen Towel to hand

    • Ruler or Quilting/Crafting Square

    • Pencil and Rubber

    • 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:-
      Gary’s carefully chosen Templates & Seasonal Titles can be found on pages 4-12 of this PDF!...


Video of Workshop: Gary Mills - Make your own Christmas Cards

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