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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 Secret Pockets & Cut-Outs class, which first aired via Zoom on Wednesday 24 November 2021.


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:-

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.


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”.



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 - Secret Pockets

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