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August 2, 2019

Over the past 5 years we’ve ran over 50 monthly workshops around the Greater Hamilton region in Western Victoria, learning heaps of new creative skills and making some awesome things (and awesome friends!)

It's been an absolute blast, and not one workshop has gone by where we haven't learnt something new, had fun and met some wonderful people. THANK YOU for coming along, for spreading the word, for sharing your skills and for your continued support!

Since August 2015 we’ve tackled:

🌸 pom pom bouquets & garlands
🌼 painted paper collages
🌸 tassel rope necklaces
🌺 body scrubs, paper pendants & marshmallow snowmen
🌻 hand-stitched teabags
🌼 dreamcatchers
🌸 himmeli pendants
🌺 terrariums
🌸 hand-stitched owl hand warmers
🌺 macrame planter hangers
🌼 marbled milk bottle vases
🌻 personalised doormats
🌺 paper flower fascinators
🌻 grapevine wreaths on a wine tour!
🌸 kokedamas
🌻 piñatas
🌼 wall hangings
🌸 painted plant pots
🌺 air-dry clay ring bowls
🌻 cake-decorating
🌼 boho bag...

July 10, 2019

A HUGE thank you to this month's guest artist; Alyshia Bensch from Studio Marlo, for sharing with our group of happy crafters some of her tips and tricks for creating bespoke mixed media collages.

Alyshia shared with us beautiful examples of her own work, some inspiring books and resources on collaging, heaps of materials and a little know-how, and guided everyone through the process when they needed advice.

We delved deep into mountains of craft supplies; papers, card, foil, paint swatches, paper punches, magazines, books, paint pens, markers, acrylic and watercolour paints, transfers, glues and sealant... and the artworks produced were amazing!

Fuelled by sweet treats and unlimited tea and coffee, we nestled into the wonderful train station-turned-art space; Off The Rails in Dunkeld, sang along to "Totally Stress Free" (on Spotify: would recommend) and had a glorious afternoon.

Check out some pics from the day- thanks to all of the lovely ladies who booked in, you were a great bunch!

Ther...

January 29, 2019

HOW happy does everyone look with their new-found drawing skills at our last Crafternoon?

Fuelled by carrot cake, bliss balls, oreo truffles and fresh fruit, we learnt to draw a variety of leaf shapes, then leaf clusters and lots of flowers and blooms. Then we combined them into shapes like circles, wreaths and letters, or got a bit creative with stencils for really unique pieces of art. Using only simple materials; pencils, pens, paint and paper, we had a really relaxing crafty evening!

Everyone I think surprised themselves with their abilities, since the illustrative style we were aiming for was genuinely SO SIMPLE but effective. We had flowers which started with 'kidney beans' and 'coffee bean' shapes, 'squiggly circles' and plenty of lines and dots. From roses and tulips to hydrangeas, bottlebrush and daisies, we learnt to draw a variety of flowers, with people adding their own flair and creating their own blossoms too.

Everyone left with a lovely piece of art they had creat...

January 3, 2019

So long 2018... HELLO 2019 and a whole new year of awesome Crafternoons!

We've had a ripper year of workshops, including awesome afternoons and evenings getting to grips with:

- Wool Spinning and Dyeing

Wood-fired Pizzas (that counts as crafting, right?)

- Kombucha

- Jasmine Mansbridge-inspired Paintings

- Felted Flowers

- Crochet Bowls

- Leather Feather Earrings

- Cocktails (that totally counts as a craft too)

- Watercolour Floral Paintings

- & Personalised Baubles!

We're kicking off a brand new year with a pretty simple, but simply pretty workshop learning some basic botanical illustration techniques. Even if you've never drawn a flower or a leaf before in your life, and feel about as comfortable wielding a coloured pencil as you do holding a wand, you will absolutely be able to nail this workshop! 

We will learn to draw some simple flowers, leaves and botanical elements, and combine them to fill an invisible outline of a letter or a shape of your choice. Whether it's the first initia...

October 21, 2018

We had such a beautiful afternoon last month learning how to paint watercolour flowers in the lovely Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning, with our talented tutor; Rachel Zuch.

We'd filled the room with fresh flowers (inspiration, subject matter and beautiful decor - winning), examples of Rachel's work and mountains of craft supplies including watercolour paint palettes, papers, pencils, art erasers and soft round-tipped brushes. We also may have over-catered on the afternoon tea, with everything from homemade sausage rolls and rhubarb cake to cheese platters and bliss balls - simply scrumptious! 

Rachel began with some warm-up exercises to loosen up our arms and introduce some of the techniques used in watercolour painting to study subjects, capture form and perspective, create organic shapes and lovely 'bleeding' colours. We also learn about colour theory, layering pigments and adding details- even the couple of attendees who had painted previously learnt something new! It was a f...

September 7, 2018

Spring has FINALLY sprung here in Western Victoria, and to celebrate a rise in temperatures and spirits, we're going to hold a very special Crafternoon Collab!

We’re thrilled to be spending a Sunday afternoon in the leafy HIRL complex, learning to paint watercolour flowers with the lovely Rachel Zuch.

Rach is a freelance textile designer originally from Kiama on the NSW coast, who specializes in beautiful watercolour floral designs. Though her career has seen her largely based in Sydney working for brands like Billabong, Jets Swimwear and Marcs, and even being featured in Harper's Bazaar, luckily for us she has relocated to Hamilton with her partner Andrew - win!

Combine Rach's training in Design, Fashion, Textiles and Fabric Printing with a dash of her lovely personality, lots of experience in painting and visual arts and add a dollop of her huge passion for flowers and foliage, and we have ourselves a recipe for a wonderful Crafternoons tutor!

Rach has actually taught a crafternoon befor...

February 11, 2018

We're delighted to announce that March's Crafternoon will be an extra special collaboration with the one and only, Jasmine Mansbridge!

Jasmine has over 17 years of experience as a professional artist, renowned for her use of colour and geometry in her compelling paintings. In recent years Jasmine has also turned her hand to mural painting, fabric design, International workshop tuition, and even designing a Food Truck and exhibiting internationally, all whilst raising a family of five and being a top-class cook and gardener. She's even published her own book for creative parents; "There's a Paintbrush In My Coffee".

Jasmine will introduce us to the art of painting, covering brush technique, colour mixing and 3D mixing and painting techniques, all of which she uses in her own work. Each participant will leave with a hand painted square creation inspired by Jasmine's signature style mixed with your own creativity and vision. Don't worry if you think you're "not creative"...

June 14, 2016

June's Crafternoon is set to be a little gem- we're making beautiful clay ring bowls!

We'll be taking over the fabulous Henriz Cafe at 222 Gray Street in Hamilton, after hours on Tuesday 28th June from 6.30pm until around 8.30pm.  Chef Josh will prepare some yummy finger food for us and Henriz is fully licensed so we can also fuel our crafting with a drink or two- yippee!

Since we're fans of instant gratification, we'll be using air-drying clay so you can take your creations home with you and don't need to wait for them to dry, be fired and glazed.  There's also no need to bake them as they will set overnight all by themselves- easy peasy!

We'll cover a range of techniques depending on what look you want to go for; marbled, speckled, glittery or imprinted- see inspiration below!

They are super useful as little catch-all dishes and make fabulous gifts!  Here are a couple I made for an engagement present, marking them with Mr & Mrs and nesting them in a cut...

May 30, 2016

Yesterday's pot-painting Crafternoon was such a nice relaxing afternoon, filled with far too much afternoon tea, lots of brews, experimenting with paint techniques, retro tunes and friendly chatter. Thanks everyone for coming- always nice to meet new people and see friendly faces! I also loved eating this stuff for Sunday night's dinner- such a day of treats!

 

Dunkeld's Off The Rails was a perfect space to take over- well equipped with tables, seating, two kitchen spaces, toilets and very welcome heating! It was great to have creative folk spray painting out on the platform edge, rather than having the train station fall into disrepair and be graffitied with the same technique! That newly refurbished building will have a lot more going on in the future I'm sure, from art exhibitions to artist in residence programs, workshops and community events- watch this space!

 

We used a heap of painting techniques so everyone's pot came out totally unique, and we learnt to problem-solve qu...

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