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 fabulous afternoon and everyone took home something they were proud of, plus a kit to continue practicing at home and unearth their inner artist. Check out some of the event pics below!
We will certainly be running another painting crafternoon in the future with Rachel as it was our most popular yet, and the feedback has been phenomenal! Just look at some of the lovely Insta shout-outs we received after the workshop :)
October's workshop was crafting up a storm in a tumbler... mixing up a medley at Mumbler... however you want to put it, our cocktail-making workshop was a roaring success, you can check out the blog post HERE and stay tuned for news on future Crafternoons!