Blog - EAU Brink Studio

November 20, 2017

Will it stop me sewing this darn wrist that they say is fractured?

The answer is a resounding No.

I can still manoeuvre fabric under a sewing machine. I cannot cut it, I cannot hold pins properly, I cannot hold a needle for hand stitch but I can sew in straight lines under a sewing machine.

It is frustrating to not be able to thread the machine quickly, it is even more frustrating to try and thread the bobbins. I have cried, cursed and thrown the darn fabric across the room. But I did it.

From a pile of fabric pieces to a crazy patchwork piece of fabric ready for cutting into lovely peg bags.

Enforced use of my left hand has and still is a real trial. It is frustrating to say the least but my sewing machine has saved the day.

Eau Brink Studio has not yet ground to a halt.


A Riot of Colour
Fabric pieced together to make a new fabric


October 16, 2017

This Tea Bag Paper Book Cover is the second item in this series showing what to use tea bag paper for.

I started with a piece of paper and printed onto it with fabric ink, using a commercial roller.

Flowing fish design
Fish Printed Paper

The next stage is to bond this paper onto a backing of your choice. I have used Decovil light for this project. Once bonded I machine stitched into the fish shapes. I wanted to still give it that feeling of the fish swimming and the movement of the water so they are not solid shapes.

New Fabric made
Machine Embroidery into the new fabric

Continue to machine embroider into the fabric until you are satisfied you have covered your fabric adequately.

fabric completed
Highlighted fish design

I then added a backing fabric which I bonded using bondaweb and stitched around it to hold it into place. the last thing before making making it into a book cover for a diary, is to seal it with a sealant of your choice. I have used Acrylic wax.

finished item
Diary cover




October 6, 2017

Hear at Eau Brink Studio I am often asked what you can make with Teabag Paper. Therefore, I have decided to post a number of blogs with pictures and a few lines to show you what can be made. Starting with a Christmas Bauble.

The first part of the process is to print onto the teabag paper. You can print using any type of ink or paint. In this case I have used printers ink for fabric.

Once dry I then added a layer of sari silk by needle felting it, over a commercially produced  felt. This gave a lovely soft finish to the paper as well as added colour.

The next part of the process is to machine stitch all over it using a variegated thread to add more colour. this can be done using a pre programmed stitch from the machine or just set the machine to embroidery by lowering the feed dogs and putting on the embroidery foot.

Printed using a commercial roller
sari silk
Needle felted paper
Texture is changing
Layers are growing

I now have a lovely new fabric to use. In this case to make a Christmas bauble. The bauble is four shapes sewn together by machine. I added beads and hand stitched it using gold thread to a little extra sparkle.

Teabag paper bauble
Mixed Media


October 4, 2017

It’s that time of year when we are thinking of part wear and what is suitable for each party or ball we are attending. Here at Eau Brink Studio I am experimenting with making face masks which can be used for a number of events and not just the one.

The first Party Wear face mask is made from Papier-Mache with a number of processes using mixed media.

The first layer is paint. Which, once dry I added layers of Angelina, stamped designs, stencilled designs and foil flakes and of course Powertex.

Resulting in a very pleasing design which can be worn at a All Hallows party or ball. As well as during the Christmas season of parties. It would not look out of place at a new years ball either.

versatile party wear
A versatile face mask for any party
Close up of the foil flakes
Wear me to any party


September 19, 2017

Today group of us gathered together at Eau Brink Studio to work our way through A New Starting Point with Kim Thittichai’s on line workshop. A fun day ironing papers onto each other and then ripping them up to iron them again.

The results are fantastic. We had a lot of laughs and a lot of head scratching while we pondered on this technique.

Then came the question of what to do with the lovely pretties we have made. I am making a Tudor hat with mine and will post the finished item soon.

The technique looks complicated but once you get into it its easy. You are only using up old news papers and magazines with colour on them as well as painted bondaweb.

Ready for use

Machine stitched

September 19, 2017

Week three of Stitching a Sampler

A modern twist on the tree of life
Its not as easy with the frame

at Eau Brink Studio and all the ladies have now managed to plan their samplers, try out stitches and drawings and get the design onto the fabric. They started to stitch the designs and they are all fantastic and very different. No doubt as the designs grow they will develop further, with many changes from the original idea.

Learning how to use different frames has been a challenge but worth it as now it is easier to work on the linen keeping the tension taught. It is also easier to work out what colours to use where with being able to lay the threads together before stitching, eliminating the urge to undo the work to change the colour.

I really love this workshop as I am there only to help with some of the technical aspects of the work and to help point the learners in the right direction with the planning. Letting them think about what stitches they like to learn and use as well as what colours to put into the work.  Sometimes just by changing one colour to a different hue or tone makes all the difference to the work and helps the other colours work together instead of against each other.

September 15, 2017

The school art club is back in action with seventeen children from reception up to year six all enjoying learning how to make art with Anita from Eau Brink Studio.

This week we made fish using paper plates, ink and shaving foam. I am sure you can imagine the mess but it was contained in cat litter trays and the desks protected with pallet wrap.

The children had a great time squirting the shaving foam and smoothing it out. then using pipettes dropping ink onto the foam. A kebab stick was used to swirl the ink into a pattern. Then comes the fun bit. Squashing the paper plate into the foam and quickly wiping the foam off to reveal the marbled pattern.

Once dry enough they all got to grips with scissors and cut out a triangle which then became the tail. All that was left to do at home was to draw on an eye. This has to be done when the fish is dry.

Fun Art
Paper Plate Fishes


September 5, 2017
Maggie is very proud of her finished piece.
Christine with her large piece
Julie with a piece she folded
Maggie  hung her piece out to dry
A Line full of samples

Saturday was a Procion Dyeing Day. The use of colour and the folding and wrapping of fabrics resulted in an amazing array of brightly coloured fabrics. At Eau Brink Studio on Saturday the day started with the usual introductions and looking at the samples Anita had prepared the day before. Unwrapping and untying the samples to see what they look like and discussing whether to over dye them if there was too much white showing. This led onto looking at colours and how they will mute the colour already on the fabric.

Although eager to get started with folding and wrapping fabric it was important that each person learnt how to mix the Soda Ash water and soak their fabrics as well as learning how to mix the dyes themselves. With this in mind each person was encouraged to start by folding one piece and then to get colour onto it. This was followed by the mixing of larger quantities for them to submergence larger pieces of fabric. Clamps, Rubber Bands, string and pipes were used as part of the folding and wrapping process with all the pieces turning out to be very different. We even used ice at one point as you get very quick results with very little effort.



September 5, 2017

Over the summer time the children have been visiting Eau Brink Studio to learn a number new ways to paint, draw, print and colour. They even had a day working with Powertex.

Every Wednesday through out August Children and their grandparents arrived at Eau Brink Studio for a day of fun. Not just through art but also to run around the grounds, see the sheep, ducks, chickens and the fish.

As the children became hungry a picnic was in order and to supplement this plenty of home made cake.

August 17, 2017

Experimental Wednesday  where you can Gain an Expressive Flair and New Confidence where you can  Learn the techniques that will give you the basis for a developing your creativity and own personal style at Eau Brink Studio.

 Have you been on a course or show that has opened your eyes to the possibilities of working with textiles, paint, inks, wax, acrylics and other types of mixed media?

Want to take your artistic productions to the next level and develop a range of skills that you can explore in your own studio or home workshop?

If the answer is yes, then the Experimental Wednesday Workshop at Eau Brink Studio with Anita O’Neill could give you the boost you need to take your creativity to the next stage.

Designed to teach you everything you need to get the results you want from mixed media – this 6 hour course is available for £15.00, plus materials.

This workshop gives you the following:

  • Introduction phone call – Anita will talk to you before the day to ensure that your chosen technique is covered during the course.
  • Lecture sessions – where you learn not only about your technique but get an insight into everything that is being taught during the day.
  • Practical demonstration – going through a clear, step by step approach that gives you enough time to truly understand how to use each technique.
  • Afternoon workshop – practice the techniques you have learned, with Anita on hand to give you all the support and assistance you need.
  • Cake and refreshments – bring your own lunch, but Anita bakes her own special cakes to keep you sustained in the afternoon.

Taking place in our spacious and relaxed Eau Brink Studio, simply bring your own materials or let us know and we’ll provide them for you. Be inspired in this artistic space and share ideas with others on their expressive journey.