2017 September

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.

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