2020 March

March 27, 2020

Gelli Plate Printing part 1

Yesterday I uploaded a new Video on my YouTube Channel for you. Just pop over to YouTube and search Eau Brink Studio and you will see Gilli Plate Printing part one.
Our Classes and workshops are predominately fabric and textile led. However the  majority of our classes can be adapted to work with paper and card too.
Every workshop on this channel is demonstrated by Anita O’Neill in real time.

Each video is approximately 15 minutes long to make it easy for you to follow each step.

The aim of the channel is to encourage you to try new forms of art and stitch.
If you like what you see and find you want more just book into Eau Brink Studio for a group workshop, join in a planned workshop or book a one to one with Anita for her full attention.

Gelli Plate Printing Part 1 is the first video on Gelli Plate Printing on my YouTube Channel.  This video shows you how to use your Gelli Plate to print onto fabric and paper. Filmed in real time making it easy to follow.

What comes after part 1?

Part 2 and 3 will be added over the next few days so make sure you keep an eye out for them.

Part 2 will show you how to layer up your colours and textures. We did touch on this in part one but there is so much more you can do with your Gelli plate.

Part 3 will show you how to transfer pictures from magazines and prints. This one make take a little longer as you have to get the right amount of paint onto the Gelli for this to work.

Getting a good print does take a bit of practice but it is worth it in the end. It also depends on the quality of paper and the original print.



March 23, 2020

March News at Eau Brink Studio is more positive than you may think.

As directed by the government Of course we have deferred many of our workshops, Yes we have closed our bricks and mortar shop for the time being.  And yes Anita has lost the majority of her income.

But looking on the positive side of things.

Anita has time to update her Youtube Channel. By this I mean that I will be adding content to it so that you can watch the videos and still have a go. Many of the videos will be short demonstrations in real time. Making it easy to follow them. The plan is to upload a series at a time which will concentrate on a specific subject or area to help your practice. I have no idea on how to do this but with a little help I am sure I will get the hang of it.

Each section will start with the basics and then grow into more complex practice. I do not have it all recorded as yet but as I go I will add more and more for you to dip into.

It will also be based on techniques I am currently using. So for example Gelli Plate printing. This will start with a small talk about the Gilli plates and what you can use them for. Then each video will follow on from the previous so that you can save a library of content specific to your practice.

All content will be useful for those of you who like to use textiles, paper and mixed media. I will at the beginning of each video let you know what the process is suitable for and if you need to add anything for fabric such as fabric medium.

Once I get the first videos onto YouTube I will send you the link or point you in the right direction for the link on the website.

The next new page

I am going to also add a page for Progression in Textiles group so that everyone can see the work and get updates on where the exhibitions are going to be held. So far we have found that the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios is not taking place but may be in the autumn. Also we wanted to exhibit at Wymondham but the venue is not opening this year. We are discussing having a virtual exhibition but no decision has yet been made. Progression in Textiles does have a Facebook page which shows some works and updates too.



Other March News is that  the online shops are being updated. Our Amazon shop also needs attention. It takes a great deal of time to keep items up to date. Not only do I have to make the item but I have to be specific when entering them onto the sites. Sometimes copying and pasting does not work which is a shame as it speeds thing up a great deal.


The best part of all of this March News  is that I have time to concentrate on my own work practices too. And that is where I can link all of the above in my daily working schedule.

To do that I will encourage my son to film me working which is the content for YouTube. Finished items will either be added to the Progression in Textiles pages or onto the one line shops for sale. So it all should flow nicely.

I suspect the reality may be very different. Though I do have help with all the online work. Quickfire Digital designed and look after my website. So when I need help they are always there for me. I also have a administrator who is a godsend and working on most of the daily updates.

Keep safe


March 12, 2020

Safety First

We at Eau Brink Studio have always taken our Students and Clients safety first! This is no different going through the recent Coronavirus outbreak and seasonal flu. Current practises include regular hand washing and alcohol gel for those who have allergies or preference. We also clean appropriate equipment after every session using anti-bacterial wipes.

We are committed to taking further steps to keeping our studio community healthy and safe.

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Whats the current recommendations?

  • Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing.
  • Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

So whats the particulars about the Studios?

  • Well we always ask that you wash your hands or use the alcohol gel for basic hygiene anyways. We are now asking that this is done before and after class. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If this happens – just wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick or if you have recently been in a high risk country. Please note that our Cancellation Policy currently still applies. If in doubt always message Anita anyway.

Anita will continue to monitor updates on this topic. If you have any other questions or safety concerns please message us.


March 8, 2020

With the help of my new administrator we are getting back on track at Eau Brink Studio.

What does this mean?

The website appears to be back to working again, Thank you to the tech team for sorting it out.

We are getting the calendar up to date with workshops including those run by other agencies such as the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild..

There are two workshops available being organised by the guild. An Eco dye day and a workshop with Melanie Missin.

If you have booked onto any workshop and have not had an email confirming your booking please do get in touch as we are still trying to get it all up to date.

The next available workshop is the Gilli Plate day on 14th of March. Only three spaces available so book early.

Following the Gelli plate day we have the Experimental Wednesday on 18th March.

All our workshops start at 10 am and end at 4 pm.

Getting back on track has meant we have revisited all of the workshops and upgraded them.

Other News

What else is happening at Eau Brink?

First ever lamb born
Hello baby girl

This time last year we were monitoring our sheep getting ready to lamb. But this year we have rested them and I can confirm that I am missing the buzz. I will miss not having Lambs around this spring.

On the plus side we have had our geese laying eggs so maybe we will get goslings.

The ducks are reduced in numbers due to a fox visit which is very sad. The chickens are doing well and will be increasing in numbers as we have rescued about 30 birds and are preparing to move them this week. They will be in the same area as the sheep rather than with the others so that they can settle with out stressing the current residents.

So plenty to look forward to in the spring. Including preparing for exhibitions starting with the Open Studios.

Anita is also looking at becoming a Agent for a company selling haberdashery items especially for quilting. Of course she will continue with the Powertex too.

Looking forward to the new season.





March 4, 2020

A Blip has occurred in the Eau Brink Studio mailings.

I have no idea what has happened and I apologise for the confusion of readers receiving old news. I also have had an email dating from 2018.

Of course for readers who have signed up since it is good to catch up on what happened before you joined us.

So why has A Blip happened? I may be to other hardware being linked to the main computer and I am learning with the help of my son how to keep up with technology. Gives me brain ache to be  honest. But must keep up with it all.

What else is going on?

I have added new workshops to the website and more are going on so keep an eye out as we don’t want you to miss out.

This month we have Gelli Plate printing on Saturday 14th. A great day of printing on fabric and papers using acrylic paints and fabric medium.

Experimental Wednesday on The 18th. A day where you get to experiment with any medium. It is a day to try new things.

Also the Embroiderers Guild have a Mary McIntosh workshop on the 21st. For more information just email me on admin@eaubrinkstudio.co.uk and I will forward your email to Christine Booth.

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