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September 6, 2020
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Jenny O’Leary visited Eau Brink Studio for a weekend of working with tissue paper, fabric, ink and wax.

The two days started with Jenny demonstrating how to use tissue paper and wax to create trees and then by taking the colour out and adding ink you can change your picture many times over.

Our first day was very inspiring and a little scary at first but once we got into the swing of it we had fun. To ensure everyone’s safety we wore our masks whilst getting up close for the demonstrating but took them off when sitting. As the cake and tea was flowing we layered and waxed our way through the day.

Once we finished with the colouring and waxing, Jenny demonstrated how to remove the wax to reveal the layers we had created.

Of course if you find you are not happy with the results Jenny explained we can just go over the piece again with more wax, colour and bleach to change the colour.

 

Once we had mastered how to use the wax and colours we  spent the second day layering on fabric. the results are amazing. Something I will definitely be continuing to work on.

 

Jenny was very patient with us all and encouraged us to go with our own instincts. The results as you can see are fantastic.

 

Jenny will be back with us next year for more fun and hopefully we will not have to wear our masks.

Looking forward to the next workshop which will be with Amanda Hislop on the 30th September and 1st October. Only 1 space left for this one.

 

 


September 6, 2020
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. Batik with Jenny O’Leary at Eau Brink Studio.

Two days of learning how to use hot wax with inks and bleach to create fabulous designs on tissue and fabric.

Day 1 we will concentrate on working with tissue paper. The following day is fabric.

Saturday – Trees – batik on tissue

Using the technique of batik (hot wax resist) to create pieces of work inspired by trees this could be the structure, leaves, shape, seasons or topiary. We will work with wax, bleach and inks and traditional and non traditional tools on tissue paper  to create fabulous textures and effects. An exciting workshop allowing for exploration and discovery. No experience necessary.

Sunday – Seedpods & natural forms – batik on fabric

The beautiful shapes of seedpods and natural forms will be used as inspiration to create batiks on cotton.  Working with hot wax as a  resist we will use paint on dyes  to create imaginative interpretations of the theme.

All work from both workshops is suitable for further development with stitch

The Batik with Jenny O’Leary workshop commences at 10 am and we finish at 4 pm.

Refreshments are included. However you need to remember your lunch.

 

Requirements list for both days.

Apron

Hairdryer

Disposable gloves

Pritt type glue stick

Scissors

Images for inspiration of trees and seedpods.

White or light papers, ie handmade paper, book pages, watercolour paper, lining paper these will be used as a backing for the tissue paper. A3 max.

White or cream cotton fabric, which can be vintage or pre used, or textured. Also muslin and calico Two pieces approx A3 in size should be sufficient but a few small pieces to experiment with is good

Optional – a stretched canvas up to A3 for day 1

Schedule Appointment


September 5, 2020
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. Batik with Jenny O’Leary at Eau Brink Studio.

Two days of learning how to use hot wax with inks and bleach to create fabulous designs on tissue and fabric.

Day 1 we will concentrate on working with tissue paper. The following day is fabric.

Saturday – Trees – batik on tissue

Using the technique of batik (hot wax resist) to create pieces of work inspired by trees this could be the structure, leaves, shape, seasons or topiary. We will work with wax, bleach and inks and traditional and non traditional tools on tissue paper  to create fabulous textures and effects. An exciting workshop allowing for exploration and discovery. No experience necessary.

Sunday – Seedpods & natural forms – batik on fabric

The beautiful shapes of seedpods and natural forms will be used as inspiration to create batiks on cotton.  Working with hot wax as a  resist we will use paint on dyes  to create imaginative interpretations of the theme.

All work from both workshops is suitable for further development with stitch

The Batik with Jenny O’Leary workshop commences at 10 am and we finish at 4 pm.

Refreshments are included. However you need to remember your lunch.

 

Requirements list for both days.

Apron

Hairdryer

Disposable gloves

Pritt type glue stick

Scissors

Images for inspiration of trees and seedpods.

White or light papers, ie handmade paper, book pages, watercolour paper, lining paper these will be used as a backing for the tissue paper. A3 max.

White or cream cotton fabric, which can be vintage or pre used, or textured. Also muslin and calico Two pieces approx A3 in size should be sufficient but a few small pieces to experiment with is good

Optional – a stretched canvas up to A3 for day 1

Schedule Appointment


April 28, 2019
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Whats happening in the studio now then? A big spring clean.

I have spent some time looking at all of the stuff in the studio and shed and thinking about how a great deal of it is not used. Some has never been used and some has not been used for some time. So why keep it?

Today I sorted out all  old sketch books , took out the pages I wanted to keep, then burnt the rest. What a difference that has made to one of the shelves in the studio. I then moved onto the massive pile of papers and card and did the same thing.

Guess what is next? Fabric. I have a huge amount of furniture and curtain fabric that keeps coming into the studio and I will probably never use it. I cannot bring myself to burn it so will be using some for inspiration packs and maybe some for the school clubs. The rest will be up for grabs or going into the recycling centre.

Why the big spring clean I hear you ask. Well there is far too much stuff in this studio and the shed is so full, when looking for something I knocked over a huge basket of glass which is now behind a load of chairs probably broken. At this time I cannot get to it to clear it up.

The paint cupboard is done and all old paints have gone. Same with old dyes. When I say old I do mean over 10 years old. It is quite liberating.

Whats been happening otherwise?

The Easter weekend was a great one at the Barn. We took our sheep for a day out and the visitors loved seeing them. I demonstrated how to clean the fleece and card it using the drum carder. Children in particular were interested to see where wool comes from.

 

Also the West Norfolk Artists had an exhibition at Thornham. It was great to see everyone’s work.

Then came the Doughty Road Show this weekend. Thank you all for coming to look at my stall and for stopping by for a chat. I was amazed to find that it only took 1.5 hours for the Bosal rolls to sell. I will be trying to get more in for the Makit fair at Peterborough. Remember if you bought any to make jelly roll rugs that you must work on a flat surface and keep stopping to iron it if need be. Otherwise they make a lovely pet bed.

Coming up

We do have space this coming week for Experimental Wednesday. We will be working on a technique of layering to make items using machine embroidery. Based on Nikki Parmeters work from the Wow series. Pictures will be taken of the work and sent to Maggie Grey to see how we progress. Sewing machine is required on Wednesday.

 

We only have four spaces available for the Pauline Wrighton workshop this month “Finding your Feet”. This is a workshop for anyone who would like to know what the different feet are for on their sewing machine and how they can be used for more creative sewing as well as the more traditional.

 

This year we have sold our lambs on to lovely new homes. One is going to a vicarage and the other to the Barn as part of their petting animals. the other is staying with us.  Mums are being sheared in the next couple of weeks so more fleece to process.

I hope you all enjoy the warmer days and longer evenings.

Anita