Upcoming: Colour & Pattern on Paper

Our next Tips & Tricks day
will be held at

Woodies Cubby House
Oyster Bay Oval, Como Road
Oyster Bay, NSW

Saturday, 29th February 2020

Entitled Colour & Pattern on Paper this is a day to explore the beauty of water-colour media.  We will be playing with paints, water soluble pencils and crayons to see how we can achieve a variety of painted and sketched outcomes on fine art paper.

Paper will be provided, along with some paints, pencils and crayons, but participants are asked to bring the following items:

Materials list (essential):
Newspaper or plastic sheet to cover work area
Old paintbrushes, any size, and water jar
Old towel to blot damp paper
Pencil and notebook

If you have any of the following please bring them:
Paint palette
Water spray bottle
Water-colour paints, water-soluble pencils or crayons
Pictures of simple flowers, trees, birds, or anything you might like to copy or trace.  No bigger than 10 x 12cm.

Date: Saturday, 29th February 2020
Venue: As above
Time: 10:00 – 3:00pm

**NOTE: This is a members only event.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Review: Back to Basics Tips & Tricks Session

A good turn out last week at our back to basics paper-making day saw both beginners and those with more experience getting their hands into the vats and producing some great paper.  With our membership of people having very diverse skills it was a great opportunity to come together and learn from each other.

Once the sheets were safely in the press a break was called for, before getting the newly formed sheets onto the drying boards.

However, some people (myself included) decided to take their wet pressed sheets home – carefully sandwiched between couching cloths – and dry them there.

And here are a few of the results.

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Exhibition: Behind the Line

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Blue Mountains Creative Retreat

Korowal School
Blue Mountains, NSW

18-22 April 2020

Over a 5 day period Arts Muster 2020 is offering classes in textiles, basketry, printing, book binding, felting, slow fashion, mosaics, leather work, whittling, and more.  There are a range of options from 1, 2, 3 and 4 day workshops and participants may wish to attend one or more in different disciplines.

Sam, from Arts Muster, writes:
We want our friends and students to find out more about Arts Muster, our tutors, and what goes on behind the scenes.  So we started a Blog to let everyone know what is happening.  Read it HERE and keep up to date with our latest news.

Head over to the website for the full range of courses, dates and duration for each, and booking details.


Classes start from just $130 per day, and even less with the code, EARLY2020, which is valid for a 10% discount until the end of February.

Webmaster Note: I’m delighted to be teaching 2 courses at this event: “Fold, Split & Stitch: An Articulated Artist Book” over 2 days, and “Cover, Create, Bind: Artists Books Revealed” over 3 days.  I’d love you to join me.

Header images of work by the following artists, left to right: Caitlin Hepworth, Fiona Hammond, Claire Brach, Rae Woolnough.
Basketry by Lissa de Sailles

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Workshop: Manipulating paper with Lee Bethel

For those who missed our workshop with Lee last year here’s another opportunity to learn from an exhibiting mixed-media artist.

ATASDA is offering this 2 day course working with paper in a variety of ways including both 2 and 3 dimensional works.

Contact: nswworkshops@atasda.org.au or visit their website for more information http://www.atasda.org.au.

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Exhibition: International Women’s Day

This exhibition was brought to our attention by our member Liz Jeneid, one of the exhibitors, and she has generously shared some of her work with us here.

The Screen I & II, linocuts

In addition Liz also sent some pictures of a recent drawing series she has undertaken.  She writes:

(Here are) 4 images from a drawing series I did of plants in Costa Rica where I spent a month at a residency.  I find that time away is a  necessary part of my life, being away from home, absorbing life in other countries/landscapes and having uninterrupted time to make work.

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Workshop: Making small vessels

Primrose Paper Arts are delighted to offer our first workshop for 2020 and it’s definitely not one to be missed.

We are lucky to have Louise Gilchrist guiding participants through 2 x half day sessions on how to use their paper-making skills to create dimensional art pieces.

Whatever your experience of working with paper pulp, be you a beginner or seasoned paper-maker, Louise will be demonstrating how to create vessels of differing sizes, shapes and dimensions.
Everyone will form their own unique pieces and embellish them in their own style.

*A note on timing:
This workshop will run over 2 dates, so please ensure you can attend both: Monday 9 & 23 March, 10am – 1 pm.  This is to allow the items to dry between sessions.  However, participants do not have to leave immediately after each class finishes and are welcome to stay and continue working in the studio.

Please visit our Workshops page by CLICKING HERE to read the full workshop outline and to download the booking form.  The link should open in a new tab on your computer.

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