Tips & Tricks Sessions

Note: All Tips & Tricks days, unless otherwise stated, are held at:

Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre
Matora Lane, off lower Young Street
Cremorne, NSW

It is a condition of entry to all events that closed in shoes are worn and any specific safety issues identified prior to, or during, each individual event is observed.

These meetings are an opportunity to share ideas, experiences and techniques without the structure of a workshop with a tutor, and maybe find out the answers to those questions you’ve had. They are a lot more informal and rely on input from all attendees.

TIME:  10am to 4.00pm.
COST:  $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
DETAILS:  Further details will be available closer to the date of each T&T day.
BOOKING:  Click here to email your intention to attend.


2018 Calendar:

October 20: Joomchi and Shifu (paper string)


North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney
Times and pricing remain the same (see top of page)

Mandy will be leading us through the wonders of creating both flat and sculptural pieces using Joomchi.  This is an ancient traditional Korean making paper technique making paper from mulberry bark using just water.  Up to 20 layers can be fused this way.

She will demonstrate the best way of creating these unique papers and how much more you can do than just make flat sheets (great sample photo here).

At its simplest it could be called a form of paper felting.  The technique creates strong, textured surfaces that were at one time used as a substitute for cloth and used for clothing and bags.

It can be layered with colour, split and holed, stitched, painted, embellished or overlaid in a collage.  Its uses are only limited by the imagination.  Today it is used to make art, sculpture, surface design, collage, bowls, bags, clothing, etc..

In addition, Mandy will also demonstrate Shifu making.  This paper string is extremely sturdy and relatively easy to make when you know how.  It’s quite a meditative process as you watch your paper string take form.  Sure to be a great day!

Mandy has incorporated it into some of her recent work with astonishing results as can be seen in the close-up photo of one of her pieces in the recent exhibition entitled ‘A Little Death’.

BOOKING:  Click here to email your intention to attend.


November 10: Colour, Composition & Collage


Northbridge Sailing Club, Bethwaite Lane, Northbrdge
Times and pricing remain the same (see top of page)

Claire will lead us into the wonderful world of colour first, where we will discover what we like, what we don’t like and how colours react together.

We will explore how colours affect perceptions of art and how to pick what works and what doesn’t in our own practice.







So how do we put colour and shape into prints, drawings, paintings and even paper pulp painting and paper making?  We will take a look at composition and what it is that attracts the eye.  Think about this;  what type of things pique your interest?  Are they sculptural or flat, full of colour, black and white, quirky or serious, textural or smooth?  Do you prefer images with a focal point or an all over pattern?  What is it that draws and holds your attention and how can you use that successfully in your own work?










Finally we will look at collage, a very subjective design tool.  Everyone sees something different in collage and we look forward to all members bringing in their own ideas, what they have done with collage, what they would like to do and how they see it fitting into their own projects.

Again, Claire will give guidance where required but this is an excellent opportunity for everyone to bring their own experiences, share their ideas with others and all leave with new skills, ideas and ways to use colour, composition and collage in a way that enhances their own creativity and opens new avenues for exploration.

BOOKING:  Click here to email your intention to attend.


Recent past Tips & Tricks days:

Playing with Size

What is size and why do we need to size some paper? How many sorts of size are there? When do we use which one?

This will be a day of experimenting with various types of size to understand what the effect of each one is and when we would use it.



Join Mandy as she shows how to manipulate thin Japanese papers into robust multi-layered patterned creations.  She will explain how to blend colours, cut, pull-apart, split, embellish and even paint and stitch your papers.

Talk to her about forming sculptures, how to shape and join pieces into larger art works and the many uses for this type of fabulous ‘paper felting’.


With only an A4 sheet of paper

What can be done with only an A4 sheet of paper – and maybe a pair of scissors and some glue?

This day will explore some of the things you can make such as boxes, bags, books, etc..

It will rely on participants sharing ideas of what can be done and the easiest way of doing them.  However, with several good paper folders in the group I’m sure we will all learn something new.