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 2.00pm.
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.


2019 Calendar:

Paper Play without Glue
Saturday February 9, 2019

**Please note change of venue for this event**

North Sydney Community Centre – Wattle Room
220 Miller Street, North Sydney
10:00am – 2:00pm

There are many different ways of working with paper that don’t include glue.  Stuck for an idea?

Consider the following:
Folded, manipulated & stitched books, embossing, box making, weaving, string & cord making, stamping & colouring the surface, layering & grouping, Joomchi, jewellery pieces, concertina work, card-making, gift tags, envelopes, cut-outs & dimensional pop-ups, braiding, knotting & netting with paper string, flower making, origami, cut paper patterns.

What have we forgotten?  What skills can you bring to share on the day?

Resources for images:
The Paperer’s Unique Paper Jewellery (earrings), Patricia Cohen (rainbow box), Julie Hamilton Creative (cut out), Steven Casey (origami), South Village Concourse (large paper flowers), Jill Elias & Dinah Beeston (books and weaving).

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



Mandy showed how to manipulate thin Japanese papers into robust multi-layered patterned creations.  She explained how to blend colours, cut, pull-apart, split, embellish and even paint and stitch your papers.

She talked 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 explored some of the things you can make such as boxes, bags, books, etc..

Participants shared ideas of what can be done and the easiest way of doing them.  With several good paper folders in the group we all learned something new.


Joomchi and Shifu (paper string)

Joomchi is always popular and Mandy also demonstrated 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.

The example to the left shows Mandy’s recent work where she has incorporated the Shifu string as a ‘fringe’ on this full-size Joomchi cloak.