Unleash your creativity as you paint and print your own unique papers and backgrounds, experimenting with colours, textures and mark making using a variety of techniques. Then cut them up and collage them before adding stitch with free machine embroidery to create your own unique artworks. This course is suitable for all levels of experience as full instruction will be given. You will need your own sewing machine and be able to lower the feed dogs.
On the first day of this course you will be using acrylic paints and inks to create a variety of papers exploring colour, tone and composition. We will explore colour mixing and use a variety of different techniques to build up a range of surfaces to use for collage. On day two we will cut up and arrange the papers from day one to create beautiful unique artworks before adding the additional element of stitch using free machine embroidery.
Please bring with you
A pad of A3 acrylic or watercolour paper, with at least 12 sheets
Thin paper such as copy paper
Papers and ephemera for collage such as music manuscript, old book pages, bus tickets
Acrylic paints – you will need black, white and at least one red, yellow and blue. If you wish to bring more than these basic colours then I suggest two of each of the primary colours in both cool and warm versions e.g. lemon yellow and yellow ochre, magenta and scarlet, turquoise and ultramarine
Acrylic matte gel medium
Acrylic inks (optional)
Posca pens (optional)
A plate or tray for mixing (or an acrylic palette)
Selection of brushes
An old credit/store card
Small piece of bubble wrap
A water container
Gelli plate if you have one (optional)
Sewing machine with tools and instructions plus an embroidery foot for free machine embroidery (you need to be able to lower the feed dogs on your machine)
Size 90 universal machine needles
Black sewing thread
The following items can be purchased from your tutor
The tutor will bring some items for printing etc. that can be shared.
Artist’s paints and materials are readily available online from Jacksons Art or Cass Art
Suitable for all levels
Missenden Abbey Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD
Gina is an experienced adult education tutor who specialises in machine embroidery. She regularly exhibits her own work and is a member of Cambridge Open Studios.