I’ve got three great workshops coming up during March and April! Join me for these small group classes, learn a new crafting technique and come away with a beautiful project.
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, join us for a Sunday of shamrock making! Learn how to craft a life-size arrangement of sweet clovers crafted from gorgeous two-toned imported crepe paper in a fun and friendly, small-scale workshop. My deceptively simple technique results in surprisingly realistic faux foliage sprouting from moss mounds mounted on rustic wood rounds. All materials, including vintage lucky ladybug beads, are included.
Join us for a day of colorful exploration as I walk you through the basic surface design techniques of suminagashi, the ancient Japanese art of marbling. Learn how to manipulate these amazing inks on the surface of a water bath, creating beautiful designs we’ll capture on paper. Additionally, I’ll will show you how to transfer and set your designs on silk fabric, sending each student home with a set of custom handkerchiefs*
* Spend your Sunday at Handcraft Studio School! Take both my Marbling workshop in the morning and my talented friend Cathy Callahan’s Ombre Dye workshop in the afternoon to receive a $20 discount (both workshops for $160).
All materials provided. Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting inks on – or feel free to bring a work apron.
Feeling festive?! Join us in rediscovering a vintage craft as we create and construct surprise balls, party favors rooted in 1950s America. Treats and trinkets, sweets and jokes are rolled in the folds of crepe paper streamers forming a happy sphere that can be decorated as simply or elaborately as you please. Recipients are showered with fun as they unroll their surprise balls, revealing the goodies you’ve selected and creating a joyful mess!
Each participant will learn techniques, tips and tricks to successfully create their own surprise ball party favors. All tools and materials will be provided. We’ll happily provide a sweet selection of items to include in your surprise balls (enough for everyone to complete at least three!) but if there are specific, small scale items you’d like to use, please feel free to bring them with you (think tiny charms, novelty jewelry, stickers, notes on paper, little hard candies, etc.).
Get inspired – check out my Pinterest board of surprise balls to see how others have styled and decorated their versions of these sweet party favors!: https://www.pinterest.com/robert_mahar/surprise-balls/