Tuesday, 8 May 2018


The sunny bank holiday weekend bought with it a Silk Aquatint workshop at the yard:ARTspace
Silk Aquatint is a sophisticated collagraph version of Mezzo tint.
Mount board is covered with chiffon which holds a rich velvety amount of ink.
By using layers of glue, details and tones can be achieved.
Despite the warm weather there was a great deal of concentrated gluing as layers were applied to make different tones. 
The weekend was used to explore the
plate making processes and then
chine collee, and viscocity
inking was added to the mix.
With the studio doors flung open
lots and
of prints were made. The next collagraph workshop will be 23 September, Printing Collagraph and Lino together.

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So far the summer term at the yard:ARTspace has been about textiles. I have been lucky enough to have Viv Sliwka and Kathleen Murphy visit, bringing with them bags of stitch goodies and deliver gorgeous workshops.
The end of April saw Viv inspire a group with stitch and 
vintage tins. We all made a delicious stitched collage
adding vintage bits
held down with french knots
and running stitch to create small
encased worlds.

Everyone completed their projects and we 
were all thrilled. Viv is a gently persuasive teacher, very generous with her materials and knowledge.
With the change in the weather Kathleen arrived, suitcases in hand
and mystery packages for her signature workshop, The Sewcial.
You just do not know what you will be signing up for with this workshop.
Kathleen challenges and inspires you to think outside of the box and this workshop did not disappoint. Everyone received a sieve and a thing from a light fitting.
From there Kathleen makes a few suggestions and off everyone goes in a variety of directions.
creating from
resource material.
Show casing skills
in new directions.
Everyone produced extraordinary pieces
Much admired at the end of the day.
Missed this workshop?
Kathleen will be delivering a Seasonal Sewcial at the yard:ARTspace on the 16 November, book early to avoid disappointment.

Friday, 27 April 2018


The summer term started at the yard:ARTspace, Cheltenham this week. Since starting workshops and courses at the yard, 4 years ago, I have found myself a bit Cheltenham bound. But a couple of weeks ago I was found venturing out to the Nottingham area to deliver a workshop
at the marvelous Hope and Elvis.
Two wonderful days delivering my signature workshop, Mixed Media Sketchbook techniques to include Gum Arabic Transfer...I really must make that title more snappy.
There are 2 things that recommend a Hope and Elvis workshop. The fantastic organisation of the lovely Louise Asher and the fabulous food at lunch time. This photo sums up both.
Everyone who attended the 2 day workshop was made to work extremely hard.
Lots of mixed media with ink, bleach and wax combined
with oiled based ink and
my favourite technique
gum arabic transfer printing.
A great deal of experimental work was done on paper and into sketch books.
The paper was duly folded into a book form,
then glued to create a library of
Everyone made very personal pieces. Fantastic to see when everyone uses the similar techniques.
Look out for this edition of Be Creative with Workbox 
I have a 'how to' article explaining Gum Arabic transfer in detail.
Or go to my Etsy shop MadeBySueBrown,  for a selection of 'How to ' leaflets
and original hand-stitched, gum arabic transfer printed Garden Stories.