This last weekend I took part in a couple of courses at Handmade Wellington, which is a festival of all things handmade. Over the weekend there are numerous courses and lectures you can attend. Whilst I would have liked to have gotten the full ticket (8 classes over 2 days) time/money wouldn't really allow for it and I was also a little unsure what I was really getting myself into, so I decided to do two course, one on Saturday and one on Sunday to see what I thought of it and if I'd like to do a full programme in 2013.
The two courses I did were Turkish marbeling paper and hand carved stamps and printing. I chose these two as they are both things I have wanted to try for a while, but have always felt a bit anxious about trying them on my own.
The final results were pretty amazing though - I only ended up with two pieces of marbling I was happy with, so those were the two I took home with me.
On the Sunday I did a class in hand-carved stamps and printing, I enjoyed this class a lot more, although the tutor again nearly ran out of supplies as there were many more people in the class than she was expecting! I think its really bad planning by the organizers of the event and really bad for those teaching as they can't prepare the right amount of supplies for their classes - I can imagine that would be so frustrating!
The stamp carving turned out to be much more simple than I imagined and I can't wait to do more, I've already ordered some fabric safe ink off the internet. Here's my first stamp, prior to the carving.