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Published February 9th 2016
Printmaking & Mixed Media, Look What You Could Be Producing
If being an artist is something you have always thought you might like to try your hand at, I would really recommend the beginners printmaking classes at Merri Creek Studios. I went along for a trial class just to see what it was like and really did not expect to be quite as enjoyable and as much fun as it really was.
Printmaking in Progress on the old fashioned machines. *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell
Alana is a young and vibrant instructor and filled with great ideas and wealth of artistic knowledge.
There are various classes she runs, including general art classes which run once a week for 6 weeks, however, you can just attend for 1 class and by contacting her, she will give you a list of what is available on the different evenings.
On the evening that I went along, we were doing printmaking.
Alanna preparing the class for their artistic journey. *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell
Armed with a piece of plastic (this is probably not the technical term for it), we covered the plastic with special black ink and drew on it with various tools to remove the ink in certain sections.
Once we were happy with the finished design, we were ready to put it through the print press and the best part of this was that if you did something that you didn't like, you could just put more ink on it and start again or just cover that small section.
Placing a special type of wet paper over the top of your design you could run it through a beautifully old fashioned print maker machine, which Alana advised she had a secured through crowd funding.
The grand unveil as the covers come off. *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell
Once you have completed your printmaking image, you can clean off the plastic and do another design if you would like, or we decided to leave it on and gently apply oil paints in various colours to create a negative shadow type art piece with various colours throughout. It was quite a unique experience and created some really fun designs, although it was a bit of a learning curve along the way as we realised a few things, including how white would simply show up as a clear image.
Some unique colours and textures. *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell
You could sense Alanna's passion for the artwork and the things she assists people to create along with the wealth of knowledge she possesses, but on top of this she is extremely accommodating, making sure everyone had cups of tea or coffee, biscuits and chocolate throughout the fun class.
She teaches children's workshops and ongoing events and has recently held an art exhibition for the children's classes - creating a fun space in the studio for the event.
A fun space in which to create. *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell
If you have any interest in art or expanding your creative talents, I would certainly recommend Merri Creek studio and Alanna's expertise to guide you along your way. Whether you join her for a full 6 week class or whether you just come along for one evening, at the end of each event you will have a new skill that you have developed.
Some of the amazing art created from our beginners class at Merri Creek Studios. *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell