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Enduring Joy of The Joy Tree

Tomorrow (Thursday) is THE final day to pull your hammock up under The Joy Tree!

I understand this time of year is extremely challenging: Christmas is looming, kids are finishing school and we all want to tighten our belt in anticipation of that January credit card statement!

Earlier in the week, I made an offer to my newsletter subscribers and now I open it up to the public.

What if you could bring a friend to The Joy Tree class for HALF PRICE?
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Yep, HALF PRICE!

Why? Well, of course there’s a story……

I leave clover to grow in my lawn. A lot of my friends and neighbours do it. I enjoy the Spring-time ramble and hum of the bees that descend upon them. It reminds me that the cycle of life is still happening and our elderly neighbours who have a dozen hives will do well again selling their honey.

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But they didn’t come this year; I was disturbed. Why can’t I enjoy this moment? It’s an event that is talked about in the shops and when it just didn’t happen….well, I couldn’t share it with anyone!!

And so it reminded me of sharing moments with friends. Why can’t every moment be in the company of a friend? Your experience is richer, you recall that moment with more clarity and you can relive that moment again and again and again….
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It connects you into a single consciousness – like bees, and you feel CONNECTED! And so the idea of BRING A FRIEND came to mind.

So, if you think this is for you, today and tomorrow is your chance to find a friend and come join me at Knitch for another 3 hours of collagey goodness.

All you need to do is go the BLOG POST and purchase your class. As you move through the PayPal process, there’ll be a box entitled INSTRUCTIONS TO SELLER. It’s there you’ll write your friend’s name. Bring them on Saturday and all they’ll  need to pay is $45!!!

I’m thinking this is too easy! My husband thinks it’s a fabulous idea.

What do you think? I hope to hear the hum of busy bees at The Joy Tree class this Saturday.

xx Giovanna

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Collage Play Workshop

It’s been a while in the making, so I’m very pleased to launch my new workshop experience….
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Collage Play is a mixed media workshop for absolute beginners.

On the surface? It’s about creating a pretty piece of art for your wall.
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But really? It’s about expressing yourself, playing with lots of different media and learning some cool techniques.
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It’s designed for people who have limited or no knowledge of mixed media, art, being creative and drawing a face – people who struggle with confidence in drawing, who say, “I’m not arty! Stick figures are my limit.”
By the end of the workshop, you will understand how to make interesting backgrounds, combine colours and textures, DRAW A SIMPLE FACE and use art mediums with confidence.
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And best of all, you’ll have the benefit of a small, intimate group of like-minded souls. You’ll arrive with basic tools and leave with a generous kit and enough knowledge to complete more at home. Because the group is small, I can give you lots of guidance and attention and encouragement along the way.

So grab your apron and paintbrushes and get ready to Collage Play!

The workshop opens for registration today and numbers are limited.
Investment: $90
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There are 2 sessions to choose from: Wednesday 22nd October or Saturday 25th October.
Workshop time: 10am – 1pm (plus cleaning up time).

Our venue is the lovely yarn shop Knitch, in Paddington.
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We have a gorgeous space downstairs to spread out and be messy-creatives without interruption.

I hope you can join me. It’s going to be loads of fun!
But why believe me? (I’m a wee bit biased)
Here’s what past workshop attendees had to say….

Fantastic class. Very relaxed atmosphere, excellent and very patient teacher. Even my daughter was proud of my art work and that takes a lot!!!
I look at it now and proudly think “I did that.” I left the class with the confidence that I could do this myself at home. 10/10.
(Donna)

Thank you so much – really enjoyed the afternoon. Can’t wait to get all the stuff to create another one (or two) :-).
(Kerry)

For only $90 you get a generous kit of mixed media goodies, detailed notes to take home, 3+ hours of me tenderly and expertly guiding you through the process and use of lots of extras from my stash.
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But it’s not just the WHAT, but the HOW AND WHY I use what I use and the know-how that comes from years of making some huuuuge mistakes along the way.

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Many have said that mixed media confuses them and it’s not for them. Let me show you how achievable it REALLY IS; de-mystify a few art mediums and teach you how to use what you already have at home.

I would love to see you sitting at my table and looking totally satisfied with what you’ve created.
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Time to take a chance and show us your Amazingness!

Hope to hear from you soon!!
xx Gi

Full payment is required and will run on a first-come-first-served basis.
A refund will only be given if your spot can be filled.
You will need to bring some basic items from home – a full list of supplies will be provided on registration and payment.

Winter Workshop at The Scrap N Patch

13th July 2013
The Scrap N Patch
Toowoomba QLD
9am and 2pm
$90 for 3 hours of schmoozing
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Join me in the beautiful setting of Toowoomba in Queensland’s Darling Downs for 3 hours of mixed media explorations. Geared toward both beginners and more able Creatives, I will guide you through a range of techniques to complete TWO canvases.
While the instructions will be on how to use the many artistic mediums to achieve specific effects, you will be free to make your own choices with colour and images used.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • heat gun
  • paint brushes in various sizes, at least one 2.5cm wide and one very long thin one for cursive handwriting (possibly, if you’re brave enough)
  • scissors for fine cutting and regular cutting, and craft knife
  • stencils – your favourites – any brand, any size
  • paper towels
  • baby wipes
  • palette for paint mixing – a plastic plate is fine
  • palette knives – if you don’t have these, a store card or plastic knife will do the job
  • spray bottle (not a mini mister – it’s too small)
  • rub ons – any sheet that you can’t use anymore. The scrappier, the better.
  • masking tape
  • container for water to wash brushes
  • old rag
  • full apron – you’ll get messy
  • ENTHUSIASM
  • GENEROSITY
  • OPEN-MINDEDNESS

WHAT I’LL BRING

  • canvas panel x 2
  • variety of papers
  • acrylic paint
  • acrylic ink
  • mists and sprays
  • artists mediums
  • water soluble oil pastels
  • texture making tools
  • stamps and ink
  • tissue, napkins

Experimentation is key in this 3-hour Workshop. Class sizes are limited to ensure you get lots of attention from Me!!!

To make a booking, contact The Scrap N Patch on (07) 4687 6888 : or email liz[at]scrapnpatch[dot]com[dot]au.

I can’t wait share these hours with you!!!

xx Giovanna