Getting crafty at #VikingArtyParty

Over the past month or so I’ve been beavering away on an art journal. After discovering Noor Unnahar and practically devouring every instagram update she makes, I’ve become a little obsessed! So it’s safe to say I was excited about attending a blogger event hosted by Viking last week. Described as an ‘artsy party’ craft extravaganza I signed up immediately!

So what went down?

Block printing
We’ll first of all we started with block printing, which is actually much more difficult than it looks. A lovely lady from The Crafty Hen taught us how to create our own stamps before letting us loose with the paint. Despite wanting to create an intricate design I simply couldn’t! My hands are far to stubby to control the chisel with such precision, so I settled for some sort of leaf thing.

Now I know what you’re thinking, pressing a painted rubber onto something to create a pattern is pretty easy – think again. We were kindly given some binders to decorate which had a vinyl finish. This made them super slippy when pressing the rubber down. Luckily I had some wet wipes on had to quickly mop up the mess!

One thing I totally underestimated was the amount of paint you didn’t need. You see, the vinyl finish on the binders didn’t absorb the paint so if you applied too much to the rubber it just seemed to create a weird texture. To be honest, I couldn’t perfect it so I just rolled with it! A great introduction that definitely made me appreciate the patients that needs to go into block printing.

Calligraphy
This activity was my fav of the whole lot. Seeing Joyce from ArtsyNibs is always lovely! If you’re local to Manchester and interested in calligraphy, you have to go to one of her cocktail and calligraphy nights.

There was something extra special about this session though, we had the chance to check out the brand new Manuscript starter kits which feature Joyce’s designs :O! I was so excited to try the new kits and we got to take one home, which I’ve been putting to good use. (I’ll do a full post on it when I’m a bit better!)

Starting with a new kit was great, as I’ve only ever done brush work. At one point, Joyce suggested burning the end of my nib to get rid of the finish, giving the ink a smoother run. I don’t think anyone else heard her suggest this, so I kind of looked like a little pyromaniac for a moment!

Other than that the calligraphy was a lovely, relaxing activity. I think calligraphy is the one thing from the event I’m most likely to practice some more at home.

Notebooks
Ok so I went a bit weird with my notebook and made a spell book instead. Sue me. Everyone else went with gorgeous geometric designs and I started to feel like I made a mistake – but now I have a spell book, so who’s laughing now huh?

I think the art of backing note books was lost on me when I was younger, mainly because I didn’t bring my exercise books into school and rarely turned up anyway – oops! However, for the price of a lined paper book and some beautiful craft paper you could give Paperchase a run for their money.

I had an absolutely lovely time meeting other bloggers whilst I was there! Steph from SeeingSpots, Diane from NomadSeeksHome and Leanne from Little Babble to name a few. I can definitely see myself implementing some of the techniques from the day in my art journal! Thanks so much for the invite Viking.

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