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Paper Flower Workshop: Quill London

Earlier in the week I used a birthday gift voucher and headed along to a paper flower making workshop hosted by Quill London and taught by Susan Beech from A Petal Unfolds. The workshop ran for two hours and was held in Quill's beautiful little stationery shop (I wanted ALL the stationery!). 


I didn't really know what to expect - and naively thought I would come away from this workshop with a whole bunch of paper flowers! Ha. How wrong I was - it took the entire two hours to make the one flower - and that was with a few of the elements having been pre-cut for us!! Honestly the amount of love and detail that goes into making each single flower is a lot and it gave me a much better understanding of what is involved in this process. 


Susan took us through the process and showed us what we needed to do at each stage, and then with the tools we were given we were able to crack on with making our own peonie. The peonie had 36 petals - Susan told us that when she makes a ranunculus over 100 petals are needed!!


It is very detailed work and there is a lot of cutting out that needs to be done, but it is so satisfying seeing the layers being built up and then a beautiful flower appearing! 


This is my final flower. I went for deep red colours and I am really pleased with how it turned out - although having looked at the example ones that Susan had made, there is definitely a lot of room for improvement. Sorry the photos are a bit rubbish - I was quickly snapping away on my phone in-between cutting! I am hoping to get some more materials so that I can make a few more and maybe eventually make a bunch! 

Also if you are interested in having a go but are not near London to go to a workshop I found this tutorial on Design Sponge (and I am sure there are many more out there) which looks really detailed so am excited about giving these flowers a go too! 

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Modern Calligraphy Workshop

For ages I have wanted to learn calligraphy and particularly modern calligraphy. Before Christmas at work we talked about doing a bit of a team building/fun activity in January to inspire us and give us something to look forward to after Christmas had past, so I got in touch with Quill London as quite a lot of bloggers I follow had been to one of their workshops and loved it. 

Quill regularly run modern calligraphy workshops in London but because there was quite a big group of us they put together a workshop especially for us, and we were not disappointed. 

The workshop was 3 hours long and our lovely teacher Chiara from Lamplighter London provided all the materials that we would need (and got to keep afterwards so that we could keep practising) and took us through the process. The class was really well structured and the tasks that were set were really helpful in developing our skills. Chiara was lovely and spent time helping people individually to improve their technique.

It was exciting being taught the basics and being given the skills (and tools) necessary to practice and improve. Part of me was really excited about what I was able to do after just 3 hours, but I also realised how much practice I will need to get really good. But I am really keen to do the practice and improve so that forming the letters and being creative with the glyphs and how letters join each other comes a lot more naturally to me. Watch this space for hopefully more calligraphy action in 2015!