Sunday, 4 June 2017

Getting Crafty with Viking Stationary

A few weeks ago I was invited along to a crafty blogger event with Viking Stationary. I'm never one to turn down a chance to get creative and learn a few new things. I know I'm not alone when I say I love everything about stationary and it makes such a lovely change to go to a blogger event like this. Thankfully I had a Saturday free so I could hop on a train and join Viking. The event was held at King Street Townhouse (a stunning hotel with spectacular views of the city) on a beautiful sunny day in Manchester. There were lots of lovely bloggers all ready to get their craft on.

As there were so many of us we were split into three groups and rotated through the room each trying our hand at three different crafts. First up was the notebook customisation station where we were able to use a big variety of fancy papers, card and washi tape to turn boring plain exercise books into something special. There was so much choice but I think the vast quantity of double sided tape I used worked in my favour. 

After a delicious lunch out on the balcony, taking in the sights of Manchester, we headed back inside to have a go at block printing with The Crafty Hen. I've made stamps in the past by cutting out foam and mounting it to thick cardboard but I've always cut my stamps out with scissors and I've never used a carving tool before. We were given white rubbers (yep, just simple rubbers) to carve a shape into and that would become our stamp. I really enjoyed this, I planned to carve a small leaf shape which turned into a cheese-plant style leaf and I was really impressed with myself! The stamping with paint was simple and really effective. I thought this would be a great way to make custom wrapping paper too.

Look at everyone's work! Mine can be spotted in the middle, the one with the pale green leaves.

The last tutorial for our group was calligraphy writing, led by the wonderful Joyce Lee from ArtsyNibs who writes so beautifully. You can see her work on Instagram here. I wasn't as good at calligraphy as I was hoping I might be, I'm used to working with brush pens but using a real metal nib and ink is tricky! It was a lovely activity to loose yourself in and after a bit more practice I think I could improve my skills. I'm very envious of Joyce for who it seems to come so naturally. Big thank you to Viking for hosting such a lovely blogger event and to Matt who took some of the photos above whilst we enjoyed ourselves!

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