A couple of months ago I got a super exciting email. Viking had invited me to their #VikingArtyParty – an afternoon of crafting, coffee and cakes. As soon as I saw the word stationery, I was sold! I RSVP’d immediately.
Finally, the day of the party rolled around last weekend and I headed to King Street Townhouse in Manchester. First things first, what a location!
Just like practically every other blogger that arrived, I was drawn to the rooftop terrace where there were some amazing views of Manchester. Thank god it was a good day for weather!
Even though I’m afraid of heights, I got right up to the edge of the glass balcony and got some gorgeous photos. Including the obligatory shoe shot of course. Otherwise how would you know how high up we were?
We were given colours that would symbolise which group we were in and I was excited to find that my first workshop would be Calligraphy with Joyce from Artynibs. I’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy and have been hoping to get some skills in time for my wedding.
One of the most important factors of calligraphy is your posture. Mine is atrocious so I was really put to the test!
I dived in and promptly made a complete mess. High school flashbacks ensued.
Once I’d cleaned myself up (baby wipes are a god send!) I quickly got the hang of the theory behind making shapes with the pen and ink. Unfortunately no matter how much my brain understood, my hand wouldn’t oblige. So I think it’s going to take quite a bit of practice before I can write the place cards for my wedding! I’m up to the challenge though. It was fun and I look forward to testing out the set we got to take home.
After a break for lunch, the next workshop was notebook customisation with one of the ladies from The Crafty Hen.
We were all given a plain A4 notebook that we had to customise however we liked. The table was full of paper, washi tape (yas!), ribbon and so much more.
After making a snap decision on my patterned paper I ended up pairing it with some bright coloured paper. Paper that as it turns out are the colours of my bridesmaid dresses. Wedding brain, eh?
I’m really pleased with the result and can’t wait to use it!
The final workshop was block printing with another of the ladies from The Crafty Hen. We were taught how to make our own stamps out of rubbers and then print on a lever arch file. I got excited as soon as I saw the tools as I got a flashback to when I did this in Textiles at college.
After deciding on a button pattern, I set to work carving out the design on the rubber. Note: keep your design simple!
It was another messy workshop and I loved every minute of it.
Here’s my finished piece.
Take a look at all my finished creations!
I had such a great day and it was so nice to make things that you could take home. Thanks Viking!