The eight of us in attendance fit perfectly in to Christina's petite, but lovely Gastown studio (which she happens to share with one of my favourite people, Katherine from Foe and Dear). We were given sustenance to maintain our creativity in the form of delicious baked goods and non-caffeinated beverages (to keep the jitters at bay).
Paper art led by Tara was up first. We were given templates and an envelope of pretty paper to create our own little paper creations.
Next up was brush lettering with Christina. Above, you can see some of her work adorning the walls, which served as inspiration. We were given tools and worksheets to help us on our lettering journey...
Some of the other participant's lettering journeys were perhaps smoother than mine, hence why their work is pictured - so much talent in that little room! I definitely had fun but realised that brush lettering is one of those things that doesn't come naturally to me. I loved using the gouache though! Now that I have the tools and the general know-how, I plan on practicing, practicing aaaaand probably a bit more practicing. I need to train my hand to put on paper what I'm envisioning in my head. Yes, as a creative person it bothers me to no end that I can't create something as I imagine it. Luckily I find the process rather zen-like, so that's a plus.
Moral of the story, I highly recommend taking one of either Tara or Christina's workshops (ideally both together).
While you're at it, I would also recommend taking any kind of creative workshop, especially one that's a bit out of your usual comfort zone.