Bespoke Brushes and Handmade Books

What to Bring

  • If you have any special papers or inks you would like to try please feel free to bring them along.
  • Bring your own lunch.
  • For Bespoke Brushes you might like to bring materials to recycle e.g. old house painting brushes, string, shoelaces, onion bags. There will be some recyclables available.

What to Wear

  • Casual

Appropriate For

  • From beginners to experienced artists. Adults

Bespoke Brushes and Handmade Books

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Sunday May 28th 10AM - 3PM

What You Will Learn

  • You will learn how to make bespoke brushes using natural and recycled materials
  • You will learn how to use your bespoke brushes and create your own artworks which will then be used to make books
  • You will learn how to make books using a variety of techniques

What You Get

  • Basic materials included (paints, inks, pastels, variety of papers etc). There will be some recyclables available for brush making.
  • Your very own handmade books and bespoke brushes


Bespoke Brushes & Handmade Books

This workshop is brought to you in partnership between Nichola Prested of Handmaker's Factory and Thea Bates of Art In An Hour

Making marks is what art is all about, whether it’s with a paint brush, a pencil, charcoal or perhaps even a stick. It is also about creating your own unique mark makers, or Bespoke Brushes

Bespoke Brushes, as the 17th Century term suggests, are brushes custom made by you, in this workshop, either from recycled materials, treasures from the natural environment or both! There will be ample materials available including driftwood, twigs, seeds, grasses, recycled textiles, strings and fabric remnants to name a few. There will also be a variety of papers, however you may choose to bring your own.

Spend the morning exploring textures, touch, how they grab the paint or the ink. Make one brush, make many. For us Bespoke Brushes can also be works of art in their own right. You may never want to get paint near them! Learn how to under-paint, to layer, to trail, to draw, to over-layer. Find joy in negative space. Find immense satisfaction in patterning. Try big broad brush strokes, and tiny trickley lines using your breathe.

Think ahead to the afternoon workshop where we will turn our works into handmade books using a variety of techniques. Choose from concertina, hand stitched, folded and more! How beautiful those marks can look on paper, or fabric or maybe even on another natural product such as paperbark. 

Be inspired by nature, be sustainably responsible, be both at the same time.  Share with others the experience of making your own ‘mark maker’ and take home artwork you will love. 

Art In An Hour

Thea Bates of Art in an Hour is a qualified art teacher, visual artist and creative practitioner. She loves to engage people in their own and sometimes  suppressed creativity, offering strategies and techniques  that leave tentative artists surprised and amazed by what they can do. As well as teaching art in community settings, she loves to work with corporates, local government and small businesses, where they see the benefits to their staff wellbeing, and therefore to their business. 

Art in an Hour is essentially a ‘juicy morsel of creative mindfulness’, to which Thea brings her extensive experience  both within and outside the creative arts genre, to support participants achieve extraordinary results. One hour can become many hours; art before breakfast, art on the train. Art anywhere, anytime.


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May 2017
Bespoke Brushes and Handmade Books - 28 May 2017 10:00 AM

Being creative with other creative people. Getting my hands dirty and creating art.