Contemporary Ink Illustration: The Zingy Studio

Next Available: 01 Oct 10:00AM
3.0 hours


The Joy of Spring: Contemporary Ink Illustration with The Zingy Studio

Develop and explore contemporary ink illustrations for application on a range of surfaces inspired by the colours and textures of spring. We will focus on the use of coloured Artist Spectrum Inks using a range of brushes and other found tools to make interesting marks on different useful surfaces being predominantly paper. All experiments will form an inspiration kit attendees could use later on for gift giving, inspiration boards, or use in a planner, diary or notebook.

The workshop will cover the following main topics:

  • Imagination

  • Mark Making

  • Texture

  • Composition

The objective is to experiment with mark making, texture and, composition whilst being brave with colour. The inks are a very forgiving medium with unlimited mixing capacity so the colour palette will never turn to mud and dries really fast.  It is most commonly used like watercolour however, the colour will always maintain its lustre and intensity no matter how much it is diluted.

Attendees will learn about mark making and are free to make their designs as real or as abstract as they wish. We will then finish the session by creating a small range of more polished designs all following a specific theme/story and colour palette to take home on a range of stationery (greeting cards, envelopes, writing paper...).

Each attendee will receive a specially designed art folio (that can also be decorated with their own design) to store all the artworks they create for the journey home and hopefully continue to add to this in their own practice following the workshop. (Learning is lifelong and shouldn’t end when the workshop does!)

This workshop is suitable for anyone wanting to unwind from a busy week, look at some beautiful springtime flowers and be inspired by colour and nature. It’ll be a time to paint freely, eat some tasty sweet treats and sip cups of hot tea. No artistic training or experience necessary.

Who is The Zingy Studio?

The Zingy Studio is a small surface pattern design studio and eco-friendly textile label by Miranda Sims. Miranda is committed to sourcing natural and organic fibres locally for digital textile printing. She is compelled to expand and enrich people's lives through great surface pattern design by exploring new techniques and materials, technologies and unexpected colour palettes and applications. Miranda has spent the last decade teaching in tertiary education, curating her own contemporary art exhibitions for charity and running art relief workshops. Miranda wants you to love a life with pattern!


IG: @from_thezingystudio

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Class Schedule

The class will occur on Sunday 01 Oct 17 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

What you will learn
  • Extend imagination and creative thinking skills and be brave with colour!
  • Experiment with mark making, texture and composition using beautiful high pigment inks
  • Work with a colour palette and a visual story to design compelling and energising compositions/patterns suitable for a range of applications and surfaces.
What you will get
  • All experiments will form a paper based inspiration kit to use for gift giving, inspiration boards, in a planner, diary or notebook.
  • Small range of speciality stationery items you have decorated
  • A specially designed folio made by Miranda to store all your new artworks and decorate yourself so you continue to add to your own future art practice.
  • Tea and cake

What to bring
  • Something that will represent your favourite colour(s) and or colour swatches (paint chips or paper cutouts)
  • A favourite pen or two
  • Own brushes if desired but not essential
What to wear

Casual - Wear something comfortable and you wouldn’t mind getting some paint on it and or an old apron


Think Thornbury

Vendor sincce 2017

Think is a combined shopfront and creative workshop venue in Thornbury founded in 2017 by Melbourne artist Maggie May (from the Middle Aisle), and musician and educator Joshua Kelly.

Think formed to nurture and support a local community of artists and creators, while simultaneously empowering people to develop creative thought through their interactions with artists’ products and workshops.

The store has a strong focus on local Australian made and ethically produced products, whilst the workshop venue connects customers directly to these makers through workshops and other creative events.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place.

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