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Build a Book Part 3: Vintage style Illustrated Labels and Tags
Build a Book Part 3: Vintage style Illustrated Labels and Tags

Thu, 11 Nov



Build a Book Part 3: Vintage style Illustrated Labels and Tags

A beautiful additional to nature journals, sketchbooks, arty scrapbooks, field guides and stationary

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Time & Location

11 Nov 2021, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT


About The Event

Materials and Information:

This class is so much fun and perfect for all crafty folk who have a stationary addiction and/or love to add gorgeous embellishments to their sketchbooks and journals! Why not make your own?! During this workshop we will be mindfully doodle our way through some fantastic historical refences to create a range of unique and personal, vintage style label designs. Your finished masterpieces can be used as gift tags, on the front of homemade greetings cards or as a frontispiece/label for artist books, sketchbooks and journals. I'll show you how to use my 'recipe' sytem so that you don't have to use your brain too much and can enjoy scribbling along! 

If you are like me, you might pretend you are an intrepid Victorian explorer and need to add labels to your illustrated journal OR simply come along for a couple of hours of relaxing creative play...either way you are very welcome!

This workshop compliments the two previous journaling workshops: 

  • Make a Magical Expanding Journal
  • Fill Your Magical Expanding Journal

However, it is also a stand alone class which you can take part in independently of the other two.

All experience levels're in safe hands!

Materials required for this workshop:

During the workshop I will be drawing with dip nib pens, brushes and ink. Any materials/ink you already have is fine to play with during the class.  If you are buying expecially for the class, I would recommend buying a nib which is firm and not too springy. There is some good advice on here: Search: 'dip pens and drawing ink guide'. 

I will be using a Nikko G nib and a selection of black and brown inks by Herbin, Winsor and Newton and De Atrimentis. 

Some inks are waterproof which is really useful if you want to wash watercolour over them. Good cost effective waterproof ink for dip pens are: Winsor and Newton Black Indian Ink and Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Inks. I love the coloured inks by J Herbin which are lovely to use but please be aware they are not waterproof.

If you don't want you buy a dip nib, holder and ink you could use Fine liners (waterproof, nib size 0.5mm and 0.1mm) in brown or black...

...OR a fountain pen with waterproof or non waterproof ink (NB. Brown fine liner/ink gives a lovely sepia feel to the design)

  • Pencil 2B/HB, eraser, sharpener
  • Fine liner pen with a small nib (0.1mm)
  • Smooth watercolour paper or heavyweight cartridge paper or sketchbook
  • Watercolour paints
  • Palette
  • Paintbrushes (Round approx size 4, 6, 8)
  • Coloured Pencils/water soluble pencils
  • TWO Water pots (one extra than normal if you are using ink)
  • Kitchen Roll
  • White oil pastel/wax crayon/candle

What do I get?

  • Access to the live class via zoom
  • A recording of the live class with infinite access (great if you can't attend the live class or want to rewatch)
  • Downloadable references and a materials list (emailed to you before the class)
  • Loads of friendly advice and support!


  • Vintage Label Design

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