PAPERLICIOUS: a day of crafting goodness

Please excuse me if I’m a little giddy and all over the place. I seem to have creative juices flowing out of every orifice and I don’t quite know what to do with them all.

Last Saturday I was invited to attend Paperlicious: a full day of crafting, eating and chatting, all put together by the absolutely brilliant Magdalena of Unleash Creative, and I’m still buzzing. It was a day combining all of my most favourite things, and I was on pins and needles all week waiting for the days to crawl by.

Finally bright and early on Saturday morning I packed my camera, laptop and notebook; cursed the demonspawn masquerading as a zit on my face (seriously, today of all days?); and drove into the city.

The event was held at Allpress Studio, which I think is my new favourite place ever. It’s all airy and light and beautiful — just the kind of place that prompts a little “Ooooooh!” from anyone coming up the stairs. Mags and the team did a completely ridiculous job of decorating, with gorgeous greenery hanging from the ceiling and a spectacular Scotch tape flower feature on the back wall.

As well as the stunning space upstairs, Allpress have a cafe and roastery downstairs. I was basically on a coffee high the entire day. I’d already downed my first soy latte by the time the doors opened at 9am, and I’m honestly surprised I could still speak straight by the end of the day.

Paula Mills

My group started the day with Paula Mills of Sweet William, watercolour extraordinaire. I’m a big fan of her prints and cards, and it was so much fun to see her work! She has this beautifully loose, organic style that I absolutely love, and am completely terrible at replicating.

I’ve always been an enormous watercolour wannabe — I have a few paints and cheap brushes, but never really had the know-how to do it well. Luckily Paula did an awesome job explaining her process and going through the tools, and I had the time of my life. We spent two hours doing a few exercises with brushes, paints and ink, and I managed to accidentally drink my dipping water (before it had brushes in it, thankfully).

It’s pretty safe to say I’ve now fallen in love with watercolours. I don’t feel quite so out of my depth anymore, and I adore the results from our experimentation with Paula. Take note, potential present-givers: I would like some nice brushes and paints, please. My birthday is 290 days away.

Morning tea arrived towards the end of the first workshop, and I think the eyes of the entire room collectively widened. We were treated to a sugary feast provided by In a World of Cake, with chocolates, baked goods, and even edible paper (paper! paperlicious! get it?)

Plus I had more coffee.

Pete Cromer

I’ve been a big-ass fan of Pete for a long while now, and was uber excited for this section of the day.

If you’re not familiar, Pete is a designer/illustrator responsible for the dang cutest paper prints and rock druids you ever did see. He took us through his design process, which I found incredibly interesting — I’ve dabbled in a similar creative techniques but our approaches are wildly different, which is awesome!

I’m very much a planner when I work — I draw, I erase, I draw again, I outline, I cut. Pete Cromer does not use a pencil. I repeat: Pete Cromer just knifes away at his paper and somehow makes beautiful shapes that aren’t crap.

It was really cool watching him cut shapes and choose colours, arranging them to our chosen theme (we gave him “underwater”).

We had a blast painting, cutting and glueing our own shapes, and after two hours we all had our own Cromer-inspired prints!

(My sincerest apologies to the group after us — I’m pretty sure we used up all the white paint)

Kate Pullen

Our third and final workshop was with the totally gorgeous Kate Pullen, hand-lettering master.

This was the subject I’ve had the most experience in, but I’m still a loooong way from Kate’s level. It was so much fun watching her work — I think my mouth was hanging open the entire time.

Kate showed us some examples of her work and took us through a few exercises, then after a bit of practice we were given the special task of lettering our own greeting cards. It was great to have a bit of a refresher course in type anatomy, and getting to chat to Kate breifly was very cool (and very jealousy-inducing — girl has far too much talent in her fingers for a normal human).

By the end of the day everyone was noticeably quieter but seemed pretty proud of the work we’d all achieved. It was an absolute cracker of a day — Paula, Pete and Kate each did a fantastic job of introducing us to their craft, and maddest props of all go to Mags for arranging the entire day. What an amazing lady.

Special shoutouts to new friends, especially Hailey of The Hello Workshop and Sam of Dunne With Style — lovely to meet you both in person!

For official photos of the event make sure you check out the stunning photography of Aim Maris (I’m the one in the bank robber beanie).

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    July 16, 2015

    Hey bank robber beanie girl, so good to meet you in person!! Perfectly captured x

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      July 17, 2015

      Haha, so nice to meet you too Sam! So great to put a face to the name x

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    July 16, 2015

    Totally 100% jealous!! Looked pretty awesome. Wouldn’t say no if you wanted to teach me :D

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      July 17, 2015

      Ahhh I so wish you could have come!! After spending two hours with each instructor I am definitely now a watercolouring, papercutting, lettering wizard and definitely qualified to teach ;D;D x

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    Chelsea Parsons

    July 17, 2015

    J, greta pics, gorgeous space, creative people, so so wonderful. Love the x’s on the wall x

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      July 19, 2015

      Oh Chels, thank you so much! Aren’t the x’s great!

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    July 17, 2015

    This event had to be great ! I really love all your pictures and your blog. It’s always a pleasure to discover your new articles :)

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      July 19, 2015

      Aw, thank you sweetness! It certainly was great :) x

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    July 17, 2015

    Love your write up on the event, so jealous…although excited that Mags is bringing it to Brisbane. Your photos are amazing, it all looked so amazing. x

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      July 19, 2015

      Thanks so much, lovely one! I’ve seen her Brisvegas posts, certainly worth attending if the Melbs one was anything to go by!! x

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    Shannon @ Oh Creative Day

    July 27, 2015

    Oh be still my beating heart!
    You got to work with Pete Cromer?!? How lucky are you?
    It looks like it was an amazing day.

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      July 29, 2015

      Haha I know, right! You’re like the third person to be jealous of my Cromer-day! He’s a popular bloke!! It was a super awesome day, mad props to Unleash Creative for putting on such an amazing day :D x

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    August 7, 2015

    Oh wow! This event looks like something that would be right up my alley. Loving your water colour expirements. This is something I’d love to try one day.

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      September 25, 2015

      Holy cowballs I missed your comment somehow, sorry lovely one! It definitely was right up your alley, such an awesome day!