Sunday 30th March was a beautiful sunny day for the first “Art Workshop” to be held at the Paraíso del Burro. The event was a relaxed and happy affair with a mix of adults and children taking part. The event leader was Lydia who demonstrated the techniques needed to create and print some wonderful pictures, mainly relating to animals and nature but totally personal and without the need for any previous experience.
In the morning we learned how to create our pictures using a variety of materials which were glued into place onto thick card. Almost any material can be used: card, fabrics, ribbon, flowers, tea, coffee… You are totally free to let your imagination flow.
All work stopped for lunch and everyone enjoyed a picnic in the open air with a variety of food provided by all in attendance and shared between everyone – both volunteers and those attending the workshop.
The afternoon session involved the printing of the prepared work and the revealing of the finished article. Once your picture has been created it has to be painted over with a water-based paint and prepared in readiness for printing. It is then covered with dampened printing paper and passed through the “press”. This was the most exciting part of the day for everyone as they peeled back the paper to reveal the finished article to gasps of amazement and joy.
What a fabulous day we all had and grateful thanks go out to Anuska for organizing the event and to Lydia for supplying all the materials and demonstrating the techniques in such a clear and patient manner.