Oh Christmas tree…

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Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your Santas.


Check out the group’s brilliant contribution to the Christmas Tree Festival at the Episcopal Church in Grantown. Love all the Santas!

Merry Christmas!

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It’s been a busy 2016 but we didn’t realise how busy until we looked back at our pictures.

Now we’re on our Christmas break, we thought it would be nice to enjoy some of the highlights.

Thanks to all our members and associates for making it such a memorable year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and we’ll see you in 2017 for more arty fun. Stay tuned to the website for news of our next round of workshops.

Christmas lunch

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We’re off to the Garth Hotel for Christmas lunch at the weekend. Looking forward to seeing lots of pictures of people in Christmas hats! Remember to take your cameras!

Nov 30: Making mugs and jewellery

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This week you can get a few Christmas present ticked off – we’re making mugs and bracelets.

For newer members, Angus will be using his special printing equipment to print pictures onto mugs.

And new for this year, he can also print onto curved metal bracelets. Each product costs £5 and the bracelets come with a lovely presentation case.

All you need to bring are some pictures to scan – or you can draw something in class. Images work best when they have a clean white background – see below for a montage of our products from last year, and an example of the bracelets.


Big thanks

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Thanks to everyone who supported our members at Grantown Museum’s Christmas sale on Saturday. And of course, thanks to everyone who took the time to make and sell items.

A great day was had by all and here you can see some of hardworkers on the stall.

Grantown Museum stall
Liz, Angela and Norma on the stall

Grantown craftiness

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Just a reminder that some of our members will be selling their wares at the Grantown Museum’s Christmas sale on Saturday.

The Spey Art Group will have a table at the event, which includes a coffee morning, with a range of products made by our talented members.

But if you’d rather get your hands dirty, there’s still time to sign up for Angus’s jewellery workshop, which is on the same day at Inverallan Parish Church Hall.

Contact the Cairngorms Learning Partnership on 01540 662 420 or find more information at the CLP website.



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Wednesday night was mug night. Everyone had produced some lovely illustrations and they looked fantastic on the mugs. Is that Christmas shopping taken care of??



All wrapped up?

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Last night was a tutoring night – punctuated by school bells controlling parents’ evening. But Angus just had time to show us a crafty way of creating our own wrapping paper, which someone shared with him on Facebook.

So for those who missed it or others who want a wee reminder. . .


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Step 1 – On a piece of paper slightly smaller than A4, draw a number of related objects in pen, overlapping them with each other but staying away from the edges and corners.


Step 2 – Using a guillotine, cut your drawing in half lengthways. Yes, honestly – cut it up.







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Step 3


Step 3 – Tape the two sections together, but the wrong way round.

Like this. . .

As you can see, if you had another sheet identical to this, you could continue the pattern to either side.


Step 4 – Cut the drawing in half horizontally. Aye, again.







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Step 5 – Tape it together, again the wrong way round.


Step 6 – You should now have piece of paper with your original drawing distributed in the corners and a bit of a gap in the middle.










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Step 7 – Fill the gaps in the middle with another drawing or two.











Halloween paperYour master sheet can now be photocopied and tessellated in any direction to make a striking repeating pattern. Like this. . .


And you could colour it in, making lovely wrapping paper for birthdays or Christmas!

Making reindeer

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Sorry it took a wee while to upload these ones. Such a fun workshop. I love my reindeer. It’s my new favourite christmas decoration.