Sunday, 17 June 2012

A Fabulous Class with Julie van Oosten

Whilst I was in Brisbane for the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo a week ago I took a class with the wonderful Julie van Oosten of Collections Elements.

This was the first time Julie had taught at the Expo - and she did a brilliant job! The project she taught was her 'Mini Printers Tray' and we managed to construct, paint and fill the tray in the two hour class time slot, with Julie steering everyone gently and confidently through the project.

I had been struggling a bit with some of the other classes I had attended at the Expo where teachers had basically left everyone to follow the written directions for the class, without much input from them. Coming from the needlework world where it is expected that the teacher drives the class, I found this lack of input rather frustrating. Julie's class was a breath of fresh air! And, the proof was in the pudding - most people finished their project, whilst in other less driven classes, most students walked out of the class (like me) with unfinished projects.

I totally fell in love with the understated and muted colours of Julie's palette for this project, and enjoyed the challenge of making white and black and cream work without the addition of lots of colour to create something that grabs the eye.

So, this is my printers tray all finished and I am really thrilled with it. I had several little black plate stands left over from my days of exhibiting my needlework designs at shows, so I used one of them to hold the printers tray upright. I think it's black chunkiness works well and serves to make the dark parts of the tray 'pop' quite nicely.

One of the lovely things I have discovered about going to papercraft classes is the wonderful 'leftovers' that you end up with at the end of class. Often in a class project there is one image used in a sheet of images, and one or two words in a sheet of words - and the rest are left to play with at a later date!

1 comment:

  1. I love how your little chair turned out, so glad you have used some of your purchases from the other side of Australia