Free Range Painting

Unusually, today’s Dyeing to Paint was held in Ystradowen Village Hall which mant that there was no going back if any resources were forgotten. So….. there was virtually everything the group owned available to tinker with, and tinker they did!

Monica and Hillary started off experimenting with the new embossing powders and Christmas stencil with some good results.

Hillary's Trees on fabric

Hillary’s Trees on fabric

Monica tried the stencil on fabric and card and Jan cut a tree on her Sissix machine and Monica then added a small glittery tree in the centre


And….. the main learning point from this exercise was that if you get distracted you might scorch your fabric – hey ho.

After a coffee and a chat Caroline was absorbed with print blocks……



As were Salinder and Keris



Keris also printed some beautiful leaves with leaves that she had picked up from Cardiff yesterday


Corinne was busy embellishing a wall hanging that she started at a previous session – which looks beautiful


And she even got time to have a go at the linocut printing

Jan had a productive day with her Sissix machine


And Isobelle played around with her glue gun and the heat gun


Chris was quietly engrossed in making labels for the many Christmas presents she will be giving. She was also enjoying the embossing powders and the Wow pen for text


Monica’s main focus of the day was printing with a linocut that she had recently made. There were samples in card and fabric


In fact, some of her samples were soon turned into Christmas cards


And finally, Hillary had been beavering away at home to finish her Chistmas Tree wall hanging – how smart is that!!!


So much enjoyment and looking forward to the next session already!



  1. Liz Price

    Having a great time in SA , but a little envious of what you have all been achieving today. I think that the Christmas tree of Hilary’s is lovely it’s amazing how one pattern can produce so many different interpretations. See you all soon. Liz

    • Monica Dennis

      Glad you are enjoying your holiday – we missed you today and look forward to hearing all about your holiday when you get back. Have fun!

    • Caroline

      We missed you Liz! Corrine and Cerys had some lovely new Christmas print blocks – so I have a lovely piece of printed fabric but ……….. what to do with it?

  2. Keris Howard

    Another great day Monica. We never know what we are going to do but we all thoroughly enjoy experimenting and producing lots of interesting pieces. Thank you for inspiring us.

  3. Caroline

    Fab day – wouldn’t happen without your dedication Monica – including filling your car up and transporting all the ‘goodies’ to the venue and then reversing that process at the end! Thank you

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