Paperwilds crafts classes in London
Paperwilds crafts classes in London

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Paperwilds

76 reviews
76 reviews

Paperwilds is run by bookbinder, paper artist and photographer Freya Scott. Freya has been a bookbinder for 9 years and has worked for various binderies and institutions across the south of England. She has been teaching for the last four years in various places in London and across the country. Her longest role was as principle instructor at Bound by Veterans, a charity that uses bookbinding and related crafts as part of a rehabilitation therapy for sick and injured veterans.

In London she works in a studio that she shares with one other bookbinder and Ludo, who is her dog-shaped chief supervisor/cuddle supplier.

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Clara
21 Nov
So much fun! We learnt a range of different patterns from simple to complex, definitely recommend.
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Mihaela
21 Nov
The teacher was brilliant! She told us where marbling comes from and how it has evolved through the ages.Absolutely enjoyed every minute of the class! I will definitely go again!
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Naomi
26 Nov
I had a really great time at the paper marbling at paperwilds! Freya was a fantastic teacher and introduced us to a range of techniques and marbling designs, whilst giving us an insight into the history of the craft. Freya and her studio partner Alec made us feel very welcome in their beautiful studio space. Overall, a wonderful day being immersed in colour and swirling patterns - I came away feeling inspired and full of ideas!
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Yasmin
3 Jul
My boyfriend Tom attended Freya's class. He said he had an amazing day of learning in a lovely, relaxing environment, and was able to produce some beautiful and varied paper marbling patterns. Freya is extremely knowledgeable and presented her understanding of the process in a generous, friendly manner, and really conveyed the detail, history and craft of the process. Highly recommended!

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Clara
21 Nov
So much fun! We learnt a range of different patterns from simple to complex, definitely recommend.
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Mihaela
21 Nov
The teacher was brilliant! She told us where marbling comes from and how it has evolved through the ages.Absolutely enjoyed every minute of the class! I will definitely go again!
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Naomi
26 Nov
I had a really great time at the paper marbling at paperwilds! Freya was a fantastic teacher and introduced us to a range of techniques and marbling designs, whilst giving us an insight into the history of the craft. Freya and her studio partner Alec made us feel very welcome in their beautiful studio space. Overall, a wonderful day being immersed in colour and swirling patterns - I came away feeling inspired and full of ideas!
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Yasmin
3 Jul
My boyfriend Tom attended Freya's class. He said he had an amazing day of learning in a lovely, relaxing environment, and was able to produce some beautiful and varied paper marbling patterns. Freya is extremely knowledgeable and presented her understanding of the process in a generous, friendly manner, and really conveyed the detail, history and craft of the process. Highly recommended!
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Nicola
13 Jan
This was a fantastic workshop. Freya is very knowledgeable and kind. It’s great to find something that can produce good results at a basic level but also inspire students to develop their techniques. I will be trying more at home!
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Alison
3 Feb
Such an enjoyable day. Learnt so many paper marbling techniques from a skilled tutor. The whole day was well organised and relaxed. Would definitely recommend it
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Chloé
18 Sep
Can't recommend this workshop highly enough. Freya was the best teacher - extremely knowledgeable, patient and lovely. It was the most mindful, fulfilling day I've had in ages, thoroughly enjoyed every minute. So interesting to be taken through the history before learning the techniques. I feel like I'm quickly going to get hooked on marbling and can't wait to book on the intermediate course!
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Mihaela
22 Nov
I found it really interesting and I will definitely start doing it myself after this workshop! The teacher was really kind and patient, even with the slowest students! Great job!
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Dizar
14 Jul
What an amazing day! Freya is wonderfully enthusiastic about her craft, she is a wonderful teacher with a lot of experience and gets you super excited about bookbinding. The studio is lovely and basically I wish I could do it all day! Thanks again and would recommend to all :)
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Nicola
10 Apr
I very much enjoyed this one day course. It was a pity I didn’t get to finish in the time available!
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Anonymous
22 Nov
I learned how to make a notebook using Japanese Stab Binding. It was very absorbing and fascinating to see the book come together. Freya , the tutor , was absolutely great. Her explanations and demonstrations were very clear. She has a marvellous sense of humour and was incredibly patient, never minding about showing me things several times! I came away with a lovely notebook that I am proud to use!
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Juliet
9 Aug
Good paced, clear and enjoyable
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Sarah
20 Sep
This was a shear joy to do. Freya is an excellent teacher and not only did I learn a lot, but I came away from the class inspired. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Mona
19 Nov
Great fun and a comprehensive setup that allows you to practice what you've learnt from home. I got to learn approx 6 traditional patterns or it you rather go off piste you can experiment to your hearts content. Freya is very patient and generous with her advice. What attracted me to the the course was that she is a practicing traditional bookbinder and works in the industry that has a strong connection with marbling papers. A must try and comes highly recommended.
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Alick
21 Nov
I had a great time learning some creative skills! The environment was very friendly and relaxed - Freya was such a welcoming host and a very talented instructor. I hope to convince some of my friends to come along next time!
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naomi
21 Nov
Freya is a friendly knowledgeable instructor. We were taught basic patterns to practise and then some more advanced ones as the class progressed. It was great fun and I got loads of art work to use to cover my own books :)
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Chloe
21 Nov
Marbling with Freya is so much fun! I feel like I've learned a new skill I can keep playing at for a long time. I can't wait to use all the beautiful papers I made. The studio is bright and airy, a really lovely place to spend an afternoon.
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Anonymous
21 Nov
Freya really knows her stuff and is really friendly and approachable. We went home with loads of marbled paper, and she sent the one which weren't dry on to us. We were able to buy a really reasonably priced kit to carry on making marbled paper at home. I've even manage to sell one of designs! A must for anyone who loves book arts and paper craft.
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Anonymous
21 Nov
Freya is a friendly and patient teacher, and very quickly makes you feel comfortable. Her class is great fun and you will quickly be able to produce great results! I would highly recommend her paper marbling course to anyone. 5 stars!
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Anonymous
21 Nov
Such an addictive pastime! Our tutor was fantastic. She was so patient and enthusiastic. The whole atmosphere was very friendly and I enjoyed the day immensely.
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Anonymous
24 Nov
I did Paperwilds’ paper marbling taster workshop which included preparation techniques for the size and mixing the alum to coat the paper, mixing and applying the paint on different types of paper as well as creating different styles of patterns. Very balanced between theory and practice/experimentation, I felt like I learned so much about paper marbling in a day, much more than a taster/intro workshop usually includes. I also made some new friends (including Freya’s adorable dog Ludo)!Freya is a fabulous artist and instructor, really patient, thoughtful and with a great sense of humour which helps people feel at ease even if they are absolute newbies.In short I had wholesome fun and left wanting more - I totally recommend it for anyone who enjoys paper arts or wants to have fun trying something new!
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Meg
26 Nov
Super workshop in the fun art of paper marbling.Freya is a very informative and enabling workshop tutor. She provided lots of practical know-how but also inspiration. As well as teaching us techniques with demonstrations and letting us practice them before moving on to the next, she also helped tease out the knowhow that we were building during the day so we could understand how to work with the inherent variables in the craft (e.g. pigment characteristics, heat...).We covered a lot of traditional patterns in this one-day workshop as well as colour mixing, paper preparation, how to manage the try of thickened water for best results...This workshop offered good value for money and was great fun at the same time. Plus, there was an endless supply of tea !
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Jo
27 Nov
The workshop introduced several basic marbling patterns with time to practice each with clear instructions and support. Freya is very knowledgeable and taught us how to troubleshoot issues that we might encounter at home too.
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Anonymous
28 Nov
I really enjoy this courseWith a very patient teach love the surroundings . We had two people on the course. I would do this course again again
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V
6 Dec
Loved it! Freya was so wonderful. I will come on the course again in 2018. Thank you.
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Fran
7 Jan
Fantastic! Freya is a really good teacher- very patient, creative, organised and kind. There was so much hands on work, it was brilliant. She got just the right amount of prep done that there was no waiting around, while she gently reminded us to prepare our papers in advance, so that we could keep creating, and also learn the steps needed to go home and work independently. Great space to work in too. Couldn’t recommend this course more.
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Simon
21 Jan
Great workshop! Freya was super helpful and took us a through a range of techniques that led to some beautiful marbled papers, would definitely recommend!
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Hannah
22 Jan
Brilliant work shop. I couldn't have asked for more. Freya was personable, funny, highly talented and inspiring and a great teacher. I would recommend anyone interested in trying out marbling to choose this course.
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Agata
24 Jan
The class was great fun! Freya is very nice and a great teacher! She explained everything very well and was helpful and everyone in the group was able to get great results eventually. Marbling is a great way to be creative, whether you are experienced in art or not. It is a very rewarding activity! Everyone who loves color and process should give it a go.
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lucy
4 Feb
Had such a great day - brilliant teaching, so friendly and you come away with a skill you feel you could carry on at home now you know all the secrets!
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Rachael
4 Feb
This was a fantastic course - Freya was a wonderful teacher and the course is really well structured so that periods of learning new skills/techniques are followed by periods of putting what you've just learnt into practice. It is also one of the very few craft courses I've been on where I've been genuinely delighted with what I made in the course of the day.
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Amy-LORD@HOTMAIL.COM
5 Feb
Freya is a marvellous teacher and has extensive knowledge that she is happy to pass on to her students. It was amazing what we could achieve, even from our first attempts. The class was well run and relaxed, would highly recommend this workshop.
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Laetitia
16 Feb
It was really great, never thought I would try so much methods, and do so much paper marbling in only one workshop.
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Anna
4 Mar
Freya's knowledge is excellent - there are so many variables than can go wrong when marbling, it was great to have her guidance and advice throughout the day. Perfect balance of learning a range of techniques but also getting on and experimenting ourselves! Thanks so much for a fantastic day! x
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Bastien
5 Mar
The course was really interesting. Freya is a lovely person and a really good teacher. She knows a lot about marbling and can easily adapt to what you are trying to get out of this workshop. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. I would highly recommend this course if you are trying to get into marbling!
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Jenny
24 Mar
Fantastic day! Freya is an excellent teacher - friendly, calm and patient. I learnt a lot and have left with plenty to try on my own.
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Carol
16 Apr
Spent a wonderful day learning how to marble paper. Freya is a great teacher and I came away feeling confident enough to try it at home - can't wait to get started!
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Gates
20 Apr
What an amazing class! Freya was so knowledgeable and friendly. She covered so many techniques in one day I really felt I got my money's worth and more! The paper that I made was then beautifully packed and sent to me when dried. I was so excited to receive it. And her dog also put a huge smile on my face. Thanks Freya for such a lovely day.
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Leo
8 May
Excellent course, I was really pleased with how quickly we all progressed from knowing nothing to creating incredible intricate patterns, the day flew by.
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Karen
11 May
Great - really fun and exciting, as you're never quite sure what the pattern will look like until you lift the paper from the tray. It's tricky to get marbling absolutely perfect, but you rarely end up with a total disaster as even air bubbles and splotchy bits can look like part of the pattern. Plus no matter what combination of colours you use, they never seem to clash! Freya provided a really great introduction to several marbling techniques. Yes, I do recommend this one-day course.
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Chloe
12 May
It was a jam-packed day! I learned so much! The history of marbling, the materials used, the different techniques. and made so many papers. Excellent value for money.
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Felicity
1 Jul
This workshop was excellent - really well designed so that you have an idea of the origins of paper marbling & theory, before learning various design techniques and producing lots of samples as the day goes on. Freya is lovely & friendly; tea & biscuits were on tap and Ludo was irresistible!
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Caroline
28 Jul
A very fun, insightful and interesting workshop. Freya was a cheerful and friendly host - as was Ludo, the studio pet dog who was adorable. Freya really knows her stuff and her passion and knowledge about the history and technique of marbling really came across. I would definitely attend another workshop with Paperwilds as I had such a fabulous day being creative and with such great company too.
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Lucy
17 Aug
Fun and relaxed one day workshop learning paper marbling with Freya in her studio! Really interesting learning the process involved and got the opportunity to experiment with lots of different techniques.
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Jenn
21 Aug
Such an awesome class! I was in London for a month visiting from Melbourne, Australia doing various art classes and Freya's paper marbling course was by far and away the best one for sure. Freya is a super lovely lady and is very knowledgeable and genuinely passionate and excited about marbling which makes the day really fun. She was even kind enough to organise for my prints to be sent to Australia as I was leaving a few days after. Highly recommend.
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Jagdip
2 Sep
I absolutely loved it, but I wish I could have stayed for longer to also Freya and Alex were nice to I would love to do it again. When I’m feeling a little bit better.
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Roz
13 Nov
Had so much fun at this wonderfully creative workshop. Learnt loads from the excellent teaching and demos and enjoyed lots of time to put it all into practice and produce our own papers. Really brilliant - would highly recommend.
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Emma
13 Jan
I could not have enjoyed this workshop more had I tried! I would highly recommend it to everyone! It was everything and more than I wanted it to be. Freya is an incredible teacher. I can’t wait to receive all my marbled papers and start marbling at home with my paper wilds starter kit!
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Lucia
13 Jan
I enjoyed it. Location a bit off the beaten track & I can’t imagine anyone not driving there?? Its Lewisham more than ‘South’ ?? Bermondsey :))) Anyway, the course was good, learned a lot & enjoyed the day.
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Alisdair
24 Jan
Freya's marbling workshop is the best fun I've had in years and years and years. She is a gifted teacher, a master marbler and a lovely human being. It was great to spend time with Ludo as well. I learnt so much during the day, things that you just can't get from watching stuff on YouTube and reading the few books that are out there on marbling. I learnt lots of new technical terms, like 'goo'. And I had an absolutely wonderful day creating (is that the right verb?) page after page of the most stunning designs imaginable. Freya hovered quietly as we tried out each successive technique, offering encouragement and extra tips. I had ridiculously high expectations of the day before I arrived, having looked at Freya's wonderful creations online. However, I am delighted to say that my expectations were comprehensively exceeded in every way. If there were 10 stars, it would still feel that I was scoring too low. Fantastic! Brilliant! Thank you. Alisdair. PS I'll be in touch shortly for some marbling supplies. PPS Lovely group of people on the workshop. PPPS This was so much more than just an 'Intro'.
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chloe
25 Jan
Just amazing! Freya was the most amazing teacher and such a lovely person. I had a great day, met some lovely people, and left feeling inspired. Would recommend to anyone that loves being creative.
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Ailsa
31 Jan
Absolutely amazing day learning the craft of paper marbling! From start to finish, Freya was so welcoming and enthusiastic! She was a fantastic teacher and was so encouraging! Really looking forward to attending more courses here and learning some more marbling techniques!
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Annabel
3 Feb
This was a fantastic class!! I had so much fun and really enjoyed learning how to marble paper. Freya was such a great teacher and was so knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend doing this class.
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Nicola
3 Feb
A really enjoyable day. Looking at the sample book before the course started it seemed impossible we could go from zero to complex repeated patterns but Freya took us through it with enthusiasm and patience at the perfect pace. The day flew by. Highly recommended.
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Sarah
7 Feb
A fantastically comprehensive guide to paper marbling from how to prepare your paper and paints to techniques for creating beautiful results. Freya was patient and supportive and really brought her passion to the subject. I really enjoyed the class and would happily recommend Paperwilds courses to anyone.
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Juanjo
9 Feb
Really great class: good vibe, in-depth technical insight without getting boring, amazing space and super nice teacher.
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Sarah Ormrod
7 Mar
I had a wonderful day in Freya's class, learning an enormous amount about the technique of paper marbling, and can't wait to try out what I have learned. After practice, I definitely want to go to a follow-up class. We had everything we needed, and Freya gave us information and demonstrations that helped the day pass all too quickly! I couldn't wait for the papers we printed to be sent on, and was excited when they arrived.... friends and family were impressed by this complete beginner's achievements. Thanks, Freya!
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Sarah
14 Apr
A really lovely class to learn a variety of paper marbling techniques. Friendly, knowledgable instructor, nice facility, and ample chance to experiment with them. Highly recommended!
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Vaia
14 Apr
The class was such an amazing learning experience. We were taught how to prep paper, paints, the moss bath and loads of different techniques. Our teacher was so friendly, had time for everyone and was generous with materials and tricks of the trade. Really makes me appreciate marbling as a proper artisan skill !
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Rebecca
17 Apr
Brilliant workshop, crammed in so much yet didn't feel rushed and got to explore all of inner creativity. Can't wait to receive the papers we made in the post. Perfect of a complete beginner but flexible enough to be stretch for those who have a bit of skill already.
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Natasha
18 May
I had the best time taking part in this workshop. Everyone was so friendly, coffee/tea on tap, a relaxed atmosphere and just a lovely environment for learning and creativity. Freya is a great teacher. The pace of the class was just right... enough information for us to understand the process and begin to identify behaviours of the different materials, with quick demos and then plenty of time to practice. She makes it look so easy! Looking forward to receiving my pieces in the post, and excited to make use of the kit I bought to use at home. Thanks so much!
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Katie
20 May
Wonderful class & lovely teacher ! I had done a shorter course last year with another vendor and wanted a longer more in depth course and this fitted the bill perfectly and exceeded expectations. Very high quality paints and papers were provided, the type of paint allowed a more controlled approach to what I had experienced before. I have received my papers through in the post and I am delighted with the results. Freya is very highly skilled and has indepth knowledge of her paints and materials. If you are on the fence whether to book this - go for it - working with these colours is very therapeutic & mind opening ! The atmosphere provided with Freya's friendly other half and dog was lovely, tea and nice music :) thanks again Freya !
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Eleanor
25 May
I really enjoyed the Paper Marbling workshop at Paperwilds. I'd wanted to do it for some time and it didn't disappoint. Freya was really lovely and helpful, she explained the process really well and was a great teacher. The process is really fun and strangely relaxing because you get so into it. There's so much potential to experiment with different colour combinations and patterns. I hope to come back at some point to do the advanced course.
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Natasha
15 Jun
I had the best time taking part in this workshop. Everyone was so friendly, coffee/tea on tap, a relaxed atmosphere and just a lovely environment for learning and creativity. Freya is a great teacher. The pace of the class was just right... enough information for us to understand the process and begin to identify behaviours of the different materials, with quick demos and then plenty of time to practice. She makes it look so easy! Looking forward to receiving my pieces in the post, and excited to make use of the kit I bought to use at home. Thanks so much!
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Valerie
4 Oct
I had a great day at Freya's paper marbling course. Apart from learning a brief history of the art, we learnt how to prepare the paper, mix and prepare the paint, and make the size in which we applied our paint colours. We had ample time to have a go at making our patterned paper, with splattering and using special implements to make varied patterns. I took home with me a range of patterned papers I had done, and I look forward to doing some more at home. Thank you, Freya and your delightful, calm dog Ludo.
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Anonymous
22 Nov
What a great day! I had always wondered how books were put together and I now know. The course was well-paced. The instructor showed us everything in a very step-by-step way and as the class size was small, was on hand to help with the inevitable mistakes! The atmosphere was fun and there was a lot of laughter. The instructor showed great patience with us and created a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere. I love my notebook and I think I am hooked on bookbinding!
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Hayley
6 Mar
Freya is a fantastic teacher, she's very patient and clear with instructions. She is also clearly really passionate and has an in depth knowledge of what she teaches. I am delighted with my finished booked and shocked at how well it turned out.
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Caroline
31 Mar
A great workshop building on marbling skills learnt in the beginners marbling workshop. Freya is a very knowledgable tutor who is friendly and engaging. She skilfully steered us through lots of new marbling techniques and there were plentiful cups of tea and biscuits too. Ludo the dog was a highlight of the workshop stealing Freya's limelight with impressively bendy dog-yoga moves!
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Chloe
1 Apr
Fantastic opportunity to try out new patterns and paints. It was a great way to help me to develop my skills and troubleshoot what I'd been trying since the beginners class.
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David
2 Apr
Paper Marbling Part Two was another excellent workshop. Great fun and highly informative, the day was an opportunity to have a refresher of basic techniques, an opportunity to learn new ones and pick up troubleshooting tips. Freya is an inspiring teacher and students are well looked after with nice refreshments and canine company from Ludo the dog. A unique experience and well worth travelling from Birmingham for.
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Meg
2 Apr
Excellent follow-on class! CONTENT After a warm-up to refresh skills and get a feel of the size, we moved on to learning several more patterns. Not only did Freya teach us the sequences for these patterns, she also focused on the kind of colour combinations that shows these patterns to best effect. After lunch we moved on to working with metallic paints. As off-the-shelf metallic paints can be tricky, Freya focused on teaching us how to work to the strengths of these paints and encouraged us to try vaining to maximise the potential of these paints. Even though there was a good focus on mixing techniques for different types of paints, the workshop moved on at a good pace allowing us lots of time to experiment. PRACTICALITIES Very clear pre-workshop email with directions. Plenty of tea and coffee during the day and tea and biscuits in the afternoon to re-energise for finishing on a high with Spanish Waves Adorable studio dog providing silent encouragement.
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Fran
6 Apr
Fantastic! Would definitely recommend the lovely Freya for any of the classes she teaches. She's really patient, kind and super creative. LOTS of hands on making. Really good value and such a lovely way to spend a Saturday. I'm just waiting for a part 3.
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Charis
6 Apr
I caught the paper marbling bug after attending Freya's class (Marbling Part 1) last year and was eager to learn more! Working with elusive metallic paints and getting them to stick to the paper was a highlight - I am so pleased with how beautiful and shiny the end results are!
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Natasha
16 Nov
Really great hands on class, Freya was very supportive, patient and clear. Have come away with beautiful marbled treasures and an itch to do it all over again!
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Caroline
18 Nov
A fab workshop! Freya is so calm and friendly. She really knows her marbling stuff!
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Rachel
7 Apr
Freya is a great teacher - so clear and precise in her explanations and so open and friendly as a human being. It was a brilliant experience to produce something so technically complicated as a complete beginner - she is patient and kind. The studio has such a lovely relaxed feel - a really enjoyable day. Loved Ludo the studio dog!