Valentine's Crafternoon

Event Summary:

Venue: Pittington Village Hall, Durham, DH6 1AN
Fully Accessible Venue | Free Parking
Date: Saturday 11th February 2023
Time: 1PM - 4PM
Who: Open to all adults (aged 18+)
Cost: £25 per person including all materials & equipment
Bursaries are available to support those in our local area to Pay as You Can - see below
Led by: Professional Artist Heather from The Peacock & The Printmaker

What does it cost?
We know that times are hard but as an inclusive organisation we do all we can to remove barriers to taking part by providing bursaries to reduce the cost. If you can't afford the standard fee, you'll be able to request a bursary without giving a reason or providing evidence and just pay what you can. After you have booked you will be sent an email with payment links and can choose what you pay towards this session from a minimum of £5 towards the £25 fee per person. If you are unable to pay online you can pay by cash or card on arrival.

A crafty afternoon full of love

Our Valentine’s Crafternoon is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with something a little different. Treat yourself or a loved one and make bespoke printed gifts.

You'll learn three different printing techniques to create a bespoke tote bag, gift box and card with expert tuition from professional artist Heather from The Peacock & The Printmaker

Shape on teal background with image of Heather Moore smiling in front of her artwork which is hung on a shabby chic brick wall, she is wearing green wrap top, glasses and a big smile.

Learn 3 different printing techniques to create 3 bespoke gifts with expert tuition from professional artist Heather from The Peacock & The Printmaker.

Picture of people crafting
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Who can attend?

This session is suitable for most adults - you don’t need any previous experience and all abilities are welcome.

Accessibility - you will need to be able to use tools with the same dexterity needed to hold a pencil and apply a little pressure. You'll also need to follow basic instructions from our Guest Artist. This is a seated activity (which could be done standing if needed.) If you have accessibility needs or are thinking about bringing someone else, for example a loved one with Dementia, we recommend getting in touch to discuss individual needs.

Workshop Timings

This workshop is a single afternoon session between

- 4

You will arrive at 1pm ready for an introduction from our artist Heather. The timings will be informal with plenty of time to try each of the three techniques and chances to take a break to enjoy refreshments. Those of you who work quickly or only want to try 2 of the 3 elements may be finished slightly earlier.

A totebag printed with a square red rose design in a checkerboard style, alongside the ink and block used, on a two tone teal background

Drypoint is an amazing way to have a go at printmaking without all of the mess of inks. You’ll create a realistic image in your favourite colours while only having to be able to trace a photo. It’s such a fun process, you’ll be doing it over and over after he workshop.

Image - a tray of pastels, alongside two stages of creating a picture of a rose through drypoint

Drypoint with Decoupage

As part of the workshop, you’ll be using your gorgeous drypoint print and a selection of decorative papers to create a beautiful personalised gift box. You’ll be taken through this decoupage process step by step.

Image - a tray of pastels, a cutting mat and a completed rose

Press Print Card Making

Press print is the process of creating a block print by drawing into polystyrene tiles. You’ll be inking them up in gorgeous colours and creating a truly personal design to print on cards to send to loved ones.

An image showing a press print design and the inks and tools used to make it
Card making materials including several colours of ink, card, envelope and pencil, set out on a two tone teal background
Flat tote bag with tools for fabric painting in grid on top of it.
A totebag printed with a square red rose design in a checkerboard style, alongside the ink and block used, on a two tone teal background

Fabric Printing

Using the same press print technique as the cards but with washable fabric inks, you’ll decorate a plain tote bag and turn it into something joyful that can be used everyday. It will become a usable piece of art for someone you love.

Image of Heather Moore with her artwork, sitting on a sunshine yellow chair, infront of a shabby chic wall

Meet Heather Moore

Heather is the artist behind The Peacock & The Printmaker. She crafts lino prints taking inspiration from the nature and landscapes of the North East of England. Heather started printmaking as a hobby and method of stress relief after she had her daughter. It grew into a business and she recently moved on from her job as a teacher of 17 years to be a full time artist. Leading workshops enables Heather to combine her passion for art with her passion for teaching. She breaks the process down into easy steps so that people with no experience can create something they are proud of. Heather visited some of The Singing Elf projects before Christmas and our participants really enjoyed getting creative with her.

If you have any questions please email for more information on info@thesingingelf.co.uk