6th-8th Sept 2021

Continuing our series of mixed media workshops exploring ways to hand finish our images.

3 days of hands-on mixed media discovery.

Valda is opening up her studio for this workshop and we invite you to join us for three days of tactile artistry as we share with you our ideas about hand-finishing our digital images.


  • Powder, pigment and paint
  • Burnishing, brushing,
  • Gilding and glistening.
  • Methods for mark-making


Led by Doug and Valda


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We will spend some time exploring the early Victorian process of making Cyanotypes, both the more conventional dry type and the exciting, dynamic wet process.
Making cyanotypes is an immersive, hands-on craft connecting us with the earliest makers of photographic images. This will involve collecting floral and organic material around the gardens at Tanyards, coating textured watercolour paper with the original cyanotype chemicals and then exposing the images using sunlight. The images produced are intense, infinitely variable and so tactile. By introducing other chemicals and household products, we will show you how to move from the traditional deep cyanotype blue into more creative colours, textures and effects. Our imagination becomes the only limiting factor.

Verre Eglomise or glass gilding is a process where the reverse side of a piece of glass is gilded with gold or silver leaf using a gelatin adhesive.
It is an age-old process that can be adapted for use with digital printing.
We will invite you to send us an image a few weeks before the course which we will have transferred onto glass for you.

We will then lead you through the process of applying gold leaf to the reverse. It will show through in the highlighted areas and we will guide you beforehand on how best to choose an image to use in this way.
Gold leaf can be purchased in an array of beautiful colours with such evocative names - Moon Gold, Citron Gold, Rose Gold and White Gold. We will also guide you in the best ways to apply gold leaf to a digital print.
We will also open your mind to alternative techniques for changing and marking your inkjet prints. Many of us now are used to making fine prints (or having others make them for us).
The repeatability of the digital process, while versatile and beautiful, still has that lingering ‘machine made’ feel to it. Endlessly duplicating these images can lead to us feeling somewhat disconnected from the final print.

We will show you how to take your prints and think of ways you can introduce into them, once again, a feeling of uniqueness and craft by altering the surface using wax, paint, charcoal, watercolours and many other mark making techniques. Each print will become a standalone work of art, a piece you have crafted directly. The entire process is immensely engaging and satisfying. You will go home with several pieces of new work which we hope you will treasure.
Following on from the mark-making above, we will give you ideas about using cold wax and pastels to further enhance and personalise your work.
Marks made with pastels glow with an intensely luminous colour and rich velvety texture. This is because pastel powder is pure pigment.

Selectively applying it to our printed image, whether to hand-colour a black and white photograph or simply for the joy of mark-making can yield some exciting results. Results that cannot be replicating, thus making your artwork completely unique and further fusing the relationship between painting and photography.
All materials included.
You will leave with your own image gilded using verre eglomisé technique (glass gilding).

A collection of our own cyanotype images

Your images printed on Japanese washi paper and finished using wax and pastels.

A goody bag with materials to continue your exploration with mixed media.


Valda lives in a 16th century Sussex farmhouse with five acres of mature garden. The workshop will take place in a converted outbuilding.

We will be venturing into the garden to collect materials for our cyanotypes, but there will also be time for some creative shooting too.

The garden has antique statuary, an old Italian  marble fountain, gargoyles, mature trees, a koi pond, 'Poet's Corner' and a small lake.

The house itself is full of weathered treasures - stained glass, exposed beams, Inglenook fireplaces, advertising mirrors and a dusty old wine cellar.

You will be free to roam around with your camera.


We have decided not to include accommodation this time as people can make their own choice about where they wish to stay. 

The closest locations to the workshop are The Buxted Inn and The Buxted Park Hotel (pictured above)

Both are very good - they do tend to get booked up for weddings, although possibly less so early in the week. Nevertheless, early reservations are advised.





PRICING:  £1,175

DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING - 20%. Balance due 60 days before the workshop commences


Lunch, teas and coffees, soft drinks, sundowners (weather permitting)

Materials used during the workshop, including gold leaf, pastels, cold wax, cyanotype, Japanese papers, art papers.

Your own image gilded using verre eglomisé technique (glass gilding).

Your own cyanotype images

Your image printed on Japanese washi paper and finished using wax and pastels.

Goody bag to take home

Transfers from Buxted station and local hotels if necessary

Tuition from Doug and Valda.

Included in the price is one book of gold leaf, one book of silver leaf, one image prepared and printed for glass gilding, one image printed on washi paper and three other prints made on fine art paper or film. This should be more than sufficient for the workshop; however, if more printing or gold leaf is required, we can supply it to you it at a special price.


Insurance, meals (apart from those listed)

Fitness level - easy. A gentle amble around the garden.

Average temperature High 20C°, Low 9°C

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