Paint, Collage, Stitch, CreateCourse Full
Tutor: Gina FerrariCourse Code: 3221-07


Unleash your creativity as you paint and print your own unique papers and backgrounds, experimenting with colours, textures and mark making using a variety of techniques. Then cut them up and collage them before adding stitch with free machine embroidery to create your own unique artworks. This course is suitable for all levels of experience as full instruction will be given. You will need your own sewing machine and be able to lower the feed dogs.


On the first day of this course you will be using acrylic paints and inks to create a variety of papers exploring colour, tone and composition. We will explore colour mixing and use a variety of different techniques to build up a range of surfaces to use for collage. On day two we will cut up and arrange the papers from day one to create beautiful unique artworks before adding the additional element of stitch using free machine embroidery.

Please bring with you

  • A pad of A3 acrylic or watercolour paper, with at least 12 sheets
  • Thin paper such as copy paper
  • Papers and ephemera for collage such as music manuscript, old book pages, bus tickets
  • Acrylic paints – you will need black, white and at least one red, yellow and blue. If you wish to bring more than these basic colours then I suggest two of each of the primary colours in both cool and warm versions e.g. lemon yellow and yellow ochre, magenta and scarlet, turquoise and ultramarine
  • Acrylic matte gel medium
  • Acrylic inks (optional)
  • Posca pens (optional)
  • A plate or tray for mixing (or an acrylic palette)
  • Selection of brushes
  • A roller/brayer
  • An old credit/store card
  • Small piece of bubble wrap
  • A water container
  • Kitchen roll
  • Apron
  • Gelli plate if you have one (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Paper scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Sewing machine with tools and instructions plus an embroidery foot for free machine embroidery (you need to be able to lower the feed dogs on your machine)
  • Size 90 universal machine needles
  • Black sewing thread

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

The tutor will bring some items for printing etc. that can be shared.
Artist’s paints and materials are readily available online from Jacksons Art or Cass Art


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Gina Ferrari

Gina Ferrari

Gina is an experienced adult education tutor who specialises in machine embroidery. She regularly exhibits her own work and is a member of Cambridge Open Studios.

12th to 13th Aug 2021
Thursday to Friday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Brilliant course, really enjoyed it." (March 2019)

"Tutor excellent." (March 2019)

"Tutor excellent, lots of demonstrations and individual attention.  Food lovely, room immaculate - really enjoyed it, thank you." (March 2019)

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