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A little bit about me:

My favourite colour is black! I have worn black most of my life and have even been chastised by friends suggesting I should wear more colour. More colour? As an artist I subscribe to the doctrine...BLACK IS A COLOUR.

I started my artistic journey with my Mum. She was home taught in many of the ‘cottage’ arts. Oil Painting, Pottery, Porcelain Painting, Crochet, Tatting, Sewing, Copper Shim and etc. Teaching me and always encouraging me to be creative.

30+ years ago I started my professional art career (in Townsville) producing works on canvas (acrylic paint and palette knife) for motels, hand-painted large-scale murals for museum walls and hospitals, as well as smaller privately-commissioned acrylic art pieces and digitally generated/desktop publishing projects.

In 2014 (now living Nth Brisbane), Alannah May’d (PAPER & CRAFTY) was founded after I ventured into the world of paper-crafting. Paper was another perfect substrate for my skill set of mixed media, ink blending and design work. Creating with my love of grungy and dark projects, now reborn on paper. Friends started asking how I made ‘this and that’ which led me to develop workshops for sharing and teaching artistic techniques for paper-crafting. A technique can be taught so why not share this knowledge? Workshops soon became popular. Customer-driven themes requesting ‘pretty’ floral cards meant I stepped away from my love of the darker side for a while.

The ever evolving COVID-19 era in 2021 meant stricter social distancing causing reduced workshop numbers, then the mask mandate postponed sessions and eventually led to cancellation of many planned workshops. During this slow-down, I embraced the opportunity to delve back to my love of all things dark and grungy. My ‘Altered Amaranthine’ collection of gothic inspired bottles emerged and still continues to grow. As did the darker versions of my floral 'DOOM BLOOM' gift boxes complete with spider webs and/or black lilies. Crafting in my relaxed creative space brings much joy when black is present.

I now have time to develop some long-awaited little works for myself and other lovers of the darker shades.
PAPER & CRAFTY Grimoires are labouriously hand-made and each is unique.
My Grimoires are now available exclusively at Beserk.
You'll find a link on the Home page.
A little bit about card making:

Mass-produced, machine printed greeting cards have been faced with competition from electronic greeting cards. Now more than ever people are devoting time to creating their own handmade greeting cards for a special event. The simple joy of creating something from scratch and the positive energy infused into each handmade card, makes it a unique and personal gift, and a joy to receive.

Welcome to an air-conditioned, comfortable and relaxed creative space offering card making and paper craft workshops.

Workshops are suitable for adult crafters (18yrs +) looking to expand their card-making experience, with most workshops being 'beyond beginner' level. A basic card-making skill set is required for these workshops and includes understanding both imperial and metric measurements, use of a paper trimmer, and some understanding of ink blending techniques. You will be expected to BYO tools and adhesives to all workshops and a list of required tools will be advertised on the home page for each workshop.

THE FACILITATOR and THE WORKSHOPS.

Alannah is an artist. Having produced large-scale murals for museums throughout Queensland and privately commissioned work on smaller canvasses in the past, Alannah brings her experience and knowledge of paint mediums, inking and texture techniques adapting them seamlessly to card making and paper craft workshops with more ART!

Alannah offers workshops in a relaxed atelier (studio) featuring beautiful hand made cards and paper craft items you'll be proud to create and gift to friends and family.

You'll definitely get your fingers dirty at these workshops because Alannah willingly shares her knowledge and skills to encourage others in developing and exploring their 'artistic flair' with inks, paints and various other mediums.

With the main focus on techniques, hints, tips and clever ideas, you'll enjoy making cards with a wonderful blend of both art and craft, that will have you learning new ways with old techniques, skilled shortcuts and the 'lazy way' to create gorgeous inked backgrounds.

Learn clever colouring styles, highlighting the easy way, how to add 3D shading to die cut animals and much more.

Creativity and courage go hand-in-hand, so you'll be encouraged to step away from ordinary run-of-the-mill card making and step a little outside your 'comfort zone', all under the watchful eye of an experienced artist and crafter.

You will be guided step-by-step through each of the workshops, with explanations and demonstrations of what to do, how to do it and the order of things.

Somewhere along your craft path you may have heard the term "You can't teach creativity!" Alannah truly believes everyone is creative even if they think they aren't. It's all about giving it a go, embracing 'mistakes', exploring random gatherings of thought and understanding technique. The more something is understood the more tempting it is to try it.

If creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes and art is knowing which ones to keep, we're going to have the most wondrous journey along the way.

Doors open 30 minutes earlier than the advertised workshop to allow settling time and time to read project instructions, and/or chat with other crafters/friends.

Mobile phones should be set to silent at this stage. You're welcome to take a call but please be considerate and excuse yourself from the studio as not to disturb other crafters. You are encouraged to craft at your own pace after being introduced to the project. Let's use 'Slow Crafting' for want of a better term. Most workshops last 2-3 hours and comfortable seating is available for 4-6 crafters for any one workshop (due to social distancing), so book early to guarantee your spot. Bookings are essential as workshops are held at a private address and due to popularity they fill up fast. Your reserved space requires confirmation to guarantee a seat. While there is no cancellation fee, if you have booked a spot but can't make it on the day, a courtesy email or text is appreciated.

Crafters, please BYO adhesives and a basic toolbox to all workshops.

PRONUNCIATION and MEANINGS.

Alannah*
Pronounciation = Ah + LAN + Ah

Irish origin:
Adding 'a' to leanbh, the word for “child” in Irish, brings a sense of warmth – “O child” and is a favoured name in Ireland.

May'd (Items created by Alannah May are Alannah May'd - a clever word play, combining both noun and verb)

Atelier**: (meaning) a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer. A room where an artist works.