Local Toowoomba artist Alex Stalling, is getting the inspiration flowing at her creative hub Tinker. With a Bachelor of Visual Arts Hons, Alex provides a wide variety of art classes and workshops right here in Toowoomba’s CBD.
We attended a watercolour workshop at Tinker on Friday 5th April, with butterflies in our tummies and a bottle of wine to share. Having never been to any kind of art class before, we weren’t quite sure what to expect and were quietly nervous about sharing our “skills” (or lack there of) with the rest of the class. Thankfully, the friendliness of Alex and the other ladies settled our nerves immediately and the overall relaxed, fun atmosphere of Tinker was great!
After an introduction to Tinker and a bit of chat, we got straight into it. The watercolour theme of the night was animals, so we were encouraged to find an animal that resonated with us (with Alex’s blessing of “do-ability”), while Alex talked to us about what was to come. We learnt about watercolour paper, brushes, techniques and had a little play with the wet and dry paints, which was when the true appreciation of water colour art came about. It’s all about the layers; layers! Layers! Layers!
After a couple of hours, the animals (and attendees) were well and truly coming to life and the bunny, owl, deer etc all had their own little sense of self. We were all quite critical of our own works (that’s usually the way it goes hey?), but that was quickly hushed as we doted on each others art and encouraged one another to keep pottering away. The chatter in the room was lovely, drinks of choice were poured, snacks were had and Alex popped around the table to help us as needed.
As the night came to an end, we realised we were actually going to go over time and no one (Alex included) seemed to mind; a testament to how much fun we were having! Not all the artworks were finished but that’s the beauty of watercolour; we could continue them at home and implement the tips and tricks we learnt from the lesson. Remember, it’s all about the layers!
Our night at Tinker was so much fun and I cannot believe we had butterflies going in. It was never about becoming an artist nor did it matter what skill level you were at…it was about having a good time. It was about trying something new, meeting new people and potentially unlocking a brand new spark you never knew you had!
I’ll be honest and say that I am definitely not artistic in any shape or form. However, I am always willing to give something a go and that is exactly what happened at Tinker last Friday night. Alex was amazing teacher and went through the workshop step by step, so that by the time we were ready to paint, I had enough confidence (just) to put brush to paper. The end result in my eyes probably wasn’t the best, but Alex was gracious enough to help me out at times, so that I could give me “owl” my best efforts. Overall, I had so much fun sipping wine, drawing, painting and mingling with some lovely women. The best part for me was having those few moments where I just shut out the rest of the world and focused on painting. I highly recommend to anyone else out there like me, who might not be super creative, but is looking for something fun to do. Grab some gal pals, some wine and nibbles and book in for Tinkers next workshop- you will have a great time!
I really enjoyed my time at Tinker. Being a creative, this had me nervously excited- nervous because I don’t draw (let alone watercolour and I can be a perfectionist at times), and excited because I couldn’t wait to get my hands on all the art and craft supplies and melt over the possibilities! This class made me try something new, and it felt good. It felt good to put that self consciousness and criticism aside and to just have a crack. It was also refreshing to switch off from being “Mum” for a few hours and to fully immerse myself into something that challenged me in a new way. Tinker has a multitude of things to offer so keep them in mind for the next Birthday, Hens or Baby Shower; its bound to be a good time and you never know what hidden talent you’ll uncover!
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