‘Introduction to Drawing’ Workshop @ The Art House, 07/06/17

This evening’s ‘Introduction to Drawing’ Workshop at The Art House was a Dip Pen and Ink special!

We started the workshop with mark making exercises to familiarise the group with using the dip pen and then created character illustrations based on extracts from one of Ralph Steadman’s books. The group were given reference images for inspiration.

‘Introduction to Drawing’ Workshop @ The Art House, 05/04/17

The ‘Introduction to Drawing’ workshop at The Art House on 5th April was a papercutting special. The group had lots of fun making beautiful papercut artwork in a range of bright colours. Everyone worked so hard to create really abitious pieces and their efforts really paid off!

These sessions take place on the first Wednesday of each month at The Art House Cafe in Southampton, 7-9pm for £10 per person.

‘Introduction to Drawing’ Workshop @ The Art House, 01/03/17

The ‘Introduction to Drawing’ workshop at The Art House on the 1st March was a watercolour special. The group were taught the basics of watercolour painting and encouraged to be adventurous with colour and mark making. They were all given the same reference image of a pigeon and the results were incredible. Considering pigeons are seen to be such common, grey and boring birds, these illustrations made everyone see another side of the bird – adding lots of colour and expression to give their drawings character.

A busy #watercolourworkshop at The Art House this evening! Everyone had lots of fun painting colourful pigeons!

Posted by Daff Workshops on Wednesday, 1 March 2017

‘Introduction to Drawing’ Workshop @ The Art House, 01/02/17

At February’s ‘Introduction to Drawing’ workshop we’ll be creating postcard portraits for the ‘Small Faces’ exhibition at the Solent Showcase Gallery from 3rd March – 21st April.

“Small Faces is a postcard portrait exhibition by everyone, for everyone. It is a collective act of creativity where anyone can submit a portrait and no-one will be turned away. The gallery opens its doors to everyone, regardless of age or ability to encourage more creativity in the city.”

During the session you’ll complete a range of warm up exercises using a wide range of materials and then complete a self portrait in any medium. This will form part of an installation of portraits that covers the entire gallery in a sea of faces that reflects the community of Southampton and beyond.

Build your confidence in your creative abilities by learning some of the basic techniques that make drawing simple and fun!

Cost: £10 per person (includes all materials)

Time: 7-9pm

To book your place email caroline@daffworkshops.com


I will  be starting this workshops with some creative ‘un-block’ exercises as a warm up. I’m hoping to combine themes of nature and identity within this session. Perhaps thinking about how we see ourselves within nature – does nature form any part of our identity. Does being in a natural environment have an impact on well being and our stress levels, is this conducive to creativity.

This could affect choice of colour, materials, composition, mark making and use of typography in order to communicate a point more clearly. I could ask participants to think about a favourite place in nature when they were a child. Draw themselves as an adult interacting with the surroundings in the same way. Do you remember where your imagination took you? Draw the objects from memory and then draw your own face. Combine techniques and ideas created in the first half of the workshop to produce one finished postcard sized portrait.

UPDATE: Here are the answers to the questionnaire I gave to each participate at the beginning of the workshop. We then discussed our answers and I believe this helped to make people feel more relaxed and communicative during the session.

What is your earliest memory of being in nature?           

Playing in the family field, blackberry picking, bluebell hunting and dodging scary horses and cows. Hay harvest…I saw a foal being born.

Camping with parents.

In the garden – all the pets – pond – guinea pigs and rabbits.

My parent’s beautiful ramshackle garden. I have a tree of my own. A christening gift. Lambing, dairy farm – unpasteurised milk, smell, manure.

I climbed trees, sat in the grass, picked flowers and fruit. Camped.

It’s probably going on a ferry ride to the village where my dad was raised. The house we used to stay in is right on the beach, literally opening the front door and down the steps and the beach was right there.

Sitting on Weston shore with my mum and sister eating monster munch at a picnic.

What is your relationship with nature like now?

Paddle boarding, hiking, escape. Not as frequent as I’d like. Travel.

Part of my working life.

I miss it. I live in a flat but would love a garden of my own. I love walking but often forget how much.

Living in Southampton means having easy access to the New Forest. Don’t go there as often as I’d like though.

Helps me to relax, gain perspective, appreciate the animals and plants that I often take for granted.

Describe your nearby nature…

Outside my house is a small wooded area. I like watching the trees change shade. Recently I discovered we have deer.

New Forest (Work)

The common – green open fields and tree lined walkways.

The common. The New Forest. I prefer if uncultivated but being outside alone is enough. Eyelevel trees from my flat and pigeons.

Pigeons! My other half’s back garden with sparrows, wild flowers, green roofs and more pigeons and the sighting of the occasional Kite. Running in Southampton Common (in the summer).

My garden, Weston shore, Westwoods, Miller’s Pond, Netley Abbey, Vicioria Country Park.

What was the last animal and plant you saw before arriving here?

A cactus in the office, a dog with a job – a guide dog.

Horses in the forest and looking at some trees at work.

Peanut the hamster, spider plant.

Houseplants in white ceramic pots. No rats! Seagulls. Trees in the park and outside my flat – silhouettes.

The trees in the park opposite the central library. My stuffed panda.

My dog, some basil, parsley, pepper seedlings on my window sill.

Do you have a favourite animal and plant?

How can you pick just one? They are all wonderful in their own way. The weird Maldives Oz flower, palm tree.

Fraxinus Angustifolia Raywood (Raywood Ash)

Cat, roses/daisy – general flowers.

Clinko Tree, ‘The Old Pear Tree’ painting

My parent’s apple tree.

Honeysuckle, cat

All the birds that visit my garden. My apple tree in the garden.

And the results of the workshop:

Part One

Part Two

Christmas Craft Parties with Daff Workshops

Christmas  Craft Workshops

Daff Workshops provide a range of art and craft workshops for the festive season. All of our workshops are suitable for total beginners as well as those wanting to brush up their skills. If you’d like to try something that isn’t included on our list below please get in touch and we’ll arrange the perfect workshop for you. We also offer gift vouchers for all our workshops so you can treat your loved ones to a crafty experience. Workshops can be held in The Barn, or a venue of your choice (additional travel costs may incur depending on location). Perfect for Christmas parties with friends and family or put a crafty twist on your office party!

Workshops in The Barn can be tailored to include a ‘Vintage Christmas Tea Party’  for an extra £5 per person, which  is sure to add something extra special to your crafty workshop whatever the occasion.

Cost: £20 per person (gift vouchers are available for all of our workshops)
Duration: 2 hours


Learn how to make a selection of beautiful handmade Christmas decorations. Choose from our wonderful range of festive fabrics, felts and embellishments to create unique crafty characters like this gingerbread man and owl! Book now




Cards, Gift Bags, Labels and Wrapping Paper

Add a personal touch to your Christmas presents this year by making your own cards, gift bags, labels or wrapping paper. Using a range of simple printmaking, paper folding and cutting techniques you’ll be able to create a set of hand printed cards and have the option to make matching labels, wrapping paper or gift bags. Book now



Learn how to make a cute Christmas stocking using basic machine and hand stitching techniques. We provide a range of festive fabrics and embellishments for you to choose from. Pop a gift voucher, sweets or jewellery in your little stocking and give to a loved one as a special present this Christmas, you could even personalise your stocking with a name! Book now



Learn how to make your own festive bunting or work together with family, friends or colleagues to create beautiful bespoke bunting that can be used to decorate your home or office for many years to come. Book now

Glitterarti Henna Tea Party in The Barn, Sholing, Southampton 21/06/15

HennaDesignsAs a very special summer offer Glitterarti Face Painting and Daff Workshops are hosting a Henna Tea Party in The Barn on Sunday 21st June for only £10 per person (plus 50p booking fee). BOOK NOW

We will provide a selection of teas, coffee and delicious homemade cakes and create a beautiful henna design on your hand, foot, ankle or arm. (If you have any special dietary requirements please get in touch and we’ll do our best to meet them!)

If you’re off to Glastonbury the following week this is the perfect opportunity to start preparations to look your very best at the festival!

The Henna we use is fresh, safe and natural with Cajeput oil for adults or Lavender oil for children (over 8 years) or pregnant women (over 30 weeks).

For further information and enquiries contact Caroline by
email caroline@daffworkshops.com or call 07963070548.

Springtime Bunting Craft Hen Party and Vintage Tea Party

The birds are singing and the evenings are getting lighter…Spring is most certainly here and the bookings for our Craft Hen Parties and Vintage Tea Parties are coming in fast! Here are a few images from a bunting workshop and tea party last week. These lovely ladies enjoyed making lots of pretty bunting using a range of vintage style fabrics and embellishments. We also provided a selection of delicious homemade cakes and scones with tea and coffee all served using our beautiful vintage tea sets.

If you would like to make a booking for one of our Craft Hen Parties and Vintage Tea Parties get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! Call Caroline on 07963070548 or email caroline@daffworkshops.com

“Thank you so much for the fantastic workshop today. We all enjoyed it so much and your tea and cake made it all the more special. Keep up your great work, we all commented on how comfortable you made us feel which again makes the experience that much better. Again, thank you.” – Sue



Daff Workshops @ St Augustine’s Tower, Hackney 11/04/15

Perpetual Papercut Calendars
Saturday 11 April 2015, 2-4pm, £8 per person BOOK NOW

Artist Caroline Misselbrook will be delivering a workshop in Saint Augustine’s Tower, Hackney, as part of the Art Catcher exhibition, ‘I Dreamed I Saw Saint Augustine’. Inspired by the tower’s clock and bell you’ll create a unique perpetual papercut calendar that you can use year after year in your home or office. Learn how to design your own original typography and use simple paper cutting and collage techniques. Suitable for beginners as well as those wanting to brush up their skills. Age 13+. All materials and tools are included.

To book your place email caroline@daffworkshops.com or call 07963070548.

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Garter Making Workshop at Victoria House, Hamble

gaterPAGEArtist Caroline Misselbrook of Daff Workshops will be running a Garter Making workshop at Victoria House on Wednesday 11th February, 7-9pm. Perfect for a fun and crafty evening with friends before Valentine’s Day or for brides and bridesmaids to try out one of our Craft Hen Parties.

Please contact Caroline on 07963070548 or email caroline@daffworkshops.com to book your place for only £15 (that’s 25% off our Screen shot 2014-12-18 at 12.46.29usual price!).

Gift vouchers are also available for this workshop – how about buying your loved one a place for a Valentine’s present?


Learn how to make a beautiful garter by hand using our selection of lace, ribbons and embellishments. Spend an evening in the Grade II listed building nestled on the edge of Royal Victoria Country Park while boasting its own stunning and extensive grounds.

There will be a selection of our delicious homemade cakes provided as well as hot and cold drinks available from the bar.


New Glitterarti Face Painting Hen Parties

glit3FBThumbGlitterarti Face Painting Hen Party (£20 per person)
As an introduction to the art of face painting we’ll show you how to create stunning designs using our range of brushes, paints, glitters and gems and we’ll demonstrate some handy tricks and tips along the way! Hens will then be given the chance to practice on each other and we can also paint a design on each hen too. This workshop is sure to kick off the hen party celebrations with plenty of colour and sparkle, perfect before a girly night out!

Workshops can either take place in The Barn or a venue of your choice (additional travel costs may incur depending on location). Workshops in The Barn can be tailored to include refreshments.