What else ---- I went to a workshop.
I took a 2 hour trip with a friend to a small village down on the South Coast of NSW called Mogo.
Mogo is one of those lovely little places that are craft dedicated and you can spend hours just wandering in and out of shops and the food is fantastic (well what we had was)
We had a 3 hour class in Japanese techniques for dyeing papers.
Even though I had done some of the things before it was nice to sit in a small classroom (it could only take 6 students) doing something that was so relaxing (and messy) on a beautiful Autumn day in pleasant company.
One of the techniques was called Orizomegami ---the art of paper folding and dipping in inks to form patterns.
I am always amazed at what you see when you unfold the papers.
The first 3 pages are in this technique...and we used rice paper and writing inks.
We brushed wax on the paper first in strokes and then gave the page a wash in yellow watercolours.
Then we brushed on more wax and applied more colours after the wax dried.
When the papers were dry we ironed them between paper to get rid of the wax.
I rather liked doing this and in the comort of my own home I will do lots more .