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BAVA are a group of artists ranging from beginners, intermediate to professional . . . focusing on supporting and developing the talents of local artists to benefit the cultural community of the Banana Shire.

We organize and co-ordinate various workshops through the year and are active participants in cultural events such as the annual Brigalow Arts Festival, Callide Valley Show and individual and combined exhibitions through out the Banana Shire.

We provide information on our calendar of events including workshops, art competitions and Flying Arts details.

Please feel free to leave any comments! We are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you are an artist or aiming to take up some creative pursuits ... please JOIN US! We are eager to hear from you.

Art news from other art groups are also most welcome!

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Gelatin Printing & Tea Bag Art Weekend.

Peta Lloyd (Gelatine printing Tutor) Left


Nanette Balchin (TeaBag Art/Collage Tutor) Right

Transforming Tea Bags

Are you mad about creating intriguing visual surfaces? Do you love collecting and using found objects both natural and man made? Are you a tea drinker with a creative bent? Then this workshop was very interesting to the participants who attended. Using copper wire, teabags, found objects, metallic foil and papers, they created unusual decorative pieces which can be used in collage work or they can become beautiful semi transparent objects for boxes, cards or other art works. All sorts of leaves, twigs, threads, papers, wire, card, even small photos can be sandwiched within layers of tea bags. Once the tea bags are ‘constructed,’ paint and metallic foils are used to create a distinctive textural surface or a unique object. Everyone was really surprised with what could be made from the tea bags and how beautiful the objects were. It is a simple process with intriguing results.

Peta taking us through the process of Gelatine printing. Great work Peta. The girls really enjoyed this technique & it became very additive with all the different papers to use. Throw nothing away -everything has a purpose in the world of Art :)

Gelatin printing is a form of monoprinting which uses
gelatin as the printing surface. The textures created are usually quite soft, however a surprising amount of detail can also be achieved. Acrylic paints were used and printing will be on a variety of papers,Watercolour, Rice, Mulberry, Abaka,Scrapbooking,found papers such as music sheets, maps, old book pages, fabrics that have been pre washed and ironed may also be used as a printing surface. Leaves, grasses, feathers, flat found objects, flat plastic or paper shapes (handmade or purchased such as alphabet letters or numbers from a scrapbook shop), lace and open weave fabric and rubber stamps will all be used to create image and textures on the chosen papers. Prints can be both positive and negative and also layered one on top of the other to create a multitude of images and colours.

Liz, Karen & Glenda really enjoying themselves with the printing :)

Assorted papers for printing works of Art.

Nanette left the Teabags alone to enjoy the Printing techniques with this lovely dyed silk.

Finished works of Art - in the front Teabag artworks & behind the Gelatine printing.
Also made were keepsakes cards/shrines made form all the techniques worked on throughout the weekend.

Well Done Everyone,

A huge Thank you to Peta & Nanette for showcasing their techniques at the workshop. To Olley Bath for organising the workshop on behalf of BAVA & accommodating Nanette & Peta with their overnight stay. Thank you for supporting another BAVA workshop for the year & I look forward to our upcoming night out with Jenelle Wood in August.

History Lesson in Australian Art over the last 100 years. BAVA with a differences :)

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Hi everyone!

Hope you can come next Thursday night! Here are some 'sneak peaks' for you.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Maria Wiley - August ~Art Exhibition

Maria Wiley, Coming Soon ~
Solo Exhibition @ Biloela Library Art Space

Thursday, 10 July 2008

July Artist @ Kristine's

Jenelle on showcasing your Artworks @ Kristine's & Supporting BAVA.

One of Jenelle's 7 Artworks on display @ Kristine's

Enjoying a Mosaic Workshop '07

Elementary Watercolour with Anneke Silver '07

Monday, 7 July 2008

Two Day Gelatine Printing/ Teabag Art

Weekend workshop with
Nanette Balchin
& Peta Lloyd
Date: 26th & 27th July, 2008
Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm each day.
Costs: $55 per participant for 2 days.

Unfortunately 1 day workshops will not be offered
due to workshop format—this includes
tutor fees, a small material fee and venue hire.
Participants Maximum: 10-12 participants
Payment Due Friday 18th July
Cheque, money order, bank transfer or cash to
Olga Bath Ph 4992 5277
Early payment confirming your attendance.
Bring - Shared morning/afternoon tea, lunch.
Tea & Coffee provided.
Water bottle, camera & creative juices are also
Also make sure you check the materials list for
the gelatin printing and your collection list for
the tea bag art!!
Two day Gelatine Printing /Teabag Art

Any questions about the workshop or requirements
Contact:-Olga Bath –Work Ph: 49925277
Home Ph 49925770
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