Artistic Bliss Designs



 
 
 
We couldn't be more excited to share with you the gorgeous projects our Garden Girls Creative Team have designed just for our Secret Garden Affaire! These charming workshops include a total of 18 hours of creative time learning with these talented artists! All workshops are taught "Affaire" style to all students at once in our beautiful Secret Garden ballroom. You will have the opportunity to request a seat in advance at a table with friends or with a lovely new group of ladies, if you are traveling on your own.
 
Our class Itinerary includes a two hour opening night workshop with Beth Leintz, two four hour workshops with Arlene Baker and Rita Reade and an all day intensive workshop with Jane Blanco!
 
Scroll below to learn about their beautiful workshops designed exclusively for this event.
 
 
 

Let the magic begin as we join Beth for our opening night workshop and indulge in the art of hand stitchery! Beth will teach us her secrets to create Martha's charming needlebook which holds the key to the Secret Garden hidden safely inside. 

We will embroidery the sweetest of flowers and leaves with perle cotton and silk ribbon in the most lovely pale shades. Learn french knots, basic stitches, and loops that will leave you wanting to make more! You can safekeep your needles, keys or any other precious keepsakes in this darling treasure.

All materials are provided for the needle keep including a special key.

 
 

Bring your imagination and accompany Jane as she leads our all day intensive workshop to create the sweetest garden fairy and her whimsical companion! Jane will supply both pieces which will be magically transformed during her time with you. She will share her techniques for painting and detailing your duo, and using bits and pieces of lace and hand dyed fabrics to make them come to life. Learn how to create a charming bird nest perched upon her head, a lace flag, shabby wings, wired legs and the most delightful bird chariot! Watch your fairy take flight in her trusted friend for an adventure to places only those behind the garden gate have gone. 

All the pieces for this beautiful assemblage are included in the workshop.

You may want to bring your own treasures to make her your own.

 

    
 
Join Arlene for this beautiful four hour workshop as we create a lovely cherished cabbage rose pin. Learn to hand cut lavish wool and rayon felt petals to form a lush full bloom. Create delicate buds that dangle from vintage stem tubing which add just the right accent of fancy. Arlene will demonstrate her famed techniques for using molds as you learn to create a molded leaf that echoes the beauty of real nature! Whether used as a display piece or worn on the lapel of your favorite coat, this feminine brooch will be cherished
for years to come!
 
All the components to create this flower project are included in this workshop.
 
 
 
Join Rita for our other four hour workshop and create this gorgeous vintage inspired wall plaque. Master her artistry in painting and antiquing as you prepare your piece to hold the loveliest of dried flowers and leaves that Rita has gathered from her own secret garden. Learn to create an assemblage under glass, copper taping and faux soldering techniques that will trick the eye. Layering coffee stained laces and fabrics and placing one of Rita's ornate handmade appliqués in just the right spot will bring depth and texture to this beautiful wall hanging, Add a bit of sparkle and it will be loved by all your garden girlfriends.
 
Everything that is pictured for this workshop is included but you may want to add any personal laces or trinkets to make it your own.
  
Workshop Photography by Cynthia Shaffer