Delightful Decay: Windows and Doorways



Using a variety of acrylic pastes, aggregates and collage we will work through a series of stages creating layers and textures to represent rough, distressed and decaying surfaces. Having constructed an interesting base we will then work in a combination of washes, thicker paint and drawn marks to create an atmospheric image, adding more detail as needed, sanding and wiping back through paint layers and building a complex surface. A fun day with plenty of demos and step-by-step instruction. What to bring: Heavy watercolour paper (approx. 350gsm or heavier) or mountboard / back of sketchpad (painted white if you’re using this) – you may wish to bring several pieces to work on together to allow stages to dry. Lightweight textured papers /tissue paper /book pages etc (whatever you have – we will be using it to create texture & pattern) Drawing pencil; Water-soluble pencils / crayons / oil pastel if you have them (don’t buy especially – tutor will bring some) Acrylic matt medium (the gel sort, not the fluid medium– Winsor & Newton, Pebeo & Liquitex all make one) or waterproof PVA Acrylic paints – whatever you have – if buying specially just buy primary colours and white Note: It is possible to achieve most of the things we will be covering with watercolours if you don’t have acrylics – please also bring a tube of white gouache Mixing palette, brushes (whatever you have), glue brush Kitchen roll, water pot, scissors Hairdryer if you have one Inspiration / source material of old windows and doorways (tutor will also bring some images)

What's included in the price?

Included on the day: Any other materials not specified for the students to bring Expert tuition 1 to 1 guidance Detailed demonstrations A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us. Terms - If, having booked, you can no longer attend, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid. Number of students: 10


1 day

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available


A unique venue in the Berkshire countryside offering a range of creative workshops and flowers from our very own cutting garden.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
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Micklems Farmhouse, Knowl Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9YD