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Viking Arty Party

Today starts the National Stationery Week. To celebrate, I was invited to Viking Arty Party, organized by Viking. I was so excited to try new things, as there were planned three very interesting activities on the day. It was a really fab event, I had the chance to chat to lovely bloggers I haven’t seen for a while and everything we tried was fun.

 Viking Arty Party

The day was lovely, beautiful and sunny, so it was fab that we could relax, to have a chat and a drink on the terrace of King Street Townhouse in Manchester. Look at the views, it is just stunning.
We were divided into three groups and #VikingArtyParty has started.

 Viking Arty Party

The first activity I’ve tried was block printing. I found it so interesting. I saw similar blocks in a tour I went to in Emma Bridgewater’s pottery factory. So I was intrigued by the idea of making our own blocks.

As you can see in the picture, I didn’t listen to the instruction and I made a complicated design. I enjoyed sculpting the block, checking if it’s ok with a test-print, carve a bit more and then trying to print with acrylic with it. It wasn’t as spectacular as I thought it will be, but I should have followed the instruction and start with an easier block.
I enjoyed block printing a lot. I might try it at home too, it’s fun and relaxing. I was surprised to see this picture on twitter, I don’t know when it was taken, I was so concentrated to make my block.

 Viking Arty Party

After the first activity, we stopped for lunch. It was delicious, the pastries were yummy. It was also an opportunity to have more coffee, drinks and a chat.

 Viking Arty Party

The second activity was Calligraphy. I loved it. I will use my new pen with its three nibs I can choose from. My handwriting is not the best and this is a way I can improve my skills. I found it very relaxing too. Before trying it I had no idea I will enjoy it as much as I did. It was a really lovely surprise.

 Viking Arty Party

The last activity was notebook customisation. I have a lots of diaries and notebooks that I use, but I never customised any of them, so that’s something new for me. My design wasn’t as good as it should have been. I was in a bit of hurry because I didn’t had an idea to start with and it took me a while to decide what I’m going to do.
The thing I like the most was my idea of having 3 book marks attached to the notebook. This is something I struggle with, I don’t have enough markers to organise my work. It’s colourful and bright and fun, so I’m sort of pleased with how it turned out. Now I know I should have went for a Mondrian-style approach that it would have been easier to make and not as busy as the one I did. Well, I will do that with the next notebook I’m going to customise.


The goodie bags are so cute, all lined up on the table.


This is what I got in the goodie bag. I will use those cute markers to decorate the mug, but I still have to decide how I’m going to decorate it.

8 Comment

  1. This looks like such a fun event!
    I’d love to do more crafty stuff but I never seem to have time (or space) – I should make sure I manage to fit something creative into days though! x

  2. This sounds fab, and you’ve got some good photos to remember the experiences by! I’d also really like to have a go at calligraphy myself some time. x

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this event too and could relate to what you said about Calligraphy. It’s addictive! I attended one of Joyce’s classes in November and really enjoyed seeing her again on Saturday! Your notebook looks much more impressive than mine!

  4. What a fantastic event! I find blogging takes all my ‘creative me time’ and I miss getting hands on. Your notebook is really cute!

  5. Oh I love Calligraphy. I think the Viking party sounds great and the goodie bag is juts up my street as I LOVE stationary. Thanks for sharing your adventure. It is so interesting to read about.

  6. Looks like such a fun event! That vegan hummus section is making me hungry just looking at it! 🙂
    I was in Manchester last week! I need to look for the King Street Townhouse next time, such a lovely view of the church and city! 🙂


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