Vanessa’s painting course was absolutely brilliant and really inspiring. It was an incredibly productive day where I learnt far more about painting techniques than I had expected to. I can’t wait to get started! The whole experience was really enjoyable, helped by the wonderful setting and surroundings and the superb country home-made lunch! It was informal but very informative and Vanessa’s encouraging and friendly style gave me huge confidence. I felt we were being taught by a real expert with a true passion for the art. It exceeded my expectations in every way and I would highly recommend it to any budding painters.

Sarah S

A wonderful day – I learn’t so much but was not overwhelmed. It has opened my eyes to a new world and I feel confident enough to try things out on my own. Amazing lunch! Can’t fault a thing!

Charlotte C

Spent a lovely day at The Marmalade House with Vanessa and learnt so much from the course, It gave me such confidence to go ahead and paint my furniture. Everything possible was done to ensure the course ran smoothly and to time. It was great to have all the products to try, and all this topped up with a superb lunch in lovely surroundings. Hope to be back for the follow-up course later in the year. Really good value for money – I loved my day!

Wendy D

Fantastic day. I have learnt so much and am fired with enthusiasm to go and be creative. You are a great tutor, Vanessa, and the pace of the course was perfect. Finally, thanks for the delicious food!

Jenny T

A wonderful day! Inspirational, exciting! Beautiful location! Fab food! Clear instructions too! Thank you Vanessa.

Gloria G

Enjoyable, fun, informative, well-organised and inspirational. Covered all basic skills and techniques on how to use the materials to transform furniture and objects. I had the Annie Sloan book ‘Quick and Easy Paint Transformations’ already, but attending the course helped me understand better how to work with the paints to get the right effects. The book will continue to be useful for reference. The venue was perfect, with examples all around of what can be achieved. The catering was delicious too. All in all 10/10. Many thanks.

Sue M

Really interesting to learn so many techniques in one day. It’s great that no prep is needed on the item before using the paint! Vanessa made it look very easy but also instilled confidence in just being able to get on and do it and that mistakes are often part of the charm!

Vicki G

This is a fabulous course in a wonderful setting designed to inspire. Catered for all abilities and the tools and equipment were readily available and it was lovely to be able to experiment extensively. Vanessa was articulate and very patient and so talented. We were all delighted with the results of our labour. A lovely friendly group and a fabulous lunch – homemade – wonderful. Delighted at the number of different effects we were taught – cleverly managed on two pieces of wood. Very well-thoughout course, very well organised – the best course I have ever been on. I am totally inspired. Ongoing support which is invaluable. A marvellous opportunity to try paints/waxes before you buy. Many thanks.

Francis W

What a wonderful day! The course, the food and your lovely home were totally fantastic. Also enjoyed our group immensely. I should add that your course was by far the most enjoyable one I have ever taken. You are a great teacher.

Evelyn C