Gabriela Szulman, textiles and paper craft and ink teacher

Gabriela Szulman

location_on London

local_activity classes: DecoupageCollageTextilesPaper Craft and InkPrint MakingGlass and Mosaic

4.9 (25)
Instagram followers2k

Gabriela is an artist and maker. She creates pictures, decorative objects, greeting cards and jewellery with images inspired by memory, nostalgia and a love of everything vintage.

Her work is often humorous and whimsical – unless her romantic side takes over and then you enter into a fairy-tale territory of old-fashioned script, pages of books and music scores populated by chivalrous gentlemen, glamorous ladies, butterflies and rabbits. She blends a fusion of painting and digital media – acrylic, watercolour and ink with digital print – onto paper and canvas to create a wide range of work.

In addition to her own creative endeavours, she is passionate about inspiring other people and sharing her skills, so she devotes a good portion of her time to teaching.




Hebe Silva Jul 2024

Had a great time learning so many new things! Coming back to another training in the future!

Usha Singh Apr 2024

My daughter and I had a fabulous time yesterday at the class. Gabriela was a wonderful teacher who made learning the art of decoupage fun. The atmosphere was relaxing and warm. I would definitely recommend this event. The only negative is that I think my house is going to become totally decoupaged

Elly Chatfield Apr 2024

Great class. The teacher is so knowledgable and friendly so even though I’m a beginner I learned a lot. Really enjoyed having free range to pick all my patterns, colours etc Would recommend if you’re interested in trying a new craft

Susan Mignot Mar 2024

Very small class so we received plenty of tuition and help when needed. Friendly and encouraging teacher.

Angela Parke Oct 2023

Gabriela was a warm, friendly, helpful teacher who put everyone at their ease. Although there were several different projects going on, she made time to give advice and assistance to us all. There was plenty of room to spread out in her lovely light and airy studio, plus somewhere to hang coats and bags and a loo. There were lots of different patterns available for our decoupage and I was able to choose something a bit more adventurous than I would normally have done. The other attendees were super-friendly too. Gabriela also provided hot drinks and biscuits - a really nice gesture as it had been very wet and cold travelling to the class. I'm really motivated to try decoupage on other items now. I'd highly recommend this fabulous class!

Upcycling Workshop: Shoe Decoupage review by Angela Parke - London

Sarah Bishop Jul 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Gabriela was welcoming and patient as we learned the fundamentals of mixed media. The studio had everything one could ever want to include in an art work - we were spoiled for choice! I felt as if I'd learned heaps in just one day and will now start experimenting with works at home.

Linda Field Mar 2023

I spent a relaxing afternoon learning a new skill which I hope to put to future use. Gabriella is a good teacher and I felt very much at ease. Resources plentiful.

Rachel Diment Mar 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Really enjoyed the class. Total decoupage novice. Made a cool lair of high tops. lovely environment

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Rachel Diment - London

Linda Mulcahy Feb 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

It was a good course. It would have been great to have more materials to choose from. Also there were 2:5 students down by collage rather than decoupage which was distracting. I would have preferred the teacher to take control of the class a little more.

Bhavisha Patel Oct 2022

Really enjoyable workshop. Gaby's studio is beautiful. We were shown different techniques for creating backgrounds and created our own in the morning. In the afternoon we used them to great paper collages. Now I have some techniques and ideas that I can us in my own work.

Hital Muraj Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

I am in the UK for a holiday and I was looking for a workshop on mixed media and collage. I signed up with Gabi and right from the time I reached out to her to the actual workshop - she was very helpful and responsive. I really enjoyed the session with her and had a great day out.

Edel Hopkin Aug 2022

Hidden away in a quiet news yard Gabriela’s workshop is a haven for paper and paint lovers. As a complete ‘newbie’ I soon list my trepidation and became immersed in a wonderfully absorbing collage project. I was delighted with my finished result and with all the tips and techniques I picked up along the way. I definitely plan to return and build on my new knowledge.

Lauren Fortune Aug 2022

I spent such a pleasurable afternoon in Gabriela's beautiful studio space in Camberwell upcycling a plate via decoupage. I'm a total amateur and Gabriela's instructions and guidance were so clear and helpful. She had a great range of patterns and tissue images to use and I am so pleased with my plate. After a busy week at work, using my hands to make something in such a peaceful way was just the tonic! Highly recommend this course.

Ronke Shoderu May 2022

Gabriela is a lovely teacher - patient and very supportive. Good selection of materials provided for the session. A fun class

Upcycling Workshop: Shoe Decoupage review by Ronke Shoderu - London

Bola Shoderu May 2022

Really enjoyable afternoon with a lovely teacher. I learnt a new technique which will be easy to replicate at home. Really happy with my transformed sandals. I will never look at paper napkins in quite the same way again!

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Bola Shoderu - London

Clair Matthews May 2022

Had a fantastic afternoon with friends learning glass decoupage. Gabriela was very welcoming and excellent at explaining all of the techniques. She was patient and encouraging. Would highly recommend this class.

Glass Decoupage Workshop: Upcycle a Plate review by Clair Matthews - London

Terri Freeman Mar 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Gabriela is a relaxed and encouraging teacher. This activity is accessible but something different - I really felt like I learnt a new skill. Me and my friends had a lovely creative morning and were very proud of our art! it went so quickly! Thanks Gabriela :)

Roberta Piras Jan 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Just return home from this course which far exceed my expectations. Gabriela was knowledge and her work is amazing, she is such a great teacher, she took the extra time so that I could complete my piece of furniture only small bits to do at home but she gave me the paper napkin to take home to complete. She thought me different techniques and I was really inspired to improve just by looking at her work dotted everywhere in the studio. Honesty 10/10 is my score and now looking forward to put into practice what I've learnt and to go back to do the glass decoupage! Thank you Gabriela

Upcycling Workshop: Furniture with Decoupage review by Roberta Piras - London

Hala Alsharekh Dec 2021

I took the class with my daughter, it was her first time to decoupage. We both loved the class, Gabriela was very helpful and she had a great selection for the materials to use.The class was fun and although I have decoupaged before I learned new techniques and ideas from Gabriela. Will definitely book another class again once I’m back in London.

Cloe Thomas Nov 2021

Great class really enjoyed. Gabriella was lovely and we will definitely do another of her courses!

Debbie Marsden Oct 2021

Thank you so much Gabriela
We had such a wonderful time yesterday. We initially had difficulty finding the venue but a quick helpful call pointed us to the right place Studio is bright and full of ideas. Materials were all provided. Gabriela was an excellent teacher. I am not v artistic but with her gentle encouragement and guidance I am delighted with my finished plate. There were 5 on our course. All had completely different ideas and designs but we could learn with each other and everyone was supportive so the atmosphere was friendly and warm.
The course is expensive however my sister and I have been so enthused we have lots of different ideas for when we are next together.
Thank you Gabriela for a super afternoon I would definitely recommend the course

Emma Sep 2021

Gabriella was very inspiring with her work which she had all around the studio. She taught the class very well with a calm and ease about her, she paid attention to the individual needs of each of us, and was encouraging but also allowed us to find our own designs based on our own likes/dislikes. She was so very friendly and it was overall an incredibly enjoyable day! Highly recommend! Great aftercare too with advice on where to pick up some good tools and equipment for decoupage! I'm now addicted!

Yasmin Somji Sep 2021

Gabrielle is brilliant. Had one of my most enjoyable and happy days working on my decoupage project with her. Gabriella also shares all her resources very generously.

Pamela Levy Sep 2021

What was the teacher like?
Gabriela was lovely. Very knowledgeable, friendly and hospitable. We had a great day with her. Gabriela even allowed us to come another day as my friend had to isolate on our original date.
How was the venue?
Venue was great. Gabriela had lots of wonderful items to look at for inspiration. She also sold and displayed much of her works which are beautiful
If materials were provided, did you like them? Yes Gabriela also gave me and my friend items to take home to finish our projects
Was the class good value for money? Yes. There was only two of us. Gabriela helped us as much as we needed but allowed us to be creative.
What did you do / learn?
We both decoupaged tables. We learnt 3 different techniques a made beautiful table tops and legs.
We had a wonderful day as part of my 50rh birthday celebration. Thank you so much. I can't recommend Gabriela and her class enough.

Jemma Naumann Aug 2021

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Had a lovely afternoon with Gabriela decoupaging my tray. She has such a wealth of knowledge and experience and this really comes across in her passion for what she does. Her studio is filled with lots of artistic inspiration and the range of materials to choose to work with were great. I was amazed to see how versatile the technique of decoupage was and I look forward to coming back soon to work on a pair of my shoes that need a refresh!

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Jemma Naumann - London

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