Our studio has been filled with some inspiring workshops this month, including brush lettering with Harriet, lampshade making with Sarah and botanical monoprinting with Kathy.
Brush lettering made a return after popular demand, guiding you through learning the alphabet in brush and Pentel and then how to lay out a small quote. . . we had a lot of 'happy Mother's day' beautifully brush lettered, ready for a card or artwork in their new skill. We had a rare gentleman on this workshop and he loved it! Perhaps drag your partner along and learn something new together.
This was our first mono-print workshop and it is such a great process to learn, and is something you can easily do at home. Everyone created piles of amazing botanical prints. The method means you never know how each print will come out: it's a carefree process, which makes you draw in a free style and every drawing looks amazing! Well, we think so. This workshop will make a return later in the year for those that missed out this time. Each attendee went home with their most loved print framed in one of our double sided glass frames, in either brass or zinc finish. We felt this was a nice touch as they then can pop it straight on display at home. trimming the print and framing in in the glass frame, allowing the light to come through really finished off the workshop.
We've also been working hard on developing some new topics for workshops and have launched them online. These include a whole raft of Annie Sloan chalk paint-based themes, including gilding and ageing decorative effects, as well as fabric dyeing. We have had such fun exploring these techniques and are eager to share the bug! For example, once you start gilding you won't be able to stop, our studio door is a good demonstration of this! Gilding can be done on any surface . . . let us inspire you. We are also loving dyeing fabric in Annie Sloan: we have some new lampshades made using these techniques. We think they are beautiful and super on-trend. We are really excited to about these workshops, the skills you learn can really be used to transform your home, adding that really personal touch.
Modern Woven Wall Hanging and Raffia Basket Weaving are two new workshops. Both focus on the meditative and repetitive skill of building up a woven piece using natural materials with a considered and creative approach. The workshops aim to deliver a basic understanding of the materials and skills required to make a series of pieces that reflect interior trends using traditional methodology.