Once upon a time

14 Oct
“Sketchbooks and journals are the street lamps that illuminate the artist’s journey.” – Neil Waldman

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The spring flowers are sleeping and the summer sun has started to set, it is time for a new season, and what a beautiful season it is, with a new season comes new products for Slanchogled. From far and wide we have beautiful products that will get you inspired to start creating this autumn.

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With autumn officially here we can appreciate the beautiful leaves turning from green to red, falling to the floor allowing us to crunch over them with delight. However with the autumn leaves also comes the autumn weather, the rain and wind swiftly bringing the chill of winter. Although here at Slanchogled we believe this is the best weather for getting creative and artistic.

Allow your imagination to run wild with a simple pen and sketchbook and write a story, a poem, a diary, doodle, sketch, scribble, create a masterpiece or simply jot down some thoughts. We have beautiful notebooks, diaries and sketchbooks that are sure to inspire you with their beautiful materials and colours. And after all with a hobby such as drawing and writing which is as old as time itself you know your going to enjoy it. So with the autumn chill leaving us wanting to stay inside with warm jumpers and cosy cup of tea why not pop into Slanchogled first and pick up a sketchbook and let your mind run free over the blank pages.

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A good pencil and pen is always a must, they help put thoughts onto paper and help illustrate the dreams and visions you have in your mind. Slanchogled has a beautiful collection of stationary that will help you get started or add to the collection you may already have. Delicate pencil cases with colours and patterns for the eye to enjoy and pencils and pens, professional and amateur for the new characters, the poetic thoughts and silly scribbles.

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IMG_1766Sketchbooks allow you to draw anywhere and at any time. So free your mind and connect to the world around you through a pencil and paper.

A little craft for a little flower

24 Jun
“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
– Hans Christian Andersen

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Everybody likes flowers, whether your the one giving or receiving them, or simply getting that gentle smell of sweet roses whilst lazing in the garden. There is something about flowers that brightens up a grey day and here at Slanchogled we have tried out a few crafts to get our customers inspired, creating, and brightening up their days too.

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IMG_20140624_145123There are thousands of flower tutorials crawling like ladybugs all over internet, a simple technique in twisting, or just cutting and sticking petals all work, the only problem you will have making these beautiful flowers is deciding on what colour material to pick.

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magentaflower-4467So come along and see what different flowers you can make this summer, our staff are on hand to lend advice and share techniques.

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Kuretake Pens and Pretty Cards

21 May
‘I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.’
- Georgia O’Keeffe

Amazing how a pen, that looks so simple and plain, can transform a card. With a flick of the wrist and a touch of playfulness, with Kuretake pens you can create beautiful patterns and flowers with rich colours and all without taking too much of your time.

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All that is needed to create these type of cards is some watercolour paper, and to use the pen almost like a stamp, starting with the thin point then pressing down on the back to create a teardrop shape. And then the rest is up to your imagination.

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Fall in Love with Watercolours

14 May
‘After a thousand watercolors you will find you have fallen in love with paper and paint.’ – Rex Brandt

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wtaer-4460If you are a beginner with watercolours the best thing to know before you start is that practice makes perfect, and don’t be afraid to get a bit messy. That’s the fun of watercolours, the colours blending together and flowing in different directions. You can start controlled and with detail or you can just go wild with very loose strokes. The main thing to remember with watercolours is that you can always add more, it is better to start off very light and watery and then to decide if you need a deeper colour in which you can just add extra colour, or even different colours for a mix and different depth.

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brushesdown-4448For the beginners and the experts Slanchogled has brushes and paints to suit all. We have specialist brushes that will hold the water perfectly for the watercolours, and paints that will last a lifetime.

And while your here why not check out our sale brushes? £1.95 each and great quality, its a deal that is going quick with popularity so come check them out soon before they all disappear.

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♥ Sew in Love with Fabric

30 Apr
Having beautiful fabrics to sew can fill up your days, not to mention your living room, bedroom and closets…

Sewing is a craft that can open a world of opportunities. Don’t like that tablecloth, make a new one, bored of your old apron, make a new one. The options for sewing are endless, a house can be made a home with a few simple crafts that include some beautiful fabrics. A few flowers on a cushion or curtain can make all the difference in a house, a good fabric will help let spring brighten up your home and settle in for the summer.

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In our little home at Slanchogled we have now extended our fabric collection to include beautiful fabrics so perfect for the sunny seasons that you can practically smell the flowers.

And with bright, floral and pastel colours our fabrics are ready for you to get sewing, stitching, gluing and creating.

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Easter Bunnies & Colourful Eggs

10 Apr
“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.”    - S.D. Gordon

Chocolate bunnies, colourful eggs, baby chicks and the fresh smell of daffodils, Easter is a cause for celebration and a moment for creation. Celebrate the springs arrival and the winters slumber with us at Slanchogled by getting creative and doing what we do best, which is to plant the seeds of  inspiration and provide you with the tools to complete inspiring Easter treats.

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DSC_0246Decorating eggs are an iconic and creative expression for each Easter and here at Slanchogled we have a made a few of our own to inspire our customers. From clay moulds, wooden cut outs, and polystyrene eggs the options are endless for these blank surfaces waiting for a splash of colour, some felting, lace, ribbon or even washi tape.

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DSC_0237Funny characters, cuddly characters and smiley characters, our MDF cut outs, wooden shapes and Russian dolls are a perfect excuse for young and old to create their very own Easter characters, to paint or draw faces and decorate with our wide selection of bows, beads and ribbon.

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So get creating! Come along to Slanchogled and get the tools needed to build and create your Easter arts and crafts. And like our fluffy bunny digging for carrots, come dig for inspiration in our store.

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Spring Time in Slanchogled

18 Mar
“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning”   - Lewis Grizzard

Springtime has arrived here at Slanchogled and to show our appreciation for the blooming flowers and shining sun we have done what we do best and started to create in the hope that we will inspire our customers to join in with us.

Flowers, birds, bees, bunny rabbits, easter eggs, spring is full of loads of wonderful things.

And what better way to brush off the winter chill than to create your very own flower garlands. These wonderful hanging paper blossoms look like magical sugar plum fairies dancing in the sunlight. And they are simple enough to create. A dab of glue, a piece of string and a spring of beads and these floating blossoms will help knock the winter out and make way for the spring.

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When it comes to the spring season, a call for celebration comes for Easter, mothers day, all the spring birthdays and a celebration purely of the sun, an excuse to get out in the garden, and more importantly to get creating. A perfect excuse to buy a beautiful card and wrap a present in some beautiful paper.

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Spring is an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine, and while you are outside enjoying the warmth of the spring sun why not pop into Slanchogled and buy some supplies to make your own spring creations. A few buttons, paper leaves, ribbons, colored paper, paints, all wonderful things to help create spring art projects. Whats the best way to get creative this spring in Slanchogled’s opinion? Grab a sketchbook, some paints and pencils, go the park, sit in the grass, feel the warmth on your skin, and paint the flowers…

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Spring is here, visit Slanchogled to help celebrate.

“I am going to try and pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen” - Anne Lamott

Valentines

6 Feb

“Love is not love which alters it when alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove: O no! It is an ever fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken; it is the star to every wandering bark whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle’s compass come: Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out, even to the edge of doom.”

(Sonnet 116) –  William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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As we enter February we are brought into what can be considered the most romantic month of the year. Children and adults alike are enchanted by Valentines day and what better way to celebrate this year than by getting creative, and here at Slanchogled we are filling the store with love and inspiration for all our customers.

Valentines day to us is about sharing the love with everyone, whether it be your husband, boyfriend, sister, mother, or the secret crush you’ve had your eye on. Valentines day is a day for all and a day for all to express their love and care for someone. And what better way to express your love than to create your own personalised card or to wrap your present in some of our poetically beautiful wrapping paper and large variety of ribbons. To get even more creative why not make some of our heart  streamers. By simply using paper hearts and some hemp string these beautiful streamers add a valentines atmosphere almost instantly.

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Another creative activity for you to take part in this valentines is to create some of our gorgeous flower balls. By simply using felt strips wrapped round like a small rose, a large polystyrene ball and some glue to hold them all in place these felt flower arrangements are perfect for valentines dinners, or just as an eye-catching flower piece for any room.

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The options are endless for creative activities for both children and adults this valentines, so why not pop in and see what you can create for the one your love this month.

Calligraphy Workshop

8 Jan

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Slanchogled London embraces and encourages all different types of art. One specific art style that we are celebrating at the moment is the art of calligraphy. Learning calligraphy will help develop skills for an art that inscribes words so they show integrity, a beautiful rhythm and creative fire.

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The word calligraphy is usually defined by its two Greek roots: kalli meaning beautiful and graphia referring to writing. Over the years handwriting seems to have lost the attraction it once had. What was once beautifully handwritten letters is now replaced with technology, and yet beautiful calligraphy holds a tremendous expression and finesse that technology just cannot replace. For to send a beautifully handwritten letter to your beloved ones is a eternally precious thing that would always be treasured.

This is why Slanchogled is very proud to be hosting a Calligraphy Workshop with the talented calligraphy and graffiti artist Nikolay Petrov. The very same talented artist who created our shop sign and the much admired calligraphy work in our interior.

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The workshop will be running on January the 31st from 6.30pm till 8.30pm. So come along and learn how to create stunning calligraphy that will be a timeless skill to have.

The workshop costs £25 per person and all materials will be included, and please note that no previous experience is needed.

Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Additionally if your are interested to find out more about the talented Nikolay Petrov then please visit this link to see the many examples of his beautiful calligraphy and graffiti – http://www.behance.net/oneflak

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A Bright Christmas at Slanchogled.

20 Nov

It’s that time of year again there is frost on the ground and a chill in the air. Christmas is coming and at Slanchogled we have been busy making all kinds of magical decorations for you to enjoy and make at home. Image

Here is our nativity scene. It looks fantastic and is simple and fun to make. We created our characters by threading wooden beads on to cotton reels. We then added felt for their clothes and used Posca paint pens to draw on the faces. The stars are made using our glass beads tied on to invisible string, stuffing for clouds, raffia for the hay in the barn and our card board Christmas trees for the background.

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You can make an advent calendar with a difference this year. We have suspended carefully numbered parcels from the ceiling using simple papers and hemp string. We then added some sparkle by hanging baubles amongst them.

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Our glitter covered stars can be used to make vibrant decorations, Christmas cards and to add flair to your present wrapping.

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You can find glass jars full of coloured beads on the branches of our tree. 

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They are dotted amongst our snowmen, reindeer and elves. 

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We are looking forwards to the celebrations ahead with reefs, reindeer, wooden trees and shiny shapes in our arty grotto on Chalk Farm road. See you soon. 

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