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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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Arts & Crafts Wednesdays

15 Aug

School is back, and so are our Arts & Crafts Wednesdays! Taking place weekly between 16.15 – 17.15, they are a great way to get creative after school, and spend a nice afternoon making new friends!

creative workshops for children, arts and crafts wednesdays

Here’s the program for this autumn:

18th September – Design and decorate your own birdhouse

Use pens and paints, buttons, and beads to create a quirky cool birds house.

25th September – Graffiti workshop

Learn how to write graffiti style and create your own graphic art using paint pens on canvas.

2nd October – Picasso Paintings

Get inspired by Picasso’s incredible work and paint your own painting inspired by him using acrylics paints on canvas.

9th October – Autumnal Life Drawing

Our autumnal themed life-drawing workshop aims to engage and inspire. We will look at shape and form as well as light and dark and learn how to begin drawing from life.

16th October – Make your own clock

Take your time designing and decorating a funky wooden clock using mixed media and paint pens.

23rd October – Nature Mobiles

Bring nature inside as you create a beautiful wooden mobile for your room using a wide variety of materials from bark to ribbon.

Please note these workshops are designed for children aged 6 – 12.

Advance booking is necessary as we like to keep groups small and cosy – call us on 02072844762, or email contact@slanchogled.com to reserve your place!

Price: £10 per workshop

Half Term Crafternoons

8 Feb

half term workshops for children february
After two months of workshops with so many wonderful and creative children at Slanchogled, we are particularly excited about this month’s half term! A week off school is good enough, but that also gives us more time to create stuff together!

We’ve planned five days of workshops, each holding a different creative adventure, and not only that, but we’ll also spend twice as much time on our exciting projects than usual!

We’ll be meeting every day between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd, from 2pm to 4pm. You can join a single workshop or come to all of them! Just remember to book in advance, and the full list of workshops during half term is here.

In the meantime, if you are walking down Chalk Farm Road, look out for our new window! Jenny has painted the whole display especially for the half term workshops, see some of the action here!

See you soon for a crafty afternoon!

 

Workshops for Children

17 Jan

workshops children arts and craftsFollowing the creative buzz of Christmas and all the crafty projects we did together during the festive season, here’s a new series of workshops for the young ones, aged 6 and over.

From modelling clay to constructing mosaics, drawing places of imagination, creating stories and new creatures – Jenny from Jenny’s Wonderwalls will be taking children on an exciting journey. They will experiment with a variety of materials to bring a fantasy world to life and share it with kids their age!

Workshops will take place every Wednesday between 4.30pm and 5.30pm, making the series an exciting and engaging after-school activity. Every week will bring a new theme, for this and next month, have a look at the detailed program on our Facebook page.

Places are taken quickly so call in advance to book!

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Christmas Craft Workshops

15 Dec

workshops for children 7+ camden slanchogled arts  and crafts

Buckets Full of Sweets

30 Nov

It’s almost December and most of us are have already started the countdown to Christmas Day. Presents, decorations, dinner arrangements! None of it can wait.

Tomorrow marks the first day of the most festive month of the year, and with it, a lovely tradition will bring excitement to many homes. Advent Calendars will surprise with different sweets and candies every day, making the impatience for the big 25th grow.

Many of you have been so enthusiastic to make you own advent calendars and coming up with amazing ideas here at the shop! Here’s one of the alternative calendars we thought of:

advent calendar christmas slanchogled arts and crafts camden shop

25 small zinc buckets, decorated with coloured paper, hung on large wooden beads with a button at the front – there to keep you excited all throughout December!

Happy holidays and happy crafting!

Experts In Colour

12 Nov

Dylon Experts in Colour Fabric Dyes at Slanchogled arts and crafts shop Camden London
DYLON Fabric Dyes have been the “Dyes of London” for several decades now and have seen some of the most colourful times in the city, witnessing the boom of the textile industry, the passion of the rock and roll years and the DIY craze that came with it.

Dylon Fabric Dyes at Slanchogled art and craft shop Camden London

The ability to personalise any piece of clothing in your wardrobe or furniture in your home has remained as valued and accessible over the years. If you ever found yourself  thinking “I wish they had this top in another colour”, or if you’ve been thinking about refreshing the colours in your wardrobe and your home – you should know there is a rainbow of colours at your disposal, ready to suit all your current moods and desires.

Dylon Fabric Dyes at Slanchogled art and craft shop Camden London

The Dylon range includes fabric dyes for both machine and hand use in a large spectrum of colours, leather and shoe paints, and the very useful Wash & Dye, which has all-in-one ingredients you need to bring new life into those slightly faded dark-coloured fabrics.

Colour plays a huge role in our spatial perception, and in feeling comfortable and relaxed. Colour memories and associations are surprisingly strong which is why they can evoke certain feelings and have a long reaching effect on how we respond to a particular colour schemes.

You don’t have to be an expert to experiment – choose from vibrant, playful and more sophisticated tones, to add the colours you want to your accessories and loved items at home.

Dylon Experts in Colour Fabric Dyes at Slanchogled arts and crafts shop Camden London

For useful tips and hints on how to use DYLON fabric dyes, click here to have a look on their website.

Autumn Inspired

30 Oct

Acrylic felt, felt circles, shapes from felt

As the last beams of October make you want to curl up like a cat in the sun, here are some ideas about seasonal crafty adventures and how to make a lasting cosy feeling in your home.

Autumn is gently sliding us into winter, and so we choose the comfort of the softest materials and colours to surround ourselves with – felt, wool, natural twine, dried flowers able to endure the whole of the coming winter…

Our choice of colours could not be easier, for what else if not nature itself is using them with more precision and vibrancy at this time of year. The striking red and yellow that stand out among the green. The soft brown in the crunchy fallen leaves and, of course, the warm Halloween orange, which we love so much with black, and even with some purple…

hemp twine and ropeautumn leaves in a paper bag, slanchogled

Halloween gives a great opportunity to get crafty with quirky designs and clever ideas, and here’s a couple we came up with this year:

We made a woven spiderweb from hemp twine – some basic calculations and a very large roll of twine were enough for this natural-looking spiderweb; in addition we have these black felt spiders, two glued together on each side of the string, as if really crawling up and down the web.

hemp twine spiderweb, felt spiders, window display, slanchogledA felt cut out spider at Slanchogled

However you decide to dress up and decorate this year – here’s to autumnal colours and festivity, and the inspiration they all brings to us.

Window display of Slanchogled arts & crafts, Camden

Happy Halloween

26 Oct
“Will you walk into my parlour”, said the Spider to the Fly
 

 

Having Halloween fall on a Wednesday this year has had a surprisingly positive effect on spooky party planning. The more organised and impatient ones have already prepped up for the weekend before, and the rest will have another convenient option of celebrating the weekend after.

Whichever day and way in which you choose to celebrate this creepy crawly, black and orange feast, we hope you have great fun and come up with the most original dressing up ideas. And why not pop into our shop for a trick-or-treat next Wednesday – we’d love to see all the black spiders, face paints and feathers you’ve been getting into practice!

Handmade Cards

21 Aug

Slanchogled handmade card butterflies

Each card is telling a story. Stories of happy occasions, surprises, a wish to make someone smile, and spontaneous creative urges.

Materials you gather for your cards and ideas springing into your mind work together in a subtle way. Exciting materials are the core of new ideas, but equally, a good idea can make you think creatively, turning simple objects into clever visual treats.

Which comes first? It’s different every time. Sometimes you have an occasion to mark, at other times you first need to put your hands on it, and the message comes through as you go.

Today we’d like to show you how we make one of our visitors’ most-loved cards – “the one with the beautiful butterflies!”

Here’s the materials we use:

Slanchogled butterfly paper punch

A paper punch for beautiful butterfly cut outs

Interference acrylic colour

Daler-Rowney Interference and Acrylic Colours

craft foam pads at Slanchogled

Sticky foam pads for creating volume and 3D effects

We start by mixing some Daler-Rowney System 3 paints with the interference colours to get a stunning shimmering effect and we apply them on black paper.

Once dry, we use the paper punch and we cut out as many butterflies as we need!

Artemio butterfly paper punch

All we’ve got left to do is stick them together on a folded card. We use the sticky pads to create volume and a nice,”flying”, 3D effect:

And we’re done!
Slanchogled handmade card with butterflies

card making materials at Slanchogled

It’s hard to say, who enjoys handmade cards more – giver or receiver?

Keep an eye here for more crafty tips and ideas!