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Adult Workshops This Autumn

13 Aug

We are excited to announce a range of brand new workshops for adults. They will continue to run every Tuesday, 18.30 – 20.30 in our lovely studio space.

Creative workshops fro adults, arts and crafts camden

Tuesday 17th September and Tuesday 8th October – Cards Crafts

Let your creativity run wild at our cards crafts workshop. This two hour workshop will encourage you to develop your own new ideas, as you learn some of the secrets behind making stylish and quirky home made cards.

Tuesday 24th September – Paper cutting

Learn how to paper cut and create your own beautiful cut out pictures. Take inspiration from a range of paper cuttings to learn how to effectively produce your designs using a scalpel and a cutting mat.

Tuesday 1st October – Scrapbooking

Learn how to bind and build your very own unique scrapbook using a wide selection of high quality papers, tread, buttons and more in a fun and sociable environment.

Tuesday 15th October – Decoupage Key Cupboards

Choose from a wide range of papers and serviettes and create a shabby chic key cupboard for your home, at our decoupage workshop.

Tuesday 22nd  October – Halloween costume making

Get your costume ready for Halloween and our spooky Halloween workshop where you can stitch, sew, stick and paint to create a suitably horrifying costume.

Booking is easy as usual, just give us a call on 02072844762, or let us know your preferred session by email, at contact@slanchogled.com!

Price £25 per workshop.

Lighthouse Workshop

11 Aug

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In just under two weeks it will be time for our lighthouse work shop for kids! We’ve been busy preparing and are very excited to give you a sneak peek at what you could be making.

The lighthouse is made from wooden pieces and also comes with a fully working light to shine brightly in your room. You will get the opportunity to then decorate your lighthouse with paint, pens and moss to create that seaside feel as well as trying your hand at a bit of electronics.

Spaces on our workshops have booked up fast but we still have some availability. If you’d like to join us and create your very own lighthouse then you can email us at contact@slanchogled.com or give us a call on 0207 284 4762.

Don’t forget we have many other workshops for kids (and grown ups) if you’d like to try something different. Check our facebook or website for more details of whats coming up this summer.

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Get Creative With Paper Butterflies

25 Jun

Get Creative With Butterflies

We’ve created a simple yet beautiful display in store using cut out butterflies and paper coated wire.

We selected white butterflies with a pearl finish but you could chose any colour with either a pearl or matt look. Using a needle to pierce a hole in the butterfly, we then thread through some paper coated wire. Again we went for white but you could change the look with different colour paper wire. Once the wire has been thread through, simply create a loop/knot in the wire to ensure the butterfly does not move beyond this point. Then, thread as many butterflies on the wire as you would like (we went for approx 28).

We then decided to hang our string of butterflies from the ceiling and repeated the process several times to create a cascade of many falling butterflies.

You can always experiment using different colours and try hanging the butterflies from the ceiling as we did, or drape over objects to create a lovely decoration.

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.

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!

Olympic Greetings

5 Aug

The event of the year, inarguably, London 2012, started in Camden on July 26th . Everyone was expecting a big buzz around the streets of Chalk Farm and Camden Town, and rightly so. The torch was to arrive in its historic glory passing the eternal flame before a final stretch through the capital’s landmarks, anticipated by millions.

This saw Camden as the welcoming host for the London Olympic torch, and its streets were filled with hundreds of spectators, lined up along the sidewalks, climbed up on shop rooftops, filling glasses with champagne, from as early as seven in the morning to get a glimpse of the kiss between the two torches and take part in this fascinating happening.

To reflect on these exciting local events and show a true warm welcome to everyone in Camden, we spent a few days preparing an exciting window display – we made our own torches from craft paper, and let the sun beams light up their flames through colourful transparent paper. Then we surrounded them with dozens of green leaves, which, as if floating in the air, hung on thin silver strings to shape a beautiful frame. 

Even more intricate and time-consuming though was our following window display project, which replicated the symbolic Olympic rings, or, in our case – Olympic wreaths. Made from hundreds of pieces of recycled brown paper, each cut by hand, folded, drawn on and glued to a base of cardboard.

It took about three days to finish the five wreaths, and, in time for the start of the Olympics, there they were, magnets for the photo lenses of tourists and locals alike.

We couldn’t think of a place warmer and more welcoming than Camden to start the torch’s journey through London and we were very excited to be a part of it.

Our Olympic wreaths will stay for a while to cheer neighbours and new Camden visitors, so swing by our shop soon if you’d like to feel the Olympic spirit of Camden and catch a glimpse of them yourself.

Set your sail towards the sun

7 Jul

A year ago, full on with the wind in our sails, we brought to London our experience, ideas, passion for creativity, together with all the bright colours we could fit. Anniversaries usually suggest retrospection, and, looking back, we thought we’d mark the occasion in a way that brought us closer to the start.

We began the voyage of Slanchogled in maritime Varna, Bulgaria over fifteen years ago, full of passion and enthusiasm, dreams and ambition. As an independent business it is overwhelming to see where the tides have taken us, and to have met such inspirational, daring and creative open minds all along the way.

It has been a year now since we set our anchor in Camden. Sea metaphors aside, with the approaching of summer, our innate nautical passion seems to grow stronger.

A fascination with boats became particularly obvious this week as we put careful effort into making this beautiful one for our window. We really liked the way it turned out, so we made some smaller ones too.

The big one takes some time but the materials are basic – cardboard, transparent paper, a few wood sticks to make it stable. We had to look at real boats to get the right model and it inevitably made us wish for an actual one, but it was still a lot of fun putting it together, and satisfying to see it take genuine shape.

On a smaller scale, you can easily make your own nautical craftwork, and we will show you exactly how. This Sunday from 11am, you’re welcome to join our Sailing Ships workshop! And because it’s our special occasion, you’re in for a special treat – it will be free!

And because children are among those who enjoy summer the most, currently in high anticipation of the coming holidays, we dedicate this exclusive workshop to them. It will be delivered by one of their peers too – the 11 year-old Ognyan, whose passion for boats was recently fueled by a trip to the south coastline near Brighton.

Join us for this very special workshop to mark a great year that has passed, welcome an exciting summer ahead, and share our love for the sea.

Big helpers for tiny hands

25 Jun

These have been our young artists’ favourite tools recently. For a couple of weeks we left several samples of Da Vinci’s brushes for children on a table top at the shop and we encouraged the curious to try them out. It didn’t take long before all the kids were trying on the finger brushes to find the one that fitted best. The paints on the side would then be damped and colours quickly spread around as drawings, signatures and messages.

The experience is close to painting with fingers, highly tactile, but it also introduces basic brush techniques. That makes finger brushes great for learning how to paint from an early stage.

Later, the exciting challenge is getting used to holding a brush in a tight but comfortable way that will let the child explore and enjoy painting more. But just like pens and pencils, brushes too can be shorter, to assist a small hand. And less round, to avoid too much rolling away – it takes a tight grasp in order to respond to a young creative mind’s artistic adventures!

There are some purely technical advantages as well – the length and fibre of these brushes allow just the right amount of water to carry, as children, often driven by their high creative enthusiasm, tend to take up too much paint or water. The handle is flat on one side and it secures the grip. This makes it useful not only for children but also for anyone who might be having difficulties with finger-coordination.

 

Touch, the sense of the skin and particularly the hand, is not purely tactile, just as painting is never purely a visual experience. When exploring an unknown area, we tend to focus on the senses we need to acquire certain skills for with. But, with an interplay of the senses, in this case visual supplemented by tactile, a strong mental image is composed and it reflects the experience back on a whole new level.

From Me to You

15 Jun

If you try to think how many of your friends’ addresses you know by heart… I, for one, can say – precisely one. It has been my unfulfilled intention for a while, to have a full address book, with a nice leather cover, collaged with letters from different alphabets on the front. How convenient would that be if I visit a nice place and instantly want to share it with someone in particular, especially since I don’t own a smartphone and cannot just update my status…

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about offline communication – endearing in its old fashion and inevitably being swept away by the ever-growing network of online opportunities. I live away from many of my closest friends, I like traveling, and so I started thinking of ways to surprise someone dear in true old-fashioned manner while also adding a personal creative touch.

So I grabbed a glass jar, filled it with water, opened a set of watercolours and got a small rectangular piece of thick paper.

What follows is a blissful experience for both sender and recipient!

With the contact of the soft brush and the paper, you instantly feel the flawless way in which the water spreads the colours through. They quickly take shape and you can guide them into beautiful, mesmerizing visual swirls.

Watercolours

You can play with sceneries, figures, city landscapes, flowers… Your lucky recipient, on the other hand, will  be truly moved by the special handcrafted postcard!

Imagine finding such a card in your post among advertising flyers and brown envelopes! It really takes as little as this to make someone’s day. (Just remember to put a stamp too!)