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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!

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.

A skill to quill

30 Jun

The beautiful and awe-inspiring art of quilling has had a strong tradition in Europe for hundreds of years. A decorative technique for churches and religious objects, a convenient substitute to expensive filigrees and paintings were both among its initial purposes in the past.

What makes its popularity constantly grow in recent years though must be its accessibility and simplicity of materials. It requires very few supplies: strips of coloured paper, scissors, some quilling tools and transparent glue.

The quilling paper strips are usually around 3mm wide, and you don’t even have to cut them yourself (although you could, or maybe just shred paper), they come in a rainbow of colours, ready to be curled, twisted, spiralled and shaped.

The basic tools are much like long needles (to twist strips around) and curved tweezers (for assembling), and can also be found ready-made. Accompanying them for smaller projects can be cocktail sticks and pins – anything that would make working on a small scale easier, especially when applying tiny dots of glue.

Although the technique itself has not changed significantly through the years, with the variety of supplies and tools now you could achieve anything from a miniature 3D design to a wall-size decoration.

All of this leads us to what is perhaps the most essential quilling tool, be it a non-material one: patience.

Quilling requires some time, which appears even longer to those who’ve just discovered the love and enthusiasm for this craft and are eager to start making their favourite designs. But as with anything, a little patience and a good practice from the very beginning pay off. And so making sure you start off with basic coils and gradually move on to more sophisticated shapes, will bring you rewarding results.

This weekend we will be showing you how to make those exact basic shapes as we pay tribute to this exquisite form of art. As you can guess, we’ve put a lot of time into making a display full of quilled cards!

  

If you’d like to join the Easy Quilling class, come along this Sunday, July 1st, between 11am and 1pm!



Cycle, Recycle, Upcycle

21 Jun

It’s Recycle Week!

Between June 18th and 24th, we’re happily taking our part in highlighting the importance of recycling, in time for Recycle Now’s week of events all around the UK.

This year’s initiative “Recycle – Home and Away” sees the partnership of local authorities, businesses and retailers in the promoting of the environmental benefits of recycling.

As essential as recycling is at present, what we’ve found to be particularly useful, creative and fun to do at the shop, is to actually convert the waste materials into tools of higher quality, whether for practical use or as quirky designs. “Upcycling”, as it is known as, is a thought-provoking process which makes you see the potential in everything you get your hands on but might be tempted to simply throw away. The importance of this skill is obvious and applicable in so many different areas, that mastering it guarantees satisfaction from both the creative process and the environmental contribution you’ve made.

Recycle Week’s theme this year is the plastic bottle – which must indeed be the toughest spin in the Re-Cycle. But since we (proudly) don’t use plastic materials, and still appreciate the importance of recycling and upcycling, we thought we would make visible the ways in which you can upcycle the most common waste materials around you.

So we did! We put the carton boxes from one of our latest deliveries in the most visible place – our window display. And in the spirit of two current events – Reclycle Week UK and Bike Week locally in Camden – we came up with this beautiful, easy-to-make, eye-catching, delightfully word-played design.

It has been stopping many passersby, making most of them take out their phones for a picture. That’s why we’ve added a special treat for those of you who like to take a photo – now you can upload it and share on Foursqaure to unlock a prize!

And, as usual, apart from giving ideas and examples, what we enjoy doing most is sharing the experience with you. The way we’re going to do it this weekend is by setting the theme of our workshops around re- and upcycling. Come along on both Saturday June 23rd & Sunday June 24th, between 11am and 1pm to make your own jewellery, baskets and decorations from waste materials!

Happy upcycling!

Join the creative process

9 Feb

At Slanchogled we always like to give you tips and hints on how to use a certain material, how to personalise it and create something unique.

You may have witnessed or taken part in one of our spontaneous craft sessions and walked out with a beautiful paper flower, origami shape, a card, and a big smile on your face.

As interest and curiousity massively increased over the past few weeks, we’ve decided to give you more opportunities to learn and practise new skills.

That’s why we’re starting regular art and craft workshops on weekends!

Workshops will be different every month, suitable for all levels of experience – making them great family fun! Spend time together, learn something new and walk out proudly with a remarkable work of art you crafted yourself! Share it, wear it, or make a nice surprise for someone!

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