The joy of Zoom is that it allows us to meet up in groups with people we know but cannot see due to distance or circumstances. This is also a great tool to meet up with likeminded people and to take part in a shared activity, in the comfort of your own home. I am delighted to be able to offer this facility to host an interactive craft class where you can see step by step instructions, but can also ask any questions that may arise while you put the techniques into practice yourself. You can also chat with other group members in a similar way to how you would in a face to face group. This is a social and practical learning activity and it is well known that taking part in any creative practice is hugely beneficial to our health. I look forward to meeting you!
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Learn how to make printing blocks using recycled, easy to access materials to print your own unique designs and create a new from old wardrobe of clothes. Each workshop lasts 2 hours and we will work through each section of the processes with a demonstration to initiate. The materials and tools you will need for this workshop are listed below.
Polystyrene sheet (you can use the dishes you might find under supermarket veg or meat products or recycle polystyrene plates or the packaging under some pizzas. Just ensure all are well washed before use). You can see an example in the gallery below.
Slightly blunted pencil or colouring pencil.
Acrylic paints, blue, red, yellow, white and black should suffice to allow for any colour to be mixed.
A washed and dried item of clothing that you would like to upcycle, or if you prefer, a piece of fabric to practice first before the real item. The printing will work best on a surface that is flat so try to avoid anything with too much texture or a pile.
A sponge, clean but used dishwashing type of sponge will work if you would like to recycle.
Rubber gloves or similar.
A sheet of cardboard (a cereal packet or similar will do).
A paint palette (I use the bottom of a plastic bottle, cut and cleaned)
A sheet of paper to test print on.
Tracing paper or greaseproof paper if you have a design to copy.
Due to the type of paint we will be using I recommend using an apron or overall when working and a table cover to protect your surface.
Make your own printing blocks from recycled materials to create a new from old wardrobe of clothes.