Today I have been looking back at last years blogging, sometimes done a bit intermittently I must admit, and noticed that the most popular posts always seem to be the DIY ones, so here is a round up of the ones that still get the most hits, and I only hope that as a result there are many Ikea hacks, Plaster Flowers and No-sew curtain pelmets floating out there now! More DIY ideas coming soon as I tackle a spare bedroom in the coming months.
Click on the photos to take you to the posts and tutorials…
DIY Plaster of Paris Flowers
No-Sew Curtain pelmets
Ikea Hack Bookcase
Ikea Hacked Bookcase
Slate Effect Painted Fireplace
Moppe Drawer Makeovers
Using Moppe drawers as wall art
I will be at the Anthropologie store in Bath this week on 22nd September, where there is an event showcasing Bath design businesses, ranging from food to drink to decorating to arty crafts. There is also late night shopping, a glass of fizz, plus food and drink tasters.
I teach art and craft courses through The Workshop Cabin, and we will be highlighting what craft activities and sessions will be coming up in the autumn and spring. There are some great ideas, like workshops for Hen parties who often come to Bath, where they can make table decorations and wedding favours for the Big Day whilst sipping some Prosecco, (always a plus!). Plus there are courses in paperwork, plaster, sculpture, photography, wood carving and more.
Vintage Paper Christmas Trees
The Workshop Cabin is also offering new event design services for any size of gatherings; weddings, parties, special occasions, dinners and so on.
Tickets are available here which are reedemable against any store spend over £20.
In-between the ongoing house renovation, I nipped up to London for a week to run an Arts Week for the KS1 classes in a school. The children were aged 4-7, and I had 270 of them over a week to create 3 large pieces that could be kept on permanent exhibition in the school. This seems to have become an annual event, and although it is the most hectic and pressured timescale, I absolutely LOVE doing it. The only downside is the amount of stooping I have to do to get down to their level, plus trying not to touch heads in case I catch nits. So far no nits, and Pilates sorted out my aching back and knees.
This was done by 90 children in Year 2 (ages 6-7) over one and half days. They were staggered into groups of 6 throughout their allocated times. We took the artist Paul Klee as a starting point, and looked at his landscapes. I love his little villages and towns. We showed the children his work, talked about his art, and we broke down his style into a series of shapes and perspective tricks so they could get inspired to create.
The children started by hand printing miles of coloured paper and card with patterns in acrylic paint. These were then cut up into various sized rectangles, squares, triangles and semi circles. A huge MDF board was primed, and a basic sky painted and sponged onto it.
Printing the Paper
Random textures for printing
Marking out a sky
The fun then began when we got the children to work out a staggered townscape. They had to think about perspective, layering, scale and so on, and work from the back of the town forward as they created a collage of the shapes. Finally they added embellishments with inks and created line drawings on top to enhance the details of the buildings.
Working out the layout of the shapes
Detail of inks
Finally the piece looked like this, brilliant and colourful, the children named it ‘City of Lights’.
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Plaster Dipping and Plaster Sculptures
Over the past two weekends I have been teaching some classes for The Workshop Cabin in Bath in the wonders of plaster, (cue large amounts of hand cream as it is pretty brutal on the poor mitts). The Workshop Cabin put on really cool workshops, ranging from painting to photography to bookbinding and many more. Definitely check out their site for inspirational activities… I have my eye on the Pyrography workshop already.
Anyhow, over two Saturdays we built, planned, mixed, dipped, wrapped, made a mess, painted and mounted various works. The results are pretty great and I think that the participants were pleased with their results – the sculptures were especially amazing. An added bonus was that it was just before Valentine’s day, so the plaster flowers were put to good use as gifts for some lucky recipients.
All Photos courtesy of Heidi @ The Workshop Cabin
Everyone beavering away with their plaster
Plaster flowers drying
Happy Valentine pressies
Sculptures in progress
The final sculptures…
Final sculptures with bronze paint effects, and some very happy punters…eat your heart out Alberto Giacometti….!