home: made [ Jesmonite class ]
In case you missed out last time, we’ve spotted another chance to catch the great ‘working with Jesmonite’ workshop with the London Craft Club.
There’s one tonight but there’s another on July 3rd!
Get ready to meet your new favourite material, Jesmonite. What is Jesmonite I hear you ask? Well it’s a cross between concrete and resin, that can be coloured and used to create awesome effects like terrazzo and marbling. Intrigued? Then read on…
In this introduction to working with Jesmonite you will learn all about this amazing material from our expert Haidee. She will discuss different applications for Jesmonite, and tell you about the different effects you can achieve. Then you’ll make a mould for your trinket dish – choose from a triangle, diamond, or hexagonal shape for your final piece.
Haidee will then show you how to mix your Jesmonite, how to colour it, and you will be able to cast your very own geometric trinket dish! It’s such an amazing material to work with, we know you are going to want to go home and make more pieces for everyone you know! You’ll leave with a finished Jesmonite trinket dish, plus all the knowledge and skills needed to make lots more.
home: made [ pet bed ]
Head to One Good Thing By Jillie for plenty of great projrct ideas including this easy little tutorial for a pet bed, that’s so simple, quick and all you really need a a sweatshirt or jumper (vary size depending on size of your pet!)
It’s a great way to upcycle a jumper and can be made to suit your interior with colour, pattern or fabric !
home: made [ copper shoe shelf ]
Always looking for more stylish storage idea we came across this tutorial for a cool on trend copper pipe shoe shelf.
Brilliant idea, so simple and this how-to from Fresh Crush is simple and straightforward to follow.
Easy to adjust to your space or needs and made with very little tools and materials.
Use the same tutorial to create shelving for other uses too – a pot rack in the kitchen, for towels in the bathroom or even use outside for small planters of vegetables, herb garden or flower pots.
home: made [ outdoor coffee table And stools ]
Summer is round the corner and as well as the stores being full of on trend, modern lounge and dining furniture for your garden, it’s also an opportunity to think about getting creative and making garden furniture from other paraphernalia. It’s great to seek out vintage, retro or industrial items that can be turned into tables, chairs, planters – all to give an unique quirky look to your outdoor living area.
We’ve found a few great ideas to give you some creative inspiration.
Quirky and bright, we love this easy diy, using old milk crates for stools or tables, spotted on BalconyGardenWeb. Head to eBay for old crates or contact local milk delivery firm. A great way to get pops of colour in the garden.
Search for vintage style giant spools, which sound crazy but are relatively easy to get from builders merchants or diy stores as this is what they sell electric cabling, chains and rope on. If they sell by the length then every so often they’ll be getting rid of the spool! We also spotted some on eBay where someone has already sanded, prepared and made perfect to use! A sourced spool, with a little sanding and a wax or varnish, make perfect ready made tables! The wood is generally already weather proof.
With a bit of a search, we spotted an abundance of ideas for the wooden reels including a gorgeous planter on The Empowered Educator Online.
Another great project would be to upcycle large old tins (often from cooking oil or other ingredients) into stools or tables. Add wooden tops or padded tops. Spray in chosen colour or leave as is and take advantage of the cool typography and graphics often used as the labelling of the product.
There’s lots of inspiration on Pinterest including these padded top stools from The Upcyclist blog
home: made [ vintage chest of drawers project ]
As her tag line says ‘inspiring your creativity’, she definitely does.
Medina Grillo, of Grillo Designs, is a creative and talented lady. Her blog is full of exciting interiors and homeware DIYs, craft projects and more. Explore her blog and instagram for an abundance of inspiration (and witty intelligent chat!)
We picked this up-cycling of a small vintage unit as one of our favourite projects, which she did to show the versatility of working with second hand furniture (this piece sourced from a charity she was working with to promote buying second hand!) Just one of the many exciting projects that fill her cool home; inspiring people to make more of the homes even if they are renting but still want to make design statements within their four walls – inspirational, budget friendly ideas.
And if you’re a fan of a great Ikea hack her blog is the place to go!
home: made [ Ikea cabinet hack ]
We love a good hack, and this one from hunker.com is a goodie.
Turn an Ivar cabinet from Ikea into a really modern woven fronted alternative. By simply cutting a panel out of the doors and attaching some cane webbing you can make a huge transformation.
Head to hunker.com for the tutorial
home: event [ lino printing workshop ]
Definitely one to book in for – learn to lino print with artist, Debbie Chessell, at Heals, Kingston Upon Thames.
Saturday 30 March
Join this workshop to learn how to carve and hand press your own Victorian-inspired lino print with artist Debbie Chessell.
During this workshop you will;
Learn how 19th Century designers such as William Morris used relief printing and bold repeating patterns to create vivid and powerful designs
Learn all about various traditional lino carving tools and how to use them
Design and carve your own bold pattern onto lino
Hand press your design onto a luxury canvas bag to take home with you!
About the artist:
Debbie Chessell is an award-winning artist who has trained with Kingston School of Art, Slade, and The Royal Drawing School. She runs workshops across the Southeast, has been exhibited by the Royal Academy and has her artwork featured in international collections including the Suzzallo Library (USA) and St George’s Hospital (UK).
All materials will be provided, this includes a course pack and a lino-printed ticket handmade by Debbie Chessell to be posted to you upon booking.