Recently I have rediscovered my love for crafting and art. It is a great way to express yourself and step outside of your own head. I’m the kind of person who has a brain that moves a mile a minute, and although that serves me well in many areas of my life, it can be really nice to step outside of myself and my thoughts for a while.
A lot of people can view art as an expensive hobby but it doesn’t have to be. One of my new favourite spots is 4Cats, they have the most wonderful and accessible business structure. For as little as $15 you can go to take part in one of their clay, painting or silk screening workshops. Most workshops can be done in an hour to an hour and a half and some even have a follow up painting night for no extra cost. 4Cats makes art fun for everyone, young or old, and for that I thank them.
The latest workshop I attended, with the lovely company of my sister Alice, was ‘Stay Gold’. The course was based on the art of Gustav Klimt and his famous painting The Kiss.
First, you paint the base layers of dark and light acrylic on your canvas and let it dry. Then you silk screen the lovers onto your painted base. Second, and this is my favourite part! You take a fan brush, glue and some gold and silver leaf paper and decorate. I love sparkle and so my canvas consists of a sprinkling of silver and gold dust around its edges.
The silkscreening portion of the workshop is so interesting. You take a large frame with a stencil on it and place it over your dried painted base. You then take a heavy black paint and place it over your stencil, using a large scraper press down heavily and drag over the stencil twice. When you lift the frame up you will have a lovely image on top of your base.
Because of the drying time needed between stages the workshop consists of two parts, and so in about a week we will return to paint our embracing couple. I can’t wait to see how this picture turns out and I will spend the next week investigating canvas stretching and envisioning the framed piece on my wall.