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Screen Printing Workshop at Print Club London

β–Ό Print Club, 10 – 28 Millers Ave, Dalston E8 2DS

β–Ό Print Club, 10 – 28 Millers Ave, Dalston E8 2DS

Screen printing is something I've always been intrigued by, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out about the existence of Print Club. 

If you're not familiar with Print Club, it is creative studio in East London that specialises in water based screen printing. As well as offering membership to the studio, they also host a range of workshops for beginners where you get to learn about the process involved and by the end of the day you also get to print your very own design! So, sign me up, right?

Our workshop was led by Craig, who did a really wonderful job at explaining the history and the basics of screen printing, showing us examples of the various techniques involved.

Then it was time to get more hands-on. First thing we had to do, was to tweak our artwork in Photoshop to make it ready to be printed onto tracing paper to then be exposed onto our screens. 

In short, what we did was covering the screens with a photosensitive emulsion and let it to dry in a dark room. After it was completely dried up, it was time to transfer our design on it, which was done by exposing the screen in a vacuum light table, that created a negative of our image.

We then washed our screens with a pressure washer to remove the the emulsion that hadn't hardened and double checked our designs for any imperfections, and then put them out in the sun to dry before getting to the actual printing.

Time to set up the screens! Once ready, each screen must be blocked and taped (which means you need to make sure that there are no holes in the emulsion, and if there are any, you need to cover them up with tape, otherwise the ink will pass through and ruin the print), setup on the printing bed, and then squeegeed!
BUT FIRST, the very crucial step of picking the ink. Guess what colour I chose? ( Ν‘Β° ΝœΚ– Ν‘Β°)
I won't even try to explain the inking process, it's easier for me to let this gif do the talking.

After a couple of borderline unsuccessful tries, I ended up pulling 6 prints, and this is the final result:

Overall, it was a great experience, and I definitely want to do more screen printing in the future!

Have you ever tried this technique? β˜Ί

Ζ’.

P.S. if you like my print I still have 2 originals up for grabs. So if you'd like to purchase one, feel free to get in touch!

Paper Home Bloggers' Party at Quill London

Last week I was very lucky to be invited to a blogger party/workshop to celebrate the launch of Esther Thorpe's book "Paper Home", all about origami. The event was held at Quill London, a gorgeous little stationery shop (to die for!).

For the workshop part of the evening, Esther herself showed us how to make the beautiful origami on the front cover of her book, which is very appropriately called 'party diamond'.

I must admit that origami isn't really my area of expertise - the only one I'm able to make is the boat, which I reckon is one of the most basic ones - so the diamond looked quite intimidating at first. Luckily tho, in her book Esther provides very clear instructions and step-by-step pictures, and trust me, if I managed to make three almost perfect party diamonds, she did a pretty great job at explaining how to do it!

The variety of origami projects in the book is pretty broad: from dainty little stars to giant lampshades, but they all have one thing in common, which is making your home more colourful and unique. 

After the event, we even got a goodie bag with some more origami paper inside, so I'll most definitely be trying a few more of those (and I'll make sure to let you know how it goes!).

Have you ever tried origami? What's your favourite design?

Ζ’. x

// PS. A big thank you to Frida at Pavilion Books for inviting me to the event β™₯

Vinyl Heat Press Workshop With London Local - Part 2

Just a few days ago I shared with you my experience with the London Local Team workshop, and I'm here again today because I'd like to show you a few other point of views of the night.

London Local uploaded a video that explains more of what we where doing, and that includes a very fun time lapse of the process:

And Natasha uploaded a lovely vlog of the event so you can see how it was through her eyes as well:

Finally, Geraldine from LittleBigBell (who was the brilliant mind behind the inspiration for the theme they chose for the bags) also wrote a blog post about it - which includes gorgeous pictures of some of the bags - and I really recommend taking the time to give it a read!

I really hope you've enjoyed reading about this workshop, as I was very happy to attend it and meet everyone there. β˜Ί Once again, if you're in London, don't forget to check out the market this Saturday, between 11AM to 4PM!

Ζ’. x

Vinyl Heat Press Workshop with London Local

Last Thursday, London Local kindly invited me to join them, alongside a few other bloggers, to a vinyl heat press workshop at Puck Studio.

β–² Ionna & Dave from Puck Studio (photo cred:  Shoshana )

β–² Ionna & Dave from Puck Studio (photo cred: Shoshana)

The aim of the event was to learn about vinyl pressing, and decorate 50 tote bags for London Local to give away at their spring market that's taking place on May 14th in Crouch End in London (more info here).

The process to make the bags was quite simple, but really fun! The first step was to prepare the shapes to use for our design, and in this case we used some created by Aiza, another talented London-based artist. Once the shapes were cut into vinyl sheet, we had to peel off the excess, and then separate and cut them to reveal each individual shape. 

β–² Action shot of Emma (from  Wild Fawn Jewellery ) 

β–² Action shot of Emma (from Wild Fawn Jewellery

Now it's when the real fun begins! We got to choose and arrange the shapes to create our design, lay them flat on top of the bag, and then put the bag in the press that - after heating it for 20 seconds - impress the final design on the bag. 

Each of us made about 5 bags, and we even got to take one home with us β™₯

It was my first official event in London, and I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about it - 'what if I don't fit in with the others?' kind of concerns - but now, I'm glad to say that everything worked out nicely and I had a lovely time. Everyone was really nice and friendly, and learning about the vinyl heat press method was very interesting.

Also meeting fellow London bloggers was the cherry on top: my partners for the night were Natasha, Holly & Ana - and if you're looking for cool new people to follow either on YouTube or on Bloglovin, you should definitely take the time to check them out!

If you're in or around London, make sure to visit the Crouch End Spring Market (it's completely free to attend + if you're one of the first 50 people to enter, you'll get a free goodie bag!) to discover and support lots of local artists and sellers. 

Have you ever tried the vinyl press method yourself? 

Ζ’. x

 // PS. A big thank you to Shoshana for inviting me to the workshop β™₯

Looking around London: Space EC1

β–Ό Space, 25 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QL

β–Ό Space, 25 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QL

A few weeks ago I was wondering through Exmouth Market, in the Islington area (which by the way, is one of my favourite in London), and I stumbled upon a cute little gift shop called Space.

Of course, me being me, I had to go have a little peek inside, and just as predictably, I couldn't leave empty handed.

What you'll find in the store, is a little bit of everything: from cute house decorations, to knick knacks for your kitchen: just look at those very hip pineapples and cool mugs!

But also lots and lots of cards for any occasion (some are quite cheeky, too), and a very well assorted variety of notebooks in different styles and price ranges.

Now, on to my little haul, I *only* picked up a notebook, two cards and some paper bags.. but they're all oh so cool:

If you ever have the chance to, definitely go check it out!

Ζ’. x

Looking Around London: Kikki.K Store - Covent Garden

I've finally done it! I've been dreaming of this day for a long time and it finally came true. Ok, I might be slightly exaggerating BUT I was truly excited to visit the KikkiK store in London, so bear with me.

I've been to the pop-up shop in Covent Garden, it was a Monday around noon so it wasn't too packed and I had the chance to stop and admire every single shelf without pressure. I was of course stunned by all the beautiful pieces in the collection, but the store itself is also gorgeous, and perfectly reflects the minimal yet beautifully-detailed style of their stationery.

I couldn't buy anything that day, but I'm already planning to visit the other shop in James Street to see what's new there, and maybe go on a little birthday-shopping spree? Mmh.. Anyway, if you ever find yourself in Covent Garden, make sure to go and have a look: the stationery eye candy is to die for! 

Are you a fan of the Kikki.K brand as well? β˜Ί

Ζ’. x

Everyday Inspiration: Lettering Around London - part 1

β–Ό SOHO

β–Ό SOHO

As someone said, inspiration is everywhere and you only need to keep your eyes open; this is a quote I strongly agree with and that I like keeping in mind whenever I travel, go out, or even simply go grocery shopping. You never know what could catch your eye and spark a burst of creativity!

I've recently been to London, and as many of you will know, it is such a vibrant and modern city that inspiration can hide behind any corner. In particular, I've found lots of beautiful signs displaying great example of lettering, and decided to photograph some to keep and look at them later.

β–Ό Little Venice

β–Ό Little Venice

β–Ό South Bank

β–Ό South Bank

β–Ό Westminster

β–Ό Westminster

Over the course of the months, as I'm sure I will stumble in even more of those, I will make sure to create little collections to share here, hoping that they might inspire you as well.

Is there anything on your daily commute that inspires you?

Ζ’. x