Craft: Upcycling Furniture - Decorative Techniques - All - ONL30953

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Adult Education Programme

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  • Adult Education Programme
  • 16+, Adult, 60+

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COURSE LEVEL AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Participants must be available to attend every session of this course. All level. Suitable for all. OVERVIEW / INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE: The furniture upcycling decorative techniques class is an opportunity to learn how to use different techniques, such as distressing, stencilling, decoupage, taping, hand painting and mark-making. This will enable you to achieve a variety of looks and colourful designs on furniture and home accessories. HOW THE COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT: We will connect online through Microsoft Teams weekly, and I will share ideas and practical demonstrations on the materials, tools and skills to help you learn a variety of decorative upcycling techniques. You will also learn by working on your own piece(s) and by seeing what other participants do with their furniture. Everyone will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their ideas and experiences during the sessions. What students can expect to learn Each week we will delve into a new decorative upcycling technique: Week 1 - Taping – using masking tape to create colourful modern designs, learn the secrets to achieving crisp clean lines. Week 2 - Stencilling – how to master the art of stencilling and how you can make your own stencils. Week 3 - Decoupage – learn how to get a professional finish using, decoupage papers and napkins to add patterns and designs to your pieces. Week 4 - Distressing and 2 Tone Colours – how to create an aged / worn look to pieces and how to do this with more than 1 colour. Week 5 - Mark Making & Hand Painting – how to add patterns and hand painted designs. RESOURCES REQUIRED BY STUDENTS AND ADDITIONAL COSTS: Item(s) to upcycle such as a piece of wooden furniture, picture frame, mirror, box or boards to practice on. Tools – paint brushes, mini foam roller*, stanley blade*, screwdriver*, hairdryer* (to speed up drying time) Materials – paint (chalk, wood, milk or eggshell), cloth for cleaning and wiping up spills, old sheets to protect your table / floor, masking tape, sandpaper*, varnish*, furniture wax*, decorative napkins*, decoupage paper*, pva glue*, stencil(s)*, reclaimed plastic or stencil card*, craft knife, stencil brushes*, sponges* *optional items depending on projects undertaken and what you’d like to practice, we’ll discuss the use of the above items during the first class. Paint and masking tape is needed for the first session. Additional costs will vary depending on the items that you already have and the supplies you wish to purchase. Projects can be achieved on a small budget. HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES: Have a clear space to work in with really good lighting, natural light is best if possible. You might want to wear old clothing and put a protective covering over the area that you are using. When working with small pieces, it often helps to put this on a table and paint it whilst it’s on the table. It can provide a more comfortable painting position and creates less stress on our backs. WHAT STUDENTS COULD DO NEXT:  Share your decorative upcycling techniques and your experiences with others. I also teach a Furniture Upcycling – Mastering the Basics class and a Dotty Art for Wellbeing class, if you’d like to join me for a different class.

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