Ceramic Painting Workshop

I love seeing our customer’s reaction when they produce a piece of art they are proud of.  Quite often a workshop inspires them to use the painting technique they are taught on future pieces.  The confidence a workshop gives people is amazing, they arrive saying that they can’t paint and are actually scared.  Before the bisque is fired it can look very pale so when they come back to collect the glazed and fired items they are pleasantly surprised.

This frame at a Gare workshop I attended last year at one of my suppliers.  It is so simple yet effective and I really enjoyed it.  It teaches you about sponging, shading and using a fine liner paint pen to add details to your work. I added some ceramic leaves to to add depth to the piece and some special snow glaze which adds texture to the frame.

I will be holding a step-by-step workshop at the Slap ‘n Dash Studio on Thursday 12th February https://www.facebook.com/events/818412494905330/

Winter Trees  Frame

Winter Trees Frame

So, you haven’t painted before? You’re not artistic?



January’s Special Offer Party
PAINT A CANVAS Party Only £10 per head (normally £12 per head) and if you book for 10 or more painters (during working hours) the guest of honour goes free. Mid week day time parties 10% of the party package.

Choose your Design and we then give you all the materials and easy-to-follow step-by-step instruction to assist you to paint a picture you’ll be proud of.

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There are designs for children. teens  and adults.

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Adults – do something different and book an evening (minimum 10 painters) and bring your own wine & nibbles. Paint Your Own Canvas is the perfect way to enjoy a night out  with friends and family.  After a few hours of laughter and fun, you will leave with a work of art that you have created yourselves.


Kids parties –  during opening hours seven days a week  – you can bring your own food or order hot food and/or a cake through us.


The Social Artworking program was created in the States to get people to have fun painting again, and our easy design patterns remove the guesswork and challenge of drawing from the painting equation. If you can steadily hold a pencil and trace lines as directed, your success will be nearly guaranteed!

We have a selection of designs to accommodate a wide range of designs tastes, and our collection is always growing.

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Because every canvas is a unique creation made by you, with your own artistic style, there’s no right or wrong way to complete a step, which makes this method of painting ideal for all ages and abilities!

Call or email us for more details


Décopatch  is a brand name of a French supplier of decoupage papers and paper maché figures.

Decoupage is thought to originate from East Siberian tomb art. Nomadic Tribes would cut out felts to decorate their tombs. By the 12th century the Chinese cut out paper  to decorate lanterns, windows, boxes and other objects. As a result of trading with the Far East in the 17th century decoupage became popular in  Italy and it is generally thought that it is through these trade links that the cut out paper decorations made their way into Europe.

Any paper or fabric may be used to decorate an object but try to avoid ink jet printed items as these will smear.  Card  or stiff paper which is sold for crafting can be tricky to use however the Décopatch papers are easily applied to any kind of surface (flat or uneven). It produces a smooth texture and a real paint effect as it is deep-dyed and specially coated to ensure that the colours will not fade or run and the paper will not disintegrate when glued. It is a very thin but strong and flexible paper making it extremely easy to apply to objects.

In Slap ‘n Dash Décopatch is very popular with those who do not want to paint, like instant results or want to take their work home straight away.  It is also great for up-cycling old items including furniture and as we have over 120 designs in stock customers often come in just to buy the paper. The possibilities are endless!

If the items are purely decorative you can just do a base layer of glue, followed by a layer of paper and then seal the paper with the glue.  However, if you want your item to be more durable we recommend you apply several layers of the acceptor glue.  We have covered some mugs in the studio which have been through the dishwasher 5 times (I had to check it out!)

The videos show how simple it is to do and also how the possibilities are endless. In France they have even decorated a car (however that was a lot of layers of varnish)

Ceramic Painting

Ceramic painting was the inspiration to opening the studio and to date is the primary activity.  It really is simple and you really do not have to be an artist!  We have stencils, idea books and lots of samples to look at.  We even have crystal paints (the customer used “Popyfields” on the mad birds stomach) which create unique and interesting patterns putting a instant professional looking finish piece.

Children have no bars on their imagination and it’s great to watch their faces as we explain what their options are and they just want to get on create, an off they go with their ideas and imagination.

We have adults in who haven’t painted since they left school, but with a little encouragement they are able to create something they can be proud of.  Once you’ve done a workshop it gives you the confidence to create . https://www.facebook.com/events/1555822334650054/

Welcome to my new Blog

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Over the next few days I will post about the various activities we offer at Slap ‘n Dash.

  • Paint Your Own Ceramics
  • Decopatch
  • Make-A-Bear
  • Play with Clay
  • Paint a Canvas
  • Foam CLay
  • Kids Jewellery making parties
  • Silver Keepsakes
  • Hand & Foot Prints
  • Commissions
  • and more ……