I am a married mother of 2 girls and I live in Perth. We emmigrated from the UK in 2011. I am a freelance writer and a Pet Carer and feel very lucky to do something I really love www.petfriends.net.au
Published June 7th 2019
Because painting is cheaper than therapy
My daughter and I recently experienced a fabulous ceramic painting workshop hosted by the Little Paint Co.
I am an absolute beginner and not very artistic, however, I felt this workshop and the experience of the very talented artists, Charissa and Sharnah who run the workshops, would bring my creative side out, with the added bonus that the whole experience would give me some much-needed relaxation. I was not disappointed.
Once inside the studio, you will be treated to a visual delight of plain ceramics waiting to be chosen and bought to life. Choose from a huge range of different shapes and sizes including trinket boxes, mugs, vases, plant pots, plates, dog bowls, teapots, figurines (the list goes on and on). You can also choose from Christmas and Easter-related items at the appropriate time of year. Each item is differently priced and starts from $15.00 up to $50.00.
Once you have chosen your item, all the participants are given a 'How To' talk by the knowledgeable artists on how to create and achieve the best results on your chosen piece. The friendly artists are on hand throughout your session too to give advice and helpful tips. We needed lots of advising and help as this was our first time painting ceramics.
You will learn that the paints as you see them in the tubes will not be that colour after they are glazed and fired, and luckily there are handy colour charts on the table to help you with your colour selection.
My daughter didn't need to do any drawing as her design only involved painting in block colours. She is 12 years old and this was great for her. It was incredible that her attention was held for the whole duration. She thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and is something she has already asked to go and do again.
There is a studio fee of $20.00 per painter which is paid upon booking and this covers the paints, glazing and firing, along with the expert advise and light refreshments. The fee for your chosen item is paid on the day. Each session runs for three hours.
Allow a week or two for your creation to be glazed and fired which gives you ample time to get excited about seeing your finished masterpiece. Do not underestimate the excitement you will feel about seeing your piece for the first time,;I liken it to waking up on Christmas morning and seeing copious amounts of presents under the tree when you are 5 years old! It really is exciting!
Do not get too carried away (I will almost bet you will!) and forget the sumptuous light refreshments supplied. Take a break and enjoy a cuppa and bite to eat and perhaps peruse the other creations on the table. There were some amazing pieces created during the session we attended and everyone surprised themselves with their individual creations.
Check out their Facebook page for workshop dates and photos to give you inspiration for your session.
So prepare to get a bit messy (even if you are careful you will still get paint on your hands, that is a given), let your creativity bloom and book yourself into a session.
This is the perfect activity for a gift, to spend time with a family member, a group of friends, a work function, team building or a birthday party including at-home Kids Parties. They also run school holiday programs for school-aged children.
You may find a wonderful new hobby or discover a talent you didn't know you had!
Whatever your reason, it is for beginners to experts and I highly recommend doing this; it is great fun, rewarding and cheaper than therapy!
Charissa and Sharnah not only host workshops, they also run and own Chimerical Homewares.They are two girls on a fun filled homewares adventure creating functional art. Their wares are stocked in a few select shops in Perth including Aspects of Kings Park.