Take up a New Year hobby to relax the mind

Posted by Cherry Pullinger on

If you want to take up a hobby in the New Year (2017) to help you de-stress you can learn how to upcycle furniture at our Autentico Chalk Painting workshops on Tuesday, January 10, Wednesday, January 18, Thursday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 31 from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, which are hosted by our shop’s Co-owner and paint expert, Cato Cooper.

Cato said: “The New Year is the perfect time for people to take up a new skill or hobby and my furniture painting workshops are a great place for them to learn how to upcycle. They can take the skills they learn and use them at home to completely reinvent their own pieces.

“A recent study by a professor at Drexel University in the US found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens the stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent. After the Christmas and New Year celebrations, people can be feeling pretty stressed out and frazzled so these workshops are the perfect place for them to relax and be creative while also learning something new.”

The workshops will cover the basic techniques of using Autentico Chalk Paints and waxes. Cato will teach attendees how to paint their piece of furniture from start to finish with handouts and tips included.

Cato added: “I will provide wooden boards to attendees with some detailing so that they can try out the different paints and we will cover distressing techniques as well as layering. Everyone who comes along will then be able to take their new skills home with them and makeover their furniture.

“Anyone can come along as no experience is needed. They are fun and creative workshops and everyone who attends will receive a 10% discount on paint products.”

The workshops will cost £35 per person. The price includes all of the equipment needed such as paints, brushes, boards to paint, waxes, an apron, gloves, refreshments and a picture frame to paint and take home. To book, please call Cato on 01823 660076.

More workshops will follow on Tuesday, February 7, Thursday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 21 from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.

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