I’ve been playing around with Shrinky Dinks for about 4 years now after learning about them in a Hands On Brisbane class. Hands On Brisbane is my “day job” and one of the perks is learning all sorts of crafts (I have to be able to assist the facilitators).
I started making Your Organ Grinder pieces from Shrinkies soon after. I use an old refurbished Canon printer at the moment. Oh and FYI, you can’t use the ink that is made for archival printing, or the high quality art printing. Just the regular printing ink.
If you want to learn how to make your own Shrinkies you can check out the process I use for shrinking and adding doming resin in my instructable here. If you are in Brisbane I sometimes teach Shrinkie Dinks workshops and Resin workshops at Hands On Brisbane so join our mailing list, here.
Images above are Uterus Earrings, Dodo Earrings, Tapeworm Brooches and Dodo Brooches all made using the shrinky dink with doming resin technique.
We’ve got a Beginners Fabric Design workshop coming up soon so I wanted to design some fabric and turn it into a cushion cover. I wanted a very easy design to work with and had a triangle of stamp rubber on my desk so decided to go with that. As the workshop revolves around stamps and screen printing I also made a triangle screen design. It is great to be working with something a little different for a change.
Here are the colours I am playing around with. The blobs are the screen printing ink colours and the triangles are the stamp colours. What colours go best with what other colours do you think?
Hands On Brisbane launched its Winter 2014 season today. We are offering lots of new workshops with plenty of old favourites still in the mix. We’re also bringing back a few that had a break (workshop annual leave??) For Winter we are moving to The Gardens Club in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens (up near QUT, gardens point) and I am looking forward to being inspired by the gardens that will surround us.
Book early to avoid disappointment, these workshops sell out fast!
I teach participants how to make a Terrarium, Screen Print with Stencils, share a few pointers for working with Polymer Clay, and show you how to create Shrinky Dinks. But that is not all, there is a host of other workshop hosts who share their skills and help to broaden yours; from block printing to making paper flowers, sterling silver to mini-books. There is something for everyone.
Although I spend most of my time researching and making Anatomy I also have a casual day job as the Hands On Brisbane Coordinator with Bleeding Heart, part of the Wise Foundation. Hands On Brisbane happens Saturdays at 166 Ann St Brisbane City.
I run a few of the workshops each term and we have just announced our Autumn 2014 season. My favourite workshop is Terrariums. When I teach a workshop I hope to provide the attendee with enough info, and the confidence to be able to give a craft a go at home and let them know that there is always so much more to learn and they can easily find out lots more with just a little bit of research.
f you’d like to attend one of my workshops, or one of the other Hands On Brisbane Workshops follow the links below. I’d love to see you there! Bookings are essential!