Got an itch for something fun and crafty in Klang Valley? If you are in and around town, these workshops are right up your alley!
1. Waterbrush Modern Calligraphy
For art lovers, there is something oddly satisfying about seeing beautiful calligraphy taking form on paper, complete with vibrant colors and patterns. Waterbrush calligraphy is getting in trend now, and it makes a neat skill to have for creative card making.
The Black Milk Project runs workshops on the basic techniques and styles of waterbrush calligraphy. It comes with the art materials, refreshments and a tote bag or plush pillow. So if you’re pining for some useful art skills, look out for them!
2. Floral Hoop Watercolor Workshop
If watercolor calligraphy isn’t for you, then you might want to paint floral wreaths instead. You get to use them to decorate cards, journals and other souvenirs. This works like a charm if you want to impress friends with your card making abilities for Christmas.
You can also join this workshop at The Black Milk Project, and bring home a souvenir with a floral wreath of your own design.
3. Creative Fabric Print Making
Fabric printing lets you tap into your childlike, fun-loving side as you can definitely get away with being messy! It’s an artistic way to give old clothes new life, or inject a dose of your personality.
At The Artsy Craftsy studio, you will be given a lesson on several fabric printing techniques – even using unconventional methods and tools to produce imaginative designs. You can also bring along an old shirt, tote bag or jeans you want to revamp, and spice it up a little with your newfound skill.
4. Coffee Brewing
Coffee – a caffeinated masterpiece. Okay, that is an exaggeration, but the art of coffee is very popular in Malaysia now that the café scene is booming. And those baristas always seem extra suave as they make your cup of joe.
Coffee brewing isn’t rocket science, but there is a technique to it. Coffee aficionados can join this coffee appreciation and brewing workshop, where you will learn about how much work goes into roasting those coffee beans and perfecting that cup of coffee. You can finally find out how to create those adorable patterns on the foam of a latte too.
5. Kombucha Crafting Workshop
Not a coffee drinker? Perhaps you might like tea, or a more unusual beverage called kombucha. Kombucha is a kind of traditional fermented sweetened tea, packed with vitamins and enzymes. While this may be your first time hearing about this, kombucha has been around for centuries, and this tea is prized for its beneficial health properties.
If this peaks your interest, you can join a kombucha crafting workshop at USJ. It covers everything from the history, benefits and ecology of kombocha, as well as a step-by-step hands on class on brewing your own.
All the brewing materials including the brewing jar and scoby (a key ingredient in kombucha brewing) are provided, and because it takes at least 10 days to ferment, you will also be in a Whatsapp support group in case you have any questions about it.
6. Ring Making Workshop
Jewelry making can be incredibly therapeutic and you get a lovely little piece of jewelry at the end of it. Even more so when you can make it your own, from the design to the engraving.
In Kajang, Joan runs basic silversmithing lessons from her own home. After giving you an introduction, she will measure your ring size and guide you through adding the texture and your favorite phrase to the silver strip. You will also get to soldier the ring together and polish it.
The ring would make a great gift for yourself or a loved one. Plus if you are looking for an engagement gift, you could go as a couple and make your rings extra special.
7. Malaysian Batik Class
Letterpress printing is a technique that has lasted for centuries, and today it is used to make carefully crafted and impressive wedding or business cards. Dedicated to preserving the art of letterpress printing, the Royal Letter Press is one of the oldest polyglot letterpress printing museums in the world, with a collection of lead types and wood blocks.
In this workshop at Uppercase Bangsar, you can learn about the different tools and techniques, along with some guidance on how to compose cards using this art. All proceeds of the workshop will go entirely to the preservation of their machines and building restoration in Melaka.