DROP-IN ART & CRAFT
Select an activity! We have pencil cases, aprons, T-shirts, and bags of every description; papier mache shapes and boxes; high quality MDF and wooden items that make perfect gifts. And prices start at just £2.50.
Get drawing, painting, stamping or stencilling! When you've finished, you can usually take your item home straight away. If it needs some drying time, you are welcome to leave it with us for a couple of hours, or whenever suits you.
DROP-IN ARTS & CRAFT
Select an activity! We have pencil cases, aprons, T-shirts, and bags of every description; papier mache shapes and boxes; high quality MDF and wooden items. The majority of our items cost less than £10, but we always have a large range of items at £5 that we continually update.
We bring you all the materials you need to complete your project, and are on hand for inspiration and guidance. Pens and paints are included in the price. If you want to have a go at stamping on canvas with specialist fabric ink or using decoupage paper, it's an additional £2.50.
Get drawing, painting, stamping, stencilling or decoupage-ing! You can call on us for practical or creative advice whenever you like. If you don't finish your project, you are welcome to come back another time at no extra cost. If your item needs to dry, we'll keep it for you to collect at your convenience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does it cost?
Because we are constantly offering exciting new stock, we can't provide a definitive price list. However, we make sure we always have plenty of activities to do for £5. All our prices include guidance and art materials, and you can buy supplementary embellishments such as craft toppers, glitter and gems for a few extra pennies, or help yourself to a range of foam stickers at no extra cost. There is no studio fee. If you'd like to do something other than draw or paint freehand on your item, you can create a stamp and use our specialist inks with our help for an additional £5 or, if you'd like to use decoupage paper, it's £2.50 per sheet.
Which items do I need to pre-order?
We are limited for storage space, so you will need to give us a week's notice if you'd like to decorate a pair of plimsolls. For bespoke items, such as personalised name plaques, please let us have two weeks' notice.
What ages is it suitable for?
Anybody can enjoy the Blank Canvas Cafe from 0-100! We can do baby footprints on canvas from just a few days old, and we host parties and events for all ages. We have a small play area with a chalkboard, books and toys, and a playpen for the very small ones. But Blank Canvas Cafe is not just for kids! Adults are welcome to drop in and decorate stuff any time - we have greetings cards, cushion covers, tea towels, gorgeous bags and loads of papier mache and wooden items that are perfect for gifts. .
How long does it take?
Decorating your item can take as long as you want it to! Please be aware, though, that during busy periods we occasionally limit sessions to two hours. You can always come back and finish your project another time at no extra cost, as long as you let us know when.
Do I need to book?
We do advise booking during busier times such as school holidays and Saturdays or if you are a big group, especially if you would like to sit at the table next to the children's play area. If you want to be on the safe side, send a text with your requirements to 07821 361 050 and we will reserve a space for you.
Can I take my item home?
Yes! Most items should be ready to take home straight away, although if you have painted an item and the paint is still wet, you may want to leave it with us for a few hours before collecting it. If you can't make it back on the same day, we'll keep your item safe for as long as you like.
Do you serve food and drinks?
We serve top quality Teapigs teas and infusions, filter coffee, milkshakes and juices, and a range of sweet treats, including vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options.
What paint do you use?
We use non-toxic paint - don't worry! But please be aware that both fabric and acrylic paint can be stubborn to remove from clothing once dry. We have aprons for kids, but suggest that you don't dress them in their best clothes when visiting the cafe - just in case!
Can I put my fabric item in the washing machine after using textile pens or paints?
Yes! If you have used fabric pens or paints, please leave your item overnight to ensure it's properly dry, and then use a clean, dry pressing cloth over the front of the design and iron it for two to five minutes. After that, your item will be fine in the wash.