Charlotte from Pixiedust Calligraphy has launched a new series of craft workshops around Brisbane called Pixiedust Land. The first one of these was making terrazzo coasters.
When I arrived at the Workshop in Newstead, I found everything I needed on the table including resin powder and liquid, coloured inks, two coaster moulds, digital scales, and sandpaper. I received a set of instructions to use and take home.
After a short history of terrazzo, we got stuck into it. First, you make your coloured flecks with resin and ink. You need to let these dry so aim to make them fairly thin. Then you break these up into smaller fragments.
The second part is to make the coasters. You work out what colour base you’d like to use and then mix this up. I’d suggest making the coasters in two batches and to be careful with your measuring. Being precise will be the key to success.
Then it’s time to let these set. Each coaster is then sanded in three different grades of sandpaper. This step allows the terrazzo pattern to shine and to create soft edges.
There were examples of coasters that Charlotte had made previously so you could see what was possible. There is plenty of time to ask questions, but this is a hands-on course. Although aprons are provided, I wouldn’t suggest wearing good clothes.
The Terrazzo Coasters workshop was lots of fun and a great skill to learn – something I’ve always wanted to know how to do.
The workshops are held in various locations around Brisbane, but this one was at The Workshop 16 Austin St Newstead QLD 4006. These workshops are held at least once a month by Charlotte Chan.
About Pixiedust Calligraphy
Pixiedust Calligraphy is currently hosting workshops in Brisbane, Australia, where she specialises in Modern Calligraphy and Brush Lettering. Head to the Pixiedust Calligraphy website for further information and upcoming workshop dates: https://www.pixiedustcalligraphy.com/