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5 DIY Christmas Decorations

Posted Dec 11, 2018
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Christmas is nearly here and we’ve got just the thing to make your home look the part. Create your own DIY Christmas decorations with these 5 simple, but fun, ideas!1. Air hardening clay garlandPick up some air hardening clay and create your own Christmas themed garland. You don’t need a kiln or oven, just create your shapes, put a hole in them using a pencil or clay tool and let them dry. Hang them up with other seasonal items such as bells or tinsel.Tools and materials:•  Air hardening clay•  String or tinsel•  Clay tools•  Ceramic paint  (to add a splash of colour!)2. Painted pine conesAdd a special touch to your dining table this Christmas with a white pine cone centrepiece. Paint some pine cones completely and others with only the tips painted for a bit of variation. ...

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18 acrylic painting ideas

Posted Nov 08, 2018
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We have a lot of fun with acrylic paints and we’re always on the hunt for inspiration. If you’re as much of a fan as we are, or you want to try it for the first time, we’ve gathered some of our favourite acrylic painting ideas that you can try at home. Check it out and get inspired.1. GemstoneGrab a round canvas and turn it into a diamond! This gemstone painting can take a little bit of patience, but we also found the process super satisfying and the end result is well worth the time. Watch the video tutorial.Watch the video tutorial.2. Abstract Abstract painting makes a great addition to your living space and is a fun way to explore colour and form. You might like to practice in an art journal or on some spare paper before taking colour to canvas, but do what works best for you.3....

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5 Polymer Clay Ideas

Posted Oct 09, 2018
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Whether you’re looking for a gift or your next creative project, we’ve put together 5 of our favourite polymer clay ideas that you can try at home. So let your inner Patrick Swayze or Demi Moore free and let’s get sculpting.1. BeadsThis is at the top of our polymer clay ideas because there are so many different patterns, shapes and colours you can create. Once you’ve sculpted and baked your beads, turn them into a necklace, bracelet, keyring or a pair of earrings. If you’d like to learn how to create some different patterns and shapes, watch our polymer clay necklace tutorial.2. Marbled trinket dishesImage credit: Lifestyle for Real LifeBrighten up your dresser with a polymer clay trinket dish. This project is perfect for beginners and comes out a little different every time! We ...

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8 Everyday Places to Find Art Inspiration

Posted Sep 11, 2018
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Sometimes it’s easy to get inspired… while other times it just doesn’t seem to happen. To help you get your creative juices flowing, we’ve put together a list of everyday places you can find art inspiration. Try them out for yourself – you might be surprised.1. ExhibitionsLet’s start with an obvious one. Whether it’s your local gallery or an exhibition in a coffee shop, go and see some art. Immersing yourself in creativity can help inspire you and makes for a fun day out.2. NatureSpending time in nature is not only great for your body; it’s great for your mind. Studies show that taking a break from technology and getting out into nature can help relieve mental fatigue and increase creativity. Plus, it’s also a great source of botanical art inspiration!3. CaféSometimes al...

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6 DIY Party Decoration Ideas

Posted Aug 16, 2018
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Get the party started with some colourful, cheeky and cute DIY decorations. From watercolour lanterns to a pizza bunting – there’s bound to be something to tickle your fancy.1. Painted balloonsImage credit: Craft Box GirlsMake your balloons really pop (visually of course) with some funky designs! Use acrylic paint to add patterns and shapes, or turn them into characters for kids’ parties.Tools and materials:• Paint palette• Acrylic paint brushes• Acrylic paints• Balloons2. Watercolour lanternsImage credit: Brit + CoBring your lanterns to life with a splash of watercolour paint. Before you decorate your lanterns, explore some different ideas and effects by playing around on watercolour paper first. Tools and materials:• Paint palette• Watercolour paint brushes• Wate...

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15 Drawing Ideas that Anyone Can Try

Posted Jul 10, 2018
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If you’re in the mood for a drawing session, we’ve got just the thing to get your creative juices flowing. Our list of 15 drawing ideas covers a range of subjects – from botanical art, to life drawing and even a recipe! So have your pencil at the ready, scroll through and get inspired.1. Botanical artIf you have a soft spot for nature, botanical drawing is right up your alley. You can draw from a reference image or, better yet, go outside and grab a flower, leaf or branch to use as your inspiration. Don’t be afraid to draw up some rough study sketches before you start on your final piece – it’s all part of the process.2. Your favourite animalImage credit: Krystal Lee ArtistDraw inspiration from the things you love. Whether your favourite animal is a dog or a raccoon, bring it t...

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5 DIY Games for Kids

Posted Jun 11, 2018
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Bust the boredom and keep the kids entertained with these fun DIY games. Whether it’s the weekend or the school holidays, make sure there’s never a dull moment!1. MancalaImage credit: Marie's PasticheThere’s a reason Mancala has been popular around the world for hundreds of years – it’s fun and it’s hard to stop. The game is often played on a wooden board with six holes on each side and a well on each end. This means you can easily create your own board with an egg carton! This take on Mancala is up there with one of our favourite DIY games for kids.How to play:1. Place four marbles, stones, beans or other small objects in each of the 12 holes.2. Each player has a well on the right side of the board.3. To start the game, the first player picks up all of the pieces from one of t...

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15 Watercolour Painting Ideas

Posted May 03, 2018
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We love playing around with watercolour painting and we think you will too. That’s why we’re excited to share some of our favourite watercolour ideas with you! It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned artist or you’re picking up a paint brush for the first time, anyone can try these watercolour paintings. 1. LeafImage credit: Pastel and PinesBring the outdoors inside with a watercolour leaf painting. These artworks add a touch of greenery to your home without the need for daily watering. Trace or draw your favourite leaf lightly with a pencil, then bring it to life with your watercolour paints. You can use water to vary the darkness of your paint to create a 3D effect like the example above.2. Galaxy Image credit: Elena SorceCreate your own universe with galaxy painting! Simply ...

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Create Something New Every Day with These Easy Art Ideas

Posted Mar 27, 2018
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Add more fun and creativity to each day with our top 10 easy art ideas. With these quick projects, you’ll be surprised at how much art you can fit in. Whether your goal is to create every day, or every so often, there’s no better time to start than the present!1. Watercolour PatternsExperimenting with different colours and effects using watercolours is a great way to relax and explore your creative side. A simple pattern or design can have a beautiful result as the vibrant colours intertwine. Try our simple striped artwork idea, or create your own pattern with this versatile and fun medium.Tools and materials: • Watercolour paint• Watercolour paper• Watercolour paint brush2. LetteringPick up a pen, find some paper, and dive into the art of hand lettering. All you need to do is ch...

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6 DIY Easter Crafts for Kids

Posted Mar 12, 2018
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Get set for a fun crafting afternoon with the little ones. Our list of DIY Easter crafts for kids includes a range of easy projects to make it a special occasion they will remember. From paper bunny ears, to Easter checkers, we’ve got plenty of ideas for an exciting Easter.1. Air Drying Clay Easter EggsCreate colourful Easter eggs using air drying clay and acrylic paints. Simply roll the clay into egg shapes, let them dry, and decorate each one with an array of designs. Kids can choose patterns, their favourite cartoon character, or an animal to bring their polymer clay eggs to life. If you need some guidance, we’ve created a video tutorial that shows you how to create your own air drying clay Easter eggs.Tools and materials:•  Acrylic paint•  Acrylic metallic paint•  Air h...

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15 Creative Ways to Show Love in 2018

Posted Feb 12, 2018
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With the month of love upon us, we felt inspired to share our favourite gift ideas for the special people in our lives. Whether it’s romantic or platonic, show love to those you care about with a creative and thoughtful gift that they will remember. Don’t let 2018 pass you by without showing that you care.1. DIY Art or Craft PackShow you care by putting together a unique DIY art or craft pack for your partner or friend. Bundle together some materials and a set of instructions (either hand written or printed out) to guide them through a creative DIY project such as painting, drawing, colouring, desk décor or sculpting. Once you’ve gathered all the essential materials, package them together nicely in a box or bag.2. Love Themed DrawingImage credit: Grace Agnes VuetakiWhether it’s se...

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School Holiday Fun: Easy Craft Ideas for Kids

Posted Jan 09, 2018
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Are you looking for some fun activities to keep your kids entertained these school holidays? Our list of easy craft ideas for kids gives you plenty of projects to choose from. From DIY chalkboards to slime recipes, there’s bound to be something that they’ll love.1. DIY ChalkboardPick up some chalk paint and let your kids create their own DIY chalkboard. Chalk paint is available in a range of colours and can turn wood, metal, plaster board or glass into a chalkboard! We’d recommend using a smooth wooden board as the base.Tools and materials:•  Chalkboard paint•  Foam roller•  Chalk•  Surface to paint on2. Hand PaintingOne of our favourite easy craft ideas for kids is hand painting. This project is worlds of fun for younger kids and doesn’t take long to set up. All you...

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10 Ideas for Handmade Christmas Cards and Tags

Posted Dec 11, 2017
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Make Christmas personal with some of our favourite handmade Christmas card and tag ideas. Whether you enjoy painting, craft, drawing or calligraphy, we’ve got a little something for everybody up our sleeve. Find your creative Christmas inspiration below.1. Snow Globe Shaker CardsImage credit: Mayholic Design This beautiful card design by May at Mayholic Design is easier than it looks. Take a folded piece of card and cut a circle out of the front panel. You’ll then need to cut a circle of card slightly bigger than the hole you’ve created and do the same with some acetate. Use craft glue to fasten the acetate to the back of the hole and paint your cut out card circle with a background colour and add some Christmas themed decorations once it has dried. Place dimensional adhesive around ...

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10 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted Nov 14, 2017
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Get in touch with your creative side this Christmas with our top 10 DIY Christmas gift ideas. To give you some gift giving inspiration for the festive season, we’ve collected 10 of our favourite DIY projects that you can do try at home. Create something unique and thoughtful for your loved ones this year.1. Polymer Clay JewelleryMake your own beads with colourful polymer clay and thread them into a bracelet or necklace. This is a fun personalised gift for friends or family members who express themselves through jewellery. We love the different pattern and colour combinations you can create with polymer clay, as well as the endless variety of shapes!Tools and Materials:Polymer clay Thread Hand drill clay tool or tooth pick (for creating thread holes)  2. Painted Jar Filled with GoodiesRe...

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10 Easy DIY Halloween Ideas

Posted Oct 10, 2017
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Halloween is just around the corner and we’re ready for a candy-eating night of fun and frights. If you’re looking for some killer decoration idea, we’ve put together a list of our favourite DIY Halloween projects. 1. Homemade Glow in the Dark SlimeMake your own glow in the dark slime this Halloween with our quick and easy tutorial. This is a fun and exciting project for children to create with parents, teachers and loved ones. We’ve used Mont Marte PVA Craft Glue for the base and contact lens solution as a thickener, giving it the perfect texture.Materials:PVA Craft Glue 1 Litre Watercolour Travel Set 18 Piece Broad Tip Waterbrush Water Paper towels Glow in the dark powder Contact lens solution Baking soda Mixing bowl Measuring jug Teaspoon Tablespoon Handy tip: Use contact lens ...

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10 Fun School Holiday DIY Projects

Posted Sep 11, 2017
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Looking for some fun and simple DIY projects to keep the kids creative over the school holidays? Look no further - we've rounded up 10 amazing projects that they can give a go. Some of them look so good even us adults on the Mont Marte Creative Team want to try them out!Image Source: Minie Co1. Paper Beads We love this simple yet effective DIY! You can customise it many ways, by cutting your paper pieces up differently (rendering different sized and shaped beads), seal them with a glitter glue instead of plain glue and add embellishments afterwards such as small stickers and glitter.Materials:-       Magazine pages, newspaper, or origami paper (we suggest our Kids Construction Paper) -       White glue-       Something smooth to roll the bead around - the handle of a p...

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10 Unique DIY Projects to Make with Air Drying Clay

Posted Aug 07, 2017
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This month we thought we'd look at some amazingly simple air drying clay DIY projects. Air drying clay has such an earthy beauty and is perfect for custom DIY decor. Unlike polymer clay no baking is required, and simple finishes can create a designer look for some truly beautiful pieces. Image Source: One Artsy Mama1. Jewellery DishThis cute DIY will have all your rings and jewellery sorted in no time, and can fit in with any type of decor. Mix up your designs by painting the dish a different colour on top and underneath, colourblock with pastels, or paint on triangles, squiggles or eyes - the options are endless!You will need:– Air hardening modelling clay– Acrylic paint (we recommend our Satin Acrylics)– Paint brush– Parchment paper– Something circular to use as a cutterWe lov...

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DIY Gold Leafing

Posted Jul 11, 2017
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Do you have a thing for DIYing, upcycling or just prettying up a pre-existing item that’s laying around and not getting loved anymore? This week we’ve been looking at gold foil techniques and the many wonderful ways you can use it in your art or DIY. Below are a few of our favourite projects we’ve come across, try them and you might be surprised to see how easy it is to work with gold leaf! Image Source: Gold Standard WorkshopGold Foil Pot PlantsPerfect for sprucing up your garden and adding a touch of glint to catch the sunlight!  Or, revamp your tired old indoor pot plants and create some inspiring and unique décor.Materials you will need:Pots of any size Foam brush or paintbrush Spray paint or acrylic paints or of your choice (optional) Adhesive (gold foil glue or Leafing Size...

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Posted Jun 13, 2017
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We wrote an art history article a few issues ago about the mystical Mona Lisa painting created by the equally mysterious artist Leonardo Da Vinci. Much has been written about his art but not so much about the artist, so the topic of today’s post is all about Leonardo. Leonardo was a complex, solitary man and had it not been for the biography written about him in 1568 by Giorgio Vasari, his character would have been kept a mystery. It is well known that Leo was a superman - he was a painter, sculptor, physicist, botanist, writer and a musician, a genius in all of these fields, and well ahead of his time too. He was described by Vasari as a man with great personal appeal, kindness, and generosity and was generally well loved by his contemporaries. According to Vasari, "Leonardo's dispos...

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A Brief History of the Charismatic & Creative Andy Warhol

Posted May 08, 2017
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The artist Andy Warhol was certainly a flamboyant character, well-known for his eccentricities and not just his original take on art.  The eccentric items he amassed over time as a collector included an extensive collection of wigs made from hair imported from Italy, and his prized piece, a mummified human foot from ancient Egypt, which he kept in his studio to help him gain inspiration.  No one quite knows how he came about owning his precious mummified foot, but the curator of Carnegie Anthropology Museum felt he most likely picked it up at a flea market.  So great was Andy Warhol’s interest in curiosities and obscurities that his collection not only filled his 4-storey apartment, but also a nearby storage unit!Born Andrew Warhol, he was the son of working class immigrants from Slov...

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Creating an Art Studio on a Budget

Posted Apr 07, 2017
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Do You Really Need an Art Studio?An art studio is a place where you can leave normality at the door.   It’s a place where you can transform your initial ideas into material work.  It’s full of all your favourite books, sketch pads, past work, prototypes and various objects you’ve managed to accumulate over time.  In fact, it’s a microcosm of your creativity, knowledge, thoughts and expression.  A place of discovery where things resonate.  You probably know how hard it can be to keep innovating when you have to clear art materials off the dinner table!  Your studio doesn’t have to be a huge area – a little table away from distractions, surrounded by inspirational items might be all you need.  But many creators dream of having their own art studio, which can be a reality ...

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