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12 acrylic pouring hacks

Posted Mar 19, 2020
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Want to up your pour painting game? We’ve been playing around with this fun medium for a while now and have picked up a few pouring hacks along the way. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, we’ve compiled our top picks below.1. Choose the right cup size for your surfaceBefore you get started, think about how much paint you’ll need for your surface size. It might be worth noting down what works as you go so that you can reference it later. This will help prevent any paint wastage and cover your surface properly.2. Create your own mediumIf you want to convert regular acrylic paints to pouring paints, you can either use a pre-made pouring medium or make one from scratch. Our go-to pouring medium recipe is: PVA glue: 3 parts Acrylic gloss medium: 1 part Water: 1.5 parts Acrylic retard...

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Art hacks to make your life easier

Posted Feb 19, 2020
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Sometimes the simplest things can make a huge difference. That’s why we’ve collected our favourite art hacks and tips just for you. Check them out below and try a few for yourself!1. Recycle plastic bottles as water jarsNext time you’re about to throw out an empty milk or drink bottle, wash it up and give it a second life. They make a great water jar or organiser for your desk.2. Re-use dried watercolour and gouache paintsDid you know that watercolour and gouache paints can be reactivated with water? If you’ve got a dried up palette, simply dip your brush in water a couple of times and bring your paints back to life.3. Turn old jars into desk organisersOld jars make a great desk organiser. Fill them with markers, brushes or pencils to keep your tools at your fingertips.4. Use a hai...

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Set and achieve your creative goals with these simple steps

Posted Jan 21, 2020
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Are you ready to tackle your creative goals? We’ve got your back with 7 fun and effective ways to hit your targets. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to achieve your goals with a few tricks up your sleeve.1. Set goals that you’re excited aboutSetting goals that you’re excited about is the first step to success. Think about something you’d really like to achieve and go from there.2. Get a creativity partnerSharing your goals with a friend or fellow creative can help give you a little extra motivation to get it done. Whether they’re checking in with you regularly or bringing it up every now and then, it helps to know that someone is backing you. Think of it as your personal cheer leader.3. Break big goals into small stepsSometimes looking at a big goal can be daunting....

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11 Christmas crafts for kids

Posted Dec 13, 2019
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Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve got plenty of festive craft ideas that the kids will love. From sparkling trees to ice-cream stick nutcracker ornaments, here are some of our favourites from bloggers around the world.1. Gingerbread housesImage: Mas and PasIf you’ve got some spare paper cups lying around, why not turn them into these cute little gingerbread houses?Tools and materials:• Paper cup• Acrylic paint• Felt or paper• Paint brush• Cotton bud2. Pine cone Christmas treesImage: KiwicoAdd a little twinkle to your home with this sparkling pine cone Christmas tree.Tools and materials:• Pine cones• Acrylic paint• Paint brush• Plastic jewels• Glue3. Popsicle stick nutcracker ornamentImage: Fireflies and mud piesDid you know that Christmas nutcracker do...

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16 DIY décor projects

Posted Nov 15, 2019
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Is your home in need of a little makeover? Sometimes all it takes is a couple of art pieces to bring your space to life. Below are 16 DIY décor projects to inspire you!1. Air hardening clay wall hangingImage: Alice and Lois Anyone can give this one a go. Simply roll out some air hardening clay, cut out your shapes and add holes so that you can connect them together with cord. The great part is that air hardening clay doesn’t require any baking (you’ll just need to wait around 24 hours for it to dry).Tools and materials:• Air hardening clay• Clay tools (or a skewer and a knife)• Cord• Acrylic paint (if you want to add some colour!)2. Colour themed paintingImage: Burlap and BlueIf you don’t have much time on your hands, give a colour themed painting a go. Pick and mix your co...

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Your guide to Halloween face paint

Posted Oct 18, 2019
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It’s that spooky time of year again! Whether you’re trick-or-treating or going to a Halloween party, we’ve gathered some of our favourite face paint ideas that’ll make you look the part. 1. SkullLet’s start with a Halloween classic. Bring out your inner ghoul with a simple skull design. You can’t really go wrong with this easy idea – it’s great for both kids and adults.2. DinosaurCreate a talking dinosaur! And if dinosaurs aren’t your thing, this fun face painting idea works for other creatures too (you could try a shark, turtle or even a puppy).3. M&MsImage credit: Beauty By BreeEmbrace trick-or-treating with M&M face paint. The great part is that you can use your prop bucket to carry your sweets too.4. MonsterUnleash your inner beast with monster face paint. If...

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12 quick and easy creative ideas

Posted Sep 13, 2019
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Whether you’ve got 5 minutes or an hour, there’s always time to create. We know that sometimes a busy schedule can get in the way of doing what you love, but we’ve found a few ways to keep the good times rolling. Here are 12 quick and easy creative ideas anyone can add to their day.1. Experiment with paint texturesCreativity doesn’t have to have an end goal. A quick way to express yourself is by playing around with some paint and creating different textures. You can do this by using different tools such as a sponge, paint brush or a palette knife.2. Paint a silhouetteSimply paint a background (dawn or dusk colours work well), let it dry and paint a simple silhouette on top of it. Since you have to wait for the background to dry, this activity can easily be broken into two creative ...

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10 polymer clay jewellery ideas

Posted Jul 19, 2019
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Add a personal touch to your style or make the perfect gift. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite polymer jewellery ideas for your creative pleasure.1. Earrings with tasselsThese cheeky earrings make a fun project and add flair to any outfit. You can create them using any shapes, colours and patterns.Tools and materials:•  Polymer clay•  Sculpting tools•  Jewellery links•  Jewellery pliers•  Earring stud•  Super glue•  Thread/tassels•  Scissors2. Marbled pendantImage credit: A Beautiful MessIf you like minimalism, give this marbled polymer clay pendant idea a go. Once you’ve rolled out your clay you can cut it into a triangle, square, rectangle or any other shape you like. Why not create a collection?Tools and materials:•  Polymer clay•  Sculpting tools...

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10 recycled craft ideas for kids

Posted Jul 12, 2019
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Inspiration is all around you - even in those used bottles and packages you’re about to throw away. We’ve rounded up 10 recycled craft ideas that the kids and the earth will love you for!1. Carton housesImage credit: KesabGive your milk and juice cartons a rinse out and turn them into mini houses! All you need to do is seal up the top with PVA glue and start painting.Tools and materials:•   Acrylic paint•   Paint brushes•   Permanent marker2. Recycled Put PutImage credit: Handy with ScissorsBring together all those bits and pieces that you usually throw out and transform them into a Put Put game. If you’ve collected a few empty containers this week, you can set them up in the yard or around the house as putting holes.Tools and materials:•   PVA glue•   Poster pain...

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10 abstract painting ideas

Posted Jun 11, 2019
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Do you want to try something new? Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, we think you’re really going to get a kick out of giving these abstract painting ideas a go. So have a browse and get your creative juices flowing.1. Fluid painting with cup pourWe love this abstract painting technique because it comes out different every single time. Simply fill up a cup with pouring paint (one colour at a time in layers), put your surface on top of the cup and flip it over before lifting the cup off to let the paints flow! You’ll then need to gently tilt your canvas or board to spread the paint across the surface. Check out our flip cup video tutorial here.2. Fluid painting with cellsFluid art comes in many forms, so we thought we’d throw another idea in the mix for you. Adding ...

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7 mandala patterns to try

Posted May 14, 2019
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Mandala patterns might look complicated, but anyone can create one (even if you never have before)! The key is to take it one step at a time. Make your centre point and slowly work your way out with a series of symbols or patterns. Need some inspo? Check out the ideas below.1. Stone mandalaImage credit: Colours and SmilesRound, smooth stones are the perfect shape for a mandala. You can plan out your pattern with a graphite pencil before you start dotting with acrylic paint or just go with the flow and see what happens.2. Sun mandalaImage credit: Zsuzsi MandalasThe sun is a popular mandala subject that can be created using a wide range of styles, symbols and shapes. Use gold paint against a dark background to make your mandala really shine.3. Flower mandalaImage credit: Eva SchafrothYou’l...

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Craft ideas for adults

Posted Apr 09, 2019
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Whether you’ve got some holidays coming up, a free weekend or a spare hour – we’ve got just the thing. Get your creative juices flowing with some of our favourite craft ideas for adults.1. Polymer clay air plant potsImage credit: Small FriendlyThese cute little polymer clay pots are quick and easy to make. All you need to do is shape your clay (make sure your pot has a flat bottom so it can stand up) and decorate! Since air plants don’t need soil, you can pop them straight in to create your pineapples.Tools and materials:Polymer clay Clay tools Acrylic paint Air plant 2. Paper flowersImage credit: Abbi Kirsten CollectionsThere are so many ways to make paper flowers, but these giant dahlias really take our breath away. You’ll need some patience, but the end result is worth the eff...

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8 mindfulness drawing ideas

Posted Mar 11, 2019
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Sometimes life gets busy and we forget to take time out for ourselves. Sound familiar? Well, we’ve got a solution for you (and it’s a fun one). Mindfulness drawing helps you to focus on the present moment which can reduce stress and increase your well-being. So grab a pencil, immerse yourself in the now and relax – you deserve it. Here are some of our favourite mindfulness drawing ideas.1. Draw something in your immediate surroundingsThis is a simple drawing exercise you can do anywhere! Choose something that you see around you – anything you like. Then take time to really look at the object and its curves, textures, lines and colours. Draw what you see, keeping your focus on the present. How does it look? How does the pencil feel against your skin? Does your subject make you feel ...

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10 art studio storage ideas

Posted Feb 12, 2019
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There’s no better time than the present to get your creative space in order. Whether your room is big or small, these top 10 art studio storage ideas will help transform your space in no time!1. Drawer dividers (or cutlery organiser)Installing some simple drawer dividers or using a cutlery organiser is a great way to take your storage space to the next level.2. Paint tube rackKeep all your paints where you can see them by mounting a paint tube rack on your wall.3. CratesIf you’ve got bits-and-pieces floating around your studio (we all do), chuck them in a wooden crate. This art storage idea might seem basic, but you’ll be surprised at how much neater your space will be!4. JarsRe-use old jars or mugs as paint brush or stationery holders. This simple touch can make a world of differenc...

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10 art projects for kids

Posted Jan 08, 2019
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If you’re looking for some creative kids’ activities, you’ve come to the right place. Art is a great way to help your little artists express themselves, practice creative problem solving and develop their fine motor skills. Plus, it’s also just a lot of fun! To get you started, here are 10 art ideas for kids that we think they’re really going to love.Scribble artImage credit: Fireflies and Mud PiesIntroduce your kids to abstract art with a scribble art project. All they need to do is scribble out some lines and then fill in the shapes with colour (or different patterns if they’re feeling super creative).Tools and materials:•  Colouring pencils•  Paper•  MarkersGlitter drawingsYou can’t go wrong with sparkling art. Grab some glitter pens and coloured paper, or let the...

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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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