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10 amazing textured art ideas

Posted Sep 24, 2020
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There’s something satisfying about creamy paint strokes and thick textures. If that rings true for you then you’re going to love this roundup. From 3D flowers to mesmerising patterns, we’ve pulled together a list of our top textured art picks.1. Impasto petals Image: Two Mainstream ArtistsMixing impasto with your acrylic paints is a great way to build texture and create eye-catching effects. That’s how Two Mainstream Artists create these stunning floral décor pieces.2. Brushstrokes with figures Image: Golsa GolchiniWe love the way Golsa Golchini brings brush strokes to life with miniature figures. A blue acrylic paint stroke can become waves, while smears of white might become a ski slope. Try it out for yourself and let your imagination run wild.3. Polka dotsImage: Ann Marie ...

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5 gouache painting ideas

Posted Aug 28, 2020
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Whether you’re thinking about trying out gouache or you already love it, a little bit of inspo never goes astray. And with its popular appeal, there’s plenty to go around. Below are just a few of our favourite gouache painting ideas from artists around the world.1. OceanscapesImage: FlawedartGet those cool colours out and create a serene oceanscape. The great thing about gouache is that you can create solid blocks of colour or play around with watercolour effects by adding a splash of good old H2O.2. Destinations Image:Is there a place you’vebeen daydreaming about lately? You might not be able to jump on a plane right now, but you can transport yourself there by recreating it with gouache. Give it a go and find your happy place.3. CloudsImage: Ink by MadrasThe great thing about clo...

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23 watercolour hacks

Posted Jul 31, 2020
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Are you on the hunt for some watercolour hacks? We love this versatile medium and over the years we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks. From handy ideas for making projects run smoothly, to fixing mistakes and creating cool effects, this list has a little something for everyone.1. Set up two water jarsKeep your colours clean with two jars of water. One jar will remove most of the paint from your brush and a second jar will make sure any remaining colour is rinsed out.2. Keep your paper flat with masking tapeSticking your paper down with masking tape is a great way to help your paper stay flat while you work. To make the tape easier to remove, stick and unstick it to fabric a few times.3. Use a hair dryer to remove tapeAnother tip for removing tape is to use a hairdryer on low heat to sof...

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60 art challenges to inspire you

Posted May 29, 2020
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There’s nothing like an art challenge to keep the creative juices flowing. Whether you’re keen to get involved in an existing challenge or want to create your own, you’ll find plenty of ideas below. 1. Art Journal JanuaryThis challenge from Kick in the Creatives asks you to create an illustrated page every day of January. If you want to share it on social media the hashtag is #artjournaljanuary.2. Faerie FebruaryIf you like fairies, you'll love this challenge. Make 29 fairies and post them each day of February using #faeriefeb.3. March of the RobotsIf fairies aren’t your thing then maybe robots are. This challenge has people making a robot illustration for every day of March. Share your creations using #marchofrobots.4. March Meet the MakerJoanne Hawker's March Meet the Maker chal...

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12 DIY Mother’s Day gifts she’ll love

Posted Apr 27, 2020
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This Mother’s Day, show mum how much you love her with a homemade gift from the heart. Stuck for ideas? Don’t worry! There are plenty of projects below to get you started.1. Pouring art heart canvasPick yourself up a heart-shaped canvas and make mum a beautiful fluid artwork for her wall. This project is great for kids, teens and adults alike, so start pouring.Tools and materials: Heart shaped canvas Pouring paints Cups 2. Cup of tea cardImage: In The PlayroomThis cute little card is perfect for mums who like to take some time out with a hot bevvy in hand.Tools and materials: Card stock Tea bag Egg carton PVA glue Pipe cleaners 3. Rock portraitImage: Mer Mag BlogGive her something to smile about with a rock portrait. It makes a fun desk decoration that doubles as a paper weight.Tools a...

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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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10 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 10 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. Play with polymer clayGot a few minutes? That’s all you need to create a simple sculpture. Try building a rainbow or a flower from polymer clay.3. Splash some watercolour paint aroundWatercolour painting is a fun and relaxing way to e...

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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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