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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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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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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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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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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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52 easy art ideas to try at home

Posted Mar 27, 2018
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Say hello to a new hobby and goodbye to that blank space on your wall. We’ve pulled together a list of 52 easy art ideas that anyone can try. So feast your eyes and let’s get those creative juices flowing.1. 3D polymer clay artImage: The Lovely DrawerWant to create an artwork that really stands out? This 3D art idea from The Lovely Drawer will do the trick.2. Mondrian-inspired paper wall artImage: The Crafty GentlemanIf you’ve got a thing for geometric shapes and bold colours, this one’s for you. Choose your own shades or go for the same blue, green and grey combo as A Crafty Gentlemen.3. Potato print décor   Image: Arie + CoYou might have played around with potato stamps when you were a kid, but did you know they also make a great décor piece? You can carve them into pretty mu...

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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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