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10 DIY Christmas gift ideas

Posted Nov 14, 2017
Tags: DIY Blogs

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 GoodiesR...

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10 easy DIY Halloween ideas

Posted Oct 10, 2017
Tags: DIY Blogs

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
Tags: DIY Blogs

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
Tags: DIY Blogs

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
Tags: DIY Blogs

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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Creating an Art Studio on a Budget

Posted Apr 07, 2017
Tags: Blogs

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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Adult Colouring

Posted Mar 09, 2017
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The Adult Colouring CrazeYou’ve probably heard about the adult colouring craze.  You’ve probably even seen adult colouring books in your supermarket, local bookstore or discount store and discovered tons of pencils and other colourful accessories in various gift shops or online.  But what is adult colouring all about?  Does it help to calm you? How are you supposed to go about it, and what supplies do you need to do it?  In this blog we explore adult colouring as an exciting new medium that anyone can give a go.  But adult colouring can also become very involved and almost a precise art, as most avid ‘adult colourists’ will tell you! When Did It All Begin?You might be surprised to hear that ‘colouring in’ as an art form is not that old.  The first colouring book was re...

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