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Celebrating 26 Years in Business

Another year has past and we are another year older. It literally feels like yesterday that we were celebrating our 25th birthday. I guess we are just another year wiser. lol Well tomorrow is our birthday and we celebrate 26 years in business. Thank you to our amazing staff that work hard to ensure that you receive the best service …

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Understanding Colour Pigments & Jargon

Colour, colour mixing and understanding different terms and jargons can be a daunting experience and sometimes it seems easier to just buy the specific colours that you want to make life easier.   Colour mixing takes practice and there is nothing wrong with buying more colours to enhance your work but you will find that your pigments are oversaturated. Your …

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Adult Messy Play: Playing with Derwent Graphik Paint Liners

The Line Painter is a permanent water-based, solvent-free pigment ink or paint and has a 0.5mm nib. It is available in 20 different colours, including a range of greys, black, silver and most importantly white! They can be purchased as individual pens in sets of five colours or in a box containing all 20 colours. You can use them with …

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This Lamb is Smoking!

I love to BBQ and when I think of Easter Sunday I think of Lamb (for me it’s a no-brainer lol) A few months back my wife brought be a BBQ course for my birthday, where we learnt to cook slowly on the BBQ using different techniques like smoking.         When smoking on the BBQ, you need …

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Get inside…Bob Dylan’s Studio

Musician, songwriter, poet, Noble Prize winner and artist Bob Dylan is undoubtedly one of the most influential creative thinkers of our time.     As an artist, he has created a number of paintings inspired by his time touring the world, starting with The Drawn Blank Series, drawings created in the late 80s and early 90s and released as limited …

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How to make an Easter Bonnet from Scratch

So Easter is here and a lovely tradition that keeps going every year is the Easter Bonnet parade. This is where the children decorate their own bonnets or hats with lots of festive bunnies and eggs. Nowadays you can buy a little straw hat but here I am going to show you how to turn some card, papers and felt …

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Easter Crafts with a Twist

I do love Easter.     Source: lovelaconner.com Daffodils everywhere, chocolate eggs and of course any reason to make a wreath and decorate my house.     Source: ifitshipitshere.com   My sister has created Easter swags and her Easter tree is already up, it has been since the start of March! Growing up in Germany you are surrounded by Easter trees, …

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Creative Storage Ideas for Crafters

  “I do need to declutter”, says the voice of every crafter that has ever lived, this is shortly followed by “I have way too much stuff”. But unfortunately over time craft and even art products grow and as always we need more ways to store. So today I am looking at quirky and clever ways of making things in the house …

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Lino Printing and Embossing in 20 Minutes

I keep looking for a mountain range embossing pad and I can’t seem to find one. I have trawled through all the brands, then Amazon and Ebay, but to no avail. I even thought maybe I could contact a supplier and see if they could make me one. I have spent hours on this.     I used my Essdee …

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Brush Lettering for beginners with Tombow Pens

  Last week we ran a deal of the week for Towbow ABT Pens as it’s new to our product line. I have always wanted to learn how to brush letter, once written it really stands out and looks amazing. There are so many types of fonts that you can create. Also, there are so many types of fonts that …

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Wedding Season is Here

  Here in the shop we often have DIY brides coming in saying they have seen an idea on Pinterest and thought they can make it themselves for half the price. So they come in and pick our brains for ideas, well after all that is what we are here for. There isn’t a lot that you can’t do or …

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Top Tips on Getting onto that Art Foundation course!

    Most foundation courses are a general application of different practices that allow you to try your hand at different creative outlets, from fine art, textiles fashion to ceramics unless you already know what you want to do then you can pick a specialist foundation course. People often think that if you choose a foundation at the University/Art College …

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Get inside…Banksy’s Toolbox

  Being Banksy is a tough gig, probably. Not only is his identity under constant scrutiny, he’s also creating murals in hugely pressurised environments, trying not to get spotted and thus have his identity put under further scrutiny.   There’s no denying that Banksy has become one of the most influential British artists alive today, with an international reputation for …

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day tomorrow and I was asked to write this blog on Inspiring women and there really were too many to choose from.     Image found on notey.com Somethings these women have gone through are truly unacceptable and many men and women have been fighting against wrong doings for such a long time. So I am going to …

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Do people still wax seal today?

Image from Cambridge University Archives     “The use of the seal dates back to the Old Testament, when the wax from a lit candle was dripped onto the flap closing the document and that was stamped with an inscribed stem, known as a seal. The unbroken seal of a nobleman conferred authenticity. State papers from the ninth century carried …

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Meet Jonny our new Product Reviewer

  We are very excited to be introducing you to Jonny ….. Our new Product reviewer!       My background and passion has always been Art. I was awarded an art scholarship to study fine art aged just 10yrs to the Royal School King Edwards, and after university I slowly worked towards my dream of becoming a full-time artist. …

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Picking the Perfect Children’s Watercolour Products

When most people think of watercolours they think of traditional countryside backgrounds, a beautiful city backdrop or a flower…….. but this is not all they are for!   Watercolours are an ideal medium for experimenting with different surface styles and subjects. One of the main focuses with watercolour is what you are painting on – watercolours by their very nature …

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Knitted with Love: Free Patterns

Well, today is my 9th Wedding Anniversary so for me Valentine’s Day is just an extension of my Anniversary.   Image found on unsplash If we are not away on holiday for our Anniversary, Valentine’s is generally a nice meal in (as it’s so expensive) a good bottle of wine and a movie. My kind of evening as life can be …

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Be My Valentine – I just don’t want Flowers or Gifts

This may surprise you…… but I don’t get Valentine’s Day.   Image found on www.theodysseyonline.com I love Christmas and Halloween, St George’s Day in London is fun, St Andrews in Edinburgh is Epic and St Patrick’s Day anywhere is a blast. I love a great birthday and a theme night, but Valentine’s Day to me is a not my cup of …

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Top Toys for 2017

If you have been reading this blog you’ll know that straight after Christmas, Fair season starts! We attend the annual trade shows looking for new and exciting products to add to our range. I get really excited about this as here we get to see the top lines for the coming year.   We had such a great time at …

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