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17/05/2018
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I ordered Letraset ProMarker pens but have been sent Winsor and Newton: What’s The Difference?

What happens when you order one thing, like the Letraset ProMarker pens but you get sent Winsor and Newton ProMarkers instead? Don’t worry, you have been sent the correct pens. Winsor and Newton have bought Letraset, so they are now one and the same. ProMarker pens are now branded with the Winsor and Newton name, but ProMarker’s unparalleled quality, 148 colour-range and colour-coding system will all stay the same. Illustrators, artists, card makers and beginners all love ProMarker for their bend ability. Image Source: Winsor and Newton      ... Read More

10/05/2018

Painting on wood: Primer, Sealer or do I use both?

Oil, acrylic and mixed media paints can all be painted onto wood. But you must make sure you prepare your surface before you begin. Preparation does take a bit of patience but if you don’t prepare the oils and acids of your paint can seep into the wood and destroy it.   Preparing to paint on wood   I started to look into painting on wood because we are running a Pebeo workshop.  This time we are painting/ filling, wooden trays with an oil based paint. The whole tray needs to... Read More

03/05/2018

How to make your own DIY SLIME: The Craze That Keeps on Oozing

Slime is a craze that is clearly not going away, so here are some steps of how to make your own slime. Last year we sold out of PVA glue twice and all because of slime. So we thought we would offer up a simple recipe  of how to make your own slime that doesn’t include borax powders. Borax is hard to buy over here because it can be harmful to your little ones so please don’t use recipes that include borax powders.   Slime   So last year we... Read More

19/04/2018

Enjoying the Spring, the Light and the artist Vincent Van Gogh

Today we going to talk about Spring, the Light and the artist Vincent Van Gogh. Spring is always a long-awaited season. Especially in this country when our dark winters last right up until the summer. We are grateful for every patch of sunlight. Every day it doesn’t rain or isn’t blustery and cold. We look forward to the mornings when we can wake up and spring light pours through our windows. When work finishes and we are greeted by a warm sun in the sky rather than pitch black of night.... Read More

12/04/2018
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4 Easy DIY Garden Party Decorations To Make This Summer

Great garden party decorations have the power to transform your outdoor space into an utterly enchanting party grotto. Once you’ve picked a theme you can adorn every tree, table and fence post with bright, exciting decorations to create a welcoming summer paradise for you and your guests to enjoy. On a bit of a budget? No problem; DIY garden party decorations are the answer you’ve been looking for. Using just a few basic items you can create gorgeous garden adornments in no time. Here’s a few of our favourite DIY... Read More

04/04/2018
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How to make Dual Glitter Carrots for Easter using Fimo polymer clay

Fimo is a great crafting medium especially for creating hanging Easter decorations as it is easy to shape. Cooks and hardens in no time but best of all you can use them time and time again. Difficulty: Easy – Medium just due to how fiddly it can be Time: I made two in 15 minutes FIMO: Orange (Mandarine 42) green (apple 50) Glitter gold (112) String Paperclips Blade or cutting tool A clean surface to work on     Wash your hands and clean the surface you will be working... Read More

29/03/2018

5 Fun Rock Painting Ideas To Brighten Up Your Garden

Craft rocks! And quite literally, in this case. Rock painting is a fun and easy craft to get stuck into now the spring has arrived, and painted rocks are great for brightening up the garden. It’s also one of the most affordable crafts, as all you need is some paint brushes and paints. And the rocks? Well, you can find those anywhere! If that’s not a great excuse for a spring trip to the beach or a walk through the woods then we don’t know what is. Rock Painting: What... Read More

22/03/2018
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Wedding Invites Part 1- Inspiration and How to plan

So currently we are working on our invites, it is all very exciting. Here is a guide of how to plan wedding your invites. It has been so fun designing them but making them that is a different story. My invites are fairly complicated, 3D with assembly parts and bits that go inside. We have an entire year to make them so they can be as flamboyant as we like. They will probably cost us a fortune in time but not so much in materials. This is the beauty of being... Read More

15/03/2018
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How to make your very own Easter Decoration: Bunny Pom Pom Bunting

 A quick and easy Easter decoration made with Bunny  pom pom tails. Here is how you make a DIY Easter Garland. Easter is definitely a time to get the bunting out and what could be cuter then some pom pom bunny garlands to adorn your fireplace or window. As this is going in your home you can choose the colours to reflect your home decor or you can just go crazy with it. I really enjoyed making this, there is something about all these pretty colours and patterns that appeals... Read More

08/03/2018
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A deeper look into Mothering Sunday and What it Means to Me

I feel like there are 3 parts to Mothers Day   The love I have for my mother. The love that I have for my children as a mother. Then the strong women in my life who are like mothers to me. We tend to use the day to celebrate, give thanks to the women in our lives. For all they do and have done for us over the years. The word Mother is a powerful word in every walk of life, there is nothing quite like your mum. I... Read More

06/03/2018
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The Crafty Arts Ultimate ‘How-To’ Easter Crafts Guide

Besides the chocolate, Easter crafts have got to be the absolute best thing about Easter. It’s the perfect opportunity to whip out your craft kits and create the cutest DIY easter decorations, gifts and cards to help you celebrate this special holiday. Here at Crafty Arts we love a good Easter craft session, so we’ve created this bumper how-to guide with some of our absolute favourite Easter craft tutorials. Let’s get started: How to Make An Easter Bunny Wreath   If you want to make something unique this Easter, it... Read More

05/03/2018
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How to create your very own D.I.Y Letter Signage in 4 different ways

How to make your own Letter Sign   One of the biggest trends on Pinterest and the crafting websites is signs and lettering. Now you can buy these premade at sometimes extortionate rate or can be a bit crafty and thrifty and Do It Yourself. Now all of these are pretty easy and you should be able to make yours in just one sitting. I have a real love for fonts and lettering, especially mine and HTB’s (Husband To Be) initials, I have candles with them on, coat hooks and... Read More

20/02/2018
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How to Make your Own Save The Date Cards

Want to make your own save the date cards? Opting for DIY save the dates is a great way to save money, so we salute you! Not sure where to start? Well, you’re in luck! Read on for some first-hand advice on everything from choosing a theme to the practicalities of DIY save the dates. How to choose your wedding theme: Save the Dates Save the dates are fairly new to the wedding industry but every wedding I have been to in the past few years has been pre-invited to... Read More

15/02/2018
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How To Make Your Own Candles

I absolutely love candles, I have them all around my house, on the windowsills, in the bathroom, in my bedroom and a food smell neutralising one in my kitchen. There is just something about burning scented candles that relaxes me and calms me down after a long day at work and with the kids. I also just love the way they make my front room look in the evenings when it’s time to chill with no other light on just me, my partner, my candles and a good book. So... Read More

14/02/2018
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5 Easy DIY Wedding Decorations That’ll Save You Money

Wedding on a budget? No problem! DIY wedding decorations are the ultimate money-saving tactic without compromise. With a few simple materials and a spare weekend or two you can produce stunning wedding decorations that will wow your guests and earn you more than a few ‘smug points’ along the way. We’ve got five ideas for easy peasy DIY wedding decorations for you to try, plus plenty of fantastic materials to help you make them. Let’s get cracking, shall we? Framed Glass Glamour Image source: Domino.com   How beautiful is this?... Read More

08/02/2018

Acrylic Mediums: What they Do and How To use Them?

Acrylic mediums are a wonderful choice for painting. It is a fast drying and water based, which means that it is easy to clean up. You can accomplish great paintings in a smaller time frame than you would with oils. If you make an error with acrylic mediums, it is easy to let the paint dry and repaint the image. To achieve different looks, you can add different mediums to the paint. Applying too much water or too much medium to the paint can cause overthinning, this dilutes the acrylic... Read More

01/02/2018
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The Perfect DIY Wedding Planning Advice for Crafty Brides

Planning is vital when it comes to weddings and I would definitely class myself as a DIY Crafty bride. Not sure where to start planning your DIY wedding? I talked to a lot of people about weddings. Our families are great and are not expecting us to invite cousins and their friends. That we have little or no relationship with etc. Over the years I have heard horror stories of parental pressure to invite people you barely know. I am going to say it again, this is your day. If they... Read More

25/01/2018
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A New Year a New Hobby, What are you going to try?

With the start of the new year, it is always excited to try something new. Luckily, we live in a world where we can learn how to do anything from the comfort of our own home. Starting a New Year hobby is easy with the many varieties of learning opportunities available to us: Video’s –  Youtube has thousands of easy to follow instructive videos that we can learn from. Step by Steps – Blogs have How To’s, there are Art and Craft courses are available all over the world. We... Read More

12/01/2018

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018 : Ultra Violet

The Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 has finally been revealed as the gorgeous Ultra Violet. This may not mean much to you at the moment but you will start this colour a lot more from the clothes that you buy to the paint in your house. It will slowly infiltrate your life without you even being aware of it. Colours and Trends Trends come and go, subject matters, plants (cacti and succulents are still going strong) craft gins, craft coffees, food you name it. Pantone has a global input on... Read More

04/01/2018
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Get your skates on with ITV’s Dancing on Ice 2018 and Sequin Art

Dancing on ice and sequin art are made for one another. With the show starting this Sunday, this Ice Skate Sequin Art kit is the perfect project for you to work on while you watch the show. When is it on? This Sunday 7th Jan at 6pm and will be running for the next 10 weeks. Returning this year as presenters on the ITV show with be Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. Before we get stuck in to our Dancing on Ice and sequin art project, here’s a peek at... Read More