How to Start Oil Painting with 6 Easy Steps without feeling daunted

When it comes to oil painting many beginners feel overwhelmed before they have even started due to the techniques that you have to use for oil painting. You don’t need to feel this way. You just need to break it down, learn the methods and don’t be over ambitious with your first try. The “Fat over Lean” principle isn’t difficult but it is important. This guide is to give you 6 easy steps when getting started with oil painting. Using these steps will give you an understanding of how to... Read More


Top 10 of 10 Acrylic Sets

Here I share our top 10 of acrylic sets Watercolour may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Technically it can be tricky very tricky and you have to learn a lot before you can create masterpieces unless you like abstract or mixed media. Acrylic, on the other hand, is a wonderful rich medium that you can create a painting and if you make a mistake, let it dry and fix it.  Acrylic is very forgiving when other mediums are not. 1 Liquitex 48 set If you like to have lots of choices then... Read More

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Top 10 Of 10 Watercolour Recommendations: For Gifts or just for you

If you are stuck looking for art presents or want to add to your art collection here we go through our Top 10 Of 10 in watercolour. All the products you can use together or on there own. Watercolour doesn’t have to be limited to tubes of paint. You have half pans, pencils, pens, inks and blocks.   1. Winsor and Newton 24 Half Pan I love this set so much I have two of them. It has all the colours you need and you can travel with it easily. When... Read More


Crafty Christmas Window: Paul and his Posca Pens

This year we commissioned Paul a local artist to paint our Crafty Christmas window using is favourite Posca Pens. Paul is a regular customer of ours who is a sign painter and artists. His work is commissioned all over London, Kent Essex, Hertfordshire and further afield. We are more than thrilled with hill work but we thought you would like to see how this gorgeous piece of art came about. I am already sad that it is not a permanent feature and will have to come off before the new year.... Read More


Celebrating International Artists Day

Today is International Artist Day and if you haven’t ever heard of this day you are not alone. If you read on, we will tell you what it is and how you can participate. So what is International Artist Day? International Artist Day was founded by Chris MacClure, a Canadian artist who specializes in ‘Romantic Realism’ over a decade ago. He created this day to bring recognition to the world of art, and to celebrate all the ways that artists bring their own special view to life. International artists day... Read More


Getting Organised for Back to School: Bullet Journaling for Parents

We are now in August and it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school. I am going to talk about getting organised for back to school, a guide to Bullet journaling for parents. Lots of parents are probably ready for them to start their new term. The little ones probably want it to go on forever. To some of you,  feel like it already has gone on for too long.   Organisation is not just for them but for you too. We know that you are the... Read More

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Why Should you Book your Kids Parties at Crafty Arts?

Did you know that we host a kids parties at Crafty Arts, we run a series of different creative birthday parties? We can create whatever your child desires from jungles to magical places. We set up the room depending on your chosen theme and the room is yours for two hours. The tutor will be with you for 1.5hrs and then you have half an hour to eat. I generally set up all the rooms as well as host a fair few of the parties but sometimes other tutors come in... Read More


Cupcake Day Alzheimer’s awareness: United Against Dementia

Did you know that dementia is the biggest killer in the UK? We are supporting them to help raise awareness. Alzheimer’s Research UK has called for urgent action to be taken following the news reports recently and their aim is to double the dementia research funding over the next five years. This is something we are passionate about at Crafty Arts. On the 14th of June Alzheimer’s Society is raising awareness in the form of Cupcake Day and we want you to help! “Dementia may be the biggest killer in... Read More


Creative Tutors Wanted at the Creative Hub: Hello, Is it You we’re looking for?

We are currently looking for tutors to help us increase our Crafty Arts family at our Creative Hub. This is a flexible role and will be perfect for someone looking for a part time creative position. Here at Crafty Arts Creative Hub we already run workshops for Adults and children. These include adult arts and craft lessons. Our ever-expanding children’s classes are teaching home education art lessons, after school clubs, craft clubs, parties and workshops. We need you to help run these groups and hopefully add others to it. We... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Paint like British Artist Laurence Stephen Lowry

Image Source: The Guardian Newspaper   MyArtBroker is a art great platform that connect buyers and sellers to the world of art. We touched base with them last month to find out what names in the art world were standing out from the crowd at the moment. A resurgence of interest was found in the artworks of late L. S Lowry. Lowry was a much loved British artist known for being able to capture the industrial north of 1920’s. His paintings of life in the industrial heartlands of North England. Some... Read More

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The anatomy of the paint brush: All you need to know

Here you will find the anatomy of the paint brush. Understanding all of of the components of the artist brush. All you need to know.   It is always worth investing in good quality brushes, it doesn’t always mean buying the most expensive. But nothing is more annoying than painting and bristles end up in your work, it‘s not worth it.     I thought that it would be good idea to give breakdown parts of the brush, so you know what people are talking about in your art group... Read More

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What is acrylic paint? And what is best brand to use?

Here are some great tips to introduce you to acrylic paints, I will give you a breakdown of what is acrylic paints and we will take a look at the top brands that we sell at Crafty Arts. My top tip for starting anything new is. Don’t go crazy buying materials.   I have said it before and it really does apply to starting everything, less is more. And the more you paint the more your preferences will come through, what is right for you you will then get the... Read More

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4 Week Count Down til Christmas: Reviewing Derwent Academy Wooden Art Box

The Derwent Academy Wooden Art Box is the first product that we will be reviewing and unboxing. I don’t know about you but I can’t believe just how fast it has come around. So every week leading up to Christmas, we will be doing a box opening. Showing you what the product really looks like when opened, the full contents and customer reviews.   The Derwent Academy Wooden Box Art Set Now: £16.99  Was: £34.50   Save up to: 51% Full Contents Breakdown: 6x Sketching Pencils 12x Colour Pencils 12x... Read More