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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


We are so excited to be introducing our new website

We are proud to introduce you to our new website. After months and months of hard work we are excited to announce our new and refreshed website.   Our goals when creating the new website was to offer you a website that not only looks new and fresh, but also to ensure that the usability is easier and faster.   Here is a list of our new and improved upgrades to the from our new website:   NEW Navigation   The navigation around the website is a lot clearer and... Read More

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It’s that Time Again: Crafty Arts Summer Funday

As always everyone at Crafty Arts getting very excited about our Funday!   Why It’s a chance to give back to the community with Free Demonstrations, Workshops and Face Painting. As well as showcasing local artists and crafters.   This year we will also be running lots of promotions for one day only, as well as having our Tombola on the go through out the day.   When is it 19th August 2017   Where is it Creative House, Bryant Avenue, Romford, Essex, RM3 0AP (Near the Gallow’s Corner Tesco’s)... Read More


You can paint on anything with this one pen!

Back in April we visited the London Stationery Show for the first time at the Business Design Centre, I had never been to this venue before and it was great as it was in the bustling area of Islington in London.     We had a great time, sitting in the sessions and browsing new lines. We came across our friends at Uni Ball to have a look at their amazing wall design design by Damilola Odusote.     If you have never come across his art work. Now is... Read More


Gifts Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is fast approaching – last minute changes to plans and extra presents are part of the course.   Image found on As they say….   My dad never wants anything – but likes everything, and buys both fun and mundane things seemingly at random. I am assuming there is a method to it and it works for him. He had his midlife crisis and bought a white convertible – this turned out to be immensely practical for the family (with the roof down literally anything would fit!) and... Read More


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 at Crafty Arts.     We have expanded the business and now sell all of our lines in Europe, which is a big achievement for us and we are stretching... Read More


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 edition art prints in 2008 through to his most recent collection Beaten Path released in 2016. There’s no denying that Bob Dylan has a unique take on the world, evident... Read More


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 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 talk about a few woman who truly inspire me. I have a very close friend Polly who is very political and loves to talk about issues. She works in the... Read More

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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.   3 years ago I launched my business JR Portraits and lately I have found art education to be my next big venture, I enjoy teaching art regularly in schools... Read More


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 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 tea.                 I used to hate Valentine ’s Day when I was single, although me and my other single friends would often send... Read More

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Introducing Emily from Inside-Out Garden Design our New Upcycling Tutor

Meet Emily our New Upcycle Tutor!           What’s your background? Well, right from a child I have always had a natural leaning towards making things with my hands.  I grew up with my mum making clothes for me and my dad did all of the DIY around the house.   At about 5 years old (I guess), I have a vivid memory of being in the garage with my Dad playing with a blunt old saw trying to use it while he was making something else.... Read More


Highlights of 2016

      Happy New Year! New Year = New opportunities and lots of up and coming projects.         Last year was an extremely busy one for us with winning multiple Awards, Celebrating our 25th Anniversary, our Annual Family Fun day, the introductions of new classes and workshops, hosting our first Macmillian Coffee Morning and of course our Advent Calendar for the month of December.       This year we are looking to introduce more makes, product reviews, blogs of the month and much more.    ... Read More


On the Eighth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Eight Maids a Milking = 8 Milky Drinks

    But I would say that we just love good quality coffee. To the point that we don’t really drink instant coffee (it’s a bit of a swear word here). Today I’m going to be looking at 8 milk based hot drinks that we know and love here.       A few years a few of us visited the London Coffee Festival at the old Truman Brewery. Looking back at the blog and remembering how good it was. I may have to visit them next year, if you... Read More

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On the Second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Two turtle Doves & some Spectrum Noir Sparkle

        I like glitter but it has a time and place and although Christmas is definitely it. I didn’t think I would love them as much as I do. Brush pens to me have to be smooth and easy to use with a good bristle, so I couldn’t see how it was going to be glittery.       I quickly drew out a sketch of two turtle doves who happen to be in perfect colours for the Spectrum Noir glitter brush pens.   I sketched them... Read More

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Visiting a Christmas Market in Munich

It goes without saying that Christmas and Germany go hand in hand. Visiting the Christmas Markets in Munich is pretty spectacular. Cold crisp nights, wholesome heart food and Christmas everywhere. If you would like a more traditional Christmas holiday or weekend break then why not try the Munich Christmas Markets. Flights to Munich are fairly cheap and if you search around you can great hotels or Air Bnbs very central. Just pack your comfy shoes if like me you prefer to walk everywhere.   I am an army brat so... Read More

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Paint by Numbers Great Ideas Christmas

It’s beginning to feel more Christmassy as each day passes by. As the nights are getting darker and quicker and the cold is being to set in.     The Christmas lights went up in Oxford Street on 6th November. We even have a mini ice rink in our local town centre. Soon wreaths will be adorning doors all over Britain and twinkly lights covering the houses. I have picked out my 3 favourite Christmas Paint by Numbers so here it goes.     Dana is off to a Christmas Markets... Read More

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♥ Everyone loves a Blanket

I don’t know about you. But I love it when the weather turns a bit colder because that just means that I can pull out a blanket.   …. Who am I kidding, I probably could use a blanket during the majority of the year. I just appreciate it a lot more in the winter.     When I  knit or crochet, my furry little friend Fila generally joins me on the sofa.     One of the things I have started doing since learning to crochet is to make... Read More

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Being a Wrap-a-holic : I love to wrap Gifts!

My name is Dana and I love to wrap gifts! Being a Wrap-a-holic means I can get out of hand with embellishments but I don’t care.  My favourite part of Christmas except decorating my house and seeing my family and a huge yummy roast dinner, has to be the gift wrapping. I love it! How I wrap You can use any paper to wrap but to get the best results you need to make sure you fold all my edges over to create a sharp finish. If you want it to... Read More

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Puzzles for Presents – Picking out the perfect puzzle

So it’s Christmas time, we can’t fight it anymore, it really is just around the corner. And if you are stuck for ideas then here is a list of my favourite puzzles this winter.         I love a good puzzle a perfect way to relax in the comfort of my own home.                         First I am going to start with something fun and silly that all the family can get involved in or just the little... Read More