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14/06/2018

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

08/06/2018
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How To Paint Animals: Painting By Numbers Tips & Tricks

Painting animals is about capturing life. Inquisitive eyes, glossy fur, swishing tails; it can all be captured beautifully in paint if you know how, especially with a little numerical help. If you’re struggling to learn how to paint animals then painting by numbers is the friend you never knew you had, and we’re here to help you get started.Let’s start by first dispelling three common myths about painting by numbers: It’s for kids – Absolutely not. Painting by numbers kits do exist for kids, but there’s a huge range of... Read More

07/06/2018
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The Humble DIY Thank You Card for dad on Father’s Day

Sending or giving a card on Father’s Day will light up their face with a smile. A day to appreciate the main man in your life, your dad, daddy, step dad, uncle, father, pop, pappy, papa, grandad, grandfather. So, this is a thank you to our fathers in whatever form they come in, all wrapped up in a humble thank you card. My Traditions Father’s Day to me gives me flash backs to my childhood. It is me and my siblings making a terrible breakfast of cold burnt toast and... Read More

31/05/2018
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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

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     Here is a short How to Video   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,... 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