3 Cute Christmas Canvasses! Beginner Acrylic Tutorial!

Hi friends! These cute mini canvasses take about 10 minutes to paint each and can be a fun, inexpensive family or classroom activity!

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I created a free printable template sized for 3″x3″ canvases if you want an easy way to reproduce these. I used graphite paper to transfer my design. Free free to use the pattern on watercolor paper if you prefer. Watch the video to see how to paint them!

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These would be cute attached to gifts, sitting on a mantle or windowsill, as place cards on the dinner table, hung from a tree or even used as magnets. How would use display them?

Supplies:

Tips for creating this project in a group!

  • Give each person a place to work. Set out a square of newspaper, a palette (palette paper, waxed paper or freezer paper are a great option) and a water bucket, paper towel and a few brushes. *You can even have the designs transferred onto the canvases before they begin!
  • Paint the backgrounds first.
  • Remind new painters to wipe extra water off their brush after rinsing so they don’t dilute the acrylic paint.
  • Tell new painters that they can practise their brush strokes on the newspaper.
  • When you are done you can fold-up the newspaper, paper towel and palette paper into  neat packet for disposal. *A note about recycling: Many recycle centers will not take newspaper with paint on it but these paper products will biodegrade in the landfill and I believe use fewer resources than washing out palettes and paint mats. You don’t want excess paint down the drain.  This is my opinion, you can do what it right for you:)

I hope you enjoyed this project and I would love it if you painted it with friends! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Gift Idea! Hand Painted Mugs Kids Can Make!

Hi friends! If you kids (or grandkids) are home on vacation this week you might want to give them this project to try.

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This ceramic painting technique can be done on any store-bought glazed mug, bowl, or dish in minutes! For this project I used the acrylic paint pens set of 12 form Ohuhu (*note these markers were provided to me for review purposes and they gave me a 10% coupon code to share with viewers: 10Frugal )

The listing on Amazon says they can be used on Ceramic Crockeries, Rock Painting Art, DIY Easter Eggs, Porcelain, Metal, Wood, Fabric, Canvas and Glass. At first I could not find any instructions for getting them started or using them on ceramics so I experimented on my own. After I recorded the video I saw that the alternative photos in the product listing had instructions. At least they confirmed that what I ended up doing was right! I wished they put instructions in the box of markers though because someone who has never painted ceramics or used paint pens may not know what to do. If you are a visual learner watch the video for my full product test and tutorial on creating the vine and rose design on the mug. For a gift idea you could fill the mug with candies, teas or other goodies and wrap in festive holiday cellophane and a pretty ribbon. It’s a great teachers gift too!

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Some helpful product info:

  • When you get the markers the nib will be uninked. To start the ink flow you must push the nib down into the barrel to break the paint seal and pump it a few times to get the ink to flow. It can take several minutes for the paint to saturate the nib. If at any time you want to increase flow simply press the nib on scrap paper to get it flowing.
  • The marker produces a line width of 1/16″-1/8″ thick of opaque matte paint. It writes smooth and does not streak even on glossy surfaces.
  • The marker and be taken apart and so I will refill them when empty, this makes them a cheaper alternative to other acrylic paint pens.

These paint pens will write on most surfaces BUT will they be permanent on ceramics? Let’s test it out!

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In the video I share 3 test tiles that I did to see how durable this paint would be if used on ceramics. As with all ceramic painting I recommend only painting on areas of a dish where the paint will not come in contact with food or your mouth.

  • Test tile #1: Paint applied on glossy ceramic tile and let air dry for 24 hours. Result: Paint washed off easily with a soapy towel.
  • Test tile #2: Paint applied to tile and dried for 24 hours then baked in a home oven at 350 F for 30 minutes. Result: Paint did not wash off after being wiped with a soapy cloth. I also tried scratching the paint with my fingernail and only the black paint scratched off, the other colors remained securely on the tile.
  • Test tile #3: Paint applied to tile and dried 24 hours then coated with clear spray lacquer. Result: This had the best looking finish because the entire tile was glossy. I recommend this for making coasters but the clear spray is not food safe so not OK for food dishes.

Bottom line: If you are going to use these to paint dishes you will want to bake them as stated above. The finish of the marker is matte though so it will look different on glossy ceramics. I don’t know how durable this will be over time so I suggest hand washing. I think these pens will be totally fine on non washable items like paintings and crafts. I like them:)

This is my preferred method for painting ceramics at home with oven bake acrylics:

This gives you a glossy durable surface. Folk Art Enamels is the oven bake acrylic enamel paint I use. The downside of this method is that you have a little more mess and set up time but you can start with fewer colors and mix to get just what you want. Also the paint is very durable and glossy do the painted areas will have the same finish as a glossy ceramic piece. These paints are very pigmented however they are more transparent so I recommend then for white or light-colored ceramics or you will want to mic white paint into the colors (or underpaint the design in white) for vivid results. The Folk Art Enamel paints go a long way, I have been using the same bottles for years and have don several children’s christmas craft classes with them so as long as you don’t let them freeze you have keep using them year after year. They are a great value.

So there you have it! Two great ways to make hand painted ceramics for gifts! I always loved making handmade gifts for my family at christmas. My mom,a very talented crafter, would get these idea books called “Christmas is Coming” and I would pour through those books trying project after project and to me those are some of my fondest holiday memories. I would rummage through my mom’s stash of fabric and beads (I can only imagine the aftermath of such crafting sessions but mom never got upset) and I would craft and wrap up gifts to surprise all of my family. I don’t specifically remember and particular craft I made but I do remember the feeling of pride of making it myself. I thank that is the best gift we can give our kids. Give them craft supplies, let them make a mess and enjoy the beautiful handmade gifts you receive on Christmas. Your kids will enjoy the feeling of generosity and pride of making it themselves.  Have a great thanksgiving tomorrow and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Christmas “Crackers” You Can Craft!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun wrapping you can use to wrap a gift, use as a party favor or an advent calendar!

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These christmas crackers are quick and fun to make and use few supplies. If you want them to really snap you can order inexpensive cracker snaps and insert them inside the tube or between layers of tissue. It is totally up to you! I didn’t have any so I kept it simple. Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:

Directions:
1. Roll white cardstock into a tube and adhere in place.

2. Pink the short edge of the tissue paper stack and wrap around the tube. Twist ends closed and secure with garland or pipe cleaners. *Note, you can fill your crackers with treats now, otherwise you can untwist the end to fill at a later time. A cracker snap and be inserted at this time, follow the instructions that come with your snaps.

3. Wrap tube with patterned paper and secure.

4. Stamp a festive design on an adhesive label and stick over the seam of the pattern paper.

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You could whip up a couple dozen of these in an hour making them great for an advent calendar or a classroom treat. Have fun with this idea and make it your own! It would be cute for other occasions too so keep it in mind if you need a quick favor for a birthday party or other event. Happy crafting!

DIY Custom Word Search Card

Hi friends! My twin girls turned 13 today and these are the cards I made:

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They LOVED them! I was really surprised at the reaction because they live in a world of handmade cards for every occasion but the fact that I made them a word search that highlighted their qualities really made them feel special. In today’s video I’ll show you how to make them.

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Supplies:

I made my custom word search here. *I used the “print screen” button on my keyboard to capture the image and then cropped and resized it in my photo editing software but you can print it in full size from the website.

Watch the video for step by step stamping instructions. This is a fun card and can be made for ANY occasion just by changing the words you use:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Duct Tape Wallet to Make With or For the Kids!

Hi friends! Are you looking for a fun and useful project to make with your kids this summer? How about a duct tape wallet?

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This project is a really great introduction to using duct tape for crafting and my local Dollar Tree usually has some cool patterns in 10 yard rolls. Also if you keep an eye out you can find it on clearance at Joann Fabrics of Wal-Mart or use a less expensive plain duct tape for the inside of the project and splurge on a special design for the outside since you don’t need that much. I think even at full price it is only around $5 a roll. BTW the cheap dollar tree duct tape will work just as well as the Duck Brand stuff for this project:)

Supplies:

  • Duct tape (any brand) Amazon or Dollar Tree
  • Craft Knife *I recommend this fiskars knofe with the locking handle as the blade does not come loose as my other craft knives do but you can use what you have.
  • Craft Mat
  • Non Stick Mat (like a silicone baking mat-do not cut the tape on the silicone mat tho!)

Directions:
1. Make a sheet of duct tape fabric by overlapping 9″ strips of duct tape 1/4″. Flip over the sheet and place it sticky side up on your workspace and cover the back with strips of tape. Tip: For extra strength lay the second strips in the opposite direction. *See tip below for another way to make duct tape fabric.

2. Trim the sticky excess off the edges so you have a square/rectangle. It doesn’t have to be perfect. it should be about 8″ square.

3. Fold over the one side to see about how tall you want your wallet to be (and determine what pattern you want on the outside) and trim off the excess (it will be a strip about 2″ wide, this will become the front pocket.

4. Cut 1/2″ wide strips of duct tape and finish the raw edges if the top of the wallet and pocket. Ise 1″ strips to attach the pocket and seal up the sides.

A couple of tips to make your duct tape crafting easier…

  1. keep a bowl of water handy and dip your fingers i when you are trying to handle the tape, it will keep it from sticking to you. This is helpful when you need to put the sheet of duct tape fabric stick side up.
  2. If you (or your child) is having a hard time making the fabric you can use a piece of tarp or plastic grain bag (like the kids chicken feed comes in) for the back side of the fabric. I do this when I need to make a large sheet of duct tape fabric to conserve the tape. You can get a 6″x9″ tart at the dollar tree too if you don’t have a gain bag handy LOL:)
  3. If working with your kids consider pre cutting the pieces and let them assemble it to save frustration and keep them safe as craft knifes are very sharp. If they want to do it themselves then show then how to tear the tape. The results will be a bit more rustic but that’s OK!

I love that you can express your child’s personality in their wallet and I also love that it can teach them how to look after their money (no more dollar bills wadded up in their pockets to get lost) and since the texture of the tape is grippy it is unlikely to fall out of their pockets when they play. It’s never too early to teach your kids to be responsible with their money or to craft so that is a win-win in my book! Happy crafting!

Water Marbling How To PLUS Heat Embossing Tips! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today’s project was inspired by a marbling kit I picked up for $1 the other day.

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The kit contained 6 small tubes of color. The key to water marbling is that the ink or paint you use needs to float on the water so you want a thin oily paint. You can use liquid oil paint, nail polish, oil based model paint and I bet pigment reinkers will work. Try what you have:) Watch the video to see how easy it is!

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Supplies:

  • Peacock Stamp set
  • Mulberry paper
  • Black and white cardstock
  • Paper marbling kit (or any oily ink, thin oily paint or nail polish)
  • Metallic thread
  • Rhinestones
  • Foam tape, double-sided adhesive and clear tape
  • Embossing powder
  • Pigment ink

I was thrilled to see that ArtNeko is carrying mulberry paper! They have a large variety and it only take a little to make a project special. I have been searching for colorful  mulberry paper for folks and was unable to find it until now, enjoy!

I hope you give water marbling a try. I think it would be a really fun to make with kids home on summer vacation. You could even make it outdoors and clip the finished paper to the clothesline to dry! The papers I made in the video turned out nearly as light as the ones I used for the card but a helpful viewer shared this advice:

To keep the bright color on marbling – you should pre-treat the paper with Alum. Works marvelous! -Sheri Havens

Thanks for the tip Sheri! I will share the shaving cream marbling technique this weekend if you want another option. It’s fun to make your own designer paper and quite frugal too! Let me know if you have tried this technique before in the comment below. If you liked this project please share it with a friend. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Printing with the Sun!

Hi friends! We have had 3 sunny days in a row! I can feel the vitamin D coursing through my veins! Today’s project is fun and sciency and I think I will do this project with my free kids library class next month because I think they will get a kick out of it!

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The really cool thing about this project is that it can teach some old-time photography methods as well. This process is closely related to cyanotype and works by sensitizing a porous material, in this case wood, with a UV reactive chemical and then placing either a negative the size of the final print (as is common with most non-silver process photography) or opaque object on the surface and exposing it to UV light. 20 minutes later you have a print! Cool huh? The photo below shows the treated panel with a photo negative and items to leave prints. The treated surface begins to change quickly once in the sun.

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Now, let me be clear, although Solarfast and Cyanotype are very similar there are a few differences, if you wish to explore these please look at the comparison chart on the Jacquard Products website. One of the key differences is that Cyanotype is done on dry media, meaning you prepare the surface and let it dry before printing (You can make surfaces up ahead of time) and Solarfast must be printed when still damp. I did not know that before filming so I wanted to make sure to note it here. Cyanotype is cheaper and can capture greater detail but Solorfast is more durable for laundering and comes in more colors. In any event it is fun and I would not have tried this if I didn’t get it in a smart art box! I think more than ever that a Smart Art box subscription would be the easiest way to develop a well-rounded home school art curriculum.

This tutorial is sponsored by Smart Art, you can purchase past boxes or subscribe to their monthly art box and they are now shipping to many countries!

Supplies:

  • Ampersand cradled wood panel
  • Solarfast by Jacquard (purple)
  • Solarfast wash out liquid
  • Solarfast transparencies
  • Opaque black pen
  • Foam brushes
  • Other items (not in Smart Art Box) die cuts or objects to block out light (marbles, felt)

Tips:

  1. Practice on a scrap of wood or fabric before working on your final project.
  2. Blot off excess fluid before placing down your transparency.
  3. Solid and opaque images give a better print than ink jet printed images. Use your printers best ink setting to make sure you get the darkest possible print.
  4. You can make your own negatives on the Jacquard Website.

This was a fun and educational project! I think the solorfast is more designed with fabrics in mind so I might try a T-shirt next, what would you print? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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