Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Four Platinum Jubilee Place Mats - Free Download, Print & Colour-in!

If you are joining in with the Platinum Jubilee Sunday lunch (5 June 2022) - at home or in your street - why not prepare Place Mats for you and your family and guests!

Here are four different Platinum Jubilee Place Mats - get out those paints or crayons and get the kids or your groups busy!

Enjoy the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, wherever you are! 
Four days 2 - 5 June 2022...

70 YEARS - God Save the Queen!

Monday, 2 May 2022

Jubilee Bunting to colour in - Free template!

Platinum Jubilee Bunting to download, print and colour in

Just a short while before the UK celebrates our beloved Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee - 70 years on the throne! 

Platinum Jubilee Bunting to download, print and colour in
What an amazing achievement for us all to celebrate... 

So get your groups or children together and prepare some Jubilee Bunting! 

Here is the link to download and print your Jubilee Bunting...

       Enjoy and celebrate!

Friday, 29 April 2022

ACEO painting - using Acrylic as a Base under Watercolour!


ACEO - Using Acrylic Paint under Watercolour
The Massive Rhino

Some years ago I joined an art class (for keen amateurs!) and had great fun, trying out new techniques and meeting other like-minded people. 

The one thing our teacher showed us, that has stayed with me over the years, is how to use Acrylic paint as a Watercolour base.  

When using pure Watercolour, it is difficult to portray texture - for us amateurs anyway! To overcome this, try painting a coat of Acrylic paint on first. Let me explain!

In the ACEO above of the Rhino (if you need to know what an ACEO is, have a look HERE)  you will see the rhino has a textured, rough hide. 

To get this effect I sketched in the drawing in pencil and then painted the Rhino only, with a layer of white Acrylic paint. While still wet, I roughed up the surface of the hide, keeping inside the lines, and smoothing and shaping the appropriate areas - keeping the roundness of the animal and particularly the legs, in mind.

Only paint the Rhino with the Acrylic base, leaving the rest of the painting until this base is hard dry.

Then take out your Watercolours and paint in your background as usual, just leaving off the shadows under the Rhino for now.

Next, go back to the Rhino and over-paint the Acrylic base with Watercolour. This is great fun, as the Watercolour sits on top and can be easily moved around, until you get the effects of light and shade and colours, as you want them!

Lastly put in the shadows, under the Rhino feet and body.

This method can also be used in landscape to give texture to rocks and other rough terrain and of course in other animals with rough hide like Elephants and Hippos. 

Hope this is helpful - give it a go and enjoy being creative! 

ACEO - Using Acrylic Paint under Watercolour

Thursday, 21 April 2022

New Pattern Designs to Complete...! Printable Templates!

This is a Circle in a Square Collage craft project which I posted in 2016 - I am repeating it with three new variations to play with - starting as always with the basic shapes design, as before and then use your imagination...

Circle in square collage
Circle in Square Designs

Here is the Circle in Square Template

New Pattern Designs to complete
One of the New Pattern Design Templates

Allow each member in your craft group to design and colour their own creation, as they want.

You will be amazed at what is produced...the above were done by our Mencap Art and Craft group and they loved creating their designs...

New Pattern Designs to complete
Very simple, but challenging enough to create enthusiasm and such pride in their artwork...

To make a collage, just cut out the finished squares and stick them together onto card - we used A2 black card, but any colour will do.

Make your collage as big or small as you like - depends on the size of your group of course and how many squares you have to display!

Have fun being creative...!

New Pattern Designs to complete

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Birthday and Other Greeting Cards with Tags!

Birthday Cards with tag inserts

 How about making some Greeting Cards with Tags? They are very easy and can be made from a variety of materials...

 We made them at Mencap and they loved the idea of putting a message or greeting on the Tag - a surprise for the lucky recipient when the tag is pulled out...!

 For tags we used a variety of purchased coloured tags, as well common brown luggage labels.

As you can see the "Tag Pockets" were cut out of printed paper and attached to the cards with glue on only three sides.

Ribbons and stickers completed these pretty, fun cards!

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Quiz - Movies with Girl's Names - Printable!


Quiz - Movies with Girls Names - Printable

An easy, fun quiz today - 15 Movies which contain girl's names!

How many can you get right? Here is the link...

Aimed at stimulating reminiscing and chat amongst your group - over a cup of tea and a choccy biscuit - it is the season to enjoy chocolate after all!

If you want more quizzes do have a look at my 41 x Easy Quizzes eBook - all to download and print as you need them.

41 x Easy Quizzes eBook

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Making Tissue Paper Flowers for All Occasions!¬


The Craft Patch - Tissue Paper Flowers

I am often asked about how to make tissue paper flowers and today I came across The Craft Patch and this was what I found...

Learn how to make tissue paper flowers with the help of this step-by-step photo and video tutorial. This is your ultimate guide to making, hanging and decorating with tissue paper flowers!

This is such a well presented Tutorial, so I decided to share it with you! 

Here is the link...

Have fun making your Tissue Paper Flowers and thanks to The Craft Patch!

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Easy Easter Egg Wreath to make - Printable Template

An Easter Wreath made from Card Easter Eggs

We made an Easy Easter Egg Wreath today!

It was a group effort, as each egg was designed individually and then put together to form an Easter Wreath!

If you would like to make your Easter Egg Wreath then here is how...

You will need...

Two A4 sheets of thin card

Embellishments - we used Washi Tape, Stickers and Crayons 

Glue Stick

An Easter Wreath made from Card Easter Eggs
How to make...

Print the Easter eggs directly onto the thin card - here is the template

 Easter Eggs x 4 Template

Cut out the eight Easter Eggs and then have fun decorating them - use what embellishments you have, or paint / colour them in with your crayons

When they have been decorated arrange them in a circle, overlapping each Easter Egg with the next one, as in the photo above

Pray for Ukraine
Using your glue stick, attach the Easter Eggs to each other 

We used a Bunny sticker to attach our ribbon

Hope you enjoy making your Easy Easter Egg Wreath!

An Easter Wreath made from Card Easter Eggs