Unleash your inner Bob Ross and paint yourself a soothing scene using lolly sticks pallets and acrylic paint. Beautiful ombre sunsets and midnight skies are created with a few strokes of a soft brush. Add die cut silhouettes to your work for a quick design cheat.
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Santa’s yummy goodies are a must once Christmas begins, so keep them fresh and tasty in this cute storage solution
You may have made your mince pies using Nana’s secret recipe, but sometimes when you haven’t got the right container to store them in, the magic can be lost! If this is a dilemma you face yearly, when you hunt through the back of your kitchen cupboards for that empty Quality Street tub, then our retro-style tin has been designed with you in mind. Using our adorable Rudolph the Reindeer and festive templates as a starting point, you can vamp up a plain piece of metal into a Yuletide masterpiece! And we’ve even given you a little inspiration for matching cards. These projects work best when you use your own creative flair, so pick any colours and motifs you fancy, decide how you’re going to jazz them up (with multi-texture elements and dimensional vibes) then relax and get into the painting groove!Download now »
Use simple brush strokes to transform plain items into festive gift ideas
Adding lots of bright cheery colours gives this rockin’ robin project a festive feel. The main illustration has been designed in one shade and the brighter tones have been added afterwards. If you have never tried ceramic painting before, working over a template is a good way to start. Once you have got the hang of it, make the design your own by adding a flourish here and there or change the arrangement to suit, such as the position of the motif or by including your own message. Finally, take time to embellish the design, it will lift the whole layout and give it a more finished look. You can do this using outliners or even little gems to add sparkling highlights. If the finished mugs are gifts, make a tag and attach it to the handles; this is a really nice way of creating a complementary set.Download now »
Turn your hand to painting for a wonderfully festive selection of decorative bottles
You don’t have to opt for baubles, presents or stockings to create a Christmas feel for your crafting. Instead, use a rich colour palette and cheerful motifs to evoke that warm, seasonal spirit. This lovely set of oil bottles would make a beautiful gift for someone, if you can bear to part with them, that is! The key to glass painting is its reflective quality it reliesDownload now »
Celebrate autumn with this gorgeous collection of images in fiery hues
If you’ve never tried silk painting before, then you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to achieve professional results. You also don’t need to shell out for lots of expensive equipment to get started. Instead of buying special frames to stretch the silk, it’s possible to use small wooden picture frames with the glass removed; in fact they work just as well and are much cheaper. Adding rock salt to wet paint gives a wonderful mottled effect, as does blending similar colours. The key is to relax and not be afraid to experiment. Once you’ve accomplished small-scale projects, you’ll soon develop the skills and confidence to tackle larger pieces.
Get in the festive spirit with our cheery cards made from scraps of gingham and lace
Make friends and family feel extra special this Christmas by treating them to a hand stitched work of art. These fun, crafty ideas add a traditional Scandinavian inspired twist to your greetings, using just gingham fabric and frills!Download now »
Show someone special how much you care with a fantastic folksy greeting that’s sure to delight!
Matryoshka dolls have become increasingly popular in recent years, with the distinctive design appearing everywhere from clothes and fashion accessories to fabric and embellishments for handicrafts. The smiling, almost motherly figure evokes a warm, cheerful feeling, making them ideal for sending happy wishes to friends or relatives. These rustic, hand drawn motifs are beautiful, striking and wonderfully original, ensuring the cards they adorn will be a real hit! Even if you’re not an expert when it comes to brush work, the handy templates provided make it easy to stick to the guidelines and create a rainbow of contrasting shades.Download now »
Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than by giving household items a new lease of life
Using these fantastic patriotic designs to welcome the warmer weather could not be simpler! The Union Flag dates back to the early 1800s and the word Jack is a historic term, used in reference to a flag. Re-creating this look in your crafting will inject a dose of style instantly as the design is a fashion favourite right now. These fetching fabrics are sure to bring out the sunshine and their nostalgic prints certainly catch the eye when contrasted in this way. Decorating picnic cutlery is a lovely way to bring a bit of extra August charm to a fun, family picnic! These easy-to follow steps are ideal for any crafter looking to expand their range with some simple sewing and painting!Download now »
Create a beautiful garden set using simple stencilling and watercolour techniques
It’s amazing how a bit of sunshine can make all the difference to how we feel, while also offering fresh ideas for craft projects. Summer skies provided the inspiration for the light blue colouring of this project and warmer destinations were also behind the idea for the vintage pattern, which gives more than a nod to Greek tile designs. The paint work on the trug has been applied using a distressed technique, creating a shabby chic style that is fresh, cool and very contemporary. If you potter around the garden a lot and need somewhere to keep gloves, then this set would look great both indoors and out.Download now »
Create a beautifully bright collection of home accessories, inspired by the most fragrant of blooms
Give your bathroom a seasonal makeover by reflecting the glorious scenes of nature that are bursting into life right outside your door. Transfer the delicate rose buds and contrasting green leaves onto a whole range of everyday objects, including a cosmetic bottle, ceramic soap dish and plain wooden nail brush. The stunning, hand painted set would make a wonderful addition to any home, or could double up as a thoughtful gift for a friend.Download now »
Sprinkle painted motifs over china and card to create this mouth-watering selection of fruity treats!
When there is an abundance of soft fruits on hand to tempt you, why not use this summer bounty as inspiration when planning a painting project? The plump shapes lend themselves really well as motifs for decorating, plus the bright colours are perfect for cheering flat surfaces. You can add dimension to the berries with tiny beads and outliner, or introduce a gingham-style panel on the china to give the project a country feel.Download now »
This timeless technique can transform day-to-day objects into trend setting items in no time!
Make spring really special this year with these gorgeous accessories. The soft ribbon tones and crystal embellishments complement the vibrant paints nicely. A little canvas shopper is not only stylish, it is useful too! Silk painting has always been a wonderful exercise for this time of year due to the nature of the material. The lightness of the fabric suggests that warmer weather is on the way. So banish those plastic bags and pick up an environmentally friendly, handcrafted alternative! A painting project is the perfect exercise during the summer holiday, especially for little ones who are looking for something to keep them occupied over the long weekends.Download now »
Hang our pretty sun catchers in front of a bright window on lengths of coloured ribbon for maximum effect
The art of stained glass has changed very little over the years and our stunning sun catchers have been made in the same way that Louis Comfort Tiffany created his famous lampshades more than a 100 years ago. The technique used for joining the glass involves wrapping a narrow piece of sticky backed copper foil around the individual pieces, then soldering them together. It is best to start off with simple shapes, once you have mastered the technique, then move on to more complicated designs.Download now »
Charming nautical-themed accessories bring back fond memories of weekends at the beach
If you do like to be beside the seaside and let’s face it, who doesn’t then this pretty painted set is just the ticket. Colour washes are ideal for creating that bleached coastal effect, especially on wood. Rub over the top with sandpaper to really bring out the weathered look. Bathrooms, bedrooms or beach huts look great when decked out in nautical accessories, so the hooks and box would be perfect additions to suit your theme. Traditional seaside motifs can be transferred onto the sides to complete the project and look fabulous on greeting cards.Download now »
Celebrate the new season with these irresistible stacked designs illustrated with beautiful paintwork
Easter cards don’t necessarily have to feature chicks and bunnies! Using a different approach will certainly make your greetings stand out by a mile. Spring florals in muted tones are a new take on an old classic. Encasing these beautiful layered blooms in an egg-shaped aperture keeps the project traditional whilst the individual motifs are anything but! Busy floral motifs are very much on trend right now. All the big fabric designers, from Cath Kidston to the latest Liberty prints, feature wonderful eccentric floral patterns. The shapes shown in this project are inspired by early 20th century Russian textiles, where bold shapes and outlines produce striking effects, perfect for the delicate stacked effect here.Download now »
Set your inner artist free with these funky silk painted designs in vibrant retro colours
Organic shapes are the inspiration for this fab card and wall art set. The strong lines and bright colours will complement most contemporary décor, and would make a great house-warming gift. If you have always loved the look of this technique, but never taken the plunge, this is an ideal project to get started with. We have also made life that little bit easier by using polyester satin instead of silk, which is available from most good fabric departments. For those who don’t feel ready to commit to buying a frame, grab yourself an embroidery hoop, and have a go at the gorgeous greetings instead.Download now »
Treat yourself to a special brew using this delightful set made with beautiful fabrics and pretty painted designs
Wake up and smell the coffee! A cheerful homemade cafetière cosy is the ideal way to keep your beverage nice and hot, while gingham fabric is the perfect choice for any stitched kitchen accessory. Plain china can also be given a whole new lease of life with simple ceramic decorating techniques. There will be no chance of someone pinching your mug with this bright pink creation. Why not add your name to the other side, masking with adhesive letters while painting. The funky matching sugar bowl is also guaranteed to bring a vibrant burst of colour to proceedings whenever you decide to take a break.Download now »
Egg decorating is a breeze using posca pens and Sharon Bennett’s psychedelic designs
Decorating eggs is made easy using these fab Posca pens with their wide selection of nibs and bright colours to choose from. The water based pens work really well on most surfaces including wooden and paper mache eggs. The colour density is rich with excellent coverage, and gives a lovely hand painted effect to the decorated items. Use the medium nibs to fill in larger areas and the fine line and extra fine versions for adding lettering and intricate detail.Download now »
We shed the light on glass painting to make sun catchers with stunning results
Follow Jane Kharade’s steps to create these gorgeous, retro-inspired glass sun catchers picturing delightful birds with sgraffito style detailing. The paints are cleverly mixed together to create several lighter shades, then a wash of pale colour is carefully applied to the back of the glass panel to add a little interest without distracting from the main design. Black is just perfect for outlining the birds, but why not try another colour? There are several different pens to choose from; give gold or silver a go. Plus, you could try glitter paints that are specially designed for glass, as these add an interesting dimension to your work.Download now »
Mosaic work is fun, simple and creates fab gifts let us show you how
Jill Alblas has taken a fresh approach to mosaics and combined mirror tiles with glass painting we think the effect is stunning. The design is quick and easy to construct, however painting the tiles does take patience, so if you’re pushed for time and looking for a `quick make’ it’s best to leave them tiles unpainted. Once you’ve got the hang of it, mosaic can be used to give lots of other household items a new lease of life. Tiled plant pots look gorgeous, plain coasters can be transformed and well, once you start you’ll find it difficult to stop!Download now »
Spruce up tinware with a touch of shell brit styling and a shimmer of glitter
Taking inspiration from this Summer’s Diamond Jubilee, these tinware pieces have been given a patriotic feel using a suits selection of emulsion paint tester pots. make unique Easter gifts, especially for grown-ups! Our designer, Jane Kharade, used a pastel colour palette, but why not try out a more traditional The decorated tins can be filled with look, with red, white and blue for a chocolate eggs and sweet treats to really striking effect?Download now »
Conjure up some retro style with our silk painting ideas
Inspired by the designs on the high street, Jane Kharade has turned a silk painted scarf and matching picture and card into a unique gift idea. The silk scarf used here is of really good quality, so it’s well worth taking your time over the paintwork and applying the gutta over a couple of evenings. If you prefer cool colours, use ocean hues such as turquoise, cobalt and aqua. Or, once you have the hang of the the painting why not design your own pattern?Download now »
There is little that beats the beauty of glass painting. It never fails to delight and yet professional results are remarkably easy to achieve. We have made life super simple by using peel-offs instead of the traditional method of outlining with imitation lead. These sticky cheats’ aids are a great way to start if you’re new to this fascinating craft. Plus, they’re just brilliant for sprucing up and re-cycling old vases, as well as card making. Simply press them firmly in place then follow our step-by-step guide to painting this stunning set. We think you’ll be hooked and will want to do more and more!Download now »
Paint florals onto a glass gift set to enhance the décor
Glass painting never fails to impress. It looks sophisticated, but this beautiful craft is very easy to master and here Jill Alblas shows us how. Flower motifs are brilliant for beginners as imperfections in the shape of the petals really won’t show, and when complete, the eye is drawn to the lovely jewelled effect of the colours instead. If you’re a complete novice we suggest starting with the card or tag as these are `quick makes’ and will help you build up confidence. Our pretty mirror and vase could be your next step. They will enhance any room and certainly be admired by all. As transferring a pattern and working directly on a mirror can be tricky, we’ve shown you an easy way to do this.Download now »
As we start to see the odd brighter day, we gardeners start to eagerly prepare for spring. Even if you are not green fingered, this little set makes an excellent gift for a special friend who loves to be outdoors. Comprising of a hook plaque for a coat or apron, a seed pack design, card and gift-tag too. The box will slip into a pocket, great for holding useful little bits such as plant ties, pins or elastic bands. Several quaint designs have been pulled together with a complementing colour scheme to bring a beautifully crafted set. The main items are prepared with water colours on appropriate paper, while the wooden hook and papier mache box are completed using acrylic paints.Download now »
Paint glorious bird motif coasters and a matching card, following Helen Fitzjohn’s guide
Photocopy the traced templates, then use to practice the painting effects on before attempting to adorn the real thing. To achieve the rustic look, a loose style is required and the brush mustn’t be overloadedDownload now »
Have a go at silk painting using Jane Cameron’s floral designs
Always paint one area in full before moving on to the next ? this stops you getting dark lines where the paint has dried halfway across the silkDownload now »
Outliner acts as a barrier to stop glass paints from running. The technique is simple and rather like icing a cake! Before you apply it to your project, test the out-liner on scrap paper, squeezing the tube gently until the leading flows smoothly. Hold the tip just above the surface and practice drawing a few shapes and lines. When you feel comfortable with the technique, work directly onto your projectDownload now »
In the wings
Sharon Bennett’s delicate designs will have you all in a flutter
These painted creations are the perfect anecdote for winter blues; the refreshing splashes of pastel shades are enough to brighten anyone’s day! Sharon’s pretty sketches adorn each make, and although they look impossibly intricate to draw freehand, we hold the secret to replicating them like-for-like… templates! She’s drawn easy-to-copy butterfly and flower designs especially for CB readers, so all that’s left to do is trace and add some colour. If there’s one thing us crafters are good at, it’s colouring in!
Don’t have watercolour paints? Use ProMarkers to create the same effect by drawing lines across the width of a butterfly and letting each colour bleed into the next.Download now »
Spring Florals on Cards Ruth Hamilton’s xx floral templates was used to create hand painted blooming beauties cards. Why not scan these images into the computer and print off to save time on painting?
Silk Painted Cushion with Quilting Jane Cameron’s fabric block template was used to create a silk painted cushion and lavender bag, but you can also use the craft motif to create a range of sewn goodsDownload now »
Engraved Home Accessories Jill Alblas’ home and hearts template was used to create engraved 1950’s-inspired goods. Why not add the name of the recipient instead of ‘my’ as a little addition for a gift?Download now »
Painted Flower Vase and Card Jill Alblas’s flower templates were used to create painted home décor. This simple motif can be easily applied to a wide variety of crafts.
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