MINIATURE GARDEN - HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY!

MINIATURE GARDEN - HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY!

Hello crafters! Ok so this post wraps up our series of how to paint up a variety of bits and pieces found in nature. Time to manifest something original and beautiful for all the original and beautiful mamas! 

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If you've been painting along with us you may have a nice little collection of lovely painted stones and sticks. Maybe you even tried shells or seed pods or pine cones? Or maybe you went that much further (like Angela) and couldn't stop painting everything in sight...

So now's the time to get creative and put some of these funky bits together. Dig around and see if you can find a cool vessel of some sort...an old planter, a teapot, a casserole dish, anything like that. Fill it with a bit of beach sand and then have a bit of a play. Arrange your pieces into what could be described as a fairy garden, an underwater playground, or even an undiscovered planet. If you stop by our shop you'll see a bunch of fun ideas that have come out of the crafty house of Ange. 

We wish you a relaxing, and joyful weekend celebrating all the mums out there. 

xx

 

 

Angela Phillips
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PAINTED RAINBOW STICKS & VASE OF FLOWERS

PAINTED RAINBOW STICKS & VASE OF FLOWERS

Hello to our crafty crew! Did you have a go at the Painted Rainbow Stones? Move that pile to the side of the table and gather up your stuff to continue on our theme of natural objects made even prettier with funky paint colours with Painted Rainbow Sticks! These little projects will eventually all mesh nicely to make a one-of-a-kind Mama's Day gift!

Ok so same thing as with the painted stones. Here's a great excuse for a little beach or bush walk to collect a bushel of sticks. Grab different thicknesses, different lengths, and different shapes. You don't want any that are too huge and won't fit nicely in a vase of your choice. Do try to collect up the smoothest ones you can find as they are less fussy to paint. Dry driftwood is awesome for this! 

After making sure your sticks are nice and dry you'll need to set yourself up with some newspaper, your acrylic paints, brushes and a big bowl of chippies to snack on. Now just paint the sticks using your variety of colours that you chose for your painted stones. This will need a bit of patience as each bit dries and you can roll it to the next spot needing paint. Have a bunch on the go at once.

So once you've done a couple coats and they are dry you will have a sweet bushel of very pretty sticks. Arrange them in a vase or keep on with the craftiness by turning them into funky flowers!

To create your flowers is nice and simple. Cut out some colourful, squiggly flower heads. Use coloured craft paper or paint some on plain paper and cut those out. The squigglier the better! Just stick those onto the ends of your sticks with glue or blue tack and there you have it...a very unique and inexpensive bouquet of flowers. Make someone's day! 

 And stay tuned to see how you can use some of these pretty sticks to help create a special gift for Mothers' Day!

 

 

 

 

Angela Phillips
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PAINTED RAINBOW STONES

PAINTED RAINBOW STONES

Aren't these some funny times we are in? While the slower days can be wonderful it can be super challenging to fill in all these empty hours. Crafting is an awesome go-to and doesn't have to be complex or expensive. And here comes Mothers' Day! Our first year without those fun little packages the kids' bring home from school. So the time is right for some fresh ideas for a specially crafted gift for mum. 

I have a great idea that I'll lay out in a series of three blog posts. These individual little projects can be brought together in the end to create a unique and beautiful piece.

This first project, painting stones, starts with sticking on some gumboots or getting your bare toes into the sand and collecting a little bucket full of stones.

It's so easy to paint stones. I like to think of them as mini canvases waiting for me to create mini art works. The size and shape are up to you but I've collected lots of flat and smooth stones of varying sizes. The smoother the better for painting.

Ok now gather up your paint and your brushes. Acrylic is the best and I've used Reeves brand from Eckersley's (which is a crafty dream shop). I chose five colours as I wanted to have a nice variegated rainbow pattern in the end. You'll need this paint for our upcoming projects as well.

The painting part is easy enough but can be a tad fussy, especially if you want to paint both sides. You'll have to find some patience and wait for each side to dry. Keep flipping them back and forth and do 2 to 3 coats ideally. I highly recommend some good background music and a plate of nibbles to help things along. 

There you are...a big pile of BEAUTIFUL stones. Easy peasy. Make designs, patterns, stack them up. Stay tuned to our blogs as I have more projects that will totally jive with these pretty stones. Watch for instructions on building a sweet miniature shell and stone garden...something special for mum! 

 

 

 

 

Angela Phillips
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