Monday, 18 March 2019

Artline Monday - Mothers Day gift

Here is a quick reminder that it is Mothers Day on the last Sunday of the month and if you are short on ideas for what to get your lovely mum then how about making her a gift?

My youngest daughter and I have been making a present for my mum over the weekend, it is the perfect craft for little hands and there wasn't too much mess afterwards which is always a bonus in my book!


For this craft you will need:

  • A glass candle jar 
  • A clean sponge
  • Some Artline poster markers
  • A small candle or tealight to go inside the jar

I brought this candle jar and holder as a set from Home Bargains, I thought it was sweet but needed some colour to make it a little more fun.  You can either buy something similar or just use a plain glass jar.

Once you have got your candle jar the first thing you need to do is select which colours you would like to use to decorate it, we chose red, pink, yellow, blue and white.

Adding our colours to the sponge

Use your poster markers to add sections of colour to the sponge, we did stripes but you can fill it in however you like.

Use the sponge to add colour to the jar

Then press the sponge onto the glass adding the colour onto the jar.

Our colourful jar

Cover the whole jar with the paint on the sponge.  Leave it to dry for about 20 minutes and then if you are happy with it put it to one side, if you want to add more colour/s then just put extra paint on the sponge and layer the colours on the jar.

My mum loves pink too

We decided to add some pink to the metal holder too, the poster markers work on lots of different types of surfaces so they are great for all kinds of craft and art projects.

Colour coordinated jar and holder

The candle jar looks more interesting in the daylight now it is not just plain glass but it looks really great in the evening when the candle is lit and it shows off the colours and patterns we created with the sponge.  I think my mum is going to really like it!

With the candle lit

Last year we made personalised mugs for Mothers Day, you can check that post out here and the whole of March is National Craft Month so if you're looking for things to do you can find lots of arts and crafts posts here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 11 March 2019

Artline Monday - Plant a flower day

Have you heard of Plant a flower day?  It is a great way to celebrate the upcoming spring and encourage people to try their hand at gardening.  It falls on the 12th of March each year and I thought it would be nice to get involved and test out my green thumbs!

Getting ready to plant some flowers

Before I started messing around with potting soil and seeds I wanted to decorate the terracotta pot I was going to use.  I knew it would take a while for my seeds to grow into a plant and flower so I wanted to add some colour to it for me to enjoy while I waited.

I tested out lots of different Artline pens on the bottom of the pot so I could see which ones stood out the best against the terracotta colour and decided to use my metallic poster markers as they went on smoothly and looked great.

Painting the top of the pot

I started out with the metallic blue colour and painted the top part of the pot...

Painting the edge of the pot

...and went around the edge of it too.

Adding more colour

Next I taped off sections of the pot with some skinny washi tape and filled them in with my silver, pink and blue poster markers.

Creating a pattern

The colours I chose kind of remind me of those Easter eggs you can get with pastel foil wrappers on them so they feel very spring like to me!

Finishing the design

The poster markers dried very quickly on the pot so it was easy to paint the whole way around it without worrying about smudges or ruining the sections I had already done.  Once I'd finished painting it I removed the strips of washi tape to reveal nice clean edges and stripes of terracotta to make my pattern.

Preparing my lolly stick

I thought I would colour coordinate my lolly stick with the pot so I painted it metallic blue as well and then wrote the name of the flowers on it with my trusty Garden marker.

Planting the seeds 

Once the pot was finished I filled it up with soil and planted some seeds, I really hope they grow!

My pretty pastel pot

While I'm waiting for Mother Nature to do her thing I've added a little pastel purple cactus garden ornament to the pot and one of my ladybird painted rocks just to make it look a bit more interesting.

A little ladybird is guarding my seeds

Last summer I decorated some outdoor garden pots and planters using Artline poster markers and they still look great now (even after being outside all over winter!) so if I need to move this pot outside once the seeds have sprouted I know it can withstand all kinds of weather!   

Will you be planting any flowers tomorrow?  Fingers crossed for a warm, sunny day!  

Thursday, 7 March 2019

World Book Day craft with Artline pens

As today is World Book Day I really wanted to make something special to celebrate!  I absolutely love to read and think a day dedicated to encouraging children and adults to pick up a book and delve into new worlds is great fun.  

Memories box and Artline pens

Anyway, I was pottering around the shops last week looking for some crafting bits and pieces when I spotted this wooden memories box and thought it could look just like a book!  Even the hinges on the side of it looked like fancy patterns on the spine of an old book so I decided to buy one and turn it into a story themed keepsake box.

Alice in Wonderland

The first thing I did was design the front cover of my "book".  I cut out a piece of paper the same size as the photo area in the front of the box and then drew Alice from Alice in Wonderland using my Artline Stix drawing and brush pens.

Painting the cover

Next I painted the outside of the wooden box with a blue poster marker to look like the cover of a book and then left it to dry for about 15 minutes.  

Painting along the edges

I also painted along the edges of the box to complete the book look....

Adding the finishing touches

... and then coloured in the inside edges using an Artline Supreme brush marker as the nib was finer and easier to use on the smaller surface.

The spine of my "book"

Once all the paint was dry I added my drawing into the photo area.  I put it in upside down so it would look like Alice when she was falling down the rabbit hole which is why I drew her hair the way I did.

My Alice in Wonderland themed keepsake box

Doesn't it look just like a book?

Things that remind me of Alice in Wonderland

Now what would you put inside this keepsake box?  I have a few things that remind me of Alice like a blue flower hair clip the same colour as her dress and a red rose brooch.  I also have a couple of vintage style cards that I was given a long time ago which I kept because the girl and the rabbit on them gave me Wonderland vibes.  Lastly I have two pins with quotes on them from the book which I need to keep safe when I'm not wearing them because I would hate to loose either them!

Kept safe inside the box

The great thing about this is you can make it into any book you or your children love!  If you don't want to draw your own cover you could print off a picture instead or use a page from a colouring book and if you wanted to change the theme at any time it's as simple as changing the picture to something else!

Enjoy the rest of World Book Day and I hope you find some time today to sit down and read either an old favourite or a discover a new one!

See you again soon!

Monday, 4 March 2019

Artline Monday - International Scrapbooking Day

Today is International Scrapbooking Day so it's the perfect time to get crafty and creative while recording your memories!  

Scrapbook and pens

It has been years since I have done any scrapbook projects but knowing this day was coming up I felt inspired to get started again!  I don't have any special kits anymore but I do have plenty of papers and embellishments like tags, note cards, twine and washi tape so I decided to use these to make my first spread. 

Making heart decorations

I wanted to make some decorations using my Artline pens so I sorted out some different kinds of paper and a stencil.  I drew heart shapes onto linen card, watercolour paper and on a page out of an old book and then coloured them in using my Supreme highlighters and brush markers.

Blending the inks

Then I used a wet paint brush to blend and lighten the inks.

Watercolour hearts

Hearts on a page from a book

Once the papers had dried completely I cut them out carefully and then it was time to make my spread.

My heart embellishments

I started by adding strips of washi tape to my pages and then glued in a photo, some of the hearts and a note card for me to record my memories on.

Starting to decorate my pages

I used my brush marker to write Family on a little yellow tag and tied some matching twine to it before I glued it into place.

Family tag with matching twine

Then I arranged the rest of my hearts around the pages until I was happy with how it looked and glued them down too.

One side of my scrapbook spread

I love how each set of hearts have turned out differently depending on which kind of paper or card I used to make them.  I think the watercolour ones are my favourites but they all add a nice splash of colour to my layout.

The finished design

Are you an avid scrapbooker?  Do you have any hints or tips for me as I fill in this new book, please let me know!  

If you've never done any kind of scrapbooking do you fancy giving it a go?

See you next time!

Monday, 25 February 2019

Artline Monday - Tooth Fairy Day

Thursday 28th February is Tooth Fairy Day, who knew?  The tooth fairy is very special so she definitely deserves her own day to celebrate all her hard work and I thought it would be nice to do something to mark the occasion.

Scrap fabric and Artline pens

I've tried lots of tooth fairy crafts over the years, tiny notes, fairy dust and special milestone cards and messages etc but I've never made a tooth pillow before so I wanted to give it a go today.  I'm also feeling a bit inspired by the return of the Great British Sewing Bee so I broke out my cotton, pins and needles!

I decided to upcycle a couple of bits of old baby clothes to make the pillow.  I used my Artline fineliner to mark out the pieces of cloth I needed and then cut out two squares of stripy pink material to make the pillow and a smaller strip of white fabric to make the pocket which will go on the front of it.   

Personalising the pocket

I am making this pillow for my youngest daughter as she still has plenty of milk teeth left to loose.  I thought she would like me to personalise it for her so I decided to decorate the pocket with an Artline fabric marker before I pinned and stitched it into shape.

Pinning the pocket

I used a simple running stitch to sew the pocket together and added a little strip of pompoms along the top edge too.

I also attached the pompoms along the edges of my stripy pink material for the body of the cushion and then pinned and stitched three of the sides together leaving one side open to fill with stuffing.  Then I sewed the personalised pocket onto the centre of the cushion again using a running stitch.


Using the end I had left open I filled the cushion with lots of stuffing and then closed the edge with some small, neat stitches. 

Adding the stuffing

Here is the finished pillow, it is now ready to hold a little lost tooth when the next one falls out (which according to my daughter could be any day now!).  I also think it might help the tooth fairy do her job as a mini cushion must be easier to find in the dark, under a pillow with a sleeping child on top of it than a tiny tooth on its own, don't you think?

All set to hold it's first tooth

Does the tooth fairy still visit your house?  How much does she leave your children?  I don't care about inflation, in our house if you loose a tooth she leave a pound coin.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 18 February 2019

Artline Monday - Half term craft

Are you looking for something to do to keep your children busy this half term?  I have an idea for you today that is fun and easy and best of all you probably have the supplies you need to make it already at home!

My youngest daughter loves llamas and she is really happy that they have become popular recently so when I saw this idea for paper plate llamas on Pinterest I knew we had to give it a go!


You will need:

  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Glue or sticky tape
  • A ruler
  • A selection of pens & poster markers for decoration

Take your paper plate and draw a line down the centre of it with your ruler, then cut the plate in half.

Cut your plate in half

Put one half of the plate to one side, this will be the body.  Take the second half and draw the head and neck of your llama, don't forget it's ears too.

Draw the head and neck

Take the other half of your plate and turn it over so the bottom of it is the side we will draw on.  Glue or tape the neck underneath the body of the llama.  

Attach the head to the body

Using the piece you cut the head out from draw four legs and a tail and then cut them out.

Draw four legs and a tail

Glue or tape these to the llama....

Attach the legs and tail

... then it is time to decorate and add some details!  I used the circle of the bottom of the plate as a guide for my blanket shape and then painted it blue with my Artline poster marker.  

Adding a blanket

Once the blue had dried I added some metallic pink tassels with another poster marker.

Drawing the tassels

Next I drew an eye, nose, mouth and a set of reins on the llama, I also coloured in the inside of the ears with a little bit of pink, added a few eyelashes and some more tassels around the reins.

Adding some details

The great thing about Artline poster markers is that you can draw over the top of them once they have dried properly so I added some silver spots to my blanket too.

Silver spots

Here is my finished llama!

My llama

My daughter was also making her own one following the steps as I made mine.  She raided my Artline supplies and decorated her llama all by herself.

Painting her blanket

She is really pleased with the llamas and she wants to carry on making more over the holiday so she can decorate her room with them.  I thought I could peg them onto some string for her to make a kind of bunting or display once she's finished making an army of them!

Our paper plate llamas

My favourite thing about this craft is it isn't messy and my seven year old can complete all the steps herself so now she knows what she is doing I can go and make myself a nice cup of tea while she toils away making more on her own.

Do you like the current llama trend?  If they aren't your thing you could try different animals instead if you adjust the shape a little.  I'm thinking horses or maybe even unicorns?  I might give that a go and see how they turn out!

Thanks for stopping by!