Make your own Gift wrapping paper for Christmas.

It’s weekend and we have some awesome inspiration for you for the festive season.
There’s nothing better than receiving a beautiful gift. But wrap it in some special paper and you have a winner.
Today we show you how easy it is to make your own gift wrapping paper using POP Paint.
The best part is that each person receiving a gift from you wrapped in your own paper, is that you essentially give a part of yourself too.
the time you lovingly spent creating each unique piece of paper, and then wrapping a thoughtful gift in it – it truly is special.giftwrap1

As the base for my wrapping paper I used plain brown kraft paper – available in huge rolls and the perfect neutral backdrop.
detail1step 1 – select the colour of PoP Paint you want to use. Signal and Sprout is perfect for the festive season.
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step 2 – Use a soft medium sized flat paintbrush and paint random streaks onto the paper alternating the colours.
Leave the paint t dry, while working on other sheets. This way you can mass produce a few sheets at a time.
step2step 3 – Once the paint is dry, use a black marker to draw onto the background – a great way to get the kids involved. They can make their own personal wrapping paper for family and friends with a little help from an adult. Or use your stamps and stamp with black ink onto the background randomly overlapping the paint streaks like I did.
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Now you are ready to wrap all those special gifts for your loved ones. Add a simple bit of twine or ribbon and a few extra bits of decorations and you will have some special gifts to place under the tree this year.
giftwrap3The fun doesn’t stop there – you can make your own special gift tags to match your paper using the same paint colours.
So what are you waiting for – get creative and make your own recyclable paper this year.
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Products used:
POP Paint 290ml-Sprout pp0317
POP Paint 290ml-Signal pp0301
Other: brown paper, stamp, black ink

With Christmas just around the corner, you still have enough time to create your own beautiful papers. So get cracking.
Ask your local craft store for your favourite POP Paint colours.

How to dress up a plastic pot with POP Paint for a festive topiary

Over on the Chiswick blog I am sharing how I painted plastic pot to create a festive topiary planter using POP Paint.
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In a few easy steps you can turn an ugly plastic pot in a gorgeous home decor planter that makes a statement. Use your favourite colour of POP Paint and make a gorgeous piece for
any room in the house. Turn ugly into functional in a few easy steps.

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We hope you find lots of inspiration in turning those old planters into statement projects using Pop Paint this festive season.
Products used
POP Paint 290ml-Lush pp0318
POP Paint 290ml-Sprout pp0317
POP Paint 500ml-Signal pp0501
Other: paint brushes, plastic planter

Stamped Christmas Cards with Chiswick Stamps – Weekend inspiration.

Today I am sharing a quick masked Christmas card with you using the gorgeous stamps from Chiswick.
Now you may think that these stamps are not themed, but simply by using them in a clever way you can turn any stamp into a themed stamp.
Hop on over to the Chiswick blog to see how I created it.

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Products used
Clear Stamp – Fine Print rs3181
Clear Stamp – Life Lessons rs3184
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ White 10 Shts/Pck (2) sb4970
Other: Ink, embellishments, stamps

The ugly truth about life before POP Paint – Painted Furniture.

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Life before POP Paint was really ugly and at times a bit weird. To discover what I mean, take a look on the Chiswick blog
how I transformed an ugly rebellious piece of furniture into a modern elegant beauty using POP Paint.
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I used one of my favourite colours ‘Urban” to paint this furniture piece and give it a total transformation.
And I am totally in love with the look.
What have you painted lately to “make it POP”?
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Paint Pouring with POP Paint.

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Have you caught onto the new craze of Paint Pouring? Well I simply couldn’t resist the temptation of creating with colour.
Naturally I wanted to experiment with POP Paint from Chiswick to see how the paint would work with pouring – and I wasn’t disappointed.detail3

Hop on over to the Chiswick Blog here to see how i created my poured canvas using POP Paint.

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step2Loads of fun, totally unpredictable and addictive! You have been warned.

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CSI Inspiration with Imagine.

This month the team from Imagine crafts are playing along over at CSI Challenges blog. We used Case File 255 . You too can pl;ay along and win some awesome goodies from the sponsors including Imagine.

Did you know June 1 is Donut Day? Hey, any day is a good day to celebrate with a donut, but here at CSI, we’re celebrating with a delightful Case File inspired by California designer Lianna Hee.

Feel free to interpret the Case File in any way that inspires you, or for our traditional clues, scroll down to the bottom of this post.32083881_753173058404418_4069384240540680192_o

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How Jowilna solved the Case File: Evidence: solid white background, scallops, hearts, dots, circles, texture paste. Testimony: Juggling life; journaling in a circle; inspiration words for my title

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I used my Fireworks sprays from Imagine mixed into texture paste and stenciled through a dot stencil to achieve the coloured dots.
This is part of solving the case and also using some of my favorite products and techniques.
Will you play along this month?

POP Paint transformations in 5 minutes.

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I love how you can practically transform and change the look of anything with POP Paint.
Even better when it takes something pretty and turn it into something amazing.
I had this little gifted bunny in all white, but just thought he would look a lot classier and funky in a bit of a black chalk board effect.
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Hop on over to the Chiswick Blog to see how easy it is. And don’t forget to check out the amazing colours in the range.
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Stenciled Celebration Cards.

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I absolutely love creating paper projects using my POP paints. This range of paints is truly so versatile and with the new bright and vibrant colours you can’t go wrong.
Today I created some vibrant celebration cards that can be used for birthdays and other special occasions.
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step 1 – Stamp your sentiments from the Chiswick stamp set onto white cardstock using permanent black ink like StazOn or VersaFine. Trim the sentiments to the size you need.
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step 2 – On your craft sheet add a small amount of texture paste and POP paint in Burst.
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step 3 – Mix the paint and texture paste together to give you a nice thick consistency of coloured paste.
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step 4 – Create a coloured background. I used a variety of paints and inks to create a colourful mixed media background.
Stencil a pattern on top of the coloured background using the orange texture paste mixture.
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step 5 – Leave the paste to dry completely. Adhere the stenciled background piece to a folded card.
Stamp flowers onto white cardstock and use some of your watered down Burst paint to paint the flowers.
Adhere the flowers and sentiment to the card and finish off with sewing and a few diamante.
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And a second version using some of my Haze paint combined with watercolour paint to create a purple flower.
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And in a few minutes I created a couple of different cards using the same supplies – multitasking and creating a range of the same cards all at the same time really saves time and
you can build up quite a nice stash of cards ready to go at any moment.
Products used:

POP Paint 290ml-Haze pp0316
POP Paint 290ml-Burst pp0319
Clear Stamp – Life Lessons rs3184

Other: Flower stamp: Carabelle, Stencil: Jowilna Nolte, sewing machine, VersaFine, StazOn

Paint techniques using POP Paint.

I haven’t done nearly as much painting as I would have like to this year, but finally got some time to tackle this little paint technique project.
It combines POP Paint in bright jewel tones with some metallic paint added for a fun and vibrant home decor item.
It’s basically a dot – that can be decorated and used in a variety of ways – or leave it as is for maximum impact against a dreary wall that needs cheering up.20180410_painteddot_detail1

It is amazing how a few layers of paint can change a single piece of wood into something gorgeous.

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step 1 – Paint the top half of the circle using POP Paint in Burst (orange). One layer if plenty so that some of the wood grain can still be visible.
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step 2  – Paint a layer of bright pink just below the orange and slightly overlap the orange with some dry brushed streaks.

step 3 – Next add a layer of Haze (purple) in the same manner. Overlap the pink layer above and use dry brush strokes to create interest and texture.
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step 4 – Add an additional layer using Blush (light pink) paint to selected areas only. This layer was applied dry in a vertical manner, and then
a dry brush used to spread the paint horizontally. This create texture and pattern and also spread the paint out beautifully.
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step 5 – Lastly add a layer of metallic blue paint over the bottom layer of paint and dry brush the colour moving into some of the other sections.
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Add a layer of wax over the painted disc to seal in that goodness and add some protection for easy clean up.
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POP Paint 290ml-Blush pp0303
POP Paint 290ml-Haze pp0316
POP Paint 290ml-Burst pp0319
Other: wooden disc:Short Cuts Craft, paint brushes, metallic paint

Easter Art Journaling Page with a twist.

After a bit of a break we are back with weekly inspiration on the blog using our fabulous range of products from Chiswick.
And with the Easter weekend around the corner here’s some fun art journaling inspiration for you.
I have been collecting medication leaflets for the past 2 months – and since I accumulated quite a bit of them I thought it a good idea to start using them.artjournalpage_step7

These leaflets found inside tablet boxes remind me so much of the tissue paper techniques I love doing so much.
And paired with anything that showcases typography and I am happy as can be. Warning: these don’t always have the most flattering of words on them,
but then again does it really matter? Art is art… and its what you make of it right? Right!
Fast forward and here is the art journal page I created… something fun and meaningful for Easter.

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step 1 – I selected Burst, Zest and Lush for my project.
These colours are perfect for some bunny fun and Easter – bright and light.

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step 2 – Start by painting the leaflet left with orange (Burst) first in the middle section.
I did water down the paint slightly for a nice translucent effect.

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step 3 – Then move onto painting the top of the leaflet with the Zest. Overlap the Burst slightly with the yellow to give you a seamless crossover
blending the two colours into each other. Again water down the paint slightly.

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step 4 – Lastly paint the Lush (green) at the bottom of the leaflet again blending the colours into each other.
Leaf to dry completely or use your heat gun to heat set the paint.

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step 5 – I used two leaflets to complete my art journaling page.
Use gel medium to adhere the leaflets to the page of your art journal.

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TIP: I did not cut the leaflets shorter but rather trimmed the overhanging pieces down once the gel medium was dry.

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step 6 – Once the gel medium was dry I started adding stamped images, a bunny cut out from patterned paper and ink splats.

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step 7 – Stamped wording and stenciling using copper texture paste adds more interest.

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I used my Chiswick letter stamp set to add the stamped wording.
Using an ink pad made for detailed stamps, you can even pick up the detail from the stamps on top of the textured background.
How gorgeous are those alphabet stamps? Perfect for art journaling titles and quotes.

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If you are going away for the Easter weekend why not pop your art materials in a bag and create something beautiful and meaningful.
All you need is a few goodies from Chiswick and you can recycle and create at the same time!

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I hope you are inspired…until next week! Live Creatively.
have you bought your Chiswick POP Paint and Stamps yet?
Then head to your nearest craft store for some retail therapy.

Products used:
POP Paint 28ml – Burst pp0019
POP Paint 28ml – Zest pp0013
POP Paint 28ml – Lush pp0018
Clear Stamp – Scripty letters rs3182

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