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Another Newsletter Sending Soon
Aug 31st, 2010 by Craftylocks

Wow – a month has zoomed by and it is just about time to send out my next newsletter – and it is sure to make a splash!

To give you an idea or the sorts of ideas in a newsletter, the below is a section from the last one where it was an all Hands in for a crafty time. Click on the image below for a bigger version where you can read the text.

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If you want some more information about the newsletter, or to join up – please check out the Newsletter page. I hope to see you there!

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Paint That Washes Out of Clothes
Aug 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

I have to try this! It is a new paint that washes completely out of clothes.

I heard about this through FAS (Fine Art Supplies) who I developed a teaching resource book for. The book I wrote is about Ideas for Art – Paint, which is why they let me know about their exciting new development. I have not had a chance to try it yet but it sounds so cool I thought I would share it with you. To quote from the site “This paint really CAN BE REMOVED just by soaking in water.” They have a video showing just that happening at Total Wash Kids Paint.

I don’t know if you can get it anywhere else other than New Zealand yet, but I am sure the folk at FAS will be sorting that out too.

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Next Newsletter Sending Soon!!
Jul 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Don’t miss out!

newsletter-snap3The next newsletter will be sent early next week – just a few days away, so sign up now to ensure you receive your copy.

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Paper Crafts for Children blog in Magazine
Jul 10th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Yay, 23.5 seconds of fame! I am very excited to be mentioned in the very cool Popular Crafts Magazine

news2_smallI have been a regular contributor to the forum at the Popular Crafts Magazine and when they were looking for blogs to mention in their Paper-craft feature they chose Paper Crafts for Children! This magazine is published and printed on the other side of the world so I am not sure if I can buy a copy here in New Zealand but the lovely folk from the website sent me a PDF of the page I am on.

I love that this magazine and the website forum are an example of how it does not matter where in the world we are from, the crafty community are working together to create beautiful and special treasures, and share ideas for nurturing creativity in children. Congratulations to all of us who are creating more than just things when we work with our children together on a project.

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Chicken Socks Book Review
Jul 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

chicken-socks_flowerMy darling husband is slightly challenged in the gift purchasing front but this time he got it right!

He went for a trip to Australia to visit family and came back with presents for us all. He didn’t try to get me perfume or clothes that I would not like, he bought me something I would use, a paper crafts for children related book! Just my thing … the Chicken Socks ‘Make your own Paper Flowers’ book. I think that these books are really great as they introduce not just paper crafts, but all sorts of activities, in a way that makes it so easy for the children (and this grown-up) to follow.

chicken-socks_vase The technique it uses is on the rather basic side so it is probably not that fabulous for at home use. You could just follow the Tissue Paper Flowers Tutorial for a similar result. However it is brilliant if you are going to be traveling and want to bring out an activity that has everything already all sorted, nothing to cut, or glue!! It also has some fun add ons like stickers, tags, a doily holder and the watering can vase pictured. It would be a very safe gift for any little girl.
chicken-socks_snap One change I suggest to the instructions is to roll the top of the pipe cleaner into a spiral and not to twist it around itself on the stem as pictured here. I found that when I twisted it around the stem it made it harder to push the petals up the pipe cleaner – not impossible, but I thought it could be frustrating for small fingers.

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Paint on Paper Book Review
May 4th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Great Reference Book

Usually if I find a good book I will link to it in relation to the craft I am doing, however this one relates to so many paper crafts for children it gets its own review!
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The title ‘Paint on Paper’ did not make me think of craft however it is not about painting as an art, it is about decorating paper to use for other purposes like scrapbooking, cards, paper sculptures, stationery and much more. It is also more than just about using paint, it is about any method that can be used to decorate the surface of the paper. It has over 130 different techniques and I find it an excellent reference book. It does give lots of examples on the decorated paper used in crafts as well, but the main focus is the huge range of techniques.

book_paint-on-paper2The techniques also range from those suitable for young children to those an adult would use to create faux decorative finishes on furniture or walls. The pages I have photographed show the techniques, other pages show examples using the decorated paper.

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