Easy-Peasy Watercolours – or the Art of the Happy Accident

I remember reading that the artist JMW Turner once advised an amateur artist that her watercolours would be improved immeasurably if she dunked them in a bucket of water. This was not meant as an insult, but I think was a genuine piece of advice. The beauty of watercolour, which Turner especially exploited to its […]

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Drawing with Charcoal

Charcoal is my all time favourite medium for drawing –  I love the speed and spontaneity of the medium. However there is no doubt that it’s not something used a great deal with young children. This is probably because it can be incredibly messy to use (though washable), and young children could easily end up […]

Experimenting with Gelli Plates

Welcome to 2015 – after a peaceful Christmas this is going to be an exciting year for Artful Kids with some big events on the horizon, which I’ll be sharing in due course. Of course we also have lots of smaller plans for improvements to the store, both in terms of the range that we […]

Mixed Media Experiments

It seems to me like the more creative projects I get myself involved in, the more I want to do – my mind seems to be in a state of creative overdrive at the moment so that I have at least half a dozen projects on the go.  Of course I don’t really have time […]

Exploring: Oil Pastels

There’s nothing quite like opening a new set of crayons and seeing them laid out all beautiful and pristine ready to use for the first time. I was offered some art materials to test out for Caran d’Ache, and was happy to do so, because although I don’t do a great number of reviews on […]

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Choosing a Sketch Book

creative sketchbooks

Sketch books come in many sizes and shapes – the sheer choice out there can sometimes be bewildering, but at the end of the day, what is a sketchbook? At its simplest level, it’s just a plain paper book – so what’s all the fuss about, surely one sketch book is as good as the […]

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Exploring and using Found Textures

I’ve recently started collecting my own photographic texture images. For no particular reason, since I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do with these, but I find so many of them beautiful for their own sake. Once you start looking, beautiful textures can be found everywhere in the environment. Most people are familiar with […]

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Fun with Frottage


One of the things I most love about art is its sensual qualities. Art can be many things, but for me it’s the visual and tactile elements of art that I especially enjoy, and which I think are also particularly fun for children to explore. I’ve always had a particular attraction to texture especially – […]

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3 Ways to paint with Bubbles


Bubble painting is a classic children’s art activity, and it’s easy to see why – it’s easy, cheap, kids love it, and the results are pretty good too, but bubbles are also amazingly versatile, we’ve tried 3 different techniques now, and each one has distinctively different results.   Bubble Painting #1     The first […]

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Valentine Heart Canvas

This canvas was created mainly as an excuse to experiment with acrylic string gel medium. I saw the following video on YouTube, and was inspired to try it out for myself. String gel is basically an acrylic painting medium that makes your paint more ‘stringy’ or stretchy, allowing you effectively to ‘draw’ directly with the […]

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