Try some snazzy upcycling
This month we've come up with some awesome upcycling ideas to bring an old frame back to life.
You can really tailor the colour scheme and theme to suit your own home, or for a gift!
It's so easy, it would also make a really fun project to work on with your kids. All you will need is an old wooden or plastic frame, some crafters' acrylic, and either a brush or a dotting pen.
Firstly you need to make sure your frame is clean - sugar soap is a great way to get rid of any grease or dirt.
If you've got a patterned frame, or if the base colour just doesn't match your theme, then you can prep the base by giving it a couple of coats of Grand Illusions Vintage Chalk Paint.
Once your base is ready, squeeze out a pea sized amount of your paints onto a palette or ceramic tile, and use your brush to create shapes, motifs, and emblems using dots.
For example, a forget-me-not can be created using a yellow dot to represent the centre of the flower, and five evenly-spaced blue dots to represent the petals.
Similarly, you can paint a small leaf by dotting on some green and gently dragging the paint out vertically to the side - this is a great way to frame flowers!
You don't have to limit yourself to flowers, you can create dot-work mandalas, or even aboriginal style animals or landscapes!
Once you've completed your design, and are happy it's dry, you can varnish it - though it's not absolutely necessary.
We're hosting several Folk Art workshops throughout the year, at just £10 a session, where you can learn to use dot-work to produce some really beautiful canal art inspired designs.
Check out our Facebook and website for more information and to book.