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Christmas Crafts

The holidays can be an excellent time to get crafty and create some new memories. From easy crafts to more complicated projects, Angelus Paints can help transform everything from handmade ornaments to gift wrap into a one of a kind keepsake. 

Clear glass ornaments can be an excellent place to start. For this Christmas craft all you need are ornaments and a couple bottles of paint, no brushes or painting skills required. Simply choose your colors and drip your main color into the ornament after you have removed the hook on the top of the ornament. Thin the paint with Angelus 2-Thin for a more liquid consistency if you want to paint to spread. Once the first color has dried you can add a second to create a solid ornament or replace the hook and hang it on your tree with a semi-transparent design. Add some shine to your ornaments with Pearlescent Paint in silver or gold.

If you're looking to make your own ornaments try making some out of cornstarch. This dough is easy to roll and cutout like cookies, but once baked gives you a solid ornament ready to be painted. Use whatever cookie cutters you have and use them to create green Christmas trees or glittering gold stars.

Looking for a way to personalize your gift wrapping this year? Try painting your own gift wrap. Craft suppliers like Michael's and Etsy have a variety of paint rollers that can be used to create designs on plain craft paper. Create a faux bois look by combining brown craft paper, brown paint and a wood grain patterned roller.

Create your own design by turning a potato into a stamp. Just carve the design you want into the potato and cover your wrapping paper with everything from candy canes to mistletoe. Stick with traditional colors, like deep reds or bring a new color palette to your Christmas wrapping with some neon.

Find everything you need for painting your crafts this Christmas at Angelus Direct.

Crafty Kids

Adults aren't the only ones that like to get creative. There are endless crafts that use paint to create one of a kind pieces both you and your kid will be proud of.  From the easy to the more involved, here's some inspiration for your next kids craft project.

Leaf Creatures

(source: Local Circles)

With kids heading back to school, fall is right around the corner. Pick up a few fallen leaves at the park and create your own leaf animals. Whether it's bugs or foxes, let the shape of your leaf help you decide which creature to turn it into. These bug leaves from Local Circles cover each leaf with bright colors, like scarlet red and use white and black for the faces. Give your leaf bugs some sheen with Angelus Pearlescent paint in a color like Emerald Green, the perfect choice for a beetle.

(source: Handmade Charlotte)

These foxes use the natural orange of the fallen leaves as the background, a perfect fit for a fox, and add a simple color palette of white and black to fill in the eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers.

Keychain Critters

(source: Between the Lines)

For a craft that's adorable and practical try making your own keychain critters. Simply cut out the shape of your animals face and ears, with a little extra at the top to create a slit so it in be folded over. Us a grommet to secure the slit and make these faces 3D. Then use Angelus Paints to add details like eyes and ears. 

Fabulous Furniture

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Looking for a bigger project for your kids? Take an old piece of furniture and turn it into their own personal canvas. Reupholster the piece in a heavy white material like duck cloth and let them turn it into a functional piece of art. Just be sure to add Angelus 2-Soft Fabric Medium to your paint, that way you can ensure that the paint will properly adhere to the fabric.

For more inspiration follow Angelus Styles on Instagram.


Made in the Shade

From shoes to crafts to home goods, Angelus Paint can be used to customize just about anything you can think of. The key is having the right tools and products to work with your surface. Creating a custom lampshade is an inexpensive way to add a one of a kind piece to any room. Here are some hand painted lampshades to inspire your own designs.

(source: @waynepate)

For fabric shades, like this one by artist Wayne Pate, adding Angelus 2-Soft helps condition the paint for use on fabric. Making sure the paint is the right consistency for fabric ensures it will adhere and dry evenly to a fabric surface. Take inspiration from his playful, graphic designs by using primary colors like red and blue.

(source: @lukeedwardhall)

Artist Luke Edward Hall's classically inspired designs have been featured on everything from pottery to perfume bottles. This pair of lampshades feature painterly portraits in black and colorful florals in mauve and red. Create your own painterly look by playing with different brush sizes and using a limited color palette.

(source: Marin Montagut)

For a more orderly approach choose a pattern, like this deck of cards inspired set covered in clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds from French illustrator Marin Montagut. The traditional cards palette of black and red make for a classic pairing. For more precise designs use a brush from the Angelus Mirco Detail Paint Brush Set or create stencils using Vinyl Tape.