When Jean makes her own paper canvases she sometimes stores the finished screens to use at a later date. Jean doesn’t make the individual paper sheets from pulp, but instead combines the ready made mulberry and/or rice paper using a papier-mache’ process to make her screens. Here’s Jean in her studio with two panels that…

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Here’s a suggestion to keep all your Christmas cards, wrapping paper, ribbons and tags – because then you will have a great collection of supplies for next year’s Arts and Crafts designs. Here’s our list for next year’s festive ideas. Some are designs we’ve worked out and some will need to be invented. 1) Recycled…

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We first got inspired by the Country Living Christmas magazines over the years that always had wonderful homemade wreaths. This year, we thought we’d create our own (see image), which is a combination of dried wisteria twine and two types of ivy. We were thinking of ways to decorate the wreath using upcycled materials and…

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We’ve created some Christmas crackers with a twist! Here’s how you can make your very own Christmas crackers… You will need: some crepe paper, wrapping paper and/or any other special paper; scissors; toilet paper rolls; ribbon and/or string; tiny gifts or chocolate to fill the crackers. Next, fill the paper toilet roll with your gifts.…

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For our Christmas-inspired Arts and Crafts here is a festive paper chain idea. You will need: paper; transparent sellotape (Scotch tape); and scissors. You can recycle wrapping paper, paint newspaper, use coloured paper, or even draw and colour plain white paper. We used our samples of wrapping paper made by photocopying one of Jean’s cards…

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