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Arts and crafts supplies, kits and books to help you get creative from the comfort of your own home, plus events to inspire

 

Art supplies and creative kits

A tin of Annie Sloan paint is open and someone holds a dipstick above it, dripping with a purple-blue paint

World-famous decorative paints.

Annie Sloan

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Two Annie Sloan flower stencil packs

A wealth of decorative painting supplies.

Annie Sloan

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A Cosy Craft Club box lays open surrounded by products such as pliers, needles, yarn, fabric, a paintbrush and finished craft items.

A wealth of craft kits to choose from. 

Cosy Craft Club

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A little racoon holding a flower, made using needle felt method

Needle felting kits

Little Blue Artworks

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A Mary Broddle embroidery kit with green and black threads, a needle, text instructions and an embroidery hoop

Mindful stitching embroidery kits

Mary Broddle Embroidery

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Three shades of pink and red threads sit on top of bargello embroidery designs with two leather handbag handles

Bargello embroidery kits.

Bargello a GoGo

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A series of weaving tools including needles, loops, and a variety of threads in pinks, reds, cream and blue

Introduction to weaving kits.

The Oxford Weaving Studio

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A Fairy Craft Kit box with a pre-made fairy in the foreground

Make your own fairy doll. 

Raindrop Crafts

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Events and commissions

A stylistic linocut print of three bright red poppies in a field of grass

Gerry Coles

Gerry is taking part in Bucks Art Weeks this June.

 

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A mixed media abstract landscape using thick brushstrokes in whites, blues, red and green

Karen Joy

Find Karen at Bucks Art Weeks this June.

 

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A ceramic moon jar handpainted in abstract design and colours pink, black, blue

Debbie Page

Find Debbie and her ceramic moon jars at art shows in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

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A photo portrait of Rabiah Coon, mid performance. She wears a pink and black checked shirt

Rabiah Coon

Stand-up comedy gigs, More Than Work podcast and advice on starting in comedy, writing and editing.

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Books: decorative painting

A book cover of The Annie Sloan Collection which is celebrating 30 years of paint projects

Decorative paint expert Annie Sloan's ultimate guide to using paint to transform your home.

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Book cover for Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan presents 40 new projects and ideas to update tired furniture and transform your home. 

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Book cover for Quick and Easy Paint Transformations by Annie Sloan

Learn how to create paint finishes and effects to change everyday rooms and furniture into something special.

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Book cover for Annie Sloan Paints Everything

Transform walls and furniture and learn wonderful techniques for painting floors, fabrics, lighting and more.

I need this book

Books: painting and drawing

An illustrated book cover which has a stylised female figure with flowers, paintbrushes and a cat in her hair. The book is called Painting Happiness

Combat stress and release your inner artist with watercolour activities and projects.

Watercolour mindfulness this way
Book cover for The Art of Paint Marbling with four examples including a painted bird

Tips, techniques, and step-by-step instructions for creating colourful marbled art on paper.

Make marbled art
Off white background with title and author text and watercolour floral design top and bottom, in the centre, watercolour tools including pencil, paintbrush, scissors and small palette

A joy-focused approach to watercolour techniques.

Find watercolour joy
A brightly coloured floral frame around the title and author in cursive text

The beautiful pages of this journal invite you to pick up your brush and grow.

Start journalling
A green palette, paintbrush and small succulent surrounded by watercolour painted leaves

Use watercolours and inks to recreate fabulous plant art.

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A line of different coloured pastel sticks frame the top of the book cover, then a line of text with the title, and a landscape of clouds, trees, and river

Discover the unique joys of pastel painting with this easy-to-use guide.

Practise with pastels
A square of text including the title, subtitle and author, surrounded by a multitude of little squares which show paintings, techniques, palettes, brushes and more

Packed with advice on every aspect of acrylics – from designing a painting to choosing the right technique.

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A painting of a grey bike leaning on a bright yellow wall next to a window with green panes and brown wooden shutters wide open

The complete manual for acrylic painting with over 100 step-by-step demonstrations.

Acrylics advice
A line of different coloured open oil paint tubes frame the top of the book cover, then a line of text with the title, and a the main body is a realistic painting of a European looking street with tall buildings and lamppost off centre

Learn how to use this versatile painting medium.

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Four squares at the top of the cover show three oil paintings, one is a still life, one a portrait, main cover is text with a selection of painting tools

Ideal for artists of all skill levels, this reference covers a multitude of topics.

Try the techniques

Books by Creativity Found podcast guests

The Creative Doer book by Anna Lovind sits a top a painted desk, surrounded by paintbrushes, a sketchbook and pots

A roadmap for women who are hungry for a more creative life and who are willing to ask a few burning questions.

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An image of the book cover for Motherland a story by Tetyana Denford

In 1940, Julia flees her childhood home in Ukraine, never to see her parents again. A true story of love, loss, and motherhood. 

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Three book covers for collected writings on grief, love and motherhood by Tetyana Denford

Collected writings from podcast guest Tetyana Denford on the themes of grief, motherhood and love.

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Cover of Waiting for the Night Song shows a purple dusky sunset or rise on a body of water

A novel about friendships forged in childhood magic and ruptured by the high price of secrets.

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Crump the Cat book cover is a caricature of PM Boris Johnson as a cat

An allegorical tale in which all kinds of cats come together to triumph over inequality and racial discrimination.

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Book cover image of Linocut by Laura Boswell which includes two rollers atop a red and orange tree

This beautiful book reveals the astonishing creative possibilities of the linocut printmaking technique. 

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Making Japanese Woodblock Prints cover includes a design of a person walking in snow with a small black dog

A practical guide to the woodblock process from design drawing to finished print. 

Start carving
Fear Less cover is mainly text with a little cartoon character of a person with long black hair arms outstretched to the sky

A unique guide to taking control of your imagination, confronting your fears and finding your true purpose.

Learn to fear less
Cover of How to be fearless with an eagle flying

Over 100 drawings to help girls and women feel that anything is possible. 

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Dare to Share with a closed fist in green in the centre of the design surrounded by text

A guide to storytelling and podcast guesting for your business and brand.

Get ready to share
Two book covers - one for The ForEver Project has two hands, fingers outstretched, the left covered in blue abstract design - one for The ForEver Child has a butterfly with colours fading on the wings from left to right

Literary fiction, thrillers and books for young adults by Debrah Martin.

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The cover of a book called Sparrowlegs which has two long white and pink striped birds style legs and the text of the title, author and illustrator

A tale of positive body image for children.

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Cover of Blooming Paper, a book about handcrafting paper flowers shows a bouquet of flowers and abstract vases as well as scissors in the foreground

Learn to create bold, modern paper flowers from an award-winning designer-maker.

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When Harry Stayed Home shows two young boys making a den in a living room with fairy lights, cushions, books and blankets

A charming and touchingly simple story about the COVID-19 lockdown written from a child's perspective.

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A hand holds the book Molly Doesn't Want to Wear Sun Lotion which has a bright blue cover and sunglasses

A rhyming story created to help parents explain to children why we need to wear sun lotion. 

Dreaming of summer!

Books to fuel your creativity

The Creative Doer book by Anna Lovind sits a top a painted desk, surrounded by paintbrushes, a sketchbook and pots

A roadmap for women who are hungry for a more creative life and who are willing to ask a few burning questions.

Grab your copy
Book cover for 30 Days of Creativity by Johanna Basford which is pale blue and has illustrations of flowers and pencils

Nurture your inner artist with daily practices, expert advice and step-by-step drawing guides that bring calm and joy into your life.

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A bright blue cover with words 365 days of art and paint or ink splodges across the cover with a paintbrush

One of a series of great, practical journals to help you nurture and explore your creativity.

Find this and other books in the series here
The book sits on a wooden panel, the cover of Conscious Creativity has magnifying glasses, flowers, pastels on a painterly background

Connect your observations and emotions and transform your creative practice with simple everyday activities.

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Steal like an artist cover is all black with white text, it sits on a shelf in front of other black books

Ten things nobody told you about being creative. Other titles of interest, Show your Work and Keep Going.

Find this and more books by Austin Kleon here
Cover of Art Day by Day with chequered boxes in various colours such as yellow, reds, blues

Snapshots of unusual and noteworthy art events from around the world and throughout history.

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The Artist's Manual is a blank background with a bright yellow paint mark in the centre

Covering everything from how to draw and paint to ceramics, sculptures and printmaking.

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The book sits on a wooden panel and has the words Find Your Artistic Voice and thunder bolts emanating from a tigers open roaring mouth

Your guide to the process of artistic discovery.

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The words Art Inc sit on a white palette surrounded by artistic tools such as a paintbrush, scissors, film strip, rulers, highlighters, compass and more

A practical guide to earning a living by making art.

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The words The Artist's Way sit on a background of abstract teal wavy design

Hugely popular programme of techniques to demystify the creative process.

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The words The Art of Creativity are written on a red painted tin and in the tin are blue utensils such as scalpel, pen, ruler

A practical programme to help you harness your full creative potential.

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A caricature of John Cleese where he is poking the first e of his surname, with three lemurs on the page

Advice on how to get your inventive juices flowing.

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Books: printmaking

Bright red cover with linocut rollers, top half is a white yellow and green detail of a tree

This beautiful book reveals the astonishing creative possibilities of the linocut printmaking technique. 

Pre-order here
Making Japanese Woodblock Prints cover includes a design of a person walking in snow with a small black dog

A practical guide to the woodblock process from design drawing to finished print, written by podcast guest Laura Boswell. 

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Four squares at the top of the cover show two pictures and two actual techniques, main cover is text with a selection of printmaking tools

Covering techniques such as monoprinting, wood engraving and etching to intaglio printing, and more. 

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Books: papercrafts

Cover of Blooming Paper, a book about handcrafting paper flowers shows a bouquet of flowers and abstract vases as well as scissors in the foreground

Learn to create bold, modern paper flowers from an award-winning designer-maker (and a Creativity Found podcast guest!).

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Book cover for Contemporary Paper Marbling which has a full image of marbled paper and then blocks of text Contemporary Paper Marbling

This book also features a selection of projects using papercraft techniques such as origami and collage.

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A photo of cut out paper designs with bold text reading The Papercraft Ideas Book in the foreground

Over 80 examples of stunning papercraft work to expand your creativity and help you create art that is original and exciting.

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Book cover for A Petal Unfolds with text in the foreground and a full blown detail photo of pink paper peonies in the background

This book is brimming with easy-to-make DIY paper flowers to bring beauty and style to your home.

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A busy cover which has the title on a yellow square in the centre and is surrounded by square images related to the copy - collage, origami, quilling and more

A complete guide to papercrafting techniques.

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A series of origami jewellery in bright colours including earrings, necklace and brooches of frog, butterfly, swan

Don't just fold and look at your origami work - wear it!

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Central to the cover is a purple, red and green quilled apple and surrounding it are waves, butterfly, rose, tulips, sun and various leaf designs

20 stunning quilling projects to make and display. 

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Books: needlecraft

Book cover for Embroidered Cat In My Pocket, the background is a white shirt with a cat poking out of the pocket and one out of the centre of the shirt

Ten stunning cat projects to 'paint with thread'.

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Book cover for Paint With Thread by Emillie Ferris which has a highly illustrated background and central is an embroidery of a bee and flowers

Embroider your way through the changing seasons.

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Book cover for Bargello by Nerrisa Pratt which includes a photo of a variety of bargello prints

Master Bargello embroidery and apply it to projects for the home.

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Book cover for Bargello Stitch with six designs

A pattern collection bringing Bargello stitch design right up to date.

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Books: pottery

Book cover for 250 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets for Potters which includes five images of hands working and finished ceramics

A compendium of ceramic know-how, tips and solutions to pottery problems.

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Book cover for Beginner's Guide to Pottery and Ceramics which includes six images of finished ceramics and hands making pottery

Core techniques and inspirational projects.

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Book cover for Making Pinch Pots which includes a photo of three blue pinch pots stacked up

A complete step-by-step guide to making fabulous pinched ceramics.

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Other recommendations

An open box of the Modern Tarot Reader showcasing the highly illustrated cards

Check out the illustration style in this tarot deck and guidebook set.

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Book cover for Kawaii: How to Draw Really Cute Stuff which includes a page of kawaii illustrations

Aimed at a young audience but brilliant for anyone interested in the Kawaii style of drawing.

I want to draw cute

Blog posts from our members

The added benefits of giving the gift of creativity

Mar 11, 2022

Books from podcast guests

Nov 24, 2021