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All moms need a hobby. Whether you work or not, taking care of kids is emotionally draining at times and it is easy to lose “yourself” in the slog of being a parent. Not all of us are creative – or want to be – but a creative hobby is a wonderful way to let your tired mind unwind from the stresses and strains of family life. If you are looking for a new hobby, why not give acrylic painting a go?

What are Acrylic Paints?

You are probably familiar with acrylic paints. These are the paints kids use in school. They are water soluble, but unlike watercolours, acrylics can be layered up to create texture, in the same way as you would do with oil paints. Unlike oil paints, however, acrylics dry quickly and don’t smell.

Acrylics are a great place to start if you want to try painting. They are easy to work with, not as messy as oils or tricky as watercolours, and you can share your paints with the kids. If this sounds like fun, here is a list of a few essentials you will need to get started.

Essential Art Supplies

  • Paints – invest in a set of cheap acrylic paints. Starter sets don’t cost the earth. The paint is not as dense as ‘artist’ quality acrylic paints, but if you decide you like using acrylics, you can always invest in better quality paints later.
  • Brushes – buy a set of nylon brushes in different sizes. Three brushes will be enough to begin with. You’ll need a large, flat brush for background washes, a fine brush for detailed work, and a short, flat brush for everything in between. As you gain experience and learn new techniques, invest in different sized brushes from an art and craft supplies
  • Paper or canvas boards – you can paint with acrylics on heavy watercolour Look for pre-primed paper. If you prefer, buy some cheap canvases or primed boards.
  • Palette – an old plate will do, but disposable palette pads are quite handy (and cheap).
  • Water jar – have a jar or jug of water handy to clean your brushes.

You don’t really need anything else. Use a board or a table for your paper/canvas. Or, if you prefer, buy a small desk easel. You can pick these up very cheaply from good art stores or eBay.

Subject Matter

Deciding what to paint is a personal thing. You might be drawn to landscapes or still life – only you can decide what you feel like painting. To begin with, however, concentrate more on learning the techniques of painting, rather than trying to create a masterpiece. Things will go wrong and most of your work will feel like a failure. But that’s OK! You are learning the ropes, so don’t worry. In time, your painting techniques will improve, and as they do, you will find that some subject matter is more appealing than others.

Set Up a Studio Space

Bag a space where you can paint uninterrupted. This could be a spare room or even the shed. Set up your tools and have fun learning how to paint!

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I had thought that I would start this article off with a walk down memory lane – and remind you of how neat it was to be a kid and have something with your name on it. Do you remember buying pencils or keychains with your name? As a kid, I loved that.

But I’ll be honest – as an adult – I still love it. I’m putting my name, our last name or initials all over the place! So in reality, who doesn’t love it at any age?

It’s still fun to find items in a store that has my name or my children’s name on it – but I think it’s even more fun and quite useful to put our name on whatever I want!

Sticker Kid sent over the cutest labels – and I got to do just that. They have so many sticker shapes, sizes, uses — they even have posters!

I spent the weekend labeling-up the kid’s stuff and a few things of my own.

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You know what I love the most about Sticker Kid labels – other than the fun, personalization factor? The fact that it helps the kiddos (and me) keep track of their items. There used to be a time when I knew exactly which pencil and eraser belonged to my child. I also knew exactly how many items I sent with them out of the house. But, my brain is a little more frazzled and I need a little help remembering what I’ve purchased and sent with them. So, Sticker Kid can help me keep all of that in order.

Is that the backpack I bought for you, Joey? Yep! It has your name tag on it. Savannah, did I really buy you that water bottle? Yep! It has our name label on it.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one with a perpetual case of “mom brain”?
I had been worried that the labels and tags would be easily removable to the point where they could just fall off and be lost. But they are securely on each item.

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You may be tempted to solely use the labels on the typical items such as school supplies, and shoes. But I think they’re going to work very well when the kids head to camp and go on day-adventures.

I plan to label items such as hair dryers, safety kids, flashlights, combs, leave-in conditioners, sunblock, pool toys, bite cream, and the list goes on. What else would you label?

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I was excited to see their collection of kitchen labels and home decor items. Having just revamped one of my brands, I wanted to pay homage to it. These kitchen labels were the perfect item to keep it close.

I plan to use these to organize not only spices, but my espresso, flours, sugars, and oats.

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So, the poster is probably my most favorite item of all. Because I love putting our names everywhere! Right now, I’m attaching it to this old calendar board I thrifted last year.

I painted the frame white, added wood to the inner portion and covered it with chalk paint. This will hang in our kitchen – but I may rotate the poster throughout the house.

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I’d love to hear what your ideas on labeling are! What should I label next? Which item are you going to order or which one should I order next?

I love being creative but I’d love your suggestions as well. What would you use these labels on?

Here’s a list of some of their different label options:

  • Iron-on name labels for clothes
  • Medium labels
  • Mini labels
  • “Preschool Super Pack” of 154 labels
  • Kindergarten pack with 150 name labels – perfect for toddlers
  • “School Mega Pack” pack of 214 labels
  • Large labels
  • 80 Peel and Stick Clothing Labels
  • Small name labels
  • Heart labels
  • Square Photo labels
  • Shoe labels
  • “Book Pack” labels
  • 9 Right-left shoe labels
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