We want to give you three simple steps to create a fun, stress-free experience and show how simple creating mosaics can be! With minimal effort, you'll find yourself growing in confidence in your mosaic abilities. Let's jump in!
Be sure that you're selecting tiles that are either ceramic or glass. Plastic tiles or poor-quality tiles won't hold up to regular use, and you want your project to last. Check out our glass and ceramic tiles that are cut into shapes prior to finishing, which makes the edges smooth, rather than sharp! These are awesome when you're working on a project with kids, or when you don't want to have to stress about cutting yourself on glass shards!
Unsanded grout is the best choice for a nice and smooth grout finish for your project. This is easy to pick up at your local hardware store!
For a detailed explanation of all of the supplies you'll need, be sure to download our free mosaic guide! It includes a printable supply checklist.
Would you like a more thorough explanation of the grouting process, more tips, and a video tutorial? Our Guide to an Absolutely Stunning Mosaic includes all of those things!
Gathering all of the many supplies you'll need to get started with a mosaic hobby can be a challenge. That's why we've created mosaic kits that include everything you'll need. You can place one order and have everything you'll need to create your masterpiece arrive on your doorstep! With lots of projects to choose from, you can create one project after another with ease.
Whether you're having an at-home painting party for adults or for kids, you want to make sure that your party is as mess-free as possible. Many people assume that because acrylic paint is water-based, it's washable. But that's just not the case! Acrylic paint dries into a hard plastic that is nearly impossible to remove from fabric furniture and a challenge to remove from clothes.
So how can we protect your home and your guests from the mess? It's not as challenging as you might think! Let's cover three hacks to make sure that you get all the creative fun and none of the mess during your painting party.
Using easels for your canvases is another way to reduce mess. It won't prevent spills completely, but it'll keep the majority of the paint on the canvas, rather than on the table.
We prefer using disposable plastic aprons, because they are easy to toss in the trash at the end of the party. They also don't have to be washed in between parties in order to be sanitary. That said, there are some adorable, customizable options for fabric aprons on Etsy that can make your party feel extra special!
Baby wipes are recommended, because unlike other types that contain harsh cleaning products, they are nontoxic and can be used on your guests as well as on your furniture.
Oftentimes, it's easy to choose WHAT you want to paint, but deciding what colors look good with it isn't quite as simple! You know you want to paint the pretty sunflowers in your garden, your family pet, or a sailboat you snapped a photo of on vacation. But when it's time to paint the background of your masterpiece, choosing just the right color feels more like a shot in the dark.
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We believe that art is for EVERYONE, not just those who were born with flawless intuition. You deserve to feel great about your paintings, whether you're a canvas painting beginner or you've been doing this for years!
Acrylic paint that's already dried can be much more difficult to remove, but that doesn't make it impossible. We've tested five different products to see what would give the best results. It'll take a little bit of elbow grease, but saving your favorite pair of jeans will be worth it!
Please note: These methods work best for articles of clothing that are non-delicate and can go in a normal wash cycle. For specialty items, get those to a dry cleaner right away! These products may damage certain fabrics.
MURPHY WOOD CLEANER
OXICLEAN STAIN REMOVER
KLEAN STRIP BRUSH CLEANER
In order to make sure it soaked in enough without drying out too quickly, we also applied the product to a cotton ball and left that on the stain for a few minutes. Because this product has strong fumes, we recommend that you wash your jeans separately from any of your other clothes. It may take two washes to get the strong solvent smell out.
NAIL POLISH REMOVER
After washing your items, you want to check the stain before you put the clothing into the dryer. If the stain is still there and you dry it, you'll set it into the fabric even worse. Still see a little paint residue? Try the process again, and then rewash.
AND THE WINNER IS...
Are you ready to see which product worked best for removing acrylic paint from clothes?
Murphy Wood Cleaner removed the paint almost without a trace! This product is 99% naturally derived, so that makes it a great option for a cleaner that works well without the harsh chemicals contained in the other products. For that reason, we're calling this one the winner!
Klean Strip Brush Cleaner also did a great job removing the majority of the acrylic paint from clothes. Because it is such a harsh solvent with strong fumes, this one is in second place. When the results are the same, we'd always recommend the more natural alternative.
OxiClean Stain Spray removed some of the paint, but as you can see above, a good bit of it is still there. This product works really well when you're able to spray it on when the paint is still wet, but when you're trying to remove acrylic paint that has dried, it doesn't quite do the trick.
Nail polish remover smeared the paint into the fibers of the jeans, making it impossible to get the rest of the way out. We wouldn't recommend this option!
Dawn Ultra didn't do much to remove the stains at all. Again, this product is awesome for greasy stains, but when it comes to the hard plastic stains of acrylic paint, it isn't the way to go.
The next time you're painting canvases and spill some acrylic paint on your jeans or favorite top, you'll be prepared! Whenever possible, rinse the clothing out and throw it into the washer before it has a chance to dry. But when you don't see the stain until the paint is dried, you now know exactly how to remove acrylic paint from clothes!
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