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Paint Away

For those summer holidays when the weather is not so kind – take time for some artistic inspiration. Break out the paints and try your hand at some peaceful sketching or watercolors. Perhaps involve the whole family and encourage the youngsters with a summer arts and craft design challenge inspired by the local landscape. Bonne Maman jars are useful for storing and organizing the brushes, pencils, crayons, and collage elements needed to bring the whole thing to life.

Color ‘lining’ the jar interiors is also a lot of fun and allows you to add pops of color to your art area.

Take a small pot of acrylic paint – easily found in hobby and craft shops – and pour in gently at a diagonal, swirl slowly, slowly, slowly around the interior for an even, smooth color block finish. Then be a little patient as the jars dry.

Once completely dry, add some personal finishing touches – perhaps raffia or twine, pretty check ribbons, or bows and name tags.

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