Advent Art Challenge


We challenge you to make a little art every day this festive season. Let’s keep it manageable with these fun tags. Laura set this project just after she had Amelie when time for anything creative was tight, but it’s still a great project to try!

You’ll find a printable sheet of tags to get you started.

Approximate run time: 21 minutes

Presenter: Laura Kemshall

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Advent Art Challenge – Day One

See how Laura’s made a start on Day 1 of the Advent Art Challenge.


Download the worksheet with the printable tags for the challenge here.

One way to get started...

I’ve printed my tags to some heavy paper just using my home printer and cut them out. There are loads of ways you can decorate your tags. I’m working in batches and have started by adding some colour. I’ve used oil pastels to add a frame to the very edge of the tags.

The oil pastel will resist the watercolour spray paint and I just love the effect!

Now I’ll leave these to dry, paint the backs in the same way and I’ll be ready for the next stage. Hope you’re enjoying finding a bit of time each day to do something creative. I don’t know about you, but even just a few minutes of splashing colour around saves my sanity!

Bye for now,


Next I’m adding more colour with some watercolour in spray bottles. I start with yellow first, but then build up other colours in layers allowing them to mix and merge on the tag. If you haven’t got watercolour in spray bottles, then just paint it on with a large brush keeping the washes intensely coloured, but quite fluid so they blend and move on the paper.

The paint looks so rich and luscious when it’s wet. It will dry much flatter, but we can always bring that shine and depth back with a varnish layer at the end.

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