Hobbycraft Colouring Canvases

Last year for my birthday, Hobbycraft sent me a £5 voucher in an email. Everyone who signs up to their Hobbycraft Club gets this. It’s a decent deal – no minimum spend, no restrictions or anything.

After much scrolling on the website I settled on these Colour In Canvases. We stopped at the store on the way to my birthday dinner, but I couldn’t decide which one of two I wanted. So my boyfriend bought me the other one.

And then, in my bag of presents from one of my sisters were these two small versions.

Obviously, this had to be turned into a blog post.

I did some swatching on the back of one of the small canvases, to see what would happen. Would they draw at all? Would they bleed? Would they smudge?

I tried a bunch of different pen types. I was plesantly surprised by the alcohol marker (Ohuhu in this case). But this particular image had lots of tiny parts so I went with two pen sets from AliExpress.

Time to swatch out the whole set. Lots of pretty colours. The thin set felt a bit scratchier, but at least they had a yellow. The other set are nice and juicy.

As you can see in the swatch sheet, I tested each colour in each set against each other (I don’t think that made sense) and figured out what I was gonna use on the canvas.

I settled in with an audio book – Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth for those interested. Not on Audible though, but if they wanna sponsor me I’ll happily start listening to them. And I got to colouring.

I did the red, I did the orange, I did the yellow.

Then I turned on the torch on my phone cos it was getting a little dark in the room I was in and it was hard to see the yellow. Which is when I noticed that the red and the orange were fairly spotty.

So I used the phone torch to colour in the rest of it too.

I’m really pleased with it. It’s bright and cute. In certain lights and at certain angles it has a kinda sparkly quality to it. I couldn’t capture it on camera though.

I put the photos and my notes in a folder ready to write a blog post when I’d finished the other three canvases.

And then 9 months went by. At which point I decided to just write the blog post for the one canvas. When/if I do the others I’ll post about them too.

Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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