George Weil Blog & FAQs

Welcome to the George Weil Blog FAQs which includes information about the art and craft products sold on this website. There are project ideas, photographs of items created by our customers, product reviews, and step-by-step instructions.

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NEW Website Layout for 2022

The George Weil website has had a Spring Clean to brush away the Winter cobwebs - and all without reducing the product range! The new category structure is designed to take you straight to the products you are looking for; visit PAINTS ...
craft ideas for Spring

Springspiration 2022!

Spring is springing (so are the March hares!) and Easter is just round the corner. Are you feeling inspired to create? Felt Making Ideas Feltmaking and Needle Felting techniques can be used to create 3-dimensional objects and there are many resources on ...
Botanical Eco Printing with Leaves

Experimental Botanical Print with Leaves using Alum Mordant

Print with leaves found in the garden or out on a walk; explore, experiment and take notes! Creating these Botanical Prints is so satisfying as each experiment will give you a different result.  You can find further information about this ...
Overview of Botanical Prinintg

Botanical Printing – an overview

Botanical Printing, Eco Printing, Botanical Dyeing, Eco Dyeing, Botanical Inks - just some of the terms being used to describe this increasingly popular and exciting approach to transferring plant colours and patterns onto fabric and paper. The varying methods use ...
Botanical printing using petals

Experimental Botanical Print with Petals using Alum Mordant

Here is a first attempt at creating a Botanical Print with petals gathered from around the garden (you can find further information about this technique from our Blog post Botanical Printing – an overview). It is difficult to get a ...
Needle felted fox - Art by Walt

Art by Walt – Felted Pictures

We're always delighted to receive photos showing what has been made using the materials sold by George Weil. Customer Walt Underwood (Art by Walt) has kindly given us permission to share some images of his recent work and here is what ...
Customised Garden Table

Painting with Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colours

I got my set of Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying Oil Colours last Summer as they promised to be a good all rounder for both oil painting and craft applications. The set includes Winsor Yellow, Winsor Red, French ...
Pinata Alcohol inks on cups

Jacquard Pinata Drips on Cups and Saucers

The vibrant colours of the Jacquard Pinata alcohol inks are stunningly showcased here against the background of white ceramic. The alcohol base means that the ink dries to an indelible and moisture resistant finish. The effects of the inks vary ...
Toy made from felt balls

Caterpillar made from Felted Balls

It is great fun making felt balls - especially with the help from enthusiastic children! The balls can be used to make jewellery, toys, mobiles, embellishments, costume and more. Felt is made from wool fibres, and Merino wool is particularly good ...
Rug Yarn Delivery

COVID-19 – Stock & Website Implications

In one way or another, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all of us. George Weil & Sons Ltd has continued operating during these difficult times, providing materials and tools for artists, students and craft enthusiasts. Stock Problems Over recent ...
Christmas 2020

Happy Christmas 2020 & Looking forward to 2021

The team at George Weil would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Joyful Christmas and a VERY Happy New Year. With 2021 just over a week away, we will all be reflecting on the events of 2020. ...
Felt made in a washing machine

Feltmaking in a Washing Machine!

A quick and easy method of making felt in a washing machine - just parcel up and throw in with your usual wash. Felt is created by agitating wool fibres until they mat together to form a non-woven fabric. The fibres ...
Ice dyed cushion cover

Ice Dyeing with Procion MX Dyes

Ice dyeing is a technique for creating random patterning on fabrics (or fibres and yarns!). The dyeing method below uses Procion MX dyes on cotton fabric.   Here is how Cara created her one-of-a-kind ice dyed cushion covers for her garden.  Preparing the ...

Natural Dyeing with Designer Alice Temperley

We're thrilled to have been mentioned in an article by Rachael Dove in The Evening Standard recently. "How to dye your old clothes with Alice Temperley" shares how to bring new life to discarded garments - using Fibrecrafts Natural Dyes! Award ...
Batik patterned cloth

Batik Wax Printing using Procion MX Dyes

In Batik, melted wax is applied to fabric to act as a resist to dye or paint. The wax is applied using a carved wooden block or stamp, or free hand with a tjanting or brush. When the wax has ...
Screen Printed Cushions

Screen Printed Flamingo Fabric

Screen printed Flamingo cushion covers! These delightful prints were created using Selectasine water-based screen printing ink and a Selectasine aluminium screen printing frame and squeegee. Find out how below. Creating the Stencil Cara's screen printed flamingo began life as clip-art. The simple ...
Polymer clay Christmas candy cane

Sugar Free Polymer Clay Candy Canes

Candy canes look great on Christmas Trees, but how many of us remember to eat them before the decorations come down? Here's a way to help save your teeth and save room for all the other leftover Christmas goodies. Take ...
Texture maker on polymer clay Christmas decorations

Christmas Decorations made using Texture Makers

Here's a festive project for polymer clay! Cara used the flexible plastic Sculpey Texture Makers to add the patterns to these clay Christmas decorations and then highlighted parts of the pattern with glistening Jacquard Pearl Ex powder. Materials & Tools List ...
Eco Printing Leaves

Eco Printing by Yvonne Appleby

Customer Yvonne Appleby has very kindly sent us some photographs of her Eco Prints on watercolour paper. Ash Leaves "My first attempt at eco printing was, to my great satisfaction and no small surprise, a success. The leaves used were Sweet Chestnut, ...
Ring holders made with polymer clay

What to do with Left Over Polymer Clay – Ring Holders

Here is a quick project for using up leftover polymer clay. These ring holders were made from what remained of the FIMO clay mix that Cara used to make her coasters. There's no need for any special tools, just a smooth ...