Friday, 27 October 2017

Get Arty and Crafty with John Adams Craft Club ft. Blopens Glitter Studio


Have you seen my previous post about the celebration of John Adams' Craft Club launch on Facebook that we are doing? By joining their Craft Club, you can get great tips/ ideas (like how to decorate a Halloween pumpkin without carving them), win prizes (they recently gave away a whole set of My Little Pony Craft kits) and read reviews like our previous one for Pixelo Neon kit and this one for Blopens Glitter Studio before you buy them, all in one place!

John Adams has kindly sent us the Blopens Glitter Studio for the review, and we are loving it! I discovered some great items in the kit that I "stole" and kept for my own craft work (I will of course give it back when they need them.).


John Adams Craft Club on Facebook, Blopens Glitter Studio, Christmas children craft set


John Adams Craft Club on Facebook, Blopens Glitter Studio, Christmas children craft set

John Adams Craft Club on Facebook, Blopens Glitter Studio, Christmas children craft set

John Adams Craft Club on Facebook, Blopens Glitter Studio, Christmas children craft set

Blopens Glitter Studio (RRP £24.99, suitable for age 6+) comes with:

  • 5 Blopens (yellow, orange, pink, purple and blue. Inks are non toxic)
  • 4 Glitters (gold, silver, metallic purple, metallic blue)
  • glitter pen holder
  • Clear glue
  • ribbon
  • 3 sheets of pop out shapes
  • 4 large stencils and 4 small stencils (with lots of pretty and useful designs!)
  • the outer box (more about this later)
  • easel top (4 holes to hold glitters, 5 bigger holes to hold blopens, tabs to hold stencils and papers in place)

To prepare the stencils, you'll have to pop the little shapes out carefully. I kept all ours because the little pieces can give your blopens artwork a different effect (a simple example below).

You can also pop out the other shapes for a butterfly mobile project, 3D flowers and hanging ornaments at this stage if you prefer.


John Adams Craft Club on Facebook, Blopens Glitter Studio, Christmas children craft set

To put together the Blopens Glitter Studio, simply attach the easel cover onto the outer box like in the picture, and slot the glitters and blopens into the holders. You can store the stencils, papers, artworks etc inside the box.

I really love this idea because it's very eco-friendly, and keeping the box doesn't feel like a waste of space at all (I have a habit of recycling the boxes and storing the products inside somewhere else). We even stored our Pixelo Neon kit inside and there is still plenty of room.


John Adams Craft Club on Facebook, Blopens Glitter Studio, Christmas children craft set

If you haven't seen how Blopens work, the ink cartridge that looks like a marker is stored inside 2 caps that clicks together. By slotting the tip into the opaque side, you can store the blopen without it drying out, while clicking the tip into the transparent side, which has an open end, makes it ready for blowing at.

I taught Clay once, and he made sure that he turned the ink cartridge back every time he finished using a blopen. Such a good boy (I was keeping them all open until I finished the art completely)!

Once the kids finished creating their art, it is also good to wash the 2 caps that houses the ink cartridge immediately for hygiene purposes.


I love the clear glue and glitter (not glitter glue) that came with the set because of their fine tips and squeezable tubes! I'll definitely be re-filling them (they are the ones I "stole" from the set). I can always find some really clever things John Adams include in their kits that I want to keep for myself!

To apply glitter onto your dried artwork (the glue will mix with the wet ink otherwise), simply apply glue on where you want the glitter to go, and then sprinkle the glitter all over it. When done, tap away the excess glitter.

You can throw the glitter straight into the bin, but it'll be even better if you store the mixed up glitter for other craft work, as the mix looks really pretty too (Abby with her spooky voice: "Ooo! Like raainbooowww. Sooo preeeetyyy" while swirling the glitter mix with her finger).

The set comes with a glitter holder that allows you to attach the open top glitter bottle onto the blopen. You do still have to apply glue first then squeeze the glitter tube to apply glitter though.


John Adams Craft Club on Facebook, Blopens Glitter Studio, Christmas children craft set

I would recommend blowing your first blow on a scrap paper to start the flow for a new blopen, as well as estimating the strength you need for blowing. Like Pixelo Neon, you will need to keep moving around the picture or an area might become too saturated with ink.

As the glue pen has a fine tip, you can find something like a brush, re-usable disposable ice-cream spoon or even a piece of card paper to spread the glue out for a wider area. The glitter generally comes out easily, just make sure you don't dip the tip into the glue. If it get's blocked, simply use a fine needle (with adult's help) to unclog it.


Remember the popped out shapes I kept from the stencils? I used the flower to create a silhouette! The only problem is that you'll need to find a way to hold it in place as it will get blown away. A very small removable adhesive (blue tack or folding a masking tape in a way that makes it sticky on both sides will work) will be better than having your finger in line of the ink spray (it does get washed off though. I know).


John Adams Craft Club on Facebook, Blopens Glitter Studio, Christmas children craft set

Clay really loved doing his art, but he soon ran out of breath as he couldn't control his blows properly. He enjoyed sprinkling glitter too, and absolutely loved the glittery effect.

I really love Abby's blopen art with a nice blend of colours, but she forgot that the stencil is in the way. It's still really nice though, and she loved it so much she stuck the finished art on our art display wall without asking us to do it.


Overall we all loved the Blopens Glitter Studio. There is a lot of shapes included in the kit, placed on the stencils in a very inspiring way. We love the airbrush effect that covers a wide area quickly, and the added sparkles from the glitters too. You can easily make lots of pretty decorations in no time (do take breaks in between all the blowing of course), especially for Christmas!

They've even included little projects like the butterfly mobile for the kids to decorate and put together, which shows that you can do a lot more than 2D pictures with the set. It's safe to say that we will be using this set again and again!