About Colorful Crafts

Barbara colorful-crafts.com

Hello and thanks for stopping by!

On colorful-crafts.com you’ll find a lot of detailed tutorials for craft projects and decoration tips. The creative force behind this blog is Barbara, born and living in Austria. She regularly feeds colorful-crafts.com with new ideas and tends to the technical details as well.

Barbara’s native language is German. And even though she tries to write most of her tutorials in English as well als in German, she doesn’t master the language as well as she would wish to. So please forgive her any offending mistakes in spelling or grammar! 🙂

Crafting was Barbara’s favorite pastime activity as a child, and that never really stopped. Some years ago she turned her hobby into a career. Since then she works as an editor and graphic designer for creative magazines and other publications. Even when she is not working, she has a lot of crafty ideas. So she founded Buntwerkstatt.at to share her projetcs with other crafty people around the world!

Everyone is crafty! – Barbara is convinced of that. Everything you need is a little practice and a good tutorial. Okay, and maybe some patience!

Alongside easy crafts for kids, Barbara likes to play around with traditional handicrafts and tries to infuse them with new ideas. The best tutorials are those where you don’t have to go out and buy fancy, expensive materials. That is why she loves to work with things you can collect in nature or basic materials you already have at home.

Do you have a questions for Barbara or an idea? Write her an e-mail and she will try to get back to you as soon as possible!



Contact for press, marketing or collaborations:


Barbara Lepka
Gärtnerstraße 75
4600 Wels

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15 Replies to “About Colorful Crafts

  1. A big thank you for these tutorials. I’m a watercolor artist, who is slowly losing the use of my hands, but I can manage to use a thin, fine paintbrush, or dotter, and follow your beautiful instructions. This makes me so happy!!!

  2. Thank you so much for your tutorial. I’ve started ordering my brushes and paints, and am excited to get started painting on rocks. Could you tell me what sealer do you use after the paint has dried up? Also, have you ever used puffy paint on the rocks that you have painted?

    1. I included some product reccommendations in the blog posts for the mandala stones. 🙂 But usually every clear acrylic spray paint should work nicely for a protective coating.
      I have never tried puffy paint. Will definitely give them a go some day 🙂

  3. Hi Barbara, I love to do crafts, I like to see the stones with paint mandalas, it is very excellent.
    How do tempera paint that which paints or vinyl or acrylic and oil paints, brushes and pencils balls.
    Glad to paint because I feel calm, the mind is calm and patience, prevent crises and a problem.
    I am deaf, I am Colombian.
    Thank you God bless you

  4. I just joined and was reading the intro information. I noticed that Barbara was apologizing for possible language errors since her native language is German. Heavens! I only speak English and am amazed at all the individuals I meet who speak and write multiple languages. We need to upgrade our educational system in the US because we are way behind. Never apologize. I for one am delighted you present such intricate patterns/ideas so well for me. And your tutorials are wonderful. Thank you so much for allowing me to join.

  5. me encanto elmandala sobre piedra. lo tratare de hacer sobre una banqueta de fondo color turquesa. gracias!

  6. I am new to this site but I have been crafting for55years. I know nothing about polymer clay, I have been making my own clay out of cornstarch etc. and that has worked well, but it does tend to crack at times,I let it air dry for 4-5 day’s. I love your site, and check in many times to see what you are up to. You are very kind to share your ideas . Your tutorials are so very, very good and easy to follow. Thank you ! Anna!

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