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Salt + coffee watercolor technique

Salt + coffee watercolor technique
I’ve been painting ever since I was little, but somehow, watercolors never remained in my rotation for very long. It’s a shame because watercolor techniques can produce beautiful painterly effects, and some of my favorite artists these days work in the medium. Luckily, this watercolor tutorial from Michelle requires no previous experience; it uses simple household materials like coffee and salt to create cool visual effects in the application of the paint. Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials freshly brewed espressocobalt blue watercolour paint140wt coldpress watercolour paperwatercolour brushes (one wide for washes & one thin for strokes)white drafting eraserpencilwatersea saltmasking tapebrown ink pentracing paper (optional) Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Related:  Technique

feather pen pal stationery kit In the world of internet and cell phone communication, information and feelings are shared quickly and impulsively. I prefer face-to-face communication to the phone or email, but I’ve had several good friends move away over the past year. Writing a letter to a friend requires a sacrifice of your time and requires you to really slow down and think about what you want to say. Plus, receiving a letter in the mail is so exciting! Why not initiate a pen pal communication line by sending a special pen-and-paper set in the mail? This DIY puts a practical ballpoint spin on the traditional quill pin. Materials computer and printerpaper and envelopesfeathersshort pen ink refills (I found mine at Staples.)RIT dyescissorsruler and X-Acto (if you are using the stationery template) Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

vintage-style brass pendant lamp After seeing this perforated brass pendant lamp by Holly Rose, I decided I must take a class in metalsmithing — it seems so cool! I’ve just come around to brass recently, and now I love it! Holly has given simple brass sheets a whole new look by cutting out a fun polka dot pattern and turning them into a double-tiered chandelier for her hallway. Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials six metal sheets in brass (or metal of your choice)pendant lamp kit (mine is from Amazon)circle template (they sell these at architecture/art supply stores, or you can trace a small circular object)markerdisc cutter and hammer (available here or at specialty hardware stores)gold paint/spray paint (for the light fixture)10-gauge soft brass wirebrass rivets Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Tee Shirt Pom-Poms Learn how to turn old t-shirts into pom poms! T-shirt Pom Poms are so much more durable than tissue paper ones. And I think they look loads better! got an old tee or two {or 20!} that you don’t wear anymore? turn them into *pretty little pom poms! Supplies t-shirts, 1 per pom pomscissorscardboard use round objects to trace circles onto cardboard to make 2 templates like those shown above. i used a roll of tape and my camera lens cap…. the diameter of the outer circle is 6.5″ and the diameter of the inner circle is 2.5″. you can play around with different template sizes to get different sized pom poms. cut your t-shirt into 1/2″ strips. i only used from the arm pits down on each shirt. . take one strip and one template and place strips as shown close to the inner circle. sandwich the strip by putting the other template on top. take a fabric strip and place on cardboard with the end even with the outer edge. continue winding the strips around the template until you reach the other side.

Art Journal Every Day: No More Blank Pages If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, all the posts can be found here. Please read this post first. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! I will have the sign-up for May posted on May 1! On Saturday I went bowling. So how did I get so much better? Well, my brother is a very good instructor. Let's face it, a blank page can be intimidating. That's a whole lotta' white, isn't it? The fact is, we all do this thing where we buy pretty journals with the best of intentions. Today I thought I'd share a few of my favorite ways for transforming that big blank white page into something less intimidating! METHOD ONE: Spray and Brush This is definitely my #1 method. Spray your journal with spray ink. I like to stick to 2-3 colors for this method, or you get mud. Now using a wet paintbrush spread that mist around and let it blend! I love the cool way the mist just merges into the next color. METHOD TWO: Two Drips Meet

June antiqued glass votive The way antique glass alternates between absorbing and reflecting light always catches my eye, even on a small piece like a votive or a frame. This awesome tutorial from Ashley Brown features a simple, inexpensive way to create an aged-mirror look out of any glass object. If you have old jars lying around, this would be great way to revive them and make them useful again. Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials Krylon’s Looking Glass Spray Paint (#9033)spray bottle (filled with water)glossy black enamel paintmetallic glossy gold enamel paintscrub spongesmall paintbrusha glass piece you want to paintoptional: painter’s tape and a few magazine scraps Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Hammered flower and leaf prints Get out the hammer, it's how-to Tuesday and we have some botanical prints to make! I learned this technique, which makes an image using the natural dyes in plants, from my college roommate Sarah. It's great for making cards or simple botanical prints. Actually, you'll need a little more than just a hammer. Here's a supply list: flowers or leaves to printwatercolor or other rough, acid-free paperselection of hammers (including ball-peen or cross-peen, if possible)hard work surface (cutting board, slab of wood, etc.)paper towelsscissorspentweezers or toothpicksacrylic finishing spray (optional) Start by going on a walk or visiting your garden to find leaves and flowers to work with. Then set up your work surface. Next, trim any chunky or squishy bits off of the plants and arrange them on your watercolor paper. Cover the plant with 2-3 layers of paper towels. On the paper towels, sketch the borders of the area you'll need to hammer. Peel back the paper towel to check your progress.

The Art of Acrylics: Creative Painting Techniques Collage with Acrylics Acrylic paint is an excellent adhesive and can be used for binding papers, fabrics, sand, and other material to the support; it serves as a main bonding element in collages. Acrylic gels or texture paste can be used to stick larger objects. When making a collage, lightweight objects are obviously best, because they are easier to glue in a permanent way. Painting with Sandpaper, Wire Brushes, Cloth, and Plastic Wrap Many materials, tools, and techniques can be used to obtain the most creative textures on an acrylic painting, your imagination is the limit for what you can use. - Sandpaper. - Wire brushes, pot scrapers, and other abrasive tools, can produce interesting effect both on wet or dry paint layers. - Cloth and plastic wrap can be used to produce unique textures in your painting.

DIY projects Our Favorite Craft Supplies: Glue These are the types of glue that I use most often for Oh Happy Day projects. I’m a super fan of the Quick Dry Tacky Glue. Click through for details… (more…) Gold Medal Badges by Kathleen Ballos Do you have a favorite event in the winter olympics? Click through for instructions… (more…) Favorite Party Ideas This Week 1. (and I don’t give out that praise lightly!) felt craspedia (a.k.a. billy buttons) There was a time — and maybe we’re still in it — when almost every stylish home contained a vase of craspedia, also known as “Billy Balls,” “Billy Buttons,” and a few other terms I’m not aware of. And why not? Craspedia are a very cool-looking flower, after all; definitely a great choice for mid-century modern fans, with those long, skinny stems and graphic yellow balls. I have a bunch of them in my home as well, and I do love them. However, I don’t like that the dried ones lose their vivid color and the fresh ones don’t keep long. Enter this super simple felt version by Tanya of Dans le Townhouse: an almost perfect substitute for the real flower. Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials mustard yellow wool roving (found in yarn/craft stores or online)one bowl of hot, hot, hot as you can stand waterone bowl of cold, cold, cold as you can bear watercloth-covered stem wire (from the floral section of craft stores — I used 20 gauge) Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You’re done!!

Mini Piñatas DIY Oct 12 Yea! It’s a piñata day! We miss Mexican food here in Paris since it isn’t as readily available as back home so we started having Taco Tuesdays where my friend Rubi makes amazing homemade tacos. Last night we got together and I made everyone their own personalized mini piñatas. Materials Needed: Cereal boxes, scissors, exacto knife, crepe paper in folds, tape, glue Step One: Draw a picture of the donkey on a cereal box and cut it out with scissors. Step Two: Once your armature is built its time to decorate. Step Three: When you are done cut a trap door at the bottom to fill with treats like small candies, gifts, party poppers, and confetti. I loved making these! You can find the other piñatas in my piñata series right here. All photos by Oh Happy Day Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Techniques with Water Soluble Media - Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Hello, friends! Vivian here with my first tutorial as a guest designer with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. I have an art journaling page to share with you today. My video tutorial shares the inspirations that went into creating my project, detailing a variety of techniques you can use with an assortment of water soluble media available from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. The gnarled effects above represent for me our collective "winter." This phrase really resonated for me personally and has helped me process recent tragedies in our country and the world. I hope you'll take a break from your day to watch and that you'll come away with some inspiration and a few new techniques to try out on your next mixed media endeavor! -Vivian Keh Hampton Art - SC0273 "Believe in Christmas" Clear Stamp SetWhite GessoPigment Ink - White and BlackHot Glue Vivian is a papercrafter, mixed media artist, enthusiastic student of watercolor, and produced writer.

Recycle pizza boxes into wall art Art for pizza lovers! BTW our pizza is delivered with a wax paper insert on the bottom of the box, so the boxes were clean. I wouldn't recommend using pizza boxes with food stains! I already had this idea in mind, but was going to use polystyrene blocks. ABOVE: Use larger pizza boxes to make unique art for a child's bedroom. ABOVE: The humble pizza box becomes eye-catching art for a home. You will need: Pizza boxes - small, medium or large Wallpaper, wrapping paper or fabric Bostik spray adhesive Ruler Craft or utility knife Scissors Double-sided tape to mount onto wall Here's how: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Originally posted in 2007, it seems that Pizza Box art is now becoming quite popular. [ via ] [ via ] [ via ] [ via ] [ via ] [ via ] [ via ] [ via ] The humble pizza box has been transformed into a work of art - just another way to recycle our househole trash!

cobbler’s stand candle holder When the day comes to a close during winter, I find myself inside with my laptop, but that changes as the days get longer and the nights get warmer. There aren’t many things more relaxing than watching the sun set from the view of my front porch on a warm summer night. Candle light flickering just adds to the peaceful mood. The thing about candles and being outside is that you always have to keep wind in mind. This simple candle holder made of a cobbler’s shoe stand and mold is heavy and strong enough to withstand the wind, and it adds an eclectic, romantic feel to a basic candle in a mason jar. Plus, it is easily moved inside during rainy or cold months. — Ashley Have a DIY project you’d like to share? Materials hardback book (I wanted a base a bit wider than my stand for extra stability. Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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