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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.

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.

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.

June 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.

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!) 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.

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!

Hoopla This is a project that I've been meaning to tackle for awhile. I was inspired by this photo that I discovered on Pinterest, courtesy of Martha Stewart. While I was not interested in creating laundry storage, itcertainly got my creative wheels a turnin'! I don't know about you, but I don't think it ispossible to have too many storage options. I'm always looking for new ways tostash my stuff! My thought for this project was to create a more structured bagsystem to store my sewing gadgets, but utilize the embroidery hoops as hanginghardware. If you have ever made a tote bag, you will be very familiarwith the assembly of these bags. For each bag, you will need: {1} scrap of fabric (14"h x 22" w) {1} scrap of fabric in a coordinating theme or color (14"h x22" w) {1} 6" embroidery hoop I added a layer of fusible interfacing just fora little extra stability. Take your outside fabric, fold in half lengthwise, and sew a 1/2" seam along the side. Trim the corners of your bottom seam. Stitch in place.

Fancy House Road | Inspirations for creating your own beautiful life. Petal Pusher Pockets Holidays Fit for the King is coming up this weekend! I'm SO excited! This year our committee is wearing petal pushers made by Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy. When I was trying to decide how to give these yummy little goodies to our group I was stumped. How do you wrap this up? I discovered this tutorial that I really wanted to try, but for the life of me could not figure it out... humph! Let me suggest that you make these with someone around because these are definitely squeal-worthy and you'll want to show them off! Draw a square the size of the odd shaped gift (mine was a 3 inch square). Grab something with a good arch (I used an embroidery hoop) and draw in the arches. Here's what the design looks like before you cut it out: Oh I can't wait to wrap up these beauties! Trace the template on to double sided card stock then hole punch the tops of the four "petals". Line up the holes in three of the petals and thread a piece of ribbon through. Then squeal! Update:

Silk Tie Easter Eggs | Well, we’ve found our absolute favorite Easter egg dyes… of all time. No tablets, no food colors, no cups, no drips, no stained fingers or clothes, no spilling— I could go on and on. Your whole family is going to love this. Here’s what you’ll need: Eggs Silk ties–look for a tiny tag at the small end of the tie. An old, white T-shirt–cut it into squares big enough to wrap around the eggs String 3 Tablespoons of white vinegar Pot of water Vegetable oil Now then… Cut open the tie at the back and take out the facing fabric. Cut the silk into pieces big enough to cover the egg… Wrap it around your egg. Now, roll the egg up with the T-shirt fabric. The idea is to press the colored silk right up against the egg. The bald kid and I had a competition to see who could wrap their eggs the purtiest. He’s such a sillyboy. Anyway… set the wrapped eggs in a pan of cold water with the vinegar mixed in. Boil for 20-25 minutes. Remove the eggs… and allow them to completely cool. Even the subtle ones are beautiful.

Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath I have seen various versions of Faux Rosewood Wreaths in just about every store and catalog for the upcoming season; most with a price tag running upwards of $40 or more. Some are crafted of paper and other of real wood shavings. Last year I made a few rolled flower gift toppers from recycled book pages and they remind me so much of the curled wood roses I thought they would make a good substitute. {with a much lower price tag} Materials Needed:Foam Wreath FormRecycled Book PagesLots of Hot GlueRibbon to Hang The full step by step tutorial I posted last year can be found {here}.Basically you layer three book pages together and draw a spiral circle. Starting with the outside of the spiral, roll the paper inward to create the flower shape. Give the wreath form a light coat of white {or light color} spray paint to help camouflage any see-through spaces. It seriously takes quite a few roses to fill the entire wreath, however I think the finished project has such a unique look. {Simply Lovely}

birthday month 2010 - draw! pilgrim you’ve played pin the tail on the donkey, now play pin the pinwheel… on the pinwheel! now with added pinwheels! (i get $1 every time i say pinwheel) there are two parts to this printable : the sheet that you pin things onto will need to be printed A3 and then the pinwheel shapes to stick on to theA3 page can be printed on A4 (there’s 2 to a page) do you know how to play? last year my son was crazy about alice in wonderland, so for his third birthday he asked for an ‘alice in wonderland’ themed party. we played “pin the grin on the cheshire cat”. click here to see pictures! purchase this template in a kit with the rest of the birthday month templates Buy Now why some printables are no longer free. A Cheap & Lazy Girl's Quick & Dirty Winter Wreath Do you have glue, cardboard, coffee filters and a few spare ornaments? Then you've got the makings of a Winter wreath! Using the same technique as I did with my "Cheap & Easy Fall Wreath" I made this "Cheap Lazy Girl's Quick & Dirty Winter Wreath" that probably only cost me about 10 cents in materials. In my quest to make this as quick as I possibly could, I forgot to take step by step pictures for you. Instead of remaking the wreath to take pictures, I'll be using the ones from my Fall Wreath post. First, find a scrap piece of cardboard. Take a few dozen coffee filters, fold them just short of half way. now, gather the sides together... and twist the bottom... Then, glue each filter along the perimeter of your cardboard and work your way in towards the center of the wreath. When you get to the row closest to the center cut out of your cardboard, make sure you cover the cardboard edge with the filter. Next I took some flat, glittery snowflake ornaments and tucked them in between the layers.