Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dollar Store Floral Pumpkin DIY

Fall Pumpkin Home Decor: by grow creative blog

This fall I've been looking for some more affordable ways to decorate.  I love pumpkins and flowers, but the real ones are costly, plus they don't last from year to year.  So what did I do?  I hit up my local dollar store to see what I could work with.

Dollar Store Floral Pumpkin DIY: grow creative blog

I found an orange foam pumpkins for $1.00 at dollar tree.  I wondered if some metallic spray paint could take it to the next level, from tacky to cute.  So I got some copper metallic spray paint and tried it.  Luckily it worked! 

Here's how I made my copper floral pumpkin in two easy steps:

Foam pumpkin from the dollar store
Metallic Copper spray paint
Fake flowers

Step 1:  Spray paint your pumpkin.

To get better coverage on my pumpkin I set it on top of a disposable plastic cup (with rocks in the cup so it didn't tip over).  I sprayed every visible surface then let it dry completely.  Then I turned the pumpkin over so the underside was showing and sprayed that part.  It worked well!

spray paint a metallic copper dollar store foam pumpkin: grow creative blog

Step 2:  Insert flowers.

Cut small flower stems and poke them straight into the top of the pumpkin.  Since it's made out of foam, you can just poke them right in. No glue required!

Dollar Store Floral Pumpkin DIY: grow creative blog
Dollar Store Floral Pumpkin DIY: grow creative blog

You can arrange your copper pumpkin with a fall wreath or other fake pumpkins on your mantel or your bookshelf.  So fun and so cheap!

Copper Pumpkin Home Decor: grow creative blog

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Thrifted Halloween Garland Makeover

Hello and Happy Fall! 

I've been hard at work on some possible licensing projects so the blog has taken a back seat for the past month.  I should really start painting holiday stuff in the summer so I'm prepared for the rush in the fall.

Mini Floral Halloween Garland

Monday, September 18, 2017

Photos of the Week

This week is all about the yellows! The sunflowers and rabbit-brush exploded around here so I took a little walk with my trusty camera.  I've missed doing that.  I forgot how much joy I get from noticing the beauty around me and photographing it.  It's such a gift.

Yellow Sunflower Blue Sky

Friday, September 15, 2017

Custom Watercolor House Portraits

Announcing something new at Grow Creative Shop.............Custom Watercolor House Portraits!

Custom Watercolor House Painting Illustration by Elise Engh

A friend asked me to paint this house as a gift for a family member.  I drew the outlines of the house in pencil, filled it in with watercolors (as well as painted in the trees and surrounding scenery) then outlined the house in ink.  I like it so much that I have decided to offer custom home portraits in my shop! 

I currently have 10 spaces available, so get a jump on your holiday shopping and order a custom house portrait to give as a gift this coming Christmas!

Custom Watercolor House Painting Illustration by Elise Engh
Custom House Portrait by Elise Engh

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Two Ways to Paint Watercolor Cactus

You may have noticed lots of cactus paintings popping up on this blog and on my instagram feed in recent weeks. It's because cactus plants are sooo fun to paint and there are so many ways to paint them!

Learn how to paint watercolor cactus: Grow Creative Blog

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Six Mini Watercolor Cactus Illustrations

Mini Watercolor and Ink Cactus Illustrations by Elise Engh

Sometimes painting small and fast is refreshing, especially after laboring over a detailed painting for hours and days.  It's then that I want to create something beautiful and paint it fast!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Photos of the Week

It's not every day you come across a scene from a fairy tale................................

fairy tale castle

so when you do, photograph the heck out of it and let yourself get lost in your imagination!