Monday, July 28, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Ok, I realize that I make a lot of stuff with stripes. I recently concocted a new abstract watercolor design using them. They're just that cool!
Here's how you can make your own:
watercolor paper (any size)
watercolor brush- a small flat one works best
Step 1: Choose your color scheme and mix up the colors you need on your palette. If you are really stuck on what colors to use, find a photo that grabs your attention and use the colors from it. Just try not to use too many colors.
I based my painting off of this photo I took of my veggies and flowers last year. I didn't stick to the exact colors, but you get the picture. It's inspiration!
Step 2: Imagine (or draw) your paper divided equally into thirds. Start painting lines of slightly different thicknesses and lengths along the top third section- painting from left to right (if you are right handed). You can paint them right next to each other in places, so the paint mixes, or leave more space between in others.
Switch colors often and randomly. This is kind of a pain because you have to rinse your brush in between each change, but the effect is worth it! I wiped my brush on some paper towels after each rinse to soak up the extra water. That way the pigments stay more saturated and bright.
Step 3: Once your top line is finished, move on to the middle and bottom sections repeating the lines and placing the colors randomly. Let it dry and tadaaa! All done!
Monday, July 21, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
My latest watercolor painting......
........... made on one of those days where it felt like nothing could get worse. I was dead tired (this endometriosis stuff wears you out), but I forced myself to pick up a brush and have at it on a large sheet of paper I'd been saving. If you've never tried watercolor therapy I highly recommend it! It works wonders for me!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Do you shop at thrift stores? I've made it a habit 'cause I love finding stuff to renovate for my home. I found these two beauties on my last visit, but they weren't really beautiful when I found them. They just seemed beautiful to me because I could picture what they could be.
Here's a run-down on the process.... it's mostly common sense, but I'll include it anyway.
First order of business: wash the stuff! You have no idea where it has been or what's still in it. After it's dry, get out some acrylic craft paints and brushes and start painting!
When the paint is all dry, fill the baskets with fun stuff.... like sea shells or pretty pebbles. Or you can even hang them on the wall. I did that with the flat one.
Monday, July 14, 2014
I drive by these flowers on the way to the grocery store every week and every time I vow to bring my camera on the next trip. Well that never happens. My brain is too full of that week's menus, so on a beautifully-overcast day last week I made a special trip just to snap some photos. Maybe I'm just a little obsessed with flowers :)
And the rest of the photos are from a trip to a new park we found. Just me, my son, and my husband having a grand time rolling down a huge grassy hill and enjoying the sunset from the east end of the valley. It was one of those perfect evenings that reminded me just how blessed I am to have what I have.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Have you tried making T-shirt yarn yet? It's actually more simple than you would think and you can make all kinds of cute and useful stuff for your home with it. Like hot-pads!
Striped T-Shirt Yarn Hot-pads Free Pattern
by Elise Engh
T-Shirt Yarn (check out this free tutorial to make your own)
Size I/9-5.50MM Crochet Hook
sc = single crochet
Notes: This pattern makes a hotpad that measures approx. 6 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in. To make a larger or smaller hotpad, increase or decrease the beginning ch, or use a larger or smaller crochet hook.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each ch across. Turn.
Row 2- 17: Ch 1, sc in each ch across. Turn. (alternate colors as desired)
Row 18: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. At the end of this row, add yarn for the edging.
Row 1: 3 sc in same sc as join, sc in each space along each side of the hotpad, making sure to 3 sc in each corner.
Row 2: 3 sc in first sc in the corner, sc in each space along each side of the hotpad, making sure to 3 sc in each corner. Fasten off and weave in ends.