Let’s Paint a Pretty Peony!

Hello friends! Tonight I have an easy painting tutorial, I am using a 9″x12″ watercolor block for my painting but feel free to paint this on a greeting card. We will begin by sketching a peony flower on the paper with a pink watercolor pencil and then we will paint a wet into wet background and proceed with painting the flower. Give it a try! This video will show you how easy it is!

I thought this painting needed something else so I painted a Japanese beetle on it (collective groan from all the gardeners) and I will show you how in this quick video:

You know what, this painting is still sitting on my table because it still does not feel done to me. Any advice? What do you think it needs? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to Make a Jute Plant Hanger {Gettin’ my 70’s Groove On!}

Hi Friends! The other night my husband asked me if I could whip up a plant hanger for our thriving spider plant. We have a large bay window in our living room that is covered with happy plants (well, they are all happy except the orchid-the only plant I am responsible for- which lives in constant fear) and we have run out of room on the windowsill. I never learned the art of macrame and I am quite lazy so I decided to come up with a quick technique for making a plant hanger that only takes about 10 minutes. Watch the video to see how.

I used Jute Cord and Floral Wire from Papermart to make this. You will also need scissors, wire cutters and a yard stick.

Directions:

  1. Begin by cutting three 6 foot pieces of brown cord and three 6 foot pieces of green cord. Bundle the cord lengths together and tie a knot in the middle so you end up with twelve 3 foot long ends. (*note, if you want a hanger with a tassel on the bottom cut the cords in half to 3 foot lengths and tie all of the cords together 3″ from the end in an overhand knot.)
  2. Divide the cored in groups of 3 and braid those strands together for 3″. Place your plant pot on top and divide the strands and knot between the braids. Repeat this technique until you have made a net around the pot.
  3. Gather the cords and divide in half and tie together over the pot.
  4. If desired wrap above the knot with floral wire.
  5. Now you can cut off the extra cording over the wire and if you have enough left tie 4 strands together with an overhand knot to make a hanging loop. If you do not have enough cord left for a loop simply trim it all neatly above the wire and add a string or ribbon under the main knot for hanging.

Then you can hang that plant with pride! Here is something else to feel good about, spider plants are excellent for cleaning the air, they even sent them up in the space shuttle to keep the air clean and fresh. If it’s good enough for NASA it’s good enough for me!

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I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past, yet very useful, project and til next time happy crafting!

Farmer’s Markets & Upcoming Projects:)

Hello friend! Anyone else having a busy summer? I have already seen my friends counting down the days til school begins on Facebook so I am thinking yes. :) I’ve been having a fantastic summer, the weather has been really nice after a long cold winter and spring so I want to be outside all the time! I had a chance to participate in an outdoor farmer’s market last weekend. Want to know how I did? Watch the video:

So…if no farmers attend a farmer’s Market is it still a farmer’s market? It kinda reminds me of the scrapbooking crop I went to a few months ago and nobody else showed up LOL! Speaking of scrapbooking I will be doing a week of scrapbook tutorials next month (August 4th-9th…maybe the 3rd-10th depending on how many tutorials I make LOL!) so if there is anything you would like me to cover let me know as I am filming the tutorials over the next few days. I am finding that keeping it simple is hard, I have too many doo-dads that would be just the perfect touch LOL! I hope people find the scrapbook tutorials encouraging and helpful and not overwhelming. We will see. I mean I don’t want to bore someone with just the basics, I want to share techniques and ideas too. I am going to try to start the pages off simple and build up and if someone does not want to see the fru-fru they can bail out on the video when they think it is done. What do you think? Leave your scrapbook wishes in the comments below and I will take them into consideration when I film the tutorials. Speaking of videos, did you know I put a new video tutorial up almost every day? If you want to see what you are missing check out my YouTube channel (and subscribe so you don’t miss any tutorials!) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp winner and a New Card {And a sneaky $1 stamping tool!}

Hi Friends! First up congrats to Trish Wood, the winner of the ArtNeko stamps from the giveaway I posted last week. If you did not win you can use my coupon code to shop: Lindsay10% and it will save you 10% on non sale rubber. I have 385 entries for that giveaway, holy cow! You like those stamps huh? I don’t blame you, that is why I used their Jellyfish stamp in today’s tip laden video, you will also learn what my sneaky $1 stamping tool is:

Funny, it seems like all of my tips today were about how to use mistakes and push through crafty failure. Doesn’t it feel good to know you are not the only one whose creative mojo takes a hit now and then? What do you do when your crafty mojo is down? I’d love to hear your tips! Leave them in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: How to Stretch Watercolor Paper!

Howdy friends! I hope you had an awesome weekend. I did! I spent the day hanging out with mom friends as out daughters swam ALL DAY. The girls entertained themselves so well. They are all at an age where we can just let them go and have fun. We sat comfortably on the shore with our beverages and kept an eye on them as they swam and we got to have wonderful female adult conversation:) Gotta love easy summer days like that! Summer is also the perfect time to get outside and watercolor paint and a useful skill to have is stretching watercolor paper. For one it gives you a beautifully flat paper to paint on and for two you can use less expensive lighter weight paper. In this video I will demonstrate how to stretch 90# watercolor paper:

After I uploaded this video on YouTube I received quite a few questions, one was how to remove the paper. I decided to do a follow up video and answer those questions here:

This may be a bit of overkill for quick paintings and sketches but for paintings that you want to spend a lot of time on and frame it is worth the extra effort. If you are stretching larger than 11″x14″ sheets of paper I recommend using wider gummed tape. If you are stretching 140# paper I recommend soaking the paper for 10 minutes in cold water to fully expand the paper since it is thicker. My biggest recommendation is if this seems like too much work and you don’t want to bother with it than don’t, it’s OK, painting should be fun, not a chore. You can now find inexpensive blocks (I just got Strathmore 400 series watercolor blocks for under $10 at Blick last week) that will remain flat without stretching. I will talk about blocks in another video, I just wanted to give you this option but by no means tell you you have to do it. It’s nice to have choices in our art. I hope you have a fantastic night and til next time happy crafting!

Thank you Local King Rubber Stamps!

Hello Friends! I received some goodies in the mail this week from Local King Rubber Stamps! I have been a customer of theirs for the last 3 years picking up a few sets at the Heirloom Stamp Show in W. Springfield each June. You have probably seen me use these stamps in tutorials. Well, the owner gave me a stack of rubber as a thank you for sending new customers her way!  How cool is that! Here is a card using one of the new sets Asian Invasion:

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Want to see what else I got? Have a look at this video, I’ll show you my new crafty loot as well as so you how to make today’s card:

I hope you try this stamping/painting hybrid technique. It is so effortless and looks fantastic! All you need are some watercolor paints (even the kids kind) a flat brush, stamps and paper. Give it a try! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Quick and Easy Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Jewelry!

Hello Friends! I have a fun summer project to share today! I love collecting sea glass, it is a thrill to find these little treasures in the sand on a summer’s day. The kids love beach combing too. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do something with your treasures? Today I’ll show you how to make them into beautiful adjustable necklaces using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

You can even use this technique with pretty tumbled stones or small tiles. If you don’t have access to the ocean you can buy sea glass at craft or dollar stores.

You will need:

Directions:

  1. Cut 12″ of wire. Make a loop 2″ from the end. Holding the loop at the top of a piece of beach glass start wrapping the long tail around while trapping the short tail under the wire in the back. Pull the long tail back to the top and wrap around the loop for security. Wrap extra wire into a decorative spiral and press against the back or you can trim it off.
  2. Cut 30″ of cord and slid pendant on. Tie each end to the opposing side with a surgeons knot. Tie the loose ends in an overhand knot close to the surgeons knot, trim and burn ends.

I did this class with two groups of children this week and they loved it! You might have to make the hanging loop for them but then they can manage the wrapping. I hope you try this fun jewelry project, it makes a great gift! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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