Smallest Watercolor Palette Ever (You Can Wear!)

Hi friends! I am so excited about this project because I have made my most compact travel palette ever. And you can wear it, and it’s cute (take that adorable sundresses with no pockets that I love to wear!)

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I actually wore the bracelet on one arm and used a cut off sock (aka fancy brush cleaning cloth) to hold my watercolor paper block and brushes to my other arm when I went bike riding today! It was a sight to behold LOL!

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In the above photo you can see the sock, just slide your hand between the sock and the block and you are off to the races! Watch the video to see how I made it! Oh, and if you don’t paint you can still make the cute bracelet and put some other treasure inside!

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Supplies:

  • Kraft paper jewelry box 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4″
  • 3/4″ Sewing elastic
  • Large drinking straw or tubing (I am using the sleeves that come on the ends of paintbrushes to protect them in shipping, get creative!)
  • Watercolor tube paint
  • Hot glue
  • Colored Pencils
  • Stamp and embellishment (Prima Marketing)
  • Brown waterproof ink (Ranger Archival)

For the block: Find my full DIY watercolor block tutorial here. (Supplies: watercolor paper, cardboard, scrapbook paper or decorative paper for cover-can use junk mail cardstock for this too!)

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I always get a better feel for what will work in a particular travel painting set-up after I use it a bit. I took a piece of plastic (from an embossing folder package) and covered the back with white contact paper to make a white mixing area so I could have a bit of extra mixing space. You can see the mixing card in the photo above overlapping the watercolor block cover. I cut it to fit in the pocket the folded cover paper made. I also took an old gift card and cut it at an angle so I would have a credit card scraper, that can also be used to remove the finished painting from the top of the block and to reveal a fresh sheet below. I left most of the “credit card” intact so it would not get lost in the pocket. You can see, on my mixing chart, that I can get a lovely array of color with these 5 paints although I might try to sneak a burnt sienna in there too:) Luckily I have a bunch of these wee boxes to experiment with! I first thought I could use my watercolor half pans to make my palette but this box only would fit 2, goes to show you how tiny it is. I can do about 4 small paintings with the water in my 2 mini koi waterbrushes and I think I will add a waterproof black pen in there too.

I think this will be my go-to kayak paint set-up because it is really hard to fish around in back pockets to find paper and pens while trying to keep the kayak steady, wearing them is ideal! Let me know in the comments below if you plan on trying this or if you think I have finally lost my mind.🙂 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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I’m Gonna Save you Money Now {DIY Chalk Ink!}

Hi friends! Have you ever had an ink pad fall off the base or have your chalk in run dry? Today we will solve both problems!

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Watch the video to learn how to re-attach a loose ink pad and how to make chalk ink!

To fix the inkpad you will need: Gorilla Glue and a spray bottle of water.

Directions:
1. add a couple drops of glue to the plastic inkpad base and spread it with the tip of the glue spout.
2. spritz with water.
3. Replace the foam inkpad, tape gently into place and let dry 30 minutes and you are all se to use the inkpad.

To make chalk you will need colored chalk pastels, a like and the spray bottle again.

Directions:
1. Spay a puddle of water onto the tile (1 squirt)
2. Rub the pastel/chalk  into the water until you have made a nice thick puddle of ink.
3. Soak up the ink with the inkpad.

There! Now what will you do with all of that extra ink-pad buying money? If you liked this tip please share it on Facebook, Pinterst or Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Trash to Treasure Foil Embellishments!

Hey friends! Just a quick tip for you tonight! Have you noticed when trends come into fashion they affect everything around us even our product packaging?

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Why not die cut cute embellishments from pretty foiled packages like I did from the pink/gold foil box my make-up came in. Watch the video to see how!

You can find beautiful foiled cardboard on everything from tea, skin cream and other consumer goods, heck, I even consider the pretty packaging when I am shopping and I am a bit embarrassed to admit I have bough things because the packaging was cute. If we think about how we can use the packaging as well as the stuff we are buying there will be less trash in the landfill and more treasure for us to craft with! Happy crafting!

Were you a bit hard on your glue gun this year?

Hi friends! I am a heavy glue gun user. I don’t always take care of my glue gun. It is always plugged in and ready to go at a moments notice when I create. With such heavy use I tend to burn through a gun every 2 years. The other day I decided to try something crazy…I cleaned it! It was really easy to do, I even made myself a new glue gun stand. I’ll show you how to do both in today’s tutorial!

There, a nice clean glue gun. Just make sure to use enough aluminum foil so you don’t burn yourself and use an oven mitt or silicone mat to protect your hands while cleaning (Don’t burn your hands off!) I think this is a great way to start the new crafty year off right! So, what are you doing to make crafting easier in the new year! Share in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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PS, if you have been waiting for a new painting tutorial I will have one up at 6pm ET tonight on my YouTube channel!

Glitter and Stencils! You’ve Got Them so USE Them!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make this super sparkly glitter stenciled card!

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It is super frugal too using supplies from out sponsor Papermart! Watch the video to see how.

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Supplies:
Shipping tags
Glitter
Double sided tape or adhesive sheet
Stencil (mine was from Stencil Girl)
Washi Tape
Organza Ribbon
Tulle

Directions:
1. Cover tag with double-sided tape.
2. Coat stencil with embossing ink or glycerin.
3. Remove liner from tape and place stencil ink side down on the adhesive.
4. Carefully add glitter filling in the stencil holes with the colors you want.
5. Press glitter in to the stencil and shake off the excess then wipe off the excess with a baby wipe.
6. Remove the stencil and cover the rest of the adhesive with clear glitter. Tap off excess and burnish glitter in.
7. Hear with a heat tool (optional) to be sure the glitter is secure.
8. Finish by adding a washi tape border and ribbon/tulle.

Just make sure (and I can’t stress this enough) that you coat your stencil with glycerin or embossing ink before you place it on the adhesive. Think of all the stencils you have and the colors of glitter out there, the possibilities are endless! I think I need to use this technique on a scrapbook page. What project would YOU use it on? Let me know in the comments below and while you are there please share this post with your crafty friends on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

These beads are fun to make with paint and glue!

Hi friends! Tonight I have slightly messy, totally fun bead making craft!

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These beads and pendants are made with acrylic skins, I used acrylic paint and mod-podge (you could use PVA glue or gel medium if you wish) to make the fruit-roll-up like sheets of acrylic and then covered things with them. Doesn’t that sound like fun? It is! I’ll show you how in today’s video!

Supplies:
1. Acrylic Paint
2. Glossy Mod Podge or PVA Glue
3. Aluminum foil Tape or regular stuff from the kitchen
4. Cardboard
5. Silicone mat or waxed paper
5. Jewelry findings of your choice.

Directions:
1. Pour mod podge in cap, add a few drops of paint ad stir 3 times. Pour on waxed paper or silicone mat and spread it around. Let dry for 2 days. This is your faux stained glass acrylic skin.
2. Cut cardboard to the size and shape you want your charm to be and cover in aluminum foil.
3. Cut up the acrylic skin and glue to foil covered cardboard.
4. Cover the edges of the charm with thin strips of foil tape if desired.
5. For the beads cut up a drinking straw and cover with acrylic skin strips. Trim the straw.
6. Use beads and charms in jewelry projects.

If you like this project check out my glitter glue earring tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

I was cleaning kids paint palettes the other day…

Hi friends! I had a kids painting class a couple of weeks ago with kids ages 4-12 so of course I gave them big sheets of paper and “good” tube watercolor paint to use. The nice paper was inexpensive white sulphite drawing paper that holds up well to watercolor for kids (no lifting paint though) and the “good” paint was Royal & Langnickle tube watercolors which are lovely and vibrant but student grade (hey, they get to feel like real artists and I do not have to worry about the cost or the kids using toxic chemicals. win-win.) The kids also got to use “good” brushes and not the awful plastic ones that come in kids sets so they were really happy. So I told them that they were all artists using the same stuff my adult students used and it was important to keep the colors bright and fresh and to rinse out the brush between colors and they actually did it! At the end of the class looking at all of the usable paint left in the palette I did not have the heart to rinse it down the drain so I did this instead:

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Basically free spray inks! I use these to color paper, with stencils and for dyeing ribbon for crafts, not for items you will launder though. You are probably wondering why I did not let them dry in the palette and use them again, well 2 reasons, 1. they are student grade and they would want to dry out and crack and fall out of the wells eventually and 2. I did not have a place to store them as the palettes do not have lids. So, what do you think? Was this a good use of leftover paint or a waste of time? Let me know in the comments! Happy crafting!

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