A Great Gift: DIY Map Heart Art

I love buying people presents, but the crafter in me also loves to make people things. I was recently pinspired by this, this, and this. I decided to make 2 of my own versions- one for Sean & one for … Continue reading

Modern Michelangelos

Painting Class - Charleston Crafted

Do you love Groupon? We do. We buy a lot of Groupons and some are awesome and some are less awesome, but this week we had a GREAT experience. Sean got us a night at pARTy & paint in West … Continue reading

I am NOT an Artist

So first a disclaimer: I am NOT an artist. Other than my high school’s mandatory art classes and a few summer camps as a kid, I have no art training or real art skill. That being said, I love to paint. I think it’s so fun and relaxing. I painted my share of coolers in college and have been looking for a way to keep painting post-grad.So, I picked up some blank canvases from Michaels (40% off coupon!) and went crazy. I toyed with ideas of what to paint- if it was going to be on my wall, it needed to be something I love. People always turn out wonky. Flowers are impersonal. And then it hits me- my baby!
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My little kitty will be fun to paint (he’s so handsome) and great décor. So I begin my painting-for-people-who-can’t-paint process:
1)    Print out a picture of your model. Trace the outlines of the picture onto a piece of paper. Fold the traced paper into even squares.
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2)    Draw a grid with the same number of squares on your canvas.
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3)    Use the grid as a guide to copy your picture from the paper to your canvas.
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4)    Start painting! I always start with a solid background and let it dry really well.
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5)    I then start with my main color- for each painting I chose one base color. I painted that on where the “medium” shades go.
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6)    Then, mix some black in with the base color and paint in where the dark/shaded parts of your picture are.
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7)    Finally, mix white in with your base color. Paint in the highlighted areas.
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8)    Voila! Beautiful “art”!!! I did three. All slightly different but I think it’s fun 🙂
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You will end up with a lot of mixed paint blobs.
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I hung the pictures of my kitty above my breakfast bar. They really liven up the space, no?
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Kind of silly, but lots of fun and they make me happy! They will do quite nicely for the time being. Coming soon: bar stools!I hope you feel inspired and know that ANYONE can be an artist! Have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately? Tried any new art projects?

I’m Melllllllllltiiiiiinnnnngggggg

So, I recently got 3 big wooden frames from ReTail. You already saw what I did with the medium sized one, so here is what I did with the largest frame.
I have been feeling super inspired by Pinterest lately, and have gotten interested in melted crayon art. Lots of different projects have inspired me but I felt most inspired by the picture with the umbrella. So, I decided to try to do it myself!
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I bought 2 packs of crayons and pulled out all the blues (and a couple of grays). The most time consuming and annoying part of this project was peeling off all the wrappers. They didn’t peel too well and I got wax all up under my nails. But, I was able to watch house hunters at the same time, so I can’t really complain.
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I once again used foamboard as a canvas (in case this “experimental technique” turned out too wonky), sketched my kissing couple, and taped it off with thin cardboard (from a popcorn box).
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Now comes the fun- I bought this Low Temp hot glue gun from walmart for $2.50. Definitely a good idea if you don’t want to ruin the one you have. Then I loaded in a crayon, just like I would the glue stick.
**It’s worth noting here that a lot of people on Pinterest glue crayons onto canvas and use a hair dryer to melt them. This is okay, but I didn’t want crayons on my canvas, plus this technique seemed more fun!
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Be careful- it seriously turns to liquid. You won’t even need to pull the trigger. I then dripped wax down my canvas until I got the desired result.
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See how the cardboard catches the wax? carefully peel off the tape and you should have a clean line.
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I thought you might see the texture better from this angle.
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And here’s the finished product. I love it!

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Have you been Pinspired lately? Check me out on pinterest here!

Fabric Hoarding Pays Off

I recently got a great deal on three frames at the ReTail thrift store on Savannah Highway. They were $4, $5, and $6 each for big wooden frames. I loved their size and sturdiness and the distressed look of the white wood.
I decided that they would be perfect over my bed in my bedroom. I decided to go with the blue and pink color theme of my room and to finally try out some of the art techniques I’ve been pinning recently!
The medium sized frame I decided to do a fabric mosaic inspired by this:
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I sorted thru all of the tiny scraps of fabric that I’ve hoarded just for projects like this. I picked out pink, blue, and yellow patterns and cut random little rectangles in varying sizes. I cut 5-10 rectangles from each fabric.
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Then I just randomly laid the fabric out, trying to maintain a good balance of colors and keep a consistent amount of white space in between the squares. The “canvas” is actually a piece of foam board I cut to fit the frame. I did this
1) to save money and
2) because I was doing some “experimental” art here and didn’t want to mess up a nice canvas!
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I really just laid them out randomly! Then I used clear drying elmers glue to stick it all to the board. I love the end effect!

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Pretty groovy, huh? What projects have you done with fabric scraps lately?