Dec
03
2013

I promised you guys yesterday that I would be posting tutorials for handmade holiday decor and gifts for the next few weeks, and true to my word I am excited to share this project with you guys that could easily be considered both and would make a fabulous gift for someone special. It's not precisely holiday-ish, but that makes this all the more exciting to give (or receive), since you won't be giving a gift with a shelf life of no longer than the holiday season!

 The materials you will need for this will vary depending on the size you want to make your painting and whether or not you want it framed or unframed. I recommend framed if you are planning a larger piece like the one I did here (30"x24"). 

  • Frame in size of choice (I purchased mine from Target for $30).
  • Poster Board, Canvas or Watercolor Paper in coresponding size (I actually used the frame backing and skipped this).
  • White Acrylic Paint - this will act as a primer for your poster board or canvas
  • Watercolor paint in your choice of color
  • Paint Brush

You will want to paint your poster board, canvas, watercolor paper or frame backing to give it a good priming. Poster Board is a nice thickness but it tends to have a bit of a sheen to it that makes it difficult to use with watercolors unless it's primed so be sure to not skip this step. It also helps tremendously when you are painting on canvas. 

 

Set up your palette. You can use any type of plastic shallow bowl or plate and simply add a bit of water and your chosen color. You want your water to appear fairly opaque (not see through) so you will add a decent amount of color to it. If you can't get enough saturation, you can also add a drop or two of craft paint or acrylic paint. It will work in a similar way.

Lay down your general pattern or shape. I began with my darker areas and added color in a relative wave shape, running all the way across the bottom and up one side and part of the top on that side. I used applied my color in a horizontal messy pattern at first and then switched to a circular pattern, only to switch back later to a a horizontal application. You will be able to feel it out as you go and do what feels most natural to you. 

Keep in mind that the idea here is to have the outside edges be the darkest, working your way to a lighter shade near the middle or inside edges of your shape. You will want to 

Kiddos 

You can layer your color to darken where necessary and honestly just slap it on there. You don't have to worry about keeping a 'wet' edge since we are basically working with water, so if you need to fix something along the way, you can!

Once you have your darker section applied in the shape you want, you will dilute your paint puddle by half and basically apply this lighter shade just above your previously painted section all the way around the inside edge.

You can vary the shape of this inside section from the outer section, so it isn't too uniform and looks organic and realistic (for whatever it might be). You can see in the images above and below that I didn't keep the exact same shape going and made it just slightly different.

Oct
31
2013
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Design 
Apr
02
2013
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DIY 
Mar
07
2013
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If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen a sneaky peaky of a few of these details... If not, then this will be fun and new for all of you! This wall needed some much needed gussying up and a store bought abstract art piece kicked off the project perfectly. I followed that beauty up with 2 DIY projects and one kiddo creation. Hopefully you can guess which is which, and if not, perhaps I need to reevaluate my skills as a Home Decor Art Creationist... eek! 

Truthfully I'm not sure I love this gallery wall in general. I think it is a bit to symetrical and a bit to matchy matchy for several of the pieces. BUT, I love the fact that this Black and White beauty is actually a fabulous before and after, if you will, since this is it's second life as a piece of art.

Behold... the beauty that once was...

I loved this when I got it 6 years ago for the colors and the landscape scene but at some point shortly after I purchased it, the canvas itself became the value rather than the painting you see before you.The fact is, I scored this beauty for $10 on sale one day at Michael's and I knew even then that once my heart grew tired of the look, the canvas would come in handy for remaking into something else! 

My friends... that day came! 

I gave this canvas a nice good double coat of White Titanium acrylic paint from DecoArt, my go to white for Home Decor paintings. It does double duty for me serving as a decent primer as well, even when you are starting with a blank canvas.

Be sure to cover your canvas thoroughly, especially if you are covering an existing painting. For this particular project a vertical brush stroke will work to your advantage, but I recommend having your first layer be horizontal and then following that up with a vertical coat (or 2 if needed). This goes right in line with the age old technique used for painting walls in a multitude of directions when laying down your base color to be sure you have proper coverage especially on a textured piece. 

Kiddos 
DIY 

Now for the fun... run a couple of lines of black paint near the bottom of your canvas.

Blend up several inches and wrap the bottom of your canvas as well as the bottom portion of the sides. This will give your piece a more finished look.

Add a bit more and drag the color up about 6 or 7 inches in a vertical irregular pattern all the way across the bottom section.

Add a bit of white just above your black section and pull it down into the top 2 inches to create a gray section and blend well using vertical brush strokes as often as possible. 

Add a bit more black just below the gray section and pull it up into the gray just a tiny bit,1 inch will do the trick. You simply want to be sure the gray overlaps the white in an irregular vertical pattern and that the black overlaps the gray in the same manner so that your painting appears to fade black to white in an upwards manner.

Note: if you want to pull down a few small streaks of black from the top as you can see I did, feel free, but this certainly isn't required.

The top portion of this gallery wall...

And the bottom portion... 

Jan
03
2013
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I told you guys it would take me well into the New Year to finish sharing my holiday decor, didn't I? Ya... true story. We are still on NBT here (newborn baby time) so expect EVERYTHING to take 3 times as long as it might for most normal folks! In fact, as I am writing this, I am actually mentally prepping to begin the final takedown, which I never ever enjoy. I don't know about you guys, but I adore how my home transforms for the holidays. There is something so very magical about those warm twinkly lights and most of the time I wish it wouldn't be weird to leave them up year round.

Celebrate 
Kiddos 
Dec
29
2012
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Sooooo I didn't send out Holiday Cards this year 'in real life' so for all of you who were hoping to get one from us, a big I'm sorry in advance! A digital card of my gorgeous boys, a week late, will have to do...

Celebrate 
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