I’ve been told that giving a child a coloring book is a bad idea…hear me out. The reasoning is they don’t use all their creativity or imagination this way; instead, they focus on coloring the sections, staying inside lines, what have you. This is not to say that you should burn all your coloring books (because I would have a frickin’ bonfire LOL). However, you give them a blank canvas/sheet of paper every once in a while and the possibilities are endless!!
Exhibit A, my daughter, who is near and dear to my artsy heart, painting it out one day:
Abstract salt painting
I’ve been in an exploratory mode lately, trying out some techniques for future KM Creation Celebration ideas. Lucky for my kiddos, they get to be the Guinea pigs:)
We tried a fun tie die technique and salt painting. The processes were fun, end products may have been #pinterestfails but it’s the quality time and learning that matter. Plus, how can you go wrong creating art? I really don’t see the down side but I’m biased of course.
Watch the videos, part 1 & 2 for the full details! Here is what we learned (in a nutshell):
TIE DIE TECHNIQUE:
- Crumple paper (or extra coffee filters in this case)
- Use pens or watercolor to blot color randomly on the crumpled balls
- Let dry then open for a cool tie die effect!
- You can use the finished product for banners, craft flowers, paper to write on, etc.
- Black paper for a more dramatic effect, poster board maybe (construction paper tended to warp and crinkle when drying)
- Apply Elmer’s glue however you like and sprinkle salt (iodized, not kosher or sea salt lol)
- Once glue dries and you shake off extra salt, paint on salt with watercolor. The effect is pretty cool and you end up with a great textured colorful piece!
VIDEO PART 1:
VIDEO PART 2:
Also check out the shaving crème technique a couple weeks ago! That was especially fun:)
I’m really having fun finding Vino catch phrases and pairing them with images I find. These two pieces were commissioned, one for a winery of their label/brand, and the other for family friends.
Both are on Bristol board, 11×14″ with primarily Cabernet and Chardonnay Schlosser wine.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you would like to commission one and/or have an idea for a wine painting!
They are $30 unframed and $50+ framed. I can complete them in typically 2-3 days. Would make a unique and thoughtful Christmas gift, there’s still time!
My father-in-law happens to share an affinity for wine and I decided to make him a wine painting. He had seen the previous creation given to my dad for Christmas and was hinting for one ever since. To personalize it even further, the wine bottle label is G60! I plan on doing more of these because my agent, ahem, I mean dad, is pimping me out:)
Wine on Bristol board, permanent pen and white acrylic paint, 11×14″
My husband and I had the honor to be in our dear friends’ wedding. As matron of honor, I took this role very seriously and contributed as much as I could. Being artistically blessed, I offered my services/time/finances on a DIY crafting mission to make my friends wedding experience as awesome as possible!
For the French-themed bridal shower, I made the majority of the decorations: banners, tissue balls, signage, tags/display for favors, etc.
Banner “Ooh la la, look at the Bride to be!”
Banner, “Congratulations Mrs. Hughes!”
“I love you” banner in French
The Bride and me
For the bachelorette, bridal squad t-shirts and labels for the favor liquor bottles handed out.
The Bridal Squad
And the main event, the big day: seating chart/chalk work, table numbers, thank you bookmarks, and wine labels.
Vintage gold table numbers with custom chalk #s
It was such a fun time and I can’t wait until the next excuse to craft/DIY!
At work, I am on a team called “La Voz” – appropriately so since we answer calls all day and use our voices quite a bit. I wanted to do something inspirational that could stay up permanently as representation of our team. This is what I came up with (acrylic paint, 3×6′ poster board):
What a wonderful day it was! I was honored to co-host a shower for my dear friend who is due any day now with their little boy. As you all know, I love my job at Kaiser since I can still do arts and crafts while taking calls. I really put my time to good use and tried to DIY as much as I could:
I painted a suite of superhero paintings that now hang in the nursery
Batman mini flashlights as favors
Superhero diaper cake, photo props for super selfies, and advice cards for mom and dad-to-be
Cityscape backdrop and superman shaped banners
I can not wait to meet him and auntie loves him so much already!!!:)