Wednesday, December 30, 2009

getting inspiration

Sometimes when painting or drawing or any kind of art it's hard to find inspiration. You are so tempted to just copy off someone else or use a picture off google. But finding inspiration can be very easy if you are just aware of your surroundings. By what people say or what you do that day, your feelings that day or about certain things. Just take notes, write thing down and create something amazing. Have a camera with you at all times and just take pictures of anything and everything. Go on photoshop and press random buttons and create something crazy and paint! good luuckkk.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Push Pin Art

Ever heard of pushpin art? On t.v. they interviewed a man named Eric Daighs because he won the 2009 artprize in Grand Rapids Michigan. His work was quite original. He would only use about 5 colors of pushpins and make gorgeous masterpieces like the one you see to your left. I found a video of a CBS if you would like to watch. It's quite interesting to see what he has done and how he does it. Make sure to watch the video at the end.

enjoy! It is reallly realllly cool.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I didn't know this but you can make a lot of Christmas decorations with gumdrops. You can make garland, ornaments, stars, wreaths, reindeer even! They are fun too because they are so colorful. You may also think it would be a bad idea to put them around your house because they are candy and could melt or get eaten but all you have to do is spray them with clear varnish! This is a fun activity to do with friends or family so start buying a lot of gum drops!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Crafts

There are so many different crafts that we could make for christmas. Santas, snowmans, wreaths, angels, trees, advent calenders, ornaments, etc.! Christmas is the time to get family together to celebrate. So why not when together make arts and crafts? Nothing better than making crafts, am I right? This video I enjoyed, she had some good ideas, I can't post the actual video on here but I'll post the html.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Sapphire Crystal Bead Ring

I just watched a tutorial on how to make a sapphire crystal bead ring and it's actually quite easy. Takes some patience but the result is definitely worth it. This is a great present to give to family or friends. It's unique, cheap and gorgeous. This is also their blog on making the ring:

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Candy Cane Candle

Can you believe Christmas is next week?! It's time to finish up your shopping and decorating! One last decoration that I think you should have is a candy cane candle. It's a great decoration and super easy to make. Just need some tape, a ribbon, candy canes and a candle! Make a few of them and set them around your house and light them to have a great smell around the house and great lighting!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Learning how to paint in watercolor and me kind of hard at times. It is a lot different than acrylic and oil. It's not as thick or smelly and definitely applies to the paper differently. There are many techniques you should know before even attempting to watercolor. You need to know what supplies you need, what you are going to draw and even what angle you should place your board so it doesn't drip. The bad part about watercolor is that you can't really erase or cover up your mistakes so it takes a lot of time and practice.

great watercolor video!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Making an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Christmas time is here and it is time to get out that hideous sweater at wear it out! It's a rule, you really can't say no. No matter what when it is Christmas time you have to either buy an ugly sweater, make one yourself or dig in the closet for an old one. Either way youre having an ugly christmas sweater party. Making an ugly Christmas sweater is actually very easy of course. I know you could just buy one at a goodwill or something but it's just more fun having friends over and making it yourself. Just one stop at an arts and crafts store, such as Michaels and you are set!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Time

Time to decorate for Christmas. Put up lights, decorate the windows with fake snow,put up the Christmas tree and decorate that with ordiments and lights. For my twobedroom apartment we put up 400 lights in the living room and dining room area. It looksamazing! I know that since we have an apartment we can't really get a tree so instead we got a fake tree so no mess!