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DIY painting

DIY Artwork

I have a fun project to share with you today!

DIY painting

My bedroom has been a work in progress for years now.  It feels like it’s finally starting to come together.  One of the last things I have yet to tackle are the bare walls.  They need a little sprucing up. I have spent days trolling the internet for artwork I like.  And, although there is plenty out there, it’s very expensive- especially for a statement piece.  

DIY artwork

So, I headed to my local craft store and picked up supplies to make my own artwork.  I’m so happy with how it turned out I wanted to share with you.  All in all, the supplies cost me about $40.  

 

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas (got mine on sale at Michael’s Craft Store)
  • Gold Leaf Kit
  • Paint (I ran out of paint for this project and had to head back to the store to buy more, which pushed the cost of the project from about $30 to $40)
  • Brushes
  • Letter stickers
  • Gold paint for touch ups (you may or may not find this necessary)
  • measuring tape and a pencil

Begin by figuring out where you want your quote to be on the canvas.  I chose a quote that my husband and I say to each other often.  
DIY artworkMeasure out where the letters will go and mark it with a pencil.  Then, place the letters on the canvas to see exactly how much space they take up.  Mark the boundaries with a pencil. Use the measuring tape to make sure the quote is not crooked. 

DIY painting DIY artwork

Remove the letters and begin your gold leafing.  Gold Leaf only within the boundaries of the letters.  Follow the package directions.  Glue. Gold Leaf. Sealant.  Do not rush this process.  Allow the sealant to fully dry and be sure to do 2 coats.  This will protect it from the adhesive of the stickers.  (I did rush the process and only did one coat.  Sure enough, the stickers pulled up some of the gold leaf) 

DIY artwork

After the second coat of sealant has fully dried, apply your letters.
DIY artwork

Now the fun part. Paint! I knew I wanted my painting to be abstract (a decision that was made due to the fact that I have little to no artistic ability). The colors I chose were jewel tones since that’s the color family I want in my bedroom. And lastly, I knew I wanted the painting to go from dark to light. So, with an idea in mind, I began mixing colors and slapping the paint on.
DIY artwork

There is no right or wrong here. That’s the fun part! And, if you don’t like how it’s looking, then just wait for it to dry and paint over it.
DIY artwork

I had some gold leaf left over and wanted to incorporate it into the painting. So, I added flakes of it to the wet paint.

After the paint has fully dried it’s time to remove the stickers. Carefully peel off the letters one by one. A few of my stickers pulled up the gold leaf with them, so I used some gold paint to touch up where it was missing. The stickers also pulled some of the paint around the edges, but I liked how it made the letters look.

The finished product:

DIY artwork

DIY artwork

I love how it turned out! And I love that if I get sick of it I can just paint over it and create something entirely new! Just think of the possibilities! I was thinking a cute piece would be gold leaf, flamingo stickers and pink paint. …hmm…maybe I’ll have to do that next for my office!

Pineapple Invites

Finally a bit of a break from all this heat! Believe me, when I woke up to rain, I may or may not have done a little happy dance. This rain was like a breath of fresh air. Man, I guess Portland has really grown on me…when I am happy to see a break from the sun.

Now. On to confession time. So I have this thing (understatement) for Pineapples. Now that Summer is here they are popping up everywhere!  Honestly…I am serious. Put one on anything I am instantly in love, gravitating toward and filling my cart with all of it.  (I just recently bought this Pineapple candle and have to refrain from filling my whole house with them). Seriously do they have support groups for this kind of thing?  

Moving on…We all are ready for a good summer and that is something to celebrate. So in honor of Summer and Pineapples. . . I wanted to share some of our tools that we used to create a one-of-a-kind Pineapple Invitation for our Hot Cocoa Party

Hot Cocoa Invitation

Pineapple Invite
Pineapple Invite
Tools: 

Stamp pick up at your local craft store 

Washi Tape 

Craft String 

Blank Card and Envelope ( I used Acid Free, Recycled Paper) 

Craft Foam Brush 

White & Gold Acrylic Paint 

Modge Podge 

Glitter

Steps: 

Take your Stamp and using my foam brush I painted my stamp with Acrylic White Paint. Gently placed on card and be sure to lift up gently as not to smudge your image.

NOTE: Be sure to have a piece of scratch paper to practice on and it just may turn out awesome and you end up using that. 🙂 

Allow to dry. Then paint over the image with 1-2 coats of Modge Podge to secure. 

Take foam brush dip in Modge Podge and Glitter. Paint in sweeping motions to Create a ‘Distressed’ Gold Look. Allow to dry. 

Add final touches and finish with Craft String (this usually comes in a variety of color but I used one that most fit with our Cocoa Party Theme).

Hope you enjoyed this easy fun DIY to make your obsession love of pineapples something you can share with your friends.

X’s & O’s 

Thanks for reading!

DIY Succulent Garden

DIY Succulent Garden

Now we are officially in winter here we share an easy DIY Succulent Garden project to stave off Winter Blues.   This is an fun way to bring the outdoors inside and makes for easy DIY gift giving idea.

DIY Succulent GardenDIY Succulent GardenAdd a little bow, string or yarn and your DIY gift is all ready. Succulent Garden DIY

Check this location for beautiful jars and this location for succulents and inspiration. 

M + H 

DIY Coconut Scrub

DIY Coconut Scrub

Everyone loves a yummy smelling body scrub, right?  No one wants to spend their life savings on one, though.  (these are ridiculously priced if you ask me. $50 for a scrub?? Who am I? Kim Kardashian? My bank account and my body both tell me no.)DIY Coconut Scrub But that coconut scrub does smell amazing.  So here is our DIY version.  It’s so easy it’s almost embarrassing. DIY Coconut Scrub First, you take coconut oil.  Melt it.  Then mix it with sugar.  The end.  Seriously. That’s it!!!DIY Coconut Scrub Ok, ok, there are a few tiny tips we can give you about the scrub to make sure you get the best version possible when making your own.  See below. DIY Coconut Scrub DIY Coconut Scrub

Coconut Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Extra Fine Baking Sugar
  • Almond Oil Extract (or any essential oil you like) *Optional

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil.  I used about a 1/4 Cup melted.  Next, mix with the baking sugar. I used about 1/3 Cup sugar.  Add in a few drops of essential oil if you like.  Mix well.  That’s it!!

A few tips: Regular sugar will work just fine, but the baking sugar makes the scrub a little more gentle. In fact, I even use the scrub as a shaving cream for my legs. (try it- it’s seriously amazing and your skin will feel like butter afterward!) Also, I don’t add an essential oil because I like the basic smell of the coconut oil.  However, when choosing an oil to add, think of what would mix well with the coconut. (i.e; almond, vanilla, pineapple…) Next, this is a body scrub. NOT a face scrub.  I have not experimented with this on the face and I do not recommend trying it on the face.  Last, in extreme situations this could be eaten, and it’s not bad. (yes, I tasted it.)

We hope you’ll try this and let us know how you like it!

For more ideas of how to use coconut oil check out this sweet blog post! We ♥ the idea of all natural money saving DIY beauty products!!! 

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