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Day 23: Crayon Watercolor Art

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Since today was my last lazy day before starting my new job tomorrow, I took full advantage of it. Like yesterday, I slept in again and it was glorious. It’s always comforting being in my warm bed when it’s 30 degrees outside! After I finally got out of bed, I made myself a breakfast of champions: fried eggs with turkey bacon. It was as delicious as it looks!

I finally got my day started when I left to run errands at 12:30. Although I do enjoy the occasional day when I do nothing, it was too nice and sunny outside to sit indoors all day. This first thing I did was head down to Brooklyn to pick up some canvases and watercolors. A friend told me about an art store off the L train line that has really inexpensive canvases, which they do. I definitely got my money’s worth out of my new canvases and I can’t wait to use them! The watercolors were used for today’s Pinterest Project.

Then, I used up a Groupon that I had for a mani-pedi and reflexology massage! It was so relaxing and exactly what I needed before starting a new job. Plus, I loved the colors I picked for my toes and fingers. My toes are like a red poppy color and my fingers are more like a coral color. I’m ready for summer if you can’t tell 🙂

I finally made it home around 5pm and relaxed until I decided to make Day 23’s Pinterest Project. Today’s project was crayon watercolor art and it was super easy! This was originally pinned on Pinterest from Alisa Burke’s blog, who is an artist/photographer and she is always coming up with these really creative ideas. What I made today was on her ‘creativity with crayons’ post.

Supplies:

  • watercolor paper
  • crayons
  • watercolors

Directions:

Using a white crayon, draw a picture or write a quote on your watercolor paper. The crayon creates a resist for the watercolor.

Paint over the entire paper with watercolors and your art comes to life!

This was the first one I did and I realized after I started that I didn’t add enough water to my paint, so the top part of my picture was a little too dark, but overall you get the idea. After this one I decided to make another picture. Instead of using white crayons this time though, I decided to use colored crayons and you can see the difference in my pictures.

This one turned out much, much better! I finally got the hang out it and I decided to do a more organic paint job and not paint the entire page.

Here’s another angle. I’m definitely going to frame this and hang it up!

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Day 14: Crayon Art

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It’s Day 14 of the Pinterest Project and I am finally making a crayon art masterpiece! Ever since first seeing these on Pinterest I have wanted to try one. They look like so much fun to make and for the most party, they turn out looking amazing. Fingers crossed that mine does too!

Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Crayons, an assortment of colors
  • hot glue gun with plenty of glue sticks
  • blow dryer

Directions:

Before you do anything, you need to figure out what you want your crayon art to look like. Next, gather all of your materials (see the list above).

Pick out the colors of your choice and lay them out on your canvas. Glue each crayon down individually. [I painted a picture on the bottom of my canvas so I didn’t just have a canvas full of melted crayons!]

Tilt the canvas for more controlled dripping. Blast the hair dryer onto the crayons until they start melting. Let them bleed as much as you like and then you’re done!

*Note – put down newspaper before you turn on the blow dryer. The crayons will splatter!

My finished Masterpiece – A couple dancing!

Creating this was a lot of fun, but a lot of work at the end. You have to put your hairdryer on a high setting so that crayons will melt. The low setting doesn’t really do anything. If you’re like me and you want to have a picture with your crayon art then be extra careful about the melted crayons and their dripping patterns because they can get a little out of control! Good luck on your own masterpiece 🙂

Day 5: Cherry Blossom Art using a bottle

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Today I definitely had a case of the Monday’s. I don’t know why, but the weekend goes by so quickly and Monday just drags on. I’m all for a 4 day work week and 3 day weekend…who’s with me?? In lieu of it being Monday and me not wanting to cook an extravagant meal except breakfast food (which I made turkey bacon and cheese breakfast tacos, which were amazing), I have decided to paint for today’s Pinterest Project!

Cherry Blossom Art from a Recycled Soda Bottle – At the end of March it will be exactly 100 years since the Japanese gave Washington D.C. over 3,000 Cherry Blossoms. If you have ever seen them, they are gorgeous. I’ve seen them in bloom in D.C. and when they were just starting to bloom when I was in Japan on a family trip back in 1997. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to go to down to D.C. this year for the Cherry Blossom Festival because I think they are gorgeous.

It’s actually quite easy to make this artwork. You need the following supplies:

  • Black Acrylic or Tempera Paint
  • Pink Acrylic or Tempera Paint
  • Canvas or Poster board
  • Empty plastic soda bottle (1L or 2L bottle)
  • paintbrush
  • 2 paper plates

Before I began, I painted my canvas white so that I had a base, but you do not have to do this. If you do this, make sure the white paint dries before continuing.  Squeeze a small amount of black paint onto the paper plate. Using your paint brush, paint a branch onto the canvas and don’t worry if the branches are not straight. The more curved they are, the more natural they look. After you have painted the branch, let it dry for a few minutes. Pour pink paint onto the second paper plate. Did the bottom of the plastic bottle in the paint and begin stamping buds onto the branch by pressing the bottle onto the canvas. Re-dip the bottle each time you repeat the stamp. Add as may blossoms as you want until your Cherry Blossom is finished.

My Cherry Blossom picture turned out ok. I used acrylic paint, which was a bit too thick, so I would recommend using Tempera paint instead as it will make the buds look less clumpy. Overall though, I like my painting. Once it’s dry I’ll have to figure out a place to put it!

Day 3: DIY Wrap Bracelet and Sangria

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Not only is it the weekend, but it is day 3 of the Pinterest project!! Since on Saturdays I get to sleep in and pretty much do what I want, I decided to be both crafty and try out a new recipe for a get together tonight. After finally waking up at 9am, doing laundry and then spending almost 2 hours reading the first book in the Hunger Games series (which I just started last night and am already addicted to) I decided to venture outside to Michael’s to get supplies for my next few crafts. I purchased beads for bracelets, different colored hemp strings, two canvases and a package of hot glue gun sticks.

DIY wrap bracelet – I was super excited about making this because I love the Chan Luu bracelets, but I can’t being myself to spend over $200 on one, although I actually almost purchased one on Gilt for $98 the other day, but at the last minute I didn’t (my mom should be proud of me!). I must admit, that making this bracelet was definitely not as easy I had anticipated, but that is probably because of the type of string that I used. When I was at Michael’s I had a hard time finding what I wanted and the store was so crowded, that finding a sales associate was impossible. The original website where this pin came from (‘Henry Happened’) said to use ribbon, and not the gift wrapping kind. The ribbon they were referring to is that satiny cord-like ribbon that you often see used in bracelets and necklaces. Unfortunately I searched the entire store and could not find it and string made of hemp was the closest thing that the store had. The hemp was much thinner than the ribbon I wanted to use, so the process was much more tedious.

Directions:

Cut the ribbon or string into three equal lengths, about 24-28 inches long. The more times you would like to wrap the bracelet around your wrist, the longer the ribbon needs to me. Start by braiding about 6 inches of ribbon and then secure the end with a rubber band. To keep my hemp strings in place, I taped the end pieces down to the table so I could braid them more easily.

Start braiding the beads into the bracelet my feeding one bead into the middle strand and tightly braiding the other two pieces around. This is where using hemp created a problem for me – the strands were so thing that I was having to hold the bead in place while trying to secure the hemp around it. Continue feeding beads onto the middle strand until you run out or get to the desired length. I used 27 beads total – 21 small beads and 6 larger beads. I made a pattern with my beads alternating 7 small then 3 larger beads. Once finished, braid another 6 inch section. Tie a knot at each end of your bracelet and you’re done!

The other portion of today’s Pinterest project consisted of me making Sangria for tonight’s get together with some friends. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a glass of cold, refreshing Sangria!

Sangria – This was actually one of the first recipes that I repined on Pinterest and was originally posted on the blog ‘Yellow song bird.’ I love Sangria, especially red Sangria, but that’s because I grew up in a family of red wine drinkers. This recipe looked amazing because of the fresh strawberries and oranges that were added, plus it was really easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine*, chilled
  • lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar ((or less..to taste))
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 lime, sliced
  • 1 small orange, sliced
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, cut in half
  • 10 oz. club soda

Directions:

Pour the bottle of wine into a large pitcher or bowl. I used wine from Whole Foods because I didn’t want to head downtown to the Trader Joe’s wine shop. What I used though is literally the Whole Food’s version of two buck chuck from Trader Joe’s and it is a steal at only $2.99 a bottle. Also, I used Merlot, but you could really use any red wine as long as it’s a little fruity and not too dry.

Stir in the orange juice, sugar and a few tablespoons of lemon juice. Slice the lemon, lime and orange, put the fruit in the pitcher and stir. Let the Sangria chill for a few hours or overnight in the fridge. Before serving, add the club soda and strawberries.

 Pour, serve and DRINK! The Sangria tasted amazing…not too sweet, not too sour, but just right! As a tip, make sure the club soda is cold before you pour it into the Sangria because otherwise it will change the temperature of the Sangria and it’s better the colder it is. Also, eating the oranges and strawberries at the end is a must! This is a perfect drink for a night with friends or a summer afternoon!