Since it is Autumn and the leaves are finally changing, I thought I would work on some fall-inspired crafts. For the first one, I decided to replace my fall/spring-inspired vases from last year with these lovely mason jars. I wanted something decorative for fall, but didn’t want to go the Halloween route. Just something subtle. Creamy brown colors, burlap and mason jars seems like the way to go.
Things You Will Need
*You will also need double-sided tape or some hot glue to adhere the burlap, ribbon, and flower.
Pour some paint into the bottom of one of the mason jars. Swirl it around until the entire jar is covered with paint.
Repeat this step with the other two jars.
Wrap some burlap around each vase.
Wrap some ribbon around each vase in the middle of the burlap.
Adhere your decorative element to the larger mason jar.
Pop in your flowers for the finishing touches. you should have something like the above photo which is a great decorative element for the autumn season! I love them!
This weekend, one of my best friends is getting married. My other best friend (who is also a maid of honor) is taller and wanted to wear flats, but couldn’t find silver or nude. As a last ditch effort to get shoes for the wedding, we planned on making them. Well, she found shoes and got my hopes up, so I made my own silver shoes!
They were really easy to make and only took about an hour (not including drying time). So, if you’re looking for cute glittery shoes that cost too much in stores, just buy a pair of good flats and make them sparkle on your own.
All together I spent less than $20 on my glitter flats.
Things You Will Need
My sealant isn’t pictured in the image above, but it was a gloss spray that I found at Michael’s in the spray paint section. You can also buy waterproofing sealants that will hold the glitter in place. Just make sure you get some kind of spray or paint that you can layer over the glitter. Otherwise, you’re going to see it all over your house, clothes, boyfriend, etc for months. No joke.
Lay down newspaper before you start doing anything. Glitter is beautiful but it makes a huuuuuge mess.
Brush some Mod Podge onto the shoe. Make sure you work in small sections. You don’t want to cover the entire shoe with glue and it start drying before you can get the glitter on it.
If you’re worried about getting glitter in places on the shoe that you don’t want it on (like the inside or on the sole), you can use masking tape to cover those areas. Just make sure you remove the tape before the glue dries or it will take the glitter with it when you remove it.
Sprinkle some glitter over the glue and shake off the excess. I shook it off onto the newspaper so that I could reuse the same glitter over and over again until I ran out. It makes the bottle last longer.
Let that dry for 5-10 minutes.
Put another layer of Mod Podge over top of the glittery layer. The right side of the image above shows where I started adding this layer (so you know what to expect). It looks scary and takes a while to dry, but I promise it will look pretty when you’re finished.
Let it dry for a few hours. Go clean your house, go to the gym, go grocery shopping, or something.
When your flats dry, they’ll look something like this. The extra layer of Mod Podge really helps to seal the glitter and keep all of it from falling off, but it’s not a good permanent sealer when it comes to a project like this. We’ve used a lot of glitter. It needs a real sealant. Try a gloss spray, a clear sealant spray, or a waterproof sealant (similar to what gardeners use for their outdoor decorated plant pots). You can find these at craft and hardware stores. Walmart might have them, but don’t quote me on that.
Let me know what you think!! Do you like them? Would you have tried making them in a different color? Are you going to try it?
When given the time, people can be SOOO creative. I’ve always been amused by sculpture because I’m not very good at making 3D art. I took some 3d modeling and paper art classes in college, but that’s about the extent of my experimentation. Because of my lack of three-dimensional skill, I gravitate toward the people who can successfully accomplish those designs.
I found this website today that I’ve never heard of before. It’s called From Up North. I have no idea how I’ve never heard of it because it is a GREAT site for design and all types of creative inspiration. You’ll never have a problem becoming inspired again.
From up North is a design blog focusing on promoting and inspiring creatives all over the world. We deliver inspiration within Graphic Design, Advertising, Photography, Illustration, Web Design, Motion Graphics, Print & Packaging just to name a few.
It’s filled with images of great typography, photography, graphic design, traditional art, and just about anything you can think of. I found the images below on a blog post of theirs, but there is a ton of work to check out in the Discover tab and the Inspiration Galleries. You’ll want to check out the articles too! Good stuff.
Instead of doodling in my sketchbook today, I decided to draw on a pink ball cap I had. I thought maybe I would actually wear it if I spiced it up a bit. This craft is really easy to make, but it’s time consuming.
I like the results, but I kind of wish I would’ve done the entire design in black or just one dark color. I guess I’ll have to make another doodle hat now… Darn 😉
A few tips:
* Using the fabric markers are just like using regular markers. It feels the same and looks the same.
* If you want to drawing multi-color designs, draw it in one color first and let that one dry before adding the second color or they will bleed together.
* Be careful drawing over the seams. If you draw over half of the seam, the color will bleed to the other half. Plan your design accordingly. (You can see an example in the close-up photos below.)
Things You Will Need:
* You can find both of these materials at any craft store. I think my total was around $10.
Step 1 (optional but highly recommended)
Get your ideas down on paper. It helps to give you an idea of what kind of designs you want on the hat and to maintain that same look and feel. Just some quick doodles should be fine.
Take your drawing from paper to the hat!
When you’re finished, you’ll have an adorable ball cap. Maybe one that you’ll actually wear?
When I was a kid, I was always drawing or coloring in those cheap yellow-paged, blue-lined notebooks. Surprisingly, there wasn’t anyone in my family that was particularly artistic that could teach me techniques or give me advice, so I learned by drawing what was in front of me. It was the perfect way for me to learn and it became somewhat of an addiction. Now, I realize that not everyone thinks they have the ability draw, and maybe you think I’m naive for thinking anybody can. But drawing is just like singing, or dancing, or cooking, you get better if you work at it. I continued to sketch because I had the motivation to get it right, but the lessons I’ve learned along the way have been amazing.
You learn so much from drawing
Ask anyone who knows me… I am SO impatient. It’s amazing that I can sit still long enough to draw something for an hour. Believe it or not, I used to be a lot worse in the patience department. My dad always told me “patience is a virtue”, at least once a day. He still reminds me of it sometimes. But it’s true. And drawing anything for any amount of time makes you realize that you will eventually get it right. It just takes time.
Every artist develops a new level of dedication through their work. There’s always motivation to learn to draw what I can’t draw, and the dedication that evolves carries over into other aspects of life.
One of my favorite lessons learned from drawing is understanding reality. You start developing a greater awareness of what is going on around you, how things really look, and how they behave. The best advice ever given to me on the subject was from my junior high art teacher. He said “draw what you see, not what you know”. That sounds pretty obvious, but when you start drawing something that you’re familiar with, like your best friend or your dog, then you think you know what it looks like. So you just draw and you don’t really look at your subject. But when you take a good look at your work in comparison to your subject, you realize that you brain just starts to fill in the details and they usually aren’t accurate.
When I have bad days I doodle in my sketchbook because it helps to ground me. It sounds silly because, when I doodle, I draw abstract lines and unworldly things, but those oddities get all of that emotion out and always brings me back to reality.
When you draw what’s in front of you, whether it be a person, a pet, or nature, it gives you a greater appreciation of your subject and the evolution of your skills. When you observe your subject, it makes you appreciate every line, the way the colors blend, the way the light hits the surface… everything. You start to recognize the beauty in the world. Then, when you look back at your work, even over the course of a few days, and you see the improvement in your skill, you can’t help but smile.
Your turn to draw
So, even if you don’t draw, and don’t think you can, give it a shot. Set a small goal to draw in the evening for 15 minutes every Tuesday, or when you’ve had a bad day. You might surprise yourself.
Here’s some inspiration to get you started:
Michelle Curiel: An artist who uses bright colors in all of her drawings. Her style is feminine and unique. She’s the ultimate doodler. Moleskin sketchbook artists: A compilation of some really awesome sketches and artists I found while searching #moleskin on Twitter. Twisted tree sketch: One of my many sketchbook views. Charlie Layton: This guy draws on his freezer instead of in a sketchbook.
All artists have their own way of finding inspiration