DIY Colorful Triangle Wall Art

DIY Colorful Triangle Wall Art

In elementary school, I remember doing a project similar to this one. The challenge was to make art with geometric shapes. I really enjoyed it. I believe I used squares for mine because I didn’t have a choice. I imagine because it was easier for the art teacher to cut out. Now, there are shaped hole punches, which makes this process so much easier.

I wanted to do something a little different with this art project, though. Something a little more exciting. Maybe a little more adult? I wanted to use multiple shades of multiple colored triangle cut outs to create somewhat of a gradient. It was fun. It would be really fun to work on with young kids.

With the most basic of shapes and colors, you can make something beautiful.

Want to give it a shot? Keep reading.

 

triangle art materials

Triangle Wall Art Materials

  • frame
  • scissors
  • Mod podge
  • paint brush
  • triangle hole punch
  • multi-colored cardstock

FYI: Michael’s always has awesome cardstock and I’m pretty sure they’re having a sale right now.

 

colorful cardstock triangles

Step 1: cut out your triangles

Using your hole punch, cut out triangles. I cut out 2-3 of each color, depending on how often I plan to use that color in the art work.

 

triangle artwork

first row of triangle art

triangle art

Step 2: start your base layer

Use the Mod Podge to glue on the base layer of the design to a piece of paper or cardboard the size of the picture frame.

Start with the pastels and work your way up to the brighter colors.

Don’t worry about the pieces that hang over the edge.

 

triangle art with clean edges

Step 3: clean up the edges

Use the scissors to cut off the remaining so that the artwork fits in the frame.

Now, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top to seal it.

 

DIY Colorful Triangle Wall Art

Frame it and you’re done.

After photographing it, I thought better of using the glass since the Mod Podge I used had a gloss finish. The glossy glue under the glass is a little strange. Don’t you think?

It makes for some neat wall art, though. And adds a pop of color to the room!

Let me know what you think. Would you use the same colors? Shape?

 

 

#inktober Drawings: Weeks 1-2

It’s that time of year again… #inktober!!!!!

You can’t tell I’m excited, can you?

If you’ve never heard of inktober, you should read about it, but I’ll give you a quick overview. Every year, for the month of October, artist, and non-artists, practice their ink skills by creating one ink drawing a day for each day in October. You can share it with the rest of us, or not, but we would love to see it! Watching skills progress throughout the month is one of the best parts of the challenge.

This is my second year participating and I’d love it if you joined me and the rest of the inktober community. The best place to follow along is Instagram, but I look at TwitterFlickr and Pinterest sometimes too.

Here are my drawings since the first of the month. I will post a new set of drawings every Sunday.

If you have any ideas for drawings, please share them in the comments! If I use your idea, I’ll tag you (if you leave contact info or a link to your blog) so you can see it.

ink bottle drawing inktober

I always start the first day of inktober with the word in my drawing. This year, I decided on a literal representation with an ink bottle and pen.

zentangle spider web inktober

Zentangle spider web.

zentangle flower drawing inktober

Zentangle flowers.

dandelion  drawing inktober

Dandelions in a field.

pumpkin drawing inktober

Small pumpkins.

tree moon drawing inktober

Trees and moon.

zentangle star drawing inktober

Zentangle star.

zombie drawing inktober

A little bit of zombie action.

sad scarecrow drawing inktober

A scarecrow. I really wasn’t feeling it that day and it reflects in the work. But it’s still inktober!

haunted tree drawing inktober

Haunted tree,forrest.

More drawings to come next week! If you’re participating in inktober, I’d love to follow you. Tell me where you’re posting!

DIY iPhone Case Design

DIY iPhone Case Designs

I’ve been wanting to make my own cell phone case design for a while now, but I had a good case and didn’t want to replace it. Well, it broke last week, so I took my chance.

I love this craft because there are so many options. You can use a drawing (which I plan to make later), photography, scrapbook paper, Instagram photos, etc. Whatever you can make or find will work!

DIY phone case materials

iPhone Case Design Materials

Printer
Pencil
Scissors
X-acto knife
Clear phone case
A design on paper

iphone case template

Step 1

Make a template.

I traced my phone on the paper I wanted and just added tabs to the edges so that the paper will wrap about my phone and stay in place.

Cut it out.

Place your cut out inside of the clear case and trace around the section for the camera.

Use the X-acto knife to cut that part out.

You should now have something like the above image. This can be your first design option and your template.

DIY iPhone Case Design: leaves

Step 2

Put the design against the back of your clear case and place your phone against it.

DIY iPhone Case Design: Abstract 1

Painting by Samsavaclav. Found on Wikimedia.

diy iPhone Case Design: Abstract Version 2

Painting by Samsavaclav. Found on Wikimedia.

These two designs were made from this gorgeous painting on Wikimedia. I printed out the original upload, then used my template to cut out 2 more designs from the left and right side of the painting.

There are plenty of places to find images under the Creative Commons license. Check them out if you’re thinking about making your own phone case design.

I’m planning to make a few more designs and will upload them when I finish.

I’d love to hear what you think! Leave me some feedback in the comments.

DIY Geometric Pen Holder

DIY geometric pen holder

I was really excited for my craft this week. I recently started a new job, which means I have a new desk in a new environment. I wanted to spice up the space a little bit with a fun pen holder.

I knew I wanted it to be geometric, but wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it. So I googled “geometric 3d design templates” and found this site called korthalsaltes.com. It has templates for a ton of 3D shapes. I decided on a dodecahedron template.

There are two templates for the design I wanted, but the ones available were either too large or too small for my preference, so I made my own. You can use my template if you want. All you have to do is print and cut it out.

 

geometric pen holder materials

Things You Will Need

Pencil
Hot-melt glue
Cardstock paper
Pentagon template
Scissors or X-acto knife
Paint or scrapbook paper
*Cutting mat
*Ruler

*Optional but useful

 

pentagon shaped cut outs

Step 1

Print your template on a piece of cardstock and cut out the shapes. You should have 12 shapes in your template but you should only use 11 of them. You’ll be leaving the top of the 3D shape open.

pen holder first steps

Step 2

Glue two of your pentgon-shaped cut outs together.

3D pen holder

pen holder in beginning stages

Step 3

Continue gluing the rest of the cut outs together until you have something like the above.

All of your edges should be the same length so don’t worry about whether or not they will fit a certain way.

mod modged scrapbook paper pen holder

Step 4

For this step you’ll either use the paint or the scrapbook paper.

If you’re using paint, go ahead and do your thing.

If you’re using scrapbook paper, use the same template to cut the same number of shape out of your paper. Then Mod Podge the shapes to your soon-to-be pen holder. Let that dry and add another layer of Mod Podge to the outside to seal the paper and add a protective layer.

3D pen holder on my desk

Plop some pens into your new, beautiful pen holder and enjoy!

DIY geometric pen holder

I am planning to make a few more of these with different designs and in different sizes. Maybe they won’t all be pen holders. Who knows? I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas! Leave it in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Accent Color Wall Art

DIY accent color wall art

I’ve never been in a house that didn’t have at least one decorative element on the wall. I bet you can’t think of one either. So, it’s probably safe to say that people like wall art. However, they might not want to pay for some of the more expensive options.

I like to make art and I enjoy teaching other people to do the same, so it makes sense to start with decorative, simple art.

This example is great for the modern home that needs a small pop of color.

Want to try it? It’s easy…

wall art materials

Things You Will Need

Ruler
Canvas
Newspaper
Stencil tape
Acrylic paint
X-acto knife
Paint brushes

Oil-based Sharpie markers a highly recommended but optional.

stencil tape art

Step 1

Lay out your stencil tape in the design you want.

Tip: To get the sharp points, stretch your tape out longer than it needs to be. Then lay the ruler across where it needs to be cut and use your X-acto knife to cut it.

painted canvas

Step 2

Paint everything black except one strip in the center. Paint the lone strip pink.

black pink wall art

Step 3

Peel off the tape when your paint is dry.

You might have a few paint lines that aren’t as even as you would’ve like them to be.

That’s where the oil-based Sharpie markers come in. You’ll want a black and a while one.

sharpie essentials

Use them to even out the lines. Obviously, use the black on the black lines and the white to cover up any paint that spills over.

DIY accent color wall art

When you’re finished you’ll have something like the above.

I like the abstraction. The black. And, of course, the accent color.

The bigger the canvas, the bigger the impact.

Let me know what you think!

Happy painting 🙂

DIY Sketchbook and Pen Case

diy sketchbook case closed

I know this is two sewing projects in a row and that’s not normal for me. But this sketchbook/pen case was actually the project I was working on for the Craft Challenge: sewing edition last week but didn’t have time to finish.

I sewed the whole thing by hand (I know I’m insane), but I’d advice using a sewing machine if you have one. My sore fingers would advise you do the same.

Besides the time and finger pain, it was a neat project. I love the fabric combination and especially the way it turned out.

It’s always more satisfactory to use something you’ve created. So… if you want to make one keep reading.

materials pen sketchbook case

Things You Will Need

Thread
Fabric
Needle
Ribbon
Scissors

sketchbook pen case body

sketchbook pencil case body

Step 1

Cut 2 sheets of fabric about a foot longer than you want your sketchbook case be.

Flip it inside out, sewing the 2 long edges and one of the short edges, and then flip it right-side out again.

inside seam

Step 2

Flip about half an inch of the short edge that you didn’t sew into the case and sew it shut.

sketchbook case pockets

Step 3

Flip the sides of the fabric inward and sew the tops of them together to form 2 pockets.

pocket cut out

Step 4

Cut another piece of fabric that will serve as a pocket for your pens.

Flip it inside out, sew 3 of the edges, and flip it right-side out.

pen pocket

sketchbook pen pocket close up

Step 5

Sew the pocket to the body of the case.

DIY sketchbook case

You should have something that looks like this.

sketchbook closure button

ribbon closure sketchbook case

Step 6

Now, you’re going to want to add a button and some ribbon to the outside of the case.

You’ll want to sew the button to outside on one side. Then secure the ribbon to the outside edges.

diy sketchbook case closed

BEAUTIFUL. Right?

Well, I’m a fan of it. I hope you like it too.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Hanging Swirl Wire Earrings

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

I know this post is coming much later in the day than usual but it’s better late than never, right?

Anyway…

I haven’t made any wire jewelry in a while and was thinking about this pair of earrings I saw the other day that i really liked. They were similar to these, except they had these hideous beads in the bottom swirl. I liked them, but sans beads. So I decided to make my own, more appealing version.

Now that they’re finished, I kind of wish I would’ve tried to use some textures on the wire, like maybe hammering, to give it a little something extra. I’ll definitely be trying it with my next batch.

hanging swirl earrings materials

Things You Will Need:
Wire
Pliers
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Thing-A-Ma-Jig

*You can get all of the materials to make these hanging swirl wire earrings at any craft store. If you are unsure of what to look for, leave me a comment and I’ll help you out.

wire length

Step 1
Cut a piece of wire about the length of your pliers.

earring loop top

Step 2
Put a small loop at the top of your wire.

earring swirl 2

Step 3
Using the second to largest peg in your Thing-A-Ma-Jig kit, start the first swirl in your soon-to-be earrings by wrapping it around the peg.

earring swirl 3

Step 4
With the front half of the earring face down, wrap the remaining wire around the largest peg in your kit.

earring swirls

Step 5
Pull out the second to largest sized peg again and use it to make that last swirl in the wire a little bit smaller.

last earring swirl

Step 6
Use your rounded pliers to put one extra swirl in your wire.

Repeat steps 1-6 to make a second earring.

earring hooks and jump rings

Add on your jump rings (optional) and earring hooks for a beautiful finish.

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

These might be my new favorite earrings!

How cute would these look with this texture though? They probably would’ve been a lot easier to wrap too. 😉

Let me know what you think! Do you like them?

Happy crafting!

DIY Watercolor Flower Painting

watercolor flower painting

My mom LOVES flowers and that is probably and understatement. The house I grew up in is like a jungle because of all of the plants.  Anyway, it was her birthday on Thursday so I went home for the weekend to spend some time with her.

I know it’s traditional to buy birthday cards, but I’m really not a fan of picking up some templated card with text that some random person wrote. I wanted to give her a birthday card that was more personal so I decided on a watercolor painting with a happy birthday at the bottom.

The process can take a while, depending on your experience level, but it’s a great starter project for getting into watercolor painting.

There are a few things you should know before you start using watercolor

Watercolor paints are transparent, so if you’re used to using oil or acrylic, this might be a little bit harder to get used to. You have to plan out where you’re white space is going to be. Painting an area white after you’ve painted it a different color is not going to work.

Limit your color palette to 2 or 3 colors. If you get too many colors on the paper, they will start to blend together and get a little muddy.

Use a variety of brushes. Don’t try to use one small brush. Vary the sizes and you’ll get better results.

watercolor flower painting materials

Things You Will Need:
Water
Paint brushes
Paper towels
Watercolor paints
Thick paper (watercolor paper, Bristol)
Flowers to look at (optional)

watercolor prep drawing

Step 1
Draw a very light outline of flowers on your paper with a pencil. These will be your guides. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look fantastic. The best thing about watercolor is that it doesn’t have to be perfect to look nice.
light blue flowers

Step 2
Paint your lightest colors first. Make sure your brush is wet (but not soaked).

To get a lighter shade of the color you’re using, get your paint brush wet, swirl it on the paint, dip it back into the water, then lightly dab it onto the towel. When you start painting you’ll get a very light color.

To get a darker shade, just use less water. Go from the paint directly onto the paper.
watercolor painting of flowers

watercolor painting with no outlines

Step 3
Paint on the darker colors.
watercolor flower painting

Step 4
Wait for everything to dry, then draw a thin black outline around all of the flowers and leaves. The outline helps to pull the whole image together and make it look a little more defined.

When you’re finished, you can add your message at the bottom and you have the perfect, from-the-heart birthday card. Your recipient will appreciate it much more that the card you thought about buying at the store.
If you’ve never used watercolor before, don’t worry! This is a good medium to start with. The colors bleed easily when there’s a good bit of water and can be easily touched up with ink when you’re finished. I would definitely recommend playing around with it. It’s a very nice stress reliever.

Hope you enjoyed my DIY for this week! I’d love to hear your feedback.

DIY Sketchbook Pen and Pencil Holder

DIY sketchbook pencil holder

Every artist that carries a sketchbook should have an easy-to-access pencil. Some carry multiple pencils in a fold-up case, but I typically don’t used more than one or two at a time. But every time I get an idea, I have to look for a pencil. So, I thought about buying a pencil holder for my sketchbook but, of course, decided to make my own instead. I know you’re surprised.

It’s really easy, cheap, and didn’t take long at all. I did mine my hand, but if you have a sewing machine, this will move a lot faster.

I love that it fits around my sketchbook so that I always have pencils with me. I was also excited about the elastic band because it fits a variety of sizes of sketchbooks. I’m trying out a Mod Notebook right now, but when I’m done with that one, I can use the pencil holder for my Moleskine as well.

sketchbook pencil holder materials

Things You Will Need:
Fabric
Elastic
Scissors
Sewing kit
Sketchbook

You can find everything you need for the DIY sketchbook pencil holder at Michael’s or any other craft/hobby shop.

pencil holder sizing

Step 1
Measure out your main piece of fabric to be situated something like this around the front cover of your sketchbook. That extra space is where we’re going to sew in the elastic later on.

pencil holder fabric pieces

Step 2
Cut out two more pieces of fabric: one for the actual pocket and one to accent the top of the pocket.

The pocket piece should be about half the size of the wrap-around piece.

The accept piece is optional, but looks nice. It’s your call how much space you want that one to take up.

pencil pocket

Step 3
Fold the accept piece under on both sides and sew it to the pocket.

pencil pocket inside wrap

Step 4
Fold over the piece that wraps around the sketchbook, inside out. Place the pocket inside of that. I put mine about 2 inches from the bottom of the wrapped piece, but this will depend on the size of your sketchbook. You’ll have to measure it to see what you like.

pencil holder with sewn edges

Step 5
Sew up both sides of the wrapped piece, making sure to include the pocket with your stitch.

Don’t sew across the top or the bottom of the wrapped piece or the pocket.

pencil holder in progress

Step 6
When you’re done sewing up the sides, flip the fabric right-side out so that you can see the pocket.

Sew across the bottom of the pocket so that your pencils don’t fall out.

elastic pencil holder

Step 7
Measure out your elastic pieces so that your wrap will fit around your sketchbook cover.

Now you can sew the elastic pieces into the top and bottom of the wrapped piece. Make sure to fold the ends of fabric pieces down inside first so the edges look clean.

DIY sketchbook pencil holder

Wrap the pencil holder around the front cover of your sketchbook and you’re done! Well, you’ll need some pencils, of course.

open sketchbook with pencil holder

The inside should look something like this.

sketchbook with pencil/pen holder

When planning out the pencil holder, I wanted something that wouldn’t ruin the cover of my sketchbook. In order to do that, I chose a thin fabric and made sure to end the pocket section right at the bottom of the sketchbook cover. With the fabric and elastic that takes up space on the inside of the sketchbook, it only lifts the cover a little bit. I’m happy with that.

If I wanted to carry anything else, like a smaller sketchbook or my wallet, it would fit nicely underneath the pencil holder, which is very convenient.

I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know in the comments.

Happy crafting 🙂

DIY Mini Sketchbook

DIY mini sketchbook

I have an obsession with notebooks and sketchbooks.

Every time I go to a craft store and see a pretty sketchbook, I buy it. Do you know how often I’m in a craft store? I’m not even going to tell you… It’s better for both of us.

Needless to say, I have a lot of sketchbooks. I know I’ll use them, so I don’t mind my collection. But I will only carry them around if they’re small. So, once in a while I’ll make a mini version out of them so that I can keep them in my purse.

This works best if you have a spiral ring sketchbook. I prefer the Strathmore books, but you can use whatever you like. I like to wait until the pages are almost used up and tear out the last chunk to make a new, smaller version. The quality of the pages are great.

mini sketchbook materials

Mini sketchbook supplies

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sketchbook preparation

sketchbook pages

Step 1: cut the paper to size

Cut your paper out of the larger sketchbook and size it appropriately for your mini version. Make it whatever size you want.

I usually just cut the edges off.

folding sketchbook pages

folded sketchbook pages

Step 2: section the pages and fold in half

Separate the pages into even sections and fold them in half like in the images above.

DIY sketchbook cover

Step 3: create the sketchbook cover

Measure the size of your soon-to-be-sketchbook and cut a piece of thick scrapbook paper to fit those measurements.

Fold it down the center and place one of your folded sketchbook paper sections inside of it.

sew pages

Step 4: Bound the sketchbook pages and cover

Using thread and a needle or a stapler, connect the cover to the pages.

I used thread and sewed the whole way up the spine of the book.

Tip: if you use large stitches, you can cover more ground faster.

DIY mini sketchbook

When you’re finished, you’ll have some cute mini sketchbooks to carry around with you for when ideas strike (or when you’re bored).

You can use the scrapbook paper cover or even use some cardboard from old cereal boxes and draw on them. Personalizing your sketchbook is always fun!

I’d love to get your thoughts. Leave them in the comments below!

Hope you guys enjoyed this one!! Happy crafting!