DIY Doodle Baseball Cap

DIY Doodle Ball Cap

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 ūüėČ

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.)

Materials to make a doodle cap

Things You Will Need:
Ball cap
Fabric markers

* You can find both of these materials at any craft store.  I think my total was around $10.

flower doodles

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.

ball cap brim doodle

Flower doodles on brim of hat

Step 2
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?

Side doodles on ball cap

Ball cap doodles on back

Drawings on top of ball cap

Happy crafting!

The Psychology of Color: Infographic



Who doesn’t like infographics? They are visually appealing and easy to read (most of the time). So, when I found this one from Painters of Lousville, I had to share it.

This one talks about what each color represents in terms of feeling or emotion, what each color represents and how we use them in marketing (which I am particularly interested in). Think about it. How do you respond to colors? Why do you respond that way? Do you like a particular color because you were conditioned to? Or because you just like it. Or maybe you painted your kitchen red because it makes you think of food…

There is an interesting idea behind the psychology.

the psychology of color

Psychology of Color: Design Edition

The Psychology of Color

Pretty fascinating compilation right? Infographic via webpage fx. Check that out, there is more.

As a designer, I’ve always been interested in color theory. During college, I took some psychology and sociology classes because the why behind everything sucked me in. Why do I like the color black? It isn’t a bold color that draws you in… Wondering is one thing, but I took it to a whole separate level and researched it, because I wanted to know why.

I’ve learned that my attraction to the color black had to have started in childhood. By the way, I don’t think it was necessarily anything black that I liked, I think it was the opposite. I was never much of a girly girl, but my mom would dress me in frilly, bold colored dresses (sometimes with polka dots) and put my hair in pigtails with a bow on each side. Awful, right? No offense Mom, but my hatred for those things probably stemmed from that time period when I had little to no say in what I wore. It is okay though, I’ve grown out of it. I love pink! Dresses really don’t make the cut though. They probably never will.

But I digress… There is a reason why we respond to each color in a certain way. A lot of that is cultural which is why the color theory works so well in marketing.

Thoughts? Are there any psychologists out there who can give me a different perspective?



Winter Wonderland?

winter wonderlandAlright, I wouldn’t call it a winter wonderland… Let’s face it, anything that has the word winter, snow can not be considered a wonderland, in my opinion. Snow looks pretty from the window but from outside it is a different story.

I had time to paint last night for the first time in quite a while. This was what happened. Maybe sometime this weekend I’ll get a frame so I can get it up on Etsy!


Crayola… I Love You

Did you know that Crayola’s 64 pack of crayons is customizable? I had no idea until today. This is awesome!

Go to this link to explore.

You get to pick 4 Crayola crayon colors. The colors are shown on digital crayons, and when you hover it reveals the name of the color.

The customized 64 pack is only $10.99 and ships in 10-15 days. Pretty sweet!!! What kid wouldn’t want a box full of his or her favorite colors only? I still want a box of all pink crayons!





DIY Quote Mug

I loved making these! I want to make so many more.

It was a pretty easy one. Once you buy the markers everything is inexpensive. Sadly, the markers cost about $16 at Michael’s (I think that is where I got them). It really isn’t that bad of a price considering you will have them for a very long time and can write on just about anything with them: glass, metal, porcelain, stone, metal, and wood.

It can be run through the dishwasher or heated in the microwave too!

It is worth it, I promise.

Things You Will Need:
Ceramic Cups
DecoColor Paint Markers

Step 1:

Shake the pen for about 30 seconds. Remove the cap and push the tip of the pen into a tissue or piece of paper to get rid of the excess paint. Then start drawing or writing on your cups. Make sure you stay away from the rim. You don’t want it near where your lips will be. On that note, don’t put it inside the cup either.

It gets to be pretty fun… somewhat addicting? It is a good addiction.

Happy crafting! ūüôā

Atomic: Full of Love, Full of Wonder

I just found pictures of the installation and have never seen it before. It was created in 2005 so I apologize if you have already seen this. Some of you may have.


This installation, Atomic: Full of Love, Full of Wonder, was an installation by Nike Savvas at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne. It is comprised of bouncy balls in many colors and shapes that are suspended to create a dense field of color. Amazing!


Leonid Afremov- Oil Painter

So, there’s this artist… Leonid Afremov. He is AMAZING. He paints only with oil and a palette knife and creates something new every day of his life. His work is original and phenomenal at the same time. The colors are brilliant and uplifting and I can’t get enough.


Leonid according to Deviant Art:

“I’m a professional artist. i paint with palette knife with oil on canvas. Art is my life and I paint every single day. it makes me happy to see people enjoying my art. God gave me a gift of being able to paint good and I thank him for that everyday buy painting and having my art affordable to buy. I was born in city of Vitebsk in 1955. Amazingly enough I was born in the same town as Marc Chagall, the famous artist who also founded the Vitebsk Art School along with Malevich & Kandinsky. I graduated from Vitebsk Art School in 1978 and is one of the elite members.

I tried different techniques during my career, but I especially fell in love with painting with oil and pallette-knife. Every artwork is the result of long painting process; every canvas is born during the creative search; every painting is full of my inner world. Each of my paintings brings different moods, colors and emotions. I love to express the beauty, harmony and spirit of this world in my paintings. My heart is completely open to art. Thus, I enjoy creating inspired and beautiful paintings from the bottom of my soul. Each of my artworks reflects my feelings, sensitivity, passion, and the music from my soul. True art is alive and inspired by humanity. I believe that art helps us to be free from aggression and depression.

Currently my art is being collected all over the world. There are many pleased collectors in the USA, Israel, Italy, France, England, Spain, Norway, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. Presently it is just enough to type my name in an internet search engine to discover the value and magnificence of my Art.”















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