DIY Mini Winter Scene Painting

mini painting winter theme

I don’t know about your weather, but it’s pretty cold and snowy here.The cold weather has been a roller coaster this year. One day is -10, the next is 40 degrees. I’m about over that junk.On a more positive note, the snow and ice is absolutely beautiful and I wanted to capture that in another mini painting, this time with a winter theme. The last two were summer and fall.

If you’d like to make your own, follow the steps below!


mini painting supplies winter theme

Mini winter painting supplies

  • paint brushes
  • paint palette
  • water cup
  • paper towels
  • mini canvas
  • acrylic paint
    • light blue
    • dark blue
    • navy blue
    • medium blue
    • dark green
    • white
    • black


sky painting - the beginning

Step 1: light blue paint

We’re going to start with light colors first. Paint a light layer of while in the bottom right corner of the canvas followed by light blue. Just dab it on like in the image above.

Think about your light source. It’s going to be the moon and from the upper left corner of the painting. So the clouds will be lighter on the top half and darker on the bottom.


painting the sky - light to dark

Step 2: repeat with a medium blue

Repeat step 1 with a darker, medium blue.


sky painting

Step 3: repeat with a medium blue

Repeat step 1 with navy blue.

Blend them together as you go.


snow scene painting

Step 4: repeat with a dark blue

Repeat step 1 with a darker blue. Let it dry.

Add the moon (white paint) with some shine around it (blend the medium blue with white).


painting the snow and-sky

Step 5: add a hill covered in snow

Paint a hill will white paint.

A few steps after this, I extended the hill to the right side of the canvas to look more realistic.


tree in the snow painting

Step 6: paint the pine trees

Using black and dark green, paint vertical lines at different heights. These will be the base for your trees.


painting pine trees

Then, start with the brush at the line and pull the paint outward. The farther down the tree, the longer the branches should get. Add a few layers of paint and let it dry.


pine tree snow painting

Step 7: paint snow on the branches

using your white paint, add a few dabs to the top side of each branch. This will be your snow.


mini painting winter themediy mini winter scene painting

When you’re done, you should have something that looks like the above image. If it isn’t exact, don’t worry about it. The painting is your own and it’s meant to be different in its own way.

If you need some inspiration, try watching some Bob Ross on Netflix. It’s good stuff!

Happy painting!




Autumn Craft: DIY Leaf Relief Painting

DIY leaf relief painting

This month’s Craft Challenge theme is autumn. My goal is always to create something different and exciting for each of these challenges and this month is no different. I struggled a bit with this one because I’m not quite in the mood for fall yet. It’s sunny and 90 degrees in my area and leaves are still green. I haven’t quite hit the sweaters, boots and pumpkin latte craze yet.

To get there, I did a brainstorming session with a friend (thank you, Aarika). We kept coming back to leaves. Do you remember doing leaf coloring in 2nd grade? You put a leaf under a piece of paper and color over it with a crayon to bring out the texture and outlines? We’re going to make the adult version of that today.

It’s a really fun project, and I really enjoyed making it. I’m going to paint several more this week and frame them for some festive decor. Follow the tutorial below to make some of your own!


leaf relief painting materials

Materials needed for leaf relief paintings

  • foil
  • leaves
  • sponge brush
  • acrylic paint
  • paper towns
  • thick paper
  • craft bond / adhesive
  • light grit sandpaper or steel wool

Supply notes:
Go outside and find some leaves, flowers or other plants.

Make sure the paper you choose is pretty thick. I used paper from a mixed media notebook. You can also use watercolor paper, bristol board or some other variation.

Choose steel wool over sandpaper if you can.


painting workspace

Step 1: set up your workspace

Usually, this isn’t part of my tutorial because your workspace is a given. However, this one can get a little sticky (pun intended).

Make sure you lay down newspaper or paper towels all over your work area if you’re working indoors. Craft bond is pretty sticky and it takes some time to get it out of clothes, off your skin and table.

Crafter’s tip: If you’re working over wood like I am, and happen to get the adhesive on your table, dab some vegetable oil on a towel and wipe it up. The oil releases the bond on the wood. Make sure you use cleaning products to wipe up the oil when you’re finished!


texture for painting

Step 2: adhere paper towels to the paper

Spray the adhesive on your thick paper and cover it will a paper towel.

I used paper towels with swirl designs because I wanted extra texture for the  background. You don’t have to use a bold texture if you don’t want to.


leaf base

Step 3: adhere the leaves

Spray the adhesive again and press the leaves into place.


foil cover nature art

Step 4: adhere the foil

Spray the adhesive again and press a sheet of foil overtop of the leaves.


leaf relief with foil

Step 5: bring out the natural texture

Ball up a paper towel and press lightly over the veins and outlines of the leaves and their stems to bring out the texture. Be careful not to rip the foil.


brush painting technique

Step 6: paint the foil

Using your sponge brush, dab the paint onto the foil like in the image above. You want to lift the brush and set it back down to ensure the paint gets into all of those little crevices.

Then, pull your brush from one end to the other in a typical painting motion. Get rid of the texture the sponge brush created by dabbing on the paint.

Let it dry.

I decided, half way through painting, that I wanted to go with the red paint, so I painted over it a second time with that color only.

I suggest painting on a second layer of paint either way.

Let it dry.

leaf veins through acrylic paint

Step 7: sand down the paint

Very lightly sand down the paint on and around the leaves so that the veins and foil shows through. Be careful not to rip the foil.

This is going to be a very slow process, but it is so worth it in the end.


DIY leaf relief painting

When you’re finished, you’ll have something that looks like the above. I love the way the foil makes all of the lines pop!

Next time I am going to try paper towels with less texture and black or dark blue paint. I really enjoy the red but a higher contrasting color will make the leaves stand out so much more.

The Craft Challenge

This project is part of the Craft Challenge.

Be sure to check out Emily’s craft over at A Pop of Red! She will have her tutorial posted later today.


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

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 🙂

Elena Caravela: Illustrator, Instructor and Fine Artist

Elena Caravela: portrait of a girl painting

I’ve been following Elena’s blog since I started Make Something Mondays so I am honored to be featuring her work. She creates such beautiful paintings that seem to captivate you in that moment. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!

About Elena Caravela

Elena attended The School of Visual Arts, where she earned her BFA.  She has worked as an illustrator, instructor and fine artist.

Elena has received numerous corporate and private portrait commissions and has exhibited work in a variety of genre and media. Most recently, two of her paintings were exhibited at the Principal Gallery’s “Women Painting Women show.  Her illustration work has been published in 3×3 Magazine for Contemporary Illustration and a collaborative illustration with a young artist was published in BIG Kids Magazine.  Elena has illustrated two award winning children’s picture books, The Birds of the Harbor, and A Night of Tamales and Roses.  She is the author of a non-fiction picture book about young female artists titled Portrait of a Girl and Her Art.

Love of art

The drive to make things;drawing, painting, and doodling in the beet juice on my plate, has always been an innate and consuming preoccupation for me. Shapes, values, color and composition run like a screensaver behind most everything I do, every day.  Although distracting at times, I am never bored.  And because I’ve not been able to satisfy the yearning to perfectly realize what I see, I am driven to make more things.  With every new effort, I hope to someday realize what I see in my mind’s eye.

You can find more of Elena’s work on her website, blog or Behance portfolio.

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DIY Dandelion Silhouette Painting

DIY dandelion silhouette painting


I’ve been seeing dandelion art all over the place, particularly on Pinterest, and I’ve been inspired by it. So I decided to make my own version. But I wanted something a bit brighter and with more than a solid background. So I decided to paint dandelions as a silhouette on top of a sunset background. You can use whatever colors you’d like for yours though. I like the variety in color.

Don’t be discourage if you’ve never painted before. I promise that this one is easy and I’m walking you through all of it. If I don’t have pictures of what I did, I’ve provided links to tutorials that will help you through it.

wall art materials

Things You Will Need:
Acrylic paint

**If you want to use a black marker (pick a sharpie or other good brand to ensure consistent color) instead of black paint for the dandelion, you can do that. That was my original plan since you have better control of a marker, but my Sharpie died. So sad.

sunset background


Step 1
Pick your colors, wet your paint brush and layer them. Then blend the paints so that it creates a sunset effect.

I blended mine from pink, orange, yellow, back to orange, blue and to purple.

Hint: Add your lighter colors first. I started in the middle with yellow and added some white to the right side of the canvas. Then added my darker colors to the left side and blended over the right.

dandelion stemStep 2
Paint or draw the stem of the dandelion and add a ball at the top like in the image above.

dandelion stem 2

Step 3
Add some prongs out to the side and add a small circle to the end of each one.


Step 4
Repeat Step 3 but at a smaller scale. Make the prongs a little bit shorter and the circles at the end a little bit smaller.

dandelion silhouette painting

Step 5
Repeat Step 3 and 4 to make as many dandelions as you’d like. I chose to paint 3 at different sizes.

DIY dandelion silhouette painting

Let it dry and hang your art on the wall to brighten up your room of choice. Lovely!

Happy painting!


DIY Basic Watercolor Flower

DIY Basic Watercolor FlowerRecently, I was thinking about how important details are in artwork. For my most recent DIY projects, I’ve give you an overview tutorial on how to make each craft. What I’m going to show you for this one is the details for a watercolor flower. It didn’t take long and you could add so many more flowers to this one to turn it into something lovely. The flower is very basic so there are no excuses here!

watercolor materials

Things You Will Need:
Paper towel
Watercolor paint

*Watercolor paper is preferable, but cardstock is more common. Either will work. You can find them at craft stores like Michael’s.

colored water

Step 1
Wet your paint and dip you brush back in the water. Then, lightly dry it on the paper towel.

petal layer 1


Step 2
Paint the petal. The color should be very light like in the image above.

petal layer 2

Step 3
Dip the brush back in the paint, then lightly dry it on the towel again. Paint your second layer like in the above image.

petal layer 3

Step 4
Dip your brush back in the paint. This time, don’t dry it. Just paint a thin line around the edge of the petal to create a shadow effect.

purple watercolor flower

Step 5
Repeat steps 1-4 for the remaining petals.

If you’ve had enough, you can start painting some accent elements like vines or leaves.

DIY Basic Watercolor Flower

If you think it looks a little rough, you can outline it with a black sharpie. This helps to clean up the lines and give some detail.

Let me know what you think! Did you like this tutorial? Would you like to see more of these types of tutorials?


DIY Abstract Tree Painting

Abstract Tree PaintingA few weeks ago, during Make Something Mondays, you guys voted for a tutorial on an abstract tree painting so here it is! It isn’t exactly the same as the one I showed you before but it is similar. Just remember that it is abstract and that it can be anything that you want it to. It all comes from your imagination.

materials for the DIY Painted Tree

Things You Will Need:
Paint (acrylic)
Paint brushes

brown ground

Step 1:

Paint a section, about 3/4 down the canvas, and paint it brown. I combined a light brown and a dark brown.

Gesso paintStep 2:

This step is optional.

Paint a layer of gesso over the top 3/4 of the canvas.

blue streakStep 3:

Start painting a streak along the line of your designated ground. This will keep the paint from bending together.

blue sky paintingStep 4:

Start to paint your sky. Don’t spend a lot of time on this though. The goal here is just to get some color on the canvas so that you don’t see white between the leaves in the final painting.

tree outlineStep 5:

Paint an outline of a tree on one side of your canvas. Remember that the majority of this tree will be covered with leaves as well, so if you are going to focus on making it look good, focus on the bottom.

treeStep 6:

Start to fill in your tree. I used one shade of brown and a small brush so that when I painted, it made a texture like in the image above.

treeStep 7:

Paint some roots for your tree.

painting yellow leaves

Yellow leaf

Step 8:

Get a lot of paint on a medium-sized brush and dab it on the canvas. It should look something like the above.

A little texture is a good thing.

brightly colored leavesStep 9:

Randomly spread some leaves out on the canvas. Avoid the tree for now since the paint is still wet.

brightly colored leaves

Step 10:

Add set of leaves in a different color.

brightly colored leavesStep 11:

Continue step 10 for several more colors.

brightly colored leaves brightly colored leaves

Step 12:

When the canvas is filled up but has a bit of space left, go back through with other  colors and fill in the negative space. Don’t forget the ground!

Abstract Tree PaintingVoila! Hope you enjoyed this one!

Happy Monday!!!

DIY Abstract Wall Art

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysHow much money have you spent buying art? Really, I’m curious. I spend money on art and people ask me why I would spend money when I can just make it myself. That is a good point, but the reason I buy it is because I like to support other artists. There are some talented people out there, as my blog has shown you, that deserve to be promoted. They have to make money somehow, and the only way that is going to happen is if you buy their art. But, enough with my supporting artists rant. This week my Make Something Mondays project is DIY abstract wall art. Many people buy art because they don’t think they can make it themselves. You can.

The joy with abstract art is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. There was a period called Abstract Expressionism when artists showed how they felt by painting on canvas. It doesn’t have to mean anything to the viewer, although it often does, it just has to mean something to the artist. You can do this, even if you don’t think you have any talent.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysThings You Will Need:
Acrylic paint
Masking tape
Paint brushes/sponges

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 1:

Using your masking tape, make a frame around the edges of your canvas. Then, separate the canvas into quadrants.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 2:

Pick out the paints you are going to use. I used 3 paints per quadrant.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 3:

Using one of the sponge brushes, sponge a layer of the lightest color over one of the quadrants. Keep turning the sponge brush so you begin to create a pattern.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 4:

Pick the next lightest color of the 3 you chose. Continue the same brush pattern like the image above. With this color, layer on less of the paint so that the yellow (or your first color) is still visible.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 5:

Using the darkest color, and the least amount of paint, continue the same pattern.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysAt this point, you should have something that looks like this. If you feel like you’ve overdone it with the darker colors you can always add another layer of your lightest color over top. Don’t go overboard though.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 6:

Repeat steps 1-5 on your remaining quadrants. You can pick whichever colors you want.

Let the canvas dry. This shouldn’t take more than 5-10 mins. Acrylics dry fast.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 7:

Add a few lines of masking tape across the top and bottom of each quadrant. Leave a small amount of space between them similar to the image above.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 8:

Pick a dark color that stands out in one (or all) of your quadrants. Paint the color of your choice between the tape.

When it is dry you can peel the tape off.

You should have something similar to the painting below.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysSee, you can do this! All it takes is some paint and a little bit of patients.

This one looks pretty good next to my other paintings.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysI’ve done the Crayon Art as a Make Something Mondays in the past. I haven’t done any tutorials on the tree painting but if enough people are interested, I will gladly make one for you guys! Let me know in the poll below.

Are you interested in a tutorial for the tree painting above?


You guys said you wanted to learn how to make the tree painting, so here’s a tutorial for you!

Throwback Thursday

I made this painting about 6 months after I graduated from college (which wasn’t that long ago).

I had been freelancing because I couldn’t find something fill time, which was more ideal for me. I worked a lot and had a lot of stress so, I used painting and drawing as my outlet. This was one of the many painting I made in that time period.

DIY Watercolor Decor

DIY Watercolor DecorThis is a fun, relaxing DIY for Make Something Mondays. It is always nice to have something like this after the holidays. You can do this by yourself, with a friend, or even with your kids! Its like coloring in a coloring book but without restrictions. I hope you enjoy it!



DIY materials


Things You Will Need:
Cup of water
Felt-tip Marker
Thesaurus pages





Step 1:

There is only one step. Start doodling with your watercolors on the thesaurus pages.


Painting like this really helps to blow off some steam (at least for me). I really like the way the ink shows through the watercolors.

If you like it enough when you are finished you can frame them and they make some awesome decor!


watercolor flowers




DIY Watercolor Decor


If you want to play around some more, use your marker to outlines or color with. see what you can do with it!