Monday, October 27, 2014

How To Make A Yin Yang Watercolor Symbol

I've always been fascinated with the Yin Yang symbol as it represents the fact that two opposites can complement and, quite possibly, complete each other—just like my husband and I!



So when I decided to tackle the idea of playing with bright, cheerful watercolors, I couldn't think of anything better to play with than the Yin Yang symbol.



To start, I placed a large bowl on top of an 11x14 canvas, then used a ruler to make sure the bowl was perfectly centered. Next, I traced the bowl.



To make the S shape (which should be perfectly centered), I used a roll of tape. I placed the tape at the top of the circle, then traced half of the tape. I did the same thing to the bottom of the circle, then I connected the two shapes.



Once the outline was created, I colored the two halves of the circles with colored pencils. Next, I painted a solid color in each half of the symbol.



After the paint dried, I put splashes of color around the circle. While I liked the look and was tempted to leave it alone, I decided to embellish the colored splashes with a black artist's pen (Faber Castel 1.5 mm).



I have to tell you I loved the lined embellishment around the watercolor paint so much that now I want to create splashes of color just so I can embellish them.



Of course, I couldn't stop there! I have a thing for texture so I just had to glue some traditional white rice to one side of the symbol and risotto rice to the other side.



Once the glue dried, I used water color paints to change the color of the rice.



While I absolutely LOVE the added texture, I must warn you that it took me an entire day—nearly 6 hours total to lay down the rice!



If you know a faster way of laying down the rice, I'd love to hear it. Just leave a comment below.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

How To Make Doodle Cards

Have a bunch of scrap paper left over from a larger project? Hand them over to the kids and ask them to doodle away!



When they're done, turn them into quick and easy greeting cards…

Supplies:
  • Scrap papers
  • Blank 5x7 cards with envelopes
  • DecorArt® Acrylic Paint Marker
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Hand Quilter's Needle
  • Glue Dots® Pop Up Dots
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Instructions:
  1. Cut scrap papers into 2x3 and 4x7 rectangles.
  2. Use the paint marker to create various shapes and designs on top of the paper.
  3. Thread the needle.
  4. Coming up from the backside of the card, use a basic back-and-forth stitch to outline some of the doodles.
  5. When done hand stitching, tie a knot on the backside of the card.
  6. Place Glue Dots® on the back of the doodled paper.
  7. Adhere the doodled paper to the front of your blank card.
  8. Sign and date the back of the card.

Personally, I like to create blank cards because then they can be used for ANY occasion. When the occasion arises, just add words to the card using rubber stamps, rub-ons, or your children's very own handwriting.

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