Small Notebooks Wrapped Up for Valentine’s Day

On the clearance aisles of office supply and craft stores, you’ll often find inexpensive notebooks. I found these tiny pink notebooks on a clearance aisle at Office Depot for .70.  I wrapped them with glassine kraft paper, ribbon, crepe paper flowers, crochet lace, and some cuts of old pink sweater (I used cuts of this same sweater in a former post).  It only took a few minutes to turn these inexpensive notebooks into lovely Valentine gifts!

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~Scarlett

Easter Eggs Inspired by the Blanton Museum of Art

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It’s not easy coming up with unique Easter egg projects!   Every year I try to come up with an inspiration for Easter eggs that I haven’t seen before.  Not an easy task!

Using metallic blue and white acrylic paints, I set out to paint some eggs inspired by the Blanton Museum of Art. The atrium of the BMoA features an installation of poured acrylic slats adhered to the walls, created by artist Teresita Fernandez. It’s called “Stacked Waters“.

I mixed up three shades of blue and sketched the design on the egg lightly in pencil.

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Using a small, flat paint brush, I added varying shades of blue in horizontal segments, just like the walls of the museum.

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To add some variety to the basket, I also rolled some of the eggs around in the leftover paint for fun.  They definitely have the “Stacked Waters” look!

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Thanks for stopping by and looking at my Easter egg project for 2016. Have a blessed Easter weekend!  ~Scarlett

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Tiny Boat Tags With Walnut Shells

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To make these tiny little boat tags you’ll need:

Halved walnut shells

Acrylic paints and brush

Cotton cloth/Fabric Scissors

Toothpicks

Air-dry clay for the tops of the masts.

Blank tags, red and blue cardstock

Red ribbon

Hot glue gun

You can make these simply, leaving the shells natural and attaching the cloth sails.  Or you can go “overboard” like I did and paint them up and decorate the sails to match!  These tiny boats would make adorable tags for baby boy gifts and sweet Valentine’s tags for everyone!  Attach them to red boxes of chocolates, blue bags of truffles, or a giant silver chocolate kiss.

And be sure to tell them, “You Float My Boat Valentine!”  :)

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

~Scarlett

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Miniature Monet Magnets


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In my last post, I showed you how I created these tiny 2 inch paintings, inspired by Monet.

Here’s what I did with them next!

I put out paper towels on my table and covered them with a large sheet of wax paper.

Then I got some incredible stuff called Art Resin
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After mixing equal amounts of the two-part kit together in a plastic cup, I stirred thoroughly for a couple of minutes with a wooden skewer.

Then I poured the resin directly onto the canvases.  Each canvas took about 1 tablespoon of resin.
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I smoothed the resin gently over the canvas with the side of the skewer, taking it over the edges. DSCF2940Using the pointed end of the skewer, I popped a few tiny air bubbles in the resin…

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And I let them dry overnight. They are super smooth with a thick, glossy finish.

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I recycled an old magnetic calendar by cutting it up and gluing squares to the backs of the canvases.DSCF2945DSCF2973

Monet Magnets!

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Can’t wait to try more projects with ArtResin!  Check out their web site and see all the amazing things you can do with this awesome stuff!

Hop over and like my FB page for daily sketches, photos, and artistic adventures!

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Miniature Monet Paintings

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These tiny 2 inch square canvases are perfect for painting miniature Monet waterlilies.

First, I painted them with clear gesso and pulled out some Monet books for inspiration…

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My technique was simple:

1. Stipple background in soft colors with a stencil brush.  (made transparent by mixing acrylic with gel medium)

2. Fingerpaint water lilies in greens. (large lilies with the pad of my finger, smaller ones with tip)

3. Add outlines around lily pads and paint lilies with small brush. ( having some Monet books to look at helps)

That’s it! As you experiment with colors and sizes of flowers, each one turns out different.

Here are five miniature paintings I made using these 3 steps…
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Sometimes I mix colors with my fingers.  It’s messier but faster!
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The large stippling brush keeps the background from looking too solid and allows you to create lines in the paint, to show movement of the water…
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Finger-painting the lily pads…

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This was the picture I used as a reference.
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Be sure and like my FB page so you can see extra photos of all my projects and weekly sketches, museum exhibit info, and more!

I’m also asking for suggestions on what I should do with these tiny paintings.  Make them into necklaces? Pins?  Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and many thanks to all of you who pin my posts.  ~Scarlett
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