sweet as a cupcake

I had the urge yesterday to paint a cupcake. I had a leftover canvas from a previous cupcake painting project and figured why not?! I already have three hanging in my room right now, but you can never have too many cupcakes in my opinion…

Since I decided to paint another, I figured I could show everyone my process. : )

Since I decided to paint another, I wanted to show everyone my process. : )

First thing you need is a canvas. I love using the skinny canvas boards versus the regular canvas for these particular projects. I got a package of 5 at Blick for maybe $10.

First thing you need is a canvas. I love using the skinny canvas boards versus the regular canvas for these particular projects. I got a package of 5 at Blick for maybe $10.

Now pick a color for your background. In my previous paintings I used a light pink. I decided I wanted a more 'masculine' cupcake today and went for a light blue.

Now pick a color for your background. In my previous cupcakes I used a light pink but I decided I wanted a more ‘boy-friendly’ cupcake today and went for a light blue.

mix mix mix!

mix mix mix!

And begin painting away!

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And begin painting away!

I like to prep before I go straight in with the paints. So I sketch out my cupcakes in pencil first.

I like to prep before I go straight in with the paints. So I sketch out my cupcakes in pencil first.

You just want to lightly sketch because you can't erase pencil on freshly painted canvas.

You just want to lightly sketch because you can’t erase pencil on freshly painted canvas.

I chose a darker blue for the bottom...

I chose a darker blue for the bottom…

...and green for the icing.

…and green for the icing.

I like keeping a little consistency in my cupcakes, so I always make my cupcake insides a cream color.

I always make my cupcake insides a cream color for consistency.

After the first layer of paint.

After the first layer of paint.

Then I like to outline to cupcake, but not with black. I use the background color mixed with a little black as I think it helps tie the whole thing together. : )

Then outline the cupcake, but not with black. I think it helps tie the whole painting together if I use the background color mixed with a little black.

Here we are with a thin outline of the entire cupcake.

Here we are with a thin outline of the entire cupcake. Looks pretty flat…

After the initial outline, I go back to thicken some parts to add dimension.

Now go back to thicken some parts and add small accent lines to create dimension.

Finished! : )

Finished! : )

Painting is something that anyone can do. When I’m stressed, I’ll take a break and paint for an hour. It soothes my nerves and helps me relax. I don’t consider myself a “painter” per say, but I like what I create and I enjoy creating it. I think that’s the most important part of creativity; doing it for yourself. If you enjoy it, who cares what other people think. Just go for it!

Caroline

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painting the world chevron

This past weekend, my sister and I took on quite the painting challenge. We painted one of the walls in her room chevron. It’s all the rage right now and everyone seems to be doing it, so we thought it should be easy enough. Well I can tell you right now, it definitely wasn’t a breeze, but it wasn’t all that difficult. Just takes time and a little patience. Luckily, we had an unlimited amount of both. All we needed was a few pieces of cardboard, chalk, paint, paint rollers, paint brushes and painters tape.

The first thing we needed was to cut a 6x6 square out of cardboard.

The first thing we needed to do was cut a 6×6 square out of cardboard.

Perfect!

Perfect!

Get ready for your patience to be tested.

Get ready for your patience to be tested.

Trace your square over and over on the entire surface you wish to paint.

Using chalk, trace your square onto the entire surface you wish to paint.

Now take another piece of cardboard and draw alternating diagonal lines in the squares.

Now take another piece of cardboard and draw alternating diagonal lines in the squares.

After what seemed like hours...

It should look something like this once you’ve finished. After what seemed like hours…

...and lots of chalk dusk later, you're ready to start taping!

…and lots of chalk dust later, you’re ready to start taping!

And so we began taping our lives away...

And so we began taping our lives away…

Still taping.

Now let me tell you about our taping fiasco. We had painters come last week to paint the inside of our house, so we told them to paint the wall white so we’d have a nice base. Turns out, they’d painted this wall barely 24 hours before we wanted to start chalking, taping, & painting. Because of this, we thought we would need the delicate tape so it wouldn’t rip off the fresh paint. We got home from the store with the tape and it must have been from a combination of the chalk and the texture of our walls, but as we started taping, it was literally falling off the wall. So this meant another trip to the store to get the regular tape. This worked a little better…until we ran out 3/4 the way up the wall. We didn’t want to go to the store for a 3rd time so we decided we’d make the delicate tape work. It felt like everything was going wrong and we were extremely worried the paint would seep underneath the delicate tape, but it all turned out okay as you will see.

This is what your wall will look like once you've finished taping! (Except, you'll probably have better estimated the amount of tape you needed.)

This is what your wall will look like once you’ve finished taping! (Except, you’ll probably have better estimated the amount of tape you needed.)

Now it's time for the fun part: painting!

Now it’s time for the fun part: painting!

For the edges and around the trim is was easier for us to use a brush.

For touching up around the edges and the trim it was easiest for us to use a brush.

After we finished painting we waited about 10-15 minutes to let the paint set, and then started peeling off the tape.

We waited about 10-15 minutes until the paint set, and then started peeling off the tape.

The tape held up surprisingly well given the circumstances.

The tape held up surprisingly well given the circumstances.

As you can see, the chalk left some unwanted yellow behind, so we needed to wait overnight for the paint to dry enough for us to clean off the chalk.

As you can see, the chalk left some unwanted yellow behind. We waited overnight for the paint to dry so we could clean off the chalk.

We weren't quite satisfied with just the blue chevron, so we started taping again to add some silver accents on top of the stripes.

We weren’t quite satisfied with just the blue chevron, so we started taping again to add some silver accents on top of the stripes.

We decided to only tape and paint one row at a time.

Silver spray paint seemed to be the best option for the look we wanted.

Silver spray paint seemed to be the best option for the look we wanted.

We were pleasantly surprised! The tape help up extremely well with the spray paint.

We were pleasantly surprised! The tape held up extremely well to the spray paint. Only needed to touch up a few spots in each row.

And here's the finished result!

And here’s the finished result!

Overall, it was a lot to take on. It took a lot of patience to make sure everything was lined up and straight, but I would definitely say that the result is well worth the trouble it took to do it, just don’t take the commitment lightly!

Enjoy the rest of your day, let’s paint the world together!
Caroline : )

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birthday birthday birthday !

I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but the summertime is packed full of birthdays for me! I even have a few birthdays coming up this next week, so I spent yesterday making birthday cards. Decided to keep most of them pretty simple, but here’s some of the steps I took to make one of them:

I cut out some mini flags from some scrapbook paper I had lying around.

I cut out a few mini flags from some scrapbook paper I had lying around.

Then I glued the flags onto a piece of textured cardstock that I cut and folded into a square.

I glued the flags onto a piece of textured cardstock that I cut and folded into a square.

Next, I wrote 'Happy Birthday!!'

Next, I wrote ‘Happy Birthday!!’

I felt like it needed another row of flags, so I added some green ones.

I felt like it needed another row of flags, so I added some green ones.

I took another piece of scrap paper and starting accordion folding it.

I took another piece of scrap paper and started accordion folding it.

Then I tied a piece of string around the middle to hold the bows together and fanned out each side.

Then I tied a piece of string around the middle and fanned out each side.

Then I glued the bows onto the card. And finished! : )

Then I glued the bows onto the card. And finished! : )

Hopefully this inspired you to be creative and make your own birthday cards from now on! It’s super simple and doesn’t take too much time! The personal touch it adds is really something special and whoever receives it is sure to notice & will love it.

Have a fantastic day, do something creative!
Caroline : )

it started with a cupcake…

For my first  post I wanted to share a passion of mine with you: cupcakes. Lately, I have found myself incorporating cupcakes into a lot of my projects, whether it be through painting, baking, animating, etc. The project that I specifically want to share with you today is actually my final animation project for the spring semester. It’s called The Life of a Cupcake, and it will take you through the ‘life of a cupcake,’ beginning with the beating of the eggs and the mixing of the flour, and ending with the final bite. : )

All of the pieces you see in this video were drawn and animated by me over a 10 hour period. Over 2000 pictures were taken and stitched together. All of the sound effects were recorded by me as well. Took a lot of hard work, but it was such a fun piece to make and came out exactly how I pictured it would.

Here’s a peek behind the scenes:

Cupcake Animation Process

I hope you enjoy this short animation as much as I loved creating it. I hope to be sharing more of my projects, cupcake-related or otherwise, with you pretty often. I have a few big projects planned for this summer and absolutely can’t wait to share them with you!

Have a wonderful, cupcake-filled day!
Caroline  : )