the wonders of watercolor

As you may have been able to figure out by now, when I paint I usually head straight to the canvas with some acrylic paints. Lately though, I’ve been really interested in trying to work with watercolors. The last time I used watercolors must have been when I was…7 years old? I thought it was time to break them out again. I am just in love with the lightness watercolor brings to a painting. I headed over to Blick earlier today and picked up some paper and watercolors. When I got home I couldn’t wait to break them open, they were so beautiful. Here’s what I stocked up on:

I bought these at Blick as they were relatively inexpensive in comparison to some of the others.

I bought these at Blick. They were pretty inexpensive in comparison to some of the others.

While I was shopping elsewhere I stumbled across this entire watercolor kit. Complete with tubed watercolor, brushes, and even a small pad of paper. I'm not sure about the quality, but I figured it was a sign and bought these as well.

While I was shopping elsewhere I stumbled across this entire watercolor kit. Complete with tubed watercolor, brushes, and even a small pad of paper. I’m not sure about the quality, but I figured it was a sign and bought these as well.

Since it’s been such a long time, I just started playing around. I’m hoping once I get the hang of them again I’ll be able to create some beautiful pieces. I was mostly experimenting with colors and shading this time around, but I wanted to show you what I was able to come up with tonight!

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Now I only wish I’d painted this larger (it’s only about 2 inches wide) because I’d love to hang it up in my room. Maybe I’ll recreate it some time. I’ll make sure to keep you all updated on my watercolor adventures!

Caroline : )

the perfect paper bow

For the past week or so, I’ve been working on a present for a friend and needed a little something extra to finish off the wrapping. I decided a paper bow would be the perfect finishing touch. I love making everything out of paper: bows, flowers, etc. I’m hoping to take on the challenge of crepe paper roses in the near future, so keep an eye out for that. Anyway, here’s how I made my paper bow.

All you need is a sheet of cardstock, scissors, and a glue gun.

All you need is a sheet of cardstock, scissors, and a glue gun.

There are plenty of templates online, but I just freehand skecthed my pieces out. You'll need these 3 shapes. I found that folding the paper in half to cut both sides at once gives you a more accurate cut.

There are plenty of templates online, but I just skecthed my pieces out. You’ll need these 3 shapes. I found that folding the paper in half to cut both sides at once gives you a more accurate, symmetrical cut.

Now fold the ends of the middle piece towards the center and glue them down.

Now fold the ends of the middle piece towards the center and glue them down.

Next, you'll glue the part you just folded onto the bottom of the bow.

Next, you’ll glue the part you just folded onto the bottom of the bow.

Now wrap the small piece of paper around the center and secure it with glue in the back.

Now wrap the small piece of paper around the center and glue it in the back.

And now you're finished!

And now you’re finished! : )

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Super simple & super cute. Sometimes, the simplest things are the best solutions.
Caroline : )

need a quick homemade gift?

Just a short post today! I had a wonderful crafting night with one of my friends last night (post coming soon with details). But before I post all the goodies from last night, I wanted to share a great idea for a quick, fun, homemade gift that we made. One of our other friends is leaving for college in the fall and we wanted to make something cute that she could hang up in her dorm. We found a large cardboard letter at Hobby Lobby and decided to mod podge some scrapbook paper onto it. After we chose our color scheme and mod podged our paper as we saw fit, we sprayed some gold glitter over the entire letter. It seemed to be missing a little something still, so we took some twine I had buried in my craft drawer and outlined the letter & each piece of scrapbook paper with it.

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After we finished the front, we turned the letter over and wrote a little note for her. Only took us about half an hour at most. Turned out great and she loved it! Hope this inspired you to get out there and start making something!

Caroline : )

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