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 : )

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paint-dipped wooden utensils

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I’ve been in a painting mood for a few weeks now. Last week I painted wine glasses. This week I decided to spice up some of my wooden utensils! I’ve been seeing a lot of paint-dipped things lately; utensils, bowls, glasses, etc, so I decided to give it a shot.

Grab some utensils.

Grab some utensils!

Tape around the area you want to paint to make sure you get a crisp line.

Tape around the area you want to paint to make sure you get a crisp line.

Pick your colors and paint away!

Pick your colors and paint away!

It took me about two coats of paint to completely cover the wood.

It took me about two coats of paint to completely cover the wood.

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The last thing you need to do is seal it all in. You can use any type of varnish or shellac.

The last thing you need to do is seal it all in. You can use any type of varnish or shellac.

The most exciting part of it all is peeling the tape. : )

The most exciting part of it all is peeling the tape. : )

And we're finished!

And we’re finished!

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So add a pop of color to your kitchen and paint your utensils! It only takes about 20 minutes and the result is adorable!

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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