DIY Mini Beach Sunset Painting

mini beach sunset painting diy

I haven’t painted anything in SO long! That’s why I got excited when I found these mini canvases. I could have time to paint, but on a smaller scale. And they’re so cute. Who wouldn’t love these? I think I’ll make one for every season and keep them on my desk at work.

They don’t take long to make and definitely add some oomph to your space, wherever that may be. You only need a few supplies and some small paint brushes.

 

mini canvas painting supplies

Beach Sunset Painting Supplies

  • acrylic paint
  • mini canvas
  • paint palette
  • cup filled with water
  • paint brushes (small brushes)
  • paper towels are helpful

 

acrylic paint

Step 1: choose your paint

Pick the colors you want to use.

My recommendations:

  • blues
  • pinks
  • purples
  • oranges/yellows
  • black
  • white

I’d also recommend white in case you don’t have light versions of those colors. you can mix to get a lighter variation.

I chose a medium and light of each color.

 

pink sky mini canvas

Step 2: start the sunset with pink

Paint the medium pink across the top right corner of the canvas. Make that section pretty thick.

Then, paint white from the middle of the canvas to where the pink starts.

Use the heavy amount of pink paint to cover your brush again and brush downward into the white until you have a gradient like in the image above.

Use your colors here! Mix in some of the light purple or light pink to give the sunset some depth. Play around with it until you’re happy.

 

sunset painting tutorial

Step 3: sunset with blue

Do the same thing you did above, but start with blue. don’t use a dark blue, but a medium blue, teal or turquoise. It will look really nice with your pink.

Again, paint across the top left corner and use the paint to brush downward into the white.

Note: acrylic paint dries fast. If it dries before you get to blend, just wet your paint brush a bit and the paint will start working for you again.

 

Step 3: paint the ocean

While the sky dries, we’re going to work on the ocean. Start with a bold blue line across the painting. I like to start it up a little bit higher than the center.

Pull the paint downward as you go. Use multiple shades of blue or some white. You can cover the whole bottom, but you don’t have to since we’ll be adding some sand. (You won’t be able to see much sand once we’re finished though.)

Then, use the white paint to add a some streaks (in a triangular shape) down the center of the water. This is going to be our reflection.

Mess around with the colors a bit. Get some good streaks in there.

soon to be beach scene

Step 4: paint the sand

Get your yellows and golds together for the sand. Paint it across the bottom at an angle. Notice how the left side is higher than the right?

Don’t put too much effort into this part. Most of it is going to get covered up with the plants a few steps down. We just need some sand-colored coverage for the bottom.

In the step below, you can see that I played around more with my ocean and sand. Don’t be afraid to layer the colors. It makes a cool effect.

mini beach painting tutorial

Step 5: paint the setting sun

Now that the sky is dry, we’re going to go back up and paint the sun.

First, you want to add some yellow in there. Try to make a light yellow, almost a cream color. Keep the yellow between the blue and the pink and down toward the ocean.

Maybe add a few light streaks of that into your ocean for the reflection.

If you want to make any touchups to your sky, now is the chance. Once we add the sun, it’s all over. Not really, but it will be harder.

Get white paint on your brush and dab it in the middle of the yellow to make a small circle. Don’t paint a circle. Dab it. If you paint it, it will mix will the other colors and your sun will become less vibrant.

 

small sunset beach painting

Step 6: paint the beach plants

What is a sunset with a silhouette? I know it’s scary. You just made this beautiful beach and now you’re going to add black. Don’t freak out! It’s going to be okay.

Get black paint on your thinnest brush. No water for this one.

Start at the bottom of the left corner with your brush at the bottom of the painting and brush upward. Don’t apply pressure. This is a very light gesture. It’s okay if you can see the texture of the canvas. You can go over the plants again later. Keep going until that section is mostly covered.

You can add some white, gray or blue highlights along the grass.

You should also add some puffier plants. I have no idea what those are called but you can see them in the finished image below. Just paint small upward streaks on one of those grass blades. Repeat a few more times.

mini beach sunset painting diy

Voila! You made your own beach painting! And it’s so cute and little that you can display it anywhere.

I’d love to hear what you think. What colors are you going to use? Where are you going to put it?

Happy crafting… errr, painting!

#InkTober Weeks 4-3

I did a really bad job keeping up on the last two weeks of InkTober. I also forgot to post them. So here they are. I missed a few days.

Inktober day 30 - zentangle

Inktober day 30 – zentangle

I was just doodling to occupy myself.

 

Inktober day 29 - you are my sunshine doodle

Inktober day 29 – you are my sunshine doodle

More doodles with some typography.

 

Inktober day 24 - poor attempt at Jessica Jones

Inktober day 24 – Jessica Jones

This was my terrible attempt at Jessica Jones from Marvel. I’ll make a better sketch of her someday… one that does her character justice.

Inktober day 22 - Halloween decoration

Inktober day 22 – Halloween decoration

This is a very creepy halloween decoration that my neighbor puts out every year. If the kids are brave enough to reach in, they can have the candy in the pumpkin head. This thing is about as tall as they are while standing.

 

Inktober day 20 - personal helicopter

Inktober day 20 – personal helicopter

Inspired by my drive home from work in an absurd amount of traffic. Even if I can’t have my own helicopter to avoid it, I can draw my own and pretend I do.

 

Inktober day 20 - crappy Trump drawing

Inktober day 19 – crappy Trump drawing

I am not getting into the political topic, I promise.  I was watching the debate and drew Trump ONLY because he has more entertaining facial features than Hillary. I should’ve made him orange…

 

Inktober day 18 - Maleficent

Inktober day 18 – Maleficent

Because, who doesn’t love Maleficent?

 

Inktober day 16 - cartoon octopus

Inktober day 16 – cartoon octopus

I have no idea where the idea for this came from.

 

Inktober day 10 - Walle and Eve doodle

Inktober day 10 – Walle and Eve doodle

Ohhh Walle. I love Walle.

 

Inktober doodle feather

Inktober day 9 – Doodle feather

More doodles.

InkTober 2016: Week 1

I do not have a craft to post today, because this past week was the first week of InkTober!

Take the #inktober challenge

InkTober is a drawing challenge that was initiated by an artist that wanted to get better at drawing with ink. He dedicated time every day for the month of October to improve that skill. That challenge is accepted by artist everywhere, including myself, from Oct 1-31st.

I’d love it if you would join us! Artists are sharing on all social media platforms using the hashtag #inktober or #inktober2016.

Here are my first two:

dead tree on the hill - inktober 2016

dead tree on the hill – inktober 2016: Day 2

 

Angry pumpkin - inktober 2016

Angry pumpkin – Day 1

Want to check out my past InkTober drawings?

DIY Colorful Triangle Wall Art

DIY Colorful Triangle Wall Art

In elementary school, I remember doing a project similar to this one. The challenge was to make art with geometric shapes. I really enjoyed it. I believe I used squares for mine because I didn’t have a choice. I imagine because it was easier for the art teacher to cut out. Now, there are shaped hole punches, which makes this process so much easier.

I wanted to do something a little different with this art project, though. Something a little more exciting. Maybe a little more adult? I wanted to use multiple shades of multiple colored triangle cut outs to create somewhat of a gradient. It was fun. It would be really fun to work on with young kids.

With the most basic of shapes and colors, you can make something beautiful.

Want to give it a shot? Keep reading.

 

triangle art materials

Triangle Wall Art Materials

  • frame
  • scissors
  • Mod podge
  • paint brush
  • triangle hole punch
  • multi-colored cardstock

FYI: Michael’s always has awesome cardstock and I’m pretty sure they’re having a sale right now.

 

colorful cardstock triangles

Step 1: cut out your triangles

Using your hole punch, cut out triangles. I cut out 2-3 of each color, depending on how often I plan to use that color in the art work.

 

triangle artwork

first row of triangle art

triangle art

Step 2: start your base layer

Use the Mod Podge to glue on the base layer of the design to a piece of paper or cardboard the size of the picture frame.

Start with the pastels and work your way up to the brighter colors.

Don’t worry about the pieces that hang over the edge.

 

triangle art with clean edges

Step 3: clean up the edges

Use the scissors to cut off the remaining so that the artwork fits in the frame.

Now, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top to seal it.

 

DIY Colorful Triangle Wall Art

Frame it and you’re done.

After photographing it, I thought better of using the glass since the Mod Podge I used had a gloss finish. The glossy glue under the glass is a little strange. Don’t you think?

It makes for some neat wall art, though. And adds a pop of color to the room!

Let me know what you think. Would you use the same colors? Shape?

 

 

DIY Spring-Inspired Abstract Wall Art

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge! If you want to learn more or are interested in joining the challenge, send a message to Emily from A Pop of Red.

DIY spring-inspired abstract wall art

This month, the Craft Challenge is a Springtime craft. I was originally planning to make Duck Tape flowers, but I changed my mind.

Spring is a time to get out of the depression of the cold winter months. That means blooming flowers, bright colors and spring cleaning. The best way to tie all of that together seemed best displayed in a painting.

I chose these colors because they remind me most of spring. Typically, spring colors are all pastel. I don’t think they have enough contrast though. I wanted some dark blues, bright pinks and dark purples to offset the pastels.

Want to give it a shot? Keep reading.

abstract wall art materials

Abstract Painting Materials

  • Cup
  • Water
  • Canvas
  • Paint board
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towels

 

acrylic paint drops

Step 1: choose your paint

Drop a few blobs of each color of paint on your board.

 

abstract paint strips

Step 2: paint

Start with your lightest colors. Use a brush about the width in the image above or slightly larger. I used the same brush the whole way through the painting.

Tip: paint different shapes for a more intriguing design.

Be sure to rinse the brush before moving on to another color.

 

pastel abstract painting

pastel paint strokes

Step 3: layer the colors

Randomly paint shapes with your colors. Some should be painted directly beside another color and some in the negative space.

By the way, don’t be afraid of negative space. Leave some white spaces on the painting. It helps to lighten the rest colors.

Make sure you let each color dry before applying another color next to it.

 

abstract painting tutorial

Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful, chaotic mess of color on your canvas. It’s exciting, right?

Get it hanged up and add a pop of color to any room in your house.

To those of you who celebrated, Happy Easter. To those of you who don’t, Happy Spring!

Either way, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I’d love to see your spring-inspired paintings.

Be sure to check out the other Craft Challenge bloggers’ DIY projects!

Check out Emily’s beautiful wire flower on canvas and Erika’s springtime craft, too!

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

watercolor bookmarks

I know that e-readers are popular. I love my Kindle. But there is something about opening a real book and flipping the pages while getting a whiff of each one.

E-readers are great but, for me, nothing will ever replace the experience of a physical book. That’s why I am always reading a few books at a time, one on my Kindle and one with real pages.

Recently though, I misplaced my bookmark so I had to find a replacement. Why buy one when I can make one, right? So I decided on watercolor bookmarks. They’re quick and easy and I can make a bunch of them fairly quickly.

If you like the ones pictured above and might want to make your own, keep reading.

Materials for watercolor bookmarks

DIY watercolor bookmark materials

  • ruler
  • pencil
  • marker
  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • watercolor paper
  • watercolor paints

 

bookmark cut outs

Step 1

Measure and cut out your soon-to-be bookmarks.

Mine were smaller than the typical bookmark. They’re about 1.5″ wide by about 4″ long.

 

watercolor

Step 2

Pick two watercolor paints and blend them together.

In the image above I used pink/purple and yellow/orange. I started at the top and moved down along the right side with one color and then flipped the bookmark upside down and repeated with the other color. Then blended them in the middle.

If you’re unfamiliar with watercolor, this video is great for beginner instruction.

Let it dry. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

 

watercolor bookmarks

Step 3

Using a marker, draw a design you like or write a quote on your bookmark.

 

DIY watercolor bookmarks

When you’re done you will have something like these. They’re colorful, possibly inspirational and something you’ve made by yourself. You could make them with your kids too! The Happy Hooligans blog has a fun tutorial on how to use Sharpies and rubbing alcohol to make pretty neat bookmarks.

Try to get creative if you’re up for a challenge. Use a decorative hole punch to cut out the edges, use shades of the same color, experiment with typography… whatever you can think of. It’s a fun, quick project and you have nothing to lose.

Let me know what you think! I’d love you hear your ideas or how you might decorate a bookmark.