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!

DIY Baby Name Letter Decor

DIY baby name letter decor

It’s always exciting when there’s a new baby in the family. I started these baby name letters for my soon-to-be baby cousin about a year ago. Something happened that I switched crafts and never finished it. I found the letters in my craft case the other day and decided to complete it. Amyah (pronounced uh-my-ah) is about 9 months old now, so I’m a little more than fashionably late.

The letters are really cute and take about an hour to make with drying time. If you really want to speed up the process, you can get out a hair dryer and go to town.

If you want to make your own baby name letters follow the tutorial below!

materials for DIY baby name letters

Things You Will Need

Newspaper
Acrylic paint
Sponge brush
Wooden letters
Round Paint brush

Step 1

Using your sponge brush, paint your letters a solid color. Let it dry.

As you can see in the image above, I’ve already painted my letters, so I am going to skip this step.

pink wooden letters with polka dots

Step 2

Get your round paint brush and dip the tip of it in the paint you want to use for your polka dots. Lightly dab the paint on the letters.

You polka dots aren’t going to be perfect, but that’s how I like them. It gives them character!

If you prefer perfect polka dots, get a pencil and dip the eraser in the paint and use that as your brush.

Let it dry.

decor letters

You should have something like the above image. If you want, you can add polka dots to the inner and outer edges. I like the contrast of the solid paint against the dots. Your call.

DIY baby name letter decor

The baby name letter decor is a great craft for gift giving or for your own baby. It would pair nicely with the DIY butterfly candle wrap decor, too.

You can staple a long ribbon to the letters and hang them vertically on the wall, glue the letters together and set them on the table or just leave the letters unjoined and place them on a shelf (where they’re less likely to get disturbed).

How would you display the letters? Would you have used different colors? I’d love to know what you think!

DIY Abstract Tree Painting

Abstract Tree PaintingA few weeks ago, during Make Something Mondays, you guys voted for a tutorial on an abstract tree painting so here it is! It isn’t exactly the same as the one I showed you before but it is similar. Just remember that it is abstract and that it can be anything that you want it to. It all comes from your imagination.

materials for the DIY Painted Tree

Things You Will Need:
Water
Canvas
Paint (acrylic)
Paint brushes

brown ground

Step 1:

Paint a section, about 3/4 down the canvas, and paint it brown. I combined a light brown and a dark brown.

Gesso paintStep 2:

This step is optional.

Paint a layer of gesso over the top 3/4 of the canvas.

blue streakStep 3:

Start painting a streak along the line of your designated ground. This will keep the paint from bending together.

blue sky paintingStep 4:

Start to paint your sky. Don’t spend a lot of time on this though. The goal here is just to get some color on the canvas so that you don’t see white between the leaves in the final painting.

tree outlineStep 5:

Paint an outline of a tree on one side of your canvas. Remember that the majority of this tree will be covered with leaves as well, so if you are going to focus on making it look good, focus on the bottom.

treeStep 6:

Start to fill in your tree. I used one shade of brown and a small brush so that when I painted, it made a texture like in the image above.

treeStep 7:

Paint some roots for your tree.

painting yellow leaves

Yellow leaf

Step 8:

Get a lot of paint on a medium-sized brush and dab it on the canvas. It should look something like the above.

A little texture is a good thing.

brightly colored leavesStep 9:

Randomly spread some leaves out on the canvas. Avoid the tree for now since the paint is still wet.

brightly colored leaves

Step 10:

Add set of leaves in a different color.

brightly colored leavesStep 11:

Continue step 10 for several more colors.

brightly colored leaves brightly colored leaves

Step 12:

When the canvas is filled up but has a bit of space left, go back through with other  colors and fill in the negative space. Don’t forget the ground!

Abstract Tree PaintingVoila! Hope you enjoyed this one!

Happy Monday!!!

DIY Abstract Wall Art

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysHow much money have you spent buying art? Really, I’m curious. I spend money on art and people ask me why I would spend money when I can just make it myself. That is a good point, but the reason I buy it is because I like to support other artists. There are some talented people out there, as my blog has shown you, that deserve to be promoted. They have to make money somehow, and the only way that is going to happen is if you buy their art. But, enough with my supporting artists rant. This week my Make Something Mondays project is DIY abstract wall art. Many people buy art because they don’t think they can make it themselves. You can.

The joy with abstract art is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. There was a period called Abstract Expressionism when artists showed how they felt by painting on canvas. It doesn’t have to mean anything to the viewer, although it often does, it just has to mean something to the artist. You can do this, even if you don’t think you have any talent.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysThings You Will Need:
Canvas
Newspaper
Acrylic paint
Masking tape
Paint brushes/sponges

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 1:

Using your masking tape, make a frame around the edges of your canvas. Then, separate the canvas into quadrants.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 2:

Pick out the paints you are going to use. I used 3 paints per quadrant.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 3:

Using one of the sponge brushes, sponge a layer of the lightest color over one of the quadrants. Keep turning the sponge brush so you begin to create a pattern.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 4:

Pick the next lightest color of the 3 you chose. Continue the same brush pattern like the image above. With this color, layer on less of the paint so that the yellow (or your first color) is still visible.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 5:

Using the darkest color, and the least amount of paint, continue the same pattern.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysAt this point, you should have something that looks like this. If you feel like you’ve overdone it with the darker colors you can always add another layer of your lightest color over top. Don’t go overboard though.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 6:

Repeat steps 1-5 on your remaining quadrants. You can pick whichever colors you want.

Let the canvas dry. This shouldn’t take more than 5-10 mins. Acrylics dry fast.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 7:

Add a few lines of masking tape across the top and bottom of each quadrant. Leave a small amount of space between them similar to the image above.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysStep 8:

Pick a dark color that stands out in one (or all) of your quadrants. Paint the color of your choice between the tape.

When it is dry you can peel the tape off.

You should have something similar to the painting below.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysSee, you can do this! All it takes is some paint and a little bit of patients.

This one looks pretty good next to my other paintings.

DIY Abstract Wall Art via Make Something MondaysI’ve done the Crayon Art as a Make Something Mondays in the past. I haven’t done any tutorials on the tree painting but if enough people are interested, I will gladly make one for you guys! Let me know in the poll below.

Are you interested in a tutorial for the tree painting above?

UPDATE:

You guys said you wanted to learn how to make the tree painting, so here’s a tutorial for you!

Three Dimensional Resin Paintings by Keng Lye

Alive Without Breath: Three Dimensional Animals Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye  sculpture resin paint fish animals

Keng Lye is a Singapore-based artist who makes realistic looking three-dimensional painted sculptures of animals.

The artist’s technique is very similar to the painting technique used by Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori. The sculptures are made of acrylic paint layered on epoxy resin. Lye paints his sculptures in buckets, boxes, and bowls with an amazing sense of perspective. The artist then photographs each sculpture like you would capture a still life.

If you like these, check Keng Lye out on DeviantArt. There are a more pictures to look at!

Three Dimensional Resin Paintings by Keng Lye

Three Dimensional Resin Paintings by Keng Lye

Three Dimensional Resin Paintings by Keng Lye

Three Dimensional Resin Paintings by Keng Lye

Three Dimensional Resin Paintings by Keng Lye

Three Dimensional Resin Paintings by Keng Lye

Three Dimensional Resin Paintings by Keng Lye

Via Colossal

Creative Illustrations by Minjae Lee

These colorful, creative illustrations were made using pen, marker, acrylic paint and crayons. The artist’s name is Minjae Lee and he is a 24 year old, self-taught korean artist.

The illustrations express a inner tension with a bang!

Check him out on Deviant Art

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DIY “Blanks”

My coworker decided to go on vacation this weekend so, he left work Wednesday afternoon. Another coworker and I decided to make a small replica of his family and put it on his desk for when he came back. I took him and his wife and my coworker took the two children. I will take a picture of the whole “family” on his desk tomorrow so you can see how the kids turned out also. This will be a step by step to show you how to make your own. These make some cute gifts because people are always amused by them. You can pick them up at almost any craft store for about $3 a piece. Enjoy!

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Things You Will Need:
Water
Brushes
Blanks
Newspaper
Acrylic Paint
Picture of your victim(s)

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Step 1:

Pop of the head and paint both pieces the same color (I chose peach). I recommend you paint 3 or more layers on just to make sure it is even.

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Step 2:

Once the “skin” is dry go ahead and start on the hair. This one will take a while to dry because you will want to use a lot of paint to get the strokes that resemble hair. Once you finish with these, set them off to the side.

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Step 3:

Pick a color that the person you’re replicating wears frequently and paint on some shirts. I’ve never seen my coworker’s wife in person so I’m guessing here. I saw a picture of her wearing a red or pink shirt so I am going to go with pink. And my coworker always wears a blue Polo.

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Step 4:

When the shirt dries you can add some details and touch up anything that may need it. Make sure you add faces to the heads. They will look pretty funny without them…

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And Voila! You have a recreation of your people! Aren’t they just the cutest? Don’t ask me why they aren’t wearing pants. I’m not 100% positive why I decided to just go with the shirts but I was shooting for a cartoony look and if you think about it, most old school cartoon characters only wear shirts. It is appropriate.

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Here’s the whole “Blank” family 🙂

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Happy painting!

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