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?

 

 

#inktober Drawings: Weeks 1-2

It’s that time of year again… #inktober!!!!!

You can’t tell I’m excited, can you?

If you’ve never heard of inktober, you should read about it, but I’ll give you a quick overview. Every year, for the month of October, artist, and non-artists, practice their ink skills by creating one ink drawing a day for each day in October. You can share it with the rest of us, or not, but we would love to see it! Watching skills progress throughout the month is one of the best parts of the challenge.

This is my second year participating and I’d love it if you joined me and the rest of the inktober community. The best place to follow along is Instagram, but I look at TwitterFlickr and Pinterest sometimes too.

Here are my drawings since the first of the month. I will post a new set of drawings every Sunday.

If you have any ideas for drawings, please share them in the comments! If I use your idea, I’ll tag you (if you leave contact info or a link to your blog) so you can see it.

ink bottle drawing inktober

I always start the first day of inktober with the word in my drawing. This year, I decided on a literal representation with an ink bottle and pen.

zentangle spider web inktober

Zentangle spider web.

zentangle flower drawing inktober

Zentangle flowers.

dandelion  drawing inktober

Dandelions in a field.

pumpkin drawing inktober

Small pumpkins.

tree moon drawing inktober

Trees and moon.

zentangle star drawing inktober

Zentangle star.

zombie drawing inktober

A little bit of zombie action.

sad scarecrow drawing inktober

A scarecrow. I really wasn’t feeling it that day and it reflects in the work. But it’s still inktober!

haunted tree drawing inktober

Haunted tree,forrest.

More drawings to come next week! If you’re participating in inktober, I’d love to follow you. Tell me where you’re posting!

DIY iPhone Case Design

DIY iPhone Case Designs

I’ve been wanting to make my own cell phone case design for a while now, but I had a good case and didn’t want to replace it. Well, it broke last week, so I took my chance.

I love this craft because there are so many options. You can use a drawing (which I plan to make later), photography, scrapbook paper, Instagram photos, etc. Whatever you can make or find will work!

DIY phone case materials

iPhone Case Design Materials

Printer
Pencil
Scissors
X-acto knife
Clear phone case
A design on paper

iphone case template

Step 1

Make a template.

I traced my phone on the paper I wanted and just added tabs to the edges so that the paper will wrap about my phone and stay in place.

Cut it out.

Place your cut out inside of the clear case and trace around the section for the camera.

Use the X-acto knife to cut that part out.

You should now have something like the above image. This can be your first design option and your template.

DIY iPhone Case Design: leaves

Step 2

Put the design against the back of your clear case and place your phone against it.

DIY iPhone Case Design: Abstract 1

Painting by Samsavaclav. Found on Wikimedia.

diy iPhone Case Design: Abstract Version 2

Painting by Samsavaclav. Found on Wikimedia.

These two designs were made from this gorgeous painting on Wikimedia. I printed out the original upload, then used my template to cut out 2 more designs from the left and right side of the painting.

There are plenty of places to find images under the Creative Commons license. Check them out if you’re thinking about making your own phone case design.

I’m planning to make a few more designs and will upload them when I finish.

I’d love to hear what you think! Leave me some feedback in the comments.

DIY Geometric Pen Holder

DIY geometric pen holder

I was really excited for my craft this week. I recently started a new job, which means I have a new desk in a new environment. I wanted to spice up the space a little bit with a fun pen holder.

I knew I wanted it to be geometric, but wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it. So I googled “geometric 3d design templates” and found this site called korthalsaltes.com. It has templates for a ton of 3D shapes. I decided on a dodecahedron template.

There are two templates for the design I wanted, but the ones available were either too large or too small for my preference, so I made my own. You can use my template if you want. All you have to do is print and cut it out.

 

geometric pen holder materials

Things You Will Need

Pencil
Hot-melt glue
Cardstock paper
Pentagon template
Scissors or X-acto knife
Paint or scrapbook paper
*Cutting mat
*Ruler

*Optional but useful

 

pentagon shaped cut outs

Step 1

Print your template on a piece of cardstock and cut out the shapes. You should have 12 shapes in your template but you should only use 11 of them. You’ll be leaving the top of the 3D shape open.

pen holder first steps

Step 2

Glue two of your pentgon-shaped cut outs together.

3D pen holder

pen holder in beginning stages

Step 3

Continue gluing the rest of the cut outs together until you have something like the above.

All of your edges should be the same length so don’t worry about whether or not they will fit a certain way.

mod modged scrapbook paper pen holder

Step 4

For this step you’ll either use the paint or the scrapbook paper.

If you’re using paint, go ahead and do your thing.

If you’re using scrapbook paper, use the same template to cut the same number of shape out of your paper. Then Mod Podge the shapes to your soon-to-be pen holder. Let that dry and add another layer of Mod Podge to the outside to seal the paper and add a protective layer.

3D pen holder on my desk

Plop some pens into your new, beautiful pen holder and enjoy!

DIY geometric pen holder

I am planning to make a few more of these with different designs and in different sizes. Maybe they won’t all be pen holders. Who knows? I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas! Leave it in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Accent Color Wall Art

DIY accent color wall art

I’ve never been in a house that didn’t have at least one decorative element on the wall. I bet you can’t think of one either. So, it’s probably safe to say that people like wall art. However, they might not want to pay for some of the more expensive options.

I like to make art and I enjoy teaching other people to do the same, so it makes sense to start with decorative, simple art.

This example is great for the modern home that needs a small pop of color.

Want to try it? It’s easy…

wall art materials

Things You Will Need

Ruler
Canvas
Newspaper
Stencil tape
Acrylic paint
X-acto knife
Paint brushes

Oil-based Sharpie markers a highly recommended but optional.

stencil tape art

Step 1

Lay out your stencil tape in the design you want.

Tip: To get the sharp points, stretch your tape out longer than it needs to be. Then lay the ruler across where it needs to be cut and use your X-acto knife to cut it.

painted canvas

Step 2

Paint everything black except one strip in the center. Paint the lone strip pink.

black pink wall art

Step 3

Peel off the tape when your paint is dry.

You might have a few paint lines that aren’t as even as you would’ve like them to be.

That’s where the oil-based Sharpie markers come in. You’ll want a black and a while one.

sharpie essentials

Use them to even out the lines. Obviously, use the black on the black lines and the white to cover up any paint that spills over.

DIY accent color wall art

When you’re finished you’ll have something like the above.

I like the abstraction. The black. And, of course, the accent color.

The bigger the canvas, the bigger the impact.

Let me know what you think!

Happy painting 🙂

DIY Sketchbook and Pen Case

diy sketchbook case closed

I know this is two sewing projects in a row and that’s not normal for me. But this sketchbook/pen case was actually the project I was working on for the Craft Challenge: sewing edition last week but didn’t have time to finish.

I sewed the whole thing by hand (I know I’m insane), but I’d advice using a sewing machine if you have one. My sore fingers would advise you do the same.

Besides the time and finger pain, it was a neat project. I love the fabric combination and especially the way it turned out.

It’s always more satisfactory to use something you’ve created. So… if you want to make one keep reading.

materials pen sketchbook case

Things You Will Need

Thread
Fabric
Needle
Ribbon
Scissors

sketchbook pen case body

sketchbook pencil case body

Step 1

Cut 2 sheets of fabric about a foot longer than you want your sketchbook case be.

Flip it inside out, sewing the 2 long edges and one of the short edges, and then flip it right-side out again.

inside seam

Step 2

Flip about half an inch of the short edge that you didn’t sew into the case and sew it shut.

sketchbook case pockets

Step 3

Flip the sides of the fabric inward and sew the tops of them together to form 2 pockets.

pocket cut out

Step 4

Cut another piece of fabric that will serve as a pocket for your pens.

Flip it inside out, sew 3 of the edges, and flip it right-side out.

pen pocket

sketchbook pen pocket close up

Step 5

Sew the pocket to the body of the case.

DIY sketchbook case

You should have something that looks like this.

sketchbook closure button

ribbon closure sketchbook case

Step 6

Now, you’re going to want to add a button and some ribbon to the outside of the case.

You’ll want to sew the button to outside on one side. Then secure the ribbon to the outside edges.

diy sketchbook case closed

BEAUTIFUL. Right?

Well, I’m a fan of it. I hope you like it too.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Hanging Swirl Wire Earrings

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

I know this post is coming much later in the day than usual but it’s better late than never, right?

Anyway…

I haven’t made any wire jewelry in a while and was thinking about this pair of earrings I saw the other day that i really liked. They were similar to these, except they had these hideous beads in the bottom swirl. I liked them, but sans beads. So I decided to make my own, more appealing version.

Now that they’re finished, I kind of wish I would’ve tried to use some textures on the wire, like maybe hammering, to give it a little something extra. I’ll definitely be trying it with my next batch.

hanging swirl earrings materials

Things You Will Need:
Wire
Pliers
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Thing-A-Ma-Jig

*You can get all of the materials to make these hanging swirl wire earrings at any craft store. If you are unsure of what to look for, leave me a comment and I’ll help you out.

wire length

Step 1
Cut a piece of wire about the length of your pliers.

earring loop top

Step 2
Put a small loop at the top of your wire.

earring swirl 2

Step 3
Using the second to largest peg in your Thing-A-Ma-Jig kit, start the first swirl in your soon-to-be earrings by wrapping it around the peg.

earring swirl 3

Step 4
With the front half of the earring face down, wrap the remaining wire around the largest peg in your kit.

earring swirls

Step 5
Pull out the second to largest sized peg again and use it to make that last swirl in the wire a little bit smaller.

last earring swirl

Step 6
Use your rounded pliers to put one extra swirl in your wire.

Repeat steps 1-6 to make a second earring.

earring hooks and jump rings

Add on your jump rings (optional) and earring hooks for a beautiful finish.

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

These might be my new favorite earrings!

How cute would these look with this texture though? They probably would’ve been a lot easier to wrap too. 😉

Let me know what you think! Do you like them?

Happy crafting!