Friday, August 1, 2014

DIY Canvas Seahorse Art



 Did you see my new canvas art on display with my summer mantel?  I had so much fun with the chevron ladybug frame, I decided to do another painted chevron piece but with a coastal theme.


Here's a quick run down of what I used:

Blank 11X14 canvas
chevron shape Frog Tape
craft smart acrylic paint (Michael's) in Robins Egg blue
Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint in Laguna blue
craft smart satin acrylic paint (Michael's) in coral reef
Silhouette Summer Sea Life
foam brush

I first painted the entire canvas with the Robins Egg blue. I find it easier to paint the lighter color first. It's easier to cover with the darker. After the first color thoroughly dried, I placed the  Frog Tape. Next I painted the Laguna blue. I peeled the tape off and let it all dry.

I cut a stencil for the seahorse with my Silhouette and then traced the seahorse lightly onto my canvas with pencil. I filled it in with the coral. This took several coats. I went back with the Laguna blue and painted on a dot for the eye with a pencil eraser.


I'm loving the pop of color this piece adds to my mantel.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WIWW- bright shorts

 
Shirt- Target
shorts- Gap
shoes- Payless
tote- Banana Republic
jewelry- gifted and thrifted
 
Last weekend I had some errands to run and we were also contemplating a trip to the zoo. The zoo trip never happened but just in case, I had on my comfy sandals. I also wanted to dress up a bit beyond a white tee and shorts so I added the contrasting bright accessories.
 
Speaking of accessories, I've added some earrings, bracelet and brooches back to my etsy shop. Please stop by and check them out.
 
Linking up to WIWW.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coastal Summer Mantel

 
Hope everyone has been having a great summer. I finally got around to updating my mantel for summer. I always bring out the coastal decor for summer.
 
Bowls and hurricanes filled with shells and some coastal potpourri/filler that I picked up at Michael's a few years ago help act as fillers. This year I added a few new touches with the old. The salt dough starfish is back.


Imaging my delight at finding a blue Ball (mason) jar at the thrift store for 50 cents. I knew it was going on my mantel so it had to come home with me. I filled it with some blue deco sand and a few pieces of driftwood.


It's about the seahorses this year. The ceramic seahorse I found a few years ago is on the other side of the mantel with the burlap sea shell art and my jute wrapped discover bottle.



On one side of the hearth I placed a lantern and some more shells.


 On the other side of the hearth, I placed a large hurricane filled with shells.


This completes my coastal mantel this year. I'll post details on the sea horse canvas art in a couple of days.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chevron ladybug frame

 
I've got a stack of unfinished wooden frames that need to be turned into fun usable frames, so I dug in and created this chevron ladybug frame with the help of chevron shaped Frog tape. I don't know why I didn't try it sooner for chevrons. It's great! I got a nice clean finish with it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

10 Fun Ideas for DIY Photo frames




Since I'm having so much fun with photos lately, I'm going to need some frames to display them. There's nothing better than decorating a frame to suit your own needs. You can pick up plain frames at Michael's or Joann's and decorate them yourself for $1 to $5. Here are ten ideas for decorating frames: