Art Journal Penpal: December!

Hi friends! It’s my turn again for my art journal penpal exchange with Brie, and I have it for the month of December, so I decided to do something winter-inspired!

If you missed it, Brie’s November spread can be watched here!

So I hope you enjoy, and make sure you’re subscribed to Brie’s channel so you can see what she does while she has it for January!

Brie’s channel is here!

Thanks for watching, and leave a comment if you enjoyed it!

-Ashley <3

Merry Christmas, My Deer Speedpaint (& Video Hop!)

Hi friends! I’m participating in Art Junkies’ Holiday Video Hop which starts today, December 5, 2015 at 12pm Eastern time. All of the other creators are listed below, and if you watch all of their videos and get a secret letter from them along with the one in this video, unscramble them, and report back to Art Junkies (along with being subscribed), you could win a prize!

All of the details can be found on Art Junkies channel here!

So for this video I just wanted to paint a festive deer in watercolour. I hope you enjoyed! Check out the other creators in the hop below:

Shannon Pratt Art Junkie (hosting)

Sue – shiles728
Mike Deakin
Nicky Parr- carsondcatslife
Kristy Nitro
Miranda – thatartsygirl
Cindy Utter

Please note: another creator, Laura Sterckx has become sick and cannot participate in the hop, but her letter was “M” so please add that to your list of letters! Her lovely channel is here!

Ok! So that’s everyone. Be sure to check out their channels, and happy holidays!!

-Ashley <3

“Waiting” Resin Collage Speed Paint Part 2

Hi guys! This is the second and final part to the creation process of my whimsical owl mixed media resin painting, Waiting. In this part I paint over the fist resin layer, adding dimension to the piece. I also glue down my wooden ornaments, and finally pour the final layer of resin over the whole thing to give it a glass-like finish. I let the resin go over the sides too so the pretty wood sides are glossy just like the face of the canvas.

Here’s how it looks hanging on the wall:

resin mixed media painting resin collage painting techniques

And here’s the video showing the final steps in my creation process:

I hope you enjoy, and thanks so much for watching!

-Ashley <3

5 Easy Last-Minute Holiday Party Tricks

Hi friends! Well it’s Monday, and Christmas will soon be here! If you’re having people over and maybe not quite feeling fully prepared, then this Pinspiration Monday post is for you! Here’s some quick and easy DIY tricks to make your party merry and bright.  As always, click on the image to be taken to the source for full instructions.  Happy Holidays!

Wrap Cookies in Parchment Paper Boxes

Need a container to put your baked cookies in, and not worry about getting it back afterwards? Use your empty aluminum and parchment paper roll boxes and paint them to make a perfectly pretty container that you can give away! Let everyone bring home a box of cookies, and save yourself some serious cash on the cookie tin!

diy Christmas party tricks

Use a Chalkboard Serving Platter

No more missing labels!
No more missing labels!

Never worry about your guests not knowing what type of cheese or snack item you’ve set out! The label is right on the serving platter because you can simply write on it! A simple serving platter from the dollar store will work, paint it with chalkboard paint, and you’re good to go!

Dress Up Your Mini Brownies with Santa Hats

last minute Christmas party ideas
The handmade feel without the hassle!

Need a fast dessert that’s still festive? Maybe you’re invited to a party and want to bring something? Use strawberries and frosting to add a festive splash to store-bought mini brownies by turning them into Santa hats! Festive and fast! Of course, you could make your brownies from scratch too, but this is a great way to turn a last-minute dessert into something a little more fun 🙂

Use Christmas Candy as Vase Fillers

DIY Christmas decorations
Fast decor!

Need an extra something on your table? Run out of Christmas balls or other vase fillers? Break out those candy canes and Christmas mints and put them in your vase! These are great as filler for a vase with festive plants, or on their own here in apothecary jars! They will quickly add some extra cheer to your home!

Print Your Own Gift Tags

DIY Christmas printables
The perfect handmade touch!

Finally, send your guests on their way with a beautiful handmade gift tag on their parting gifts.  These tags can be printed either with or without colour.  So you can colour them yourself to fit your colour scheme and make them your own, or print them out with colour for a fast fix.  A beautiful personal touch to remember your great holiday get-together.

So that’s it for now guys! I hope these last-minute ideas have inspired you.  Have a safe and happy holiday season, and I will see you again soon!

Till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3