Zentangle Project Inspirations!

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share a little Pinterest roundup of things you can use your Zentangle skills on! I thought this would fit in well with the start of our new Zentangle for Beginners series, and thought maybe some project inspirations were in order so you’d have an idea of how to apply your new Zentangle skill set.  So let’s get into it! As always, click on the pictures to be taken to their sources, enjoy!

Doodle Shoes

Grab a marker and turn a blank pair of shoes into your canvas – literally! You can see the full instructions by clicking the picture!

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You can have a unique pair of shoes all your own.

Jewelry

There’s many ways to incorporate doodles into your own jewelry.  The following tutorial uses Shrinky Dink paper to create doodle hearts that make up this cute bracelet.  You can see the full instructions by clicking the picture.

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A unique work of art you can wear.

The following project ideas are from Etsy shops, and while the actual items in the photos are already sold, you can probably find something similar by visiting the artist’s store, or just use these pictures as inspiration for your own works.  You can click on the links to visit the Etsy stores.

Stepping Stone

Doodling on a blank stepping stone creates a way to add some of your art to your backyard!

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Greeting Card

A great way to apply your doodle art is to use it to say hello to others! Make your own cards using your desgins!

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Mixed Media Art

An of course, my favorite way to use doodling is to mix it into your other artworks! I’m starting to incorporate my doodles into my other art media and I’m loving the way the fine linework and abstract shapes can contrast the fluid paint and other details in an artwork.  It can really open the doors to creating artworks are your own unique style.

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The little bit of doodle added to this watercolour really give it a special look!

So that’s all for now guys! Leave me a comment letting me know how you like to (or are planning to) use doodling in your own works, and till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

 

Art Journal Page Inspiration

Hi guys! Today I wanted to do a little Pinterest roundup of some really inspiring art journal prompts and project ideas. So I hope the following resources help you out when you have a bit of artist’s block!

365 Art Journal Word Prompts

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I love all these inspiring words!

This site is so awesome! This post is just a huge list of 365 words that you can form an art journal page around.  Do them in order, scan the list until one speaks to you, or do a big challenge and try to do a page a day for the whole 365 days! I’d like to do this challenge myself, but right now my plate is pretty full! Maybe in a few months I will try it out!

Book Craft Ideas

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Using old book pages in an art journal can be inspiring on it’s own!

This post isn’t specifically for art journals, but it shows ways to reuse and re-purpose old books, which can be inspiring in itself! Maybe you can find a sentence or a few words within the page to focus the art journal page around? Drawing on top of old book pages is always guaranteed to look cool!

More Book Page Projects

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I love the outline in white, while the girl’s dress is not coloured at all and just shows the book text.

This website isn’t in English, but the pictures speak for themselves.  It’s full of more inspiring book page crafts, and many of them can be used in an art journal.  I especially love this picture. Drawing on the book page and then painting the outside in white is a great idea to separate the drawing from the background without having to fully colour the drawing.

Art Journal Theme Ideas

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Never run out of inspiration with this post!

And finally, I saved the best for last 🙂 This post is from the same site as the 365 words, and it is just amazing.  It’s an entire list of journal theme ideas – yes, that’s right, not just pages but a whole theme to build a journal around! It’s full of great ideas in how to incorporate your theme into journal pages too! From a garden theme to include pen doodles, plant care tips, and used dictionary and encyclopedia pages about plants to an art journal all about your favorite beverage (hello coffee themed art journal, anyone?) it’s all here, waiting to be discovered.

So next time you’re feeling stuck, take a look at these links, and I’m sure you’ll find something to relight that creative flame. So thanks for stopping by, and till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

5 DIY Crafts to Get You Prepared for Summer

Hi guys! Happy Monday! So today I wanted to share a little Pinterest round-up of some really great crafts to get prepared for summer.  Do these projects now and be ready for the best summer ever! I’m looking forward to this summer so much. It’s Xavier’s first summer, as he was born at the end of August last year. So I’m super excited to share the best things about summer with him. So without further blabbing on my part, here’s some great DIY crafts to get geared up for summer! As always, click on the pictures to be taken to the source!

Mini Scrapbook

This little book is so adorable! You can make all of the backgrounds and have the book bound with the binder rings beforehand, then as the summer goes just fill the book in with titles, pictures, and your thoughts on the moment. A quick and beautiful way to save those summer memories for the cold winter!

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Have this book ready and fill it in with your summer adventures!

Beachy Rope Mirror

This mirror is adorable, and all it takes is some rope and seashells to dress up an old mirror! Put it by an entryway to be reminded of the fresh summer breezes that are to come!

A simple and pretty addition to your home decor!
A simple and pretty addition to your home decor!

DIY Cork Coasters

Make some of these pretty hand-painted coasters for your patio set! They’re whimsical and warm, perfect for a cool summer night.

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These would look adorable outside on a patio!

Watermelon Stamped Welcome Mat

How cute is this?! Welcome summer with open arms with this simple craft. A few watermelons stamped onto a basic welcome mat elevate it to fresh summer looks.

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Give your welcome mat a makeover!

Floating Candle Bug Repellent

Write this recipe down and save it for those summer evenings outside. They’re pretty and contain natural mosquito repellent to keep you and your guests bug free! All you need are some mason jars, floating candles,citronella essential oil,mint leaves, lemon and line slices, and some sprigs of rosemary. They smell amazing and keep those pests at bay!

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Keep this idea stashed away and make a few of these jars anytime you’re going to be sitting outside…which is basically every evening in the summertime. 🙂

So there you have it, guys! I hope these DIY ideas have gotten you pumped for summer. It’s not too far away, I can’t wait! Let’s make this the best summer ever! And til next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

5 Easy DIY Art Ideas for the Non-Artist

Hi friends! Happy Monday!  It’s been a little while since we did a Pinterest round-up, so I thought today, since I’m currently going crazy nesting and wanting my house to be perfectly decorated and organized, that I would share some super easy wall art projects that anyone can do, even if crafting and art isn’t your thing! As usual, you can click on the pictures to be taken to their source for full instructions!

Frame a Piece of Fabric

Seriously…that’s all there is to it!  So many fabrics come in gorgeous prints, they really are works of art in themselves.  So frame them and hang them on your wall for a super quick decorative fix!

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Ornate frames can make your fabrics look extra special.

Cover a Canvas in Fabric

Take a larger fabric print and stretch it over a thick canvas, including the sides, for an easy large wall covering,

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Making a triptych from similar fabric adds even more style to your walls!

Hang a Mirror Collage

Thrift stores are always full of old mirrors, and they’re always super cheap.  While they may not look so nice on their own, there’s something about hanging old mirrors in a cluster that creates a vintage feel instead of a worn-out vibe.

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Hanging these over a dresser is a perfect location!

 

Make You Own Pet Portrait Pop Art

To add something a little more personal to your walls, why not let your fur baby be the star??  Using just a pet photograph, your printer and some bright coloured card stock, this fresh pop art is the perfect way to liven up a room and really make it your own!

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Show your puppy love in a modern and quirky style!

DIY Tape Art

Finally, break out the paint and get your hands dirty with your very own painted masterpiece!  Using painter’s tape, section off various lines on a canvas, then paint over the whole thing with paint (even craft paint would work!).  And don’t worry if some of the paint bleeds under the tape – it just makes the whole piece look more “artsy”.

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You can easily use whatever paint colour you need to match your room!

So there you have it guys, 5 ways to make your own personal art without any painting or drawing skills needed.  I hope this serves as inspiration for creating your own art, and thaks for stopping by! Till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3

3 Awesome Crafts from an Old Book

Hi friends! Happy Monday!

Today I wanted to share with you three beautiful craft ideas using old book pages.  I love old books, and enjoy going to the thrift store to buy really old-looking romance novels, then using the pages in my mixed media paintings. The class and antiqued feel that old book pages give is something irreplaceable, so here’s three great uses for those dusty gems sitting on the shelf (as always, click the picture to be taken to the original website with full instructions).

Book Page Wreath

Use old book pages to make this striking, shabby-chic wreath!  I think this would look amazing in an office or quiet reading area, or even in a formal living room.  It obviously can’t be put outside, but hanging this wreath on a wall next to some black and white photos would really look lovely.

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Cute Owl Sculpture

So basically I almost died when I saw the extreme cuteness that is this little owl.  How adorable will this look sitting on a book shelf!? This actually comes from a list of other book page crafts, so be sure to check out the website for more ideas.  The owl is actually for sale in an Etsy shop, but looking at the picture, I don’t think it would be too hard to figure out the shapes needed and cut them out of the page,then gluing them together. This owl was waaayy too cute to NOT put on my blog anyway.  🙂

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Mixed Media Wall Art

And of course this is what I like to use old book pages for!  But this artwork is given in a full tutorial, so it’s definitely more of aDIY project than an intimidating art project.  Just rip up pages of the book and glue them all down with mod podge or gel medium to a canvas, then once it’s dry just paint a silhouette overtop!  You can even just use a stencil you can find in craft store for painting on your walls.  Put that overtop the collage and voila! Instant unique wall art you can take full credit for!

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So that’s it guys, what are your favourite things to do with old book pages!?

Till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley<3