Easy Hydrangea Painting!

Happy first day of summer!!!

I stumbled upon a hydrangea painting tutorial the other day and decided to give it a try!!

ImageHere’s my finished product!! I’m very happy about how it turned out, especially since this is the first time I’ve ever painted something like this!

Would you like to make one too?!

ImageSupplies:

  • Burlap Canvas (available at Michaels)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil

ImageThese are the Martha Stewart Crafts paint colors that I chose to use.

  • Greek Tile
  • Blue Calico
  • Wedding Cake
  • Pesto
  • Green Curry

No matter what colors you decide to use, I recommend two coordinating shades of green and then two coordinating shades of another color or colors.

ImageThese are the paint brushes I used.  I recommend a large and small flat, square brush, a small rounded, flat brush, and a tiny, pointed brush for making dots.

The actual brush sizes will vary depending on how large you want your hydrangeas to be.

Let’s get started!!

The first thing you want to do is lay out your canvas and draw large circles where you want your hydrangeas to be.

ImageNext, use the lighter shade of green and paint leaves around the circles.

I used the small, flat square brush to paint the leave’s base coat.

This part doesn’t have to be perfect.  We will be going over the leaves with more paint in the next step.

ImageNow, we’re going to double load our paintbrush to add depth to our leaves.

Dip one side of you paintbrush in the lighter green and one side in the dark.

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After double loading the paintbrush, start on one side of the leaf and drag your paintbrush to a point.  The burlap creates some resistance, so this can be a little difficult!  Once you’ve painted one half of the leaf, do the same thing on the other half.

Here’s a video that explains how to make the leaves!  It looks a lot easier to do in the video! Just be patient and you’ll be able to make it work!

ImageAs you can see, not all my leaves are perfect! Oh well!!

Next, we’re going to start our flowers!!

ImageTake both your light and dark blue and paint a base layer.

ImageI painted the tops light blue, the bottoms dark blue, and the middle is a mixture of the two.

Now comes the fun part!!

ImageYou’re going to take your rounded, flat brush and paint little five petal flowers all over the place.

Think of the flower as a little man.  Paint a head, two arms, and two legs.  The first few might look rough but after you paint a few you’ll become a master!!

Alternate painting with the light and dark blue.  Don’t clean off your brush in between the colors, this allows them to mix and create a different shade of blue.

ImageWhen you’re almost done, but still have a few empty spots, start painting three of four petal flowers to fill gaps.  You can also randomly add single petals to fill up any additional spaces.

ImageAll of our flowers have been painted! Now, it’s time to paint the flower centers!

ImageTake your small, pointy brush and use white (or any other color you’d like) and paint little dots in the center of each flower.

This step was tricky for me, because I couldn’t tell where the center of some of the flowers were!  If you’re struggling like I was, just randomly place the dots!  No one has to know that you guessed!

Once your centers are painted, you’re done!!

ImageVoilà!! You now have a bright and fun hydrangea painting!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

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Ipsy Review – June 2014

Hi everyone!!

I just got my first Ipsy bag, and I can’t wait to share it with you!!

Ipsy is a beauty subscription service that sends you 4-5 deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products each month for only $10!

I found out about Ipsy six months ago, and I’ve wanted to try it ever since.  I was on the wait list for several months before I (awkwardly) posted on Facebook to skip the wait!

Would you like to be an Ipsy subscriber?! Follow this link to get more information and sign up!

ImageI went home for Father’s Day weekend, so I didn’t receive my bag until I returned to my apartment on Sunday evening.  I was pretty excited when I saw the shiny pink envelope in my mailbox!

Image“Pretty in Paradise”  is the theme for June!

ImageMy bag included:

  • Rebecca Minkoff makeup bag
  • Be A Bombshell – Lash Out Mascara
  • Marc Anthony – Dream Waves Beach Spray
  • NYX – Butter Gloss – Éclair
  • Jesse’s Girl – Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
  • OLEHENRIKSEN – truth to go wipes

ImageI absolutely LOVE the makeup bag this month!  It’s Rebecca Minkoff and super adorable!  The pineapples are perfect for a summery paradise theme!

ImageBe A Bombshell – Lash Out Mascara – FULL SIZE

I’ve really been wanting to try a new mascara, so I’m pretty happy to have received this is my bag!

One odd thing about this mascara is that is has a strong garlic smell if you put the wand near your nose!  GROSS!!

I suffered through the weird smell to try out the mascara and it’s actually pretty nice.  You can’t smell the funky garlic when it’s applied to your lashes.

ImageMarc Anthony – Dream Waves Beach Spray

This spray smells amazing!! It’s very coconut-y!!

The instructions say to apply the spray to either damp or dry hair.

I tried it out on my dry hair and it didn’t really do much for me.  I have very straight, fine hair, so that’s probably why it didn’t work! Oh well!! I’ll see if any of my friends can use it!

ImageNYX – Butter Gloss – Éclair – FULL SIZE

This product has been getting great reviews and I understand why!! I love the smooth (and buttery) formula!

The gloss also has a subtle sweet smell that I really like!

Éclair is the perfect color for me!  It’s a light pink that is very natural and perfect for everyday wear!

ImageJesse’s Girl – Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Black – FULL SIZE

I’ve never worn liquid eyeliner, but this one seems nice!  It has a very fine tip, which will be good for achieving the perfect line!

I’m kind of a spazz, so when I tried it out on my eyelid the line was rather wavy!  Oh well, practice makes perfect!!

ImageOLEHENRIKSEN – truth to go wipes – 10 count

I’ve recently started using makeup remover wipes, and I was pretty excited to see these in my June bag!

The excitement dissipated when I smelled them.  At first, the wipes smelled pleasantly like oranges.  Then, after smelling them the whole time I was cleaning my face, the smell started to make me sick.  It was an unbearable combination of sugar and citrus.  I figured the smell would go away after a few minutes, but it did not.  I smelled the sweet, citrus scent until I took a shower and washed my face again!

I think I’m going to save these wipes for emergency purposes only!!

ImageI’m very pleased with my first Ipsy bag, and I can’t wait to see what I get next month!!

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A Few Things Friday!

Happy Friday!!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Friday post!  My randomly busy summer schedule has been getting in the way of my blog writing! Luckily, my summer schoolwork will be ending soon, so I can get back to posting!

I was looking on Pinterest the other day when I stumbled upon Stephanie Ryan Art.

The embedded link takes you to her Etsy shop, which is filled with tons of bright and beautiful watercolor paintings!

I have decided that a few of these painting will look FANTASTIC in my new apartment!

Here are a few of my favorites!

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ryan Art

I love how colorful and vibrant this one is!

I think it would look great in the living room or the kitchen!

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ryan Art

I love that this one is a heart! Super cute!!

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ryan Art

Each of these paintings would look perfect in a shabby chic picture frame!

I just love how happy all these paintings are!

I think they will add some fun to my new apartment with Kylie!  Our current apartment is very dull and quite ugly!

I can’t wait to move in and decorate our new one!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Julep Maven Review – June 2014

Hi everyone!

I got my June Julep Maven box a few days ago, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

For those of you that don’t know, here is a little information on Julep.

Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish subscription box!

Each month, a box is mailed to your house full of fun nail and beauty products!

Become a Maven today and sign up with this link!

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I got this box for FREE by using some of the Jules I’ve earned through referrals!! Super exciting, right?!

Let’s get to the box!

ImageHere she is!!

Contents:

  • Two Breathable nail colors
  • Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat
  • Three Pixie Sticks
  • Coupon
  • Inspirational Quote

ImageHere’s this month’s inspirational quote.  I think it fits pretty well with the “Three Wishes” theme.

ImagePolishes

  • Ariana – Classic With a Twist – Enchanted berry iridescent chrome
  • Bergen – Classic With a Twist – Hazy blue-grey shimmer

I really like the colors that came in this month’s box, but I probably won’t be wearing them until the fall.  I think these colors are just a little too dark for the summertime.

Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat

I’m excited to try the base coat!  I haven’t used base coat in years, and it’s probably time I start using it again!

Along with a base coat, one of the Style Profile (Modern Beauty?) came with a top coat.  I REALLY wanted to try that, but I didn’t want to pay to add it on to my FREE box!  Hopefully, I’ll get the top coat in another box someday! I might just breakdown and buy it though!!

ImageThis is the second month in a row that Julep has included a coupon in the box!

I LOVE coupons, so I’m pretty excited about this!

This coupon doesn’t expire until July 31, 2014!  That gives me plenty of time to use it!

In the fine print, it says that the coupon can be used twice per customer! What a deal!!!

What did you get in your June Maven box? Did you get a different coupon code?

Let me know!

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