Watercolor Wednesday – Pineapple Practice!

Hi everyone!

I have some watercolor trial and error paintings to share with you on this Watercolor Wednesday!

IMG_4078I bought a few new watercolor brushes at Michael’s over the weekend, and I couldn’t wait to try them out!

There are a few things I would really like to change about these paintings, but since I’ve only been practicing for a little over a week, I don’t think these are too bad!

IMG_4085I got the idea to paint a pineapple off of Pinterest!

If it weren’t for the one rouge triangle (I’m sure you can guess which one I’m talking about), I would absolutely love this!

I got a little wild and used two different greens for the leaves!  I used a darker blue green and a lighter yellow green.  I think the effect is quite nice! 🙂

The pineapple was pretty easy, so I’ll definitely be trying it again soon!

IMG_4088I love the way these flowers turned out! I’m pretty happy with the “bloom” too!

My paint set didn’t come with a purple, so I mixed a few colors to make my own.

Next time, I’ll use a smaller brush for the stems.  They’re just a little too thick for my liking!  I’ll also make the stems a little longer (or move the bow up a little), so there’s greenery coming out of the bottom of the bow.

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All in all, I’m pretty pleased with this week’s paintings!

I’ll be back next week with some more progress!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Pink Tulips

Hi everyone!

I have another project from my new Stitched Blooms embroidery book to share with you.

IMG_0787Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldsen-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham)
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

IMG_0790DMC Floss Colors:

  • 702 – green
  • 893 – dark pink
  • 894 – light pink
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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we’ll be using.

IMG_0792Print out the motif and trace with your Sharpie.

IMG_0799Trace the motif and hoop your fabric.

IMG_0801Use green thread and the Stem/Outline Stitch for the stem.

IMG_0803IMG_0806IMG_0811Continue on with the Stem Stitch until the stem is complete.

IMG_0814Keeping with the green thread, use the Back Stitch for the leaves.

IMG_0820IMG_0821Once the leaves are completed, we’ll start on the flowers.

IMG_0824Use the Back Stitch and the light pink thread for two of the flowers.

I chose two that are diagonal from each other, because I didn’t want two of the same color to be “touching.”

IMG_0829Stitch the two remaining flowers with the dark pink thread.

IMG_0958Our flowers are complete!

So bright and perfect for summer!

Are you following us on Instagram yet (pinkbowstwinkletoes)?!  You should be!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Rain Boots

Hi everyone!

Here is the tutorial for the other project I made while stranded in the airport!

If you missed my first project, you can find it here!

IMG_8675Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (I used gingham)

IMG_8677DMC Floss Colors:

  • 602 – pink
  • 703 – green
  • 722 – orange
  • 798 – blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the design we’ll be using from the Doodle Stitching book.

IMG_8671I like to start by printing my design and then tracing over it with a Sharpie.  My tracing got a little wonky on the right boot! 🙂

The Sharpie makes it so much easier to see the design while tracing it onto your fabric.

IMG_8672Trace the image onto your fabric and then hoop your fabric.

IMG_8679We’re going to start by stitching the upper portion of the boots in pink.

The body of the boots are made with the Back Stitch and the little loops at the top are made with Lazy Daisies.

IMG_8681Use your orange thread to stitch the soles.

IMG_8684I had some issues with my second sole.  My pencil line wasn’t quite dark enough and the airport had weird lighting, so I ended up having to guess where the stitches were supposed to be!

IMG_8687If you’re comfortable with it, feel free to use the Stem Stitch for this part!

IMG_8689I know it’s hard to see, but I used the Satin Stitch for the center of the flower.

You can either use Lazy Daisies or the Back Stitch for the petals.  Whatever floats your boat!

IMG_8693I was on the airplane at this point, so my lighting got even weirder! Oh well!

I was able to finish my project without too many issues!

IMG_8713Our rain boots are complete, and we’re all ready for some spring showers!

Happy Crafting!!
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Another Hydrangea Painting!

Hi everyone!

I loved my first hydrangea painting so much that I decided to make another one!

DSCN2335I won’t bore you by repeating the same instructions as before!!

For my original tutorial on painting hydrangeas, follow this link.

DSCN2388Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Poodle Skirt
  • Bubblegum
  • Wild Salmon
  • Green Curry
  • Scottish Highlands

Here are some pictures for you to follow!

Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 1.1 Pink:Orange Hydrangeas 2.2I really love my color choices and how these turned out!

If you have any questions or troubling locating my original tutorial, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Crafting!!

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Easy Lilac Painting!

Hi everyone!!

I have another painting tutorial to share with you!!

Today, we will be painting lilacs!

DSCN2343It’s a pretty simple painting, so let’s get started!

DSCN2589Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brushes (filbert, detail brush, and scruffy brush)
  • Pencil

DSCN2594Marta Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Hydrangea Purple
  • Heliotrope
  • Pesto
  • Scottish Highlands

Folk Art Acrylic Paint

  • Purple

The first step is to paint your canvas.  My canvas was prepainted, so I didn’t bother painting the background.

DSCN2214These canvases came from Michaels.  If you can work with the colors then these are great!! They save quite a bit of time!

DSCN2217Take your pencil and draw the general shape of your lilacs and stems.  It’s okay if the shapes are wonky!! You’ll be painting over them in the next step!

DSCN2227 Paint the stems and leaves with the detail brush.

I used both green paints to add a bit of definition to the leaves.

DSCN2237Using the scruffy brush, dab the darkest purple paint onto the flowers.

DSCN2233Don’t glop on the paint, but a little texture is good!

DSCN2243Once you’ve finished the base coat, it’s time to paint the actual flowers.

We will be using the five-petal flower from my hydrangea and pink bouquet tutorials.

DSCN2420Using a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.

If it helps, you can think of the flower as a little man.  He has a head, two arms, and two legs.

DSCN2600Using both the light and medium purple paint, add little flowers all over the dark purple base.

Overlap the flowers and let the colors mix to add dimension!

DSCN2597To dot or not to dot?! It’s up to you!

Once all the flowers have been added, you decide if you’d like to paint their centers.

I skipped dotting the centers, because I like how my flowers look with out the dots!

DSCN2343I chose to add a third leaf to the right side of my bouquet.

I have a real problem with symmetry and couldn’t handle three leaves on one side and only two on the other!!

Once your bouquet is symmetrical (or not!!), the painting is complete!!

I really wanted to add a bow around the stems but mine were too far apart!!  I will try and add one next time though!!

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Easy Flower Painting!!

Hi everyone!

I’ve become very interested in painting in the last few weeks, so I’ve decided to share one of my projects with you!

ImageHere’s a bouquet of pink flowers I painted last night.

ImageSupplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes (a large and medium flat brush, small filbert (not pictured), and two small detail brushes)

ImageMartha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Raspberry Ice
  • Poodle Skirt
  • Blue Sky
  • Scallion
  • Green Curry

ImageThe first step is to give your canvas several base coats.

I used Blue Sky and my large, flat paintbrush to paint my canvas.  I believe I gave mine two coats, but the more coats the better!!

ImageNext, we’re going to add the tulip(ish) flower on the left.

Start by double loading the small, flat brush with Raspberry Ice and Poodle Skirt.  Then, using mostly the tip of your brush, slowly wiggle up and down while moving in an arc.  This should create the shell shape above.

ImageNow, turn your brush so the light pink is facing up and paint another shell below your first one.  Then, paint an oval shape to create the rest of the flower.

If you’re not satisfied with the way your flower looks, just keep playing around with the paint until you achieve something you like.  That’s what I did.  I kept adding paint here and there until I was satisfied.

ImageDouble load your brush again, and begin painting shells right next to each other.  Keep going until you’ve made a full circle.

ImageOnce your outer circle is complete, create a smaller circle inside.  I went over some of the shells several times before I got the look I was going for.

ImageNow, it’s time to add the little five-petal flowers.

ImageUsing a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.  These are just like the flowers I used in my hydrangea tutorial.

These flowers are really easy once you get the hang of it!

I dipped the end of my brush in paint to create the center of each little five-petal flower.

ImageThe closed tulip is really easy to paint.  It’s just a large teardrop with two points.

Once the majority of the flowers are painted, it’s time to add the stems.

I used the smallest detail brush and Scallion for the five-petal flowers and the larger detail brush and Green Curry for the larger flowers.

ImageAs I painted the stems, I added more little flowers to fill in the spaces.

I also decided to extend the stems to the edge of the canvas.

ImageNow, we add the leaves.

Add leaves wherever you think they should go!

ImageI used the smallest detail brush to do the light green leaves.  The leaves are essentially two parenthesis next to each other.  Like this ()

ImageThe bigger leaves are painted exactly like the smaller ones.

ImageOnce your leaves are painted, the project is done!

ImageI hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Feel free to comment if you have any questions!

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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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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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