Monday, February 27, 2017

DIY Magnetic Picture Hanger

Ever since I got back to painting, I have been looking for exciting and inexpensive ways to hang my art. I first saw these wood frames on Pinterest and instantly fell in love. I just had to make one for myself but without breaking the bank! 

I am so stoked at how these turned out and I love how easy it is to change my artwork whenever I want without the hassle that comes with boxed frames. So if you are like me and love switching artwork then read on to learn how to make these for yourself. The best part, you can create this in whatever size you want!  

Materials: 
Artwork
Four pieces of Balsa wood
Magnetic strip
Cutter 
String
2 Eye Screws


Begin by cutting and sanding your balsa strip to the size you want. You will need four strips.


Next,  grab a cloth and stain the wood in your choice of color. I went with "coffee bean" by Pascol.


Allow the stain to dry then cut and glue magnetic strip on one side of the wood. Repeat with the remaining three strips.


Then take one of the wood strip and measure half inch in from either ends and mark. Twist eye screws into the points you just marked until fully in. 


Thread your string through the eye screws and tie a knot. Optional- you can add beads or any other ornament before you tie the knot.


Now lay the piece with the eye screws down so that the side with the magnetic strip is facing up. Lay your artwork on top, straight and centered. Then place another strip on top so that the two magnets are facing each other. Do the same for the bottom of your artwork. And that's it: your beautiful wall art is all set to hang.

Wisteria

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you love the Wisteria painting above, you might enjoy looking at more in my previous post

Have a lovely week! xx

P.S: If you followed this tutorial to create your very own picture hanger, then please do share. I would love to see it! :)


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wisteria Watercolor Paintings

Guys, I am so thrilled to finally finish my wisteria paintings, a sneak peek of which I shared in my last post. The paintings are now available on my Etsy store. They make perfect accent pieces to get your room out of a rut and infuse it with warmth and color. And together they make for a stunning wisteria gallery wall! 

If you'd like to purchase original paintings, click here. And if you simply wish to see how the finished paintings look, then scroll down :) 







This wooden frame is love! I have a tutorial on it coming soon. To stay in the loop with my latest posts, be sure to enter your email address in "Follow by email" and press "Submit" (it's right there on the left hand side bar!)

Have a nice day you all! xx 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Watercolor Wisterias Work In Progress

I hope everyone is having a fabulous month.
It is whizzing by so quickly! Or is it just me who thinks so?!

I am busy working on a little collection for my Etsy shop and really excited with how it is coming along. Here is a sneak peek and work in progress photos of my new collection. It will be available in my shop soon. I hope you like it!






xx

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Watercolor Heart Paintings For Valentine's Day

It is that time of the year already!

And if you are still struggling and looking for last minute inspiration or diy, worry not because I have you covered! Just click on the link to be taken to the relevant project post with easy, step by step instructions.

Watercolor Valentine Hearts - Wet on wet, Ombré and Striped


Leafy Watercolor Valentine Heart


Watercolor Floral Heart


Have fun painting for your loved ones.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!
xx

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nature Inspired Summer Tablescape

Hi friends!


Get excited because I have a really fun summer tablescape post for you. And you can easily pull it off without spending a dime! Believe me. All you need to do is look around the house for can-be-turned-into-decorations treasures. Because that's exactly what I did.


I was recently inspired by Arhaus to share post-holiday tablescape ideas, and I had the perfect excuse to do some decorating but without spending any dollar. (Btw you should check them out. They have some amazing, swoon-worthy pieces. Oh boy, I would love to have one of these!!!)

I decided to go for a colourful nature inspired theme and built the whole tablescape around it. Summers is, after all, all about sunshine and dining alfresco. And colorful butterflies. 


I decided to use bright summery colors like yellow and pink. I looked through my stash of craft fabric for a piece that could be turned into a runner and found one that went perfectly with my summer theme! To make the print pop, I decided to layer it - so out came my white quilt cover, a perfect backdrop to what I had in mind!

Next, I surrounded the runner with faux leaves garland and painted yellow and pink butterflies and added them to the garland. If you don't have artificial leaves garland, you can easily make one with green paper cut in the shape of leaves and stitched together. You can also add fairy lights to the garland for that extra oomph for when the sun goes down.

For napkins, I simply wrapped left over crepe paper from Inaya's Little Birdie themed first birthday party, added twigs, leaves and a yellow butterfly to complete the look.



Common household items like sauce jars, tins and bottles made perfect vases for leaves, flowers and um some fabric flowers. And when placed inside a basket they made a perfect centerpiece, ideal for any table.


I again used a jar to act as a cutlery holder and added some grey stones.


Lastly, I hung lanterns and added candles for a magical evening. And that is it, you are done with summery bright tablescape setting. Was't it easy?  I just love how it all came together from things already in my home.







Since I love you guys so much for following my little blog, here are some more ways to go about setting a fresh summer table.


Simply add some paint to water to achieve this look. 






You can create this with scattered stones, fresh flowers in a bottle, tea light candles, and leaves inside a jar. You can also add some twinkle lights along with leaves for a magical effect. 


I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I had fun creating it for you guys. I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave some love by commenting below.


Cheers until next time! xx

Florals


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Watercolor Floral Heart Tutorial

Happy Sunday you all!


I am so excited to share another easy watercolor tutorial with you guys for Valentine's Day. In my previous post, we painted a leafy valentine heart, how about some florals this time? Let's fill the heart with pretty lilacs.


To create a floral heart, gather the following supplies:

Watercolor paper
Watercolor paints 
Brush
Pencil and eraser
Sketchbook/scrap paper

First practise painting lilacs in your sketchbook/or scrap piece of paper. Mix ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson with lots of water for a light shade of purple. Next load your brush and paint four dots or petals to represent a lilac flower.  Add more flowers around the first one that you just painted.


Then add more blue to your mixture to make a darker shade of purple and paint more lilacs to fill the spaces in between.  Keep adding more flowers and vary the shade.



Using sap green, add in the stems. Load your brush with black paint or mix a blackish purple and paint a tiny dot in the center of each flower.


Great, you have learnt how to paint simple watercolor lilacs. Give yourself a pat on the back :)

Now lightly sketch a heart on your watercolor paper and repeat what you just did in your sketchbook. Fill the heart with lilacs, starting from the lightest shade of purple to represent flowers in the front. Then use darker shades to represent flowers at the back. Play with different shades of purple and wet on wet technique to create interest in your work.



Once you have filled the heart with beautiful lilacs, erase the pencil marks. And you are done. Wasn't it easy? 


I hope I have inspired you  to create your own watercolor valentine hearts this year. Have a fabulous day! xx

Other projects that you might enjoy:

Ombre Watercolor Heart 

Leafy Valentine Heart