My newest creation!

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Made this as a baby gift for some good friends! I’m so excited with how it turned out!! For the how to check out my wedding art present.

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How To: Personalized Wedding Art Gift

I made this artwork for several engagement presents and bridal showers. Of course, they are the perfect wedding present too! You can personalize the initials (or use the couple’s last name) and even use their wedding colors if you want.

If you look closely, the artwork, letters, etc. are made from tiny dots. The heart is 3-D so it sticks off the paper a little. Believe me, you can do it too! To make something similar….

Here’s what you’ll need:

*frame- I used a square frame with a matt opening of 9X9in (there are a lot of 8X8in too)

*computer & printer

*nice colored pencils (I use PrismaColors)

*decent quality ink pen, or even a thin sharpie (see picture below for the pen I used)

*drawing paper

*blue painters tape

*cricut, or a heart punch (or you can even just cut the heart old school)

*red paper

*ruler

*paper cutter/scrapbook cutter (or use a ruler and scissors)

Here’s what you do:

1. Birds-Find a picture of two birds kissing (or other animals) on the internet. I don’t use the EXACT picture, just the outline. I actually used a picture of a piece of jewelry with birds. The birds were on a very long branch and they didn’t have the little wings; I simply added these details when I was drawing. So use your imagination when selecting something. Before you print, you might have to adjust the scale to get it right (I adjust the scale by changing the percentage on the print page- from 100% to smaller sizes until I see it fits in the frame well). **Consider the frame/mat size when estimating the size!!

2. Letters– Open a word document and pick a font you like and type the couple’s name and wedding date. Use a large enough size and thick enough letter to be able to trace and color in the letters. You might need to play with the size of the font/bird picture to make sure they look good together. ***Again, consider the size of your frame/mat!!!

3. Tape– Tape the bird picture/letters to your drawing paper. You’re going to be tracing, so the image should be taped down, against the drawing paper. Make sure they are spaced correctly and that you use either blue painter’s tape.  If you use scotch tape I usually press it against some fabric (like my jeans) so that it loses some of it’s stickiness before it goes on the paper to avoid ripping.

4. Trace– Trace the OUTLINE of the birds and letters onto your drawing paper. I use my back door because the window brings in a lot of light. You can do it up against a window too. Just lightly sketch a basic overview of the lines. When I trace it, I also tape it to the window so it won’t budge. OR if you’re awesome you can free hand it.

5. Dots- Take off your tape and printed “cheat sheets”. Then start by making medium sized black ink dots along your traced lines. I made the outline a with larger dots so they are more pronounced. Try to make them even in size and take your time. I make the outline dots larger and then go to smaller pin-point sized dots inward. This is the time consuming part! It takes a while to get all those dots on there, be patient!

6. Fill In– After you have outlined all your words, start making small dots slightly inside the border. Your dots should be heavier around the edges then fade to light as they go into your letters. I also put some smaller dots on the outside of the letters. On the inside of the birds and letters I have almost no dots, as they will be filled with color anyway.

7. Erase– When you have enough dots and you’re happy with the overall look of it, erase any pencil marks. But make sure the ink is completely dry or you will smear it.

8. Border- I used a ruler to create a square border around the birds/letters. Remember to take your frame and mat size in to consideration when creating a border. Again, I outlined the pencil marked with dots. I used larger to small dots and I concentrated more dots in the corners.

9. Color- Using sharpened color pencils make small light circular motions. Be sure to create light marks using a uniform circle. This helps the color apply evenly. I also used a light grey/silver color around the border and in the corners to add more detail. I used heavier color where the darker/heavier dots were.

10. Heart – To make the heart I used my Cricut, but you could easily use a heart punch from a craft store. Or go old school and fold a small piece of red paper and cut it into the shape of a heart. I used a raised double-sided sticky foam square to give the heart a three-dimensional quality.

11. Frame– Frame the artwork using a mat to class-it up.

Here is another example of one I created….

I plan to do something similar for some expecting mothers. I want to try a baby elephant or cute animal and the new baby’s name and birthdate. I’ll post pictures when I get to it!

How to: Hand paint your own wine glasses

You’ll be so pleasantly surprised when you realize how easy it is to paint your own wine glasses.  They make the perfect gift for anyone on your list!  Whether it’s for the bride and groom, the bridesmaids, your best friend, your mother, your sister or a neighbor.  You’ll need at least a solid day or you can spread it out over a weekend or just work on it when you have the time!

What you’ll need:

Wine glasses (If you’re only doing 1 or 2 go to the dollar store- they have amazing glasses!!)

Glass paint (Go to Michaels and get the kind that is food safe and that you can bake!)

Toothpicks

Paint brushes (small and large)

Tape

A printed image

Wet paper towels

Dry paper towels

Oven

Time!

Please take the time to clean the wine glasses before you start!

Always start by sketching or having an idea of what you want your wine glass to look like.  I like to add dates and names and usually a personal message on the bottom of the glass to really personalize it.

You may need to print off several images to make sure you get the perfect size for your glass.  Tape the image inside of the glass at the top and bottom to secure it in place.  This way all you have to do is trace the image onto the glass!  So simple!

You may be surprised to hear that I do a lot of my painting with toothpicks.  You get minimal paint at the precise location you want it!  I sometimes snip the end of the toothpick off to make it a little easier to cover larger area that may be too small for a paint brush.  Play around with it when you are just getting started either on scrap paper or on a large section of the glass.

** If you make a mistake just wipe it off with the wet paper towel!  It’s so easy when you just get started… a little tricker when you’re almost complete.  Make sure you’re working on a dry surface before you start painting again!

Basically you’re just tracing from here on out until the image is finished.  I usually start with the largest area to paint (in this picture the hair).  I usually use a paintbrush for the large areas and a toothpick for details.  Paint the largest section first and then let dry for at least 30 minutes to up to an hour.

Keep painting the image in sections.. ALWAYS let the last section dry before stating the next section ESPECIALLY if it’s in the same area.  This will ensure you don’t smudge the paint which is really hard to fix!  If you’re painting multiple glasses I suggest painting the same section of the image at the same time. For example, if I were painting this image on multiple wine glasses I would paint her hair on all of the wine glasses before starting on her white face.  You’ll find that the more you paint an image the more comfortable you will be painting it again and again.

I also like to paint the bottom of the glasses, this allows you to write a message below or just to add extra color to the glass.

Continue painting… waiting… painting… waiting until you’re all done!  I usually print off the words to help me plan where the lettering is going to go.  I use a toothpick to write.

Make sure the paint has an hour to set before you bake it!  Play around with different images and maybe start with a simply image… a flower or just words.  I’ve been painting glasses for 5 years and am still prone to mistakes!

Put your painted wine glasses in a cool oven and set for 350 degrees and cook for 30 minutes. Feel free to add as many glasses as you can.  When the timer goes off turn off the heat and open the door and let the glasses cool in the oven.  Once cool they are set to use!

** Please note that not all glass paint can be baked!  See the back of the paint bottle or check out their website as to how you can permanently set the paint!  Some you have to air dry for 21 days to set it.

**You glasses can go in the dishwasher on the top rack or can be hand washed with the non-abrasive side of a sponge!

These were another set of the glasses I did for a bride and groom in November.  I used the same painting procedures as I listed below.

Please let me know what you think!  I posted some other glasses I’ve painted later!

How To: Paint a First Birthday Plate

So, this is my first post as a blogger….. here we go!

I painted this plate the week before my nephew’s 1st birthday.  I wanted to give him a keepsake from his first birthday and struggled with what would be perfect.  I decided a birthday plate would be a perfect gift that could be used every year on his birthday.  Every pre-made plate I found looked so generic and impersonal, not to mention around $30-40 not including shipping.  Feeling extra creative I decided to try and paint a plate myself.  I had several bottles of ceramic/glass paint left over from previous projects so I hit my local Ross’s in search of an oven safe plate.  Below I listed how I create it.

Time expected to complete: 1 day

What you’ll need:

1.)  1 plate/platter/bowl that is oven safe (you’ll be baking your final product to ensure the paint sets)

2.)  Different color paints that are glass/ ceramic safe (make sure you find food safe paint that can be baked!- You can usually find these at Michael’s or A.C. Moore- I use these: 

3.) Toothpicks

4.) Thin bristle paintbrush

5.) Wet paper towels for easy clean up of mistakes!

6.) Oven

Take the time to clean the plate before starting to paint, this allows the paint to properly adhere to the surface of the plate.

I started by painting the blue cupcake liner first with the paintbrush, then the white icing and let it dry for 30 minutes.

I outlined the cupcake in black using a toothpick (this allows a much smaller more precise line).

I then waited for that to dry (around I hour)

I added the sprinkles using different colored paints with a toothpick (again this allows for more precise lines) and added the date to the cupcake liner using a toothpick.

I then painted the  blue hash marks all around the outside of the plate using the same paint brush and paint color as the cupcake liner.  Be extremely careful not to smudge your paint!!

Finally, I flipped the plate over and wrote a sentimental message to the birthday boy!

Bonus: Signing your name to the plate means you don’t have to get a card! 

You will then wait an hour for the paint to dry.

Put your plate in a cool oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees******.  Allow the plate to bake for 30 minutes.  Leaving your plate in the oven, turn the oven off and let your plate cool in the oven.

***** This may differ depending on what type of paint you bought, please read the instruction on your bottle of paint to make sure of oven temperatures and times

Once the plate is cool you can remove it.  The plate is non-toxic and ready to use! It is safe for use on the top rack of a dishwasher and should not be washed with the abrasive side of a sponge!

Enjoy!

-K