February 2014 archive

Watercolor Tree Print using Mod Podge Rocks! Stencils

Amy from Mod Podge Rocks! offered me a chance to try out the new Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils. They are reusable and adhere to anything to create a great pattern. I was sent the wood grain stencil. These stencils work great using Mod Podge and glitter or sand, but I thought what about just using Gloss Mod Podge, letting it dry and then paint on a layer of watercolor.

I'm loving the painting technique paired with the Mod Podge and stencil.

I created a cute Love Tree print.



here's how:


First, I peeled the stencil off of the plastic back and placed it on a piece of heavy Bristol board. I pressed the edges to ensure a prefect print.


Next, I applied a heavy coat of Gloss Mod Podge. I made sure all the areas of the stencil were covered. Then I removed the stencil while the Mod Podge was still wet.Stencil-5

While waiting for the Mod Podge to dry on the board, place the stencil back on the plastic sheet and wash all the extra Mod Podge off the stencil and out of the brush.


The next day I painted brown watercolor paint over the dry Mod Podge, with a lot of water to create the tree look. The Mod Podge repels the color and paint is absorbed into the paper.


Let the paint dry. Cut a cute little heart out of red paper and glue to the watercolor print. Frame it and you're done.


Just think of all the different painting, cards and wall-hangings you can make using the entire line of Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils, Gloss Mod Podge and Watercolors!!!

Mod Podge Rocks! Peel & Stick Stencils come in six different patterns and are $4 each. Find them exclusively at Michaels stores or get them here online.


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Free Printable Doctor Who Valentines

Valentine's Day is close, very close. My daughter decided that this year she wanted Doctor Who Valentines to hand out in class. We designed a simple printable card that says: "Fezzes are Red. The Tardis is Blue. Bow Ties are cool and so are you."


I'm not sure how the other Kindergartners will receive these. My kid doesn't care, saying "It's not my fault they don't know the Doctor."


We are pairing the cards up with (candy) Fish Fingers and Custard.

If you want to grab the printable you can get it here Download DoctorWho, it's a PDF file with 4 on a page. I recommend that you print them on card stock.

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Sparkle Mailbox for 18″ Dolls

We all know that our house loves American Girl Dolls, so for Valentine's Day this year we made them their own mailbox. This project was first featured in the American Girl Magazine back in 2013.


I found that Target has the tin mailbox again this year in the dollar section. The stand is a candle stick from the local craft store.

First, we painted the candle stick pink with acyrlic paint and while it was drying, I let my daughter decorate the box with all kinds of stickers. The rhinestone stickers are made using the Dazzling Diamond Sticker sheet from The Buckle Boutique.  I used my Cricut Cutter to cut out the heart shapes from the rhinestone vinyl. The Dazzling Diamond Sticker Sheets are easy to cut with scissors as well, that how we cut the strips used to bedazzle the edges and flag.






Once the shapes are cut, they are just like stickers, just peel off the backing and stick.

Crafters of all ages can use the rhinestone sticker sheets to bling up any project!  

In my daughter's opinion everything is better when it sparkles.


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2014 The Year of the Fairytale – Month 1

I am taking part in 2014 The Year of The Fairytale present by http://www.carlasonheim.com/ . She is a wonderful teacher! If you ant to broaden your illustration talents, think about taking one of her classes.

This on-line art study is the most fun I've had in a long time. I was always consumed with having my drawing look a certain way. This class is very freeing. I hope by the end of the year I have my style established. But what is even better is that my daughter is drawing with me.

We were told at the beginning of Kindergarten that she was kind of failing art. She was not very good at expressing herself by drawing. My husband thought that was a ridiculous statement because he's not into art and felt that if her drawing of a person had 1 head, 2 arms and 2 legs it was good in his book.

You can't force someone to create art.

Reading the fariy tale with me and creating a princess character was fun for her and she made great improvments in her art and her feelings towards drawing. That means more than all the techniques I can learn!

So, here are first month's assignments:

Character Development: The Frog Princess



Here are The Kid's paintings:

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The next assignment is 3 spot illustrations for the story using mixed media. I used watercolor, ink and collage.

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