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I'm giving away a DIY Art Studio. It includes a mini easel, 2 canvases that can be painted or decorated in any way you like, 2 handmade paint brushes, a handmade sketchbook and a handmade paint pallet.
Enter below for your chance to win this DIY Art Studio set. You must be at least 18 yrs and with an address in the USA to win. Giveaway is for the DIY Art Studio, which includes 2 canvases, mini easel, 2 handmade paint brushes, 1 handmade sketch book, and 1 hand made paint pallet. Doll & outfit not included.
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.
My daughter loves the 18" dolls. Let's not sugar coat it – she is obsessed with the American Girl Dolls to be exact. Last year, the doll of the year had an art studio set up. It sold out by the end of the year so what was a mom to do?
Well, after a trip to the craft store I was able to make a fairly good art studio using miniature easels and canvases sold in the fine arts department. The easels came 4 in a package and the canvases came 6 in a pack. The easels will be "table top" easels for the dolls, instead of a floor standing easel, but still it works.
I used watercolor pencils to draw simple pictures on the canvases, then added a touch of water and voila – instant paintings. Once they were dry I sprayed them with a clear coat to stand up to heavy play time.
The artist palette was cut from a milk jug in a design that fit around the dolls hand, so it could be held. I dabbed different colors of acrylic paint onto the palette and let it dry. Again I sprayed a coat of clear on it to help it withstand being played with.
The brushes are made from toothpicks that were colored with Sharpie markers. I took an old paint brush and snipped some bristles from it, glue them to the end of the toothpick and wrapped a thin piece of wire around to look like the real thing.
Since I had the milk jug, clear coat, tooth picks, watercolor pencils and wire in my craft collection, the main cost came from the easels and canvases.
To make this 2 painting, 1 easel, artist palette, and 2 brushes it cost $3.50.