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Tag your creations!

Tagging can often be viewed in many different lights.  To some its graffiti.  And to some graffiti is art and to others it is destruction of public property.  One thing is for sure, when you’re creating your own artwork, a tag of your name is a must.  It’s like your signature on your work.

I didn’t have a tag for my name, so I went on a hunt to find some help in creating one.

I found this great website which shows this guy who documents all the tags he sees all over Paris.  In this case, it could be more of graffiti, but it is actually quite cool.

From there, I got this awesome interactive version.  After that, I was kind of on my own.  But I came up with lots of combinations and finally settled on one.

My only piece of advice, try to be bold and make a statement with your name. It’s your name so do it proud.

Below is how I painted it on my work.

I started with pencil, because I wanted to get it right. But I’m sure most people have their tag down pat that they just mark it on.  Do whatever you feel comfortable with.

Then I started painting.

Here’s how it looks on a finished painting.

To see how I made this painting, check out this post-Make your own art-EASY!



Create your own art EASY!

I happen to love to paint.  I think its a release of tension. It spills out any emotion you have building up.  It’s simply therapeudic.  But what about for the people who think they have no artisitic ability.  Well, lucky for the , you don’t need any.  There are so many great paintings that are abstract, graphic, or simple.  And it can be very easy, and budget friendly,  to re-create an artists one of a kind piece.  Additionally, any painting that you create yourself will liven up your home with a personal yet beautiful touch.

Let me show you how I do it.

First off, I picked an artist.  I happen to love David Bromstad’s work and I think he has a lot of stuff that is very easy to make a recreation of.  Here’s his website if you want to choose one of his paintings too.

I chose this one.

So from there, you break out the canvas. If you are a pro at this kind of thing, you could wrap your own, but I just purchase them already made.

*** Another great tip , is if you find something that’s not so pretty at a garage sale or something like that , you could always paint over it with white and then its a brand new canvas.  This also goes for if you mess up.

I like to draw out my design first, just to make sure its feasible. Not the prettiest, I know, but just so you get a gist.

Then, I started painting. I started with the color. I outlined first. Either pen, pencil, I used yellow marker, something light.  After I outlined, I painted it a solid color. Then I went back with a similar color  and I added in the variation to make it a little more interesting.  The paint needs to still be wet, and you want it all going the same direction. After that I added in the thin border , again for a little more interest.

Little details make a huge difference  in the end product.

I did two, so you can kind of get an idea of some variation, and I really liked them. So here’s a large pink, and a teal flower on a smaller canvas.

Before you do the black, you want the paint to completely dry.  Otherwise, if you make a mistake, it will be MUCH harder to fix.  And you won’t get the solid black.

Lastly , to make these look extra legit,  tag it.  I personally had never had my own tag, so I scoured the internet and came up with my own.  Check out this post for tagging, but here’s our final products.

To see how I tagged my work, check out this post- Tag your creations!

These paintings look great! Its so easy , anyone can make their own art!

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Homemade Chalkboard Drawers

As a college student with a constant urge to craft, a brain that doesn’t stop thinking, and a little free time, I scoured the internet looking for a way to spruce up my three drawer plastic rolly storage unit, a standard on the college packing list.  Although they come in a multitude of colors, shapes , and sizes, I was bored and thought why not add a little labeling system to the whole thing and paint them with some chalkboard paint.

I didn’t have chalkboard paint.  So I scoured the internet, and ended up creating my own mixture from what I found.

I decided on no recipe.  Kind of how I do the rest of my cooking and concocting, I fix and mix until it looks about right.

So for the chalkboard paint, I started with paint.  I used acrylic, but for my no-recipe recipe, I honestly would have used whatever I had and just hoped it wouldv’e come out ok.  I mean except for the obvious, you want to avoid watercolors, face paint, and washable.  In my opinion, you want either a wall paint or acrylic.

To about 1/2 cup of of the paint, you want about 3 tablespoons unsanded grout. Which is basically like dry powder grout.

Just mix it all together. It should be thicker and look like it has crumbs and bumps all the way through.

Ok so now that you have your paint, you need to prepare your drawers.

You want to tape off the edges so you have a clean front and no smears on the sides of the drawer.

I chose to have a border, just to have a little visual interest, but if you just want a plain rectangle on the front, then you can skip this.   For the border, tape off a line  on the inside so you can just paint on a line.  If you choose to cut regular tape in half so its a little skinnier, make sure you use the outside clean cut edges for the areas you want to paint.  That way it will be nice and smooth.

Paint it once or twice so it looks nice and solid.

Next your going to tape out the area for the center part.  Make sure, again, you use the straight part of the tape on the side of the area your are going to paint, so it comes out clean.  And obviously you want to move the tape so your border has space, but you can space it however you want.

Especially here, I would make sure it’s nice and thick.

If it starts to peel when you take the tape off, it happened to me too.  You want to peel the tape when the paint is wet so that if it does peel, you can paint it back on.  Once its dry, as long as its thick, it should be good to go.

Next, you cover it in chalk.  I did green so it popped a little, but keep in mind, there will be permenant residue from whatever color chalk you choose so keep that in mind.

It doesn’t need to be thick, just covered. So you can just move the powder around with a dry paper towel.  Then let it set. It must set, or the paint will start to come off. When you go to wipe it off with a wet paper towel this time, if you see pink (or whatever color your paint is) , its too early and your chalk should sit longer.

When all your finished, even if it doesn’t come out perfect, as mine did not, it still really spruces up your basic triple plastic drawer set.  It adds some coverage, creativity, visual interest, and even a little country flair.

Its some definite magic.

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Stripping the Stripes

Stripes in the home can create a lot of different vibes, all very powerful.

Here are some really great examples.

On HGTV Design Star, they created rooms for Kris Kardashian and this one  I lovedddd the walls.

Another cool way to incorporate stripes into your design is from the floor up!

Here’s one that’s kind of retro. Very cool.

You can also choose to create stripes on the floor with 2 different shades of wood flooring.  It adds another element to the room and adds so interest in an understated way.


For creating your own stripes, check out DIY Striping Paint Techniques.