Posts Tagged ‘paint’

04/30/15

How To Make an Envelope Liner for Any Size Envelope without a Template

Bringing watercolors to an envelope liner near you, with this morning's DIY. I've never really done anything with envelope liners up to now because it never felt necessary. But I'm now realizing that I like the idea, I just never saw any that I actually liked.

SO, I made my own. And they're super easy. You won't even need a liner template kit or anything fancy. Just your envelopes (any size is fine), some card stock, and watercolors or acrylic paints.

The full tutorial is over on Project Wedding, but here's the gist to get you started...

How to Make a DIY Watercolor Envelope Liner the Easy Way

And here's how the finished liners turned out...

DIY Watercolor Envelope Liner // This tutorial shows you how to make an envelope liner (in this case a painted DIY watercolor liner) with any size or shape envelope without using a template.

DIY Watercolor Envelope Liner // This tutorial shows you how to make an envelope liner (in this case a painted DIY watercolor liner) with any size or shape envelope without using a template.

Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

These liners would be perfect for Mother's Day cards (which is right around the corner), birthday cards, wedding invitations, etc.

 

04/15/15

5 Minute DIY //  How to Make a Mini Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

Remember those kraft boxes I used last week for that DIY hanging planter project? Well, I saved the lids so I could create these DIY jewelry dishes. And I wanted to share the super quick tutorial.

You only need two supplies for this project: kraft box lids and gloss enamel paint. That's it. You don't even need a paint brush!

Want to make your own? Here's how...

Supplies for Jewelry Dish

Supplies: small kraft box lids (available at crafts stores in the paper mache crafts aisle) and gloss enamel paint

How To:

1. To make your own jewelry and trinket dishes, squirt glass enamel paint into the lid of a kraft box. I used three different colors to create a colorful abstract design.

2. Then, tip the lid over on it's side and start gently taping the lid on a flat surface. This will move the paint around and give it a haphazard design.

Note: Don't be afraid to use a decent amount of paint for each dish. Using a little more paint than necessary will soften the edges of the lid and make it appear more dish than lid. Plus, it's fun to have a bunch of paint to move around the interior and exterior.

3. Continue this process until the entire lid is covered in paint (sides and all). Then, wait for the paint to dry overnight before using. That's it!

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Mini Jewelry Dish with Two Supplies

My only complaint about the finished pieces is that I wish there was a little bit more control over the type of abstract designs created. My favorite dishes are the ones that don't look marbled. But some of that part of the process is just luck. You get what you get, kind of.

BUT you can go back and add more paint in certain ares that you don't like (even before it dries) and tap the sides again to move the paint around. So, if you end up with a design you're really not crazy about, you can easily salvage it with more paint.

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

03/31/15

How to Make Large Scale Budget-Friendly Wall Art in Less than an Hour

I've been on a little bit of an art kick lately. Probably has something to do with all of the blank walls in our house.

So today I'm sharing a large scale art project that is super affordable and all kinds of easy, in partnership with Pentel of America.

If you've ever tried to paint words onto a canvas or paper with a brush, you know there is a pretty big learning curve involved. And plenty of going back to your palette for more paint. But this version of hand lettered wall art is MUCH less difficult because it uses a Pentel Color Brush instead. It's a pen that writes like a brush. So, if you can write with a regular pen, you pretty much have it covered. Yay!

I have a fun little video tutorial (which is just over a minute long) that goes through the step by step process. And we included one of the many outtakes at the very end too, just for laughs...

As you'll see in the video, I painted the backgrounds and teamed up with Erica Loesing again to take the lettering portion to the next level (get Erica's tips for better hand lettering here).

Here's what you need to get started...

Pentel Supplies for Large Scale Artwork

Materials:

Large heavy duty paper (I like Reeves BFK)
Matte finish paint (I like to use flat interior house paint)
Paint brushes
Pentel Color Brush (they come in lots of colors, in case you don't want to use black)

How to make large scale hand lettered wall art

How To:

1. Start by selecting a color palette that works well for your space. Then paint the paper in a solid color. *You can also do a color blocked design or paint an all over pattern for a different look. Wait for the paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step.

2. Prepare your Color Brush by removing the plastic ring, according to the directions on the pen, and then twisting the handle back on. Then push the ink down to the brush tip with a quick squeeze of the handle.

3. Next, write out the phrase or saying that you want to include. Using your first go as a guide for additional layers (watch the video to see what I'm talking about here).

4. Then go over the original text you've created until you reach a desired look and thickness. Wait for the ink to dry and hang.

How to Make Large Scale Budget-Friendly Wall Art in Less than an Hour

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour
Heck Yes!

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour

Pretty simple, right?

I honestly think the hardest part is coming up with clever sayings to use. So, if you need any ideas, feel free to try any of the ones I used. Or check out my sayings and quotes pinboard for more inspiration in that department.

Nailed It!

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour

Turn Down For What

Photography by Kimberly Murray
Hand lettering by Erica Loesing of Yes Ma’am
Crafting assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

So what do you think? Have a blank wall that could use a piece of artwork like this? Or any suggestions for additional phrases that would be fun to use for this DIY? I would love to hear 'em.

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This post is in partnership with Pentel of America. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible. To see more posts like this one, visit the dip dyed hand lettered DIY stationery and 3 DIY ways to dress up plain textiles.