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Space Balls

Recently I’ve been playing with wet on wet watercolor techniques.  This watercolor technique works wonders with creating backgrounds, skies, water, and space.  By wetting your work area first with water, you can create organic shapes and water movement that mimic things you would find in nature.  Make sure you only wet areas you want the colors to flow with clean water.  Or your painting will become muddy and washed out.

This is step one.  Filling in the area with color.  If you experience pooling you can either:

1. Mop it up with a brush/towel/paper

2. Tilt your paper to evenly distribute the water but risk muddying colors

3. Let it dry for a darker effect but risk getting bleeding 


Experiment with different color combinations.  You can look up galaxies, nebulas, and stars online but just experimenting works even better.  

Possible color combos that worked:

1. Warm colors: reds/oranges/pinks/yellow

2. Cool colors: Blue/purple/green

3. Mix it up, if you add in just cool colors, you can add a pop/drop of red to really give it a pop.

Now we need to darken up the borders and around the organic color flows you have created.  Let it dry slightly and then mix up very dark purple with a base of blue.

Fill in edges and then go back and get high paint to water ratios of your colors (orange) and dip your brush in those areas.  Watch the color bleed into the dark purple.  Add and experiment as desired.

Check out that bleeding action!  It’s exactly what you want.  

Now take a white gel pen/white gouache/white watered down acrylic paint and tap your brush with a pencil to get nice star variations.  I even used silver calligraphy ink to add even more dimension to the stars.  Not all stars are white.  You can make them silver, gold, light blue, light yellow, cream or anything that works for you.

What I did next is scan some of my “space balls” into my computer, cut them out into perfect circles and arrange them as a print.  You can check it out below.

Experiment and enjoy!  I think this picture “tutorial” is okay but a video would definitely convey some of the technique better.  Look forward to that.

Cheers

Annie

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Make Personal Messages Memorable On Valentine’s Day!

How do you make something personal & cute, but not mushy & commercial? One sweet way, is to up the ante on the notes you give. What to do:

  1. Write out the messages. Add personal touches to them, because these will probably be saved for later. 
  2. Fold the envelopes out. Or use store bought ones. Insert the messages into the envelopes.
  3. Place the envelopes on your sheet & mark the places of the envelopes. 
  4. Write your headline on the post its & place it on the sheet. The one in the pictures is: 14 Reasons Why You Are Adorable!
  5. Paste the envelopes in their spots.
  6. Add borders and details with the markers.
  7. Put the sheet somewhere accessible and you’re done!

In case, it’s inconvenient to put envelopes, you can use post its! I think it looks pretty cute :)

So, try this out this Valentine’s Day. Or any other day, when you want to show someone, that you know them and love them for who they are! 

PS: Sorry about the really long post!

Transparent wooden clutch DIY

Hello everybody!!!

Transparent clutches are starting to become more and more famous.So why not make one of your own?

To make this transparent clutch you will need:
-2 simple wooden picture frames or you can make your own frames and glue the glasses as I did.
-2 metal clasps
-a metal lock clasp
-a belt
-a hammer
-nails
-a drill
Good luck!!

If you don’t want your all of your things to be visible there is a tutorial in the end of the video that shows you how to make a smaller embroidery wallet.

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Wavy Leaf & Blueberry Bracelet Tutorial > 

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Here’s another series I’ll be doing on and off: Quickie Tutorials!

Small, fun, yet informative tutorials between the lengthy ones.

Today I’m showing you how to create beautiful velvet roses from scratch! I’m creating these roses as an embellishment for the Belle gown I’m making this year.

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Textured mug tutorial!

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Kitty Tutorial

Since daily life is full of boooring moments that need to be liven up, I have brought this to you…

So, get your art supply and let’s beggin! (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

First, draw some brackets like in the picture above..

Then add the eyes and a mouth~

After that, draw the ears and close the head..

Oh! And don’t forget the whiskers!! (=^-ω-^=)

Now let’s draw some kind of triangle-shape body for our cat pls,don’t mind the ink excess of my pen ´ v `;;

Add some legs, the tail and… Tadaa! You have finished your little cat O(≧∇≦)O

Feel free to decorate it as you like~

And play with shapes and lines for getting interesting results d(=^・ω・^=)b They will look puntastic in your notes!

Have fun drawing kittens everywhere (。’▽’。)♡

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Colorful Rainbow Bracelet Tutorial >
This bracelet looks good from both sides and its easy to make.

Making the wand from Daoko's MV: Girl (the easy way)

Here’s a recent tutorial from my blog, enjoy~:


Hihihi I forgot to write a post last month but here’s another cosplay tutorial to make up for it ><!

I don’t know if any of you reading this knows but one of my first cosplans of the year is to cosplay the character from Daoko’s MV: Girl.

This time instead of making it, I decided to buy almost all of the cosplay, excluding the wand, due to time constraint.

And I had to crack my head to think of a way to make the wand, I wasn’t going to go into 3D printing or something fancy…it was difficult.
But my sudden spark of geniusness helped me create it! (Lol) here’s the tutorial:

Materials/Tools you will need:

*paper/polystyrene balls (20mm)
*bamboo skewer
*bandage (secret ingredient!!)
*masking tape
*newspaper
*paint
*craft(funky) foam
*acrylic gesso
*pva glue
*scissors (obvs)
*glue gun
*craft knife

Base:

1) draw a rough sketch of the base of the wand on paper, for reference, I wanted mine to be around an A4 sized paper long:

2) take the paper balls and skewer them through your bamboo skewer so it looks like this (be sure to leave space at the top of the skewer to stick the star on!):

(Btw that was the brand of paper balls I was using, you might find it at your local art store? i’m not too sure…)

3) use a roll of bandage to wrap around the balls (excluding the second ball) untill it becomes this shape:

4) then use masking tape to wrap around the parts you’ve just bandaged.

5) use newspaper to paper mache at least 3 layers, to the same two parts of the wand you’ve put masking tape on, and then, when dried, apply the gesso (which also might need more than one layer)

6) and tada~ your base for the wand is done!

(Sorry this pic has been cropped lel)

7) you can then mix up some pink paint and colour it but I decided to colour it after making the star part of the wand.

Star:

1) print and cut out the template for the star. I used the original image and made the image 20cm wide on Word and then printed it out.

2) put your template onto the craft foam, trace and cut. (Use a sharp craft knife for a sharper edges/finish, I was lazy and hence I had rough edges on the inside of my star.)

3) cut strips of the craft foam, about 1.8cm wide, and use the hot glue gun to glue the strips to the inside of one of the star, as shown:

(Careful not to put too much glue on as it will come out of the edges and give you an unclean finish, if it does happen, try pull some of it away when its warm, or, cut it away using a craft knife when cooled)

4) then take your other star, and carefully stick the inner part of the star onto strip of the other star (lol hope this makes sense), so it looks like this:

5) stick all the edges together, leaving a gap on the inner corners of one of the star to stick the skewer into. Like this:

6) and if you haven’t already, paint the base of the wand and then brush with a layer of PVA glue for a nice, shiny finish! :D

And here is your magical wand~~~


(Here’s is a picture of my cosplay taken by my cousin @kourisane (on ig) )

Feel free to comment if you have any questions~
Hope you found this tutorial helpful and happy cosplaying! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚

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DIY Macrame Fishbone Bracelet with Beads >

Hello all. I have been trying forever to get this tutorial up and TODAY IS THE DAY! Here is a step by step tutorial of how I make my embroidery templates from scratch. This piece is for a dear friend of mine, @kinghardy 

I asked her what her favorite picture of Tom Hardy was and she picked his profile picture from when he had twitter. So from there this idea popped into my head and I got to work.

1) The first step to go from reference photos to template I print out the photos. I use my light table to trace the line work.

2) Always draw any detail you think you see on the picture. Its important to get as much detail as possible. It will help you in the future when you’re transferring it to the actual fabric. If its not there you can always avoid drawing it in the future.

3) Now that you have the line work for your references, scan them into the computer! 

4) With the digital file, now you can brainstorm ideas! Try different fonts, try different crown designs (I drew the crown by hand and transferred it). When you’re making the circle, make it a half an inch smaller than your planned hoop. That way the template is not right to the edge of the hoop when you’re working on it. 

5) Now it s time to transfer! As you can see the lines aren’t as clear under fabric as they are under paper. This is when the crazy amount of detail you put into the template disappears. If you really want to add the same detail, you can always draw them on later. 

6) The marker I use to draw with are Water Soluble. Add cold water and that marker will just disappear. So whatever you do, don’t get it wet while you’re working on it! AND YOU ARE DONE! An all original design.

I hope this tutorial is helpful! If you don’t have photoshop or a scanner it can be done with a compass and tracing paper. Enjoy creating! 

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp-7cY2g7Hw)

And there it is Makkachin Crochet Tutorial!! It took some time to finished this. Then ENJOY!!!

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🍾Introducing Bourton Hand!! My newest type family is the hand drawn version of one of 2016’s most popular fonts, Bourton! This fun collection is perrrfect for summer and includes all the same goodies as the original pack with bonus textures and mock up samples! Check'er out at @creativemarket

Side note: cutting 20 minutes of design work down to 1 minute is really really hard.

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