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Alcohol Splatter Coasters

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A while back, I saw someone make these cool coasters on tiles with sharpies and alcohol. I finally tried it for myself and am officially obsessed. There are so many great things about this project. First, you can get the tiles for super cheap at your local warehouse stores. I opted for the oversized tiles at Lowes and only paid 48 cents per tile. The average sized tiles were only 16 cents each. What?! You can also use any brand of permanent marker. I used both Sharpie, PrismaColor and some cheapo markers from Michaels on these. What I love about using different brands on the same piece is that they each transition differently at the end of the process.

Alcohol Splatter Coasters - cheerfuldreamer.comNow comes the fun part… drawing! If you have a specific design in mind, go with it. If you want to free hand it, that is okay too! I have two different tiles posted here for you. One is a rainbow. I knew that is what I wanted, so that is what I drew. The other is just random dots. I had nothing in particular in mind when I did that one. Just color your heart out. Once you are done, spritz your tile with a little alcohol. The ink will automatically start to dissipate once the alcohol hits it. If you want an even cooler effect, you can stand the tile up on any side and let the alcohol run a bit. That is what I did with my rainbow. As you can see, the colors began to run into each other.

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Once they are dry, be sure to thoroughly seal them. I used this:

Alcohol Splatter Coasters - cheerfuldreamer.com

I sprayed several coats, letting it dry completely in between. Be sure to spray your art in a well ventilated area. I used my picnic table outside. The fumes from the spray are pretty strong and definitely should be breathed in. After that, simply glue on some cork or felt to the back and you are done! I am thinking about how I can make more and turn them into some sort of mosaic project. If I come up with something, you will see it soon!

 

 

 

Airbrushing Fun

Happy New Year friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday. I have been super sick for the past two weeks, but I am finally starting to feel better. Woo hoo!! My super awesome hubby got me an airbrushing kit that I have had my eye on for Christmas. I have been dying to play around with it. When I thought I wouldn’t possibly cough up a lung yesterday, I started playing with it. It. Is. AWESOME! Seriously, everyone run out and buy one immediately. I had so much fun creating art with it. I was in my own creative world and I never wanted to leave it.

I got a five pack of canvas for $12 right before Christmas at Michael’s. They were having awesome deals every day. I couldn’t stop going in and spending money. I used that and tons of free paint that I have been collecting from the dump. This is what I made:

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It is a galaxy! I love it. I think it is pretty good for my first time playing with an airbrush gun. The only thing I would change is the method that I used to make the stars. Some of them just came out too big and chunky. Like I said, it was so much fun to create. I think it is safe to say that I officially have a new obsession!!

If you are interested in trying it out for yourself, he got my kit at Harbor Freight. They are the go to place for cheap tools. Always check RetailMeNot for coupons too. I got some accessories for my kit for 20% off when I went yesterday.

Secret Santa Gift

Every year we have a Christmas party for my work crew. We have food, play secret Santa and have an ornament exchange. Every single year (except for one) I have drawn my boss’s name. I wanted to make him something cool this year. He is a huge gator fan as he went to school at UF. This is what I came up with.


I was so nervous about making this. I certainly do not consider myself to be a painter. Yes, I use paint to draw words and abstract images on canvas occasionally, but this is a whole new ballgame. I found an image online that was similar to what I had in mind and started paining. I found the frame a few weeks ago while thrift shopping. It had a horrid looking picture in it, but I couldn’t pass this frame up. It is beautiful!!

As for the painting itself, I just used acrylic paint. I am super eager to paint something else. He had such a great reaction when he opened his gift. I can’t even tell you how much it warmed my heart!

Don’t be afraid to try something knew. You might just surprise yourself!

Art in a Pinch

Need a cool piece of art, but running short on time and money? No problem! I have a very simple solution that uses items you already have at home. Are you ready for this?? All you need is a frame and a screen tee! Boom. Done.

I found a super cute tee at the thrift store, but it was way small. It may have fit when I was ten. I bought it anyway, because you just never know. I was so happy when I found a use for it! No, I didn’t manage to squeeze into it. I love cake way too much for that to ever be a possibility. Turns out, the colors go great in my spare bathroom. I cut out the design, stretched it out until I had I pieces peeking out of the back of the frame and locked it in place. Viola! It is that easy. You’re welcome friends!

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Celery Art

It’s finally a teeny (and I mean TEENY TINY) bit chilly in the evenings now. Yay! It has been making me want something warm and hearty for dinner. I thought I would throw some red beans and rice in the crockpot and let it cook all day. When I cut up the celery to throw in it, I couldn’t bring myself to throw the end piece away. I could do something fun with this! Why not paint with it?

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As you can see, it is just an ordinary celery stump. Nothing special, but it did look nice and crisp. I had a bunch of shades of blue paint that I rescued from the dump that I have been aching to use. I grabbed a few foam paint brushes and got to work. I just painted a layer of paint on the celery. Not super thin, but not thick enough that it would make a mess on the canvas.

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Simply press the celery onto your canvas, making sure all sides adequately touch the surface. Pull it straight up when you are done. Be sure you do not spread it around when you press down or remove because it will smudge your imprint.

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As you can see, my first attempt in the top right corner did not come out great. I didn’t press the sides down, just the middle. Once I layered on more, it didn’t matter. If you mess a few spots up, just add more layers and more colors. I just wiped my celery off with an old rag between colors rather than rinsing it with water. That would end up making the paint runny and messy.

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It looks like flowers! This could be a fun project to do with your kids or you can just make some rad paintings for yourself!

Crayon Art

Every time I look at the art section of Pinterest, I see some type on crayon art. It just fascinates me! I love how the colors blend together and the possibilities that you can create. I decided that I would like something pink (big surprise) with some sort of focal in the middle. After settling on a heart, I grabbed some vinyl and cut one out with my Cricut.

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After placing the heart in a visually pleasing spot, I picked out my crayons. I stuck with pinks, reds and greys. I peeled the papers off and stuck them in a mini glue gun.

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I didn’t have a specific pattern in mind. I applied the color from both the top and bottom. Once I had the canvas as full as I could, I blasted it with my hairdryer. It really helped all of the colors blend together and become more smooth. I let it dry before I peeled off the heart. I lightly scored the crayon around the heart before I peeled it off. It helped prevent the crayon from chipping away. There were a few residual spots of color on the heart, so I painted it white. Viola!

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Canvas Heart Art

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I got another BOGO deal on canvas at Michaels a couple of weeks ago. It’s always good to have some on hand for a spur of the moment art project. For this one, I wanted to make something that started out with just being a colorful canvas and continue to build on that. I picked out my color scheme (reds, pinks and gold) and just painted a fun, messy pattern.

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The next step was to paint white on top. I decided to go with a chevron pattern. I was out of painters tape, so I used return address labels. I made several rows of the chevron pattern and stuck them on. [They are upside down for this picture just because they were printed with my address  I didn’t have any blank ones.]

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I then painted white acrylic paint on top.

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I should have used spray paint, because paint did get under some of the labels. The lines were not as crisp and even as I would have liked.

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I decided to touch up the paint job and thicken some of the segments where the lines were too thin. I then outlined the chevron stripes with a gold paint pen.

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The lines still aren’t perfect, but I love the gold outline. It felt like something was missing, though. There needed to be something in the middle. I grabbed some rhinestones and made a heart.

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This was better, but I didn’t like that you could see the hot glue in between the stones. I dabbed some Elmers glue in the holes and sprinkled on some red glitter.

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I think it gave it a much more finished look and hit my messy gluing skills as well. Now I just need to find a place to hang it.

Canvas Family Tree

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Canvas Family Tree - cheerfuldreamer.com

Like I have mentioned before, my mom loves handmade gifts. This art project turned out to be one of my favorite things that I have made for her. It is really very simple and it will take you no time to create one of your own. You will need a piece of canvas, acrylic paint and a print out of family names. I printed mine on light yellow cardstock. The thickness of the paper kept it from getting crinkled. The shade made it look a bit more antique.

Start by swirling different shades of blue around to make the sky. Spread it down until it covers about 3/4 of the canvas. After that use a mix of greens to make the grass. After that, start building your tree. I made a small outline and gradually added to the size until I has happy with it. Once the paint was dry, I cut out everyone’s name and grouped the small family sections together in chronological order. After the pattern was appropriate, I began gluing them all into place. Seal them with Mod Podge once the adhesive is dry.

This looks really nice hanging near family photos. It was a fun project and could be a really enjoyable way to research for family lineage.

Watercolor Canvas Art

Canvas Art - cheerfuldreamer.com There have been a lot of watercolor projects floating around Pinterest lately. Of course I had to try it out for myself. I got a good deal (Buy one, get one FREE!!) on canvas recently at Michaels. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try this activity out for myself. All you need is watercolors and some blue gel Elmer’s glue(yay, another Elmer’s glue for me to fall in love with). I just picked up a cheap Crayola watercolor pallet while I was at Michaels. Be sure to download their app and you will get lots of coupons. I used a 40% off coupon for the paint. It does not have to be something high end or pricey to achieve a nice look. I just started randomly painting bright colors in a fun circular pattern. I wasn’t going for any look in particular, just something bright and pretty. Canvas Art - cheerfuldreamer.com Once the paint was dry, it was time for some fun. I just swirled the glue around in a fun, swirly pattern that would go with the round shape of the paint. Here is a close up for your viewing pleasure. Canvas Art - cheerfuldreamer.com I love the way it turned out, so I made the second one in a darker color scheme. Canvas Art - cheerfuldreamer.com I prefer the brightly colored one, but I think this one is neat too. This would be a fun summer project to do with your kids, family or even with a group of your friends. It can easily be an inexpensive activity if you keep an eye out for deals before you start buying your supplies.

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Sharpie Coasters

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Sharpie Coasters - cheerfuldreamer.com

My inner kiddo loves coloring. I’m surprised it took me so long to try out this projects. I have been hearing about sharpie coasters for a while now. The concept is pretty simple. Just color your coasters with sharpie markers, drop alcohol on them and seal them once they’re dry. BOOM! Easy peasy. This is a very inexpensive project to do, especially if you have a lot of sharpies around the house already. The coasters cost fifteen cents each at Lowes.

I grabbed a few markers and did a rough chevron pattern. The only thing I changed after I took this initial picture was add a few black stripes.

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To get the alcohol out, I just stuck a straw in the bottle and brought out a few drops at a time. I did one layer and once it was dry, hit it with more alcohol on spots that seemed untouched.

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It is very important that you spray it with an aerosol sealer before you use any Mod Podge. This will keep the colors from smearing. I used three coats to make sure nothing would be wiped away.

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I can’t wait to put these to use! I think I will probably gift them. Have you guys tried this before? What worked for you?