Art Projects and DIY

I love to come up with ways for people to make things with their hands, but I’m not into big, complicated DIY projects. All the projects I have here are going to be fairly easy and low-key.

How to Make a Snazzy Paper Halloween …

It is so absolutely time for a new paper Halloween bat project, don’t you think? What with Halloween quickly surpassing al the other holidays except Xmas for the #1 holiday spot. Go, Halloween, go. You can win first prize soon…

11 Easy Kid Art Projects You’ll Want …

One of my very favorite things to hear back from people is when I post an art project for kids, and they’re all: I WANT TO MAKE THIS, TOO. Which obviously is not allowed. Who every heard of adults having…

The Best Paper Mache Recipe and Gorgeous …

We’re going to start off this post with paper mache recipes, and ease into a whole bunch of gorgeous paper mache bowl ideas to get you jumping up and down in excitement about making them. Hint: I’m not sure if…

How to Get Started Knitting

Want to find out how to get started knitting? Ironically, it can be overwhelming to jump into such a popular creative medium when there’s an abundance of information out there. I’m going to try to break it down as simply…

Faux Tie Dye Tiles and Trivets

Isn’t alcohol the best? I mean rubbing alcohol, you naughty kitty. Not only does it disinfect and clean everything in sight, it has an awesome smell and it’s great for use in art projects, like Sharpie faux tie-dye. My kids…

Quick and Easy: Draw Some 3D Shapes

This is truly a quick and easy little tutorial, created by my 15 year old, Fen. I love watching her draw and doodle all over everything in our entire house. Ahem. No, but really! It’s inspiring to see the cool…

How to Make a Tape Resist Flower …

Long, long ago, on a planet far, far away, I made a watercolor tape resist flower project. It was fun, and people loved and adored it. Well, at least I did. Here’s another one! In pattern form. Who likes patterns?…

How to Draw a Really Cool Coloring …

Do you all get the feeling that the coloring book market is slightly saturated? HAHAHAHA of course it is! Everybody and their pet mini giraffe has a coloring book out. Because I am so edgy, yet slightly lemming, I made…

50 Sketchbook Ideas and Tips For All Humans …

Photo by Rachael Gorjestani There you are, hanging out with your sketchbook, ready to get all arty, and suddenly your brain freezes. Your gnarled fingers clamp down on your pencil, and you let out an awkwardly loud screech of angst. You…

Un-Blackout Poetry Drawing

Despite having one of the worst titles on my blog, this book drawing project is one of the most fun things you can do with a ripped-up book. *Pause for those of you who need to click away due to…

Blue Tissue Paper Hearts Make Two Fun …

Once upon a time, a beautiful princess decided to make a bleeding tissue paper heart project for her blog. She got all ready with the water, the paintbrush, the pretty tissue papers in pink and purple and red, and then….…

Acrylic Skins Make Beautiful Collages

Totally common misconception: acrylic skins are not gotten by killing a giant paint monster and skinning it. Acrylic skins are the leftover dried up remains of acrylic paint on a palette after which one has finished one’s masterpiece. It’s much…