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.

20 So Cool Crafts for Teens (Okay, and …

It seemed like when I was young, there weren’t really any cool crafts for teens. I mean, I honestly don’t remember doing any. I mean, I can’t get the images of weird 70’s projects out of my head: masking tape all over…

How I Solved Starbucks’ Little Red Cup …

Have you heard that lots of people are completely pissed off at Starbucks for their plain red cups this holiday season? Do you care? I didn’t until I realized just how vehemently opposed to these cups some people are. Then…

Smudging: The Emotional Art Technique

What the what am I talking about? The emotional art technique? Before you start flipping me off and throwing tomatoes at the screen for being melodramatic, hear me out: When you draw with pencil, it can be lovely and soft,…

How to Zentangle

As simple as it is, I realize a lot of people out there want to learn exactly how to Zentangle®.  It can look and seem intimidating to start when you see some of the intricate works of tangle art floating around…

Pasta Mosaic: Because Just Eating Noodles is …

One of the best parts of blogging is collaborating with other bloggers who come up with supercool ideas that I probably wouldn’t have done on my own. It’s fun to work in a group and compare what everyone else does…

Gold on Black Skull Drawing for Halloween

Let’s draw some skulls! I wanted this Halloween to be all about projects that were more nods to Halloween, as with my hand shadow monster drawings, as opposed to traditional Halloween projects. And with this skull drawing, I tried to not make a Day…

Cross Hatching: The Fabulous Classic Shading Technique …

Cross hatching is one of those art techniques that many people learn in art class, practice for a bit on a circle to make it look more like a sphere, and then never use again. I’m here to revive the…

Spotlight: 10 Cozy Fall (Free) Knitting Patterns

Knitting is a strange thing. I taught myself to knit maybe 5-6 years ago with Knifty Knitters, and made some atrocious hats. This gave me the nerve to try my hand at using needles, and I made a bunch of semi-okay…

Art Technique: Pointillism

Have you ever pointilled? Pointed? Pointillised? I learned about this technique in high school when I chose to make an entire 18×24″ pointillism drawing of the crotch of some man wearing jeans that I found in a magazine. The, um,…

Love This Printmaking Technique: Foam Shapes

I first did a foam sticker printmaking project a while back, and it was the bomb. THE BOMB! So fun and easy. Naturally, I decided to explore this technique a little more, and this time it was the mega-bomb. You…

Giant Process Art for Tweens

Little kids aren’t the only weirdos who like to make process art. Big kids are all about getting messy, playing with paint, pushing art materials across a surface, and not worrying about the outcome. After all, they’re at the age where they…

Photo Technique: Light Painting

Have you heard of photography as ‘painting with light’? It was a joke amongst the photographers when I worked at a commercial photo studio- some would refer to their photos as ‘light paintings’. We all got a good chuckle out…