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 Cool Bullseye Tangle …

Here’s a quick post about how to make a bullseye tangle (Zentangle ®) drawing. It’s more of a technique, really. It’s so easy and is based on the idea of mandalas, but without all the mathy rules that mandalas seem…

First You Blow Bubbles onto Paper, Then …

I’ve been on a major blank book kick lately- sketchbooks, notebooks, journals- anything with blank pages and a cover or two is just about perfect. I’ve been playing around with my decorated Moleskines, and am finding I love them. I’m…

Easy Drawing Game: Household Object Drawing Prompts

What do you do when you can’t bring yourself to cook dinner, so you’ve already decided it’s going to be a cereal night, you feel a little uninspired, and your kids are rabid with not being used to the free…

Acrylic is Versatile: 25+ Fun Acrylic Painting Techniques

Experimenting with acrylic painting techniques is a wonderful way to get used to the medium. Any time you play with an art material, you become more comfortable with it and you will approach future projects with more confidence. Plus it’s just really, really…

DIY Hanging Bird Treats

I’ve given up on my yard. We’re moving at some point in the next year (it’s been pushed back for a bit), and I could really care less about keeping up the appearance of this rental house. It’s ugly as…

DIY Journal Covers

In addition to loving art supplies, I have a huge addiction to notebooks and journals of all kind. You can imagine my excitement at being able to use art supplies ON the journals themselves. The Moleskine Cahier Journals in Kraft…

Texting is so Over – Send Really Cool …

I don’t send mail all that often, and I was sitting around the other day, pondering whether or not I should revive the lost art of letter-writing in my house. Of course the answer to that should always be a resounding…

Cool Craft: DIY String Bowls

Crafty collaboration alert! Okay, you guys. This is how my mind works: Maggy from Red Ted Art invited a group of bloggers to each do a post on a basic craft, and we’d all support each other, share each others’ crafts,…

Sweet Little Air Dry Clay Bowls

Little tiny bowls are indispensable, oui? You need them for: change, bobby pins, rings, dusty potpourri, paperclips, beads, fake nails, earrings, teeny tiny baubles…. So let’s get our hands dirty (just a little!) and make our own simple little bauble…

Quick and Easy Tangle Drawing

I wanted to come up with a quicker and easier version of my circle Zentangle project, because sometimes you just want quick and easy tangling. Like a tangle fix during your lunch hour. Or for your children when they’re about…

Easy Notan Paper Project

Notan is the coolest. Have you tried it? Have you seen it? Do you want to marry it? Cause I do. The symmetry, the paper, the simplicity- all make me stoopid-happy, so I made some Notan in bright colors and nearly…

Make a Cutie Little Rainbow Stamp

Fen and I were playing around with painting little rainbows yesterday. We got all reckless with our rainbow colors, brazenly challenging science, and we felt pretty good about ourselves. Rainbows are fun to draw from scratch, but I wanted to…