Art, Misc-, Tutorials

DIY: Travel Watercolor Kit

The weather is getting nice so it's perfect for taking a trip to the park to hang out and paint a little bit. This week I'll show you how easily to put together your own travel sized watercolor (or gouache) kit that you can just throw in your pocket, purse, bag, etc. and be on your way! supplies

Remove the makeup.

Clean the makeup pallet with warm soapy water.

Close the pallet and spray the outside with white spray paint. Nail polish can work if you're in a pinch, or if it's raining outside and you're too impatient to wait until the next day (like me).

Set aside to dry. If your case comes apart, like mine does, you can remove the top while you fill the inside.

Fill each pot with a different color. Since this was a pretty basic pallet and there were only four pots, I did the primary colors along with panes grey. Let dry.

Snap the lid back on and you're done! Since you painted the lid white, it acts as a nice area where you can mix colors.

Here's the first ever kit I made. Obviously it's had some use. It had way more pots so I got to add a lot more colors.

In addition to my small portable kits, I also have these aqua brushes that have a water reservoir that are super convenient for on-the-go painting.  You don't need to carry an extra cup for the waste water, you just need an extra bottle of water to refill the reservoirs every once in a while.

Click here for an affiliate link for the aqua brushes.

I hope you like this weeks project! Now get out there and paint! :)


Self Portrait Project Update! #1

Here are the portraits I did for this week! (Well, the last 5 days, since I started last Thursday...)


Self Portrait 2.19.15


A while ago I started a "self-portrait-a-day-for-a-year" project and I never finished it. I don't even think I hit 100! I think I didn't set enough ground rules for myself, so I just gave up on it. I decided I wanted to start again, but this time with some rules I actually have to stick to.

The Rules:

  • must be at least 8x8 inches
  • any medium
  • must work from a photo or mirror
  • 1 hour time limit

So really, it's not that many rules. It's enough to give me some guidance but also not too many where I feel constricted.

Here's the one for today, 2.19.15:

Self portrait for 2.19.15photoshop/mirror

After this week, I'm going to go back to posting the roundup of portraits for the week, starting this Monday, 2.23.15. I will, however, be posting them every day onto my tumblr, so if you can't wait then feel free to follow me there!


Art, For the Home, Tutorials

DIY Paper-cut Light Box

I recently saw some awesome artwork by these artists Hari and Deepti and I was very inspired to create some of my own. I threw together three tutorials; one is advanced, one is intermediate and one is easy. Check out the video below, or continue on after the "read more" tag, to figure out how to make your own!

A quick note about the lights I used in these light boxes. These things are great; you can cut them to size and they're self adhesive. Perfect for any project requiring a little bit of lighting. If you want to buy some for your own projects here are some affiliate links for the lights, extra connector things and power cords. If you don't feel like buying these things you can probably just use some Christmas lights, but the downside to those is that you'd only have a tiny bit of the lights inside the box, and then you'd have a long tail of lights hanging out of it. Unless you build a big box to accommodate a whole string of lights. Which would be awesome.




Mouse over or click on the images for instructions:




Click here to download the template for this one.

Mouse over or click on the images for instructions:



Mouse over or click on the images for instructions:


So there we go! Three different light boxes, three different levels of difficulty. I hope you all enjoyed these things, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, and I'm already planning a few more to make!


Daily Self Portraits Update #7

Here are my portraits for this week. #55 is my favorite one.

#53 Photoshop CS6

#54 watercolor, India ink and acrylic

#55 Photoshop CS6

#56 watercolor and India ink

#57 India ink

#58 Photoshop CS6

#59 watercolor and acrylic



Daily Self Portraits Update # 5

Here are my portraits for the week! Enjoy~


#39 watercolor and gouache

#40 watercolor and gouache

#41 mechanical pencil

#42 watercolor and gouache

#43 watercolor and gouache

#44 photoshop CS6

#45 photoshop CS6



Daily Self Portraits Update #4

Man I totally forgot to update this on Tuesday. My schedule has been all messed up because I had to evacuate because of Hurricane Isaac! My boyfriend, my cat and I are safe, but the one road going to our apartment is flooded and the power has been out there for a few days so when we finally go home, we will be coming back home to a fridge full of bad food. :( But anyway, less about hurricanes, and more about portraits!

#32 CS6

#33 CS6 (it was my birthday!)

#34 CS6

#35 Pen and ink and white colored pencil

#36 CS6

#37 Pen and ink, watercolor and gouache

#38 Watercolor and gouache



Daily Self Portraits Update #3

It definitely doesn't feel like it's been a month already since I've started these daily portraits.

The top four are drawn in Photoshop CS6 and the bottom three are drawn in Corel Painter 12.


Daily Self Portraits Update #2

I can't believe it's already been three weeks of me doing these portraits. It feels like I just started yesterday! Well here are my portraits for this past week:

All of these are done in Photoshop CS6. The fifth one is actually a small animation that you need to click on to see move. Enjoy!


Daily Self Portraits Update #1

Here are my portraits from this past week:  

Can you tell I enjoy digital painting? All of them except #15(bottom left) were done in Photoshop CS6.


Busy bee!

I've been busting my butt lately with school work that I haven't had time to craft :( I thought I'd at least post something to let you all know that I'm still here! And to give a little peek at what I've been doing.. art wise.. for school. imgp3899 I had a semester long assignment where we had to do a color study of 30 colors for each week of class. Of course, I put it off and had to do almost all of them during the Thanksgiving break. Yay, 300+ colors!

imgp39031 Here's my final for painting... four paintings, inspired by different artists. I'm so glad to be almost done with this class!

On top of those, I have to print and bound a book and print around 10 more prints for my book arts class. There's also the color theory assignment I have where I have to re-do an old piece that I've done where I'm not happy with the colors... twice. Oh yeah, and studying for my two other classes. Woo, the end of the semester! Hopefully I'll be crafting and posting in a week or two, when classes are done!


My adventures in printmaking

This semester I took printmaking where we did some intaglio(pronounced intalio... I seemed like an idiot because when I signed up I went around telling everyone how I was taking intaglio and I emphasized the g.. anyway) We also did some lino cuts and a colograph, but I'll post all of my other prints on another day. Today I've decided to do a kind of step by step of intaglio. Not a tutorial, because there are a lot of little things that you just learn from watching someone or from learning from them in person. Anyway, on to the pictures!

My sketch on the right, with my two plates covered with asphaltum and etched in to. You'll see why I did two plates in the next few pictures.

Dun dun dun! The acid room!

Here's the acid, you dunk your plates into it and it eats away where there is no asphaltum.

After 30 minutes to an hour, they're ready!  There are a few steps I skipped here.. it gets repetitive.  According to how you want your plate to be, you stick it into the acid until it gets to how you want.  You take them out and clean all the gunk off, and then you're ready to print!

I'm using the knife to spread out the ink so I can pick out any dried pieces.

Smear it on!  Make sure to get it into all of the etching!

All smeared in.

Here, you take a tarlatin(basically cheesecloth that has starch on it) and use that to wipe up the excess ink.

There should only be ink in the etching when you're done.

Here I'm smearing ink into the main plate.

All wiped up and ready to ink!  I didn't wipe the first plate too well, you can still see some teal around the etching.  Oh well, this was just a test print to get the registration right!

The printing press!  For intaglio you have to use damp paper, so what's not seen here is that I had to soak the paper for at least 20 minutes.  I taped it to the press to get the registration correct.

After it's been run through.  You can see the additional tape I put down to help me place the plates.

Replace the plate with the other one, put the paper down and run through again!

Here I'm pulling the paper away... hopefully the registration is good!

And... it's not.  It's off a lot :(

Here's another.  I just ran another piece of paper without inking up the plates again.  You can see just how much ink the paper soaks up in the first run.  I didn't bother to ink up the plates again because I was just trying to get the registration right.. It wouldn't make sense to waste ink.

Here's another shot to show how bad the registration is.

Thankfully I finally got it sorted out when I actually went to print the final edition.  I used pink instead of teal as well.  I'll post all of my prints on another day! :)



The semester is wrapping up so we finally were able to take our ceramic pieces home! Here are mine.

Stoneware. Pinch method. Raku. The assignment was to mix organic with something man-made. I did a water drop mixed with the grid pattern in the ceiling of our class.

Stoneware. Coil method. Low-fire. It's old Japan(Jomon) and new Japan mixed together.

Stoneware. Slab method. Low-fire. A family of abstract objects.

Stoneware. Thrown. Reduction fire.

Closeup. It's too dark in the two right cups unfortunately. The top one is a teal color and the bottom is bronze.

Stoneware. Thrown. Reduction fire.

A peek inside.

Stoneware. Thrown. Reduction fire.

Another closeup.

Porcelain. Thrown. Reduction fire.

Another angle.

Left: Stoneware. Thrown. Reduction. Right: Porcelain. Thrown. Reduction. My little sister threw these :)

A little blue inside!

Porcelain. Thrown. Reduction.

Bronze glaze on the outside and clear on the inside.

Stoneware. Thrown. Reduction.

Inside. This is one of the pieces in a three piece set I made for my final project.

Stoneware. Thrown. Reduction.

Inside. Another piece of the set.

And to the piece that pissed me off:

Stoneware. Thrown. Reduction.

Notice this mug in the middle of this bowl? Yeah, well whoever loaded the kiln stacked them like this, so now they're permanently fused together. Bitch. So now my last piece to the set is ruined. My professor said it won't effect my grade because it was out of my hands. It still makes me mad though.

Anyway, back to the ceramics.

Porcelain. Bisque-ware.

Porcelain. Bisque-ware. I can't glaze these ones yet, I have to wait until next semester to get these ones fired.

I ended up loving this class. I want to take more ceramic classes, but it doesn't really work with my major.. I kind of decided to major in painting. That means I need to take more painting classes rather than ceramics unfortunately.

I hope you guys like these!