Thursday, October 23, 2014

Watercolor DIY Kit

Wouldn't it be so cool to have a kit made out of your crafts? Watercolor artist Laura of Bright, Bold and Beautiful recently launched a DIY watercolor card kit with Darby Smart, the makers of those fun DIY subscription boxes that provide you with everything you need to create your own craft projects. I got to try my very first DS kit with Laura's project, so I thought I'd share what I did.

Here's what the box comes with: A set of 10 watercolor cards, a color palette, watercolors, and paint brushes. 

To make the cards, all you have to do is create a design with the filament. Luckily, it's not totally invisible, so you can see what you're working with. Then let it dry and paint on the color. Afterward, peel the clear parts off to reveal your design. 

My mom always used to draw these flowers on everything, so that's what came to mind for my first card. Not being very pro at watercolors or painting, I didn't get too experimental with the colors. 

You can find a short tutorial on the DIY process here.

While waiting for my cards to dry, I got a little crazy with cursive, dreaming up a few simple header ideas...

Now back to the cards. I love mixed media, so I immediately thought of these cute note cards I had and attached them with washi tape.

I ended up making a few different designs, but I still like the flower best... Despite my stunning cursive blog logo on the bottom right (not!). The best part is that the kit comes with 10 cards so you can repeat the DIY quite a few times, and I'll be trying more ASAP. By the way, the text shows up really well in person, even on my yellow background. I can never seem to get photographs just right. Such is life.

Thanks to Laura for letting me try out her Darby Smart DIY Watercolor Kit

Let me know if you snag a box for yourself.

Monday, October 20, 2014

big sur sunset

I've been an awful blogger lately but I'm hoping pretty photos will make up for it...

When I look back on our four days away earlier this month, I still feel very overwhelmed. With contentment, joy, longing, with an unreal feeling of smallness that never in my life has been so positive as it is when I think of a sunset over the Pacific. How wonderful it is to be so small looking out at something so incredible. One thing's for sure: it'd take something BIG to get me away from the west coast now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

new headbands for garden & sea

Gosh I just love fall. It's been cooler for two days in a row (and by cool I mean the 70s and I am well aware that's nonsense) so I got all over-excited and wore my scarf out and about yesterday morning. It was pretty chilly actually. Not to mention that grocery stores are freezing... So really I consider myself prepared. But judging from the looks and comments I got, we haven't quite reached scarf wearing weather yet. Sigh. It's also been super foggy for two days and I wish I could've hiked up to where we shot these headbands and done another little shoot. 

I've been seeing that a lot of my crafty friends are getting ready for fall shows. Sooo exciting! I went back and forth about applying to some when I decided that with my prices and pieces online-only might be good for me right now. Selling on Etsy is basically the least expensive business you can have, so to do anything else I'd have to raise my prices a bit - definitely enough to surprise people - so I'll have to think on that. But I can't wait to go shop the LA markets this year.