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DIY: Decorate A Canvas Purse with Watercolor Pencils

Today (Thursday) was one of those days when I had everything planned out to do, then it was all messed up by my own unfortunate misinterpretation of what time 12:00am is!  Which left me with a full day to do whatever I please 🙂  Naturally, art day!  So I got all my paints together, picked up some canvases from my stash, yada yada yada.  And what did I find?  A canvas purse that I bought on clearance over a year ago, but had never done anything with!  PERFECTION!

If you haven’t seen it already, I watched this YouTube video by The Frugal Crafter last night, and it sounded like so much fun!  So of course, I find this purse and I must try it out!  I won’t keep you in the dark, she uses Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils to draw right onto fabric!  It was so gorgeous!  I don’t have Inktense pencils, but I do have a small set of Derwent Watercolor Pencils that so far have been working out nicely for my projects.

Moving along.  So I have this penguin tshirt, I love it, its so cute!  I decided to trace the penguins from there, and use those for my purse.

If you’re interested in doing this yourself, grab your supplies:
pattern for tracing (look at your clothes, search online, check out books, etc)
tracing paper big enough for your pattern
purse: canvas fabric works well, try something like these
regular #2 pencil
watercolor pencils
fabric medium
cup of water to clean brushes + separate cup of clean water
iron to heat set according to fabric medium directions

First I traced my image from my tshirt.  Then I traced the WRONG SIDE of the tracing paper, with dark outlines.  Don’t make the lines too thick and skip any small parts that you can estimate placement yourself and will be a lighter color on your fabric. (aka don’t trace in black something you want yellow)

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

Trace your image, place paper directly on top of image to trace.

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

Now trace the WRONG SIDE of your paper with dark lines. This will be how we transfer the image.

Now place the WRONG SIDE face down onto your canvas/purse/fabric.  Use your #2 pencil to heavily mark the images, you can trace the outlines on the RIGHT SIDE or mark/scribble horizontally over the lines.  You can see it better in the next photo.  You could also try using graphite paper, but that is really messy and can easily smudge the rest of your fabric!

 

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

I left this image bigger so you can more easily see how the penguins now look a little “fuzzy” on the edges. Its because I am scribbling over the outlines to transfer the image to the fabric.

GAfter you transfer all of your image.  Decide on your colors.  I used the black to first draw the outline darker.  Then dark blue for the penguin’s body, and orange for their beak and feet.

 

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

I added the dark black outline for the penguins bodies. I messed up the eyes on the one on the right. He’s supposed to be “suspicious” not “angry”.

Fill in all your colors. Go light at first, you can always add more color after the next step. Now, get your colors wet. Use a paintbrush to “paint with water” on your colors. Go one color at a time. If you like, do all the dark colors first then the light colors.  My oranges got a little muddy from the pencil tracings, this is why I suggest you skip the small bits when doing the tracing/transfer.

DIY Penguin Purse Design with Watercolor Pencils

I wanted more blue on my penguins, so after I got them wet, I went back over their bodies with a lighter blue pencil and then blended with water. Then I added their ice floe so they wouldn’t just be floating in space.

Next, and you don’t have to wait for anything to dry, go over the entire pattern with Fabric Painting Medium.  Again, you can choose to do this by color or lights and darks separately.  Thats what I did, I saved the oranges for last after I cleaned off my brush.  I don’t have white pencils, so I left their tummies the same color as the fabric.

 

Don’t forget to heat set the design with your iron according to the directions on your fabric medium bottle!

I wanted one more penguin so I added one to my purse flap.  What a cutie.

Fill in all your colors. Go light at first, you can always add more color after. Now, get your colors wet. Use a paintbrush to "paint with water" on your colors. Go one color at a time. If you like, do all the dark colors first then the light colors. If you make one too, be sure to link back here so I can see your designs!  All those inexpensive canvas aprons, purses, hats, totes, etc would be perfect for this project.  Plus, this would be a fun project for your crafty teenagers!

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DIY Your Name in Wire Pendant

I was inspired by many other blogger’s who put together helpful tutorials for writing your name in wire, and making it into a pendant.

I wrote my name on paper in cursive and got to work!  Didn’t take too long and I really love it!

DIY Wire Name Pendant - ChristinaDesignsArt

DIY Wire Name Pendant - ChristinaDesignsArt

Yes I cut my head off. I take my own pictures, sometimes in the mirror or at myself. Mostly they are awkward when they include my face!

Making these inspired me to try a few other wire pendants!  I’ll share those with you in another blog post!

If this inspires you to make your own, I suggest you check out these lovely tutorials!

DIY Wire Name Necklace by The Everyday Catwalk
Wire Name Pendant on Cut Out + Keep
DIY Your Name Bracelet by Born in ’82
DIY Wire Name Bracelet by Swellmayde

Don’t feel like making it yourself?  Try visiting these Etsy shops, priced to fit all budgets!

Custom Sterling Silver Name Pendant by Hot Flairs Accessory Auctions
Personalized Necklace Name Pendant by shandahawaiiandesign
Made to Order Custom Wire Name Necklace by Kimberly Bagley
Custom Name or Word Necklace by JoRasDesigns
Custom Initial Necklace by Creative Stamps

Tutorial: Personalize a Plain Wooden Frame

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Great little tutorial for you guys!!  I wanted a pretty little picture frame to hold photos of my niece and nephew, this way I get a single of each, and one of them together in the middle!  Perfecto!  I bought this frame at JoAnns with a coupon a few weeks ago.  I knew right away it would be the perfect frame to embellish.

So, grab your supplies!  You’ll need a cutting mat and x-acto knife, or sharp scissors to allow ultimate precision, a ruler or straight edge, scrapbooking stickers, washi tape, ABC stickers, rub-on stickers, etc, and lastly Mod Podge Gloss (for shiny) Matte (for flat).  I used Gloss.

Cutting photos to size

Cutting photos to size

1.  Cut photos to size, this is why a cutting mat and x-acto knife were used.  I just placed my straight edge over the photo, and sliced the edge off.  Worked perfectly.  If you buy this frame you will notice the edges are rounded, I needed to cut those too since they didn’t all life flat inside the frames without them cut.  Even though, you don’t see them!

Cut to size

Photos are ready

2.  All my photos are cut to size and ready to be placed inside the frame!  Don’t they look cute already all rounded corners??

embellish the frame

Rub-on stickers are awesome

embellish the frame

Now embellish!

3.  Now’s the time to grab all your stickers and start embellishing!  I’ll share a secret, I absolutely LOVE rub-on stickers!  They work so nicely on unfinished wood!  I have used them for many other projects…maybe someday I will share.  But for this they gave the perfect affect, I wanted the stickers to float on the wood and be a little see-through.  Most of these stickers, like the letters, I got in the $1 bins at JoAnns- you’ll find these in the scrapbooking area.  You could use Washi Tape as well, I even bought some pink and blue, but then it didn’t go with my theme.

4.  Apply your Mod Podge once you are happy with your design. I used about 5 coats of Mod Podge Gloss for this.  Not because I didn’t think the first 3 worked, but because it can become uneven and I wanted to be sure to hit every surface, even the inner borders of the frames.

Another tip for rub-ons, they are not like other stickers, once they are on, you cannot remove them without ripping and ruining the sticker.  So be sure you like it first, play around while it is still attached to the clear backing!

from plain wooden frame to personalized picture frame christinadesignsart

The finished product!  Sorry, no absolutely-cutest-babies-you’ve-ever-seen photos allowed on the blog!  You’ll just have to trust me, they are too cute!

So what do you think?  Easy as pie project that took less than 30mins, not including drying time!

DIY Easily Dress Up Some Flip Flops

I went to an outdoor wedding this past weekend that was “casual” so I already knew I was wearing a lovely sundress, but couldn’t decide what sandals to wear.  I had a pair of black Old Navy flip flops that I got last year (free from Crowdtap- read about that here), but plain flip flops seemed way too dressed down even for a casual outdoor wedding.  So while I was working the other day I had an idea to FINALLY use some of that pretty trim that people always buy and I have no idea what to do with.

So I brought my flip flop to JoAnns with me so I could compare and figure out how much I needed.  I searched the trims and settled on a pretty black lacey beaded trim.  I bought 3/4 of a yard, which was about 4 inches more than I thought I needed, but its best to buy a little extra!  Plus 50% off coupons right now, so it was ok.  I do have the 4 inches leftover because I didn’t mess up at all.  I already know what I am doing with it!

DIY Tutorial Dress Up Flip Flops

So it begins!  Grab your flip flops and whatever pretty trim you want to use.  The trim I chose is a Beaded Lace Trim with flowers, all black.  It is about 1/2″ wide and has about 1/4″ wide space to glue it down.  I used E6000 because I love that stuff for everything!  It worked perfectly.  And now they look great and its such an easy way to dress up an outfit!

DIY Tutorial Dress Up Flip Flops

DIY Tutorial Dress Up Flip Flops

And the final product!  I love it!  I got lots of compliments at the wedding 🙂  Check out some of these Party Sandals Under $50 that could be DIY’d a bit to make them even more fun!  I’m a Beso.com affiliate and get a small portion for every click.

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DIY: Add Glitter to the Details of a Shirt

I love shirts with bling, but they are always like $10 more than a shirt without.  And I don’t really buy tshirts anymore, unless they are somehow special, NYC, Vegas, California shirts etc.  I do like some graphic tshirts, but I won’t buy them.  That being said, I’ve had this tshirt from Delia’s for years!  I think I might have bought it in college even, and that would be over 6 years ago.  But I love this shirt and wear it all the time, it fits great and I love the nature graphics!

I was in the middle of testing out my fabric paint + glitter and seeing how that works, and decided this was an ideal time to try embellishing something else (while it dries).  I rummaged and found this shirt:

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs art

Supplies:
Graphic Tshirt to embellish
Fabric Medium (I use: Americana Fabric Painting Medium)
Paint Brushes: small tips for detailed work are best, does not need to be fancy
Glitter!  Any color you like, glitter size is up to you, the finer glitter the easier it will be to paint on

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs artStep 1: Choose your shirt.  Place a piece of cardboard or plastic in between the layers so the fabric medium doesn’t bleed through.  It is up to you if you want to tape it down, I did not.  I also didn’t stretch this because it is knit and I don’t want it to dry all wrinkly.  Scope out what you want to embellish.

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs artStep 2: Get started!  I put down 2-3 drops of Fabric Medium on a piece of plastic, then sprinkled glitter on top, then mix well.  Try a little at a time, you can always add more!  Besides if you paint it on and its not enough, wait for it to dry and paint over it again!  I chose specific areas on the shirt that were part of the upper half and included areas that could easily be added to without being over-whelming.

This section includes small purple glitter flowers.  These I just dabbed at the shirt with a blob of glitter, I didn’t do much shaping at all.  The gold I used very little glitter and I really had to take my time.  I am an inpatient crafter, you try not to be!  You should try to find the thinnest paint brush possible (choices on the left are pretty good, even smaller is better!) for anything this size.  I’m talking the size of a sharpened pencil!  You do NOT need to buy a specialty paint brush, especially if you are just crafting and not fine art painting, plus they are pricey.  I do fine art painting, that’s why I have these.

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs artStep 3: Before you freak out, wait for it to dry.  See that darker thicker spot on the feathers of the bird?  At the bottom there?  I took this photo when it was still wet.  The fabric medium has to soak in the shirt and it will look dark at first.  Don’t panic, most of that will go away, and again, you can always go over it with more glitter if you want.  The bird is half light green glitter and half light blue glitter.  I love how it highlights the wings.

The orange flower is actually what I did first.  It was so easy, this was the perfect place to start. Plus, its basically a coloring book, I just painted between the lines and if I went outside them, it didn’t matter because noone will ever know!

diy glitter embellished shirt by christina designs art

The full shirt!  I added some extra dots of glitter in red and orange on the middle and its not bad.  It may have been odd placement, but I still like it.  The colors give it some extra bling and it really takes one of my favorite shirts and makes it more awesome!  I will hand wash this from now on, just to be sure, however it should not come off.  Its not stiff either because of the fabric medium.  I do not know what would happen if this went through a dryer.

EDIT: Here is a better photo than the original one I had from an iphone.  I took this this morning:

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Not gonna lie, I’m looking for more clothes to add a little bling to!

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Refashion Fridays: Fabric Paint

So I have recently tried out fabric paint as an experiment for the “color-blocking” I’m going to be doing on a refashion.  I didn’t want to do it without first trying it out, so now I have and I love it!  I wish I liked the shirt more though haha!  But now I am confident I can do it on my latest real refashion, it will be a great tutorial for you guys too!

Glitter sweatshirt refashion

Not only does she show you how to make a baggy sweatshirt fitted, she adds glitter letters! By la vie en rose

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Oh look at that cool glitter heart….hint hint By WobiSobi

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DIY Glitter Heart Pillow by High on DIY

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JoAnn Fabrics Fabric Paint & Glitter Refashion

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DIY Watercolor Paints Tshirt by this heart of mine

Love these refashions?  Check out my Pinterest boards for diys, refashions, recipes, inspirations, my creations, and more!  Don’t forget to visit the featured blogs!

Refashion Fridays: Tshirts

I’ve been going through many of my tshirts to look for a way to refashion them so I actually wear them.  Like many of you, I have collected a bunch of tshirts through the years, many of them too big to actually wear in public, even though they look pretty cool.  So I’m trying some ways to make them fitted, add fringe, or cutouts.  Here is my round-up of inspirations!

cardigan tshirt t-shirt video diy tutorial mark montano

DIY Tshirt to Cardigan video by Mark Montano

tshirt halter no sew wobisobi diy tutorial

No Sew Halter from a tshirt by Wobisobi

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Men’s Shirt to Fitted Tshirt Inspiration by Hot Diggity Blog!

Ruffle tshirt diy tutorial refashion

Tshirt to Ruffle Shirt Refashion by Melly Sews

tshirt cutout weaving diy tutorial

DIY Tshirt Cutout Weaving & Braiding by Bunte Freunde

diy tutorial video halter tshirt whitney sews

DIY Drape Neck Halter from a Tshirt video by Whitney Sews – I actually tried this and ran into a problem. Will share with you next week and with ideas for what to do next.

So what do you think?  Are you interested in trying any of these?  Check out my Pinterest boards to see my DIY Sewing Clothes and Refashion boards, for more ideas.