How to Make Abstract Art with Fluid Painting

How to make abstract art with fluid painting

Marbling is gorgeous on just about any surface. It’s the perfect way to decorate your home, your clothes, your walls, your cakes, etc., so I decided to test out a new way to make beautiful marbled art with fluid painting. You can make abstract art with fluid painting techniques using any regular acrylic paint, glue and water, and each piece turns out completely unique. Grab your favorite colors that match your home decor, and you’ll quickly have a piece of art to brighten your walls.         Continue Reading

Tame That Junk Drawer! Make This Roll Organizer!

Organize your life with this DIY roll tool organizer!

Clean out your junk drawer and keep it in this easy rollup organizer.

It’s the season of organization and purging, and it’s high time to get real with ourselves. Let’s talk about the junk drawer. You know the one I’m talking about. The drawer that holds everything and anything: takeout menus, a few rubber bands, hardware from that IKEA chair you bought two years ago, and an orange-handled pair of scissors. Maybe you are one of the blessed few who has managed to avoid the never-ending pit that is the junk drawer. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Simple Canvas Wallet

created at: 10/03/2012

Um. I love this. Can I tell you the ways? It’s easy. It’s a great DIY gift idea. It’s customizable. Oh, and did I mention easy?? Yeah, that’s the big one.     

All you need are some basic sewing skills and some heavy-weight canvas and you’re good to go. You could even go crazy and try a bit of fabric printing (with toilet paper rolls, perhaps?). However you decide to customize this easy DIY wallet, check out the instructions for cutting and piecing it together over on The Purl Bee. Continue Reading

Handmade Thread Sketches

created at: 03/20/2012

On first glance, this trio of European landmarks looks like quick sketches on aged paper.  But look again a little closer and you’ll see that they are made from something much different.   These ink-less sketches are actually made using thread on your regular sewing machine!  Jessica from Running With Scissors used her creativity to sew these images into tea-dyed fabric.  The secret is using a free-motion foot for your machine. 

created at: 03/19/2012

I admit that as a quilter, I’m fully aware of how this is done (not that I’m any good)… so for those of you who don’t know, a free-motion foot allows you to move fabric in any and all directions by hovering just above the fabric instead of clamping the fabric between the foot above and the machine below.  Continue Reading

How To: Fix Ugly Thrift Store Paintings!

created at: 08/31/2011

We’ve all seen them: hideous paintings that look to have come from a dentist’s office circa 1991.  Thrift store specialties!  But before you pass by these massive works of, um, art, consider their inherent value.  A new canvas is expensive.  A sad thrift store painting is not.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Let’s fix this thing with some DIY art!  

Tsh Oxenreider, the creative and highly organized mind behind Simple Mom, found the above pictured painting at her local thrift store.   Continue Reading

Super Easy Cup & Bucket Artwork

The lovely pieces of art seen in the pic above were made with a bucket and a plastic cup. Seriously.

To make one for your own, you’ll need:

  • stretched art canvas (although cheaper and heavier, a piece of MDF would work too)
  • acrylic paint, three different colors in all
  • a paint roller
  • a bucket and a foam cup
  • polyurethane

To see the entire tutorial, head on over to BHG.

Ceiling tiles as canvas, and why art teachers ROCK!

Have some old ceiling tiles laying around? You might want to think about using them as ‘canvases’. That’s just what art instructor Carrie, known as orangesoc12 on Flickr did. Although, her tiles weren’t just laying around; they were actually in the ceiling of her classroom. She had her 8th grade students take them down and draw on them–using Georgia O’Keeffe for inspiration–and then they put them back up. You can see more examples of her students’ work on Carrie’s photostream. Continue Reading