I love to watercolor. I love it more than just sketching. It is difficult though, and I’m still learning. I can watch youtube videos on different watercolor techniques for hours. I woke up this morning inspired to paint. My mind is on all things summer lately, so I chose to paint a simply beehive. It was fun to paint, though I made a few mistakes. But as Bob Ross use to say, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents”.
What you’ll need:
– Watercolor Paper
– Watercolor Paint
– Thin Paintbrushes
– Paint Palette
– Brown Color Pencil
1. Start by tracing out the tree branch pattern lightly in pencil. Make a few larger branches with some smaller ones attached. Keep in mind where you want your beehive to hang. Paint your branches. I started by painting a faint brown layer, then going back and darkening some of the limbs.
2. Trace the shape of your beehive lightly in pencil. Fill in the beehive with a transparent layer of yellow. Let it dry. Go back and fill in some areas with the same yellow. Then, using a darker shade of yellow, fill in a few areas. Make sure to leave some of the previous layers visible for contrast.
3. Using the brown colored pencil, add squiggly lines for the honeycombs. I dipped my colored pencil into brown paint to create some thicker, darker lines.
4. Add your bees! I separated the bee’s body into three sections. Then add wings, stripes, antennas, and limbs. Add as many bees as you want!
Voila! Your very own beehive painting. It would look great in a white mat frame!
Polymer clay is one of my favorite materials to work with. It’s incredibly versatile if you just get creative enough. I was inspired by these rings, but with a twist. Add some paint and you can make rings in all sorts of shapes and colors.
1. Start by kneading the clay until it is soft. This will make it easier to shape later.
2. Roll the clay into small balls. Mine varied in size of about a 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
3. Put the rolled balls into the freezer for about 20 minutes to harden.
4. Next use the Xacto to cut the base of the shape. Continue cutting of the rounded edges until you are left with only straight edges.
5. Following the instructions on the wrapper, bake your clay shapes.
6. Tape off sections of the shape (optional) and paint them any color you like.
7. Once the paint has dried, glue the base of the clay shape to the top of the ring blank. Let dry.
And you’re done! You can paint the shapes one color or combine multiple colors for a different look.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll notice my recent obsession with hanging vases. There is so much variety of the look. You can use actual vases, or up-cycle a mason jar or glass bottle. Use string, wire or ribbon to hang. With spring just around the corner, a hanging vase would be the perfect way to showcase your plants and flowers.
I remember in Elementary School when I would make floral headpieces during recess. My flower choices were limited to White Clovers or Dandelions and by the end of recess they would have already begun to wilt. This is why I love today’s DIY post. I posted earlier about floral headbands here. This floral headband is great because they remind me of my days on the playground, and they will never wilt!
What you’ll need:
– Fake Flowers (I used 4 large ones)
– Glue Gun
1. Start by separating the flower by cutting or pulling off the stem.
2. Arrange your flowers based on whatever pattern you’d like. I chose yellow and peach flowers so I arranged them by alternating colors.
3. Heat up your glue gun and glue the flowers to the headband in whatever pattern you decided on. Let it dry for a couple of minutes.Voila! A beautiful floral headband perfect for Spring!
I love the idea of adding an oversized, loopy bow-tie to an outfit. It can dress up a button-down while remaining professional yet feminine. It’s a different take on the popular ‘bow blouse’ as you can easily add it to different outfits. Time to go buy some chiffon!