Hand prints for adults

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I had a conversation with a friend about hand prints and why we stop doing them as adults. ‘Because our hands don’t grow,’ she said, and a very valid point that I had not thought of.

Then we discussed that they do when we gain or loose weight, not that you’d want to document that anyway.

But I document near enough everything, I enjoy making things with no expectations and since I have no hand prints of my current and final hand size, I wanted one.

I used the back of my hand, pressed into air dry clay. I then painted it with water colour paint, then repainted the bits I didn’t like – and then painted more and wish I didn’t. Oh well! 

I hope it isn’t seen as a vanity thing, because I really enjoyed it and want to make more.

(Even if it is, I suppose it doesn’t matter, because they’re for me)

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Toddler Crafting: Photo Cut Out

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Not much feels better than when a vague idea floating around in my head is executed perfectly. From Little Man painting perfectly, and fuss free, to me carefully cutting his shape out with no problems – even managed to get his eye lashes. The only slight problem was with the printer, but everything was too good to be true, something had to happen, and better the printer than my own capabilities.

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I started with a paper print out of the photo I took, and two extra but in reverse that will be used at the end. Little Man chose his colours and painted the back of the normal photo.

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Once dry, obviously, I cut him out using a very sharp crafting knife. There were dollops of paint, an artist choice I’m sure, so it was thicker in some parts which meant I had to go back over it. It was still a success though. I didn’t let the pressure of ruining Little Mans art get to me, I kept my cool, I had an assistant dabbing the sweat off my forehead and finished without a flat line. I’m basically a surgeon now. No? Okay.

I used a pritt stick and stuck the big painting without Little Man on to one reversed photo, and the cut out of the painting Little Man onto the other reversed photo, then cut them down to their original 7×5 size.

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Now framing. Doesn’t it seem a shame to frame something fun like this in a normal double frame. I brain stormed with my partner, Googled unique ways to frame art, and a few more hundred abbreviations on that but nothing was right, till this idea zoomed in my brain and knocked me off my chair.

I laminated the two photos. I could have stopped here and let Little Man have his pieces of art because they felt indestructible, so that might be an option in the future. Instead I made holes in each corner, found two sticks, and a third to prop it up, and used string to tie it on. (I’m definitely framing something of mine like this one day, but I’ll use pins. I can be trusted with pins. Sometimes.)

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This project is so right up my street I basically live there. It’s so fun, it’s so free, it’s like Gruffalo meet Where The Wild Things Are. Which I think is the inside of a lot of Adults brains anyway.

Have a super day!

 

 

My new canvas 

Keyrings are easily collected knick knacks that take up room if you’re not using them for their original purpose. I could keep the 25 years worth in storage. Or I could throw them out, they’re Keyrings after all. But they’re from ALL OVER THE WORLD, my brain shouts. Okay brain. You win. On canvases you will go. Huzzah! 

Present

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Words which help keep me present, because it really is the greatest feeling.

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I would like to share this feeling, which is why this canvas is my next craft for Day Tripper. An object won’t do anything for the person to feel present, I’m sure, but hopefully it will encourage it. Maybe the doors will open.

See you tomorrow for Day Tripper #6!

Hey, What’s New?

A few random things I’ve been up to in the last few weeks that I haven’t shared on the blog;

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I bought a place matt at a charity shop for 30p, with the sole purpose to paint it. Don’t question it. This orange explosion is the third painting. I keep painting over it every once in a while, and it feels good changing it and not becoming attached.

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It was my Dad’s 50th birthday. The big 5.0. I made him a canvas of ’50 reasons why I love you’. I love sentimental things, I’m an emotional being, but I don’t like cheese, so rather ‘because you’re the best Daddy ever!’, I went for ‘because it was always you and I going on the rollercoasters’.

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I read the book ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. Wow. Just wow. Everything is different now, good different. I haven’t ever felt this good. I have had a lot of these thoughts before, but it wasn’t clear, I needed something to steer me in the right direction and clear up the path. I recommend this book so much, especially if you suffer with anxiety and depression like me. I high five this book so much. Not literally. Well, maybe. You will never know.

Have a great day, because today is great!

Easy DIYs: Favourite Places #3

And we reach the last post of the DIY ideas to salute your favourite places! What an adventure, amirite? Nice to see you again, how are you doing? Good, good, glad to hear it.

This is #3

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This one could be the most time consuming craft but is the most satisfying. Lots of easy painting. I love easy painting. Except waiting for it to dry, that’s a real test of my patience. I just want to get stuck in and paint some more, but it’ll ruin it! Must resist!! It’s okay, Emily, it’s okay.

You need: digital download of map, card, watercolour paint and black paint.

Step 1: Get your watercolour paints and go ham onto the card with colours of the country’s flag. Saint Lucia’s are yellow/gold, black, blue and white. Do random shapes, and mix them together if you want to. Try to not completely drench it in water because it’ll go warped and ugly.

As you don’t know where you will be painting black yet, cover most of the page in watercolour. The reason for painting before printing the country is because the ink isn’t waterproof and it’ll just run. Not cool.

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Step 2: Once dry pop your card into your printer. Find an outline of the country on the internet and print it onto your page. If there are some white patches that you don’t like you can paint them in, very carefully. It looks pretty cool at this step, so you could stop here if you like.

Step 3: Paint everything on the outside of the country in black.

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I love the look of watercolour with the black, it stands out indeed, right up my street. Well this wraps up this quick series, and if you do have a favourite place I encourage you to live there, make it a goal, there is no reason not to. I hope these posts inspire you! I’d be interested in knowing which one is your favourite and let me know if you do one yourself!

Have a lovely, spectacular day!

Over and out, Emily x

Painting Made Easy

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How many times have you wanted to paint and been discouraged before starting, or stopped half way through because it isn’t what you envisioned? Story of my painting-life! I am not a painter, I’m not an artist, paint doesn’t always do what I want it to do and I can get so frustrated. But paint is so much fuunnn!! Come on it’s not fair! Muummm plleeassee.. Wow, sorry, flashback.

To help myself and my sanity I’ve created a few different ways to make painting easy for myself. AND NOW FOR YOU!

Side note: It may be too late for my sanity.

This technique is so simple, so simple, and versatile. And, dare I say, fool proof. You need watercolour paint, watercolour paper and a waterproof pen.

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After deciding what quote or word you would like to do, draw it very lightly on the paper with a pencil. For this one I chose ‘me time’ for my Mum, as she needs reminding to think about herself. Then on top of the pencil start drawing swirls with the waterproof pen. Maybe practice on another sheet of paper first, join them up, do random sizes, let them swirl in different directions, and keep them touching each other.

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At this point you can rub out the pencil. Then keep building on the swirls till you’re happy with the shape you’ve created.

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Time to mix up some colours! Woo. First decide what colour/colours you want. If there is a little bit of thought it generally looks better than willy-nilly choosing every colour on your pallet. One colour but all different tones is pretty cool, I think. For this one I choose different shades of blue and purple/pink.

Start blobbing the paint into the swirls. As it’s a waterproof pen, it wont run or leak. And you’re done, and your painting need is satisfied! How easy is that?! 

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This is one that I did for myself. I just really like the colour orange. Simple.

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I’m going to keep playing with this idea. It’s relaxing drawing hundreds of swirls and not having to think, and you’re guaranteed something that looks good because it is so easy. Have a great day!

Over and out, Emily x