Make Your Own Drip Painting

This project was half intended masterpiece and part absolute experiment. Most of the time I toss whatever comes out of these wacky trial projects, but today’s product is now sitting nicely in a frame! It was a great activity to get me back in the creative swing of things after my week long fight with the flu! Read on to see how I stumbled into this project!

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Jackson Pollock made this technique famous; even if you don’t know who he is, you likely have seen one of his paintings…namely because they are accompanied by statements like “my seven-year-old could paint that.” That, my friends, is why this technique is so lovely. You don’t need to be the next reincarnation of DaVinci or Monet. It is pure expression of whatever makes you happy.

But, I love drip paintings because of their anonymity. Fifty people could observe the same Pollock painting and each could walk away with a different message. It’s meaning to you belongs to you alone, so you don’t have to worry about other people saying things like “Man, that looks depressing!” Your thoughts are private, not spread out on the canvas for everyone to read.

To start, you’ll need:

  • paint or ink
  • paper or canvas or cardstock or…you get the idea
  • water
  • paint brushes

I have a small spray bottle that I filled with water and used to wet particular areas on my paper. Then, I placed small dots of India ink on the wet spots.Tipping the paper and spraying more water over certain areas spreads the ink like in the photos below. AND YOU’RE DONE. So easy it’s a wonder why we aren’t all seeking paint therapy! Keep in mind, though, that the wetter your paper based material becomes, the heavier it will get. You definitely don’t want your gorgeous piece to fall apart because it’s too heavy.

But, don’t stop there! There are tons of creative ways to use this painting technique to create completely different looks.

01. DIY Drip Painting at Take the Side Street; 02. Monochrome painting found on Tumblr; 03. Art by Shawn Dulaney; 04. HGTV’s Drip Painting video tutorial

Go wild and have fun, creatives!



DIYs For Your Desk

Our city has swelled tremendously now that August is in full swing; school is back in session! I took part last week in a huge block party our town throws to welcome all the university students back. It was a blast, and the weather was so beautiful! Since then, I’ve had college on the brain. The school experience has changed and evolved in the last four years since I’ve been out, but one thing remains the same: dorms are bland. Which is great for us creatives! But, it makes it hard to focus on school work if you feel like you’re in a cinderblock prison. That’s one reason I always changed the look of my dorm, especially my desk area. The same goes for tiny apartments that have strict decor rules. Here are two easy DIY projects – a sparkly glass pen holder and a whimsical mini mobile – that I came up with to brighten up your desk!


Don’t worry, these two projects are easy and cheap. You’ll need:

  • a jar (or clear plastic container)
  • craft wire
  • fabric or paper scraps
  • thread or string
  • paint
  • rubbing alcohol
Mini mobiles and metallic pen holder – just what the creative ordered!

Cute, Mini Mobile

To create the mobile, you’ll first want to find something circular (like the lamp in the photo!). Cut a piece of wire and wrap it around your shape to form a circle. Twist the ends together. Now for the fun part: using up those scraps! If you don’t have fabric, you can easily substitute paper. Simply take your fabric and tie ends around your wire circle. If you are using paper, just put a dab of glue on one end and wrap it around the wire. I braided some of the pieces together to create different weights and textures. To finish of your mobile, cut another piece of wire and wrap both ends around your circle. Tie a piece of string around the center wire and boom! You’re done! This took me maybe an hour…Star Trek is so addicting!

Metallic Pen Holder

This project is so easy it’s almost unbelievable. First, clean your jar, cup, plastic container, or whatever clear object you want to use. Once it’s all shiny and pretty, you’re going to dump in your paint. As you can see, I used gold and silver paint, but you can use any colors you want (like black and gold, eh Hornets?). Roll the jar around so the paint starts to spread. Now, you’re going to pour in a bit of rubbing alcohol. Add in around a tablespoon or so; remember, you can always add more, but too much is hard to remove. Swirl the rubbing alcohol and paint mixture around the jar for a couple of minutes or until you’ve achieved the look you’re going for. Let it sit for a minute or so, then gently rinse the excess mixture. I let my jar sit for a day before I dumped all my paintbrushes in.

Now, take dozens of photos of your newly decorated desk and show Mom that, yes, you are in fact loving every second of your new journey!

Now your desk should be just as bright and full of life as your new school year!

I’m curious: what’s your favorite memory from college, or if you’re just starting, what’s the thing you look forward to experiencing the most!?

Here’s to all of who are chasing your dreams in the classroom!


Decor On A Dime: DIY Mini Paper Wreath

You know how sometimes, life throws you a curve ball and then rears back to reload? Not only did our internet and cable go dark for a week (yeah, I’m still not over it), but we also had no running water at the beginning of this week! I feel like a need a vacation just from playing phone tag to get everything fixed!

All in all, getting offline was good, though. It gave me time to hole up in my craft room and create without any distraction. I love paper crafts, especially when they recycle materials that otherwise would go in the trash. My mini paper wreath is made from an old physics textbook and La Croix cardboard, perfect for those bland and boring college dorm room walls!


It took me a couple hours from start to finish, but I am so happy with the results. No special tools are needed; in fact, there are only a couple of things you need to create your own wreath:

  • cardboard
  • paper (the thinner the paper, the easier it will curl)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • pencil

Read on to see how I made it and three other mini wreath projects to try!

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DIY Mixed Material Mobiles

Mobiles are one of my very favorite projects to work on. They can be wonderful, whimsical ways to showcase a collection, a favorite material, or they can represent ideas all on their own. Unfortunately, none of my mobiles survived our big move a couple of months ago. There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your creations fall apart! I was able to save some of the materials, though, so I thought I’d start a new mobile today and bring you along with me!


Thanks to the Listers Gotta List prompts this month which inspired this post!

First, what the heck is a “mixed material” mobile? That’s another term I’ve made up simply to describe what the mobile will require. Beads, gems, paper, wire – all these things have different weights, and depending upon their placement, can tip your mobile. I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks, as well as some drool worthy mobiles for inspiration at the end, so keep reading!

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Join the Uppercase Postcard Swap!

I love getting happy emails (as opposed to an angry work email) and I opened a really great one yesterday! Uppercase is hosting a young adult reader postcard swap! Imagine connecting with someone on the other side of the world – through the post – who is reading the same book you are. This is the perfect mix between my job as a YA Librarian and as an avid crafter. I am so excited to participate, but rather than sending weird The Wizard of Oz themed postcards (it’s Kansas, what are you gonna do?) I plan to make my very own cards.

As a YA librarian, I’m all over this swap and plan to share it with my teens!

Pinterest is every crafter’s best friend; I found five fantastic ideas for making your own postcards:

  1. Patchwork Posse’s Fabric Postcard Tutorial
  2. Infarrantly Creative Cereal Box Postcards
  3. Picklebums Postcard Template
  4. Angry Chicken Packing Tape Postcards (love this one!)
  5. DIY Mama Watercolor Postcards

Remember, though, to check with your state/country’s postal regulations regarding the size and cost of postage. I’ve also seen examples of cards with specific “do not bend” instructions. If you are hesitant or have questions, a phone call to your friendly post office is always a good idea!

Spread the word and sign up! Uppercase is looking for more participants, and the more the merrier!

On a completely separate note, my craft room is finally completely put together! I’m so happy with my bright, little room that I hardly spend any time in the living room any more! I also am sleeping so much better now that all my stuff isn’t crammed into our bedroom. It’s also made me so much more productive having space enough to spread out my craft and blogging tools. We should have done this ages ago!


Have a phenomenal Tuesday, everyone! And Happy Reading!

P.S. – If you need reading suggestions, hit me up! I’ve got tons. I’d also highly recommend reading through Mara’s YA reviews at Book Marauder if you’re looking for great titles.

For those who aren’t big readers, or if you’re searching outside of YA, head over to Revitalized Reading! Even if you’re not signing up for the swap, Danica is an absolute gem, so you should read her reviews anyway!