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!

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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!

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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!

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10 Lovely Things, #5

There’s been quite a bit of lovely floating around my neck of the woods lately. Sometimes it takes a while to see it, though. Just one reason I’m really enjoying sharing things that put a smile on my geeky face! Simply click the numerals to navigate the things I’m in love with right now!

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01. Everyone could use a friendly reminder that short people can be super feisty. We can also be sleepy and dopey, but mainly feisty.

02. Cake pillows, people, are a gift to mankind. Everyone should have one. Or ten.

03. If I knew that painting your hand would be so possible, I would have banked on every time my tweens decided to cover themselves in paint.

04. STAR TREK! There’s finally going to be good sci-fi on while The Expanse regroups. I may be a  *bit* excited.

05. I, like many, have struggled practically my whole adult life to come to terms with my curvy and well endowed body. The body positive message warms my adolescent heart, while JCPenney’s #HereIAm video shouts at me to love who I am now. Dress how you want, be who you are, and don’t give a flying f*** if anyone likes it.

06. And speaking of beautiful, if you’ve never visited Bri Emery over at designlovefest, then I’d highly suggest hopping to her download page. She shares designer created digital wallpaper that keeps my screen light, bright, and sparkly!

07. Check out the new addition to my sidebar: my current planner cover, which I change every Sunday, will now get it’s own spot to shine in! What’s the most unique topic or content you’ve seen in a sidebar?

08. Gratitude never goes out of style; I’m almost done with a super positive project that will hopefully bring smiles to more faces. Check out the link for ways you can pay it forward!

09. Of course, there’s a Pinterest share! Kelli Crowe’s board is just so gosh darn lovely. I always stop and like or save her pins; she’s got a sharp eye for design! Trust me, you’ll need to block an afternoon and just peruse all her boards.

10. What’s something that has made you happy over the past week? Share your inspiration in the comments!