So, I had planned on writing this post and publishing this project long before this… I thought it would be a good “get ready for Pi Day!” post…but instead I am posting it late in the afternoon on Pi Day.
I have the joy of being a stay at home mom, which usually affords me a lot of freedom. On days like today, however, when I spend half of my time feeding the baby, and the other half picking up the disaster my toddler creates while I feed the baby, I don’t feel very free at all!
But anyway, I’m here now–Happy Pi Day!
Amid the frustrations of today, I have at least been stylish with my new, pi day inspired pendant. It’s a pie-chart! Cool, right? And guess what, it’s made out of paint chips. Cool and cheap!
Here’s the how to:
Circle punch (I used 2.5″)
Wooden craft circles (also 2.5″ and only about $0.20 at Micheal’s!)
Mod Podge (regular and Dimensional Magic)
Finding and two needle nosed pillars
This project is fairly straight-forward.
- First, paint the wooden circles, because the edge of them will show.
- Then, punch out several circles from the paint chips. To cut the “pie pieces” it is important to find the exact center of each circle. To do this, fold one circle in fourths and cut in half. Use this to draw an cross on the back of each circle to find the center. Then, cut “pie pieces” making sure to have the point in the center.
- Next, Mod Podge the pie pieces in place on top of a full circle. Then, mod podge the “pies” onto the wooden circles.
- Finally, add a layer of mod podge dimensional magic.
- When the dimensional magic is dry, take out the drill and drill a small hole in the top of each pendant. Then add a circle finding and a chain!
It definitely is a “statement” necklace, but I really like it! Fun, right! Gotta love paint chips!
Hi! Although it doesn’t look like it, this is a very easy watercolor portrait that ANYONE can do. Seriously, you have to try it!
I don’t like to have favorites, but I think this just might be my all time FAVORITE project that I have ever done. I feel this way for two reasons: First of all, it is totally easy. I have very limited skills when it comes to drawing anything realistic, especially portraits, and I was able to do this, so ANYONE can do this. And secondly, this is a watercolor portrait of my godmother, Mary, who unfortunately, passed away from cancer when I was young.
Below is a picture the picture of Mary that has become almost iconic in our family.
How to Create an EASY Watercolor Portrait
1. Scan your picture and upload it to a photo editing program. I use the free version of Picmonkey. Adjust the exposure and contrast of your picture until it is almost all black and white, no grey. It takes a little bit of trial and error. When done, print your picture at desired size.
2. Take a piece of watercolor paper and place it over the printed picture. Tape in place. Then, place both pieces of paper on a light table/overhead projector, or if you don’t have either of these, like me, use a glass table with bright lights placed beneath. However you do it, you need to see that printed photo through the watercolor paper, which is heavy paper. Then, paint on the art masking fluid to the white areas of the photo. Make sure to get all the details of the eyes. It is going to look funny at this stage–I thought mine was not going to turn out at all!
3. When the art masking fluid is dry (wait 12 hours to be sure) pull out the watercolors and go to town! Just so you know, my toddler did some of the painting at this stage.
4. And finally, the reveal! When the watercolor is completely dry, rub the art masking fluid and pull it off. See in the picture how it peals off? Pretty cool, right?
And, ta da!
I love it! I am planning on doing several more of these. This one is a gift for my mother. Mary, we miss you!
Thanks for stopping by–and for sharing in the memory of my godmother with me!
I plan on using this method again because it is a really cool way to transfer an image. Here are a few other projects I have done that transfer images in different ways:
Finally, here is a picture of my little family last year on St. Patrick’s day. I had just found out I was pregnant a few days before this…and now we have our little girl. We really are the LUCKIEST.
And, just for fun, here is “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. Love this song!
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I’m a simple person, and my understanding of things are, often times, simple.
Since today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I thought I would take a minute to share why I am pro-life.
Here are two pictures of the same life: