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Simple Hand – Acrylic Painting Tutorial

Simple Hand – Acrylic Painting Tutorial


I’m no expert on painting people – not by a long shot – but for some strange reason I can make hands. Here’s how I do it.

1. Use thick paper and acrylic paint. Then decide which hand you’re going to make. It seriously helps to have a model. I’ll be painting the hand that I’m using (my right hand).


Position your hand the way you want it and try to keep it that way throughout the painting (yes, I know, it’s hard, especially if you’re using that hand. But at least try to memorize how you’re holding your hand). Mine will be positioned as above.

2. Grab your flesh-colored acrylic paint and smallish paintbrush. Just start painting what you see – I started with the thumb here. Don’t outline the nails yet; those will be a different color. Include little details but not too many.


Forget how you’ve made hands in the past. Just paint this.

3. Continue outlining the thumb and the finger that’s in front. Include slight lines of the other fingers, but not much yet. Fade out at the wrist.


4. Add the nails in a different color.


5. For the finishing touches, add the brush that the hand is holding (at least in this case) and the fingers inside the circle that the hand makes.


Here’s the finished product compared to my hand. Well, they’re not exactly the same, but you get the idea.


Enjoy your hand-making!



Why I Create Art (and why I publish it!)

Why I Create Art (and why I publish it!)


I want to tell you why I do what I do – why I paint, sketch, craft, whatever. And why I put it on this corner of the internet for you to see.

So why do I paint or sketch or craft?

I love the feel of the paint on the brush, smoothing over the paper.IMG_6521

I love mixing things and making something new. I love experimenting and doing my own thing, which sometimes happens to be what no one’s done before. I can’t keep myself from the paint and the pencils.


Sticking with the crowd isn’t my thing. I like to think outside the box and create outside the box.


My random brain sometimes creates weird paintings or sketches. Some are just plain ugly.

I’m OK with that.

Because they’re mine.


But why do I want you all to see my paintings and my other art?

Maybe it has something to do with how my English teacher puts it – “You’re not writing for yourself.” You’re writing for other people.

So I’m not painting for myself. I’m not snapping photos for myself. I’m creating for the world. I’m creating for you.



Quickie Watercolor Flowers

Quickie Watercolor Flowers


Personally, I don’t like taking forever to paint one picture. In fact, 15 minutes tops is fine with me. However, that makes for some strange paintings – after all, it takes awhile to make a really beautiful painting, right? Well, I don’t think so. But it probably helps to know how to make each element of a quick painting. So, without further ado, may I present a Quickie Flower (with watercolor). Hopefully this helps you on your painting journey!

1. Ok, first find what flower you want to paint. When looking for inspiration, I like to go on… you guessed it… Pinterest! So I scrolled through flower photos (aren’t you glad I took a picture of me scrolling?) and found one that I liked. It’s basically your standard pink flower, with five petals and the longish shoots in the center (they have a scientific name, but how am I supposed to remember it?)


2. Next, I sketched out the basic outline of the flower, somewhat lightly but not so lightly that it couldn’t be seen. Unfortunately, the camera couldn’t see it very well :/


I added a second flower as well.


Yeah, you can’t see those, can you? Sorry ’bout that. Then again, maybe I don’t want you to see them. My sketching skills are not extraordinary.

3. Then, I loosely (by loosely I mean “not staying in the lines”) colored in the flowers with a watery paintbrush and paint. If you don’t use enough water, you’ll be able to see the brush strokes and that’s not really what we’re going for here. I also added pink to the background. Notice how the flowers just sort of fade away at the end of the stem.


And you’re done! Have fun and don’t forget to post your feedback or post ideas in the comments 🙂


Raging Star – Painting Tutorial

Raging Star – Painting Tutorial


I recently discovered a way to make some kind of exploding star out of acrylic paint, and I thought I would share it with you all. So here we go…

1. Start out with your paper, small/medium brushes, and acrylic paint. Of course, have a cup of water handy, and a paper towel. One fun thing to try is not letting yourself rinse your paintbrush – just let the paints layer. Experiment with your ideas.


2. Paint a star-ish thing. See picture 🙂 The right-hand side would probably be best, but experiment with different locations as well.


3. Now (I didn’t bother waiting for the paint to dry – huge waste of time, in my mind), add another star on top of that one – but slightly to the left (and also in a different color). Basically, just scootch the center of the star over. Actually, you can go either direction, but for the purpose of this tutorial, let’s just go left.


By the way, sorry the picture don’t look super awesome. I’ll have to work on that 😛

You’ll see in the picture above that the center of the star isn’t really shifted at all – you have to go very gradually. In fact, you can just paint the second star right on top if you want.

4. Keep repeating the star, moving the same direction each time. Eventually, you’ll have something like this:


Change colors at will, make it random or make a pattern.

5. Almost done! Keep adding stars.


6. Now, add whatever else you want, or just leave the rest of the paper white. I added a black background just for kicks – I mean, it is a star!



Here is another finished product of a Raging Star:

Another Star

Have fun with your stars! If you have any feedback or any post ideas, let me know in the comments!




Abstract Art Ideas

Abstract Art Ideas


I don’t know about you, but my abstract art doesn’t always come out so well. I mean, you’re supposed to be “free” and “loose” and all that, but sometimes it looks… a little too free. If you catch my drift. Sometimes, I need instructions. Actually, make that more than sometimes. So here are some instructions for one method of abstract art. Follow them loosely and make up your own methods too!

Here’s what it looks like when it’s done:



Looks pretty simple, but still enjoyable.

I don’t really remember if I got this from somewhere or if it came out of my own brain, but here we go.

Step 1: Draw some lines. Make whatever design you want, or make no design at all.

Step 1

Step 1



Ok, now that we’ve made some squiggles…

Step 2. Start filling in the sections that you’ve (probably unknowingly) made.

The idea is to fill in each section with a different design, but my brain rain out of design ideas so I ended up repeating. Fill them in with polka dots and swirls, or shade them, or add stripes.


Step 2

Continue adding designs.

Continue adding designs.


Your drawing will start to take shape!

Here is my finished product again:



Another one of my drawings:

Another drawing

Hope you enjoy your art-making! Experiment with colors or different mediums if you like.


Book Marks 3 Ways Tutorial

Book Marks 3 Ways Tutorial

Book Marks 3 ways

This is ridiculously easy and the project is very usable.


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Difficulty – Easy           

You Will Need:

  • A greeting card (used or unused – I made my bookmarks out of the striped one in the picture)
  • A colored envelope (Preferably from the greeting card. You can actually use just colored paper, but it’s much cooler to say the book mark is made from an old envelope :). It will also match the other bookmarks, both of which will be made from the card.)
  • Ribbon that matches the card
  • Rubber thread (if you’ve ever made a lanyard, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s the clear silvery stuff in the picture on the large spool.)
  • Scissors
  • Magnet tape (Shown here: )book m3
  • Stickers, gel pens, and other decorations
  • Hole punch (not shown)
  • A place to make your craft

Book Mark Way #1

Take your greeting card.

Lay it out flat and cut it like so.


Use the piece on the right and set the left chunk aside for the next book mark.

Cut 2 small pieces of magnet tape. Stick them to each side of the inside of the greeting card piece, as shown.

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This bookmark will magnet around your marked page!

Book Mark Way #2

Cut a piece from the front of the greeting card. You don’t need the back part this time.

Punch a hole at the top of the paper.

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Thread a ribbon through, like so.

Pull both ends through the loop and tighten.

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Cute and handy!

Book Mark Way #3

This is where the envelope comes into play.

Cut a rectangle from it (I used the part in the back under the address)

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Decorate as you desire and punch a hole in the top.

Thread a strand of rubber thread through the hole. Tie a knot, tie a bow, and double knot the bow.

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Book Marks 3 Ways complete!