INSPIRED???

SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED A LITTLE NUDGE, AN IDEA...

...and we need a break from life's uncertainties and drama.  That's when an artsy/craftsy project comes in handy.  Some folks like to sew, design clothing, color in coloring books, write, cook and many love to draw and paint.  Me, I like it all.  That's my mother's fault.  She could do just about anything and loved teaching others the "how to's" in life.  I will do my best to get some easy ideas on the site that will hopefully inspire young and old.  Please feel free to contact me with requests or ideas.  If I don't know how to do a specific thing, I will see what can be found on the Net in that area.  Click on the photo to enlarge.

  • Hand Painted

    A simple card made from purchasing blank card stock with envelopes, acrylic paints and a little bit of thought...like the internet for ideas.

  • Hand Painted

    More simple ideas. Once you get the the knack of it, you will be on your way.

  • Stencil Painted

    Stencil art is very easy. You can use acrylic paints and a stencil brush or spray paint.

ARTWORK IS CALMING TO THE SOUL

If you enjoy painting, drawing or would like to learn how, here is an inexpensive idea that's great for adults and children.  (1) Purchase some paints, pencils, pens, jewel stickers and a package of blank greeting cards with envelopes.  Your choice; your project. (2) Decide on a simple (or detailed) picture and start having some great relaxing times. (3) You can also use stencils. See photo number 3 above.

Don't forget to send these to shut-ins, friends, neighbors and family members.  They will probably be keepsakes!

  • OLD GREETING CARDS

    Don't throw out those old greeting cards. You can cut them up, use the fronts, insides and backs. Embellish with all sorts of items. The Dollar Tree is great for inexpensive embellishments.

  • ROCK PAINTING

    Rock painting can be elaborate or simple. Children love this craft. They are pretty just sitting on a coffee table or placed in the garden after spraying them several times with a clear coat.

  • PAINT ON CANVAS

    Try your hand at simple painting. You don't have to be a Picasso. Enjoy yourself. Grab an idea from someone else's work. This is simple Americana, Grandma Moses type art. Easy to do and doesn't take weeks or months to finish.

  • PAINTING ON PLYWOOD

    I like to use inexpensive spray paint and add my background colors for the sky, land and water, or whatever I'm doing. Then I add detail with acrylic paints ending with a clear coat. For this picture I added hot glued rope and pre-cut, pre-painted wood cut letters. Hot glued! The painting is 3 ft x 4 ft.

  • PAINTING ON SHIRTS, etc.

    I like to paint on clothing, linens, etc. Have stains? Acrylic paint will cover them really well. This shirt was painted with a small amount of acrylic paint, thinned down with water and placed in a shampoo bottle with a "squirt" top. I chose my colors and just let it drip, front, back and sleeves.

  • PAINTING ON WOOD PRE-MADES

    Most craft stores carry precut and constructed frames, candle holders, lighthouses, etc. That is what I used to make this lighted decoration. The base is a rectangular frame that holds sand, shells, plastic birds, glass beads and a pirate's chest. Lighting is from Dollar Tree.

Don't stop here!  If you need more ideas and encouragement, I have them.  None of this cost me much and I had a grand time searching for discarded items that I could use to support my "creativity."  See Part 2...