April 24, 2015

Easy Art Journal Background

You guys, it's almost May! Can you believe it? Today I wanted to show you guys a page I recently made in my art journal and am sharing on the Hazel and Ruby blog!

This was inspired by a technique Tina  (a super talented designer also on the HR team!) did for coloring in the Color Me Floral DIY Decor Tape. This is one of my favorite DIY Decor Tapes!

I thought Tina's art journal was fantastic. I used the Color ME Floral tape as a background on this page and colored it in with Shimmerz Inklingz.

I cut a piece of the DIY Decor Tape down to the right size for my art journal and just stuck it directly to the page like you would any washi tape.

The DIY Decor Tape is slick, so the Inklingz (or watercolors) won't stick to it without a little altering. Tina had used clear gesso in her technique. I didn't have any so I just lightly sanded the tape and the Shimmerz stuck just fine.

The colors of the inklingz are so so pretty and dreamy!

I added a few drops of Shimmerz Coloringz as well as some of Hazel and Ruby's Green with Envy sequins. The colors matched my page perfectly!

I accidentally got a drop of blue mist on my bottom lip- OOPS! But I figure it's just in my art journal where I'm messy all the time anyhow. :)

What are you working on today?

Hop over to the Hazel and Ruby blog here.

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April 23, 2015

Organization Week at Hazel and Ruby

Hey guys, It is Organization Week at Hazel and Ruby I wanted to share with you guys a peek at my studio + how I organize my Hazel and Ruby supplies!

I love restyling boxes, trunks, carts, etc. So, that means a lot of the containers I use to hold my Hazel and Ruby supplies have actually been restyled USING Hazel and Ruby supplies. Fantastic, right?

Here are some photos of my space:

I have a Gift Wrap Cart by Recollections. Because it is meant to hold things like wrapping paper, it is perfect for holding my Hazel and Ruby Pass the Tissue and Wrap it Up paper rolls!

I've got my Stencil Masks laying flat in this old suitcase I restyled (you can read more about that project here).
It's sitting on the bottom shelf of my bookcase and I have my DIY Decor Tape stacked up next to it.

So there you go! that is how I store my H&R supplies. Here are a few more containers and things I restyled with Hazel and Ruby products that are hanging around my studio:

I restyled this awesome toolbox to hold things like spray mists.

I gave this magazine rack a revamp.

and lastly, I upcycled these mini trunks! One holds extra glue sticks and the other holds rhinestones and bling.

How do you organize your supplies? Do reuse a lot of containers like me?

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April 22, 2015

Paint + Paper- Tweed Dino Art

Hey everyone, Happy Wednesday! Today's Paint + Paper post is all about the paint.

I painted a series of canvases featuring Velociraptors on bicycles.

Here's the story behind these: My Parents and I did the Fort Worth Tweed Ride last month and I wanted something cool to wear that wasn't normal "tweed" but still fit the theme. I saw this Velociraptor on pinterest and decided I needed to design a tweed dinosaur.

So I drew up my own version and painted him on to a sweater vest and wore it to the tweed ride (where I looked super awesome).

One of the coordinators of the ride saw my sweater and asked me if I could do some art for his daughters room, so I said yes. And that is why I have been painting velociraptors. Haha.

So for the art, I've got a velociraptor on a Pennyfarthing style bike (the big wheel/little wheel bike), a unicycle and a couple on a tandem.

Do you ever have fun stories about your art? Like what inspired the idea?

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April 21, 2015

DIY Wood Burned Cactus Plaque

Ever since Taylor moved to Arizona, we've both been a little bit obsessed with Saguaro Cacti. They are just so cool, right? Well, anyway, when I spotted a blank wooden plaque in the shape of a saguaro cactus at Walmart, I knew I had to make Taylor something with it!

I decided to get out my wood burning tool, and burn some fun tribal-y patterns into the cactus.

Supplies: Wooden Cactus Shape, Wood Burning Tool (I used one by Walnut Hollow), Wood Stain, ruler, pencil, eraser

1. Start by using a ruler, or something with a straight edge, and lightly sketching horizontal lines onto your cactus.

2. Turn your wood burning tool on and let it heat up.

You can lightly sketch your designs on first, or just freestyle it with your wood burner. I started sketching some of mine, but after a little while I was comfortable enough to skip that part and just use the burner.

3. Continue burning patterns into the different sections of your cactus.

4. Once you've got the entire cactus burned, unplug your wood burning tool and use your eraser to erase your pencil lines.

5. Use a wood stain to stain your cactus. I used Krylon's Exterior Wood Stain Spray. Yep, wood stain in a spray paint bottle, so awesome!

Let it dry completely.

Last year, Taylor and I shared our top 7 tips for wood burning. If you're new to wood burning, I recommend reading those, here.

Always be sure to do you wood burning in a well ventilated space, because it does give off some fumes.

And remember..... CACTUS MAKES PERFECT.

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April 16, 2015

DIY Quote String Art + String Art Tips

Okay guys, this is a project I've been wanting to do for quite a while now. I've seen some amazing string art recently (lots at CHA!) and I finally did it!

It also just happens to be "Pallet day" on the Hazel and Ruby blog, which means a bunch of us on the design team are sharing projects using recycled pallets. This is mine.

I decided to use a quote rather than doing a shape or image, and one of my favorite quotes is "Not all those who wander are lost" by Tolkien.

If you want to learn how to make a quote string art, here's how:

Supplies: Wood to do your string art on, 1" Nails, Hammer, String, Letter Stencils (I used Hazel and Ruby stencil masks).

1. Find your wood! There are plenty of different wood options for your base. You could use a wood canvas, a piece of plywood, or an old pallet like I did.

For mine I disassembled a pallet and cut the wood down the the size I wanted and then screwed them together on the backside using some scrap pallet wood. It was pretty easy, you can see how I did it in the picture below.

2. Paint your wood! This is totally optional, you may prefer the wood look. I normally love the wood grain of natural wood, but I didn't like the dark color (too gloomy!) of this wood so I painted it.

 3. Next you'll want to decide on a quote and place letters on to your wood, spacing your letters equally and leaving about half an inch or so in between each letter.

Now you could print out and cut out paper letters to use as a guide, but I actually used Hazel and Ruby stencil masks and they were *perfect* for this.

(You can see in the photo below, I only had 1 W stencil so I used an M while placing my stencils, but when it was time to nail, I switched it to the other W.)

4. With your stencils placed, Take your hammer and nails and start nailing! You want to put nails in each corner of your letter, and then place them in between those nails as well, outlining your letter.

5. Repeat step 4 until you've done your entire quote.

I recommend leaving the stencils in place until you're ready to string the letter and then removing it. That way you can see your words and not just a bunch of nails.

6. Time for some string! Start by tying one end of your string into a know on to any nail on your first letter.

7. Next you just want to wrap your string around that letter until you have it covered. You can go around the entire outline of the letter first and then going back and filling the inside in or just randomly wrapping it. Just make sure you have the outline done!

Once you've finished a letter, knot off your string and repeat steps 6 and 7 with the next letter!

Some tips from a first time string art artist:

  • Buy enough nails!  I had originally only bought 1 pack (4oz) of wire nails to do this and only got about 1 third of the way done. 
  • The more nails the better when wrapping! Especially on curved letters, the more nails you use to outline the letter, the better it will look and the more places you'll have to wrap your string.
  • Take breaks! As I mentioned in the first tip, I underestimated the amount of nails I'd need. I also underestimated just how much hammering was involved. I had to take some breaks before I got a hand cramp!
  • String: I actually used embroidery floss for my string. On a practice piece of wood I used yarn- which while it produces a fuller/bolder look (than the thin embroidery floss) and is a little easier to see, I didn't like how it was fuzzy. So it's all up to you and what you like.

The Hazel and Ruby masks were perfect for using as a guide for where to place my nail! I'd definitely recommend them if you want nicely shaped letters!

You can find all 7 amazing Pallet DIY ideas by the Hazel and Ruby team here.

Have you done string art before? Any tips you would share?

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