[day 17] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

Today’s photo is a Name doodle for one of my kids at church tonight. Her name is Lauren too :)

Day 17:

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Acrylic Nail Tutorial: Glow-in-the-Dark

Hey peoples! This is another acrylic nail art tutorial. I meant to post it yesterday, but I made a tankini instead ;) I’ve made two ways to view this tutorial. You can read the instructions and view pictures OR you can scroll to the end and watch the youtube video. Your choice. I like having options in tutorials so I thought I’d share the same courtesy.

~~~ Glow-in-the-Dark Nail Tutorial ~~~
Materials:
Acrylic “Glow” paint – I used Green Glow by FolkArt
Clear nail polish
Paint brush
Water (to rinse brushes)
Cloth to wipe brushes on (I use a paper towel)
Plate, paper, board, or something else to mix colors on and put paint on

Instructions:

1) First add a clear coat to your nails. This gives the acrylic something to stick to and it protects your nail. I used a clear strengthener coat. Be sure to let it dry before you move on to the next step. Continue reading

Panda Riding a Rainbow Unicorn Pony with Sparkles

I know, but I couldn’t think of a better name for this post haha! You know some things about me from poems and other random posts, but not much. Mostly because as people we tend to get busy and have this need to tell interesting things, when in reality all others want to hear is the normal stuff. We relate to normal stuff. So this post is to share one of my normal stuffs :)

Every Sunday I volunteer in the children’s area at my church. Specifically, I work with the 3rd -5th graders. The 3rd grade girls are my main group right now. Anyways, we start off in this play area called the Cafe (long story I might tell sometime) before we head over to our lesson/worship/other stuff room called the Studio (another long story.. really needs pictures). In the Cafe, we have xbox, wii, fooseball, coloring tables and my favorite, the dance machine. (View videos of some dances here!) Under normal circumstances about a quarter of the girls would be on that machine, or behind it, dancing like crazy, but…… it broke last Wednesday. It is a great sadness that we are all learning to cope with. On the bright side, we have all been much less sweaty going into service than when we were spending 20 minutes or so dancing :D

Since the dance machine was broken, I ended up at the drawing table with some of the girls. We were drawing the normal stuff… hands, penguins, kittehs, really fat pigs, etc, when Amanda handed me paper and declared in her loud pleading voice (gotta be specific she has so many) “Will you draw me a panda riding a rainbow unicorn with sparkles, Miss Lauren? PLEASE!!!!” Both random and hilarious. This is Amanda. Sooo that’s what I drew for her. See:

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Even better is what Amanda’s sister told me this evening. “She named the panda Skippy and the unicorn Roger. :D” I drew the unicorn with the idea that it was a girl…. but since he’s named Roger, the excuse he has is overgrown eyelashes. And that’s what we’re going with haha! I love Amanda and I love the fact that this is a totally normal occurrence for her. Not to mention that a request like this is completely normal for the Studio kids too. Crazy, creative, daring… the list goes on. I love them.

I hope you enjoyed and were entertained by this one of my normal stuffs. Maybe it was normal enough that you could relate to it too. I hope so. And I hope you smiled. Smiling is good :)

Acrylic Nail Art Tutorial: Sea Foam Green

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Somewhere I saw the idea of using acrylic paint on nail polish followed by a top coat to paint your nails. It was probably either pinterest or youtube. It’s probably also pinned on my Nailed board for nail art, but that’s beside the point.

The point is I tried it out last Saturday and it works!! I was so surprised!! It’s such a good idea too. Imagine the cost that can be saved. Instead of many bottles of shades of one color nail polish, all I needed were bottles of black, white, and some other color (all of which were bought for under $1… take that nail polish people!) to get every shade imaginable of that color! Oh the possibilities make me happy :) The clean up is nice too. Soap and water and all the extra color on my hands is gone. Super fast. And the paint dries quickly. And it is durable. And if I mess up mid-painting, a little water lets me start over. And it doesn’t smell as bad. And it’s pretty. And….. you get the point.

~~~ Tutorial ~~~

Materials:
Acrylic paint (there is an endless range of colors, glitter paints, glow-in-the-dark paints, neons, etc.. check them out and get creative)
Clear nail polish
Paint brush
Water (to rinse brushes)
Cloth to wipe brushes on (I use a paper towel)
Plate, paper, board, or something else to mix colors on and put paint on

Instructions:

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1) First add a clear coat to your nails. This gives the acrylic something to stick to and it protects your nail. I used a clear strengthener coat. Be sure to let it dry before you move on to the next step. Continue reading

Hair Chalking Redo Tutorial

This is another how-to on hair chalking :)

~~~ Tutorial ~~~
First prepare to have dirty hands, but no worries because they clean up quickly!

Materials:

  • Water (spray bottle, sink, bucket, etc… just need a way to get it on the hair. I used my hand.)
  • Soft Pastels (don’t use oil pastels, as they will make your hair nasty, or sidewalk chalk since it won’t stick)
  • Towel (only if putting heat near someone’s face)
  • Straightener or Hair Dryer (flat iron works best and you just wipe it off when done)

Instructions:

1) Wet the hair completely.

2) Pick a section of hair. It is best to use small portions. Rub the pastel in a downward direction. Keep rubbing down. If you start rubbing up the hair, it will take the pastel back off. If the pastel isn’t sticking, try wetting the actual pastel stick to get more pigment. I also found that rubbing the long side of the pastel down the hair left more pigment than the small drawing end. Scroll down to see how to do ombre, if you like that look. Continue reading

Graphic Tee DIY (with bleach and a fabric pen)

I got the idea for bleach tees off pinterest. But first a warning about the post:

Warning! This post contains a ridiculous amount of pictures. Some of these images may contain mustaches, llamas and Darth Vader.

Well, that’s the warning :) I promised a bleach tee tutorial and this is it!

Materials (at least the ones I used):

  • shirt of some kind
  • design, preferably a clever and entertaining one ;)
  • bleach or bleach pen
  • fabric pen
  • freezer paper
  • x-acto knives
  • iron
  • sink with cold water
  • pen or pencil
  • cutting board
  • cardboard

Instructions:

1) Find or create a design. These are my designs. I created all of them except the Alice in Wonderland one :)

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The greatest of these is…

LOVE. That’s the answer. Love is the greatest.

Back in December of last year, I found out about Art Journaling. Basically, it’s taking a day, word, time of life, question, etc and making art from it. (If you want to see other people’s journal pictures/inspirations my Blogged and Paper boards on pinterest have links to them.) I used the word “love.” AND with my art journal, some paint, colored pencils, homemade modge podge, some oil pastels, and a couple of pages ripped from an old stinky book (no way I was gonna read a smell that bad. GROSS!) this is what happened :)

This page (and post) was inspired by Continue reading

Quilt love <3

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One of my random activities over the last year had been helping my mom design her quilts. She does all the major work and I get the fun of helping pick the colors and patterns.

This quilt is one of the more troublesome yet fun ones. The whole thing is half-square triangles AND lots of them. Over 256 (that’s when I quit counting haha) in the top alone!!! But the finished is something beautiful :) It is named “Summer Spritz” and is almost finished. Ahhhh quilt love <3