Creativity Camp: Faux Watercolor Painting

Hello! Welcome back to our Creativity Camp. I hope you are enjoying this series, and that you and your kiddos are feeling inspired! Today, we are beating the rainy day blues with some colorful faux watercolor paintings. All you need is some watercolor paper (or heavy paper), tissue paper, tape, washable markers, and a water spritzer. Follow along!

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Wrap your watercolor paper with the tissue paper, and tape on the back. 

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Use the markers and tape to draw circles in all different colors around the paper. Leave a little bit of white space for a more interesting composition.

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Once you have finished, it is time for some color theory magic! Use the water spritzer to lightly spray the colored tissue paper.  Watch the colors merge and change!

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Try not to over-wet the paper, or it will muddy the vibrancy of the colors. Tap it down, and allow your piece to dry. 

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Once the water has dried, you get to unwrap your painting like a present.

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Surprise! Check out your abstract watercolor painting! The areas where the tissue paper was lifting off the paper remained white. 

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This is an easy technique for such sophisticated results. You can frame it as is, use it as a background for drawing, or use shaped punches to make scrapbooking or card making elements. I decided to frame mine, after she signed of course. Pretty good for a five year old!

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If you give this project a try, be sure to share with us @etsydallas #EDCreativityCamp. See you next week!  

Creativity Camp: DIY Superhero Costume

Happy Monday! This week's craft takes minutes, and costs nothing. Yes! That is my kind of crafting! It also brings up an important topic with your kiddos... recycling. Getting creative with something old is a wonderful way to recycle. Rummage through some colorful old t-shirts, and grab your scissors. This afternoon, we are becoming superheroes! BOOM!

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First, use chalk to draw out lines on the back of your shirt, and around the neckline where you will cut. WHACK!

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Next, cut along the sides and those chalk lines. Be careful not to stretch the jersey or the edges will curl. BAM!

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Now, find the longest length in your remaining fabric, and chalk out a strip for the mask. We used the design from the front of the shirt to create some interest. You can also use the design on the cape instead! SWISH!

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Cut out the mask, and chalk and cut the eye-holes as well.  Tip: it's easier to cut circles if you fold them in half. BANG!

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You could stop here, or take it to the next level with a little fabric paint and a sponge.

My daughter came up with a clever super hero name, The Galigator! So, we picked a green shirt, and I cut a sponge into a triangle so she could stamp spikes down the back.   It may help to mark out the design in chalk first to keep things straight. SPLAT!

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Let the paint dry, and your imagination run wild! You are brave, and strong, and bright! KA-POW!

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Thanks for joining us! See you next Monday for another fun project. We would love to see your little superheroes in action, so tag us on Instagram! @etsydallas #EDCreativityCamp

Join Us Every Monday for Creativity Camp with Etsy Dallas

Summer has finally come again! The kids are out of school and excited about their relaxed routine, and spending more time with family and friends. To celebrate, we would like to officially invite you all to participate in a weekly project all Summer long! Each Monday, we will post a fun for all ages tutorial to help you put away the screens, learn something new, and make some memories. We can't wait to see your pics, so be sure to share with us on Instagram, @etsydallas #EDCreativityCamp.

To begin, let's get out our paint and brushes, and collect some smooth rocks to make some cutie painted rock family portraits! We found a bag of river rock at At Home, if you can't find some in nature.

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First, paint your rocks white so we have a solid base for your colored paints. 

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Once they have dried completely, take a sharpie to carefully draw the hairline and chin line. I used semi transparent acrylic paint. Choose or mix colors for your hair, skin, and clothing, and fill in those areas.

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Depending on what paint you use, the sharpie may show through, so be conscientious of your lines.  This is a great way to add visual texture to hair and clothing.

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Our rocks are starting to look familiar! Use a small brush or paint pens in white to create clothing details. Allow each side to dry before working on the other side.

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Use a fine tipped black paint pen, or liner brush and black paint to draw the eyes and mouth. If your family member has glasses or facial hair, paint it on next.  Use the back end of your paint brush to dot on tiny pink dots for the cheeks.

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Paint your rocks with a clear sealer, and place them in your front garden to enjoy for years to come.

Thanks for crafting with us! See you next week for another fun project!

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Etsy Dallas 2017 Bash Mothers Day Gift Guide with Heidy

Mother’s Day Gifts Guaranteed to Make You the Favorite.

On Sunday, May 7th, the crafters and creatives of Texas are descending on Gilley’s in Dallas to sell unique handmade wares at the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash.  It’s a shopping experience like no other – great music, free make & takes, multiple bars + a restaurant on site, and don’t forget the famous Bash bags – you won’t want to miss it!

While you’re there shopping for yourself, don’t forget to get a gift for mom that she’ll cherish. (Because Mother’s Day is May 14th, *hint, hint*)  We’ve put together a few of our favorite gift ideas for you.

Because you’re the reason why she needs wine and bubble baths:

Whipped Up Wonderful

Whipped Up Wonderful

The Pig and the Peacock

The Pig and the Peacock

Sasha's Hand Poured

Sasha's Hand Poured

Luna Tigre

Luna Tigre

My Dearest Danae

My Dearest Danae

For the Nature loving mom

Glass House Collection

Glass House Collection

Heidi Miller Lowell

Heidi Miller Lowell

Sweet Tees Shop

Sweet Tees Shop

Valerie Morgan Designs

Valerie Morgan Designs

Whispers in the Glen

Whispers in the Glen

For brand-spankin' new moms:

Bebe Mine Boutique

Bebe Mine Boutique

Precious Little Tot

Precious Little Tot

For the mom who loves lounging and breakfast in bed:

Alexandria Dayne

Alexandria Dayne

Scribbles Lettering

Scribbles Lettering

Sweet Marcel

Sweet Marcel

For the mom who loves travel:

Alohomora Design

Alohomora Design

Wanderlust Wares Shop

Wanderlust Wares Shop

Carry It Well

Carry It Well

For the spiritual mamma:

Expressions Bracelets

Expressions Bracelets

Live Bree

Live Bree

Woodworx

Woodworx

Because jewelry is always a good idea:

Sarah Briggs

Sarah Briggs

Shop Daisy Made

Shop Daisy Made

Gabrielle's Little Secrets

Gabrielle's Little Secrets

Adorn Goods

Adorn Goods

Mesa Blue

Mesa Blue

Dandelion Leather Co

Dandelion Leather Co

Earrings by Eryn

Earrings by Eryn

Dawn Franklin Designs

Dawn Franklin Designs

The Distillery

The Distillery

For the mom who likes to pretty her nest:

Joy Street Maps

Joy Street Maps

Jude Landry

Jude Landry

Shadow Box Gems

Shadow Box Gems

Cheater Quilt Tutorial with Katrina

Today, I'm going to share a post from my own blog with you. I am no talented seamstress, but this still came out beautifully, and would make a fantastic handmade gift for those new babies in your life. The whole project took me about 2 hours. Be sure to tag us @etsydallas with #etsydallascrafts, if you try it! 

I have slowly been finishing the baby's nursery one handmade project at a time.  I had very good intentions of completing everything before he arrived, but I didn't even manage to have his crib assembled.  It's funny how different everything is with the second baby.

I finally made some time to work on his cheater baby quilt, so I took some pics to share with you all how easy it is to do something custom and special.  This fabric actually inspired the color palette for the whole space. I bought two yards of the Kona Cotton from Spoonflower (search cheater quilt for different designs), and one package of crib sized batting from amazon. This process is very simple, and the results look much more impressive than it actually was to create.

First, fold your fabric in half, and lay it with the print side face to face, matching the printed areas.

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Next, roll out your batting, lay the fabric on top, match the corners, and pin all the way around to hold everything together. Trim the excess.

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Roll up the stack to make it more manageable, and sew one side at a time, almost all the way around. Use the printed area as a guide. Leave a hole large enough to turn the quilt right-side-out.

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Trim the excess in a margin around the seam, and cut the corners at an angle so you can make a nice point.

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Turn the piece right side out.

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Use a hidden stitch to close the hole. Knot your thread, and begin your stitch from the inside. Go through the other side and back out again, and repeat until you've reached the end, occasionally pulling it tightly to bring the sides together smoothly.  Be consistent with the size of your stitches.

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Using the pattern as a guide again, carefully sew straight lines all the way across the quilt. Repeat for the other two sides of the triangles. Roll the quilt as needed to feed it through the machine.

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Trim any threads, and there you have it!

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Spring Bash Shopping Guide: Mother's Day Gifts

Mark your calendars, Mother's Day is May 14th. Let's honor those super-women in your life with something special and handmade this year. I have you covered for all the mamas you know:  Mom, Mother-in-law, Grandmother, and maybe something special for yourself!  You can find it, smell it, and feel it all at the Spring Bash on May 7th. Check it out!

Ceramic Planter from Kristen Saksa Juen

Ceramic Planter from Kristen Saksa Juen

Tassle Hoop Earrings from Mesa Blue

Tassle Hoop Earrings from Mesa Blue

Natural Boutique Soap from My Dearest Danae

Natural Boutique Soap from My Dearest Danae

Floral Mandala Floral Specimen Art from Glass House

Floral Mandala Floral Specimen Art from Glass House

BOHO Natural Bead Bracelets from Expressions Bracelets

BOHO Natural Bead Bracelets from Expressions Bracelets

Small Batch Soy Candles from Luna Tigre

Small Batch Soy Candles from Luna Tigre

Marbled Leather Valet Tray from Byndr Leather Goods

Large Angled Serving Board from Gaston Made

Large Angled Serving Board from Gaston Made