From Me to You…


(Ps. A big thank you to Jordan Ferney, for inspiring my costume this year!)


Using Weapons of Mass Creation


After my last venture into the realm of DIY artwork, I became infected with an insatiable hunger for creating more.  It was a lot of fun…and, (good news/bad news) I have a LOT of empty wall space.  And, after visually ingesting so much of Rifle Paper over the internet, I was left with a particular thirst for implementing Rifle-style.

So, I did what I always do.  I got back on good ol’ Google and scoured for my next muse(s).  After seeing this, finding this and also reading this – my next DIY concept was born!


1. I selected my “weapons” of mass creation.  Lately, my preference has been gouache, such as the assortment of Turner Acryl Gouache paints that are pictured above.


2.  I printed out the design I’d selected, traced it, and transferred it to Arches watercolor paper.  After selecting this simple color scheme of black and gold, I got to work!


3. Mission completed. Now I can sit back, and enjoy the frills of filling another empty space with beautiful art!

What are some of your thoughts, on how this turned out?

When In Doubt, Roll Up Your Sleeves & Get Dirty

You dream of owning a home. You go through all kinds of craziness to buy said home. Finally, you find yourself as a proud homeowner, with a pair of keys that are exclusively yours! What do you do next?  If you’re anything like me, you immediately jump headfirst into plans for decorating.

I started scouring the internet for inspiration on how to make our new nest reflect our taste.  And, boy did I find my inspiration!  Unfortunately, our budget couldn’t match my expensive taste in furniture and artwork.  (Particularly, for those first few months that followed after paying a hefty down-payment.)  For one example, this gorgeous piece of artwork at DwellStudio really caught my eye – but, I couldn’t (and still can’t) meet its $1,625 asking price.


If I couldn’t afford my crush-worthy items, I realized that I could try to recreate them…  So – that’s what I set out to do.  I recreated the Paule Marrot Pink Maze piece from DwellStudio.

These were my materials at-hand, for the reproduction:

  • A printer
  • Tracing paper & pencil
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Watercolor Paper (I prefer Arches Water Color Blocks, for projects that involve watercolor paint or gouache.  Its quality is excellent!)

Above: My first attempt at recreating the Paule Marrot piece. About a quarter of the way through, I grew really unhappy with the color and started again from scratch.  (I wasn’t impressed with the way the red took on a “tomato” sort of hue.  I felt like I was painting with a can of V8!)


Above: The second attempt at recreating the same piece, using a bright pink pigment.  This time, I was pleased with the results!

Now, if only I could decide where to hang it…