Watercolor Gift Tags

Posted on February 22, 2012 and tagged DIY with comments

I put together a simple DIY project with beautiful results. I've always been a big fan of watercolors.

They're so versatile and easy to use. They give this project the dreamy, soft quality I was looking for.

I painted in 3 different color schemes; rainbow colors for one set, some warm colors and then then some cool colors. Choose colors that go with the gift wrap you have on hand or suit them to a particular holiday. Shades of red and green for Christmas, or lovely pastels for Easter.

Supplies you'll need:

  • watercolor paper, any size
  • small watercolor paint brush
  • set of watercolor paints
  • glass of water
  • lots of paper towels

Step 1
Get your paper, paints, paint brush, water and paper towels all ready in front of you. It doesn't matter what size of watercolor paper you use since you'll be cutting it into gift tag sizes anyways. My paper was 9" by 12" so my gift tags ended up being 3" wide and 1.5" tall. It also doesn't matter what kind of watercolor paints you use. I have the cheapest little palette I could find, I think it's actually meant for kids! As long as you have the primary colors, black and brown, it will be more than enough for most projects.

Step 2
Cut your paper into long strips. The size of these strips will depend on the size of the paper you chose. Like I said, my paper was 9" wide so I cut it into thirds that were 3". This will be the width of your tag.

Step 3
Now the fun part! I wanted rainbow tags, so I went with a classic ROY G. BIV color scheme. Grab a little of your first color and start mixing it with a bit of water in your lid or on a plate. Being light and watery is what watercolors do best, so don't just use the paint straight out of the palette. You can always add more color, but you can't take it away.

Step 4
Start painting onto the paper towel underneath your paper so the paint doesn't pool at the top of the page. Paint in one long, continuous motion all the way down the paper ending on the paper towel again. If the color is too light for you, carefully go over the stripe again before the paint dries. Do this again for all your colors.

Step 5
Once the paint dries completely (shouldn't take long), cut the strip of paper into gift tag sizes. Since my paper was 12" long, I made 8 tags per strip by cutting at 1.5".

And there you have it! Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus! Here's a little stop-motion video I made while I was painting my tags. Hope you like it!

Watercolor Gift Tags Stop Motion from Sara Funduk on Vimeo.

Color Block Nail Tutorial

Posted on February 20, 2012 and tagged DIY with comments

This has to be my favorite color combo I've done on my nails ever. And it's all thanks to this photo I saw on a Design Sponge Sneak Peek.

I've put together this short little how-to for you! I hope you like it!

Stuff you'll need:

  • 2 colors of nail polish
  • painter's tape
  • top coat

FYI, I used Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Mellow Yellow and Essie's Mod Square. It took me a really long time to find this color combo since yellow and pink are sort of a weird pair, but this technique looks great with basically any combo. Pick two different shades of pink for a more subtle look.

Step 1 Paint your nails with the first color. It's best to use the lighter color first since the darker one will cover it easier. Also, please excuse those cuticles. They need professional help.

Step 2 Let it dry completely. I'm bad at waiting, so I made a cocktail!

Step 3 Cut strips of painter's tape and place it diagonally accross your nail. You should only do one nail at a time. Some people use regular clear tape for this kind of thing, but I find it breaks a lot on me.

Step 4 Paint over the end of your nail with the second color and peel the tape off right away in one quick motion. Don't let it dry before taking the tape off, this is why you should do one nail at a time.

Step 5 Let your one hand dry before tackling the other. Then, apply a generous top coat to protect your hard work.

The View from my Phone: Week 7

Posted on February 19, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

This week was all about kitties. Wait, isn't every week like that? I had my watercolors out working on a DIY project I'll be posting this week. You have to watch Marshall around watercolors though cause he loves to eat them. He's so weird. He wants nothing to do with milk or peanut butter like normal cats, but give him some coffee grinds and a rye & coke and he'll go to town! Told ya he was weird. Check him out in the bottom right corner trying to munch on some Cadmium Red.

Missed the first 6 weeks? Here they are:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

P.S. I don't actually let Marshall eat coffee grinds or coke. But he's a sneaky fellow, so he's definitely snuck a taste here and there!

Thank You Freebie

Posted on February 15, 2012 and tagged DIY, Freebies with comments

Hey there! I made this free printable thank you card just for you! Click on the image to download a printable high resolution PDF. You can use the polka dot pattern for the reverse side of the card or print it on a seperate sheet of paper and use it as an envelope liner.

Here's what you'll get:

  • One 8.5"x11" PDF with 2 thank you cards (each card measures 5.5"x4.25")
  • One 8.5"x11" PDF with the polka dot pattern

Please let me know if you like this freebie! Want more? Tell me!

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