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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yellow Color Study

Hi, I'm Rachel, and I'm a color-holic. I just can't get enough color, especially bright and bold ones. I love how colors have impact and power, and how you can see the same color in so many different ways. If you follow me on Instagram, this is no surprise. Recently I've been hinting that I'd be sharing some more color study goodness, and I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be contributing color study posts over at one of my very favorite blogs, I SPY DIY. Stop by and say hi, and check out the large yellow color study I put together.

Life is so busy, and sometimes you have to work really hard just to find a little time to be creative. For me, especially as a creative blogger, I won't spend time on things that I'm interested in (like learning watercolors) because I think that it's not the most productive use of my time. However, a few months ago, I took a step back from blogging, and started spending time doing creative things just because I felt like it. I started painting with watercolors, taking random pictures of things like coffee beans shaped like a panda, and arranging things by color. I wasn't quite sure what the point of all of it was, but I knew I was having a blast being aimlessly creative.

This quote by Maya Angelou sums it up perfectly, "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." Sometimes, creativity is its own reward. Just because you don't think that learning to crochet is going to turn into a thriving business and make you money, doesn't mean that it won't make you richer. Just because you don't think you'll ever be an especially talented artist, doesn't mean that you can't make something beautiful with watercolors. So pick up your yarn, your paintbrush, your camera, or whatever it is that you dream about someday having the time for, and just do it. You'll certainly make a lot of mistakes along the way, after all the mess is half the fun.

I started sharing a lot of these crazy endeavors on Instagram, where I found both inspiration, and a community of other color-loving people. And some of my very favorite pictures I started sharing, were originally inspired by @houselarsbuilt and her fun #crafttherainbow. I was also fueled on by @violettinder each week as we both were sharing color study pictures... a collection of different things in the same color. I have to warn you, it's addicting. You start sorting everything you own by color, and gathering and collecting things over a few days while you plan the next color study. It's even possible my neighbors think I'm a strange hoarder of only yellow.

Yellow is such an interesting color. It is so bright, bold, and invigorating, but if you lighten it ever so slightly it can be such a soft and delicate color.

Watercolors have become my greatest obsession. If you're interested in learning, this post on watercolors for beginners is a great place to start. As someone who loves bright colors and bold shapes, one of the greatest challenges for me has been to use less paint, and let the water create a softer look.

I also gathered together some yellow things by theme, like this collection of paper crafting supplies. And in case you were wondering, you can find those beautiful crayon gems at Target, and the jumbo paper clips at IKEA.

I also love how gold interacts with yellow, since they are already such similar colors. I included these gold embroidery scissors and thimble in this sewing themed color study.

Do you love colors too? 
Share fun color study pictures with me on Instagram
with #lacolorstudies

Thursday, April 9, 2015

24 Free Spring Wallpapers & Backgrounds

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed that I LOVE sharing and finding beautiful free wallpapers and backgrounds for your phone. (You've also probably noticed how much I love watercolors, which is why so many of these are hand painted watercolor wallpapers.) It's fun to change up your wallpaper or background from time to time, and I love to change mine to fit each season.

Remember, even if some of these wallpapers are designed with the iPhone in mind, you can still use them on any phone. You just might have to slightly resize them to fit your device when you are setting the image as your background.

1. Leaves /// 2. Brushstrokes /// 3. Flamingos

13. Flowers /// 14. Heart /// 15. Clouds
16. Watercolors /// 17. Lemons /// 18. Chevrons
19. Unicorn /// 20. Confetti /// 21. Peonies


1. View this page on your phone. Click through to the background or wallpaper you want. Save the photo to your phone. Then set it as your wallpaper/background. I would recommend turning off the perspective zoom for these kinds of pictures.

2. Save the backgrounds you want to your computer. Email them to yourself. Open the email on your phone and save them to your phone. Then set the one you want as your wallpaper/background.

Which one is your favorite? 

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Subtle Smoky Eye Look with Mary Kay®

If you hadn’t noticed, lately I’ve been really obsessed with watercolors. I just love looking at all the little squares of different color, and using my brush to create something beautiful.

Mary Kay® makeup especially speaks to the artist in me. I love how their mineral eye colors come in beautiful vibrant hues. They even come separately, and you can arrange them however you choose in their magnetic compact. I also enjoy using the Mary Kay® gel eyeliner. It doesn’t have the glossy look that a lot of liquid liners do, but you can apply it with a little brush. I have so much more control with the brush than I do with the pencil, plus it is much more fun to apply!
Since Mary Kay® is the Official Beauty Sponsor this year of the Academy of Country Music Awards, they’ve put together three beautiful and easy to recreate looks in honor of the show: Queen of Country, All-American Beauty, and Boho Beauty.
Just based on these names, I would have thought that All-American Girl would be my look. When it comes to art, I’m all about bright colors and bold shapes. However, when it comes to makeup, I’m more about creating a simple and natural look. But, when I got a chance to check out the looks, I fell in love with the Queen of Country dark smoky eyes. This look uses three different mineral eye colors: a shimmery gold (moonstone), a deep purple (sweet plum), and a dark smoky gray (coal). It also uses the Jet Black Gel Eyeliner that I love so much.
Because I have more flat set eyes, I think that these darker eye shadows look good on me. They give my eyes the illusion of more depth, and don’t end out looking like I’m wearing a ton of dark eye makeup. This look is also pretty versatile. For a dressy night out, you can recreate this red carpet look by using more eyeshadow and creating a very dark smoky eye. And for daytime, you can use a little less eyeshadow (like I did here), but still get a beautiful and slightly more natural look.
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I even wore this look in my eccentric Instagram selfie that I shared recently. The gold eyeshadow and pink cheek color complemented my gold and pink wall of objects perfectly.
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DIY Confetti - Make a Beautiful Mess

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed I'm not afraid of a mess. In fact, I think that everyone should spend more time being creative (in one way or another), and that there is beauty in all kinds of messes. Andy Warhol said, "There is beauty in everything, just not everybody sees it." So when I got the opportunity to work with O-Cedar Angler and #CollectiveBias to look for beauty in life's messes, I was thrilled! #sweepthemess

Confetti is a fun DIY project that you can make pretty quickly, maybe while watching your favorite show on Netflix. It's also a great way to use up some of the scraps of paper, ribbons, and tissue paper you just haven't wanted to throw away. You can use the confetti you make as decorations for a party, something fun to put inside a letter, or even as something to include as a part of a styled photo. I ended out getting a little carried away (as usual) and made seven different varieties.

A few tips:

1. Paper punches seem to work better with cardstock or thicker paper.

2. To keep the confetti from looking too busy or messy, try to only use a handful of colors or materials in each confetti.

3. Messy works! If you're not the best at cutting in a straight line, this is a great project for you... especially the shredded tissue paper confetti.

4. Using paper punches with tissue paper can be hard. I found that it worked best when I folded the tissue paper over a few times so that there were eight layers. 

1. Heart shaped paper punches, pink and red cardstock, scraps of ribbons, scissors. 

2. Mint colored tissue paper, circle paper punch, jumbo gold glitter, scraps of gold ribbon.

3. Single hole punch, colorful cardstock or paper. (I ended out making a rainbow confetti with all of these colors, but it would also be fun to make a bunch of little circles and then mix and match them into different little bags of confetti in specific color schemes or combos.)

4. Scissors, colorful tissue paper.

5. Square shaped paper punch, star shaped paper punch, single hole punch, red orange and yellow cardstock.

6. Circle paper punch, red orange yellow and pink tissue paper.

7. Gold sequins, circle paper punch, single hole punch, gold Christmas garland, scissors, pink and mint cardstock or paper.

And of course, confetti is quite messy! By the time I was done making all of these different varieties of confetti, there was quite a little colorful pile of scraps at my feet. Fortunately, I had my O-Cedar Angler broom nearby to help me clean up... and oh what a pretty mess!

I can't get over this video! It's incredible what someone can make out of just dust and dirt.

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What about you? How do you like to make a mess?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

24 Modern and Creative Easter Eggs

As a Blogger, you are supposed to be thinking one step ahead of everyone else. Maybe you start Christmas crafts in September, so that they will be ready to post in time for your readers to have time to be inspired to make them. However, I'm not always great about thinking ahead. I don't always think about things like Easter crafts until it starts getting close to Easter. All of a sudden, I've really fallen for all of the fun and beautiful ways to decorate Easter Eggs, and I want to try them ALL, and then some. They are like tiny little blank white canvases full of endless possibilities. So even though it's a little late, here are 24 modern and creative ways to decorate Easter Eggs.

1. Gold Confetti Dipped Eggs

2. DIY Metallic Easter Eggs

3. Doodled Eggs (perfect for kids)

4. Kool-Aid Easter Eggs

5. Marbled Easter Eggs (made with nail polish!)

6. DIY Typography Easter Eggs (These are also hilarious!)

9. Watercolor Flowers Easter Eggs (so perfect for spring!)

10. Gilded Easter Eggs

11. Mosaic Easter Eggs (I just love these!!!)

12. Tissue Paper Eggs

13. Gold Dripped Eggs

14. Watercolor Easter Eggs (Such gorgeous flowers!)

15. DIY Constellation Easter Eggs

17. Watercolor Letter Easter Eggs

18. Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

19. Galaxy Easter Eggs (Amazing!!!)

20. Pantone Easter Eggs

21. Flower Eggs

22. DIY Mossy Eggs

23. Easter Egg Sculptures

24. Paint Splattered Easter Eggs

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