Coloring My Gout With A Color Sealant

I’ve been remodeling part of my house for a few months now.  While I’m eager to move into the new area of the house (and a couple floors down), I want to make sure I leave the old space in good condition.

I started on the bathroom by re-caulking the shower, nearby walls and toilet.  To my surprise, I was not horrible at caulking.  I thought I was going to make a total mess of it.  But after spending hours crawling around on the floor, I became acutely aware of how dingy the grout was.  To be fair, I don’t think the grout ever looked nice in this room, so don’t judge me.  It still looked awful even after having scrubbed it with grout cleaner.

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Applying Gold Gilding to a Painting

gilding stash

This storage container filled with gold gilding supplies has been on the shelf staring at me for months.  I’ve never tried it, but I’ve wanted to for years.   I’m finally working on a project I planned on applying gold gilding to a painting.  I think I pushed it off for so long because I thought it was a huge process, but it turned out to be really easy and quick.

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Acrylic Paint Mixing in CMYK

Mixing colors is hard. It’s a skill I’ve always been decent at but I’ve also never really dedicated time to getting better at it. I was an art minor in college and spent a good amount of time learning about color. So I know how to mix colors, I just never really cared to do it. And for a lot of people it can be really frustrating.

I go to the art store most weekends. Even if it’s just to walk around and get out of the house for a bit. Recently, I started noticing more paint coming in CMYK sets. I even came across a watercolor set like this. I’m currently in the middle of a painting and decided it might be fun to switch things up a bit and I grabbed a few bottles of fluid acrylics to play with.

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Urban Sketching with Water Soluble Supplies

It Have you tried Urban Sketching?   I never did, although I’ve always been interested in it.  Every time I browse art books, I often gravitate to the books showcasing urban sketches.  I like that they are generally quick sketches filled in with washes of color.  They are imperfect and loosely drawn.   Or at least most of what I’ve seen is.

Living in Seattle, I’m close to many iconic locations.  From the waterfront to the space needle, it is pretty easy to find something to sketch.  Many of my friends and past co-workers work at Starbucks and I am no stranger to stopping at the Starbucks Reserve at HQ on the weekends.   It’s only a few minutes down the road and it’s a few blocks from several of the art stores I patronize.

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Dr. Ph. Martin’s Watercolor Mixing Chart

Dr. Ph. Martin Watercolor Mixing Chart (set 1 and 2)

I have one million watercolor sets at home.  I don’t know why since I never really ever painted with watercolor.  But I keep thinking I want to try it and I keep buying sets that someone says is awesome.  I finally plucked a set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s watercolors off the shelf and decided to play around with them.   I figured the best way to start was to create a watercolor mixing chart to see what the colors looked like and how they mix between them.

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Trying a Rug Punch Needle


In my last post, Trying a Punch Needle Kit, I created a little fox.  I mentioned in that post that you were basically creating a mini rug.  So, of course, I spent days obsessing over rug making.   Most of that time I found myself on the Oxford Company YouTube channel watching video after video on the process of making a rug.

Amy Oxford’s videos are really easy to follow and full of information.  Her videos break down every step in making a rug, from Creating a Carpet Tack Frame, Transferring your pattern to your material, to Hemming your work and the finishing touches.  Even if I was not planning on trying to make a rug, I could see myself watching her videos because Amy comes across very kind and her videos are very slow-paced and calming.

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Failing Hard with the Bramble Berry Rose Gold Bath Bomb Kit

A few weeks ago, Bramble Berry was advertising their rose gold bath bomb kit and I decided to grab one.   I don’t care for rose scented things, but I generally carry most of the items needed to create bath bombs from my other crafts and I thought this might be something I’d be interested in trying.  So why not get a kit to try it out.

I paid $28 including tax.  Shipping was free for this promotion.

Bramble Berry Rose Gold Bath Bomb Kit

Opening up the box, I found a beautifully packed box.  I’ve ordered from Bramble Berry many times in the past, they always pack the supplies well.  They even tape the bottles shut in case of a leak.

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DIY Wire Soap Loaf Cutter ($12)

Curing Soaps

My soap collection has been slowly building.  One thing I’ve noticed is that the bars are rarely uniformly cut.   No matter how hard I try that cheap little soap cutter is just doing a poor job.

I’m talking about one of these bamboo box jobbers with a  planer:

Bamboo Soap CutterIt seems like it would work well, but there’s too much play in the gap where the knife goes.  And these boxes are never tall enough for your soap, so the first inch or so of soap cutting you’re pretty much guessing where you should cut until you hit the slot for the knife.

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