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I have narrow windowsills. In some cases, my windows have no sills at all. It makes it very difficult to have plants that will live when there is no place to set them in sunshine. My only success story has been this orchid that I received as a gift. It fits on one of my narrow windowsills and it blooms and blooms and I only have to water it once per week. I love it!
Well, I came upon my project to brighten up my other skinny windowsill completely by accident. Do you remember these cute cream bottles that I want to use in a project?
I had decided that I wanted a basket that would act like a milk crate that I could use with them to make a country style table centerpiece. I went to Hobby Lobby and found this little wire basket for only $5! I loved it because the bent wire reminded me of barbed wire, without the barbs! I snagged it (pun intended) and brought it home. Lesson learned? Always measure or take the item with you to check the size. The cute cream bottles are too big to fit in the basket! Well, I have other ideas for those now, but what to do with the basket?
A few days later, i went to Walmart and was looking in their garden section and I found these tiny clay pots for just about .37 I think. (I just saw that Dollar Tree has them 3 for $1!) I can't resist tiny cute things very well. So I picked up a half dozen of them and brought them home. Guess what! 5 of them fit in the basket perfectly! Guess what else! The basket fit on my windowsill perfectly! A new project began to take shape.
I decided that I needed to paint the pots and give them a Springtime feeling and to mimic the flowers that I was going to use in them. I had picked some up at Hobby Lobby for 50% off the day I bought the basket. My couch and love seat are brown with turquoise accents, so I bought turquoise flowers. Here is the color palette that I used to paint my little pots:
You have to be careful when choosing Spring colors that you don't only use pastel blues, pinks and yellows or your finished product will look like it belongs at a Baby Shower. That is why I added a brighter yellow and green and a deeper lavender. Plus, the base colored blue is like a lighter turquoise than the one I decided to use for the flowers around the rims of the pots. I painted each pot with the body one color and the rim another. I used 5 colors for five pots and mixed and matched them. Then, to tie them all together, I used a tole technique to paint flowers on the rims all in the same color turquoise.
Don't be afraid to try to paint the flowers freehand. It is an easy technique. You can practice on paper before painting it on the rims of your pots. Here is a short video demonstrating the technique of loading your round paint brush with paint, laying it down and then pulling and lifting as you pull to get a petal shape.
Next, just transfer that technique onto the rims of your pots. Then, use the end of the handle of your brush, or the tip of a pencil to add dots. Dip the point of the handle in the paint, then make dots. The dots will be a little smaller each time, which gives a nice effect.
After these were dry, I cut floral foam to fit tightly into the bottom of each little pot. Then I put 3-5 flowers in each pot. I wanted an airy effect.
Then, TA DA! Here it is on my skinny windowsill! It fits perfectly!
It was a fun little project! I hope you aren't afraid to give things like this a try when the idea strikes you. I will get back to you about the those cream bottles! Spring is the time to be creative. Have a creative day!
Hey Alicia here! This year I’ll be posting a party idea for you guys each month with modifications to make it for kids or for a date! This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks for your support!
Have you seen or even been to one of those Paint Nites? I see a lot of my friends going to do them and it looks fun, but I know the price isn’t in our budget right now. And to be honest, a lot of the paintings I see are pretty but not my aesthetic. I want to join in on the fun, but I don’t want to spend my money on something I think is just not going to fit into my décor.
That’s how I came up with this party idea. There are literally thousands of painting tutorials on YouTube. And there are even episodes of Bob Ross on Netflix. So why couldn’t I just have Paint Night at home? While these events usually involve acrylics (as far as I’ve seen), I prefer watercolors. So this party will be a Watercolor Paint Night Party.
Basic party idea: Enjoy food and beverages while learning to paint a scene in the comfort of your own home.
Find the video you’d like to use first. I like this video by Wonder Forest. It’s a pretty lake scene and doesn’t use too much paint. If this one isn’t for you, browse until you see one that strikes your fancy! Try searching Watercolor Painting Tutorial on YouTube.
A great thing about YouTube is you can speed up or slow down the video. It does distort the sound a little but might be worth it. You can also rewind, fast-forward, and pause as needed.
For most videos I viewed, you want to tape your paper down to prevent warping when the paper gets wet. Cut a sheet of the watercolor paper in half and tape it down to a piece of cardboard. I think cut-up cereal boxes will work best because they are smooth.
Paper plates or extra cardboard can be used as a paint palette. As you can see from this video, it doesn't take much of these paints to make your picture. But I would wait until everyone is settled and ready to start before you put the paints out. And of course every person will need a cup of water and a paper towel or tissue.
You'll also want to have a table and chairs in front of the screen so everyone can have easy viewing access to the video.
A quick note about the brushes. These will be the most expensive thing needed for the party in terms of how many you will need. Of course this depends on how many people are invited. I have some suggestions to help on this.
To make it a more kid friendly party:
So what do you think? Does this budget friendly Watercolor Paint Night work for you? Let us know if you try it out and how it goes for you!
PS I'm struggling with my pictures right now so I will get them up soon! Thanks for your patience.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to seven so far. I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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