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Halloween Window Painting

Use water paint to create artwork on the windows that washes off whenever you want to clean up or paint something new!

For Halloween, I made a series of pumpkin portraits on my living room windows.

Water paint needs a couple layers for the colors to appear bright. Allow each layer to dry completely before working on it again. Work lightly, carefully, and quickly to avoid removing previous layers. I layered brush marks of varying colors to create the coloured effect I wanted

Use dry erase markers if you need to make some pre-planning marks.

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Art, Crafts, Uncategorized

 

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Art Utensil Organizer

This thing is awesome for holding my art supplies together in one convenient place. It makes me a much more efficient worker.

Materials:

-Thick cardboard tube, sawed into appropriate sizes (14 cm for pencils, 12 cm for pens, 20 cm for paintbrushes.

-scrapbook paper

-paint

-hot glue gun

-white glue

Instructions:

  1. Once your tubes are cut into your desired sizes, sand the edges (if necessary) and decorate them either with paint, or decorative paper: Measure the tube and cut your paper to fit. Brush the inside of the paper with glue, then roll it around the tube, pressing it tight against the surface to make it uniform.
  2. Paint the inside and top surface black to make the tube neat looking
  3. Arrange tubes together the way you want them to be displayed, then glue edges together securely with a hot glue gun.
  4. Use nails to hang it on the wall, OR glue the bottom to the surface of a sheet of wood, then screw into the wall for a secure hold.
 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Crafts, Uncategorized

 

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Halloween Zombie Mask Painting

Cheap plastic masks can be picked up at most dollar or department stores. With a few techniques, these masks can easily be turned into authentic artistic scary creations.

How to make your own Zombie masks:

  1. Try to sand off as much paint or sparkles that the mask came with. Paint it white with gesso or acrylic.
  2. Mix some red and white and a bit of yellow to make a fleshy tone. Paint the mask with this colour.
  3. Make a rotting skin colour wash by mixing some olive green acrylic with yellow ochre. Use water to keep the wash thin, then paint over the flesh tone.
  4. Once its dry, use a thick dry brush to lightly dab some left over green/yellow mix to highlight some areas around the mask.
  5. Mix some permanent rose colour with a bit of yellow and a touch of cerulean blue hue to make a good blood colour. Dab this onto the mask in desired areas. Create thin lines to make the impression of cuts.
  6. Mix a bit of black with the red and dab lightly onto the blood spots/cuts on the mask to give the blood some dimension.
  7. Once everything is dry, use some more black paint to create stitches over the cuts.
  8. Put the masks up on the wall to scare away the dead!
 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Art, Crafts, Uncategorized

 

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Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Seeds

I like roasting my pumpkin seeds a little different (and sweeter) than the traditional recipe. And these were just as popular!

Ingredients:

Pumpkin seeds from 1 pumpkin

1 tbsp white sugar

1 tsp brown sugar

2 tbsp oil

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ground allspice

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry pumpkin seeds, then place in small bowl.
  2. Mix with oil, salt, cloves, allspice cinnamon, brown sugar, and ½ the white sugar.
  3. Bake at 350 for about 7-10 minutes. Remove, mix around, then put them in for another 7-10 minutes. Watch them closely so they don’t burn!
  4. Remove from oven, then mix with the remaining sugar. Allow to cool a few minutes before serving.
 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Recipes, Uncategorized

 

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Fried Mushroom Burgers With Green Onion Avocado Relish

I loved making these. Made them for the first time when I had a couple friends over, and they were thrilled with them! It makes a nice end to the barbeque season.

Ingredients:

8-12 Sesame seed burger buns

2-3 pkgs ground beef

5 stalks green onion, sliced thin

1 avocado, mashed in small bowl

1-2 tbsp lemon juice

1 small pkg button mushrooms, sliced

½ white onion, sliced

Instructions:

  1. Shape the ground beef into burgers and grill on the barbeque with your favourite BBQ sauce.
  2. While burgers are cooking, heat a frying pan on medium heat. Add oil and toss in mushrooms and onions. Saute about 10 minutes.
  3. Slice the green onion into thin slices. Cut the avocado, remove the seed in the middle, then scoop the insides out into a small bowl. Mash the avocado up. Mix green onion slices and lemon juice in the bowl.
  4. Once burgers are ready, place them in buns. Add green onion/avocado relish and sautéed mushrooms. Serve with sweet potato fries.
 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Recipes, Uncategorized

 

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Soapmaking in Layers

The various techniques of soap making quickly turn this hobby into an art where many original creations are possible. Choose a mix of various ingredients to add to glycerin to keep your soap unique.

One technique that I found created an interesting aesthetic to some of the batches I made was pouring in layers. It’s easy to make different shades and levels of opacity using only one mixture.

This is how you can make your own:

1. Create your soap mixture: Add different oils, dried herbs/spices/tea leaves, fragrances, powders, or whatever else you think will make some interesting soap into the melted glycerin. (For complete instructions refer to my previous article: Soapmaking at Home).

2. Pour your first layer of soap. Allow to sit 10 to 15 minutes, but not too long or the separate layers may come apart.

3. Pour your second layer. Let sit. Repeat. Each layer you make will have a different ratio of spices/herbs after pouring it, making each layer unique.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Art, Crafts, Uncategorized

 

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Greetings

There are a couple good reasons why I started this blog, the first being that it’s been on my mind all this summer as a project I wanted to start. Also, now that it’s the end of summer and the season’s already starting to show its cold side, I need some productive indoor activities to keep me busy. And most important, I’m hoping my blog will help keep me in touch with my creative side and share my ideas with others.

Here you will find my collection of ideas and projects, from simple living advice to creative crafts and tasty recipes. I went through a lot of trouble getting myself in the habit of taking pictures of everything I want to share, so I hope they prove useful, though they may be lacking in aesthetic skills of photography.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2011 in Uncategorized