Monday, March 13, 2017

DIY Kawaii and Emoji Inspired Easter Eggs

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When it comes to Easter egg decorating I like to keep it simple. I’m just not patient enough to boil a ton of eggs and then actually take the time to dye them. I prefer something that’s fast, cute and easy. So if you’re anything like me, you’re going to love making these kawaii and emoji inspired easter eggs.

Here’s how to make Kawaii and Emoji Inspired Easter Eggs:

Plastic Easter Eggs in different colors - I like these plastic eggs because they are hinged.
Paint Markers - These Posca Paint Markers are my absolute favorite and I use them also on rocks, wood, leaves and paper of course! I always purchase the extra fine tip.

1. Sketch your designs on a plain piece of paper first just to get comfortable with how you’re going to place the faces on your eggs.
2. Using your Posca Paint Marker, start making your designs. Here are a few tips for using the markers: 1) Make sure you shake them really well before each use. 2) You’ll need to get paint flowing through the tip before you draw. I recommend doing this on a scrap piece of paper. 3). If you are doing one color over another (like you would for making the eyes), make sure the first color is completely dry before applying the second.
3. Once you’re done, fill your eggs with yummy treats, confetti or mini toys.

This is seriously such an easy Easter egg decorating idea. The secret really is in the paint markers. Once you have the paint pens, the possibilities are endless.

I’d love to see your finished eggs. Tag me on instagram at @colormadehappy so I can see what you created (FYI: I recently changed my instagram name and I have new and refreshed Color Made Happy blog coming soon!).

Happy crafting!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Tips and Tools for Drawing on Rocks

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The pictures of my rock doodles are some of my most popular pictures on my Instagram page. The first question I get asked is where do I find such smooth rocks? I'm lucky enough to live near a beach filled with them, but if you're having trouble finding your own, I suggest visiting your local garden center and seeing if they sell river rocks. Once you have your rocks, it's time to get supplies. Below is a list of my favorites.

For clean, white designs, my favorite pen to use is this uni-ball signo gel pen.

For bright, detailed designs, I love the Moonlight Series gelly roll pens by Sakura America. Be sure the gelly roll pens you purchase are the bold point. The tip is actually quite small. I've tried the fine point tips and the ink doesn't flow as well. 

For a smooth, paint-like effect, I use extra-fine point posca paint pens. These pens also work great on wood and other surfaces. 

For younger children, I really like these new neon liquid chalk pens by International Arrivals. You can also use them on glass, chalkboards and other surfaces. The chunky tip makes drawing designs and letters easy for kids.

When it comes to sealing your finished doodle rocks, my favorite sealant is this matte clear finish that you can find at Michael's. I always use matte because I like to maintain the natural stone appearance as much as I can. When I use acrylic paint I typically seal with mod podge, but when I use the pens listed in this guide I always seal with a spray so that the designs don't get smeared (I've learned from personal experience).

Remember, there's no wrong way to doodle on rocks. If you're unsure of what you want to do for your design, sketch it out on paper first. But really, the best way to create fun, unique designs is to just start drawing.

If you get a chance, head over to my Instagram page and let me know what you think about the guide. Next in the works is a guide for painting on rocks. I'll announce it on my Instagram page when it's finished.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Downloadable Coloring Pages

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These fun heart coloring pages are perfect for Valentine's Day.  Print a whole stack of them for your Valentine's Day party. Or cut out your finished heart and turn it into a Valentine's Day card. Lots of options.

If you are looking for some markers to use with your coloring pages here are some of my recommendations:
-Prismacolor markers are what I used mostly for coloring in these two pics. Worth the higher cost.
-Stabilo 68 point, great value for the price and the tips make it easy to color in larger areas
-Sharpie 24pk, extra fine point. Lots of color options.

I'm always making new coloring pages and posting about my other creative adventures. Follow along with my on Instagram and see what's happening. @sam_thrive360living

Download this mandala heart here.

Download the intricate heart coloring page below here.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review: 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

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When my very active son broke his leg I knew that we would be spending a lot of time at home and I wanted to make sure that we didn't spend too much time looking at screens. It was perfect timing that I was in the process of viewing the book "150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids" by Asia Citro. 

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids book covers everything from DIY toys, pretend play ideas, doughs, slimes, paints and mores. My favorite part is that I didn't feel overwhelmed by any of the directions, supplies or ingredients. In fact, most of the activities include ingredients that you most likely already have at home. As we flipped through the book, the rainbow colored pasta caught the eye of my son and we couldn't wait to make our own. 

I was impressed by how beautiful and vibrant the pasta turned out. The recipe could not have been easier to follow and not only did my son enjoy playing with the finished pasta, but he had a great time helping me make it. We made designs with the pasta, used it for necklaces and even glued it to cardboard to make our own pasta cars. 

150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids is a book that you will use over and over again as your child grows from baby to big kid. We can't wait to try more activities.

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