Saturday, 7 March 2015

Pen Pal Letter DIY

Hi everyone,
Recently I have been receiving letters from some pen pals. Some that my friends and I had received  were really creative and so inspired us to jazz up our own. So I thought I'd share exactly how I made my letter, please note that I am not a card maker so I was quite a novice at this!
Firstly the dress was made using origami and some pink scrapbooking paper that I had left. Instructions can be found here! The mini hanger that was attached to the dress was created using a paper clip, anyone that is on Pinterest may have already seen this pin;
The main letter/card was also made with scrapbooking card that I cut down to size using scissors and folding in half. Washi tape was applied along the top edge of the card. I used to create and print out the heading, and odd embellishments to finish off the letter. I then glued my main letter into the centre of my card and Voila! 

Hope you enjoyed this really quick post, sorry it was a bit short! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing and as they say in French...
Au revoir!!x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Little Jewellery Chest DIY

Hi everyone! I'm here with a new tutorial, a mini jewellery chest. After a good hunt around my local Hobby Craft I bought a few things ready for this little project of mine;
- A Paper Mache Chest,
-Decopatch Paper of my choice,
-Decopatch Glue,
-Paint Brush,

Firstly, I coated an area of my chest in decopatch glue, and tore my paper into small squares (your can also cut if you want to be precise, but the overall finish in no different).

Then I applied my paper square and added another layer of glue on top using the brush to smooth out any corners/ edges.
I continued to 'decopatch' all over my object until it was completely covered in paper.
Finally, decorate how ever you want. I added a lace border and bow to the front!
Hope you enjoyed this quick DIY tutorial, remember to follow me via my social media links and comment if you liked this post- it's really appreciated! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! :) x


Monday, 9 February 2015

February Crafty Ideas and Inspiration

Hi internet lovelies!
Recently I have not posted any inspirational posts, so I took to Pinterest and have decided to share some of my recent finds that have made my creative intuition giddy with excitement! For this post I have tried to find the original links to these ideas and products, click on the images to open the links).
First pin, a hand painted globe I am in absolute love with these! Why has no one done this before, think I might need to try a DIY one my self. Their vintage flair and elegant designs are so beautiful, imagine placing one of these on your bookshelf! These are available at anthropologie (click the image to find the original link).
Secondly, I'm in love with this henna patterned canvas in blue. A lot of my inspiration comes from these types of Indian patterns, as they're stunning and delicately detailed. The great thing about this idea is that by using acrylic paint on canvas you could use any colours or patterns you wish. This image is linked to etsy.
String Art has been something on my DIY to-try list for a while, they take quite a while to do but the results are incredible. For those of you who have not come across string art, the idea is that you pin nails to a wooden board in a specific design/pattern and intertwine coloured string/thread around the nails in order to create your wall decoration.
Hope you enjoyed this post sorry it didn't have many ideas in, these are just the ones that make me very, very excited and inspired- there are plenty more unique ideas around the interweb so be sure to check some out! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! Enjoy! :) x
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any sites mentioned or linked in this post, and I do not intend to infringe copyright. All opinions and views are my own. Thank you.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

How to Draw Braids (Colour Pencil)

Hello internet lovelies! I've got another drawing tutorial this week; braids. So, like always, before we begin gather up a few things;
  • Pencil (HB will do for now),
  • Set of colour pencils (ensure the set includes a range of brown shades),
  • Rubber,
  • Sharpener,
  • Good quality paper/ Sketch pad.

(Click to enlarge images)
Firstly, I have no idea why this image is so dark yet the rest are fine- sorry. Anyway, lightly draw or sketch a line around a similar length to what you would like your braid drawing to be. Begin to draw leaf shapes from this central line (See image above) on both sides. These will be your basic outlines for shading and adding tone. Continue to draw these down the original line, becoming slightly small each time.

Finish off your basic sketch by drawing a bobble and hair at the end. Take the following coloured pencils ready to begin adding tone; medium brown, dark brown, reddish brown and black.
Use the medium brown to add a base tone to the plait/braid, ensure that the tone is darker at the corners; do this by pressing harder on the pencil and shading in the direction of the hair (It's a good idea to look at an image for this).
Next apply the dark brown ONLY around the darker areas of tone, again using shading to mimic the direction of the hair.
Then, use the reddish brown and shade the area where the dark and medium brown tones meet. This will add new colour into the braid and reduce the overall saturation.
Next add the black, shade only in the very darkest places and use this colour with caution. Too much black is hard to undo with a rubber! Add the black in the corners and around the edges. Continue to shade each plait individually until it looks like this:

And, VOILA! You've drawn yourself a realistic looking plait in around 20 minutes!
Why not experiment with more exotic colours?

Hope you enjoyed this weeks quick tutorial! Please share and follow me on my social media, the support really is appreciated! :) x

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Liebster Award

Hello internet lovelies! Recently I was nominated for the Liebster Award, which was created in order to discover and meet new blogs and bloggers. This has been flying around the blogging community recently so here we go!
The Rules
1. Link the blog belonging to your nominator and link them.
2. Answer the questions that they gave.
3. Create your own set of 11 questions to answer.
4. Nominate/Tag other small blogs to take part in the Liebster Award.
So firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Elena from A Room Full of Wonders who is a fellow DIY blogger, for nominating me!
My Answers
1. what’s your favourite book character?
Recently I've been quite into the Divergent Trilogy of books, and personally I think that they're better than The Hunger Games (Impossible, I know!); so for that reason I have to say Beatrice Prior!

 2. Where have you last been on holiday?
Last time I was on holiday, I visited Belgium to commemorate the fallen of WW1 and the centenary of the war.

 3. What’s your favourite object in your room?
My ring holder- its in the shape of a shoe and I love where it sits on my dressing table.

 4. What’s the thing you like most about blogging?
I love the fact that blogging allows you to record your hobbies and passions in one place, and in doing so you are inspiring others too!

 5. If you could collaborate with any blog, which one would you choose?
It would have to be A Beautiful Mess, their craft ideas and tutorials are really inspirational. But then again, who wouldn't want to collaborate with Zoella or A Sprinkle of Glitter?!

 6. Book, movie or TV series?
As much as I love all three, I love seeing books being made into film adaptations and seeing how other people imagine that same story.

 7. Which advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?
The hard work will pay off eventually, but don't forget to set aside time to do what you love.

 8. What’s your favourite ice-cream flavour?
Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream is just irresistible- Especially when you have it at the cinema!

 9. What’s your dream job?
My dream job is probably my future aspiration. Unfortunately its hush hush as I've kept it secret and my friends are trying to find out what it is. (Thought you'd found it Charl.....sorry! :D )

 10. What’s your favourite artwork?
Probably Brian Scott's or Bec Winnel's- I love their artwork.

 11. Train, plane, car or bicycle?
Plane, you can travel anywhere around the world!
Eva Rose at Handmade by Eva Rose
(sorry for the lack of nominations, most blogs that I wanted to nominate had already done the Liebster Award)
My Questions
  1. Do you speak any other languages?
  2. What inspires your blog posts most?
  3. What are your future aspirations?
  4. Favourite chocolate brand?
  5. What advice would you give a blogger just starting out?
  6. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
  7. What was your most memorable holiday?
  8. What is your all-time favourite book?
  9. Who is your favourite actor?
  10. What do you love most about blogging?
  11. What do you dislike most about blogging?

Thank you everyone! Sorry this post was so long! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! :) x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

How to Draw an Eye

Hi internet friends! Today I'm here with a new drawing tutorial..... How to draw an eye! So first things first, you will need a few pieces of equipment (obviously some are optional):
-Colour Pencils,
-Small Blending Stump (could use cotton wool bud or even a tissue),
-Rubber (for any mistakes),
-Good Quality Sketching Paper,
-Electric Rubber (Also optional, used for highlighting),
-Image Reference.

To begin, draw a light, basic sketch of an eye. Remember the corner, water line and eye lid (1).
Take your peach (skin colour) pencil and go back over the vague pencil outline (2).
Take the pink and colour the corner; add darker tones around the edges by adding more pressure. Then take a dark brown and again, draw around the basic outline. Use to darken the pink, begin adding tone to the top edge of the corner of the eye (3).
Next, use the dark brown (or blue, green etc. for different eye colours), and shade the iris. Utilise the black pencil to colour the pupil, do this in a circular motion for best results (4).

After that use a blending stump (or cotton wool bud) to blend the brown in the iris, so that there is no white from the paper, and is a good base to begin with (5).
Take your black pencil and shade from the outside of the iris. (The very edge should be dark and then gradually fade into about half way of the radius.) Use both your green and black pencil to add details into the eye, by drawing quick lines from the pupil of the eye (6).
Next, use your electric rubber and add realistic highlights; look to your image for reference. Also, take a light blue pencil and shade the edges of your eye- this will give dimension to the eye ball itself(7).
After that, take a pink, purple and dark brown. Use these colours to add tone around the outside of the eye. Use the pink under the eye and the brown and purple on the eye lid. Darker tones should be situated close to lines and then blended out (8).

Finally, use a sharp black pencil and redraw the basic outline of the eye. Add eyelashes by using angled strokes.
Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! Please comment, share and follow me on my social media- it's much appreciated! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! :) x

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Hints and Tips for New Bloggers

Hi internet lovelies! In this post I'm going to share a few hints and tips that I've learnt over the 6 months that I have been blogging (wow, that time has flown by), and seeing as this was my 50th post- it seemed fitting. I know that this isn't really a usual post from me, which is why I'm posting this in the middle of the week, anyway lets begin: 
(Yes these are from my blog notebook, maybe I'll do some of these in the future;)
1. Content; Your content is the most important part of your blog, if your content is: a. informative and well executed, b. easy to read, c. engaging, and d. contains good grammar your onto a good start.
Good posts also contain media in order to separate long text and make your blog more visually appealing.
Ensure that you post regularly- that could be daily or weekly. Maybe set aside a specific day so your readers know when to check for new posts.

   2. Photographs; You should include photographs as part as extra media. If your a craft blogger or Fashion blogger these become very important for expressing instructions and/or displaying a product in your post.

Photographs should be taken with a decent camera under NATURAL light (Natural light shows true colour and ensures that your images are graphically clear, and can be edited to a high quality. Personally I use two apps found on the apple app store: PicLab and Vintque.

3. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO); SEO is basically the way you label your posts in order to get recognised by search engines such as Google. Don't get too carried away when labelling posts as you could end up having a post that is ignore by the search engine all together!

4. Promotion; This is just as important as your blog posts themselves. In order to get readers and subscribers you need to place your blog out there. Create new social media accounts and try to advertise your posts- hash tags are a blessing for bloggers as they introduce people that do not necessarily follow you, to your page.
(Personally, I'm probably guilty of not doing this enough on twitter or Facebook!)

5. Design; This is a pretty simple one. It's important to make your blog look clean so that your content really shines- busy backgrounds and wacky colours can detract from the basic ideas of your blog. This is all about first impressions!
 Free and Paid for templates are available to add to your blog however its quite easy with a bit of knowledge to make your blog look clean and sleek without shedding a penny (or cent, depending where your from!).
Hope you enjoyed these quick tips for new bloggers. I feel very proud of what this blog has currently achieved, recently we hit 4,000 page views! WOW! My DIY Denim phone case tutorial has also been featured on  have a look!
Thank you all for the much appreciated support! Subscribe to my social media to be updated with new posts! Keep the Creative Juices Flowing! x