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A Bento Box Painting in Gouache

April 19, 2019

Yesterday, I decided to combine two of my old and new passions into one project: a bento box painted with gouache! I dug through my bento box photo archives and found a photo with a lot of bright colors and simple shapes to reproduce. Then I traced the basic outline onto watercolor paper and went to town […]

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Gouache Floral Experiments

April 13, 2019

I’ve been playing around with gouache again (instead of starting my taxes) and last night I painted three small floral pieces. After my last try, I was pretty frustrated so I started looking around for some better instructional videos. I’ve been digging around YouTube and watching stuff here and there and I also finally signed […]

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Oh My Gouache!

April 2, 2019

Oh my gouache! I’ve recently been messing around with a new-to-me material – gouache. If you don’t know — and I didn’t a few weeks ago — gouache is very similar to watercolor but it is more heavily pigmented. This gives it an opaque, matte finish. (And if you’re not sure, it’s pronounced “gwash”.) This […]

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Rick and Morty Birthday Card Using Watercolors and Free Coloring Pages

October 3, 2018

Yesterday was Wyatt’s 14th birthday so I made him this fun Rick and Morty Card. Do you know how hard it is to find a pre-made Rick and Morty card? It’s pretty hard! But no worries — I had fun painting a portal background and making a couple figures by printing and coloring them with […]

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Mini Book Reviews: Recent Crafty Finds from the Library

July 22, 2015

One of our weekly activities this summer is a visit to the library. The kids load up on books (picture books and EZ readers for Augie, comic compendiums for Wyatt) and I like to check out craft books and cook books. (I do most of my fiction reading on the Kindle, so my books are […]

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Cute Stuff I Bought at Daiso

April 16, 2015

Last week I stopped by one of my favorite stores in the world: Daiso Japan. Daiso is a Japanese “100 Yen” store where nearly everything costs $1.50. It is jam-packed with lots of cute and practical Japanese items and when I go into one it takes just about all of my will power to stop […]

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