My cousin gave me some prismacolor pencil crayons a while back and I’ve never really tried to use them. I heard that they’re super blend-able though so I thought I’d give them a shot. I have to say I was quite impressed with the blend-ability, colors, and smoothness of these pencils. I’m not that great at drawing realistic things so I’ve been trying to draw a little more. Practice is important in order to improve but consistency is also key.
© Ammara Cokar 2018
I always like making greeting cards by hand, I actually like giving as many personalized things as possible because you can make them to suit the person that you're giving them to. It's something that I've done since I was in grade school . For this first card, I actually used embroidery thread with folded together and trimmed washi tape to make the cute little bunting. I then pulled out my old embossing label maker and punched out the greeting.
This next card was made for a friend's new home. I decided to use water-proof pens to draw the cute little house and then colored the image in using water based markers and water color paints.
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I love making diaper cakes for newborns, baby showers, and toddler gifts. I think it's a great gift because everything is useful and can be filled up with a variety of different things depending on what you feel like giving the baby.
I start off by making a base out of cardboard and then I roll up individual diapers. I used to put an elastic around every diaper until I discovered that a large elastic band works just as well and is a lot easier to put together (and take apart).
I made this cake 3 tiered and topped it off with a cute little lamb.
I like to wrap the gift up in some cellophane and ribbon and, voila, the diaper cake is ready to be served!
I don't often share my drawings because It's a skill that I'd like very much to improve upon. I was in a cafe in Banff a couple weekends ago with a friend enjoying the beautiful mountains around us and just playing in my sketchbook.
This idea of the deer with flowers in it's antlers is not my own (so I cannot take credit for it) I saw the drawing online and decided to do a study of it on my own. A really great way to develop a skill is to replicate the work of artists that you love, but to remember to use those pieces only for learning purposes and not to go on and sell the work as your own.
© Ammara Cokar 2018
Decorating pumpkins isn't just for Halloween, with pumpkins in season it's nice to embellish them in a non-spooky way for fall decorations around the house. Here's a little bunch of mini pumpkins that were really easy to make and look super cute.
I started off with some mini pumpkins.
Then using a few coats of white acrylic paint I covered the pumpkins along with their stems and let them dry before bling-ing them out.
I covered the stems in mod-podge and then sprinkled them with silver sparkles. This first pumpkin was made using sequins.
The second pumpkin was decorated with some flower gems and the polka dot pumpkin was made with black paint.
These pumpkins will last until they start to go bad, so if you wanted a more permanent decoration then you can always paint artificial pumpkins. I like the temporary nature of these, that way I can keep switching up my decorations without having to store extras.
© Ammara Cokar 2017
I wanted to share these cute little miniature bird houses. They're made of wood and I painted them into bright spring like colors then varnished the little houses in order to protect them from the environment.
For some reason, the little striped roofs remind me of Dr. Seuss...I'm not exactly sure why, but they do.
Another contribution from the one and only Dr. MC. This time she decided to take an old dresser and refinish it with a coat of bright red paint.
You will notice that the paint is nice and thin which allows for the natural pattern of the wood to still show through.
This is the completed look.
She's put it in a room and used it to display artwork that she's created. I think the little rabbit may have been painted by her husband. This is a great way to display art or even photographs.
I actually bought an old dining set a few years ago with the intention of repainting it but I've never really gotten around to it...this is inspiring me to get started on that project.
Thank you for all of your comments and entries on the 1 year blog giveaway, all that love and support is amazing! As promised, I did the draw for the giveaway this morning. I wrote everyone's names on little sheets of paper, folded them up, and then randomly drew three names. So, the winners of the draw are:
Congratulations guys, I will be contacting all three of you shortly to get contact info and send out the goodies!
I spent a little time face painting again over the weekend. These kiddies got to pick what they wanted to be and I went ahead and tried to paint it. The first one is just clouds and rainbows.
These two lovely twins chose to have a butterfly, and some swirly designs painted on their faces.
The next two little guys wanted to be a tiger and batman. I have to say that I really enjoyed the tiger face paint.
And last, but not least, we have a princess and wonder woman.
So, I tried my hand at face painting and these are the first little faces that I painted. My pace is fairly slow at the moment but hopefully the more I practice the faster I get. The first little face is a fairy, the second is Spiderman, and the third is The Flash. Once I get the hang of painting faces I will be doing some at upcoming events.
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