Ocean Sunset Painted Pallet Art and Summer Mantle

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

True confessions on unOriginal Mom today:  I am NOT artistic.  I desperately wish I was, but I’m not.  At all.  I like coloring inside the lines, tracing things, printing a sign out on the computer instead of hand lettering it.  Honestly, that’s one of the reasons I started this blog (and named it unOriginal Mom) in the first place – because I don’t think of myself as very talented when it comes to the creative side of things.  That doesn’t mean I don’t love crafting – I am easily inspired by great ideas when I see them, and I love following a tutorial to create neat things.  Usually I’ll end up with some creative inspiration along the way that puts my own twist on things, and sometimes I end up going in a completely different direction and coming up with something almost completely original.  But it’s rare that I come up with a brilliantly creative idea out of the blue.  And I cannot draw or paint to save my life!  But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to.

 

It all started with a discarded pallet-type thing in our backyard.  It was there when we moved in, I think an old air conditioner pad or something.  But I knew from the moment I saw it that I wanted to paint it!  So I hosed it off and sanded it down, then put it in the garage while I gained the courage to attempt something artistic.

 

Of course, there was inspiration for this project.  I discovered this beautiful painted sunset pallet art from Lake Girl Paints on Pinterest – she even has a great tutorial on how to create one of your own.  She has made several different kinds of ocean art like this, and they are all stunning!

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

I knew I couldn’t just jump in and paint something and have it turn out like that…but I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a try and see what happens!  So one lovely summer afternoon at the beginning of nap time, I gathered my supplies on the patio table and set to work.

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

It was really pretty therapeutic to paint.  I didn’t have much rhyme or reason to my strategy…I just followed some of the recommended color ideas from Lake Girl Paints and dove in.

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

I even got artistically adventurous and mixed some of my own paint colors on a paper plate!

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

I love the card stock technique from Lake Girl Paints - it really added some neat texture!

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

As I sat there, watching this art emerge from my own paintbrush, I felt an immense sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction.  I still don’t think I’m much of an artist (and I know that this painting really isn’t that good), but I discovered something about myself in the process of painting this ocean sunset.  Maybe there is a little bit of an artist hiding deep down inside…under a rock…at the bottom of a deep ocean.  But there is something there!

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

In case you’d like to try your own, here are the colors I used for the sand:

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

The water:

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

And the sunset:

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

My “masterpiece” is now the centerpiece to our summertime mantle – and I smile each time I see it!

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

And I added some fun elements to the beach-themed mantle, including making dock pilings out of pool noodles, following this tutorial from Miss Kopy Kat.

 

Use pool noodles to make wooden dock pilings!

 

 

And I used my Silhouette sketch pens and this free sketch file from Clever Someday to make this scripture art.

 

We have this hope as an anchor of the soul - scripture art with silhouette sketch pens.

 

They are a great complement to my painted pallet art!

 

I know it’s nothing spectacular, but I am pretty proud of it. :-)

 

A painted pallet by a non-artist...easy to do and great for a summer mantle display!

 

So let me be your cheerleader for a minute – what is your “pallet painting?”  Something that you don’t think you can do?  DO IT!  Step out of the box, and try something new.  What have you got to lose?  I think you’ll be surprised at what you find inside yourself!


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Silhouette Possibilities and a Portrait Giveaway

So…have you heard of this neat little crafting tool called a Silhouette?  I know I mention it occasionally (hehe), so maybe you’ve heard…it’s pretty much the best crafting tool ever.

 

There are just SO many possibilities with this amazing device, I couldn’t resist the chance to compile some of them for you.  For example…

 

…you can print and cut on a variety of mediums…

 

Add a little fun and personality to your return address labels with your Silhouette!

{return address labels}

 

…cut vinyl for applying labels, signs, or making stencils…

 

Laundry Room Labels | unOriginalMom.com

{laundry room labels}

 

…cut heat transfer vinyl for applying to shirts, onesies, totes, and more…

 

Great Moms get promoted to Grandmas get promoted to Grandmas - great gift idea for Mother's Day! Free cut file and heat transfer vinyl tutorial!

{Great Moms Get Promoted to Grandmas Shirt}

 

…replace your blade with a sketch pen…

 

Thanksgiving Place Card Holders and Place Cards using Silhouette Sketch Pens | unOriginalMom.com

{Thanksgiving Place Card Holders}

 

…and cut all kinds of specialty media, including double sided adhesive…

Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin and a tutorial on using Silhouette double-sided adhesive | unOriginalMom.com

{Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin}

…gold and silver foil…

Easy Geometric Cards with Gold Foil - so easy to create with your Silhouette!

{Easy Geometric Cards with Gold Foil}

…chipboard…

Christmas Photo Booth Props with FREE cut file from unOriginalMom.com #christmasparty #photoprops #silhouette

{Christmas Photo Booth Props}

…rhinestone templates…

Create a custom rhinestone template for a onesie using your Silhouette!

{Rhinestone Onesie Tutorial}

…or, keep it simple and just cut paper!

DIY Paper Rosette Wreath - includes free cut file for Silhouette users, but can also be made easily by hand! | #valentines #wreath #rosettes

{DIY Paper Rosette Wreath}

Isn’t it incredible that ALL of those projects were created with one machine?  And I am  learning new things that can be done all the time, which is the best part – I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’ve “done it all!”

 

Want one of your own?  I’m giving away a Silhouette Portrait with a Designer’s Edition Upgrade to one lucky reader…and I’d love for it to be YOU!

 

Win a Silhouette Portrait at unOriginalMom.com through July 29!

 

Enter now through 11:59 pm EST on July 29.  Good luck!

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As much as I’d love to give each one of you your own Portrait, I only have one :-(  So if you don’t win and still want one of your own, there are some great deals on machine bundles right now!

CAMEO bundle - $269.99
1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 teal CAMEO dust cover

Portrait bundle - $149.99
1 Silhouette Portrait
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 grey Portrait dust cover

 

40% off Silhouette Studio Designer Edition through July 31st!  Use code "UNORIGINAL" at checkout!

 

Don’t forget to use the code UNORIGINAL at checkout to get these great prices!

 

So, what is your most favorite thing to make with your Silhouette?  Or, if you don’t have one yet, what excites you the most about it?

 

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Rhinestone Design Tutorial with Silhouette Designer Edition

 

A few weeks ago, I shared with you some Super Cute Onesies…included in the mix was this glitzy, glamorous monogrammed rhinestone onesie for precious baby Eleanor!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

It was my first foray into the world of rhinestones with my Silhouette, and to be perfectly honest, probably the most difficult medium that I’ve tried.  It is a pretty tedious process that I imagine gets a little easier each time you do it…but as you can see, the end result is so worth it!  (I mean, can it get any cuter than rhinestones on a baby girl??)

 

Now, if you have the regular version of Silhouette Studio, you can use rhinestone designs that you purchase from the Silhouette store – but because the regular way of re-sizing designs would also shrink the size of your rhinestones, you need some extra features to be able to modify and design your own rhinestone templates.  These features are available through the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio (read to the end of this post for a special promo deal on the Designer Edition!), so I thought I’d put together a little tutorial on working with those features and creating your own rhinestone design!

 

NOTE:  This tutorial was made using Version 2 of Silhouette Studio – if you have Version 3 (the newest version) it looks a bit different, but functions the same way!

 

The first step is to decide on a design.  I found it easiest to “trace” an existing design…free handing a design with little tiny circles just isn’t really easy!  So pick out a design from your library, buy one from the Silhouette store, or type some text.  You just need an image to put behind your rhinestones.  You can even just do a google image search for what you’re looking for – although if you’re not using a cut file, you’ll have to do all the filling by hand over top of your design using the “single click” tool under the Rhinestone menu.  I used a monogram – design #60060 from the Silhouette Store.  (Note – because it’s an SVG file, it looks like a solid filled shape instead of cut lines – the rhinestones will look like that too.  If you’re using a regular .Studio cut file, your shape and rhinestones will just be red outlines – that’s okay!)

 

IMPORTANT:  Size your design NOW to the final size – once you add the rhinestones, you can’t re-size it!

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Okay, here’s the important part to use my little “trick.”  Before you do anything, duplicate your shape on top of itself.  You can’t tell from looking, but there are actually 2 identical shapes stacked on top of each other here.  Got that?  Ok, you may proceed!

 

To “fill” your design with rhinestones, you’ll need to select your shape, pick the size rhinestone you’re using, and experiment a bit with the different fill features and rhinestone spacing until you get something *close* to what you’re going for.  I found the “linear fill” work best for my shape.  It’s going to look a bit funky, because now you’ve got rhinestones on top of the copy of the original shape that was hiding.  If that’s bugging you, just drag it off to the side for a minute, but keep it there so you can drag it back.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Once you’ve got something close enough, change your copied shape to a different color to help you see your rhinestones more clearly.  (Remember, if you started with a regular Studio file your rhinestones will just be red outlines.)

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Select your rhinestone shape and then click “release rhinestones” in the Rhinestones menu on your right.  Now is the tedious fun part – move around all those little circles until you’re happy with the design!  The “align” menu can be really helpful here – I used it to evenly space the rhinestones in the vertical and horizontal lines of the letter E.  Remember to leave enough space between the circles that your machine will be able to cut them cleanly.  If you need some extra rhinestones, use the “single click” tool to add more wherever you click your mouse.

 

Now, here’s another trick.  Since the outside border of my design is symmetrical, I only did half the design…then I selected it, copied it, and deleted the other side…

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

…then I mirrored it and reattached it so that my border was exactly the same on both sides.

 

Here’s the final version!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Remember, DON’T re-size it now!  That will change the size of your rhinestones, too, which you don’t want.  You CAN select your shape and change the size of your rhinestones, if you want…but it won’t re-size your design, just the size of those little circles.

 

Now you’re ready to cut your design!  You’ll need Template Material, Backing Board, and Rhinestone Transfer tape – they all come in the Rhinestone starter kit (along with rhinestones and a positioning brush), or the Rhinestone Template Kit.  Use the Silhouette Template Material to cut your template.  I tried using the full sheet, but my rollers had a heck of a time gripping against that fuzzy black material…so I just cut out a rectangle a bit bigger than my design and placed it in the middle of my mat to cut.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

It won’t look like anything is cut…but it is!  Rip off your template in one quick, swift motion – you want to leave behind as many of those little black circles as you can!  But you’ll probably end up having to go back and weed the stubborn ones out.  I used my hook tool for that.  Then stick your template onto the white backing board.  (Presto reusable template!  You can use it over and over and over again!)

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Now the most tedious super fun part of all…placing the rhinestones.  Pour on some rhinestones and use the brush that came in your Rhinestone Starter Kit (or a regular old foam brush) to help place the rhinestones.  A pair of tweezers may help with the stubborn ones, too.  (I think the Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool would also be really helpful!)  I decided to use pink rhinestones for the letter E and clear ones for the border.  This took me a while…just put on some music and get to work!

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Once you’ve got all your rhinestones placed, here’s the scariest part – the transfer tape.  Best to be quick and confident with this, too.  Cut a piece of the transfer tape from your Rhinestone Kit to fit your design, then lay it down with one good press onto your rhinestones.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Give it some extra presses on every part of your design so you’ve got all those little buggers.  Then lift up the tape and watch your rhinestone design come with it!  Then lay it onto your garment where you want it.

 

Step-by-step tutorial to create your own rhinestone template with Silhouette Designer Edition!

 

Just like you would with HTV, lay a thin cloth on top (a pillowcase or thin dish cloth works well) and iron with pressure for about a minute or so.  Repeat a few times as needed until all your rhinestones are sticking.  Gently peel up your transfer tape, and just to make sure it’s good-and-glued, turn it inside out and iron again from the inside.

 

Ta-da!  A beautiful, blingified baby onesie.

 

Create a custom rhinestone template for a onesie using your Silhouette!

 

 

A Silhouette Promotion

 

Want to make some rhinestone designs of your own, but don’t have Silhouette Studio Designer Edition?  You’re in luck!  From now until July 31st, you can get it for 40% off at when you use the code UNORIGINAL!  That’s truly a great deal (in fact, less than I paid for it when I upgraded), so if you’ve been waiting for a bargain, this is it!

 

40% off Silhouette Studio Designer Edition through July 31st!  Use code "UNORIGINAL" at checkout!

 

Not sure what the big difference is with the Designer Edition?  Here are some of the features that are “unlocked” when you purchase it -

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing
  • Layers support (including ability to cut by layer)
  • PDF import
  • Nesting feature to allow you to arrange cuts as efficiently as possible—a scrapper’s dream!
  • Shadow tool—allows you to add a drop shadow to printable designs

 

My favorite perks are the knife and eraser tools as well as the built-in ruler and guides – they just make everything so much easier!  It’s fun to be able to play with the rhinestone designs, too.

 

There are also some great deals on machine bundles, if you are looking to pick up your own Silhouette!

CAMEO bundle – $269.99
1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 teal CAMEO dust cover

Portrait bundle – $149.99
1 Silhouette Portrait
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 grey Portrait dust cover

 

Don’t forget to use the code UNORIGINAL at checkout to get these great prices!

 

So, what are you going to blingify with your new-found rhinestone skills?  Perhaps a baby onesie, t-shirt, tote bag, or even a card?  I’d love to see your project!

 

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Summer Giveaway – $650 in CASH!

Despite all of the autumn hues and school supplies you’re seeing in stores these days, summer isn’t over yet!!  (In fact, there are still 66 days of summer left, in case you’re counting!)  Doesn’t that make you a happy snowman?

 

snowman

 

And because it is still that glorious season of so-much-sunshine, I’ve got another great Summer CASH giveaway for you today – $650 in PayPal cash, to be exact!

 

Summer Cash Giveaway - $650 in PayPal cash! Enter at unOriginalMom.com

 

You’ve got until the end of the day on July 23 to enter – good luck!

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This giveaway is sponsored by a great group of bloggers, including the major sponsors listed below:

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What would YOU do with $650 in cash to spend on the rest of your summer??

 

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