Hey, check out my newest fun thing to do. This time I set up the camera.
What do you think? Now that the piece is dry, I don’t love it… the colors are a bit too muddy. I guess I should have guessed that when using gray. I might do it again. I will not let this canvas defeat me!
Also, here is another small piece I did with teal, red, purple, and gold. You can see, I do know what I’m doing:
Let’s dance. Description: 8 x 10 acrylic pour tray in teal, white, and blue flash—accented in rose gold. Decoupage honey bottle and a sea glass-colored mason jar with nautical rope. Inspirational Dollar Tree decor in the back and a dried sea star I had on hand.
How I made the tray
The tray is an 8 x 10 shelf decor from the dollar tree, prepped and turned upside down. I painted it white all over, using a matte white from Apple Barrel. I then did an acrylic pour using teal, white, and blue flash. Blue Flash from Folk Art is an iridescent that shifts purple. I mix the teal myself from white, blue, and yellow. All of the colors are mixed with Floetrol and water.
Once that was completely dry I painted the edges in metallic rose gold, and added the shell stencil in bright gold and rose gold. The handles are made from the wooden handles of leftover foam brushes. I painted the handles white and wrapped them in painters tape to dip the tips in rose gold. They are attached with hot glue.
I still need to fix some cracked and overpainted edges and give this an overall spray with clear protectant.
How I made the mason jar
I Spray painted an extra Kerr mason jar using Sea Glass paint in Aqua From Krylon. Then I used nautical rope from Dollar Tree to wind around the top of the jar. I made the handle by looping more rope through the neck and securing it with gold floral wire and needle-nosed pliers. The rope is hot glued to the jar for added security.
How I made the honey bottle
The honey bottle is one I salvaged from a school project from years ago. I used matte white and teal to give it a chalk paint appearance and rubbed out the letters to distress the bottle. Then I decoupaged some butterfly images from a napkin using Mod Podge. I also drew on some flowers and designs using chalk paint pens I had on hand. I’m not sure I love this yet, but it fit for the picture.
I’m not proud. I started to go to Dollar Tree becuase I got into acrylic pouring and needed some paints. I knew they had low cost acrylics there. But then I saw that they had small canvases, too. THEN, in the pictures aisle, I found a ton of pressboard shadow boxes that were larger than the canvases. So I got a bunch of those (little did I know they wouldn’t have more). Then I found two (just 2) plain wooden die cut flower boards.
That’s when I started to realize just how special and insidious Dollar Tree is. They will have really cute things. For a dollar. Then, those things will be gone. Some of them are much higher quality than you would normally find for a dollar, and unlike the 99C Store, everything IS ACTUALLY ONE DOLLAR.
I’ve always gone there for stickers and note pads. Now I go there first for everything. And I watch Dollar Tree DIYs on YouTube… and then I shame watch Dollar Tree Hauls on YouTube. I’m literally fighting the urge right now to go watch one.
With almost everything available online these days, Dollar Tree full fills that hunter/gatherer, get-it-before-its-gone psychological need we have. The fact that some of it might be crap, but a lot of it is pretty cool (in the way that anything a suburban mom does is “cool.”)
So let’s talk about what is in the picture. Because despite my self-deprecation, I’m completely un-ironically enjoying this stuff. The top left: come on…its all about coffee! And it has teal green accents (my favorite color). The companion to that sign is the coffee scented candle seen in the middle, with a coffee lid on it. It really smells like a delicious coffee. I put these by our coffee machine.
Doubling down on the teal, I have two shadow boxes. The small one, “Lead with Love” is currently on my desk. The Mermaid one accompanies some large shells my husband is displaying on our garden window.
In front, to the left is that beautiful aqua container… I wish I’d gotten more, but I didn’t really have a use for it when I bought it. I just loved the color. Right now, it is holding those craft jewel ribbons, plus some other rolls of ribbon I had. I hope to do something more with that soon.
In the middle, you have that textured glass jar. This is a candle holder that I sprayed with mirror finish on the inside to give it a mercury glass effect. It fit a random solar light I had nearly perfectly, so that has become a little shelf light. On the front it says “Home Made.” I need to pick up another one before they are gone.
The plain glass mason jar and the note pad are self explanatory—although I am super pleased that this note pad has not one but two magnet strips on the back for extra security. And finally, the purple vase is one I made myself with acrylic pouring. The glass vase is a staple at Dollar Tree, so I don’t have to worry about them running out.