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Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIY: Chevron Canvas with Kate Spade Quote

Long time no see! It has been far too long since I have written my last blog and for that I apologize.  As some of you may know, I am studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.  It is a 5 year program due to the mandatory co-op program.  I am going into my 4th year...almost there!  Anyways, I was taking classes all summer (May-August) which I am using as my excuse for not posting any blogs.

Enough excuses...let's get started on what you're all really here for :)

Materials Needed:

- Three 14" x 20" Canvas: $9 (It comes in a 7-pack for $20)
-Thick, medium, thin paint brushes: $2
- Triangular Ruler (45/90): $8.41 
- A Pencil
- Painter's Tape: $5.87 
-Color palette: $0.80
-Americana White Wash Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Black Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Red Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Orange Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Yellow Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Citron Green Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Festive Green Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Delta Creative Turquoise Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Lavender Acrylic Paint: $0.83 

How to make the Chevron Pattern:

First, you will only need two of the canvasses, the triangular ruler (45/90), and a pencil.  

You will simply use the 90 degree angle of the ruler to draw your chevron pattern.  I started by placing the peak of my ruler 3 cm from the left edge of the canvas as well as 3 cm from the top of the canvas (see step 1 in image below).  Then I slide my rule to the right and continuing this method until I reach the right side of the canvas.  I made my chevron stripes 3 centimeters wide.
It's important to try to keep your ruler straight and parallel to the edge of the canvas.  This method is much more difficult and less precise as using painter's tape, but I did not have painter's tape that was wide enough to create larger chevron stripes. 

 Once you have one line done, measure 4.5 centimeters down from the peak of the first triangle.  Mark a point. This point is approximately where the next peak should be placed directly below the peak you measured from (see step 2 below).  Repeat the same pattern you did to draw your first time and that's it.  It's a tedious process, but it is well worth it! 

Now, once you have your chevron pattern sketched,  it's time to paint! It may seem silly to some, but I started by painting every other stripe white.  Some may be wondering,
"Why are you painting a white canvas white?"  It's simple- so the texture of the canvas is even.  If I just painted the colors, you could tell the other portion was not painted.  This is just a personal opinion, if you don't want to paint the white stripes, you don't have to.  I painted over it quickly and didn't try too hard to make it perfect because the color coats of paint will easily cover up any "mistakes".  

Now for the somewhat more difficult part--painting the colors stripes.  Unlike the painter's tape method of making chevron strips, you cannot simple carelessly paint over the entire canvas.  The best way to paint these strips in order to stay within the lines is the outline the strip first. Then it will make it easier to fill in the rest.  I decided to paint the colors in the same order as a rainbow. I was always taught ROYGBV to remember the colors of the rainbow.  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet.  My yellow was very transparent so I decided to add some white to make it more opaque to help cover the pencil lines.  The same with the lime green, except I added green to darken the shade slightly.

I think it's easiest to simultaneously do both canvasses at the same time instead of one at a time.  Then you can paint the stripes color by color as you go.

If you don't want to do a quote, you can stop there, but I decided it would look adorable to add a quote between the two canvasses.  I looked up ideas on pinterest and instragram and stumbled upon this Kate Spade quote: "Live COLOR fully" which I instantly fell in love with.

It helps me to sketch out what I'm going to paint before I jump into it.

I think pictures are a lot easier to follow in this case so here it is:

And that's all that's to it! It might take awhile if you're a perfectionist like me, but I think this is a great DIY for beginner painters (especially if you use the painter's tape method to do the chevron patter).  Please let me know if anything needs further clarification throughout this process. I thought a lot of this was pretty self explanatory, but it could also be because I'm familiar with the process.  Anyways, please let me know how I'm doing and constructional criticism is always appreciated :)


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Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY: Kate Spade Inspired Gold Polka Dot Canvas Shoes

Happy Friday Everyone!

I have been so caught up on orders for my Etsy shop I haven't had much time to do any tutorials.  But orders have finally begun to slow down a little bit So I have been wanting to venture out from painting and complete a craft that I can wear.  I searched Instagram, Pinterest, and the internet in general for some ideas and I stumbled upon some great Instagram accounts that paint canvas shoes, hats, totes, etc! I thought those were all really adorable ideas which let to my decision to search for a cheap knock-off pair of Keds to paint.  As an Amazon prime account member, I love to start there first.  As it turned out, I found this pair for just $15! I read the reviews and they said for the price, you couldn't beat it. One thing I neglected to pay attention to the first time was the sizing of the shoes.  I usually wear a 6 and so I immediately ordered a size 6.  When the shoes arrived just 2 days later, I was totally bummed that the shoes were a size too large! Luckily, Amazon has free returns on most things and I was able to print off a return label and send them back.  As I was sending the original pair back, I decided to read more reviews in depth and determined that ordering a size 5 would work for me.  So if anyone is thinking about making their own pair of shoes and ordering from Amazon, I recommend that you order one size DOWN from what you typically wear.

So now that you have your shoes, here are a list of other materials you will be needing:
1) Gold Sharpie Oil-Based Marker- $6.43 (for gold and silver)
3) A pencil

The Marker and Spray are kind of pricey, however, these are two materials that can be used multiple times for many different crafts.  For example,  I used the gold sharpie in a previous DIY to create Personalized Sharpie Mugs.  Click here to view this tutorial! 

Now let's get started on the shoe! First, take the pencil and lightly draw circles to roughly place the polka dots throughout (left).  

Once you're finished placing the circles, take your gold sharpie and begin drawing your polka dots.  I made my dots about 3/8" wide. Depending on if you want larger or smaller dots, the diameter of the circle will be different. (right).

That's really that's all to it, but trying to take your time to make sure the polka dots end up roughly the same size.  I also decided to color the end of the shoelace (also known as the aglet) gold as well to match the polka dots. After you draw the polka dots around the whole shoe, it should look something like this:

Some of you may be wondering, how do I prevent the marker from bleeding if it gets wet?  The very last step to making your own Kate Spade Inspired Canvas shoes is to protect them with the Krylon Matte Finish Spray. 

Simply shake the can for a minute or so to prepare the can for use.  I recommend spraying your shoes in a well ventilated area or outside in the open space.  I chose to do mine out on my back deck of my condo since it was such a nice day anyways.  Simply hold the can upright approximately a foot away from the shoes and spray the entire shoe.  I would do this process at least twice to ensure you don't miss any spots!  

And that's it! How adorable are these?  I absolutely love DIYs, especially ones that only take 15-20 minutes and a few supplies :)  If you decide to give this tutorial a try, please take a picture and tag me on Instragram (@KraftyKellzster) or tweet it at me (@TheKellzster).

Happy Crafting! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

KraftyKellzster Etsy Shop NOW OPEN!

Hi everyone! I'm so so so excited to share with everyone that I have decided to open my very own Etsy shop :)  Because of the great feedback and incredible support of my IG followers, I made the executive decision to open my shop.  At first, I began painting Lilly patterns for my friends as part of their birthday gifts and posting them onto my Instagram.  As time passed and I began painting more and more canvasses, I started getting responses from followers asking me to open a shop.  It's an incredible feeling knowing that there are people out there who believe in you and who believe in the success of your own little business.

Anyways, I just wanted to create this new blog post so those who follow my blog, but not necessarily my Instagram know that they can now purchase my Lilly Pulitzer Hand-Painted inspired canvasses.  I currently only paint them on 12 x 12 canvasses and a select amount of patterns, but as my shop develops more, I will begin to expand.  Below are a few of my canvasses that I have painted already for customers and friends.  Feedback is always welcome! I am always looking for ways to improve.

Also, I may even begin expanding outside of the Lilly Pulitzer realm. I painted my boyfriend 3 canvasses of each of his favorite sports teams as part of his Valentine's Day gift and the results were better than I could have every imagined.  So please check out my Etsy shop! Click HERE to go to it now :)

Enjoy my gallery and let me know if anyone would be interested in sponsoring my shop! Email me at  Also, please follow me on instagram @KraftyKellzster

Monday, January 27, 2014

DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Tissue Paper

If this is your first time to my blog, WELCOME! :) I am so excited to hear on Instagram and Pinterest that people are reading my blog. More importantly, I'm thrilled to see so many of you actually attempting these tutorials I am posting. It really means a lot to me! Also, I hope everyone is staying warm in this crazy weather!!

I just wanted to first state that I did not come up with this idea myself! I first saw it while stumbling upon The Pink Pelican's blog. However, due to high demand on my Instagram post, I will show you step by step how to make your very own Lilly Pulitzer tissue paper! This might be my new favorite DIY I have ever done for many reasons: 
1) It's SUPER cheap!
2) It's very easy!
3) It can add a little special something to any gift!

Now let's get started!  

The materials you will be needing are:
  • Tissue Paper
  • A piece of printer paper 
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • A computer and printer

Step 1
Step 2
After you have gathered all of your materials, the first thing you want to do is take your tissue paper and cut it down approximately to the size of the printer paper. It's important to note that I like to make at least the top and bottom slightly longer (you will see why in a second). As you can see, my tissue paper was twice the size of my printer paper so I simply folded my paper in half to prepare two pieces of tissue paper at once. After I folded it in half, I placed the printer paper on top and trimmed the tissue paper down to my desired length as pictured in step 2.

Step 4
Step 3
Then I opened up the folded tissue paper and cut along the line I folded to create two separate sheets of tissue paper as pictured in step 3. Now put one piece of tissue paper aside and place our printer paper on top of the tissue paper in front of you as seen in step 4.  

Step 5
Step 6
Now the reason we kept the top and bottom a little larger is so we could tape down the tissue paper to the printer paper to ensure our tissue paper is secured and flat.  Simply fold the top edge of the tissue paper over your printer paper and tape it down. Repeat that same step for the bottom. The back of your paper should look like step 5 and if you flip it over to the front where the tissue paper is on top, it should look like step 6. 

Step 8
Step 7
Now it's time to insert your paper into your printer! I have a HP Photosmart C5550 All-in-One printer (step 7). I know not everyone's printer will be my exact model, but I am going explain how I inserted my paper into mine. I also learned that it's best to try to flatten out any wrinkles you see on your tissue paper before inserting it into the printer or else the tissue paper may become distorted while scrolling through the printer. In my experience, for most printers, you should load your tissue paper face down as pictured in step 8.

The hard part is done. Now choose the patter you would like to print and find a high resolution picture of it on google and follow the step by step pictures if you don't know how to copy and paste the image onto a word document.

Once you find a high resolution image of the Lilly pattern of your choice,
simply right click and copy the image.
Then open up a blank Word document and right click-paste the image in.
Next, right click the image and hit 'Format Picture' .
A box will pop up onto your screen and you want to select 'Layout' on the left hand
side then select 'In front of text' as the wrapping style.

Then move the image to cover the top left corner of the page and drag the bottom
right corner of the image and stretch it down to cover the whole white page.  
Now simply go to 'File' and 'Print'. A box may come up saying that part of the image
 is outside of the printing margins, but that is OK and just hit continue or OK.
Peel off the tape and remove the printer paper.
Trim off the white edges

And there you have it! Your very own Lilly Pulitzer Tissue Paper :)

I hope this was easy to follow. I tried to take a lot of pictures throughout the process to make it easy to follow. I am a visual learner so I understand things much better with visual aid. If anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to comment or email me and ask for help!

If you decide to give this DIY a try, please take a picture of your final product and tag me on Instagram @KraftyKellzster! I love hearing and seeing people trying out my tutorials. :)

ALSO, if you don't follow me on Instagram yet, please do! I am doing my first giveaway and it ends January 31st so see the original post on my Instagram to enter it.  Thank you guys for everything and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!