Acrylic Pour 0️⃣0️⃣5️⃣ – Coral Water Canvas (10×20″)

So what are your thoughts on the colors for this bad boy? 🤔 I used the metallic again (still love it ✨) but added in a yellow and coral (+ white of course).

White, Coral Cove, Hay, & Aquamarine

For this pour, I used a 10×20″ canvas and did two flip cups. I also used some of my leftover paint to circle the edges of the cups/canvas prior to lifting as well.

Here is the process video…

andddd.. here are some pictures of the painting now that it’s dried! 🤩

I’ll share more once the top coat goes on!

Acrylic Pour 0️⃣0️⃣4️⃣

And, since I had leftover colors from the 1st pour, I made a smidge more white and used them to make coasters. See the first painting here.

I’m loving on the metallic blue in these pours.

But as far as the coasters go: I love how they came out! They’re still drying but are looking super good! ♥️

Check out the process video clip below👇👇

But – it’s time for bed and watching Ozark with Rob. More to come as they dry and need a top coat!! ✌️

Enjoy the week!!

Acrylic Pour 0️⃣0️⃣3️⃣

Now that I’ve started recording some of my pours I wanted to share them here on the blog! Last night I did 4 pours (#3-#6) and I think #3 is my favorite so it’s the first I’ll share. Anything with blues automatically gets a leg up in my book but that’s besides the point 😂 💙 This one is on a 10×20″ canvas.

For this painting I used 4 colors, one of which was a metallic. Since I did a white flood coat I used the most white in this one. I also made my own pouring medium (glue all + floetrol + water). In this painting I used the smallest amount of silicone as well.

The paints were Anita’s and DecoArt and I snagged them from Hobby Lobby.

I started the pour with a white flood coat. By doing all of the white first I was able to tilt it and spread it out level before adding my flip cup. In trimming this video you don’t see this but it’s worth calling out: once I added my flip cup I let the colors settle and drip down for a minute before poking a hole in the cup to float it.

Once the white was on and leveled/spread out I was ready to add my flip cup. My cup was made from all four colors.

Then, after the majority of the work was done I needed to check the edges for coverage and flow over. This video looks less exciting but I promise it’s super important.

Next step: the long wait for it to dry!! I’ll share more as this one progresses! ♥️✨

Here’s what it looks like right now:

Pouring Acrylics Kidnapped My Free Time (and I loved it!)

So I’ve been MIA for nearly a month now – that’s tragic and crappy. I totally agree. In the past few weeks, I’ve been crafting and crafting and crafting. I haven’t used my Cricut in a long while and I’ve also been avoiding working on our home reno projects that have piled up. I’ll get back to them eventually but, for now…

All of my free time has been dedicated to
learning how to pour acrylics.

Since my last post, I’ve continued to try out new pouring mediums (the stuff you mix with the paint) and explore new materials I can pour on (cutting boards, glass dishes, tiles, wood, etc.). Coasters are a new favorite of mine (trust me some of my close friends and loved ones will be finding some of my pieces under the Christmas trees this year)! It’s just so fun to try out new things and see the different outcomes. I currently am loving on Floetrol. It is cheaper than Liquitex pouring medium (which I still love but – until I get my act 100% together that ish is expensive and I can’t bring myself to waste it) but still gives you good flow and nice cells. I snagged mine at Lowe’s first to try it out and then off Amazon Prime once I decided I liked how it worked.

Pouring looks easy on the surface, right?
All you do is dump paint in a cup and spill it on something, right? Or just pour it straight onto the surface and tilt it around?
No. It’s not that simple.

I have messed up several canvases by using the wrong medium mixture and not supporting the canvas properly for resin. I thought pouring looked so easy in the beginning and that I could totally master it but it requires more precision than it looks like. Luckily, with each mistake, came a new learning and I’m starting to get better. Pouring is an expensive hobby and, at times I thought “screw this, I don’t want to learn and I’m wasting all my money”. BUT, I’m happy to say, I’ve not let the obstacles get in my way and I’ve persevered! I’m finally starting to learn some techniques I like and how to avoid some of the boo-boos that I ran into in the past. Which, I mean, good timing since 1) I wanted to give some as Christmas gifts 2) I need to shop for gifts and not blow all our money on just crafting for myself and 3) I was getting burnt out on making mistakes and needed some wins!

Last night I started 2 new coaster sets and a clock face! I’m super pumped about the clock and can’t wait to see how it comes out when it’s all said and done.

Furthermore, outside of acrylic pouring, I’ve always wanted to start working with resin. The resin is expensive to work with but the outcome is sometimes just too gorgeous to pass up. I’ve found a few varnishes that give pours nice top coats but nothing (that I’ve tried yet) seems to add the depth that resin does. Plus, I really want to make some resin tumblers with my Cricut. I need a spinner for that (I still need to make that with the hubs) but it’s on the list. I’ve had the skill and ability to make regular vinyl cups but was too nervous (and didn’t have a spinner) to venture out and try the resin on tumblers. BUT, now that I’m using it for pouring, I’m less nervous. I’m sure I’ll try it soon – knowing me! Another resin craft is to tint the resin and do pours with it instead of acrylic paint.

Just writing this one blog shows how long my craft list is. smh 🤦

Anyways. I’m happy to be back! Next up: what are you cooking for Thanksgiving? 🦃 I’m excited that we’re hosting this year and plan to cook the turkey, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, and make a few mixed drinks for everyone to enjoy. Be on the lookout for my Thanksgiving post! I’ll share the recipes (fingers crossed that it is all edible and delicious) and a few other tidbits.

Happy Thanksgiving week!

Crafts + Life

So first off: I’m excited to report that today is day 18 that I’ve logged my food in a row!! I’ve been logging my food on my LoseIt! app and trying to get in any exercise I can. Slow but I’m sticking with it! I’m not below my calorie goal/eating in line my macros everyday but I TRY and that’s what counts!

I’m pumped to keep up with it through the holidays and know that I’ll see results! I’m already down a total of 35lbs! It’s slow but it’s healthy and it works! It’s a lifestyle change 💪

For the meal prep finds this week:

I made some super yummy food this week for my meal preps that I totally recommend. My top two were creamy cheesy garlic spaghetti squash and my low carb lasagna bake.

The spaghetti squash was amazing. Low carb and delicious. My one squash made 6.5 2/3c servings and the nutrition was good:

Also: the squash heats up great too. Essentially I’m definitely making spaghetti squash like all the time. The cheddar cream sauce was also super clutch. 🥰 Get. In. My. Belly.

The lasagna bake was also super yummy. Very cheesy but good with a small serving of pasta (we use these for quick pasta adds to dinner – they’re new for us but I love the convenience). Sometimes just half a cup of pasta is all you need and, though it is adding carbs, it’s not a whole cup worth. The lasagna bake was also good as a sandwich.

Here’s the lasagna bake nutrition per serving:

As far as crafting goes…

My newest fancy is acrylic pouring. It is so much fun and I’ve made 7 paintings so far. Two are totally done and the others I’m still working on. There are so many cool techniques and methods to use so each time I try something different or new. I’ve used alcohol, a torch, silicone, different top coats/sealants, different pouring mediums, different pouring methods, and even different surfaces. There’s so many options and it’s a lot of fun exploring.

I want to take a video of some of my pours and maybe I will if I ever get a cheap tripod for my phone. Right now it’s too hard to position my phone right to record what I’m doing. For now pictures will have to do!

Here are a few I’ve made so far. Next up I want to try coasters, cutting boards, serving dishes, and more!

What color combos should I try next?!

But how’s that time management thing going?

I’m loving that I set aside the time to craft. And then, during that time, I actually craft. Owning my free time has been freeing. I decide what to do with my time and I love reaping the rewards! I feel like I get more done (and who doesn’t like feeling productive). Today we super cleaned the house (like the whole house), went through all of Hannah’s toys to sort out stuff to donate/pack up, dropped stuff off at Goodwill, and I got to work on some paintings.

All in all = #winning