Monday, August 15, 2016

DIY Notebook Cover Ideas | Back to School 2016

DIY notebook cover ideas for back to school. Decorate three notebook covers by recycling old magazines into chevron patterns, diamonds and matryoshka dolls.

It's been a while since I've done some mindfulness crafting by cutting up old magazines. I just find it so relaxing to to flip through old magazines, find pictures and pages I like and cut shapes out of them. So here are 3 DIY notebook cover ideas for school etc. Decorate three notebook covers by recycling old magazines into chevron patterns, diamonds and Matryoshka dolls. These DIY notebook cover ideas are suitable for kids and teenagers and why not adults too.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Coloring Book Giveaway WINNER + 20% Discount!

To celebrate reaching 100 subscribers on my YouTube Channel Ivy Lily Creative, I'm having a giveaway! The prize is my Indian and African portraits coloring book. Enter on June 28th 2016 at the latest.

The giveaway is now over. Scroll down to see the winner and to get 20% off of all coloring books and pages in my Etsy shop.

If you don't have my African and Indian portraits coloring book yet, here's your chance to get it for free! At the beginning of this month, my YouTube channel Ivy Lily Creative reached 100 subscribers. To celebrate that I decided to host a giveaway for my YouTube and email list subscribers. Here's the giveaway video with clips of the coloring book!

Monday, June 6, 2016

How to Draw from a Photo Using the Grid Method


Are you struggling with how to get proportions right when you're drawing from a photo? Here are some tips for using a grid, when you're drawing from a photo reference. It's a useful tool especially for drawing portraits or animals.


One of the biggest struggles in creating portrait art is getting the proportions right. It doesn't matter if you're great at shading pencil drawings. If the initial proportions are wrong, the likeliness of the person in the portrait will be off. I used to draw portraits completely freehand (examples below), but then I started using a grid for the sketching stage to get better proportions and likeliness and to sketch faster. I think it's a good tool, when you're drawing from a photo.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration | Nature Craft

DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration. Willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in a tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so light will show through it making a lovely silhouette.

I've admired the willow balls and statues at Koiramäen Pajutalli (Doghill's Willow Stable) for a long time and so my first nature craft this spring is a willow ball. I think willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in your apple tree or another big tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so you can see the light through it (as in the shadow in the photo above), making a lovely silhouette. I shot the process on video. And I also made an updated version of a moss ball.

Olen ihaillut Koiramäen Pajutallin pajupalloja ja -patsaita jo pitkään ja pajupallosta tulikin tämän kevään ensimmäinen luonnonmateriaaleista tehty käsityöprojektini. Pajupallot sopivat esimerkiksi omenapuun tai muun ison puun koristeiksi. Kuvasin työn vaiheet myös videolle. Tein myös päivitetyn version sammalpallosta

Monday, May 16, 2016

How to Transfer Sketch onto Painting Surface


If you like to paint over a pencil sketch, you might want to make the sketch on a separate paper and transfer it onto your painting surface. Here are five cheap or free ways of transferring your sketch.


As I've mentioned before, I don't usually draw my sketches for paintings straight onto watercolor paper or canvas. I draw the sketch on a separate paper, where it's easier to erase and clean up the outlines and then transfer the finished sketch onto my painting surface. In this  blog post I'll list five different methods to transfer your drawing onto the painting surface. They're all either cheap or completely free. Some require a computer or other technology and some don't. So hopefully, if you're struggling with how to transfer your sketches, one of these methods (or a combination of some of them) will suite your budget and the supplies you already have available.

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