Still life painting class at Michaels

May 2nd, 2016

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This month all the Michaels Makers took a class at their local Michaels store. I’ve been wanting to get back into painting so I took an acrylics still life class!

The class came with a supplies list, which was all handily included in this starter kit (which I used a 50% off coupon on)

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The kit included primary colors and white, as well as two canvases and the brushes I needed for the class.

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The instructor set up the still life and we started painting!

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I got lots of great information about the paint, how to get the colors i wanted, how to manipulate the midtones, and highlights etc.

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Overall it was super relaxing to just sit and paint for a few hours.

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And I felt like i learned a new skill that I would love to sit and practice with a still life composition of my own.

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I had a blast taking a painting class at Michaels. There are so many other classes, I was surprised at how many different things you can learn there. Did you know that Michaels offers free classes in their stores? You can try out a new craft skill for just the cost of supplies.

Another great way to explore your creativity is by trying out a craft kit. Michaels has everything from sewing kits to art kits and everything in between.

Check out the classes the other makers took at their local Michaels:

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Mother’s Day Gifts – Bookmark DIY + Pendants

April 1st, 2016

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Mother’s Day is coming up and I love to make DIY gift. Every time I go into Michaels I see the jewelry section and want to buy all the cute charms and beads. I spotted these gorgeous natural stone pendants and knew that would be a super easy gift when paired with a gold plated 18″ chain. Done!

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I also saw these cute little charms and knew they would make an adorable bookmark. So I picked up some ribbon and these clamp closures.

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First I attached the clamp closures to the ends of the 16″ long ribbon using plyers.

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Then I attached the charms to each end using jump rings and pliers.

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I love how it turned out! This would be a great teacher gift if you included your favorite book. And of course great for your mom or grandma or sister on mothers day!

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Check out all these other great Mother’s Day DIY gifts from the Michael’s Makers:

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decorating with monograms

February 1st, 2016

If you’ve walked into a Michaels lately, you have probably seen the gorgeousness that is their new Make Market section, and my favorite part is the “Alphabet Soup” selections. I adore all things monogram, and I might have bought a little of each style.  Here’s some of my favorites, but there were even more gorgeous and awesome alphabets and other items too.

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I have been meaning to do some decorating in my son’s room, so I grabbed some items specifically for that. I especially loved these fabric monograms and added a cute little hexagon vase – also from Michaels, on a few vintage books.

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And I loved these colored letters – they had tons of colors, so I spelled out my son’s name.

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Even these cute little chalkboard crates were in the Make market. Perfect for his favorite books.

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And I might have grabbed a few things for me. Like this monogram tray in aqua! I love it on my nightstand to collect all those little odds and ends.

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And these large acrylic monograms are so cool too! I love how so many of these items are great for just go-to home decor.

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I can’t wait to take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!

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