Archive | June, 2012

DIY-Hand Painted Mug + Free Printable

27 Jun

I’m sure you’ve seen a similar tutorial on Pinterest. I found this mug a few weeks ago and fell in LOVE with it. The folksiness of the typography and the Scandinavian color scheme plus the message screamed, “BUY ME.” And I almost did. What stopped me? Well, firstly it was a BIG mug 20+ oz. I like coffee but that’s slightly on the side of CA (coffeeholics anonymous.) And it was $18 + $7 shipping. I made a goal this summer to watch my spending and the mug, however fab it might be, just didn’t qualify as a $25 need. So I thought Pinterest project to the rescue. I changed up the message to fit me better. SLOW down is not really why you drink coffee.

Firstly, you’ll need a mug + a porcelain paint pen and carbon paper. And some sort of graphic. I’m attaching this design at the end of the post if you wish to use it 🙂

Now, I would recommend finding a mug at Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, etc. I found the above at TJ Maxx for 1.99. I’m sure you can find them everywhere for cheap if you look just make sure it’s oven safe as these have to bake.

I found the porcelain pen at Hobby Lobby for 3.99. I’ve heard that Pebeo is a great brand but I couldn’t find it. I used Deco Art brand, and it actually said it was for glass but just read the fine print. You want something that says for use on ceramics and that once baked will be dishwasher safe. (Note: it did say not for areas in contact with food, so I only used it on the outside and away from the mouth area)

Step 1: Clean your mug with glass cleaner. If you want to free hand then rock on but if you’re more precise like me, get your graphic and some carbon paper. Trace it on. You’ll be left with a faint line that will smear if you’re not careful.

Step 2: Paint away. I bought a fine tip pen but me and Deco Art have totally different opinions on what that means. It was sorta thick so you have to take it slow. I found that using short, quick strokes verses “writing” with it helped keep the ink from pooling too much. Once done, back a way and let it dry for 4 hours. (Note: if you mess up, let it dry for like 5 mins and then wipe it away. I tried too soon and it smeared everywhere)

Step 3: Bake. I followed the directions on the pen package. 375 for 40 mins.

Pretty simple and much cheaper. You can totally use this idea for so many things and it makes a cute gift.

Click here to download the graphic: HaveACoffee


The Race: Snapshots

26 Jun

Remember the banners and postcard I designed a few weeks ago for Montgomery First? I had a friend snap some shots for me so I could see how they turned out. Sorry that they are sorta fuzzy, but you get the idea.

Art Print featured on One King’s Lane

26 Jun
This past week I spent my days by the beautiful Springville Lake in Argo, AL. Sounds relaxing right? It would have been except that I was a counselor at a youth camp with 660 folks. It was crazy. But awesome. God did some amazing things. Youth were saved, people healed. And I rode a 1000 ft zip line across the lake.
I was checking my email at lunch Wednesday when I noticed that my print “Naturally Framed” for Minted was being featured for a sale on One King’s Lane. I was floored. The sale is over but I thought I would share anyways. It’s little things like this that remind me God is faithful when we place a dream, especially an unattainable on in his hands.

Amanda Chavers & Antigone’s Business Cards

14 Jun

I’ve always tried to stay away from becoming a one style designer. It’s easy to fall into a rut and have a go-to design theme that works for you. Luckily, the past few months have been stretching me design wise to work with some clients who have different styles then I’ve tried before. I was contacted back in March by a talented soul who takes your old outdated furniture and paints it up like new. Amanda wanted an antique, almost french provincial style look to her business cards. (She’s also the one I did the Poorhouse design for awhile back.)

She does this on the side but she also works for an antique store called Antigone’s. After her boss, Donna saw what we did for Amanda, she decided to redo her store and own personal cards. Keeping a similar theme of the french provincial we went with a pretty blue and lavender with some gold in there. Who doesn’t love gold.

I’m loving the way they turned out and happy that I stretched a new muscle. Be sure to check out their pages and store if you’re close to Brewton.

I’m blessed to say that I’ve been pretty booked with design jobs over the past 6 months. God is good! If you need any work done, please feel free to contact me.

Hodge Podge Chic

13 Jun

Recently I got to work on designing an Etsy banner, logo, and cover photo for  a friend’s new business called Hodge Podge Chic. The store sells a mixture of vintage, modern, and handmade items. She wanted something whimsical and bright. Since we both love owls, I knew I had to include one somewhere.

Aren’t those spoons adorable? She’s in the process of setting up her Etsy store right now. Be sure to check out and like her Facebook page.

New Deluge Tee

8 Jun

Summer always seems to be full of t-shirts. Here is the latest design for Deluge Student Ministries. I saw this shirt awhile back on Etsy for the hunger games and really loved the shape. So I incorporated it and some fun type using the verse that defines “Deluge” for us.I also modified our logo and freshened it up a bit. I decided to print it in 1 color so that we could opt for American Apparel tees. They cost more but they’re so comfy. Can’t wait to pick them up from Mammoth Print Shop in Auburn. (I can’t speak more highly of them, super friendly, great quality, and dude sent me an invoice at 10:30 PM. That’s dedication.)

The Race: New Sermon Series Graphics

7 Jun

I got a call a few weeks ago to make some graphics for a new summer sermon series (say that fast) for Montgomery First. I’ll admit, this was a first, but I really enjoyed the challenge. I created a postcard to be mailed out, a banner for the side of the road to advertise it, several sermon backgrounds, a huge finish line banner, and four vertical stage banners. Here are a few samples:

The challenge was the quick turn-around for these. I’m talking we had about two weeks. Can’t wait to see it in action.