Inside: how to use watercolors in art journaling and how to make art journal page backgrounds with watercolors.   I was always kind of scared to use watercolos because I don’t know how to draw. All the amazing creations I saw online with beautiful watercolor images really discouraged me from trying because there was no way I could make these art journal pages. I was so wrong! Watercolors are so easy to use! I just couldn’t believe it!  You can do it too! Just follow the steps in this video tutorial and start making amazing art journaling pages using watercolors!     WHY USE WATERCOLORS IN ART JOURNALING   That’s a good question! If watercolors are so difficult to use then why bother? Watercolors is a very forgiving medium – when you use watercolors for backgrounds, for covering the page or for coloring abstract shapes this medium is very forgiving. You don’t need to be accurate or follow a …

Steampunk Hot-Air Balloon

The steampunk queen strikes again! FYI I didn’t give myself this title…you did, or at least some of you Lol! I sure love steampunk and I’m happy to share with you another project. This one looks difficult but it’s much easier than you think! It’s because of all the tricks I’m using here to create faux metal and keep everything light weight. I started with a plastic ball I got at the craft store, you can use an ornament or even a glass ball, although you will need to be a little bit more carefull with that. I covered the ball with pieces of gold Duck Tape and then painted it with black acrylic paint. I waited for about half a minute and then wiped the paint with a paper towel, creating a really pretty effect of blackened metal. I added faux leather stripes with faux rivets and steampunk embellishments, including a propeller. I used an old cardboard box as …


  Inside: how to make a faux tree trunk fairy house with supplies you have in your stash!   Have you ever put two socks in your washing machine and when it was finished only found one? It happens to me all the time! The explanation for this phenomenon is that the socks get sucked into the washing machine’s pipes or get pulled under the drum. However there’s another more controversial explanation which I like much better… the fairies stole one of the socks! You don’t have to believe in fairies to make this faux tree trunk fairy house but… it won’t hurt 🙂     FAUX TREE TRUNK LOOK Making a faux tree trunk look is a process of making one material look like another material. Tree bark has two distinct characteristics you need to consider: Texture: the bark is not smooth but very coarse and has a lot of texture. So you’ll need to add texture to the …

5-Minute Craft: Gift Bag

My niece’s birthday is coming up soon and she’s an amazing girl! So I got her a little gift which is very nicely wrapped but I want to give it to her in a really cool girly bag. Instead of buying one I’ll show you how to create a gift bag in only 5 minutes! You don’t need any fancy scoring board for gift bags, you only need a paper and a box or a book. Match the size of box/book to the size of your gift and then you’ll be sure it’ll fit. If a 12×12 paper is too small then use a larger patterned paper or a kraft paper that you can embellish later. Since this is a scheduled post (because I’m at CHA) I can’t embed the video here…so check it out on my YouTube channel 🙂 Don’t miss out! Keep up with all the crafty goodness by subscribing to the Einat Kessler creative newsletter Have fun creating!


  Inside: what is zentangle and how to make it in your craft projects   I told you before I can’t draw BUT I found an amazing way around it! I discovered a way to draw beautiful patterns with no problem and professional looking results. It is called zentangle and you won’t believe how easy it is.     WHAT IS ZENTANGLE   The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. These simple shapes are the “Elemental Strokes” in all Zentangle art. Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. There is no up or down to Zentangle art. You don’t need to know what a tangle is going to look like to draw it. You just need to know the …

Altered Tin Box Zettiology Style

A really fun project for you this week! An altered box, but not the common way you know of altering the outside with paint and embellishments. This alteration is only on the inside and in a very unique style of art called Zettiology, which was created by the artist Teesha Moore. Zettiology is basically a style of art that mixes the real world with the fantasy world. It’s all about creating fantastical images of creatures that have a human body with an animal head or vice versa. They all have large eyes, unlogical body features and parts that don’t go together in the real world. And they all “live” in a fantasy, colorful world, a world that gives you a feeling that you are not on earth anymore. Achieving this look is easy. All you need to do is mix and match different images, body parts and species. I took a girl’s body and gave her an owl face and …

Ikea Frame Perpetual Calendar

2016 is almost here…I can’t believe how fast time flies. You’re probably thinking about planners and calendars but I have a great idea for you. I’m really bad with dates. If I don’t write down birthdays, anniversaries etc. there is no way I’ll remember them and there is nothing worse then forgetting an important birthday. So I have them written down on my phone, but I’ve come to realize that is not always the most dependable thing. Phones can lose data or die on you and then what’ll you do…So I came up with a way to remember…a perpetual calendar! The idea behind a perpetual calendar is that you only have months. It is not relevant for one year but for life. You simply write the dates you need to remember on the relevant month, for example my mom’s birthday is August 15th, so I’ll write it on the August page. The dates don’t change so you’ll have them written …

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