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What I Wore: Spring in Small Doses

4.05.2014


Is anyone else ready for some warmer weather? I love winter, snowy days, and curling up with a hot cup of coffee! But lately I've been eager for some warmer weather and being outside more. Here in Colorado, we don't get much of a spring. It mostly goes from cold and snowy to summer. Last year it snowed as late as May! So you can imagine when we do have a rare warm day (60 degrees is really warm right? LOL!) I love to get out and NOT wear a million layers. Here's to hoping for a nice summer with plenty of warm days, rain, and NO destructive fires!

Top & Under Cami: Forever 21  Skirt w/ Belt: ModCloth  Shoes (Similar): Modcloth

Take Care & Enjoy,
Heather ♥



What I Wore: Cabin Fever!

3.05.2014







Do you ever have days on end where you just don't leave the house...at all? Well if you're an at home mom, like me, you can probably say this happens from time to time. As much as I hate it, I find I just don't feel like getting out or dressed some days. The weather has simply been too chilly to get out! As much as I love the snow I'm looking forward to warmer days, picnics, and summer travels. After being stuck in the house for a week at a time, it can really bring you down. Nothings cheers me up like getting all dressed up in a new outfit and getting out of the house. Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who totally understands and will let me drag him around town for silly things like coffee and photo shoots.

Dress: Forever21 Belt: Thrifted Tights: ModCloth Shoes: ModCloth Earrings: Peach Tree Lane

Art with Glue, Salt, & Paint

2.17.2014


Sketch your art out on watercolor paper

Trace your art with glue.

Little kids may need help if their hands get tired.
Bake (This isn't quite ready, see the spots that are still a bit milky? We don't want that)

Start painting!

Add salt where you like but remember that paint should be wet and slightly watery to give the best effect.


Adding salt to her background

Up close

Finished (We removed most of the salt but left a bit)



With an extended weekend like this one I like to plan at least one craft for the girls. It's a great time to bond and chat with them. These beautiful works of art are not only fun but a cheap activity.

Supplies:
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paints (Any will do, tube or tray)
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Glue (Like Elmers)
  • Cup of Water
  • Salt (We used coarse kosher, I love the look of the larger grain but any will work)
Directions:

It's pretty easy and the photos basically sum it up.
1. On a sheet of watercolor paper sketch out a beautiful picture (try to work with large images, small details will be hard to trace and paint). Think large flowers or patterns!

2. After you are satisfied with your art, begin tracing it with glue.

3. Once finished you can either wait FOREVER for it to dry, or you can bake it in the oven at 175-200 degrees for 10-15min. If it is milky it's not done. Don't over cook it either.

4. Time to paint! We found it was best not to use paint too thick or too watery but more somewhere in the middle. Too watery can start to affect the glue and too thick didn't allow the salt to do it's magic. Try to only paint inside and around the glue. Try to preserve that invisible outline.

5. At any stage of your painting add salt. Paint MUST be wet for the salt to give your art a beautiful speckled look. If it's too dry, well it will just fall off and not adsorb any of the paint. We put a small bit of salt in a condiment bowl to make it easier for little fingers to grab. I prefer coarse salt cause it has a bolder affect. But regular table salt will give a nice subtle look. Which ever you choose don't go too crazy with salt in one spot. Just a tiny pinch is needed, here and there.

6. Allow to dry. After your art is completely dry you can wipe off the access salt of desired. If your paper is warped lay a nice heavy book on it over night (on COMPLETELY dry art) to flatten it.

Photography by me, feel free to share this but please give credit where due and link back to me @ The Arbitrary Fox.

Take Care & Enjoy,
Heather

Crystallize - Lindsey Stirling (Dubstep Violin Original Song)

1.29.2014

                           

When I'm painting I love to listen to music without words. It's less distracting. Lindsey Stirling is my favorite for that. I also think it's cool that I've been to those ice castles. They are beautiful. At night they are lit up with beautiful glowing colors.




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