Bubbles!

When I say “bubble painting” sometimes people go “huh?” Here’s a quick demo of how to do bubble painting! Come see us and make your own awesome bubble project. 

Find it on YouTube Here

And here’s how that plate looked once all the bubbles popped – you can see there are some big bubbles and then some smaller ones. The foamy bubbles are so fun!

True confession: I overtilted my cup and had a little spillage onto the plate. I covered it with more bubbles, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out. 

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Bubbles!

Summer of Succulents


 
Announcing something totally new and awesome for Do It Yourself Crafts – the Summer of Succulents has begun!
 


We know it’s a thing – we’ve seen in on Insta and all over Pinterest and every where we go, there they are – these beautiful, interesting, cool plants. And, apparently, pretty hardy. Have we found a plant that even Julia can keep alive? Apparently so.
 
Because, to be honest – I love these. They are so interesting and seem to have personalities. Can a plant have a personality, or just when we make it have an interesting home?
 
We know this will be an evolution, but we think we’ve got it set up so that creating a fun planting for your home is as easy as one, two, three.
 
First, you’ll pick out your container. Now, this is pretty fun, because we have some fun shapes – but you can also use pottery that you’ve painted, too. (More on that in a bit.) After you pick out your shape, we’ll start planting.
 
For the containers with clear sides, where we’re going to decorate with sand and rocks, we’re going to plant down inside a small plastic cup. This makes things MUCH easier and I can’t even tell you how happy I was when one of my friends shared this idea with me. You have No Idea what a hot mess I was making of things before I learned this trick (let’s just say – it was a TOTAL MESS and made me reconsider why anyone would want to plant ANYTHING and this made me a happy woman, truly). You have to put rocks down in the bottom of the cup, because succulents DO NOT like to have wet roots. Looooots of drainage needed, so you want to have at least an inch of rocks. Then, you are going to add the soil – this is a good draining soil, too, perfect for succulents.
 
After that, you’ll pick out your plant (which to me is the most fun part because did I mention I feel like these have personalities? And that I have a tendency to name them? That’s normal, right?). Now, you don’t just pull the plant from the container and plop it down – you want to work the roots out a little, making them long and strong. And if they have leaves that are brown and not looking good, we’ll pull those off, too. We won’t leave* you hanging here either, if you have questions – ask!
(*see what I did there?)
 
So, now your plant is planted, and we need to decorate its new home. We’ll secure the cup down in the bottom of the container with a glue dot, and give it a little drink of water to help with the stress of replanting.
 
Decorating – this is where the fun can really show. We have all sorts of things you can use to decorate – rocks and sand and gravel, and all are cool to put between the glass and the plastic cup holding your plant. Some things don’t work well for layering – flat rocks just sort of disappear and well don’t ask how I know.
 
Before you start adding the fun stuff, we’ll show you how to use spoons or funnels as needed.
 
When it’s all finished, you’ll be ready to take it home. Cool thing? Doesn’t need constant attention. Water it once a week, maybe every other week. We will send you home with info to keep your plant happy!

Summer of Succulents

Featured Technique: Bubble Painting

Featured Technique of the Month – BUBBLE PAINTING
 
Did you ever blow bubbles in your milk?
 
If you didn’t, because you were a well behaved human being with impeccable manners who would never do something so juvenile… maybe your little brother did. Of the kid who sat across from you in the lunch room. Anyway, bubble painting. It’s as simple as blowing bubbles in your milk, but less gross and way more fun.
 
It’s also our featured technique for the month, and we are having way too much fun with it.
 
It’s pretty easy to do – mix equal parts water and paint and a drop of dish soap, grab a straw (a new one, just for you!) and blow bubbles. Let the bubbles mound up and spill over the cup, falling onto your project. When they pop, you’ll have a cool scene ready to go.
 
It’s easy, but there are a few things we’ve learned – you have to keep the straw at the BOTTOM of the cup of liquid. If you blow bubbles at the top of the mix, it doesn’t make big bubbles, but instead makes foam. This isn’t a latte, so bubbles are the goal! You also need to think about what colors work well. Too light, and you can’t see them, too dark and they don’t look bubbly. As Goldilocks would say – somewhere in the middle is juuuuuust right. You also don’t want to tip the cup and spill it all over your project. It’s easy to do, so you have to think about it! But hold the cup upright and let the bubbles spill right over.
 
Now, WHERE do you bubble? Lots of places! It’s the perfect way to give an under-the-sea look to your project. And we looooove how our cauldron turned out. Bubble, bubble toil and trouble, indeed!
 
This is also an option for birthday parties – on our ice cream bowls, you can “splatter and bubble” paint. The kids will splatter paint the inside of the bowl, and bubble paint the outside. They have a blast and the final project is awesome. 

Featured Technique: Bubble Painting