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My First Ever Versatile Blogger Award!

Yay, everybody! Today is the day that I finally get to claim my very first award as a blogger, and I’m so honored! To be honest, I definitely didn’t expect to be nominated for an award so early in my blogging experience, but hey. I’m not complaining!

So, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely Victoria Moreira from Tashnee V. Mavee! And a very special thanks to her for nominating me, and for being so supportive! She’s always posting fun and fabulous content onto her fashion and style blog, and I highly encourage you all to visit her page and give her a follow!


“According to the VBA website, this award is meant for people whose blogs have a good quality of writing, cover unique topics and reflect their commitment and passion.”


HERE ARE THE RULES

 

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.
  2. Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  3. Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

 

Nominees – don’t forget the rules and pay it forward to other bloggers, too.

 


MY NOMINEES

 

  1. McKenzie Morgan | Styled By McKenz
  2. Bea | Beafree
  3. Sarah | Lifewithlilred
  4. Kali Borovic | Kaliborovic
  5. Mona | Preppy Pink Piglet
  6. Brooke Clarke | Brookeclarke
  7. Mackenzie | Mack Makeup
  8. Bay Area Beauty Blogger
  9. Style As Needed
  10. Karalee Shotola | Tales of Belle


7 FACTS ABOUT ME

(THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT ALREADY KNOW)

 

  1. I go bowling numerous times a week, and it is currently my favorite hobby! I’m still improving day by day, but my highest score right now is a 188 (and my second highest score is a 181). I finally set my personal record of 188 just a few days ago, and during that particular game I bowled 5 strikes in a row!
  2. I am currently working part-time as a server at a bowling alley in order to earn enough money to pay for a Medical Assistant Certification Program. I have worked as a Medical Assistant in the past (at the early age of 18), however I need to become certified before I can land another MA position.
  3. Whenever I’m not working or bowling, I’m most likely fishing, kayaking, or jet skiing at the lake near my home. I tag along with my best fishing buddy and boyfriend, Mitch, and together we fish for catfish and spotted or large mouth bass.
  4. I am the mother of the absolute cutest dog in the world. His name is Jax, and he is a 2 year old Catahoula Leopard Dog and Pit Bull mix. He only has 3 legs, as he had one of them amputated late last year, and he is the #1 thing that I love most in this world.
  5. My favorite color is orange, as I’m a huge Denver Broncos Fan. During football season I like to visit my parent’s house on Sundays so I can watch the games with my dad and older brother.
  6. I’m an abstract painter, and I’ve been painting my entire life. I come from a whole family of artists and painters. My mom used to paint murals, my uncle was an incredible tattoo artist and painter, my older brother is an outstanding drawer, and my dad has been a self employed commercial painter since before I was born.
  7. My two favorite bands of all time have always been (and always will be) AC/DC and Metallica. I’ve been listening to their music for as long as I can remember.

 


 

Thanks for reading everyone, and thank you all so much for your support. I couldn’t have earned my first award without you guys!

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Blog Milestone 001 + A Special Giveaway | First 100 Followers (1 Minute Read)

Hey everyone! How are you all doing? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

So today I’m excited to announce that my blog has finally reached it’s first 100 followers!

And though it’s not exactly a huge milestone, it’s the first of many to come and I have no one else to thank except for all of you!

Now to celebrate my first 100 followers, I’m going to be hosting my very first giveaway! Here’s what you could win:


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A beautiful handmade necklace, made with a 1″-2″ long real deer antler tip pendant. It’s hand painted with metallic gold and a white stripe, and hangs from a 31″ gold plated chain!


Now here are the rules to enter the drawing for the giveaway:

1. You must be a follower of my blog

2. You have to check out my last post and vote for your favorite topic in that post’s comment section

3. Comment “Done” on this post when you’re finished!


Your chance to enter the drawing ends on June 30th, 2017, so hurry before it’s gone!

I’ll be randomly selecting a winner on the 30th and I’ll be announcing the results that day or the day after! So good luck to you all, and I hope to see many of you participate!

Beautiful Wooden Wall Decor For Your Home | A Few Different Ways You Can DIY

Hello again my loves. I hope you’re all having a wonderful day, and please do to tell me all about how you’ve been lately in the comments! And I promise you don’t have to be shy, I don’t bite very hard lol.

So today’s post is all about wooden decor for the home, and I’ll be teaching you a few different ways that you can make your own!

I actually began working on wooden projects a little over a year ago, and I have made a variety of different things, from wood slice chalkboards and alphabet refrigerator magnets, to large wood frame chalk boards and wooden signs.

Now I actually make and sell custom wooden signs for people’s homes! (Also, please feel free to ask me about potentially making you a custom sign if you’re interested, and I’ll be happy to discuss design elements and pricing with you.)



So today I’m going to share the various techniques I’ve personally used to make wooden signs, and hopefully you’ll discover a way that works for you.

THE FREE HAND METHOD

This technique is by far the most difficult, but it is also the strategy that I use most often.

First, I have to decide what I want my sign to say. Then I visit myfonts.com where I type in the text I wish to use, and I choose a font style that I like.

From there I eye-ball the words from my phone and I copy down what I see onto the wood with pencil. I can erase my mistakes until I get it right, and once I’m happy with my outline I begin coloring in the letters with a sharpie paint pen.

The only difficult part about this technique for me, is judging the size and spacing of all my letters. But in the end, my best work has always come from free-handing my words. Some of my free-hand work is pictured below.


 


THE TRACING METHOD

Tracing is much easier than free-hand, obviously. There are even multiple ways to trace your wording onto wood. For example, you can pull up the words or letters on your phone, hold a piece of paper over your screen, and trace what you see in pencil.

Or you can print off whatever you intend to trace onto the wood, use a pencil to shade all over the back of the piece of paper you just printed out, and then use a pen to trace over the letters on your piece of wood so that an outline of led is left behind.

Now here is an example of a piece that I made using the tracing method.


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THE TRANSFER METHOD

The transfer method can be kind of tricky. First, you have to lay out the words that you want on your sign in a Microsoft word document or something like that. You have to keep the size of your don’t in mind and determine how large your words will appear on your sign by using what you have on your screen as a reference.

Then, you have to create a mirrored image of what you came up with, and that’s what you’ll be printing. However, you won’t be using regular paper to print it on.

You’ll have to cut out pieces of wax paper in the exact same size of your regular copy paper, and then tape each piece of wax paper to individual pieces of copy paper as to not jam your printer.

When you successfully have your text printed on wax paper, you have to be careful not to touch the ink because it will smudge. You will then flip the wax paper over so that the words are no longer backwards, meaning the wet ink is now facing down.

Next, you will take the wax paper and press it down onto the wood sort of like a stamp. When you do this, be careful not to move the wax paper around at all, and hold it down firmly onto the wood.

You can then take a credit card or like object and run it over the wax paper as if you were trying to remove air bubbles as to transfer as much of the ink onto the wood as possible. Then you slowly and carefully lift the wax paper and reveal your masterpiece underneath.

Here is an example of a sign I made using this transfer technique.


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So aside from using stencils, those are the three basic methods that I have used to make wooden signs.

You can experiment with all three and find which way works best for you, and even come up with some tricks of your own.

Lastly, don’t forget to contact me if you’re interested in having your own custom sign made, and remember to follow my blog, Vital For Style!

Now have a great week everybody, and I’ll be back again real soon! 👋

DIY Marbled Painting Tutorial For Acrylics

People have plenty of different methods for creating Marbled Paintings, and my method is generally simple.

Depending on how thick the Acrylic paint is that you are using, you may or may not need to mix it with a flowing agent. I’ve seen people pour their paint straight from their bottles and have it flow around the canvas just fine.

However, this was not the case for me and I had to use a flowing agent, whether it be water or pouring medium, to get the paint to flow over the whole canvas effectively.

Keep in mind though, that if you do use water instead of pouring medium, you don’t want to add too much or else your painting will crack as it dries and you’ll have wasted all of that paint for nothing!


PREPARATION

The first thing you will want to do is set up the area that you’ll be working, because this project gets real messy!

You’ll also want to gather your materials and start mixing your flowing agent in with your paint.



WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Everything I used for this project is pictured in the image above, but you can substitute some of the materials incase you don’t have them on hand.

  • Any sized canvas, blank or previously painted on. Doesn’t matter! (I do however recommend using a smaller canvas while you’re learning. That way, you wont be ruining an expensive canvas if the painting doesn’t turn out right, and you wont need to use as much paint to achieve full coverage)
  • 3-4 different colors of Acrylic paint (I always like using white as one of my colors, but having enough of each paint color is what’s important)
  • Any sort of stirring tool, like a Spoon (During this tutorial I was using an old artist’s spatula)
  • 3-4 mixing cups or dishes to mix your flowing agent into your different paint colors (Here I just used red solo cups)
  • Some kind of cover to place on top of your work surface (I used a large piece of cardboard, but a few layers of newspaper or an old sheet will do fine. Also, Make sure you’re working on a flat and level surface)
  • Spray bottle of water, 1 pair of latex gloves, and a few sheets of paper towel (These can be optional, depending on whether or not you feel that you need them)

Liquitex Pouring Medium | $15.99 at Hobby Lobby



HOW TO MAKE A MARBLED PAINTING USING ACRYLICS

STEP ONE: Pour each of your paint colors into their own cup or container and add your flowing agent (water or pouring medium) until the paint starts to flow faster. You can check this by tilting your cup as if you were going to pour some of the paint out, and watch how quickly the paint flows to the rim of the cup. But you don’t want to spill any of the paint when you try this, because you’ll need as much paint as you can get.

Also, remember that if you are diluting your paint with water, you don’t want to add too much or it will cause your painting to crack as it starts to dry.



STEP 2: Start pouring paint onto the canvas in different amounts and in various places, like in the first photo pictured above.

Next you have to begin turning and tilting the canvas, allowing the paint to flow along the surface, like in the second photo pictured above.

STEP THREE: Tilt your canvas at various angles and in multiple directions, moving the different colors of paint around to form the marbled look you desire.

As you are doing this, make sure your entire canvas gets covered and you don’t miss the edges and sides. This is where it can get the messiest, and having a pair of latex gloves can come in handy.

If you are having trouble getting your paint to cover the whole canvas, or you notice it is still flowing too slowly, take your spray bottle and give your painting one little spurts.

When I do this, I don’t spray the whole painting either, I just focus on one area at a time.

If one spray wasn’t enough, then give it another spurts somewhere else and see how it does and so one.

You just have to be careful not to over do it with the spray bottle, because this can cause cracking also, or you might end up with an ugly mess of a painting!

Also, be very careful that you hold your canvas above the working space you’ve set up for this project, as to avoid dripping paint on the floor, table, or all over the ground.

STEP FOUR: Once you have every single area of your canvas covered, you will want to set your painting out to dry. Find an area with little to no humidity where it is not too hot or too cold, and lay out a few layers of newspaper for your painting to lay on.

Make sure the surface is completely level, otherwise the paint left on the canvas will continue to move around and the whole painting could end up looking completely different than the way it was when you left it!



When I finished my marble painting, I chose to leave it in an unused room in my home so it could dry. I set newspapers on my hardwood floor and I put my painting on top of them.

Since this room was not really used, I didn’t have to worry about someone accidentally knocking it around, and keeping it on the floor (which I knew was a completely level surface) wasn’t going to be an issue.

Before I left the room, I also turned on the ceiling fan above where I set my painting. When it was finally dry, I was happy to see it didn’t have any cracks!


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Here is another example of a marbled painting I made using this exact same technique. I was so happy with the way this piece turned out!

It took me a couple of attempts to get it right, and to end up with a painting that wasn’t cracking and damaged.

But, the finished product really just depends on where the paint is initially poured onto the canvas, and how it is maneuvered.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and make sure you tell me about your experience if you decide to try it!

Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Painted Pumpkin and check my posting schedule for updates! And you can read more about the two paintings I featured in today’s post below.

See ya next time! 😘



Did you like either of these two paintings? Would you like to display one of them in your home, or give one to someone as a gift?

Well, they are both for sale! All you have to do is fill out the form on my contact page and make me an offer! Or, if you’d like to know more about them or see more pictures, just ask for them in your message and I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and send you additional photos.

The dimensions and details for each painting is provided below: 

BLUE MARBLED PAINTING: 

10in tall × 8in long × .5in wide

Contains multiple shades of blue, white, and metallic gold

Has been coated with a clear gloss sealer to protect against damage and yellowing

Original work of art, painted by me personally

RED & YELLOW MARBLED PAINTING

12in tall × 12in long × .5in wide

Contains the colors yellow, peach, white, and metallic copper

Has been coated with a clear gloss sealer to protect against damage and yellowing

Original work of art, painted by me personally