Painted Polka Dots

I am forever confused between my plain silver keys. This may sound ridiculous, but I have three of them on my key chain that are similar in size and seldom needed. Whenever I do need one, I have to try 2 or 3 before I find the right one. I thought it might help if they looked slightly different. Today I decided to “upcycle” them into new versions of themselves.

First, I picked out some fun colors of nail polish that I already had on hand:

Then, I painted the keys.

  • The green colors needed 2 to 3 coats to show up, but the blue only needed one.
  • The lighter colors should be painted on first, because they won’t cover the dark colors as well as the dark colors will cover them!
  • Stick with large patterns (like polka dots, or filling in segments of the key) unless you have the designer tip nail polish (I do, but only in the wrong colors!)
  • Wait for layers to partially dry before painting new layers on top (about 5-10 minutes)
  • Paint one side at a time, waiting for the entire first side to dry before painting the opposite side (about 1 hour)

Here is my result:

I worked on them while doing other projects during the dry times. They didn’t take long at all to paint, but they add an extra bit of personality to my (otherwise boring) key chain!

 

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GIVEAWAY and Going Green

In honor of Earth Day (tomorrow), I’m writing this post about “green.” :)

I’m so excited to announce my new giveaway on my illustration blog! Check it out by clicking on the green prize hint below:

I’ve been considering a giveaway for quite some time, but winning a print from Shawna JC Tenney made me really decide to do it! (To see what print I chose from Shawna, click here).

The prize is an upcycled coffee mug. I’ve started illustrating old coffee mugs to spruce up those “company logo” mugs that no one ever seems to want. A form of recycling, upcycling makes something even better than it ever started.

I hope you come enter my giveaway!
You can win the grand prize  or one of 10 bonus prizes!

An update of things blooming in my garden.

 

 

Ooh..and more happy little green thoughts….

Upcycled, Recycled & Bits of Green

“I’m green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be.” – Kermit

Doodle Again…

So, I was doodling again, and I was thinking about actually turning some of my work into products..like coffee mugs, or aprons.. What do you think?  I’m not exactly sure how much it would cost, but it would probably be really fun to get in the mail… At least, I’d be excited. 

So, you tell me: Would you  be willing to pay $20 for a mug with owls or some elongated animal illustration on it?

rabbit, jellyfish and fish doodle, Sharpie marker on notebook paper

Leave me a comment with your thoughts on the coffee mugs…or any other product you would like to see me print. I am very serious about this… :)

crazylady