100 Ideas to Use Extra Paint

If you love to craft and create, you know that most projects leave you with leftover supplies. These bits and bobbles can pile up. Previously, I posted about ways to organize your work space, which includes using old supplies. In that post, I mentioned that one of the most common leftover supplies is extra paint. While some paints, like watercolors, keep over time, others dry up or turn sour. Below are some ideas that use small amounts of paint that can use up your extra stores.

Homegoods

 

 

 

  1. Teal Bust from P.S. I Made This
  2. Painted Lantern Lights from The Merry Thought
  3. Floral Painted Vases from Mark Montano
  4. Shell Tic Tac Toe from P.S. I Made This
  5. Sea Shell Checkers from P.S. I Made This
  6. Unicorn Paper from Mark Montano
  7. Painted Planters from Cut Out + Keep
  8. String Paint from Cut Out + Keep
  9. Block Paint from Cut Out + Keep
  10. Bubble Painting from Cut Out + Keep
  11. Travel Keepsake Box from Pop Shop America
  12. Painted Magazine Files from Cut Out + Keep
  13. Painted Wooden Hangers from Cut Out + Keep
  14. Spray Paint Art from Cut Out + Keep
  15. Candy Colored Jewelry Display from Cut Out + Keep
  16. Wooden Candle Holder from Burkatron
  17. Painted Wood Placemats from A Bubbly Life
  18. White Dash Doormat from Deliniate Your Dwelling
  19. Rainbow Desk Organizer from A Kailo Chic Life
  20. Bauhaus Inspired Mobiles from A House that Lars Built
  21. Watercolor Japanese Windsocks from Handmade Charlotte
  22. Dotted Throw Pillow from Delicious and DIY
  23. Brushstrokes Painted Glasses from A Kailo Chic Life
  24. Painted File Sorters from Drawn to DIY
  25. Bubble Paint Tea Towels from Average But Inspired

Jewelry

 

  1. Bubble Necklace from Cut Out + Keep
  2. Marbled Wood Beads from Mark Montano
  3. Painted Shell Earrings from Cut Out + Keep
  4. Feather Earrings from Make and Fable
  5. Hand Painted Button Rings from Cut Out + Keep
  6. Beach Ball Necklace from Crafts by Courtney
  7. Geometric Paint and Glitter Pendants from Cut Out + Keep
  8. Hand Painted Wooden Bangle from Cut Out + Keep
  9. Hand Painted Tribal Earrings from Cut Out + Keep
  10. Oriental Bangle from Cut Out + Keep
  11. Diamond Pendant Necklace from Cut Out + Keep
  12. Birdie Keychains from Handmade Charlotte
  13. Hippie Wooden Bead Necklace by Efzin Creations
  14. Polymer Clay Necklace by Lia Griffith
  15. Wood Monogram Keychains from Damask Love
  16. Wood Bead Tassel Necklace from Party Har DIY
  17. Donut Bangle from Do It Make It Love It
  18. Gold Spatter Paint Necklace from A Kailo Chic Life
  19. Chic Keychains from Domino
  20. Concrete and Gold Gem Earrings from DIY in PDX
  21. Wood Bead Keychains from White House Crafts
  22. Splatter Paint Earrings from Mohntage
  23. Wood Wire Bracelets from Made In A Day
  24. Wood Bangle Bracelets from DIY Projects for Teens
  25. Neon Wood Painted Earrings from Crafted Sparrow

Clothing/ Accessories

 

 

  1. Paint Splatter Jeans from Delineate Your Dwelling
  2. Eye Spy a Button Down DIY from A Beautiful Mess
  3. Color Block Wallet from Cut Out + Keep
  4. Painted Leather Purse from Kraft and Mint
  5. TopShop Inspired Denim Skirt from Isoscella
  6. Watercolor Sneakers from P.S. I Made This
  7. Watermelon Painted Soles from Cut Out + Keep
  8. Chanel Inspired Slingbacks from Beauty Dojo
  9. Painted Polka Dot Flats from Cut Out + Keep
  10. DIY Rainbow Woven Tote from A House that Lars Built
  11. Striped Shoes from Cut Out + Keep
  12. Painted Reusable Bag from Cut Out + Keep
  13. Galaxy Print Shoes from Cut Out + Keep
  14. Color Block Wedges from Cut Out + Keep
  15. Swallow Bag from Cut Out + Keep
  16. Peacock Shoes from Cut Out + Keep
  17. Heart Flats from Cut Out + Keep
  18. Striped Nautical Tote Bag from Damask Love
  19. Turban Headband from Cut Out + Keep
  20. Monstera Leaf Backpack from We’re Going to Make it
  21. Device Covers from A Beautiful Mess
  22. Back to School Tote from PMQ for Two
  23. Flamingo Stencil Tote Bag from Do It Your Freaking Self
  24. Ice Cream Cone Button Shirt Makeover from The Makeup Dummy
  25. Painted Rainbow Sunhat from A House that Lars Built

Other/ Seasonal

 

 

 

 

  1. Painted Stick Nature Craft from Crafts by Courtney
  2. Painted Wooden Toy Bowling Set from Color Made Happy
  3. Watercolor Splash Gift Tags from Coffee and Vanilla
  4. Galaxy Wrapping Paper from Mama is Dreaming…
  5. Magazine Art Journals from Mark Montano
  6. Large Colorful Dice from Delineate Your Dwelling
  7. Painted Love Stones from Mark Montano
  8. Painted Rocks from Cut Out + Keep
  9. Puzzle Blocks from Delia Makes
  10. Swirly Paint Christmas Balls from Cut Out + Keep
  11. Outdoor Dominos from Delineate Your Dwelling
  12. Painted Guitar Picks from Cut Out + Keep
  13. Junk Drawer Bags from Dream Green DIY
  14. Folded or Sewn Books from Cut Out + Keep
  15. DIY Customized Notebooks from Enthralling Gumption
  16. Watercolor Easter Eggs from Cut Out + Keep
  17. Gift Tin from Efzin Creations
  18. Dotted Rainbow Easter Egg from Cut Out + Keep
  19. Paint Splatter Notebook Covers from Your DIY Family
  20. 80s inspired Gift Wrap from Club Crafted
  21. Ring Toss Game from The Crafty Gentleman
  22. Wacky Arm Clothespin Dolls from Handmade Charlotte
  23. Bead and Tassel Drink Stirrers from Club Crafted
  24. Summer Postcards from Delicious and DIY
  25. Rock Animal Giraffe Puzzle from We’re Going to Make It

Ideas to Use Extra Paint

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As you can see, a lot of projects use small amounts of paint from your leftover supplies. So, what are your favorite ways to use extra paint? I’d love to hear about them.

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All Belle Breaks Loose

“Feminism is all about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. And I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it,” responded Emma Watson in an interview about her Vanity Fair cover.

In a not-surprising but, still-disappointing reaction, the internet pinned an H for hypocrite on Watson during her promotion of the live action Beauty and the Beast remake when she posed in a revealing, high-fashion top. Her feminist path, and the re-inventive path of the film, presented a juxtaposition that feminists, literati, film critics, and conservatives all struggled to compartmentalize from social context. This post explores the dynamics and discussion that have followed this fairytale remake.

Disney Princesses in 2017

To see if Disney Princesses can work in our world, I gave them all modern careers. Details on each at the bottom of the post.

Watson’s Awakening

Watson has bloomed into an enigma, defying stereotypes in the best way, yet struggling to garner widespread approval. First, she shot to stardom with her screen-stealing portrayal of the precocious Hermione. Then, she quietly pursued a college degree with nary a scandal. From there, Watson has gracefully stepped into a role as feminist spokesperson, beginning with her presentation to the United Nations several years ago.

Yet, Watson seems plagued by an inability to present with the typical starlet catastrophes. Instead, she focused on creative projects with nary a crash or burnout in sight. This un-called-for diligence and humanity, probably resulting from decent parenting, makes her a troll-able target. Thus, the Beauty and the Beast film, and subsequently Watson, became subject to critique.

To some, she presents a conundrum. She’s progressive and liberal. Yet, partnered with Disney project that hearkens back to anti-progressive tropes that this remake has tried to reinterpret for a modern audience. Throughout promotion, critics have questions what Watson is doing in the film. Watson herself has reviewed the role of the fairytales in our modern culture. The public, in general, seemed generally underwhelmed by both the film and its surrounding controversy. In fact, some bloggers seemed perplexed at the homophobic hype. So, I found myself asking, “Why did all Belle break loose?”

Original Synopsis

Although each incarnation of this “tale as old as time” attempts to ground the narrative within the current cultural climate, Belle’s journey is problematic for modern viewers. In the original story, a widower merchant raises his six children in a life of luxury. The most beloved daughter, Belle is both the most kind and the most beautiful. These recurring traits present in most European princess stories and typically dominate both the themes and story arcs.

Later, unfortunate circumstances send the merchant home from a business trip with no money, and the family’s lifestyle lessens with time. However, when the merchant finds that his fortune may be recovered, all of his children, except Belle, make lavish requests. Belle requests a single, perfect rose. This request is symbolic for her own purity and beauty.

However, the merchant’s journey is fruitless. He returns home during a storm, seeking shelter in a palace. The home of the titular Beast, the merchant finds inside both coldness and wealth. Disguised, the beast offers, shelter, comfort, and gifts. However, the merchant oversteps and steals the most perfect rose he can find in the Beast’s garden.

This results in a confrontation, wherein, the merchant opts to trade one of his daughters as a wife for the beast in return for the mistake.

When the merchant relays his plight to his children, Belle volunteers to pay her father’s debt and moves into captivity with the beast. From there, the story follows the general relationship arc seen in the modern versions. The Beast starts with aggressive, crass tactics to win over Belle. Then, they eventually form a bond that leads to a deeper relationship.

The original synopsis contains several elements common to princess stories that have questionably returned in the Disney retellings. First, beauty, kindness, submissiveness, and youth are all paramount traits in a fairytale woman. In fact, I have only read one fairytale (The Twelve Dancing Princesses) where the leading man has intentionally chosen the eldest as his mate. Second, daughters are used as tools to barter debts, restore a family’s name, or raise in social class. This is why the stories must often start with a tragic backstory to create the initial conflict. Third, princesses function as ambassadors of comfort, wonder, and beauty. In difficult situations, they make homes, attract magic or magical creatures, grow gardens, and raise attractive offspring. Therefore, the stories often end with a “happily ever after,” signaling that turbulence has been transformed to peace through love, marriage, and homemaking.

The Problem with Princesses

“Everything’s a story – You are a story – I am a story.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

Capitalizing on our nostalgia, Disney (and other clever studios) are going to continue making fairytale films, live-action or otherwise. And critics will continue to voice skepticism. Yes, the stories have stood the test of time because they communicate universal truths about the human condition. Yes, the plots and many of the themes are oddly rooted in the conventions of the feudal system. No, we don’t need to crap on everything you loved from your childhood. No, we don’t need to just accept something because of tradition.

You see, the problem with fairytales is a problem with princesses as an archetype without modern analog. Currently, our political princesses have not lived fairytale lives. Some are generationally royal, and a few are social-climbers. They fill a political role and function like businesswomen and politicians. The required traits of a modern princess don’t align with the beauty, virginity, and submissiveness valued in the old tales.

Additionally, those traits also don’t lead to success, or even necessarily contentment, in the modern world. Yet, the stories we tell children, and the stories we cling to as young people, shape our view of the world, ourselves, and the future. Wishing for a fairytale ending? Now, that’s wishing for disaster.

The Stories We Need

As a child, I absorbed both the Disney tales and the historical versions. I relished the fantasy and found myself identifying with aspects of the characters. I wanted to be like them, beautiful, kind, loveable, and valued. I wanted to achieve a place in the world, like those heroines build by the end of each book.

But as I matured, those were not the stories I needed. By kindergarten, I needed to identify with the (petite) Luke Skywalker’s battle against the odds. In middle school, I appreciated the pluck of Amelia Earhart, even with her controversial (excluded from history books) relationships. In high school, I journeyed with Samwise Gamgee as he exhibited the courage of servant leadership. In college, I listened as Marya Hornbacher of Wasted told me I was allowed to take up space in the world. I watched as Betty Suarez of Ugly Betty, Camile Saroyan of Bones, and Echo of Dollhouse navigated male-dominated social structures. Each day, I found myself referencing Moses’ path to leadership or Gladys Aylward’s lifetime of sacrifice.

Later, when I found myself choosing a partner for life, I didn’t reference a Disney story. I considered the toxicity of Riley, Angel, Xander, and Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I weighed the dynamic of Clementine and Joel in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I listened to Regina Spektor as she sang Us. I considered Sylvia Plath as she asserted, “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.”

Defining my place in the world, so infrequently references the lessons from the Grim brother or Hans Christian Anderson. Instead, I need stories whose value, as humans, is not based in their loveliness or purity, but the actions they take to make the world a better place. As a Christian, I believe this means furthering the Gospel. In our society, I think we can benefit from a mutual care and respect for our fellow humans, even when they are imperfect or damaged.

All Girls are Princesses

I stand by Sarah in A Little Princess as she explains, “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.” In Sarah’s story, she begins boarding schools as the indulged child of a British officer. With time, she earns a reputation for being dreamy and charming. Later, her fortunes change as her father is reported dead, flipping her from the wealthiest student with the best room to the maid of the school living in the attic.

After the tragedy, the headmistress acts particularly cruel toward Sarah, from lingering jealousy and resentment. Even still, Sarah acts with dignity and treats others with respect. Although, at first, one would assume her princess persona was tied to her wealthy, the reader discovers her wonder and dignity are internalized values that she manifests through her actions in all circumstances. She explains, “Whatever comes cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”

Which leads to the conclusion: If all of us are princesses, then actually, none of us are princesses. We all have equal value and it is our daily actions, not our titles, mates, or appearances, that define us. This understanding allows us to fit fairytales back into their natural place. At their best, fairytales explore admirable character traits such as humility, courage, or optimism. However, at times, their original settings warp deeper messages.

My Princess Project

As I considered whether the classic princesses can be the stories that we need, I reimagined them for the year 2017. With their traits and backgrounds, what would each of these young women do in our world? Below are my suggestions.

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Snow White, Health and Safety Inspector

During her time living with the little people, Snow White’s eyes were opened to the necessity of oversight and regulation in the energy industry. This led her to a career in health and safety inspecting, to ensure the well-being of workers.

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Jasmine, Travel Journalist

Once she left the Sultan’s palace, Jasmine caught the travel bug. Immersing herself in the stories of the people that populate small towns, she finds herself documenting the world, one article at a time.

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Ariel, eCommerce Photographer

As an avid junk collector, Ariel took her hobby to the next level by joining forces with a global eCommerce antiquing platform. Her propensity for exploring the provenance of items has led her to become the chief photographer for the website.

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Tiana, Headhunter for Business Incubator

After trials in trying to start a restaurant, Tiana connected with a progressive business incubator. She travels the country, meeting with aspiring entrepreneurs to prepare them for their business pitches.

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Cinderella, Adoption Coordinator

Her disrupted life as an orphan, and deep connection with animals, led Cinderella to join forces with the local humane society. As the adoption coordinator, she reviews applications and homes animals to ensure appropriate placement.

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Mulan, Campaign Manager

After retiring from her successful military career, Mulan became engaged several female political candiates that advocate for women’s rights. Her experiences help shape their campaign messages to support working women, as a necessary cornerstone of modern society.

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Belle, Social Worker

Her dysfunctional relationship with her family of origin exposed Belle to the need for safe havens and intervention. As a social worker, specializing in cases of human trafficking, Belle supports and advocates for the rights of her clients.

 

What do you think of my princess project? Sound off in the comments.

 

 

 

Back in Black and White

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“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”- Albert Camus

I skipped out on all of the holiday craft fairs and art shows with no regrets. First, I found myself wondering if the local market had seen enough of me. Second, I was a bit tapped for creativity. Third, I have been overloaded at my day job (which I don’t talk about much on here). Sometimes, I need to take the time to step back and really think about what I’m doing. As I have said before, the key to my making is “Homeworthiness.” I refuse to make things that I think could sell. Instead, I craft pieces that I truly believe deserve a place in your life.

Which is why I’m back on the scene with some digital wallpapers. I thoroughly enjoy getting a fresh background when I spend so much time looking at screens. I chose to embrace simplicity, selecting a design that would work well in black and white. In fact, I’ve been hung up on B&W designs as I brainstorm for my spring collection.

As we are all setting goals for the new year, these little grayscale mushrooms spring up to remind us of the fresh new season. Even in the cold, foggy days, there is room and incentive to grow. So, this is my little gift to my followers, a daily reminder that you too, will grow in the coming year.

Download the wallpapers here.

Vendor Checklist

Getting ready for a fair or festival is an exciting yet, list-worthy process. When I first started selling my art, I (of course) googled checklists about what you will need to bring. Now that I’ve done a few events, I created a list for myself to prepare for each event. Below are my top tips for what should be on your Vendor Checklist.

Branding

I take some time to consider how I want to present my brand at the event. This is supported both before, during, and after the event. Signage, business cards, social media, and web presence all alert people to the fact that you’re going to be present at an event. Keeping the brand consistent and clear will help people start to recognize you. It can be as obvious as using the same logo consistently or as subtle as sticking to a few key colors in your booth.

Best

Only the best, cleaned, and presentable pieces come to the event. Every time I start packing up my inventory, I clean up each piece and pack it carefully. If I have improved a certain design, I find ways to get rid of old or inferior inventory. Although it may be unpleasant to bring less inventory, it is important to present your booth with the most sellable items.

Now

Take time to consider what makes sense to bring right now from inventory to supplies. Each situation presents specific needs. With time, you’ll learn to store items such as tents, signs, and backdrops in a way that works best for that specific event. For example, I don’t bring my cash box to every event. Instead, I’ll wear a pouch if the space doesn’t provide a full table.

The Little Things

Finally, I have a list of little things that I keep together in a bag to support every event. I typically keep this in my car so I don’t clutter up my booth.

  • Masking Tape
  • Extra price tags
  • Notebook (for taking custom orders)
  • List of inventory in storage
  • Pen and Markers
  • Extra tent weights

Each time I go to one of these events, I find that I simplify my list more. I’m curious if other vendors do the same. Let me know what you like to bring to fairs and festivals in the comments.