AUGUST DIY Challenge Roundup

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We snuck back with a rainbow inspired DIY Craft Challenge this month, and it looks like you’re all as busy as we are! We got one VERY awesome Rainbow submission from Tara Bliven using our new submission form.

Tara used a brush and colorful gouache on butcher paper as a writing warm-up.

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Been doing a lot of cooking, so I used flavor-y words. – Tara

We love them, Tara!

Here’s a little more rainbow inspiration from our archives to brighten your day!

DIY: Rolled Paper Gift Basket

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RECIPE: Rainbow Bars

DIY: Tie-Dye Tissue Paper

DIY: Tie-Dye Tissue Paper

DIY: Crayon Candles

DIY: Crayon Candles

DIY: Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book!

DIY: Crayons + Free Printable Coloring Book!

DIY: Rainbow Shamrock Brooch

DIY: Rainbow Shamrock Brooch

 

 

 


We’re excited to announce that next month’s theme is close to our hearts… Keep an eye on the Adventures-in-Making blog and Facebook for a some purrrfect projects, and send your cat inspired work to us to be included in our roundup at the end of the month.

March DIY Challenge: Letters

March DIY Challenge: Letters #adventuresinmaking
Sources left to right: Yarn Wrapped Letters by Let Birds Fly, Ombre Crayon Letter by Craft Cuts, Monogram Cork Coasters by Better Homes & Gardens, Felt Stuffed Letters by Buggy and Buddy, Decorative Vintage Plates by Angel In The North, Cross-Stitch Gift Tags by About The Nice Things, Pompon Letter by Craft & Creativity, Ampersand Shadow Box by Adventures In Making, DIY Floral Letter by The Mrs. & Momma Bird, D Is For Dinosaur by Little Page Turners, DIY Painted Mugs by Glued To My Crafts, Lettering With Watercolor by Melissa Esplin, DIY String Art by HelloBee.

March DIY Challenge: Letters

Letters are one of our favorite subjects for art and craft projects. We are both trained graphic designers so type, letters, fonts, etc. are always floating around in our brains. There are endless ways you can make something inspired by a letter or monogram, so we decided it would be a great theme for the March DIY Challenge! Make your own letter decor, practice some hand-lettering or calligraphy, or make a fun alphabet project with your kids!

How To Enter

Click here for details on how to enter your project to the DIY Challenge! Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

The challenge officially begins today, March 2, 2015 and ends on March 30th, 2015. We will post our favorite projects + announce the award winners on March 31st. Have fun and happy crafting!

Need more inspiration?

Take a look out our Pinterest board for more heart project ideas.

SHOW + TELL: Sign Painters book

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Sign Painters by Faythe Levine an Sam Macon

I saw a lot of old Texas towns in my formative years. A lot. Maybe that’s why I developed a healthy interest in the old painted signs that peeked out of new alleyways and wore slowly off the brick walls of boarded stores. Since my work has been more and more type driven that interest has been renewed, and only encouraged by the resurgence of sign painting. (Thank You, Hipsters!)

On a recent trip to Austin, we stopped into the Yard Dog gallery and this book caught my eye (and came home with me.) It’s full of eye candy, ideas, and the stories of working sign painters all over the country.

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I’m still working my way through it all because every page inspires me to move to my sketchbook.

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I love the details of the sign painting process and tools

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Basically, it’s amazing. I’m so glad to add it to my inspiration books.

IMG_3199If you like vintage ephemera, or typography or both this book is definitely worth a peek. There’s a quick summary of some sign-painting history at the beginning, but the book mainly focuses on contemporary talent.

You can pick up your very own copy on Amazon – Sign Painters by Faythe Levine an Sam Macon*

 

*Help support Adventures in Making by purchasing this book from our Amazon Affiliate shop. You’ll pay the same price, and we get a little cut from Amazon so we can continue our adventures!
We have no connection with this book, just found it on a shelf, fell in love, and wanted to share it with you.