Cacti Art Upcycle

Hey everyone!

I have a not so typical upcycle to share today!

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I found this 3Dish art piece at a thrift shop a bit ago… the fact that it was featuring cacti meant I had to buy it…. it was only $15… but I wasn’t a fan of the pinkish brown frame it came in. It made it look way too pastely, and I also felt like it needed a little something else added to it.

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After some thought, I decided I wanted to add a subtle geometric border to the piece. I picked shapes that were already in the piece, and a light silver color so it wouldn’t over power the original part.

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I then spray painted the frame white. I feel this really freshened the piece up, and kept the focus on the actual art.

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What do you think??

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I like it much better!

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-The Whale

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Color Block Bracelet DIY

Hello, everyone!

I have a jewelry DIY for you all today!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of geometric and color block things as of late. I’m rather fond of it all, so I wanted to create something of the sort!
You Need:
you need
-Wood Strip (I had one lying around)
Head Pins
Jewelry Tools
Jewelry Wire
Tacky Glue
Paint Markers
Jewelry Crimps (not pictured)
-Beads
Lobster Clasp(not pictured)

One:
paint
Use your paint markers to paint the wood strip. I decided to go with a bright pink for more color block pop, but I left the paint layers thin enough to show some wood grain.

Two:
bind
Use your jewelry wire cutters to cut three equal lengths of wire, then use your pliers and crimp to secure them together. Cut off any excess.

Three:
braid
Braid the three wires together. Crimp the other end together as well.

Four:
curl
Use your round nose pliers to curl the end of two headpins into a loop.

Five:
glue
Place whatever beads you’d like (if any) on the headpins before using the tacky glue to attach them to the backside of your wood piece. Allow this to dry for a bit.

Six:
connect
Use another head pin to create a loop and attach the wood block to the braided wire on each side. Cut the braided wire in the middle and fit it to your wrist. Cut off any excess and secure with crimps.

Seven:
clasp
Use another headpin loop to attach a lobster clasp to the end of your braided wire. Attach yet another headpin loop to the other end for clasping to. All done!

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back

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-The Whale

Geometric Pet Painting DIY

Hello hello!

I know. I’ve been slacking again…. You ought to all know that this happens sometimes by now, and also that I never have an actual excuse. Let’s not dwell on that shall we?

I have a crafty thing for you all today!

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I made this painting of my beloved last week. I figured I’d share with you all how to create a similar portrait of your own pets!

You Need:
you need
-A canvas
-A photo of your pet (I edited my photo to be a high contrast black and white photo so that it is easier to pick out the shapes)
-Paint (I used acrylic)
-Paint brushes
-Graphite transfer paper (Like this here)
-A pen or marker

One:
trace shapes
Use your pen/marker to trace the shapes you see on your photo. Even if the shapes are more organic, trace them to be geometric. Cully (my kitty) has a lot of colors going on, so I had a lot of shapes.

Two:
transfer paper
Place a piece of transfer paper over your canvas graphite side down. Place your pet photo on top of that and use your pen to re-trace the shapes you have drawn. Make sure you apply a decent amount of pressure to ensure the drawing transfers well to the canvas.

Three:
trace
Remove the photo and transfer paper to reveal the drawing on the canvas. Pick out a few colors to use in your painting. I used three different shades of blue because I wanted my painting to be monochromatic, but I feel this would be nifty with three totally different colors as well! Determine what shapes should be what color. I labeled them as I went to create a sort of paint by numbers deal.

Four:
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Paint in your shapes and allow your art to dry. Done.

I think I may attempt a few more of these with different color combinations and photos in the future… maybe some architectural photos… hmm.

-The Whale

Featuring: April Deacon

Hello, everyone!

I haven’t done a featured artist piece in some time. That partially has to do with the fact that I haven’t had a ton of time to look into new artist lately… but then I came across April Deacon.

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Deacon’s works captivate and inspire me. She uses (mainly) old photographs, specifically portraits, which she finds in various stores, and then ‘resurrects’ them with acrylic paints.

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She tends to use bold colors and geometric patterns in most of her work. That’s probably a lot of the reason that I love her art. Geometric is huge in my life right now!

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“I collect discarded memories, then reinvent them.” -April Deacon

I also love how she goes about gaining inspiration. Deacon comes up with stories for the photograph about the people in them. She uses these stories to create her art.

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” to be forgotten

perhaps the greatest tragedy to befall a human life
all of the joy and love, all of the pain and suffering, all of the memories, all of the contributions, all of the work
erased
as if those experiences never occurred, never meant anything to anyone
how many are there?
the forgotten certainly outnumber the remembered
terrifying
the possibility of living an entire life only to be forgotten

comforted
only in the knowledge that energy inhabits all of us
and
energy
does
not
die”

-april deacon
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Check out more of her awesome works here!

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-The Whale

DIY Custom Flask!

Hey, everyone!

TGIF! (for serious) This week has been DRAGGING. It probably has something to do with the fact that I’m GOING ON VACATION next week… it always seems that when you’re looking forward to something, it takes forever for the time to arrive!

Anyways, I recently invested in a new flask… It was just something I felt I needed to have. However, I also felt that I needed to make it my own in some way. Hence this post!

Custom flask DIY

So I’ve had these awesome paint markers for a while now. I really do use them a bunch. When I got my flask and was pondering how to be creative with it, I ultimately decided to use them to create a design!

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You Need:
-A Flask
-Paint Markers
-Clear Sealer

This is a pretty straight forward DIY. Use your markers to paint a design onto the flask. I decided to go with a geometric design that also incorporated the word “meow”… mostly because I’m crazy. Obviously draw what suites you!
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After the design is done, allow it to dry completely. (about an hour or so) Once the paint is dry, apply a coat of clear sealer. I did one side of my flask, let it dry, then did the other side. The sealer will ensure that your design stays on and will protect it from scratches! Be sure to follow the instructions on what ever sealer you get.

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And done! Easy as pie.

I love my new little flask… it’s probably coming with me on vacation.

Speaking of vacation… I’m leaving this Sunday morning to go west. I know that’s very general, but we’re going a lot of places! (Yellowstone, Denver, Mt. Rushmore, Ect.) I’m pretty excited about it, and I plan on taking a ton of photos that I can share with you all! Follow me on Instagram for current updates! Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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-The Whale

Hanging Basket Planter

Hey there!

So I completed a small project over the weekend that I want to share with you guys!

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I’m pretty into houseplants. Mostly succulents and cacti. This weekend I went into ‘get stuff done mode.’ This resulted in me re-potting all my house plants and cleaning up my little cacti gardens. I’ve had this vine type plant on my windowsill pretty much ever since I moved, and I had been thinking it would make a good candidate for a hanging piece! I had picked up a small basket I enjoyed at a thrift shop a bit ago, and had been trying to decided exactly what I wanted to do with it. It worked out perfectly for this project!

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First thing I did was spray paint the basket white. I really wanted to keep the fresh, clean look of my apartment going on.

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After the paint was dry, I grabbed some of my favorite mint colored yarn, and crocheted ‘straps’ directly to the basket. If you were trying to recreate this look, but don’t know how to crochet, you could easily braid some yarn and achieve something similar.

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I crocheted a consistent loop over a doorway to my living room so that there wouldn’t be a knot on the top.

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After that all I had to do was add the plant! I kept it in a plastic pot I also painted white, so that no dirt or water would leak through the basket.

Pretty cute, yes?

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-The Whale

Bench Refashion

Oh hello.

I have a new project to share with everyone!
bench refashion

I came across this cute little bench at a flea market over the summer for only $8! For months it sat in my parent’s garage as I waited to find the time to make it into what I had envisioned.
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Finally I found some time, so I proceeded to paint the bench a nice off-white. I planed on putting the bench in my kitchen, and I wanted it to be neat and fresh. After the paint was applied and the bench was transported to my kitchen, it was buried under odds and ends and mail as I waited to find the time to sew up some appropriate cushions. I had the perfect fabric already…
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Lovely vintage fabric! I love the color and the print!
So a month or two after being moved to my kitchen, I have finally completed it all!
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I really love the result! No more acting as a storage table; the bench now serves as a quiet little sitting area by my window. It’s a rather nice place for coffee and a bagel in the morning!

-The Whale

Fuji Instax Mini Collage

Hello, hello!

Today I have another small project I did for my apartment! A while back I shared some information about my Fuji Instax Mini camera. At that point I was trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with my growing stack of photos taken with the camera. I really love the look of these photos and I certainly didn’t want to stash them away somewhere. I wanted them to be on display!

Well, as you can imagine, I finally figured out how I wanted to accomplish this!

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I eventually settled on making a collage I could display out of the photos. At first I decided I wanted to aim for a circle shape. I taped the photos I currently had together into a circle and hung it about my tv.
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This didn’t really work out for me…. It was fine for a bit, but I had a hard time getting the photos to lay flat, and I also felt it was missing some sort of ‘wow factor.’ It definitely needed something. Also, I wanted to be able to easily add more photos to the collage as I took them.

At this point I decided that some sort of backing would for sure help out with making the photos lay flat better, so I thought, why not make a big circle, place the photos I have right now in the center, and then add to the outside as I go? Sounded good to me!

I cut out a big circle from a cardboard box and taped my current photo circle in the middle. I then made the decision to construct a grid around those existing photos to place any new photos in.
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When I began, I felt like I wanted the grid to be a series of color blocks, so I started out going with that… After maybe a fourth of the circle was complete, however, I felt that I wasn’t super into how it was turning out. I decided instead to opt for an entire gold background and a simple black grid. I didn’t wan to take away the focus from the photos with all of those colors!

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I’m now quite pleased with the results! It definitely is a nice way to showcase my little Instax Mini photos in my living room!

-The Whale

Paint a Mug!

Hello there!

Today I want to share with you a little project I did really quickly from a DIY my friend, Sam, at Junebugs&Poppies posted! Sam is one of my best friends and also one of my biggest inspirations! She started Junebugs&Poppies not too long ago to share about books she reads and some of the crafty things she does. I have a great feeling about this blog so be sure to go and check it out!

The project I want to share with you is how to paint your own custom mug!

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It’s really simple and doesn’t require a lot of materials. It’s an easy way to spruce up and personalize any mug!
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Check it out!

On another note, The Whale’s Endeavors is getting really close to 100 followers! Maybe that’s not a whole lot in perspective to some other blogs out there… but I’m pretty stoked about it! Just be aware that I plan on celebrating with a special post once that does happen!

-The Whale

Suede Shirt Upcycle

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Well hello. everyone!

I have a new upcycle today! I found this (faux) suede shirt at Goodwill a bit ago. I had been playing with the idea of suede shirts ever since I saw a few at Forver 21 in the fall. I wanted one. I knew this. I just didn’t like any of the ones I found in the stores enough to purchase… so when I found this shirt, well, I figured for $3 I could pretty easily make it into something that suited me!

So anyways, here it is as I bought it:

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I really love the pattern:

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Basically I cut off the sleeves, (maybe a reoccurring thing for me but what can I say?) and attached a fun and colorful pattern to the existing collar. I still felt, however, that it was missing something… so I ended up painting the buttons! I feel that was just what it needed! I used an acrylic craft paint and then went over that with clear nail polish… Hey, it works!

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Nifty yes? I love it.

Also, if you didn’t notice, I’ve attempted to up my photos on here a bit… I feel I’ve been kind of lazy (okay not kind of…) photo wise, so I’ve set a personal goal for myself: no more bad photos in bad lighting. It’s going to happen.

-The Whale