Friday, October 09, 2015

spray paint marbleized pumpkins

So while I really enjoy creating extravagant painted pumpkins, today I wanted to share a quick tip for marbleizing LARGE pumpkins!

In the past I have shared a few different tutorials (here and here) for creating a marbled surface by using spray paint. It is a really fast and permanent way to marble just about anything.

Start with a bucket of water. The bigger the pumpkin, the bigger the bucket will need to be!

Lightly spray the top of the water with spray paint- I've found that a light mist works best.

Let the colors blend and swirl together.

Next, dip the pumpkin into the water. The surface of the pumpkin will pick up the paint.

Repeat until the entire surface is filled.


If you want the marbling to be even more dynamic- paint your pumpkin white first.

If you are messy (like me) it is helpful to wear rubber gloves.

Spray paint dries fast, even in water so you have to work quickly.

I've found that different brands and colors work a little different so you might need to do a few tests before diving in. I like working with Rust-Oleum spray paint and metallic colors are the most forgiving.

There you have it! A super fast way to transform those pumpkins!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

grilled tuna and fennel coleslaw

When you live on the Oregon Coast, fishing is a big part of daily life, there is no short supply and there is fish for every season! This summer Albacore tuna hit high numbers due to warmer water and few weeks back Andy had the opportunity to go tuna fishing. He came home with a couple of giant tuna that we have eaten, frozen, canned and will be enjoying in the coming months. 

If you haven't tried fish fresh from the sea (that hasn't been farmed, processed or frozen) you have to try it at least once- it is so DELICIOUS and fresh- no fishy taste at all!  Our favorite way to cook our fish is very simple, we add a little seasoning and toss it on the grill.

Albacore tuna can get dry when grilling but we still really enjoy the char and smoked flavors of the grill. We use the fattier cuts for grilling and save the other parts for making tuna salad.

1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika

TIP: Marinade fish in extra virgin olive oil prior to grilling to keep fish tender and moist. We place our tuna in a ziplock bag, add olive oil and a little lemon and refrigerate for about 1 hour. 

Season the tuna and then throw it on the grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side.

When I eat fish I need coleslaw as a side dish and since I had a massive crop of fennel this summer, I've been making fennel coleslaw to go with our tuna.


1 small fennel bulb shredded including top
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 julienned green apple
1/2 cup shredded carrots

2 tablespoons mayonaise
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 lemon- squeezed
salt and pepper to taste

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

basket makover

I have a little obsession with baskets- I love using them to stash all my art supplies,  store toys and even hang them on the wall as decor. While I like natural baskets (that I typically buy at the thrift store), I LOVE bright colorful baskets that make a statement. One of my favorite ways to makeover a plain thrift store basket is to grab come colorful acrylic paint and add a little color and design. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

glow in the dark pumpkins

I've been painting pumpkins during the fall for a very long time- so long that I kinda consider myself a pioneer of pumpkin painting! Back in 2010 my pretty painted pumpkins tutorial went viral and since then it has become a yearly tradition of mine to come up with a variety of unique pumpkin tutorials with the hope to inspire others to push the boundaries with paint and a pumpkin! I've got a few fun ideas coming your way in the weeks ahead and today I am kicking off the season with some glow in the dark pumpkins. 

Recently my friends at iLoveToCreate asked me if I would create another version of my pretty painted pumpkins but using their glow in the dark dimensional's no secret that I LOVE puff paint so I jumped at the challenge!

While you can use a plain pumpkin, I really enjoy starting with a colorful coat of paint. And since I am not into using typical fall or Halloween colors, I painted my pumpkins with a couple of pretty pastel colors.

I used a variety of the Tulip Dimensional Glow in the Dark Paint in a variety of colors. The great think about the dimensional paint is that is comes in a variety of really pretty colors which means your pumpkins will look really cool in both daylight and in the dark!

I used the paint and slowly added my decorative design around and around the pumpkin. I like to use lots of simple shapes that I embellish with tiny dots.

I painted a handful of pumpkins in different shapes and sizes.

In the daylight, the pumpkins are light and airy- a really pretty alternative to all those dark heavy fall colors and decor.

In the dark these pumpkins come alive! Use a black light or "charge" them in sunlight and they will glow bright!

Looking for more pumpkin decorating inspiration? 

You can read all about what I call "the art of decorating a pumpkin" HERE


check out all of the different pumpkin decorating tutorials below!

painted pattern pumpkins    sketchbook pumpkins    messy pumpkins   black and white pumpkins 

woodland creatures pumpkins

Thursday, October 01, 2015

inspiration wall

Long before Pinterest, there was the process of cutting things out of magazines and pinning them up (literally) on the wall for inspiration. For as long as I can remember I have always loved to be surrounded by images and things that inspire me. Today I am sharing a few ways to create a mood board or inspiration wall as a way to incorporate  into your creative space. 

my previous garage studio space

I've had all kinds of creative space over the years- the kitchen floor, a guest room, a garage and now my current studio space. No matter the size of my studio, I've always had a dedicated place for an inspiration board or wall. In my small spaces I used a cork board and as my space got bigger, I dedicated an entire wall to my inspiration. These days I use one side of the moveable walls in my studio as a place to pin anything and everything that inspires me.

Sure you can use Pinterest as a place for brainstorming and as I much as I love to use it, I really like having all that inspiration around me when I am creating. As a really visual person I need to be surrounded by the all the colors, patterns, designs and even quotes. I've found that it's really important for my creative process to access all the crazy random things that get my ideas flowing.

way to My interests, inspiration and projects are always changing and my inspiration wall always reflects those changes. My wall gets changed up and layered as I take on new projects. This process is rarely planned out- I simply gather things that catch my eye that get my ideas flowing. Ironically, many of the things I end up pinning to my wall are notes and old sketchbook pages. I love using my own work as a something that sparks new ideas!

The cool thing about having a wall or space dedicated to inspiration is that you are able to look up at any given moment and reference that inspiration. While I never end up copying anything on my wall I love to have visual reminders of the things that make my art and creativity unique.


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