Monday, May 22, 2017

Tutorial: Paper Dolls as Cupcake Toppers

Hi everyone! Paper dolls can be so versatile - you can use them as gift toppers, party decorations, party favors, party activities where kids can color and dress them up and even to add an extra touch of sweetness to your cupcakes. I have to say that even though I'm technically a grown-up person, I'm enjoying my paper dolls just as much as a kid! Let me show you how I designed this little cutie.

Some are affiliate links 
RG Media Venture Die - The Dancer 
Celebrattions Sweet Dreams Embellishments 
Amaze Machine
Whip Cream Cardstock
Acrylic Paints - Cool Pool, Pineapple Smoothie, Sweet Berry
Journey Glaze 
Other: Mini pompom, black pen, toothpick, tape

Start by die-cutting the paper doll using The Dancer die and Amaze Machine from Whip Cream cardstock.Assemble the doll with Journey Glaze.
Paint her body and dress with acrylic paints.
Add oomph with accessories like sequins and pompoms using Journey Glaze.

Add details to the doll with black pen. 
Create an arching banner for her to hold over her head out of Whip Cream cardstock. Attach to her hands with Journey Glaze.
Write the name of a party attendee with pen on the banner.
Attach a toothpick to her feet with tape.
Once all your party decor and food are set up, stick the doll (s) into place.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and that it inspired you to play with paper dolls!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Gift Tutorial: Father's Day Canvas

The best gifts come from the heart. And it's even more wonderful if you can make it yourself! Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to create a mixed media canvas for dad using stamps from the RG Days collection from Richard Garay. Let's start by looking at the complete list of supplies.

Time Flies Stamp/Die set
Raw Gold Silk Luster
RG Days Printed paper
Acrylic paints: Buttercream, Cool Pool, Oatmeal Cookie, Pineapple Smoothie

8x10 inches canvas
Gel medium
Paint brush
Old credit card
Texture paste


You can watch the video tutorial by clicking the play button below or by following this link.

I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Coloring Tutorial Video

Hello there! It’s raining outside. Feels like the perfect day for some coloring! Here’s a coloring tutorial for you to enjoy.

The last time I posted a coloring tutorial, some of my viewers mentioned that they would prefer full length tutorials over time-lapsed ones. So, here’s the full 26 minutes of me coloring in my studio.  I do hope it inspires you to pull out your coloring stash.

I used my Printable Coloring Book Farm Fresh: Printable Coloring Book of Produce from A-Z with 14 Bonus Pages of Ideas & Extras. I printed it on regular white copy paper and colored with watercolor pencils. Sometimes, I leave a page without using water to blend the colors. If you wish to watercolor, just print on thicker paper.

You can watch the video by clicking the play button below or follow this link.

I'd love to hear your thoughts. I welcome your comments!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Video Tutorial: 1 Die Set 3 Ways

Hi everyone! Do you love tags? Here's a video tutorial to show you how to make three tags using just set of dies. It's really easy - change the color scheme or change the scale. Let's start by looking at the supplies.

Some are affiliate links
Full Bloom Die set
Raw Gold Silk Luster
Elegant Doilies
Silver & Gold Printed paper
Amaze machine 
Captivating Coral Cardstock
Golden Glow Cardstock
Luscious Lime Cardstock 
Journey Glaze

Whip Cream cardstock
River Stone cardstock
Click the play button below or follow this link to the video tutorial.

I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Introducing My New Coloring Book FARM FRESH!

This is an exciting Cinco de Mayo for me! Today I'm launching my second coloring book Farm Fresh: Printable Coloring Book of Produce from A-Z with 14 Bonus Pages of Ideas & Extras! 
The launch weekend (5/5-5/7) price for this 40-page coloring book is $18.00 + tax. Take advantage of this introductory price now for come 5/8, the price will go up to the original $22.00 + tax.

I’ll email you the printable PDF within 24 hours of purchase. No shipping fee, no waiting for the mail.

 Here are all the details.
“Farm Fresh”, a printable coloring book of produce from A-Z, is a fresh collection of 28 hand-drawn produce straight from the grower and and simple recipes to enjoy them. It includes a bonus section to show you how to color each produce, so you are not stuck when it comes to coloring the lesser known fruits and vegetables. Plus, there are ideas and inspiration along with step-by-step instructions to take your coloring pages beyond the coloring book to your art journals.

Want a sneak peek? Watch me color a page from this book on   Creativebug Live!

Has it ever happened to you that you arranged and re-arranged your busy schedule to make a little bit of precious time to create, but when you actually sat down, you drew a blank? You felt blocked! Before you click away to look for inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram and lose yourself in that rabbit hole, TRY THIS:
Color for 10 minutes as focused creative warm-up to get into your creative groove.

Or, maybe when the stresses of the day weigh you down and you need to unwind… coloring is an almost meditative way to relax and find your center again.

You can print and reprint as many times as you want! You could print in various sizes too.

You would normally pay anywhere between $1.67 and $5 for a SINGLE printable coloring page on Etsy after scrolling for hours to find one you really like.

My goal is to make this easy and affordable for you.

** This is a digital product that will be emailed to you. No physical product will be shipped.
**NO REFUNDS on this product.
** Copyright © 2017 Mou Saha. All rights reserved.

You can print these drawings only for personal, non-commercial use. Restrictions include but are: not limited to the following: you cannot resale these drawings, sell them as finished paintings or any art derived from them, submit for publication, teach classes using them, copy and/or distribute them in any form without my written permission.

You can buy the book here.

Card Tutorial: Doodle Personalities on Paper Dolls

Hi everyone! Have you ever tried doodling personalities on paper dolls? It's such fun! In this tutorial, I'll show you how to do just that as well as how to use up teeny tiny paper scraps rather than throwing them away. Let's start by looking at the supplies, shall we?

Supplies (some are affiliate links):
Media Venture The Patriot die
Amaze machine
Whip Cream Cardstock
Pixie Play Cardstock
Cool Caribbean Cardstock
RG Days Printed Paper
Raw Gold Silk Luster
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster
Rose Chintz Silk Luster

Journey Glaze
Other: pen, color pencils
Follow along to see how I put the card together.

Start by die-cutting the paper doll using The Patriot die from Richard Garay's Media Venture collection and Amaze machine out of Whip Cream cardstock.
Using Journey Glaze, assemble the doll parts.
Add personality to your doll with pen.
Cut an arch out of cardstock. Attach to the doll. Write your sentiment on it.

Trim Whip Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half to make 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Attach little scraps of cardstock and patterned paper to the card front.
Attach the doll to the card.
Splatter Raw Gold, Rose Chintz and Cool Caribbean Silk Lusters to the card.
Color in some of the details with color pencils. 

Here's a close-up of my card.

I hope you'll try this fun technique and the Richard Garay Media Venture collection is a great place to start your collection of paper doll dies!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Book Review: Vibrant India

Vibrant India by Chitra Agrawal had my heart at the front cover! Reading through the book brought back memories of my mom's cooking that I grew up enjoying. What I particularly loved are the adaptations of original recipes to fit a different culture and lifestyle. I am familiar with some versions of many of these recipes and eager to try some new ones from this book. The artwork, the photographs, the little anecdotes along with the recipes did take me on a nostalgic trip home. I'll treasure this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to try some authentic Indian home cooking with ingredients that are not too hard to find in the States. 
*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.