Posts by Katie of Love Paper Paint

Mud-Cloth and Driftwood on Your Dinner Table

Mud-Cloth and Driftwood on Your Dinner Table

Thanksgiving is just days away, and even though I’m not hosting this year, I tried a couple of really quick DIYs that I thought would be fun for future table decor next time I host Wine Club or a Book Club gathering. Using a Clorox bleach pen and place mats I found at Dollar Tree, I made mud-cloth inspired place mats. My current textile obsession, Mud-Cloth or Bògòlanfini, is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. I’m drawn to the bold, simple patterns, and how it works with (imo) all types of decor…especially the nomadic bohemian vibe I’m drawn to. Simply squeeze the bleach gel onto the place mat, allow to dry completely, then rinse off the gel residue and toss in the dryer to set. For place cards, I used flooring sample pieces that you can find at home improvement stores. I had a bunch of grayish, distressed “driftwood” samples of laminate flooring from some client projects.  With a gold, metallic, oil-based paint pen, I hand-lettered (my name, of course) onto the sample piece.  For table decor, you can use these as place cards that your guests could take home as little “name plate signs” or keepsakes.  Just about anything can be used as place cards…just by writing guests’ names with Sharpie or paint pen or even chalk.  In the past I’ve used leaves, pieces of fruit, shells, corks, fabric swatches, coloring pages. Here are a few variations on how I would set the table if I was hosting Thanksgiving Dinner this year, using brown craft paper as a table cloth (guests can write or color directly onto the paper and clean up is quick and easy), my faux mud-cloth place mats, “driftwood” place cards, and a driftwood succulent & votive centerpiece by Seafoam Driftwood.   Thank you to Arhaus for helping to spark the idea regarding holiday...

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It’s My Yoga-versary

It’s My Yoga-versary

On November 18, 2015 I celebrated my 43rd trip around the sun. Yes, FORTY-THREE….I can’t believe it! And though I look a bit older and have a few more wrinkles, I have to say that I feel much healthier and in better shape than I did 10 years ago. The reason? YOGA. I chose to write about my experience at this time, because of the number “18”. This number has special meaning to me, not just because it’s my birth date, but the symbolism of the numbers resonate with me and I can’t help but feel a sense of connection with “18” in my personal journey with Yoga over the last year. In Chinese culture, when the number “18” is pronounced, it resembles the words for “going to prosper”, so it is associated with someone who is destined to succeed. In the Hebrew system of the numerical value of words, the number “18” corresponds to the Hebrew word “chai,” meaning “alive”. The number “8” within “18” is a very auspicious number in Asian culture and represents good fortune, a homonym for “prosperity”. It is a symbol of harmony, balance and infinity. In numerology, the number “8” relates to “karma” and the star sign Scorpio (the 8th number of the Zodiac and my sign). In the Tarot, “8” is the card for Justice or Strength, symbolizing inner strength and determination. The number “8” in the Bible represents a new beginning. And in science, “8” is the atomic number for oxygen. So, it’s only fitting that the number “18” would be a part of a life-changing experience in my life. August 18th marked my one-year Yoga-versary! For over a year, I’ve been practicing Yoga almost daily, and as of my birthday, had taken my 378th Yoga class (378 is divisible by 18). Practicing and learning about Yoga has made a profound and positive impact on my life in so many ways. I tell everyone I know about my newfound love for Yoga and I hope that my dedication to the practice of Yoga will inspire others to try it as well. Let me preface my Yoga story by stating that before stepping foot into the studio on August 18th, I’d never taken a Yoga class in my life. I still can’t believe it took me this long to discover the amazing benefits of Yoga. I do not have a background in gymnastics or dance, never did cart-wheels or handstands or arm balances as a kid (or ever). And besides sporadically hitting the gym over the last 20 plus years for Spinning, Jazzercise, a cardio/aerobics class or circuit training, my primary form of physical activity was long-distance running. In high school and college, I ran cross-country and track competitively, have run numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, 1/2 marathons, and have completed four full marathons. I had always thought of Yoga as simply stretching and meditating. As a runner, I figured I already knew how to stretch, so why did I need to take a class? And wasn’t meditating something you’re supposed to do by yourself? I didn’t think Yoga could do anything for me and if I wanted to get a good workout in, I’d just go for a long run. It was the only way I knew of to stay in shape and de-stress…in a way, being out on the roads or trails running alone gave me some time to clear my head. After nearly 30 years as a runner, two kids, a busy and labor-intensive work schedule, and very little time to commit to long training runs, I soon found myself burnt out and bored of running, and constantly finding excuses not to lace up my shoes. Even though I...

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FREE Hand-Illustrated Printable Valentines!

FREE Hand-Illustrated Printable Valentines!

It’s that time of year again! Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Over the past couple of years I’ve had a lot of fun designing Valentine’s cards for you all to download, print and give out. The ones I designed the last two years are still cute and somewhat relevant, so if you didn’t get a chance to use them, here are the links: http://lovepaperpaint.com/2014/02/09/free-printable-valentines/ http://lovepaperpaint.com/2013/02/03/free-love-paper-paint-valentines/ This year I got a little bit of a head start, so I decided to use my own sketches for the cards. If you follow lovepaperpaint on instagram, you’ve seen the daily lunch bag drawings I do each morning for my son, using colored pencils and Sharpie. This year, I thought I’d keep going in that direction and incorporate my own illustrations onto the cards. My boys helped me choose four animals – a panda, a raccoon, hedgehog and sloth, which I hand-drew into the characters for my Valentines. My son, Isaac, loves pandas (who doesn’t, right?). My niece, PJ, loves sloths (she loves giraffes too, so I was contemplating a sloth hugging a giraffe’s neck). The raccoon is a nod to the critter my husband saved from a coyote attack in our backyard a couple of years ago (he called him “Homie”). And the hedgehog…well, we just think they’re adorable, spikes and all. So, here they are, my hand-drawn characters for 2015’s Love Paper Paint Free printable Valentines. Print them for your kids to hand out to classmates, share them with your family, friends and co-workers. Enjoy! Instructions are simple…download or open the PDF file. Print out onto white 8.5″ X 11″ card stock or paper and cut into 4.25″ X 5.5″ pieces (just go in between the blank space of each card..should only take two cuts). You can layer them onto colored card stock, put them in an envelope to send in the mail, or use them as gift tags for goodies. Note: These are for your personal use only. You will not be able to edit these and please don’t sell or distribute for profit. If you’d like to share these on your blog or website, please link back to this original post. Feel free to Pin the link to Pinterest.  I’d love to see what you do with them, so if you Instagram…snap a pic and hashtag #lovepaperpaint, or let me know on my Facebook page. Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO ~ Katie Love Paper Paint 2015...

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FREE Printable Valentines

FREE Printable Valentines

I had so much fun creating and sharing my Valentine’s Day printables with you last year, that I whipped up some new ones for this year. The ones I designed last year are still super cute, so if you didn’t get a chance to use them, here’s the link: http://lovepaperpaint.com/2013/02/03/free-love-paper-paint-valentines/ As with most kids of elementary school age around here, my boys are into Rainbow Loom and Minecraft. We’re not allowed to give away candy with Valentines at school, but the boys didn’t want to do dollar store pencils or stickers again…so they’re looming and crafting something for each and every classmate! That means 30+ rubber band heart charms and 27+ Perler bead “pixel” charms (that my husband and I will most likely be helping them with). Wish us luck! Seriously, I’d much rather be giving (and receiving) candy conversation hearts or chocolates, but rules are rules! To go with my kids’ handmade Valentine’s crafts, I’ve created both Rainbow Loom and Minecraft themed cards. There’s also a third set of custom designed cards that are more my style (note my obsession with black and gold continues). There are four designs on each of three files, for a total of TWELVE custom Valentine’s printables from me to you. 🙂 Print them for your kids to hand out to classmates, share them with your family, friends and co-workers. Enjoy! Instructions are simple…download or open the PDF files. Print them out onto 8.5″ X 11″ card stock or paper and cut into 4.25″ X 5.5″ pieces (there are dashed lines for cutting guides). You can layer them onto colored card stock, put them in an A-2 envelope to send in the mail, or use them as gift tags for goodies. For the Rainbow Loom version, punch a hole and attach a handmade rubber band bracelet with ribbon or twist-tie. Note: These are for your personal use only. You will not be able to edit these and please don’t sell or distribute for profit. If you’d like to share these on your blog or website, please link back to this original post. Feel free to Pin the link to Pinterest.  I’d love to see what you do with them, so if you Instagram…snap a pic and hashtag #lovepaperpaint, or let me know on my Facebook page. Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO ~ Katie LPP Free Valentines 2014 FREE MineCraft VALENTINES FREE LOOM...

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Fave 13 of 2013

Fave 13 of 2013

Before I run through the list of my favorite projects of 2013, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for your support of my work. Whether you’ve chosen to work with me for your printed goods or decorative painting needs; referred Love Paper Paint to your friends, family and colleagues; or happened upon what I do through Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook…your involvement in Love Paper Paint keeps this lifelong passion of mine alive and thriving. I am encouraged and inspired by your kind comments, likes and shares…and I appreciate each and every one. For the past 13 years that I have been doing this work – despite ever-changing trends, technological shifts, and the social media evolution (yep, when I first started my business, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest did not exist and not many people were blogging) – one thing has remained constant and is my primary focus: I design and paint…for a living. This work that I do is a huge part of my life and is (hopefully) what I’m known for. Being able to do what I love every day makes me happy and grateful. Without this blog-site, my Instagram feed or Facebook page, I would still be a professional designer and painter, just as I have been since 2000. While I am not defined by social media or reliant on it to get work as a creative, it has given my work a bit more reach and allowed me to share my projects more quickly and to a wider audience. I may not have a lot of “followers” on any particular social media outlet, but I am thankful to have ones who are engaged and active…and I appreciate the feedback and participation I get from those of you who support my work. Like I said last year during my 2012 “fave” recap, “I know with all the online printing sites, DIY blogs, Pinterest, and Etsy…there are a lot of alternatives and options at your finger tips for everything from creating paper goods to decorative painting ideas. So I appreciate the value you place on my work when you support artisans, design professionals, and licensed contractors like me.” Again, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. And here they are, my Favorite 13 Projects for Paper and Paint of 2013. In a nutshell: orange was the new black; my black and gold obsession continues; trees were a popular, yet timeless theme; decorative painting was taken outdoors (and under a huge inflatable castle); and there were A LOT of broken bones. I’m so lucky to have had such an interesting 2013 and I’m looking forward to another wonderfully unique year of projects!  Happy New Year! PAPER: 1. A travel-themed wedding (for the cutest couple ever), from a luggage tag save the date to an airline ticket-sized invitation. 2. These custom vintage comic book invitations never get old. I created these for my son’s 3rd birthday in 2007 and still get orders/requests for them even now. 3. My hand-painted brushstroke paper makes a stunning embellishment for invitations. (Wedding by Champagne Taste) 4. Bold and bright, but stunning, orange was the hot color for many wedding ensembles this year. And this one uses my hand-painted brushstroke paper as well.  (Wedding by Champagne Taste) 5. The format was simple, but the result was as decadent as the party theme. A Marie Antoinette inspired masquerade party. (Party by Events by Design) 6. It was all about that sparkly rhinestone buckle for this ensemble. This wedding was pure gorgeousness. And I got to assist the event designer and actually worked at...

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