Posts by Katie of Love Paper Paint

Instagram Photo A Day – April

Instagram Photo A Day – April

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the challenge of making or doing something every day for a year. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture. No pressure..this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. I’ve had a lot of fun with it and I think it just may be my new 365 project! Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. I started in January. Here are February and March. And below is my Photo-A-Day collection for April,...

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Ribbon Bow Ties for My Superstar

Ribbon Bow Ties for My Superstar

Last night (April 18, 2012) our five year-old, Isaac, performed at the San Elijo Elementary School Talent Show. It was his very first time EVER being on stage in front of so many people and I am extremely proud of him! It takes a lot of courage and confidence to speak, sing, dance, perform in public. Most people (including myself) would have been nervous wrecks. So it was incredibly awesome to see my little dude up there, under the bright lights, in front of a packed house, doing his thing. And he relished in the whole experience, from getting stage-ready in the snazzy outfit (he chose himself from H&M), to waiting his turn to perform (no nervousness, just pure excitement counting down the acts), and then soaking in all the cheers and applause he received from the audience. Isaac has always loved to sing and dance. It’s true, even before he could speak words, he was humming and making music, movin’ and groovin’. He makes up songs all the time, sings to himself…we call it “Shuggie’s Soundtrack.” He’s never had a problem singing for our family, friends, neighbors…or random people at Costco or Target and wherever he can get an audience. So when he asked to be in the Talent Show, we were not surprised. We just wondered if he would get stage fright once he saw all the people. But he did a fine job…and looked so dang adorable up there! So I thought I’d share a quick photo tutorial of the bow ties I handmade that morning for his dapper outfit. I’ve never made a bow tie before, but they’re super easy and awfully cute! I used wired ribbon because that’s all the store carried in the cute patterns/colors he wanted. Next time, I would prefer to use un-wired grosgrain. But the wired ribbon worked just fine. 1.5 or 2 inches is the perfect width. All you need is a strip of ribbon cut to about 8 or 9 inches long, a smaller strip of ribbon cut to about 2.5 – 3 inches, needle/thread, a piece of elastic, and velcro or snaps.  They were so simple to make (I whipped up a few of them before breakfast that morning), I’m thinking they would be fun as favors for a kid’s birthday party, a baby shower or even a whimsical/vintage-themed wedding. So here’s the DIY in a few steps…followed by some photos of Isaac at the Talent Show. To view a video of Shuggie’s performance, click here. Yes, I’m really proud of my...

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Fabu-LACE

Fabu-LACE

I’ve been on a LACE kick lately…especially since finishing up two wedding invitation ensembles incorporating lace ribbon, and after a recent tableau shoot for Exquisite Weddings Magazine, where tea-stained lace ribbon was used as the table runner and as votive wraps. The recent Free People catalog features lace-trimmed and worn-out/distressed, cut-off denim shorts ranging from $68 – $258.  The most expensive pair (called “Made to Last”) has “raw hems and extra destroyed holes and patches on front and back.” All I can think of when I see these is: “I’ve got painting jeans that look kinda like that…and they certainly aren’t $258.” Although, I must admit, it took years and years of wear and tear to get my denim shorts to that well-worn, distressed and frayed condition that is so trendy right now. So, they are truly one-of-a-kind and hold sentimental value to me. Much to my husband’s dismay, I can’t seem to let go of these tattered dungarees. I’m sure he would love to see them in the trash pile, rather than on my body. We have an ongoing joke about them now…I love them, he hates them. But they are so comfortable…I enjoy wearing them when I paint and being able to wipe my paint-stained hands on them, each paint splatter and fingerprint a reminder of the many projects and beautiful homes I’ve had the opportunity to work on all these years. And the neighborhood kids know that they’re my “painting pants”…so when I’m wearing them, that means I was spending my day being an artist, which endears the shorts to me even more. Thanks to current fashion trends, and my Bohemian style tendencies, I think I may be able to pull off wearing these shorts for a little while longer…before they are retired to a keepsake box or something where my grandchildren can one day marvel at my “work uniform” (or that I actually had the nerve to go out in public or paint in multi-million dollar homes wearing these…lol!). So, with some beautiful ivory lace that I used as sashes in a couple of wedding invitations, I set out to “prettify” these painting shorts…if that’s even possible (cue husband rolling his eyes). I decided to cover some of the holes and embellish the waistband and pockets, by meagerly hand-stitching (I only know basic stitches like a blanket stitch, whip stitch or straight stitch) with patches of lace. Keep in mind that I do not sew. I have a sewing machine that only sees the light of day when my moms are in town or if I lend it to a neighbor. I learned some basic hand-stitches back in Girl Scouts as a kid (that I mainly used to sew on the patches I earned) and I did a lot of thrifting in high school and college, where I hand-stitched and revamped my Goodwill and thrift store fashion finds. But it’s been a while since I even fixed a button (that’s where my moms come in…I save a pile of hemming, sewing fixes and projects for when they’re in town visiting). So this is not a DIY about sewing, and I’m not going to even attempt to show how I got the lace onto the shorts. The only way I can describe my stitching is a “scribble-scrabble” or “gobbledygook” of thread. But I think that in the case of these jeans and their current condition, the mishmosh of stitchery is part of the look I’m going for. Or at least that’s how I’m going to play it off…wink-wink! Here’s how they turned out. Not perfect, trashed denim...

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A Lovely Tableau…

A Lovely Tableau…

The Spring 2012 issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine just hit the stores and I eagerly picked up a copy to see the gorgeous photos by Studio Carré of the table-top shoot I worked on with two amazingly fabulous gals, Jessica Gillon (Events by Design) and Annette Gomez (Flowers by Annette Gomez). Love Paper Paint created all the paper elements, as well as some painted items. Thanks to Jessica, this will be the fourth time my work has been published in this magazine as part of her tableaux features. Jessica usually comes up with a concept and color scheme and then contacts me to create coordinating printed (or painted) goods. Sometimes, it’s just a day or two before the shoot when we’re finalizing details.  I do “my thing” based on the cues she’s given me and drop everything off to her the day of the shoot. Then I wait to see how everything comes together when I finally see the issue in print months later…it’s so exciting, since I have no idea what the rest of the table decor is going to look like! This time, Jessica asked if I’d like to help set up the shoot and I said “Yes!!!” without hesitation. I LOVE being behind the scenes and seeing what goes on to bring these visions to life. My favorite part of throwing any party (well, besides creating the invitations, of course!) is decorating and styling…and I knew it would be a blast (and a learning experience) to work alongside such talented industry professionals as Jessica and Annette. For this tableau, Jessica described the look as a beachy-rustic meets vintage garden elegance, using soft blush and peach tones with gray and gold. The signature drink would be something with peach nectar and champagne. For the table name and drink menu, she suggested French names: “De La Mer” and “Juste Pêche”…and since the table would be set for six, the place cards would indicate a party for Jessica, Annette and I, and our husbands (we all coincidentally have “G” last names, so I couldn’t help but reference that we were “the fly G-6”). And with that information, Jessica just let me “run with it” and do what I do. Here are photos of the elements I created for the shoot; along with some photos I took with my iphone while we were setting up the tableau (hence the boxes in the background of one photo); followed by photos of the actual spread in the issue. Big thanks to Jessica and Annette for letting me be a part of this, and to Studio Carré for capturing our lovely tableau so...

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Instagram Photo A Day – March

Instagram Photo A Day – March

When I finished my Sketch Every Day 365 project in 2011, I knew I wanted to remain in the habit of being creative on a daily basis, which is what I loved most about the Sketch Every Day project. I saw that a few of my IGer friends were participating in a daily photo challenge and I thought it would be fun to get on board and try it out. After all, I’m on Instagram constantly each day…I’m sure I could find a minute or two to post a daily picture.  I didn’t put any pressure on myself…this is just something for fun, if I can keep up with the daily challenge, great…if not, no biggie. It has been a lot of fun to try and be creative with these photo prompts. Blogger, social media editor and Instagram star, Chantelle, of Fat Mum Slim, created the photo challenge and the lists that a lot of IGers I follow have been using for the challenge. So, I decided to give it a go starting in January. Here’s February. And my Photo-A-Day collection for March, 2012.  ...

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