My cousin tied the knot this past weekend in a full-out D.I.Y. wedding in a breathtaking remote forest in Bend, Oregon. This is where she originally met her husband to be–as they both love nature and spent their first few years out of college working with kids in these forests. We must be related because she prided herself in painstakingly setting everything up by hand–from the hand-crafted personalized glass mugs all of her guests received upon entering the event (which we could use all night instead of dirtying numerous glasses a piece)–to the meals carefully prepared by tons of the couple’s friends who volunteered to make this wedding a true labor of love.
I have always been inspired by eyes. Since I can remember, I’ve drawn them and I’ve tried my best to perfect the individual beauty that each of our eyes possess. I’m equally enamored by unique interior design so when my boyfriend came across the above beautiful space surrounded by a hand-painted mural of an eye, I was memorized. With that said, my “How To” inspiration for the day comes from the above room.
Below, I have included a similar sketch of an eye that I drew and took pictures of from start to finish. I’m calling this a “Fashion Eye” because in fashion illustration, many artists seek to create a look for eyes that is a bit stylized; this gives fashion illustration models more personality. Likewise, this stylization is definitely showcased in the mural above. The below “How To” will teach you how to draw your own “Fashion Eye” on regular paper. If you want to achieve the look of the eye in the above mural on one of your walls, you can later put your drawing on a projector and trace it onto your wall using a pencil. From there, you can buy paint at your local home improvement store and blend them in very much the same way as I will teach you to do with pencil below. Here goes:
In order to master this eye, you will need a few colored pencils, a pen and a #2 pencil. Any brand of these will do but I chose to use prisma colored pencils because I love the way the colors blend. You can find them at your local craft store or online here: Prisma Colored Pencils. I chose to use green hues for my illustration but of course, feel free to utilize any colors that best speak to you. Here goes:
STEP 1: Use a pen or #2 pencil to draw two lines–each in the shape of a slightly bent oval. I love to use pencil because your mistakes can be erased but pen looks just as good if you’re confident! Make sure that your top line is a bit thicker than the bottom line. This is the start of the eye lids.
STEP 2: Use your pen or pencil to add two more slightly bent ovals–one to the top of the eye and one below.STEP 3: Still using only your pen or pencil, start to draw the iris and pupil. I created this through a circle within a circle. The smaller circle inside should be thick and the outer circle should just be an open thin crescent shape.STEP 4: With your pen or pencil, fill in the pupil a bit more–making it completely black throughout most of it. I left the left side white because this gives the illusion that light is coming into the eye and it will make it look more realistic.STEP 5: Create eye brows and lashes with your pen or pencil. Our eye brows are more arched than many people initially draw. Look up pictures of eye brows to help you to make your lines as realistic as possible. I like to create little angled dashes. For the lashes, remember, real lashes do not go straight up and down. Instead, they too are angled from the inner part of the eye outwards. Here, I also made some shadows where the whites of the eye would be. You can do this too using your pen or pencil and creating hash marks.STEP 6: It’s time for color! This is my favorite part. The inside of the eye where the pupil is will be very dark as is seen in a real human eye. Blend together dark greens and browns to achieve this look. The iris in the case of the eye in our mural is green. I mixed yellows and variations of browns and greens together to achieve this look. Here, you can also start darkening the brows through layering different colors of browns onto the threads of hair. Start lightly and then get darker! STEP 7: Here, start refining the depth of your eye. Start to darken the eye brows slightly and create depth with the eye lids by choosing which side the light is coming in on your eye. Wherever you are imagining the light is coming in, utilize light colors like variations of yellows. Wherever the eye is in shadow, utilize darker colors. The trick is to blend all of the colors together.STEP 8: Your eye is now complete! From here, you can put your eye on a projector and reflect it onto your mural wall of choice. From here, buy paint colors at your local home improvement store that will match your drawing (or the colors you are looking to put in your room). Just have fun with it! Remember, there are no mistakes in art and if you’re not happy with how your mural came out, you can always paint over your work and start over. Good luck!
Friendship bracelets are generally made up of a bunch of knots tied in different patterns. Once you nail the main “stitch,” which I will describe below, the possibilities for your own friendship bracelet heaven are endless.
To create a bracelet like the ones shown above, you will need some embroidery thread which is also sometimes referred to as floss. Prism is a brand I love to use because this company provides so many great colors. You will also need measuring tape, scotch tape, a safety pin and a pair of scissors.
Once you have your embroidery thread in hand, measure out about 80 inches of each color. The longer the strands, the longer your bracelet can ultimately be but I’ve found this is a great length for most wrists.
Next, gather all of your colors together side by side and fold all of them in half so that all of the ends of the different colors of thread line up at the bottom. You will now essentially have two strands of each color in your hand and you will be holding a loop up top. Go ahead and tie a knot at this loop to keep all of the strand in place.
From here, tape your knot to a hard surface in front of you–like a coffee table (that’s what usually works for me). You can also put a safety pin through the knot and pin it to a surface that will help to keep the strands in place.
Each knot you are about to make is made up of you looping one strand of thread around the strand next to it and pulling the end of the first strand through it twice. I call it the “double knot stitch.” Here is an example of how the stitch itself looks:This double knot stitch is utilized throughout the whole friendship bracelet process. For my bracelet, I used “V” shapes and “Diamond” shapes. To make the “V” shapes, I split my threads in half–one group of the six colors on one side–and the second group of the six colors on the other.
From there, I would knot each color inward using the double knot stitch above until I reached the middle. Once both sides meet, I would then knot the last two strands in the middle (which should be the same colors) together, forming a “V” shape. Here is a diagram that is a big help when you’re first learning:
The “Diamond Designs” which you can begin to see further down my bracelet are a bit trickier. To help you out with these, I’m loving the following tutorial by Stripes and Sequins. Don’t be nervous to mess up your stitches. You can always take out stitches that didn’t go your way with a safety pin or needle.
Once your bracelet is at the desired length, simply tie a knot at the end. If you want to go ahead and add studs like I did for some extra edge, now is the time. I used six-sided studs this time around but there are tons of studs out there! Here are some others I’m inspired by which you can purchase on Etsy.Once you’re done, tie your bracelet around your wrist and knot it in place. Pair it with your favorite bangles. I am loving bangles by Alex and Ani because there are hundreds of personalized styles to choose from. I’m also loving amazing rocker chic bracelets by Rebecca Minkoff. Enjoy!
When I was a kid, I would spend hours making colorful friendship bracelets. I’d try my hand at developing all different patterns that I hoped my fellow classmates would love (and I had huge glasses and looked very much like Little Miss Sunshine but that’s a whole other story). Next, I’d bring the bracelets into school to see if anyone would buy them for a couple bucks at lunch. Soon, I became a third grader with a mini side business. Those were the days! Recently, I’ve been seeing similar bracelets popping up all over Los Angeles-–in stores and at flea markets. Feeling nostalgic, I decided to pick up the art of designing these again. I am surprised that my hands remember exactly what to do. Here’s a sneak peak at a RELish friendship bracelet in the works. I’m challenging myself to complete it by tomorrow so we’ll see what happens. I’m updating its ’90′s look by adding some vintage studs I found at a local leather shop on Melrose Avenue here in Los Angeles. I can’t wait to post the finished product soon!