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3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

It seems like every spring and fall bring a flood of gorgeous wreaths into my Pinterest feed.  Nothing shouts “It’s a new season!” like beautiful new decor around your house and front door. If you’ve ever searched for wreaths at the store or online, you probably suffered sticker shock when you first realized how expensive they are! My natural inclination in response to that is to figure out how to make one myself.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to make a lovely, modern floral hoop wreath and I will give you a price breakdown of materials. A floral wreath is also an excellent addition to your Etsy shop and it looks stunning in craft booths, so I will also offer pricing suggestions to help you get started on selling your own wreaths.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

Now for materials! I purchased all of my materials in store at Michaels.

• 14 inch wire hoop

• Assorted flower bunches

• Greenery

• Floral tape

• Glue gun

• Glue sticks

I purchased one bunch of mums and one small, pre-made bouquet that I then took apart. I suggest purchasing flowers when they are on sale, so make sure to keep an eye on that before you purchase! I went when there was a 40% off on fall flowers sale.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat your glue gun up so it is ready when you are. Loosely lay your greenery and flowers around and decide on a rough arrangement of what you want.
  2. Start taping down your greenery. I cut the largest branches off of my bunch and taped them down. Make sure to hide the tape under other leaves if it will not be covered by flowers later on.
  3. Once you have the leaves to your liking, move on to the flowers! Cut the flower heads off of their stems. Apply them to the wreath with the glue gun. If the flower was going in a tricky place, I put a small dot of glue just to secure the flower and then flipped the wreath over so I could see better where to add more glue. I worked from the center of my flower bunch outward. I also spaced my flowers very close together to make my wreath more lush.

 

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

When you have enough flowers on the wreath, you’re done! I decided to add a ribbon from my stash to the top, but it’s not at all necessary. Hang your wreath and marvel at its beauty!

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

If you love arranging flowers and matching unique color schemes together, then perhaps wreath making would be a great source of side income for you. Wreaths of this style sell for $45-55 on Etsy, and at Michaels I saw wreaths selling for $60-80. With tax, my total for this project was $21.21 (I did not count the glue gun and glue stick as those are reusable, general craft items). I also have enough flowers left over for another wreath, which would lower my cost per wreath. The wreath took very little time to put together, so you could potentially net $24-34 per wreath.

Another place to find great wreath materials is Afloral. They have hoops in gold, which I love! Their flowers are more costly but are beautiful and very high quality.

A Gorgeous Modern Hoop Wreath

And that’s the end of this tutorial! I’d love to see your creations—tag @hannah_lynne on instagram! Follow me on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration and don’t forget to subscribe below for the latest content!

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

3 Easy Steps to a Modern Hoop Wreath

Make an Easy Watercolor Background on Your iPad or iPhone

Make an Easy Watercolor Background on Your iPad or iPhone

Watercolor backgrounds are a great design element, but you have to have a bit of time and equipment to make them. I found myself wanting some backgrounds in new colors but never having time to get around to creating some. Then, I discovered a way to quickly produce already digitized, transparent watercolor backgrounds! This is a huge timesaver and I will show you exactly how to do it.

In my previous posts, I shared how to make a watercolor background and remove the background in photoshop. To make these quick digital backgrounds, all you’ll need is the free app Adobe Sketch. Then, follow along with the video to create your background!

I also included a quick tutorial to show you how to use this background in Procreate or Photoshop. By using blending modes, you can put your watercolor background in almost anything. This is a great way to make printables and digital downloads that you could sell on Etsy or your website.

Instructions: Download the app “Adobe Sketch” on your iPhone or iPad. You will need to login or create a free Adobe ID. Choose your canvas size and then choose the “watercolor flat brush.” Make your brush pretty big and select your color. Start laying down strokes of your color. You can adjust how saturated the color is by adjusting the “flow.” You’ll notice that the strokes mix and blend as you paint.

Choose different shades and variations of the color you’ve chosen for your background. Blend these shades together by adding small strokes of different shades. When in doubt, keep blending! When you are happy with how the background looks, click the share button. You can send it in layers to your Adobe creative suite if you are a subscriber, or you can share or save your image.

If you want to put your watercolor background into lettering, import the photo into Procreate or Photoshop. Set the blend mode to “Lighten.” Add a layer beneath your watercolor background layer. Anything that you draw or type on this layer in black will reveal the watercolor texture beneath!

How to Make a Watercolor Background on your iPad or iPhone

So there you have it! I promise I won’t always talk about watercolors, but this one is so easy and produces lovely results. Now, you can experiment with different colors and make backgrounds to your heart’s content. These will not look quite as organic as the real thing, but you can still get really beautiful results without photoshop, a scanner, or any actual paint. Plus, since it’s an app on your phone or tablet, you can make backgrounds anywhere and anytime!

Even if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can STILL grab four free backgrounds that I’ve made. Just sign up below and you’ll be able to download the backgrounds instantly.

I’d love to see your creations. Tag me on instagram @hannah_lynne and follow me on Pinterest for more design tutorials!

how to make a watercolor background using your phone

How to Make a Watercolor background using your phone

Pursuing Art: An Interview with Emily Williams

Pursuing Art: An Interview with Emily Williams

Today, I have for you an interview with Emily Williams of EmmaWill! You can find her on instagram @emmawill or online at www.emmawill.com.

Emily creates beautiful floral pieces and has been such a source of encouragement and wisdom to me. She is married and has 2 sweet boys. Read on to learn how she got started in painting and glean wisdom about how to juggle motherhood with pursuing an artistic career!

An Interview with Emily Williams

How did you get to where you are today with your art?

I began to paint with direction towards making it into a career when I was a senior in college. I had found a lot of online classes by women who were teaching different painting skills and I flew through the videos and loved it! Ever since then, I’ve been painting. A year or two later, I set up an Etsy shop with some big dreams surrounding it. Every year since then, I’ve zeroed in more on what I really want to do. I started doing craft shows in 2014, but have mainly focused on selling online. I feel like I started really late [in life] and I feel behind, so I’ve worked more on a portfolio and less on trying to get sales quickly. I have some big goals for this year that feel like I’m stepping forward into selling at a profit and for more than just a season or two during the year.

So you said that you learned by watching videos as a senior in college. When you were growing up, what was your artistic ability like?

Growing up, I loved basically any art you could hand me, so I painted a lot! My mom would check out a video from the library for me where they would lead you through a painting, and I’d do it over and over again. There wasn’t a focus where I’d tell my mom, “I love to paint!” I just loved crafts. So I’d sew, do macrame, and things like that. So I was always making something, and I’d say I was pretty proficient at those things. It’s surprising to me that it never occurred to me or my parents that of COURSE I would want to do something creative! But now, looking back, it makes all the sense in the world to me. I love to write and do anything creative.

So, the videos that you watched in college—what are some you’d recommend?

Yeah! So the woman that I found was Jeanne Oliver, and she gets a lot of other women and make painting or creative workshops. She and a woman named Christy Tomlinson had a lot of art journaling videos on youtube for free and I went through all of those first and then decided to ask for one of the workshops for my birthday. I got the one called “Studying the Masters” and I loved it. They’re more geared toward women who want to do art as a hobby, but I learned a lot of basic skills that I did not know because I had never gone to school for it.

Ok, so your timeline has been that you were always interested in art but didn’t try to make a career out of it until after college. But more recently, you’ve scaled back in your attempts to sell pieces to focus more on just painting, right?

My style has changed a lot because at first, I didn’t even know what I wanted to paint. If you’re always changing and not giving people something consistent in your art, they won’t want to come to you. Brands are consistent, and as some sense as an artist you become a brand. There’s obviously room for changing, but I don’t want to always be questioning myself.

An Interview with Emily Williams

Do you feel like you have found yourself as an artist?

I think I am definitely closer than I was! I feel a lot more confident in what inspires me to paint, what I want to paint, why, and how I will present myself online and with other people. I think that’s just due to time. Some people see social media as a bad thing, but I have learned so much through teachers on instagram. You can learn a lot from following them. It’s great to follow someone who you think, “In 10 years, I’d like to be like you or doing something similar to what you’re doing.”

Where would you recommend someone who is just starting out in art to go learn more?

I would recommend something like Skillshare if they didn’t have access to a community class. It is so valuable to meet with someone face to face and have them put eyes on your work. Many communities have something like that, but if you don’t, something like Skillshare is great because there’s a wide variety of classes and options. Creativebug is another online community. What I like about Skillshare is that you can submit your work and let the artist and others see it.

If a frazzled mom with a desire to have an art career asks for advice and you had 2 minutes to give her your best tip, what would that be?

I would say, “Don’t despise the time.” Don’t despise even 30 minutes of time. As a mom pursuing an art career, 30 minutes is plenty of time to do something. I used to think, “I don’t have 2 hours of time to finish this so I can’t do anything.” Because we have little time, that time becomes very valuable and we have to use it wisely. So really, use your time wisely! Don’t write off even 10 minutes of time. Lately, I’ve been using colored pencils because they require no clean up. Use your time wisely and you can get a lot done!

Thank you so much, Emily! Check out Emily’s instagram and website, and don’t forget to subscribe for the latest content below.

Pursuing an art business as a busy mom

Pursuing Art as a Busy Mom

How to Create a Watercolor Texture – Part 2

How to Create a Watercolor Texture – Part 2

In my previous post, I talked about how to create the artwork for your watercolor texture. Now, it’s time to remove the white background and prepare our textures to be used however we want! Once you have prepared your textures, you can use them for lettering, logos, branding, around your blog, or package them and sell them on a site like Etsy or Creative Market. These are so fun to make and use. Once you’ve done a few, you’ll be able to go through the steps quickly! I hope you enjoy this video. And, enjoy 2 free textures at the bottom of this post! You’ll get the purple and pink texture in the image and the blue green circle from the first post. Enjoy!

One thing that I forgot to mention in the video is that you can create a color fill layer behind the texture while you’re doing the detail work to help you visualize all of the areas you need to touch up. Let me know if you have any questions! And sign up below to grab your free textures–available as both a PNG and JPEG instant download! Feel free to use these any way you want.

How to remove the white background from a watercolor image

How to Remove the White Background from a Watercolor image

How To Create a Watercolor Texture – Part 1

How To Create a Watercolor Texture – Part 1

Watercolor textures and backgrounds are pretty popular right now, and you don’t have to look far to find examples of them. I used a watercolor logo in the branding for my Etsy shop and around this blog. While you can purchase backgrounds for use on sites like Etsy or Creative Market, creating your own watercolor backgrounds and textures is super easy and I find it pretty fun.

There are 2 ways that I like to make backgrounds. First is the traditional method using watercolors. You’ll need:

How to create a watercolor texture

A watercolor set. My favorites: Mission Gold and Kuretake

Round brushes. The set I have is no longer available, but this is similar

Watercolor paper. My favorite hot press and cold press pads.

A scanner. I have a Canon Pixma M250 that I bought on Facebook Marketplace for $10. It scans up to 600dpi. 300dpi is the print standard, so that’s more than adequate.

A computer with Adobe Photoshop (sign up for a free 30 day trial here)

Now to actually create our texture! Grab your paints, paper, brushes, and a cup of water. I first lay down a wash in whatever shape I want the texture to be—usually a circle or a rectangle. Then, I add 1 or 2 more colors or deeper shades of the same original color. Have fun with these! You can paint several colors and shapes on one piece of paper. Think about if you want lots of texture in your finished background or if you want a cleaner, smoother look. To add texture, you can dot your loaded paintbrush around and go back over areas that have dried.

How to create a watercolor texture

How to create a watercolor texture

Let your paintings dry. Hook up your scanner and scan your paper at 600dpi. Import your scan into Adobe Photoshop. Go on to part 2 to learn how to remove your white background and prepare your paintings for use on a computer!

How to create a watercolor texture