Sharpie Pen Vase Tutorial

ACraftyArab Sharpie Dot Vase TutorialA friend recently gave me this beautiful teal and gold vase.  I loved it but when I brought it home, I realized it still needed something.    I remembered a tutorial we had awhile ago using oil based sharpies and wondered if they’d work on a vase.

 

We made a vase that says Eid, which is Arabic for holiday or festive occasion, to use anytime we had a party at our home.  The process was so easy to do, we made another one that says Shukran, Arabic for thank you, to give to our neighbor as a gift.

 

Supplies

Letter stickers
Vase
Oil based Sharpie
Qtip / rubbing alcohol for cleaning

ACraftyArab Sharpie Dot Vase Tutorial

Center your sticker letters and add them to your vase.

ACraftyArab Sharpie Dot Vase Tutorial

Start adding random dots around your letters.  Keep them close to each other around the letters but going further apart as you go away from the letters.

ACraftyArab Sharpie Dot Vase Tutorial

This is the final look you are going for, as an example.

ACraftyArab Sharpie Dot Vase Tutorial

Let the ink dry for a few hours and then carefully remove the stickers.

ACraftyArab Sharpie Dot Vase Tutorial

If you have any ink that seeped through, remove it with the q-tip and rubbing alcohol.  Place your vase in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

ACraftyArab Sharpie Dot Vase Tutorial

Allow your vase to cool before taking it out of the warm oven.  Add flowers to your vase!

ACraftyArab Sharpie Dot Vase Tutorial

Here is a closer look at the one we are gifting our neighbor.

ACraftyArab Sharpie Dot Vase Tutorial

 

Check out more of our Sharpie crafts:

Ramadan Suhoor Sharpie Mug Tutorial

My First Ramadan Sharpie Plate Tutorial

Or follow A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other Arabic tutorials.

{Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art TutorialIf you follow this blog, you’ll know I’m not much of a baker. In the six years I’ve been doing tutorials, I’ve baked one thing: Baklawa Pops.

 

But I do love taking baking supplies out of the kitchen and re-purposing them.  Sometimes to use as gift bags or making candles.

 

Today we used our moon and star cookie cutters, previously used as walls for quilling, as paint brushes to create masterpieces.

 

Supplies

Canvas (2)
Newspaper
Acrylic paint (2)
Paintbrush
Sponge brush
Paper plate
Cookie cutters
Scissors
Double sided tape
Moon and star template

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

You’ll need to pick two contrasting colors and start by painting each one in completely solid on each canvas. Set aside to dry.

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

We found simple moon and star images online and enlarged them.  You can pick anything that matches your cookie cutter image and cut it out.

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

Add double sided tape to your paper cut outs.

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

Center the cut outs as best you can on the now (hopefully) dry canvas.  Add paint to your paper plate in the contrast color so you can dip your cookie cutter outline.

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

This is the fun part: start using the cookie cutter as a paintbrush and paint away.

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

Before you remove your center cut out, outline it with the smaller paint brush.

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

Now fill in your center made with the same contrast color of your cookie cutter paintbrush.

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

Your artwork is now down and ready to hang.

ACrafty Arab {Moon & Star} Cookie Cutter Canvas Art Tutorial

 

If you’d like to see more fun ways we create re-purpose art, visit A Crafty Arab on Pinerest.

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Camel Fold-in Tutorial

A Crafty Arab Camel Fold-in TutorialGrowing up, I loved reading Mad Magazine.  My second favorite feature, after Spy vs. Spy, was the Mad Fold-in, placed in the back of the issue.

 

Today I introduced the fold-in to my daughter. We discussed how the artist, Al Jaffee, did all his work by hand.  He creates the entire image on a flatboard and doesn’t fold it along the process of making it.  He only sees the finished product once it’s in the magazine.

 

Originally the fold-in was a concept that, according to Wikipedia,

consists of a single drawing, with a paragraph of text underneath, and a panel across the top with a question. Each Fold-In also features instructions on how to manipulate the Fold-In, as well as a picture illustrating the procedure. Under the instructions are two arrows labeled “A” and “B”. When the paper is folded so that points “A” and “B” are touching, the remaining unobscured text underneath the picture becomes the answer to the question, and the picture itself changes into a fresh image reflecting the new text, as the middle 50% of the drawing vanishes.

 

My daughter wanted to try her hand at her first fold-in, but maybe without the question and text underneath.  It was our first time, we are starting out slow.  We settled on a camel that had gifts in it’s carry bag.

 

Supplies

Color markers
Sharpie
12 x 12 paper
Bone folder (not in photo)
Pencil (not in photo)

A Crafty Arab Camel Fold-in Tutorial

Start by using your bone folder to crease your paper into an accordion fold that creates one valley and two mountains.

A Crafty Arab Camel Fold-in Tutorial

Keeping your paper folded, draw your image with a pencil.

A Crafty Arab Camel Fold-in Tutorial

Open up your paper and first connect the lines, then fill in the space.

A Crafty Arab Camel Fold-in Tutorial

Color in your artwork, then go back over and outline some areas with black Sharpie. (Can I just share a little proud mama moment when I noticed the Ramadan lantern included!)

A Crafty Arab Camel Fold-in Tutorial

You can give your fold-in away to a friend to enjoy, or keep it for yourself. Folding and unfolding the surprise inside.

 

With a little practice, maybe we’ll get good enough to include a question on our next one.

A Crafty Arab Camel Fold-in Tutorial

If you enjoyed this camel craft, please visit

Camel Coffee Cozy Tutorial

Eid Camel Gift Bag Tutorial

Or check out other fun tutorials on A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.

A Crafty Arab Camel Fold-in Tutorial