Thou Media https://thoumedia.com Tue, 10 Jul 2018 04:46:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Easy and Fun Summer Crafts https://thoumedia.com/easy-and-fun-summer-crafts/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 11:53:37 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=473
Summer crafts are the secret to having a great summer! Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means! For most people, it means heading to the beach to soak up some sun and catch a wave or two, but the best part about summer is having lots of free time to make some really fun and easy summer crafts. Check out this list of summer craft ideas to make in a flash.

Easy Summer Crafts You Can Make in a Flash

1. Make Summer Lanterns

With items around the house, you can easily make these adorable homemade tin lanterns! Just poke some small holes around the tin using a nail and a hammer. Then, place a candle in the base of the tin and light it up! They make the perfect picnic table lighting option!

2. Denim Cutoffs Wine Bag

I love this denim cutoffs wine bag. It will surely give your wine night at the beach a classy touch! With just the bottoms of your cut-off jeans and a little bit of sewing skill, you’ll have the cutest bottle carrier ever!

Take your dinner outdoors this summer and set up a nature-inspired design with nature itself. Put your table runner, plates, chargers, utensils, tray, linens, centerpieces, cocktail napkins, and some paper straws together to create a rustic tabletop. This makes a great project for a cool summer night!

3. DIY Painted Beach Ball Makeover

Who doesn’t want their own custom giant beach ball? This is one of the best summer crafts for adults, kids, and all beach lovers. Customize your clear, plain beach ball with any color and design to your heart’s desires, and you’re on your way to having the best pool party activity!

4. Create Sweet Summer Dreams Dreamcatcher

Bring magical beauty to your yard with the help of these adorable butterfly feeders. To make these jar and plate butterfly feeders, you just need an acrylic plate, a glass jar, string, a wire plate holder, sugar, water, and a few other supplies and you’re on your way to attracting more butterflies to your yard. Just make sure not to add too much sugar to the food mixture, it may dehydrate the butterflies.

Learn how to create this lovely dream catcher and dream up a wonderful piece all your own! Designing your dream catcher to fit your personality is so easy with the help of beads, ribbons, paint, feathers, glitter, rhinestones, and your imagination.

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Turn Your Apron into a Zippered Pouch https://thoumedia.com/turn-your-apron-into-a-zippered-pouch/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 11:36:34 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=467 An Apron is a nifty little tool you need in the kitchen. It keeps your clothes clean and free from spills and other mess while cooking. However, if you have one too many aprons today well show you how to turn it into a convenient zippered pouch. This tutorial is courtesy of Jaime Costiglio in collaboration with The Home Depot!

Hot To Turn your Apron into a Pouch

This creative and multi-functional pouch can be used for so many different things. Use it to store gardening tools, kitchen utensils or even personal items; its really up to you. Read on for the tutorial on how to turn your apron into a zippered pouch!

Items needed:

  • Apron
  • Zipper (minimum 9″l)
  • Scissors
  • Medium weight fusible interfacing (7″w x 17″l)
  • Cotton lining (2 @ 9″w x 8″h)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Instructions

Cut apron strings off leaving 1/2″ each on one side.  Save the apron strings for finishing the zipper ends and to use on the zipper pull later.Iron on fusible interfacing to wrong side of apron. Make apron into a tube by overlapping short ends, then fold raw edge of cut apron string (binding) under and zig zag stitch tube closed.

Apron

Press apron tube shape flat so center of apron lines up with back center seam. Then move on and prepare the zipper. .  Measure the top apron open space and subtract 1″.  My aprons measured 8 1/2″ so my complete zipper length is 7 1/2″.  Using the apron string binding sew a short piece perpendicular to zipper on each end as pictured above.

Save the apron strings for finishing the zipper ends and to use on the zipper pull later.Iron on fusible interfacing to wrong side of apron.

This creative and multi-functional pouch can be used for so many different things. Use it to store gardening tools, kitchen utensils or even personal items; its really up to you.

Now you know how to turn your apron into a zippered pouch!

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DIY Wedding Gifts – Hand Painted Gold Mugs https://thoumedia.com/diy-wedding-gifts-hand-painted-gold-mugs/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 11:24:23 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=462 I’m getting married here in a couple months and have been searching, searching, searching for DIY wedding gift ideas for our parental units. However, I have not had much luck. As it turns out, not everyone gets their parents a wedding gift, much less a DIY wedding gift! Hence, I have come up with this personalized wedding gift, fit for anyone in your family or wedding party needing some love:

DIY Wedding Gift Idea: Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Step 1:

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Supplies:

  • Coffee/tea mug
  • Permanent Marker
  • Expo Marker
  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape or Painter’s Tape
  • Gold Spray paint
  • Clear Sealer (we used Rust-Olium)
  • Optional: Aluminum Foil

Step 2:

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Mask your mug into the unique design you want using your masking or painter’s tape. You can either mask across the top of the mug to seal the inside, or use aluminum foil as seen in a few steps.

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Continue masking around the mug until your design is complete! Make sure you cover up the outside of the mug everywhere you do not want spray paint!

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

 Step 3:

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Like mentioned in step 2, we used aluminum foil to cover the inside of the mugs. This ensures no spray paint finds its way inside!

Step 4:

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Take your mugs outside and place on an elevated surface to be spray painted. Once you have spray painted your design, turn over and spray paint again.

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Turning the mug over ensures you do not miss any spots you want covered, as seen on the mug’s handle above.

Step 5:

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Once the paint is dry, you may begin carefully peeling off the tape.

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

You may notice some spots that accidentally have spray paint as you are taking off the tape, but don’t fret! We’ll show you how to remove unwanted paint in the next step.

Step 6:

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Using an Expo marker, go over all of the unwanted paint spots and wipe clean with a paper towel.

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Voila! Continue to use your Expo marker until all the unwanted spots are gone.

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold MugsA DIY Wedding can save so much money to put toward other expenses!

Aren’t they beautiful? We could have stopped here, but we decided to take this project to the next level…

Step 7:

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Using a gold permanent marker that matched the gold spray paint, we decorated the mugs. Add a personal touch to these handmade mugs!

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

We personalized these wedding gifts with sayings like, ‘Mother of the Bride’ and ‘Thank you for raising the man of my dreams!”

Step 8:

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

Once you have finished retouching the gold paint and writing your messages, take the mugs outside once more and spray them down with Clear Sealer Spray. Be sure to turn them upside down as to not spray the inside of the mug. Repeat two times.

DIY Wedding Gifts | Hand Painted Gold Mugs

This DIY personalized mug can be used for any special occasion! Your family and wedding party will love these wedding crafts you made with love!

There you have it! Everyone will love these hand painted gold mugs, and all your friends will want you to make their DIY wedding gifts!

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Super Creative Garden Art Ideas https://thoumedia.com/super-creative-garden-art-ideas/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 19:07:52 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=453 Garden art is so in right now! It’s officially the first day of summer which means outdoor parties, lounging by the pool and backyard barbecues. Since you’ll be spending so much time outdoors its time to spruce up your space, with a bit of creativity. We have some great ideas to spruce up your garden and make your yard the envy of all the neighbors!

1. Animated Flowerpots

With some colored paint and a tiny bit of artistic skill you can make flowerpots out of your old drums, and  animate them as well. Feel free to choose whatever quirky character you prefer. These cute designs are from Upcycled wonders.

2. Bed-frame flowerbed

This is a really great idea, especially when your kids grow out of their tiny single bed and it’s time to upgrade to something bigger. Just repurpose the bed frame by painting it in your favorite color and using a rope to hang your flowerbed. How cool is this!

3. Hanging handbag Flowerpots

Instead of tossing out last seasons handbags why not recycle them into something absolutely unique and creative like these handbag flowerpots. Plus since they already come with their own handles you can pretty much hang them anywhere!

4. Bottle Artpiece

It’s amazing what you can do with a few empty bottles right? We like to call it garden art! This bottled peacock will make a beautiful centerpiece in your yard.

5. Flowerpot Boots

The rainy season is officially over but you don’t have to throw out those those worn out rain boots, instead just paint them in fun colors, add some dirt and plant your favorite flowers!

This is definitely my favorite on the list; I mean how often do you see wire animals in someone’s yard? This was created by Wireart using galvanized plain wire, you can check them out here

Did you like these creative garden art ideas? Tell us which ones you are willing to try this summer! We absolutely love hearing from you so share your feedback with us!

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DIY Front Yard Makeover Ideas You’ll Love https://thoumedia.com/diy-front-yard-makeover-ideas-youll-love/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:53:08 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=442 Give your front yard a whole new look with these DIY front yard makeover ideas! These cool ideas will make your house stand out from the rest of the neighborhood, thanks to your ingenious and creative front yard accents. Don’t worry, I promise I won’t tell the neighbors you got the front yard ideas from this roundup. Your secret’s safe with me.

This DIY yard project functions as both a planter and a house number sign. Just don’t forget to secure the boards with nails after you glue the pieces in. Doing so will prevent a mess by securing the sides of the planter box.

1. Defined Walkway

Tired of your grass covering your walkway? Try defining the path with rocks. Aside from having a hard surface to step on and keeping everyone from frequently stepping on the healthy grass, this path only adds more beauty to your lawn. I recommend using red lava rocks to define your walkway. Not only are they vibrantly red but they’ll also help with your drainage.

2. DIY House Number Sign

House numbering is the system of giving a unique number to each building in a street or area, with the intention of making it easier to locate a particular building. The house number is often part of a postal address. The term describes the number of any building (residential or not) with a mailbox, or even a vacant lot.

House numbering schemes vary by location, and in many cases even within cities. In some areas of the world, including many remote areas, houses are named but are not assigned numbers.

3. Cedar Cube Landscape Lights

Protect the spike bottoms of your landscape lights by placing them in cedar cubes. These will look amazing when lit on your front lawn. The uneven placement of the lights is unique and adds elegance to your front yard.

Bring your solar panels back to life with a coat of clear brushing lacquer.

4. Welcome Post Sign

Show everyone how friendly you are with a little welcome sign you can hang on the fence. There’s no need to spend a fortune on building a beautiful fence to hang your welcome sign. A simple unused wooden pallet from around the house will do the trick.

Don’t have enough space in your front yard to make a fence? No worries, 3-5 pallet boards on the lawn will do.

5. Tin Can Lanterns

Remove the labels of your cans and place them in the freezer to help them hold their shape. Once a sheet of ice has formed, poke holes in the can using a hammer and nail. Attach a handle, paint the can, and insert a tea light to finish off your lantern.

6. Tree-Ring

Did you know a tree-ring can turn into additional seats if you add more bricklayers on top? Why not try DIYing one on a weekend and see the difference it brings to a front yard? It’s a simple project and one of the best landscaping ideas for your tree.

If you’re making a tree ring for a young tree, be sure to leave ample space for when it matures into a bigger tree.

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5 Awesome DIY Projects for Your Game Room https://thoumedia.com/5-awesome-diy-projects-for-your-game-room/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:30:14 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=437 It’s finally happened. You are now officially living the dream—you have a game room! Now the biggest worry you’re going to have to face is how to fill it. We’ve searched the internet for the best DIY projects to fill your game room with quality entertainment—and have fun doing so. After all, nothing beats the joy of creating something functional and cool, especially if the end result is aimed towards getting the most of your entertainment. So, without further ado, here are seven projects that we think would create the ultimate game room, whether it’s a new addition to your home or an old room that’s turned a bit boring.

1. Wine Cork Dart Board Backer

Wine Cork Dart Board Backer for Your Game Room

We expect you’ve worked hard to get your game room, and you certainly don’t want to mess it up with lots of holes in your wall. You may be a darts pro but your guests (and maybe children) might not be. To avoid this messy situation, you can build yourself a wine cork dart board backer. This is especially good if you’ve been saving wine corks for a DIY project (if you haven’t you’ll have to open a bottle and get drinking—responsibly). The various shades make the piece rather artistic, and you can always opt to color your corks, if you feel like funking the backer up. Detailed (and easy) instructions here.

2. Chalkboard Table

Chalkboard Table DIY Project for Game Room

The first rule of the game room is that there will be no fighting. This new addition to your home should be your escape, the place you go to have fun, and not a room full of arguments over the score of a game—which is why this chalkboard table is perfect. You’ll need a table to place your beverages, maybe play some cards, and now it can be used to keep score too.

This is easier than you might think, just follow these very simple instructions. And if you want to make DIY chalkboard paint, check this out too!

3. Entertainment Center

Often the epicenter of the game room is the entertainment center. The place for your TV for watching sporting events, for your consoles for playing video games and your audio system to keep the mood lively. All of this equipment can create a lot of mess, and you’ll certainly want a way to keep it all neat and tidy—especially since shiny new consoles and peripherals like the highly-anticipated Oculus Rift hit the market quite often.

This doesn’t have to be a huge project either! These guys have made a brilliant entertainment center for under $50 using cinder blocks and wood. Do watch the video tutorial.

And if you don’t have a wifi yet on your game room, there are games that requires no wi-fi.

4. Home Cinema Seating

If you’ve got a very large game room (lucky you!) you might consider the following DIY project—home cinema seating, made out of pallets. This is such a great idea for your DIY project, we wonder why we haven’t seen more of it. We love DIY projects that make use of cheaper, easier to use, materials that any DIY enthusiast can work with. Plus, it’s creative upcycling!

Stack the pallets on top of each other, set this up in front of your new entertainment center, put on the game and relax. Find out how to achieve it here. If your space does not allow for stadium-type seating, you can still use pallets to create comfortable sofas and take advantage of nooks.

5. Poker Table

Poker Table DIY Projects for Game Room

For more serious game rooms, you might want to go one step further than a score-keeping chalkboard table and build your own poker table (you can have both, of course, it’s your game room).

Now, the skill level of this project is a little higher, but we believe in you and just imagine what fun you’ll have when you invite your friends around to play on this! These instructions make it seem like a breeze—perhaps it’s not so bad after all?

6. Poker Hands Wall Art

Poker Hands Wall Art DIY Projects for Game Room

If you’re planning on inviting guest to play on your brand new poker table, you should take into consideration that they might not be as up to speed with the game as you are. Or perhaps you’re not that experienced yourself, no shame in that. To solve this minor issue and add some relevant artwork to your game room, consider printing out a useful wall guide of poker hands. This could be easily achieved by buying a ready-made frame that will suit the decor of your game room. Cut some thin but sturdy, card to fit the frame. Using real packs of cards, lay out and stick down the hands in order—cardboard glue should suffice. Lastly, label your hands so that people know what they’re holding (or pretending to). If you’re not totally confident about what each hand is, you can take a look at a poker hands guide, to make sure you’re getting it right.

7. Rubik’s Cube Storage

Every good game room needs plenty of storage of your board games, cards, rackets and whatever else you need for fun to commence, but that doesn’t mean that your storage has to be boring, plain drawers! Some clever chap has only gone and made a set of Rubik’s cube storage draws—that actually spin.

This might be a bit of a brain scratcher to make, just like the game, but these instructions will prove very helpful.

So there you have them: our top seven DIY game room ideas. There are loads more great DIY game room projects out there, and we hope you have as much fun putting your new room together as you will using it. Happy DIYing!

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Creative Upcycling Projects for Your Home https://thoumedia.com/creative-upcycling-projects-for-your-home/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 17:56:33 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=424 Upcycling projects allow you to reuse old items which would have normally gone into the garbage heap, This is not good for the environment. However it also brings out your creative side, challenging you to dig deep and make something new from something old. Today we’ll show you 8 creative upcycling projects for your home.

1. Suitcase Turned  Chair

An old suitcase can easily be turned into a cool chair like this one shown on the DIY Network

2. Whisk turned candle holder

If your whisks aren’t working quite like they use to, no need to toss them out. Instead use them to make these adorable lanterns for your home. All you need are some tea candles and strings to hand them on.

Another super creative idea for your bathroom is using an empty bottles as a soap dispenser. This is great for persons who buy in bulk. This idea also works for shampoo and conditioner, or even dish washing liquid for your kitchen.  Just make sure you properly rinse out the remains from the empty bottle and use the top from an old lotion bottle for the pump at the top

3. Guitar turned shelf

I know how painful it can be for musicians to toss out their musical instruments; these things are often very sentimental. That’s why this idea is so great because you really don’t have to. This idea on how to turn your old guitar into a hanging shelf is one of my absolute faves on this list of upcycling projects, and for obvious reasons.

4. Bicycle turned towel holder

If your style is more vintage than modern then you will absolutely want to try upcycling your old bicycle and making it usable in your bathroom. This one from Bocadolobo is not just artistic but also functional , look at how the bicycle rack easily turns into a towel rack!

You’ll need to put some work into creating this one, but the result is certainly worth it. You can check out the full tutorial from My Repurposed Lif

5. Drum turned seat

With some tools and some creative input an old drum can transition into a cozy bench. The one shown here is made from a 55 gallon drum and the black linings are made from rubber. This one from Bocadolobo is not just artistic but also functional , look at how the bicycle rack easily turns into a towel rack!. Both the base and seat are fabricated from recycled wood.

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5 Slow Cooker Hacks For Every Household https://thoumedia.com/5-slow-cooker-hacks-for-every-household/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 17:41:27 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=415 A slow cooker is designed to make your life easier—so take it out of your storage and start using it! Almost all slow cooker recipes require putting all the ingredients inside and forgetting about it. How cool is that? But did you know that there is so much more you can do with your slow cooker? Yes, you heard it right! This list will open your eyes to what cool life hacks you can use your slow cooker for! Check out these awesome slow cooker recipes you should try right now!

1. DIY Crockpot Candles

There are plenty of good reasons why you should start using your slow cooker for your dinner meals. But do you know you can use your trusty slow cooker to make other things, too? Take these DIY crockpot candles from Saving Money In Your Twenties for example. Who would’ve thought you’ll be able to make candles right at home using a slow cooker? You don’t have to run to the store every time you need candles!

2. Slow Cooker Lotion Bars

Do you ever experience having dry skin during winter? Here’s a slow cooker hack from Simply {Darr}ling to help you with that. Keep a few of these lotion bars at different corners of your house so you can moisturize your skin when you need to. These are quite solid when left alone but they slowly melt once exposed to your body heat.

3. Crock Pot Bread

If you’re hesitant to try baking homemade bread for fear of burning it, here’s the solution: use your slow cooker. You won’t have to burn bread in the oven anymore with this slow cooker bread baking tip by Living Sweet Moments. The bread won’t have the golden brown crust but it’s still going to be fully cooked and soft.To add depth and flavor to a slow-cooked meat, sear it on the stovetop first! The extra few minutes of prep time will be worth it as you can see in this recipe by Simply Scratch. The caramelized flavor you get from searing meat is just something you can’t achieve by just using the slow cooker alone. Sure, the meat will be tender but it won’t be as savory.

4. Oatmeal Honey Crockpot Soap

Have you ever tried making your own soap? If not, then you must give this DIY oatmeal honey soap by The Nerdy Farm Wife a shot. It’s fun, interesting, and definitely something you and your family will use for weeks and even months!

In case you’re still not convinced that you can use your crockpot to make other things that aren’t food, check out this easy tutorial to make crockpot play dough from Repeat Crafter Me. Just a quick tip: I’d use liners for this one to make getting the play dough out a little easier

 5. Clean Your Slow Cooker

With all the things you made with your slow cooker, I’m sure you would be asking if there is a hack to clean it. Well, you’re in luck! This cleaning hack from Clean Mama will actually make your cleaning life a whole lot easier!

You can get your house smelling all nice during the holidays with this simple crock-pot Christmas potpourriby Serenity Cove! What makes this potpourri amazing is it only requires natural ingredients such as orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla, among others.

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Backyard Ideas For Small Yards To DIY This Spring https://thoumedia.com/backyard-ideas-for-small-yards-to-diy-this-spring/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 17:31:17 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=403 Feeling challenged thinking about backyard ideas for small yards? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered on this one. Here are some tips and tricks to make the most of your backyard space–without skimping on fun and functional factors. These small backyard garden ideas will let you maximize your space in no time. Find out which project among this list is going to be your most favorite!

1. String Lights

One of the simplest ways to make space look bigger is to draw the eye up, which is exactly what these string lights do. Instead of maintaining the focus on the size of your backyard, the string lights keep your gaze in a more vertical perspective, letting you notice how space above wasn’t forgotten.

2. Tiered Herb Garden

Height truly is one of the key secrets when it comes to making the most of the small spaces. This tiered herb garden is a testament to this. Not only is it more aesthetically pleasing, but it also occupies less space. By the way, you can opt to put the tiered herb either along your house or at any corner of the backyard.
Tip: If you don’t have any boards available, you can use old crates and stack them up instead.

3. Fire Pit Lounge Area

Rearrange your lounge chairs to surround your fire pit. That way, it’ll be easier for everyone to gather around and talk. I’ve found that keeping most chairs together allows for a more central conversation–a must for intimate get-togethers.

4. Glow In the Dark Rocks

Don’t let your small backyard stop you from doing a little DIY project of glow in the dark rocks. I’ve found it best to lay the painted rocks in sunny areas. That way, they can recharge during the day and show off their magnificent glow at night.
Tip: I like lining my pathway with the glow in the dark rocks, so it follows a certain pattern and doesn’t crowd my backyard.

5. Mini Pond

Who says you need a huge backyard to have a pond? You can DIY one with this tutorial — it’ll even hold a fish or two. Choose the perfect spot for your mini pond. Just make sure there aren’t any stray cats around.
Tip: Prevent the soil from rising by putting a layer of rocks on top.

6. Chalkboard for the Kids

Make your backyard more kid-friendly by painting a chalkboard for the little ones. I’d suggest keeping the chalk either inside the house or inside an outdoor cabinet, though. I mean, you wouldn’t want those getting wet under the rain, right? Practice your mini putt skills with this DIY putting green. One of the ingenious tricks I love about this project is how a hose was used to help mark the design of the putting green. It’s such a simple idea and yet so smart!

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How to Complete a Drawing that Inspires You Quickly https://thoumedia.com/how-to-complete-a-drawing-that-inspires-you-quickly/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 17:05:14 +0000 https://thoumedia.com/?p=397 One thing every colored pencil artist can agree on that colored pencils are a slow medium. There’s just no way around it. If your chosen medium is colored pencil, your work progresses stroke by stroke I ’ve been there many times, and I can tell you from personal experience that there is a way to motivate yourself to complete that now-uninspiring project. Here are a few of my favorite methods:

1. Make subtle changes to how you draw

Most of us fall into the habit of holding a pencil the same way; usually the same way we hold a pen or pencil for writing.

But is that the best way to hold a colored pencil when you’re drawing? Maybe your low level of interest is because your hands, wrists, and arms are subtly telling you they’re tired! If that’s the case, try holding the pencil differently.

If you usually hold a pencil down toward the tip, try holding it further up the barrel. Or if you usually hold it vertically, try angling it a little more with a horizontal grip.

It may seem like a simple or silly method, but I’ve found that changing grips not only allows me to make different types of marks on the paper; it gives my hands, wrists, and arms a bit of a break. Even a slight change in grip or pencil position can relieve the physical stress of drawing, and help you get past the doldrums of a drawing.

2. Try a different location!

This is one of my biggest problems with finishing pieces, especially more complex ones. I sit at the same desk, in the same chair, and work with the drawing at the same angle (usually flat on the desktop) until every part of me cries for change. Most of the time, that means putting the drawing aside and walking away.

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But not always.

Sometimes, I take everything to my favorite easy chair, or to the couch in the front room, or even to a lawn chair on the front porch. Even if I work in those places for only twenty or thirty minutes, it’s often enough to give my body and mind a new perspective.

And trust me, a body and mind with a new perspective means that tedious piece no longer looks quite so tedious!

3. Focus on just ONE small section at a time

Sometimes it’s the scope of the work remaining that feels daunting. If that’s the case, try to focus in on your drawing section by section. Do as much as you can with each area, then move on to the next area. Some compositions are perfect for working this way.

The portrait I’ve shared below was ideal for that working method. Each piece of harness (and each part of the horse seen through and around the harness) could be drawn individually with ease. It was like putting a puzzle together, and it kept my brain interested in each different area.

But not all projects are designed that way. This next portrait had no natural divisions like the one above, and it was just as large. But you can still split up a portrait like this into small sections as well.

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Just “mask” everything but the section you’d like to work on by covering it with plain paper. Work on the part of the drawing you can see, then move the mask to reveal another area. Easy!

If it helps, feel free to enlarge or zoom in closer on your reference photo to just show the same area.

4. Use blending tools to speed up your process

My current project isn’t going as quickly as I’d like (what project ever does?)

Just yesterday, I was very dissatisfied with how it looked and where I was at. I couldn’t set it aside without improving it, so I decided to try something other than what I’d planned. Rather than relying on multiple layers to blend colors, I used a cotton swab to blend some areas. It took less than ten minutes, and it made a world of difference to the project and how far along I felt I was.

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Those attitude changes are even bigger benefits than just creating smoother color!

5. Brainstorm your own way to “draw differently!”

We all have reasons for feeling listless about a drawing. Maybe you can try changing up your intentions, and see if that helps. Or try different colors, or look at a few other artist’s work who you admire. The purpose isn’t to change the final outcome, of course—the goal is to inject a spirit of adventure into the process. If you can make an experiment out of it, you can spark renewed interest and the tedium disappears.

You may not always be as experimental with a portrait or other type of client work, but it’s a fantastic way to move forward on most other pieces. And who knows what new technique you might discover!

So go on, ttry one of my methods above, or come up with your own!

Once you do, I have no doubt you’ll quickly get past the drudgery—and the discouragement—of your current drawing, and bring it to a successful conclusion!

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