26 November, 2011

Gift Ideas

While visiting my family for thanksgiving I ventured out for some black friday shopping. Needless to say, I spent wayyy more than I planned on, and I didn't even make a dent in my shopping list.  So, all day i've been trying to think of gifts that I can make for my family and friends that are budget friendly. If you are anything like me, you try to make your money go as far as possible when it comes to christmas gifts. I've done a pretty decent job in the past with crafty gifts, and I've already got a few ideas for this year, but I've got a lot more searching to do on Pinterest and other blogs before I get everything figured out!

So, I thought i'd share some gifts i've created for past holidays and birthdays in hopes of inspiring your crafty side to save money during the holidays!

The Cooler-- what guy doesn't want a cooler to hold all of his beer  drinks :) that is custom painted for him and what he likes??  I've done a ton of coolers to date and it is by far my favorite gift to give. I did this one for my wonderful boyfriend for our first christmas together! [ I posted a few weeks ago the cooler I painted for my dad recently too]


These were some simple paintings I did for my boyfriend's birthday a while back. These logos were free-handed but could be altered for paintings that anyone could do! 
1. Just print out a logo of any brand you would like to rhicreate, 
2. cut it out, 
3. trace around the edges lightly with a pencil 
4. Use acrylic paint from michaels, hobbylobby, or walmart, and fill it in! 

this was for a friend's birthday: 
- It was done on canvas board (flat board) with 3 simple acrylic paint colors, and would be great for a fun birthday present. 

These were all various paintings done for friends and friends of friends for gifts:

And there's always baking... I know my painting skills definitely outweigh my skills in the kitchen, but it's all about effort right!? So, I figured i'd share my efforts. 

1. For the cupcakes: 8 cupcakes, pink frosting, a squeeze tube of red frosting (on the cake aisle)
2. Candy
3. A mussshhy card
4. In the jar--- about 50 valentines (cars and buzz lightyear of course) all with special love messages :)

25 November, 2011

Just call me Santa's Helper!

I've been busy over this thanksgiving break! I'm getting caught up on all of my painting commissions that are owed to people, ya'll are keeping my busy and I LOVE IT! I started with christmas crafting and painting to add to my holiday spirit, then it will be on to a wedding sign, and a painting of a cute little owl. I thought i'd share what i've been up to.. enjoy!

again if you would like to see more- visit my facebook page RhiCreates Facebook

 Ornaments: some have vinyl decals that i've cut with my Circut, and the rest are hand painted. I sell these for $7-$20 each depending on size, design, and type. 

Paintings for Artini's December Calendar - Check it out! www.artinisartlounge.com 
     It's my awesome job! I teach people how to paint a specific painting and have the option of drinking beer and wine while having fun!

Paintings for Splash Into Art:  I also teach here :) I told you I was busy! Same deal as above, but in another town! Check it out www.splashintoart.com

Just Random Arts & Crafts for some wonderful customers:

19 November, 2011

Figure Drawing

As some of you may already know, I am a student at the University of Georgia and will soon be graduating with a BFA in Art Education. Throughout my educational journey, I have had to take a number of art studio courses. I have recently fallen in love with drawing the human figure and I thought I'd share a few of my most recent drawings from class. I'm pretty happy with them, considering my class is at 8AM.. yes 8am with nude models... great way to start the day! haha We do a drawing per class so I have about 50 of these so far, but these are a few from the past two weeks. enjoy!

all are done on 18x24 drawing paper with vine and compressed charcoal. 

if you enjoy my personal work, you can see more @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/RhiCreates/240940335957523