DIY Valentines Day Card Designs

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With Valentines Day is just around the corner, you should celebrate each day leading up to it by passing out valentines proudly and often. Get started by using the guides above to create your own cards. All you need is a variety of pink & beige copic markers (available at most art supplies + craft stores), a black micron illustration pen (available at most craft + office stores), and a white sakura pen  (available at most craft + office stores). When you're done, pair your finished creations with hot pink envelopes and homemade cookies for an extra special (and delicious) touch! 
January 28, 2016 by Evelyn Henson

DIY Files: Stylish Bulletin Board
Slowly but surely, I've managed to carve out functional and chic workspaces in my tiny apartment. Maintaining the mess that comes with being a full time artist, however, is a totally different challenge. My sketches are legitimately e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, and don't even get me started on the paint covering my art table. The paint spills I obviously want to clean up, but I love have sketches lying around for inspiration. At first I taped only my favorites on the wall, but those few turned into a dozen, aaaand before I knew it they were taking over the wall. After a few months of debate, I decided to take matters into my own hands (literally) and get crafty with a bulletin board. 
After wandering the aisles of Michaels weighing the various ways to DIY my own at the lowest price point possible, I settled for a foam cork board, fabric, and a metal frame. Since I knew the board would be covered in sketches, I wasn't too invested in the aesthetics. Still, I wanted a pop of color, and I'd also been eyeing this cheeky pink wallpaper for months. Instead of wallpapering my life with it, I opted to just cover the bulletin board. One month later and I'm still obsessing over new addition to my "office." Read below to get the look for yourself!


White or off-white fabric
 The craft paint color of your choice (I used this magenta
A 24 x 36 in. frame


1. Lay the fabric down flat and iron. Confession: I didn't do this and immediately regretted it. It's trickier to paint the fabric when there are creases and wrinkles all over the place, trust me! 

2. Paint the pattern onto the fabric. Tip: I did two layers of paint for a messier look. The first layer I did was imperfect and messy, and the second had bolder, more pigmented brushstrokes. Let dry. 

3. Lay the fabric onto the front of the board, flip over, and use flat thumbtacks to secure the excess to the back. 

4. Remove the acrylic or glass from the frame ,and pop the board into the frame! 

5. Hang and voila! 

Share your DIY with the #brightlydecoratedlife hashtag on instagram. 
April 22, 2015 by Evelyn Henson

DIY Anemone Painting

Anemone Painting DIY with Evelyn Henson #behindthepalette //


Anemone Painting DIY with Evelyn Henson #behindthepalette //



PAINTSDeep midnight blue, bluegrass green (any emerald color), peony pink, wisteria (purple), baby blue, desert turquoise, black, & white

BRUSHES: I recommend starting with a small /8--1/2 in. angeled brush. Buy a nice one and slowly add to your collection! If you're unsure, get a pack and experiment with a bunch of different brushes! 

CANVAS: Any stretched canvas will do! I used an 11 x 14. You can easily pick one up for under $10 at a nearby craft store. 


Note/Disclaimer: paintings sold in the shop are completed with higher quality paints. Craft acrylics are used in tutorials to keep them budget friendly. However, if you're looking to paint more seriously, I am a big fan of the brands Golden and Liquitex  (around $8.00-$12.00ish per paint tube depending on the size).


Anemone Painting DIY with Evelyn Henson #behindthepalette //


Above is an easy way to approach a mason jar. Just paint 2-3 horizontal lines, two lower case L's, and a narrow oval. Then connect them with two vertical lines. 


Anemone Painting DIY with Evelyn Henson #behindthepalette //


1. Add a few lines in your vase to represent stems. I never stress about details here and love making the vases really abstract! I usually paint in colors as I go along. 

2. Add in a foreground color as a table. Be sure to add some of the color to the bottom part of your vase. 

3. Paint purple shapes to start your anemones. Paint circles if you want them to be fully blossomed and facing the viewer, and paint triangles for any that you want to be facing another direction. 

4. Fill in the background with light blue, making sure to add color in the vase as well.  

5. Add a shadow in a slightly deeper emerald (mix emerald + black) than the foreground. 

6. Add thick, assymmetrical white borders to the anemone shapes as petals, leaving a purple center. 


Anemone Painting DIY with Evelyn Henson #behindthepalette //


1. Take a blue/purple hue and blend the white petals with the purple center. Think messy ombre! Add some of this hue to the vase as well. 

2. Loosely paint imperfect green foilage arround the anemones.

3. Add in turquoise foilage as well. 

4. Add pink details to the bouquet and vase. I dotted on berry-like dots in a few places. 

5. Leaving hints of purple showing through, brush on navy circles to the center of your anemones. Rather than painting perfect circles, make them assymmetrical with spikey, rough edges. 

6. Add navy spots around your circles to complete your anemone bouquet.

7. Finish with whatever details you see fit. Add in extra foilage if it looks unbalanced, or switch in new colors----have fun with it! 


Anemone Painting DIY with Evelyn Henson #behindthepalette // 


Now hang and  share it with @evelyn_henson #brightlydecoratedlife on instagram! I'd LOVE to see your results and hear what you think we should paint next!



DIY Frame Mats

DIY Mat Boards #behindthepalette 

DIY Mat Boards #behindthepalette 

DIY Mat Boards #behindthepalette 

DIY Mat Boards #behindthepalette 

DIY Mat Boards #behindthepalette 


For anyone who's ever asked me about framing recs., this post is for you!

If you follow on instagram, you may have noticed I have a new obsession: painted frame mat boards (evidence above). This is certainly no new idea, but I thought I'd share the details for all in need of a little framing inspiration. They're beyond easy to create and (more importantly) add a pop of color to gallery walls everywhere. 


What to buy:

Acrylic craft paint 


A cheap frame with a removable mat (I'm almost positive I used THIS one!)


How to: 

1. Just decide on your colors and/or patterns, and paint away. Drying time is about 10-15 minutes. I went with solid colors for mine, but I also did a leopard print (just spot black circles onto a tan color). 

Other patterns on my "to paint" list include: 

macaron pattern (perfect if you have THIS macarons print!)

watermelon pattern  (because, who cares if summer is almost over?!) 

2. Frame your art and share on instagram with the #brightlydecoratedlife hashtag  



Macaron Wrapping Paper

Macaron DIY #behindthepalette //

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Confession: I've picked up a crazy/colorful, maybe even insane habit in the past month......sending gifts in handpainted wrapping paper. Am I crazy? Maybe. Is it the funnest way ever to send a gift? Yes, and you absolutely have to try it. 

Let's rewind. It started with a friend's birthday last month. I was just going to mail her something surrounded in tissue paper and gold tinsel confetti (my former go-to for gifting via snail mail), when I noticed my bin filled with tons of 18 x 24 patterned sheets. When I realized I had a MACARON pattern in the mix (see here), I  could. not. resist. 
You better believe sending that in the mail made for a good surprise.  The best part of all is that the pattern is INCREDIBLY easy to paint. So simple that I knew I had to share with you. 

What you need:  

And guess what? All you need is a bit of craft acrylic paint and an 18 x 24 sheet of paper. I used 18 x 24, but, for this, the bigger, the better. Just don't go any smaller! The color pairings are really up to you, but as a general rule, pick out two different shades (one darker, one lighter) for each color you want. 


Supply List: 

-18 x 24 Paper (I used this giant Canson paper but wished I had gone a little thinner to make folding easier )

-Paintbrush (obviously

-Craft Acrylics (see below for my color pairings) 


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To start, fold your paper vertically/hot-dog style 4 times (more if your paper is larger than 18 x 24). Then unfold and flatten the creases as much as possible. The folds are meant to give you a basic grid to place the macaroons in. You should now have 4 columns. 

Time to start painting! We're just going to do the outside parts of the macaroons to begin with. Below is a shape to go off's basically two smooshed ovals. Paint it in the upper left of the page in the first column. 
For the colors, I grab the lighter shades in your color pairings for these outside parts, and set aside the darker ones. 
#behindthepalette Macaron DIY



With the same color, paint macarons in different columns to form imaginary rows. So, I put the first macaron in Column 1, Row 1, the second macaron in Column 3, Row 2, the third macaron in Column 2, Row 3, and the fourth in Column 4, Row 4. 


See how you're forming imaginary rows as you move down? 


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Pick up another color and repeat step 3. Keep doing this with different colors until you have filled up the page. 
Remember to only use the lighter shades of your color pairings in this step!


#behindthepalette Macaron DIY

Hooray! You've completed the "difficult" part. Now onto more painting fun. Set aside the lighter colors, and grab the darker ones. Now, using the darker color of each pairing, brush a line between the two shapes for the "icing" on the macaron. 

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Repeat Step 5 until all your macarons are iced with color! When finished, let dry and admire your pattern. 


#behindthepalette macaron DIY

Macaron wrapping paper DIY #behindthepalette //

Now you can happily send off gifts wrapped in paper made by Y-O-U! If your DIY gift-wrapping venture is a success, share with me on instagram by tagging @evelyn_henson and using the hashtag #brightlydecoratedlife. I can't wait to see how you make this DIY your own! 



July 16, 2014 by Evelyn Henson
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Peonies DIY

#behindthepalette DIY 

#behindthepalette DIY 

Peony DIY #Behindthepalette



(Note: I do these tutorials with craft acrylics to keep them cheap and easy for the everyday girl. However, if you're a serious/aspiring painter who is looking to start a large paint collection, grab Liquitex or Goldens paints instead (those are my current favorites, anyway). The color saturation/intensity is worth every penny.)


#behindthepalette peony diy www.evelynhenson.comSTEP 1....
Use the emerald paint to sketch out a square for the vase.

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STEP 2....
Use the light pink paint to add 4-5 assymmetrical circles. Strive for imperfection with these! 

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STEP 3....
Use the coral paint to dabble an outline along the edges of each peony. Then alternate between adding coral to the centers of the flowers with coral (like I did the three in the middle!) and adding a line down the center (I did this to the outer two). By mixing it up, your bouquet will have both budding and fully blossomed peonies.

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STEP 4....
Grab the sea glass color and fill in the top half of the background! Also add this color to the inside of the vase. 

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STEP 5....
Fill in the bottom half with a citrus/lime green.

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STEP 6....
Apply citrus paint to the vase for stems. Use the brush to sweep across a few diagonal and vertical lines. I'm all about an abstract vase, and usually just go off of my intuition than reality, which is way more fun.

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STEP 7....
Pick up the dark green and repeat step 6. 

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STEP 8....
Paint a dark green shadow in front of the vase. I do this in a few quick, messy strokes. 

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STEP 9....
Add in dark green leaf elements. Be creative with where you paint them depending on where your peonies ended up on your canvas. I usually add leaves and twigs where I think balance is needed.

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STEP 10.... 
Pick up the peony pink to add the final touches to the flowers. Roughly outline the two outer peony buds. Then, dabble in a few spots in the centers of the full-bloom peonies. 

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STEP 11....
Add hints of peony pink to the vase. 

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STEP 12 (final step)
Add in a few swatches of light pink to the vase. 

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You're done! Feel free to add in other colors to put your own spin on it. I usually add more pinks to my in-shop florals, but, for DIY's, I try to keep them simple. If you want to share your work with me, snap on instagram and use the #brightlydecoratedlife hashtag. 



DIY FILES: Mini Watermelon Painting

#behindthepalette watermelon painting

Watermelon DIY #behindthepalette


#behindthepalette watermelon painting


To paint this watermelon, you only need a handful of craft acrylics, a 4 x 6 canvas, and a small paintbrush, all of which can be found at a local craft store (Think Michaels or Hobby Lobby). It should round out to about $10.00 total. If you want the exact colors I used, go for black, Americana melon, Folk Art lime, and Americana peony pink (I'm also a big fan of dragonfruit pink). There's really no need to splurge for nicer acrylics on this, but if you want something super glossy, I recommend grabbing Golden's acrylic paints (also at craft stores) for $10 a pop. 
#behindthepalette watermelon painting


1. Paint a pink semi-circle/oval in coral. 

2. Outline the rounded portion of the semi-oval in lime green.

3. Paint the white space around the watermelon-to-be pink. I like to lather the pink on in a messy, uneven way where you can see the brushstrokes and there's a little bit of white bordering the watermelon. 

4. Add spots of black to the semi-oval. Don't think too much about it---just dip your brush in black and dab it onto the canvas. Perfect circles are not necessary. 

5. Paint the sides lime green. I painted them a solid green and left pops of white around the corners. You could also do a striped or spotted pattern. Definitely be creative with it if you'd like! 



Share on instagram with the #brightlydecoratedlife hashtag! 

May 28, 2014 by Evelyn Henson

DIY FILES: Mini Tulip Painting Tutorial

Mini Tulip Bouquet for Beginning Artists #behindthepalette



TIME: 30 minutes to 1 hr (possibly more if you're a perfectionist) 

MATERIALS: a 5 x 7 canvas, a small angeled brush, and craft acrylics. Be as creative as you wish with colors, but I used Dragon Fruit (pink), Melon (light pink), Yellow Citron (lime) Wasabi Green, Ocean Breeze (turquoise), Midnight (navy), Purple Lilac, and White. All materials can be found at local craft stores.

Note: I used cheap craft acrylics to keep this budget friendly (they're each about a dollar a pop!), but if you want to use nicer acrylics, I recommed the Liquitex, Grumbacher, or Golden brand paints. 


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I mapped out the whole process step by step so it would be easy to follow. I typically add much more color and detail to my paintings, but I restrained myself for the sake of keeping it easy and quick for beginners. I hope you'll be creative with it! The most important thing to remember is not to stress about perfection. If you're not confident in your brushstrokes, I guarentee you that your lines will come out shaky! 

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There you have it friends! I hope you find this to be a happy way to bring extra color to your life! By the way, I'd LOVE to see what you painted. Tag @evelyn_henson and use the #brightlydecoratedlife on instagram to share!    


April 28, 2014 by Evelyn Henson