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DIY Mini Zen Garden Tutorial


Hi! If you’re visiting this page from Pintrest or another blog, unfortunately my blog was hacked and I lost all my content (more on that here). I’m working on slowly rebuilding the site, but until then my Mini Zen Garden tutorial is down. If you’d like to see my Mini Zen Gardens, feel free to […]

10 To-Dos When your Etsy Shop is Slow

10 to dos when your Etsy shop is slow

It’s bound to happen– October through December are amazingly busy months for most online and b&m shops. You’ve been trying to answer convos, package items, work on custom orders, and find missing packages. You’re working long hours, forgetting to do silly things like eat and sleep… Then BAM! One day you wake up and… crickets. […]

Scoring a Magazine Cover – and ...

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I got an exciting package in the mail this week that I wanted to share with you! But first, the back story… One summer afternoon two years ago, I happened to open my spam folder while clicking through my gmail account and spotted an email from an employee for the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. She told me that […]

Nature Inspired DIY Ideas for the Hom...


When it comes to home decor, I love to create a serene, nature inspired space– natural wood, zen-like rocks, and outdoor inspired decor is my favorite. I also love DIY projects, and I’ve been pinning away on my Pintrest boards for the past two years while I’ve been abroad, waiting for the opportunity to have my own space […]

How to Paint an Ombre Canvas Painting...


This tutorial will teach you how to paint an ombre canvas painting in 5 easy steps. You can use the ombre design as a background for quotes or lyrics, to create the look of a sky,  or hang it right on the wall!   Hey guys! I am in the (long) process of rewriting all […]

My Sketch of the Day Challenge

sketch a day challenge

Wow, can you believe it’s already October? There’s something about the chill in the air and the beautiful fall colors that make me want to snuggle under a blanket with a cup of tea and draw. And I suppose that’s where my sketch-a-day self challenge all started. Last week I picked up a cute sketch […]

Entry into the NYC Coffee Festival

Coffee Art Project entry

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written an update, so maybe a new painting is a good place to start! I’m really excited to share with you my entry for the 2015 Coffee Art Project. This summer I got an email asking if I’d like to participate in this year’s Coffee Art Project […]

Wahoo!! Paintspiration Blog is back u...

Rishikesh, India

Hi everyone! If you’re a frequent reader of the blog, you might have noticed it looks a bit different. This is because unfortunately the old blog was hacked and I lost EVERYTHING! Needless to say, I was quite upset! The Paintspiration blog was a 2 year labor of love, so to see it crash like […]

DIY- 3 (More) Ways to Paint Quotes on...

3 more ways to paint quotes on canvas

In a previous DIY article I outlined my 3 favorite ways to paint quotes on canvas to create beautiful, personalized pieces of art. I got a great response from the article and lots of positive feedback, so I’ve decided to write another! If you haven’t already, check out my post DIY- 3 Easy Ways to Paint […]

DIY- 3 Easy Ways to Paint Quotes on C...

How to paint quotes on canvas

Canvases with inspirational quotes are really popular right now. I would know, since they’re my main product I sell on Etsy! Not everyone is blessed with fabulous handwriting and a steady hand. But fear not- I’ve found solutions! After making dozens of quote canvas paintings, I’ve experimented and tweaked different methods for transferring writing onto […]

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