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Pixel Art: Part I

One of my goals every year is to send birthday and anniversary cards on time. I renew this goal every year after falling short on multiple occasions. But...I have a good feeling that this is finally my year! I'm happy to take on this lofty goal with some help from Pinterest Perfect!

Pixel art Amanda Wright

Pixelated Watercolor by artist Amanda Wright

The book outlines band new DIY projects from some of Pinterest's most popular pinners. One of my favorite sections is from watercolor artist Amanda Wright of Wit & Whistle (who has been featured on this blog before). Her Pinterest projects strike that perfect balance between beautiful and attainable.

Take her painted greeting cards. She explains how to use liquid frisket on blank watercolor paper to reveal smart, elegant designs and turn watercolor paintings into cards and envelopes. I never even knew frisket was a thing, but it turns out it's a pretty crafty method of painting around shapes, letters and words.

My lettering skills are not as advanced as hers, but I'm pretty confident that I can come up with some geometric shape-based cards that will rival anything from the card section at your local shop. Plus, making multiple cards at once will allow me to keep a stock of beautiful stationary on hand at all times for last minute use.

So even if my birthday cards are late this year, at least they will be covered in homemade art...which is better than simply arriving on time, right?

Take a peek at these first step for the Pixel Art projects, and check back Friday for the second half of the project.

pixel art pinterest perfect part 1

Project excerpted from Pinterest Perfect!

What DIY projects would you like to actually tackle this summer?

Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.

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