DIY Watercolor Art

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorDuring the summer my son came home from camp with a simple scribbled drawing in crayon that was covered with watercolor paint. I adored it and it gave me some great inspiration for this easy DIY project. I always have a hard time finding art for my home. I’m well past the point in my life where I’m hanging movie posters on the wall but still can’t really afford a one of kind piece of art from a gallery. So, what’s a girl to do? Make her own art of course. And, it’s so simple that you should do it as well. Here’s how to do it.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorI decided to keep my design simple and graphic so it was easy to sketch out on a piece of graph paper.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorOnce I finalized my design, I went over with with a dark black pen so it would be easy to trace onto the watercolor paper.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorNo light table? No problem. I just taped my graph paper to a glass door (or window would work) and placed the watercolor paper over it. Instant light table! I also used masking tape to tape a border for my painting. This isn’t necessary but helps create nice clean lines if you want them.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorOnce I had the watercolor paper all taped up, I used a white crayon to trace over the design. Please do not use a washable crayon if you are using watercolors as the crayon will wash away as you start to add the color. You want a nice waxy crayon to repel the water.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorIt’s a bit hard to see but you can see the white crayon lines on the paper.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorYou don’t need fancy supplies to make art! I’m using the kid’s watercolor palate from IKEA along with their paintbrushes.

A Feteful Life: DIY Watercolor

A Feteful Life: DIY Watercolor

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorNow, just start painting… whatever colors your little heart desires. I usually do a wash of my base color first and then add some little variations of colors once that base is down.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorOnce the paint has dried remove the masking tape boarders and then trim the paper down to whatever size you want. Voila. Easy DIY art that anyone can do. Fete on!

Summer Art Prints

I’ve been on a mission to change up our house a bit. We’ve lived here for about 7 years and haven’t changed much since we moved in (we did extensive decorating when we did, though). And pretty much all of a sudden, it started to annoy me. Between the kids and the dog, a lot of things have really been worked over (the most pricey things, of course). So I started in on changing little things — a new living room rug, coffee table, and an art print — none of it expensive, because with the kids still running roughshod around the house, I wasn’t making that mistake again. The art print is an IKEA one I’ve had my eye on for a while — a fun graphic motif of a girl swimming (see below) — which just totally reminds me of summer when I was young. And as I’ve started looking for more, I find myself drawn over and over to prints that remind me of my youthful summers in the midwest. Change + nostalgia works, I guess. I rounded up my other favorites below. What reminds you of your summers of youth?!

A Feteful Life: Summer Art Prints

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Fete Local: Trohv DC

A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

At AFL, we’re always on the hunt for interesting gifts or decorative items for our home and that’s what first drew us to Trohv. But we soon found out that they have much, much more to offer.

Trohv got its start in 2006 as a store called Red Tree in Baltimore, MD. It was renamed Trohv in 2011 and luckily for us, they expanded to a second location in DC. They are located in the historic Takoma Park neighborhood conveniently located on the Red Line. The collection of home goods are a mix of vintage, industrial and modern.

While this is a list of some of our favorites, this is no way covers all of the amazing things available at Trohv. So, if you’re in town, be sure to stop by to check it out for yourself or if you aren’t local, you can check out their online store which offers a small selection of what you can see in the store.

Ok, enough reading… here’s our Trohv DC Top 10!


A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

1. Beer Table Sets – {S} – Jim and I are in the midst of rehabbing our backyard and I think these tables and benches would be a perfect addition. It would be like my own little beer garden heaven. {$498}

A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

2. Leather Chair – {R} – I love how Trohv artfully mixes together mid-century modern and industrial designs and this gorgeous, buttery leather chair is no exception. It would fit equally well in the home or the studio/office I pretend I have.


A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

3. Vintage German Periodic Table – {S} – It was so very painful to leave this awesome piece of art behind. My son is obsessed with the periodic table right now and he would have LOVED it so much. I only passed on it because it looks a bit fragile and I don’t trust my 2.5 year old not to do some serious damage to it! I will forever be jealous of the lucky owner. {$230}

A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

4. Hand-Printed Monotypes – {R} – These beautiful monotypes of the night sky are made by Claire Harper, a Trohv employee. They’re gorgeous and remind me of geodes. I’d take ’em all. {$40}

Clothing + Accessories

A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

5. Red Polka Dot Pajamas – {S} – There’s nothing I love more in the evening than putting on my pajamas and relaxing on the sofa with a glass of wine and a good TV show. These adorable lightweight cotton ones would be the perfect addition!

A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

6. Gold Handbag – {R} – There were plenty of beautiful accessories in the store, but you know I went right for this one by Hobo Bags. I’m such a sucker for a gold bag and this one was gorgeous and the perfect size — not too big, not too small. Goldilocks right. {$220}


A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

7. Topozoo – {S} – This is one cool toy! You can mix and match the different sets to make over 1200 combinations of animals. It has all the good stuff you want out of a toy as well… non-toxic, recycled wood, etc., plus I don’t think the kids will get bored with them anytime soon. {$32}

A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

8. I Heart Guts Stuffies – {R} – Um … I wanted ALL of the I Heart Guts stuffies. My daughter would love this aptly-named metallic Heart of Gold. {$24}

Paper Goods

A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

9. I Heart DC Notecards – {S} – Not only do I heart DC, I also love a handwritten note. A match made in heaven. {$15.95}

A Feteful Life: Trohv DC

10. No Regrets Temporary Tattoos – {R} – Hehehehe. If you know me at all, you know that I can be slightly liberal with expletives. Plus pretty typography and kick ass messages? These temporary tattoos are right up my alley. {$6.25/pack}

Arrow Art Prints


A few weeks ago I shared my love of everything triangle and today I’m taking on another of my favorite pattern trends… the arrow! I’ve been shopping around for some new art for my living room and I keep seeing them everywhere. Whether they are letter pressed, watercolored, or gold foiled, I want all of them  and I can’t decide which to get. Which is your favorite?A Feteful Life: Arrow Pattern Art Prints

  1. Sycamore Street Press – Arrows Letterpress Art Print
  2. Society6 – Arrow
  3. Sugar Paper – Arrow Print
  4. Minted – Feather Arrows
  5. Fab – Arrow
  6. The Digital Studio – Gold Foil Arrow Print