Paint your Train Case~ Paint your Design First Layer~ Video 3

Hello! Today we are back to start adding our design and the first layer of paint. In this video you will see me painting on the sketched designs. This is adding the first layer of design. In tomorrow’s video we will be adding additional color and dimension to your design. I really am having fun just painting on camera and showing you my steps. I hope it is helpful and inspiring! So excited that you have joined in on the fun!

Paint your Train Case~ Let’s Get Started~ Video 2

Welcome Back to the Paint Your Train Case Series! In this video it’s preparing your traincase to be painted. We are adding gesso, your first coat of background paint and sketching out that you plan to paint on your train case. This video will also take you through the first steps in painting your train case. The plan is to have a completed traincase all your own by the end of the week! So excited that you have joined in on the fun!

Intro~Paint your Train Case Video Series-Supply List

Hello and welcome to the New Video Series~ Creating a Whimsical Train Case. If you do not have a train case, you can use a paper mache box as well! I wanted to give a suggested supply list. This is another project that you can use up your stash as well.

  • Acrylic paint~ choose your colors
  • Paintbrushes~ several sizes, large for covering big surfaces and thinner for finer details
  • Gesso
  • Pencil for sketching
  • Black pen for outlining (Micron Archival Ink)
  • Sealant: Liquidix Matte Medium or Collage Pauge
  • Paper~ hymnal pages, one sided cardstock, napkins, tissue paper, book pages, diecuts, ephemera
  • ribbon, lace, pom pom trim, material
  • Glue for Trim (Fabri-fix)

The plan is to add paint and designs to the outside and beautify the inside with papers and trims. Here is a quick intro video:

Chalkola~ Chalk Markers

I’ve been given the opportunity to try out and use the Chalkola Chalk Markers and host a GIVEAWAY! I have to say I pretty much LOVE the markers! The company sent me a set of 30 markers along with a mini chalkboard. If you followed the Summer Nostalgic Series I used it to introduce each of the videos. I have also used them quite frequently on my large dining room chalkboard. Here is a short video showing you how fabulous they are:

Here is the writing I created for the 4th of July large chalkboard we have in our dining room.

Now for the best surprise! Chalkola has offered a GIVEAWAY for a set of their 30 Chalk Markers. (Please note the giveaway is available to US, UK and Canada entrants only) *if winner selected in Canada, only a 21 marker set is available and the UK would win the mini chalkboard stand. Here is how to win:

1. Subscribe to Chalkola https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC73SQh4Ry2JZ-gw46e3DzZA

2. Like this video! 

That’s it! Winner selected next Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 6:00pm CST.

Also, Chalkola has offered a 10% discount . The 10% discount on their website http://chalkola.com/ use code:  REBECCAH10  
If you are purchasing on their Amazon Store, you can use the discount code: CHALKOLA10

July 2020 Newsletter

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary~ Pablo Picasso

Hello and welcome to July’s Creative Hoots Newsletter! This month has just flown by, and has had some unexpected moments and twists and turns. I am working on keeping a positive attitude and working on ways to add delight, happiness and color to my world! Also, let me introduce you to the star of the upcoming July CWR stationery/ planner/ journal kit! Miss. Smarty Pants!! She is so excited to be part of the next kit… I’ll give you a hint…SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!!

Let’s talk journals vs. diaries. I have always thought the two were the same, but they are actually two different explanations for both. The description I found is a a diary is used to record daily activities and document events that happened. A journal is more of a personal documentation that contains feelings, emotions, problems and used to examine your life. Overall keeping a journal or diary is a permanent personal record and should be respected. I fill my journal with quotes, drawings, memorabilia, ephemera, photos… this to me is called creative junk journaling!

Brazos and I have started a new project, The Dream Cottage. I say NEW, but in reality she has actually had the “The Dream House” dollhouse for several years. We have finally decided to “get it completed”, although I really see this as an ever changing project. It was in need of a paint job. Now to start on the floors, windows, lighting, etc. We are transforming the little sunroom off the kitchen into the “Sparkly Dream Room” Oh yes imagination is ready to soar!

Speaking of Imagination…. I recently signed up for an ecourse with Mindy Lacefield. “Mystic Unicorn School” embracing my innerchild in a land of make believe and having creative fun with rainbows, unicorns and GLITTER!!! I painted and put together a junk journal using a personal size ring planner. So FUN!!

Upcoming this month, Crafty Destinations and Kelly Bangs Creative are hosting another FUN virtual class for Decorating your bulletin board! I will be teaching a workshop on adding a little something sparkly to your bulletin board! Class Is July 23-25, 2020 so there is still time to register.


There was sadness this past month. Mr Fluffers aka Sonny Bunny, our orange super fluffy kitty past away. He was with us for 10 years. We had this Sun tat I painted a bright yellow and drew a little orange cat to shine on him. He was so personable, and is missed so much!

Summer Days are upon us, today the heat index is going to be 106 degrees here in Central Texas…WAH! BUT as someone that always tries to look on the BRIGHT side I created a fun little art doodle page of all the things I love about summer days! I wanted you to enjoy it to, so I created a printable sheet. These would be fun to add to create with!

New Favorite Thing this month~ My Caboodle for traveling with my paints!

Just another reminder, the DIY painting video will be coming up this month! Keep an eye out on social media to the announcement! Thanks for stopping by!

XO, Rebecca

Nostalgic Summer Memories~ Video 6: Documenting without Photos

Welcome back to the final video in the Nostalgic Summer Memories. We have covered all Five of the senses this last week, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. In this video I wanted to just get creative with you so I am going to document a few stories without photos. These are just a couple of random stories I have of past summer memories. I’m using marker, index cards, ephemera bits and stickers to decorate these stories. Thanks for following along in this video series and I’ll see you in my next video!

XO, Rebecca

Nostalgic Summer Memories~ Video 6: Documenting Using TOUCH

Hello and welcome back to video number 6 in the Nostalgic Summer Memories Video Series. In this quick video I show you how I documented TOUCH with stories about family that has touched my life. I added photos and pictures of grandparents and stories from summer pasts. Thanks for watching!

Nostalgic Summer Memories~ Video 5: Documenting Using TASTE

Welcome back to video number 5 in the Nostalgic Summer Memories Video Series. In this video I show you how I documented TASTE with recipes from my grandma and my FAVORITE cake ever! So many options to document about the tastes of summer!

Nostalgic Summer Memories~ Video 3: Documenting Using HEARING

Hello and welcome back to Nostalgic Summer memories using your senses. In today’s video number 3, I am showing a way to Document using your sense to hear. Music and television was a big part of our summer as a kid and in this video I show how I am documenting them. It’s very different then what it is now because once the good shows were over then boredom kicked in. Thankful for my sisters so I did have someone to play games and other activities. I created a pocket envelope and mini junk tag that resembles ice cream and the ice cream packaging.

The printable template for them is available on my blog under the post for this video.Hope you are inspired to create using the sense of hearing.

Ice Cream Envelope
Ice Cream Template

Thanks for watching and see you tomorrow when we talk about smell! Happy Creating, Rebecca

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