I made my kids custom hyrdroflasks for Christmas this past year. They seem to love these liquid containers, and I wanted to do something special for them and create something unique. Recently for my daughter’s graduation, I wanted to make her and her friends something that they can take with them when they go off to school that reminds them of home. So here they are.

I started by creating some marks on the flasks. Because I didn’t plan ahead, I wasn’t able to get all white flasks which is probably what I would have done. More like a blank canvas. I ended up with navy blue, white, black and one gray one.


I used all kinds of things to make the marks, bubble wrap, paint brushes, the ends of paint brushes, paper towels, and maybe some other things. As you can see, they really don’t look that great just yet.

After this layer, I did a layer of light blue, then the red on top. The red was done mostly with small bubble wrap. Once that dried, I did some marking around the edges of the red in gray and white to create some more depth.


These are ready for the Memphis bridge to be painted on top. Once I painted the bridge, I used stamps to print out ‘memphis’ on the front by the bridge, and for most of them, I did their initials on the other side.

A couple of the final product:


These two don’t have the sealer applied yet. The sealer makes them super shiny and my beautiful daughter made sure they were shiny. She researched what was needed and went to the store to get it. So much better than the finish I had planned on.

Materials used: hydroflask, fluid acrylic paint, Posca paint pens, Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer.

Christmas Ornaments

It’s an evolution in my world as far as my art goes. I wanted to share a small part of how my Christmas ornaments have evolved. This is my third year making them, and each year, there’s been something different than the year before.


This year, I tried a few different things. The ones on the far right are made from Indian bangle bracelets that I got at the India Fest. I start most of my ornaments withbracelets that I try to get from thrift stores (and sometimes Poshmark), and if not, buy them new. I couldn’t resist these threaded ones in various Christmas-y colors. I also did bridge / pyramid ornaments using leftover resin, and of course the tiger stripes. Memphis football has been on fire this year, so it seemed an appropriate tribute.


These ornaments include alcohol ink which has such a cool effect on the resin. It creates little divots and pouches which give a really cool depth to them. These ones were SO popular!!


These were from my first year. I have always loved our Memphis bridge, and wanted to include that in my ornaments. Beads were a big part of year 1, but I don’t use them as much any more.