Watercolour Valentine’s Card Tutorial ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

I’ve got another new YouTube video up on my channel now!

To be honest this was meant to be up last week, but I got a bit behind with all my projects, and I couldn’t skip or postpone this one as it’s for Valentine’s Day!!! Well, from now on I will be trying my hardest to upload on the same day every week, starting next week on Friday. See you back here then!

In the meantime come and find me over on Instagram and Facebook.

Below is the video description as it appears on my channel:

♥︎ Craft a cute Valentine’s card! Hit play to find out how! ♥︎
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Today I show you how to create a unique watercolour card in five simple steps, which I have summarised below, along with the materials you will need. I hope this video inspires you to create a handmade card for your valentine!

Materials:
☆ Blank square card – 13.5cm squared when folded
☆ Coloured card – 12.4cm squared
☆ Watercolour paper – 10.4cm squared
☆ Greaseproof/non-stick paper – approx. 10cm squared
☆ Masking Tape
☆ Scissors
☆ Pencil
☆ Watercolour paint, brush and water
☆ Double sided tape/glue

Method:
1. Stick masking tape to non-stick paper, draw hearts on to the masking tape and cut out.
2. Arrange and stick masking tape hearts onto watercolour paper.
3. Build up layers of watercolour paint on the watercolour paper.
4. Let dry completely, then remove all masking tape.
5. Assemble the card with tape or glue.

Check out this playlist for all my craft tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLstnzXE4MVTQuJZLpCnLESrWvlJKfvmVe

 

Thanks for watching, feel free to ask any questions in the comments or just say hi! Remember to check out my links below ☺︎

✿ Peace and love ✿
Rachel x
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☆ My links ☆

♥︎ Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SunraySister
♥︎ Portfolio & blog: https://sunraysister.wordpress.com/
♥︎ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunraysister/
♥︎ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunraysister/
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☆ Music ☆

♥︎ ‘Old Vienna’ by Endless Love
♥︎ ‘New Land’ by ALBIS
From YouTube Audio Library: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music
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Stay creative sisters!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

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Origami Pen Pal Letter Tutorial for Valentine’s Day ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

Today I published a new video on my YouTube channel, check it out below or head straight to my channel for more creative fun!

here is the video description as it appears on my channel:

☆ Send some creative love via snail mail! ☆ Click play to find out how… ♥︎
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In today’s video I show you how to make a cute origami heart, and then I share some crafty ideas for using your hearts in a fun and creative pen-pal letter!

I hope this video inspires you to get crafting and send something a bit different in the mail. Let me know if you try it out, I’d love to see your interpretation. Find me via my links below!

Check out all my other craft projects in this handy playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLstnzXE4MVTQuJZLpCnLESrWvlJKfvmVe

 

Thanks for watching, feel free to ask any questions in the comments or just say hi! ☺︎

✿ Peace and love ✿
Rachel x
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☆ My links ☆

♥︎ Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SunraySister
♥︎ Portfolio & blog: https://sunraysister.wordpress.com/
♥︎ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunraysister/
♥︎ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunraysister/
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☆ Music ☆

♥︎ ‘Water Lily’ by The 126ers
♥︎ ‘Lonesome Star’ by Unicorn Heads
From YouTube Audio Library: https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music
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Peace and love,

Rachel x

Inspiration Wall ~ Sunray Sister YouTube Video

Hello!

I have a new YouTube video to share with you all! And it is my first one of 2018!!!

Here is the video description written out as it appears on my channel:


☞ Hello! ♥︎ It’s Rachel here with my first video of 2018!!! ☺︎ all info and links below! ☆
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✿ In today’s video I show you how to turn a boring, blank wall into a beautiful, inspiring collage! ✿

I have written out the steps below, and included as many of the image sources as possible. Also check out the links to my portfolio, shop & social media profiles!

Thanks for watching! ☺︎

Peace and love,
Rachel x
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☆ Steps ☆

1. Choose a playlist, or podcast (I was listening to ‘Hashtag Authentic’ from Me & Orla – https://meandorla.co.uk/hashtagauthentic/)
2. Gather your inspirational material
3. Select a sticking method
4. Find a blank wall
5. Start arranging everything!
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☆ My links ☆

♥︎ Portfolio & blog: https://sunraysister.wordpress.com/
♥︎ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunraysister/
♥︎ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunraysister/

I also have an Etsy shop!
♥︎ https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SunraySister
♥︎ Video about my shop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxxbtkGjVuI&t=439s
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☆ Artists & image sources ☆
(from left to right, top to bottom)

♥︎ Fairy painting – ‘Titania’ by John Simmons
♥︎ Black & white sun & girl – unknown for Lionheart magazine
♥︎ B&w circle image – unknown
♥︎ B&w, and colour detailed illustrations – Brittany Davies
♥︎ Long artwork from ‘Shallow Bed’ album by Dry The River
♥︎ Long card with rabbits – Mark Hearld
♥︎ Colour penguin & bunny postcard – unknown (possibly Japanese?)
♥︎ Vintage b&w postcard – ‘La Primavera’ by Botticelli
♥︎ Balloon & bike photo – Dara Scully from Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ 3 pastel watercolour girls – And Smile Studio
♥︎ Fairy, head, mushroom & flowers illustration – Marie Gardeski/Imaginary Animal for Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Flower photo – unknown
♥︎ ‘I’m Ok’ blue illustration – Naoshi for Lucky Dip Club
♥︎ Purple fairy queen postcard – ‘Queen of the Night’ by Susan Anderson
♥︎ ‘Today Is Going to be Awesome’ quote poster – Becki Clark for In The Moment magazine
♥︎ Dark tree and white circles photo – Richard Long
♥︎ Pottery piece photo – cut out from Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Staffordshire postcard
♥︎ Peak District postcard
♥︎ Kikki’s Delivery Service Studio Ghibli postcard
♥︎ Urban map illustration – unknown from Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Trees & lake illustration – Bon Iver poster, by Gregory Euclide
♥︎ ‘I think you are really nice’ dog (business card) – Nikki Miles
♥︎ ‘Have a lovely day’ (business card) – And Smile Studio
♥︎ ‘A little magic’ quote card – Kikki.K cute paper lovers book
♥︎ Horses card – Mark Hearld
♥︎ Ceramic baby with flower (business card) – David William Sampson
♥︎ Lion mini card – Nikki Miles
♥︎ ‘Do your thing’ marbled mini card – Pup Tart
♥︎ Circle maps illustration – Katie Green
♥︎ Purple embroidered fabric – my own work
♥︎ Ikigai floral poster – Holly McCulloch for In The Moment magazine
♥︎ Girl reading poster – Yelena Bryksenkova (LOVE her work!)
♥︎ Sunflower girl photo – Julia Aumann for Oh Comely magazine
♥︎ Mini cat cut-out – Kikki.K cute paper lovers book
♥︎ B&w blobs (business card) – Jo Parker
♥︎ 3 mini cards – Annelinde Tempelman for Flow magazine
♥︎ Wizard poster – Adventure Time
♥︎ Large b&w poster from ‘Helplessness Blues’ album by Fleet Foxes
♥︎ ‘You are brilliant & beautiful’ girl image – unknown from an old diary
♥︎ ‘Give yourself time’ scrabble letters – from Mollie Makes magazine
♥︎ ‘Votes for Animals’ rosette – Lush campaign
♥︎ Fabric owls in hand (business card) – Grace Gatley Textiles
♥︎ Abstract landscape (business card) – Liz Salter

Book mentioned at end is ‘Steal Like an Artist’ by Austin Kleon, more on that in the follow up video, out in a couple of months!
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☆ Music ☆

‘Cooperation Road’ by Unicorn Heads
‘New Land’ by ALBIS
Both from YouTube Audio Library
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My finished inspiration wall

Next week I will have another video! Stay tuned. In the meantime keep up to date with my daily art challenge via Instagram and Facebook. Stay creative sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Pen Pal Letter Ideas // Sunray Sister Shows You How

Hello!

On this lovely blue-skied Wednesday I bring you a brand new YouTube video! Recently I found a couple of new pen pals, and decided to share the process of making a pen pal letter.

This video includes five simple steps for putting together a cute letter, with lots of sweet crafty ideas for you to try!

Below is a summary of the steps and ideas included in the video for reference.

1. Introduce yourself

  • Write some basic facts about you in a pretty card.
  • Sketch a map of where you live/your country.
  • Draw a self-portrait and add labels, such as eye-colour and favourite jewellery.
  • Give some recommendations for films, T.V., music and books.
  • And of course, write a letter! Talk about what you’ve been up to and your dreams for the future.
  • It’s also nice to add stickers and stamps for a finishing touch.

2. Make something

  • I made a small notebook. You can see how I did this in my simple notebook tutorial video.
  • You could also paint or draw a picture.
  • Make a collage or mixed media piece.
  • Sew something small or weave a friendship bracelet.
  • …or make anything else that is easy to post and isn’t breakable!

3. Add cute art and craft supplies

  • Fun stickers.
  • Bookplates – these usually have nice illustrations and are self adhesive.
  • A washi tape sample.
  • Some sticky notes on a postcard.
  • Buttons and ribbon.

4. Wrap them up

  • Use pretty paper bags to make sweet packages for your pen pal to open.
  • Close these with washi tape, and write a label.
  • You could also use a wax seal on the envelope with your letter.

5. Put it all together!

  • Finally put everything together in a large envelope.
  • Make the package extra special by adding some doodles (this is easier when the envelope is still empty).
  • Add your pen pal’s address, as well as your own address (in case they don’t have yours yet, or the letter gets lost).

Then all that’s left to do is post your lovely letter! Let me know if you try any of these ideas, and what you thought of the video.

Have you sent any happy mail recently? Do you have a pen pal? If so what do you send to them? Share your stories and ideas in the comments below, or join me on Instagram or Facebook.


Coming up I will have a blog post this Sunday, and then (hopefully) another YouTube video next Wednesday! I’m taking things slow around here so I can concentrate on creating top quality content, rather than a large quantity of posts, and get back to drawing and painting as well.

Have a beautiful day sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

How to Make a Notebook in 10 Easy Steps // Sunray Sister Shows You How

Hello sisters! How are you?

Today I have a new YouTube video for you! This took quite a bit of work, and I was close to giving up, so I’m glad I stuck with it and got it done for you all 🙂

Follow the 10 easy steps to create your own simple notebook. Then find some extra ideas at the end for how to fill a notebook. Hope you like it!

What you need:

  • Card – one piece for cover, any size you like! I used A4
  • Paper – 8-12 pieces for inside pages, same size as cover
  • Patterned paper – for endpapers (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Awl/sharp pointy tool
  • Strong thread
  • Large needle
  • Scissors
  • Clips – paper clips or bulldog clips
  • Plastic bone folder (optional)

What to do:

  1. Fold cover in half with short edges together. Use bone folder to get sharp crease.
  2. Stack inside pages together and fold as in step 1.
  3. Trim long edges of closed inside pages, using ruler and craft knife.
  4. Open out cover and inside pages, and secure together with clips. You can also add ‘endpapers’ between cover and inside pages using a piece of patterned paper.
  5. Mark three points along inside spine of notebook, using pencil and ruler. First find the centre. Then measure an equal distance either side between centre and edges, for the second and third points.
  6. Create three holes where you marked in step 5 using an awl/something sharp. Remember to protect your surface and be careful!
  7. Cut string, three times the height of notebook.
  8. Thread needle.
  9. Sew spine:
    1. Inside centre hole > outside, leave excess to tie at end!
    2. Outside centre hole > bottom hole
    3. Inside bottom hole > top hole
    4. Outside top hole > centre hole
    5. Outside centre hole > back to start position
  10. Tie ends and trim excess.

Finished!!! How easy was that?!

Ideas for filling a notebook:

  • Lists: to-do, favourites, wish-lists, playlists
  • Ideas, projects, planning, brainstorming, note-taking
  • Daily/weekly/monthly/yearly schedules, plans, appointments and meetings
  • Personal thoughts, feelings, reflections
  • Creative writing: lyrics, poetry, stories
  • Gratitude journal
  • Collage, mixed media
  • Drawing, sketching, designing

 

What do you use notebooks for? Have you tried making your own notebook before? Leave a comment below or over on my YouTube channel if you try my tutorial. I’d love to hear your feedback!

Remember to subscribe to my channel for more tutorial videos in the future, as well as adventures outside, plus more personal and creative-process/behind-the-scenes videos coming soon!


On the blog this week:

  • Friday: Class resumes with part two of Love Lessons. Have you done your homework from the last lesson yet?!
  • Sunday: Playtime number 10. A mixtape from me to you!
  • Wednesday: My next YouTube video. This time I will be sharing another outdoor adventure!

See you soon sisters 🙂

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

YouTube: DIY Natural Toothpaste // Sunray Sister Shows You How

Welcome back sisters!

Today I would like to share my brand new sparkly YouTube video with you all. I have created a tutorial with a little twist; how to make toothpaste! Yes that’s right, you can make your own safe, healthy, natural, and effective toothpaste. And all you need are three very basic ingredients, plus a bowl, a spoon and a jar. So simple.

Additionally you can reduce your waste by purchasing your ingredients in larger quantities or in bulk stores (where you can bring your own containers). I was only able to find the ingredients packaged (at the moment), but I selected those in cardboard, paper and glass, over plastic. A bamboo toothbrush is also recommended to reduce your plastic waste even further.

Now, let’s get to the tutorial!

What you need:

  • Small clean jar with lid
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Coconut oil
  • Bicarbonate of (Baking) Soda
  • Essential oil – I chose spearmint

What to do:

  1. Measure 3 tbsp of coconut oil and 3 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda.
    • If you want to make a different quantity of toothpaste, simply use equal parts.
    • If this is too thick for you, just use less powder or more oil.
  2. Mix oil and soda in bowl with spoon.
  3. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil. Add more to suit your taste.
  4. Mix essential oil into the paste.
  5. Put your toothpaste into the clean jar and secure the lid.
  6. Brush your teeth the natural way!

 

Let me know if you try this recipe, or if you have made something similar already! I would love to compare notes. Join the DIY and zero-waste movement to reduce your impact, simplify your life and get creative. One person CAN make a difference!


This month I am introducing not one, but two new post series here on the blog! Last week I introduced the first, which is called Love Lessons, all about my love of learning, and my aim to bring you new and interesting knowledge on unusual subjects.

This Friday I will be introducing the second new series, called Creative Alternatives. These posts will be focused on reducing our impact on the planet, by being creative and daring to go outside the box of convenience and what’s ‘normal’. Find out more on Friday! See you soon!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

DIY Embroidered Mini Purse // Sunray Sister Shows You How

Welcome back sisters! How is your week going so far? I’ve managed to get a cold again, and it’s raining outside… but otherwise I’ve been feeling positive, and getting productive; preparing for my first exhibition, reading lots of library books, working at my part-time job and making content for my YouTube channel.

Speaking of YouTube, my second video is now live!!! This week’s video is another episode of ‘Sunray Sister Shows You How’, a craft tutorial teaching you how to make a mini embroidered drawstring purse. Hit play below, or go straight to my channel.

 

What do you think? What videos would you like to see in the future? I made a post recently about all my ideas, but let me know if you have some more ideas for me!

Coming up this Friday on the blog will be a new edition of my music playlist feature, Playtime. Enjoy the rest of the week!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Day 14: LAST DAY! BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! // Sunray Sister’s 14 Days of Self-Love

How are you sisters? I hope you are feeling super loved right now! Because you are brilliant and you deserve to be loved.

On this final day of 14 days of posts, I would like to share something SUPER special with you…

MY VERY FIRST SUNRAY SISTER YOUTUBE VIDEO!

It’s here! Sunray Sister is all about positivity via creativity, so my channel is going to be all about leading a creative life by: making stuff, learning stuff and finding alternatives in order to love yourself, others and our planet as much as possible.

To make a paper heart bunting…

You will need

  • Newspaper to protect surface
  • Paper – I used 3 sheets of cold pressed watercolour paper
  • Paints – I used red, white and gold acrylics from WHSmith
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Shape template – I made a heart, aprox. 12cm square
  • A sewing machine and thread, OR
  • A hole punch and ribbon

Method

  1. Prepare paint
  2. Paint paper and leave to dry
  3. Trace template onto back of painted paper
  4. Cut shapes
  5. Set up your sewing machine
  6. Sew shapes together on sewing machine, making sure you leave extra thread at either end for hanging up
  7. OR, if you don’t have a sewing machine, simply punch holes either side of each heart, and thread the hearts onto some thin ribbon.

Done!


Starting a YouTube channel is such a massive step for me, so it would mean the world if you could share my video on social media, tell your friends and let me know what you thought! Find me on social media!

After all those posts, I’m feeling rather exhausted, but I have just hit 50 published blog posts! Wow! Thank you so much for being here, and following my journey, I love you all! See you on Friday for a round up of all 14 days, in case you missed any.

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x