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1 Colour and 1 Brush: How to line paint

Hi Everyone! Today I will be teaching you guys about line paintings ๐Ÿ™‚

Line paintings are the best if you love something minimalistic or want to create something simple. These types of paintings are definitely a fan favourite when my friends ask me to paint them something and I love painting it for them.

Although I want to say that line paintings are easy, they do take some time to paint because you need to get your hand super steady and make sure your lines are even in thickness. But in the end, it is all worth it, trust me and trust the process!

Supplies Needed

  • A canvas of your choice
  • A thin paintbrush for crisp lines
  • White Paint (or whatever colour your canvas is or will be)
  • Black paint (or whatever paint colour you would like your line to be)
  • Water Cup with water inside
  • Paper Towel
  • Optional: Picture from online you want to draw

If you aren’t too comfortable with drawing or want to take inspiration from elsewhere, you can trace a picture onto your canvas. Check out a blog post I wrote on how to do this here.

With that being said, a pencil sketch isn’t necessary. If you are confident with your stroke or want to let the paint brush take control, go for it! But if you do mistakes, don’t worry. You can simply cover up any mistakes with a swipe of white paint or whatever colour your canvas is.

Heres an example of one that I painted for a friend of mine.

If you are interested in more of my paintings, check out my gallery!

Thats all for today, I hope you enjoyed!

<3 Carissa

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Baking Powder + Paint + Glass = Ceramic Art?

When I first saw a TikTok video from @genevavanderzeil about her creating beautiful ceramic pieces with only 3 main supplies, I was truly shocked. It looked so authentic and really looked like real ceramic. I had to try it for myself and I am so glad I did.

Supplies Needed

  • Glass container
  • Paint
  • Baking Powder
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Begin by mixing your paint and baking powder. I personally eyeballed it depending on the size of the glass container that you were painting.

In terms of containers, try whatever you like! Be unique and find some funky shapes to paint. If you are looking for some really cool figures, look through thrift stores like Value Village.

Step 2

Use straight strokes up and down the container while trying not to layer on top of each other just yet. Once you fully cover the container, let it fully dry before attempting another coat. This way the paint will look smooth and even all over.

Add as many coats as you need in order for it to be opaque!

Step 3

You are done! It’s that simple. Display these pieces wherever you like, I personally have them on my dresser because they fit the theme of my room.

Hope you guys enjoyed and I hope you get a chance to try this out! Until next time ๐Ÿ™‚

<3 Carissa

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What Iโ€™ve Been Doing in Quarantineโ€ฆ

This has been a crazy year for everyone. I could go on about how devastating this time is and all the unfortunate consequences of COVID-19, but instead I thought I would share some of the positives that have come from my experience in quarantine.

I’ve Been Getting Crafty!

Something that I have really enjoyed doing in quarantine has been crafting! I was always crafty growing up, but as I got older and life got busier, that hobby slipped through the cracks. Some projects that I have enjoyed are doing water colour painting (super easy and fun), reverse tie-dying my clothes with bleach (click here for a tutorial), and knitting (an easy way to pass the time while watching tv)!

I’ve Started Working Out Again!

I have always loved having a workout routine, but when university classes demand a lot of my time, I found it hard to stay on track. Now that I have a lot of time on my hands, I have decided to get into working out again! On sunny days, I like going for hikes around my neighbourhood. Other days, I have been enjoying at-home workouts. I am currently on Day 19 of Chloe Ting’s 26 Day Hourglass Program (highly recommend Chloe’s videos)! Having the schedule that Chloe put together makes it super easy to follow and gives me no excuses to skip working out.

I’ve Been Journaling More!

I started a journal last year but found that I hardly ever wrote in it. During quarantine, I’ve enjoyed documenting my thoughts and doodling. It is a nice break from being online all the time and I’m excited to have it to look back on in the future. The COVID-19 crisis is such a unique time in history that it will definitely be interesting to look back on. Let me know if you guys would like a me to write a “how to start a journal/inspiration” post!

I’ve Been Reading Books!

Another hobby that I enjoy but never seemed to have the time for before quarantine. I tend to get really bad headaches when I spend too much time looking at screens, so it has been essential for me to find some off-line activities to keep me busy during the pandemic. I plan on making a post about book recommendations soon, so look out for that!

I’ve Cleaned/Re-Decorated My Room!

Some of you may be rolling your eyes at this one. Don’t worry, I’m not here to be your mother and tell you to “clean your room!” However, I have personally felt a lot more at ease when I got my bedroom set up to my liking. As you’d expect, I have been spending a lot of time in my room for the past couple months, so it is important to me that I enjoy my space. First, I painted some art pieces for my wall that make me happy when I look at them. I also got some plants that help liven up the space. De-cluttering has also been important for me, so I’ve put a lot of my non-essential items in storage to keep my room looking open and clean.

I’ve Been Trying Out New Hobbies!

This is the perfect time to try learning new things. Today, my boyfriend and I decided to start learning how to code. It has been very fun learning something new and bonding together. And who knows maybe we will be programmers by the time quarantine is over?!

I’m also planning on doing some cooking. Since many of my favourite restaurants are closed right now, I am looking forward to trying to recreate my favourite meals. I made this recipe this week and I would highly recommend for an easy dinner (5-minute Mediterranean Bowl).

I’ve Been Watching Lots of Netflix (obviously)!

Probably the most common quarantine pass time, but I had to include it. I’m working on a Netflix recommendations post, but feel free to let me know if you guys have any suggestions on what to watch!

I’m Taking Things One Day at a Time!

Everyone is coping with this situation differently, and I understand that not everyone is going to be positive during this time. But, I hope I have been able to share some ideas of what can help keep your spirits up while you’re at home.

Let me know in the comments how you guys have been dealing with quarantine!

Disclaimer : the images used in this post are not my own. They are stock images retrieved from pexels.com

Motivation 101: How to Make It โ€˜Til you Spring Break It!

Everyone dreads the last few weeks of spring semester. Here are some survival tips that will get you to spring break – ready to chill!

Create a Schedule

Instead of daydreaming about the warm beaches that I (unfortunately!) WON’T be tanning on this spring break, I like to make a list of all the high priority tasks that I need to complete before the break.

I like to map out everything that I need to get done by creating a schedule of what I need to do every day. This way, I don’t have an excuse to get lazy or “not know what to do” because I have taken the time to plan it out.

Check out: MIDTERM SEASON: Study Tips

Find your Go-To Study Spot & Hunker Down

If you haven’t already found your favourite study space, find it! Everyone has their preference, but personally, I find I can remain the most focused when I get out of my house and study at a cafe. Try out a few different settings, and consider what works the best for you. I like studying with some background noise, but others prefer the quietness of a library.

Check back on my blog soon for a post about my favourite study spots near SFU!

Make time for self-care

Ensuring you make time for yourself as a student is the key to success, IMO anyway! Whether you take some time to go for a walk, run a bath, or put on a face mask, you will thank yourself later. Knowing that I am taking care of my mind and body always helps to ease the stress of encroaching assignment deadlines and midterms.

Check out: Practicing Self-Care as a Student & 5 Tips to Staying Healthy as a Student

Comment down below if you have any tips for me. Have a great spring break everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

A Holiday Gift Guide for the College Student on a Budget

Now I know it is only November…but it’s never too early to get a head start on that holiday shopping list! I know we all have those people in our lives that are just way too hard to shop for, so I have compiled a fool-proof list of holiday gifts that are sure to make your loved ones smile and won’t break your bank!

For the foodie:

Homemade cookies/treats

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From: Home $: Priceless ๐Ÿ™‚

For the sentimental:

A framed photo

From: Ikea $: 3.99

A Christmas ornament

Letter S Monogram Girls Name Christmas Ornament First Last Name S" Initial Holiday Present to Daughter Mom Lady Teacher Coworker Neighbor 3 inches Flat Ceramic Keepsake
From: Amazon $: 12.99

For the self-care junkie:

Bath Products

From: Lush $: 18.95

Scented Candles

 Winter 3-Wick Candle - Bath And Body Works

From: Bath and Body Works $: 24.50

Fun Face Masks

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From: Walmart $: 3.77 each

For the Type A:

A journal/notebook

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From: Walmart $: 6.99

A Calendar/Planner


From: Chapters $: 29.99

For the “gamer“:

A cool board game


From: Chapters $: 35.00

For the sustainer:

Reusable coffee cups/straws/tote bags

From: Amazon $: 19.99

I hope some of these suggestions help you out with your holiday shopping this year. If you have any other options for inexpensive holiday gifts that you would like to share, then please let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

*The photos used in this post are not my own

A Playlist for the Commuter Student

This week I thought I would try something different.

I have created a playlist that of some songs I’ve been listening to on my commute to school and wanted to share. Just like my taste in music, this playlist is a little all over the place, but I think that’s what keeps things interesting.

I’ve always loved indie music that you don’t hear everywhere, so I hope that I can introduce you to some new songs and artists that you will like as well ๐Ÿ™‚

While you can listen to this playlist anywhere you go, I have found these songs to be especially impactful when I’m on the road.

And I have to admit that this playlist is a little melancholic, but play it when you’re on your way to that early morning lecture, looking out the window of the bus as if you’re in one of those teen movies. Trust me.

If you have any song recommendations, I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Knowing Your Resources at School

One of the most beneficial things that you can do for yourself as a student is get to know the resources that are available to you at your school. There are likely many more than you thought and many that you will want to use.


I’m not sure what it is like at every school, but most schools have an extensive list of clubs that are available for students to join. In the case that you don’t find a club that you like, start your own club and meet new people that have similar interests to you! Being involved on campus is also impressive to future employers.

Volunteer Opportunities

Many schools are connected with outside organizations that are looking for students to volunteer for them. Eliminate the tedious task of googling volunteer opportunities online, and check out what is available for you from your school. Of course, volunteer opportunities are great for building up your resume.

Career-Building Opportunities

Speaking of resume-building opportunities, many schools offer career fairs and events in which organizations will send a representative to a booth at your campus to inform students about possible career opportunities. This is a great way for you to figure out what is available in your field, ask questions, and make important connections with future employers.

Health Resources

Check out what health resources your school offers its students. There are many different resources that can be offered including mental health counselling, doctor services, dental services, women’s centres that offer sanitary products, counselling for sexual assault survivors, and safe sex information.

Sports/School Spirit

Of course, there are often many options for athletes in university. Whether you are trying out for a team or interested in joining in on some fun intramurals, there should be an option for you. If you’re not much of a sporty person (like me), get some friends together and attend a sporting event to show your school spirit!

Social Media

Get connected with your school on social media. A lot of schools keep up with their social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to announce upcoming events or opportunities at the school. This is also a great way for you to engage online with some fellow classmates and potentially meet new friends.

If you have anything else to add to this list, let me know in the comments!