3 Lessons Learned from #21days21paintings

21 days 21 paintings

At the beginning of May I took on a 21 Days 21 Paintings challenge on my Instagram account for Sharifa Creates Studio, @scstudioofficial. My goal was to paint and showcase 21 paintings for 21 days straight. I have to admit that I fell behind a few days, but was determined to finish the challenge strong. Through it I learned a few things about myself and creating. Here are three lessons I learned from the 21 Days 21 Paintings Challenge. Continue reading “3 Lessons Learned from #21days21paintings”

How To Make A Splatter Paint Ring Holder

ring jewelry tray

Lately, I have been obsessed with rings. I love rings that can be layered, so I usually purchase bulk packs from Forever 21 to mix and match. With all of the rings that I collect, I needed a place to store and easily access them. So, in typical fashion, I saw this as an opportunity to make my own ring holder. It took no time for me to create and customize my ring holder. I’m talking about less than 30 minutes type of fast. In today’s blog post I will show you exactly how I made my splatter paint ring holder. Continue reading “How To Make A Splatter Paint Ring Holder”

Live Deeply and Look Up | Motivational Monday

live deeply wm

Welcome to Motivational Monday! Today is the start of a new series on Sharifa Creates. As the name implies, I’ll post something to motivate you at the beginning each week.

I LOVE commencement speeches. I graduated from college three years ago, but I still find encouragement in these speeches, even if it’s just sound bites. It is no surprise that I found myself rolling out of my bed at 8 am a few Saturdays ago to watch the commencement address at my alma mater, Rice University. Dr. Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go into space, was the speaker. Her message was inspirational, but what stuck with me were the words at the conclusion of her speech. They were simple:

“Life is best when you live deeply and look up.”

“Live deeply and look up.”

These words can mean different things to different people. So today, I would like to share my take on what it means to live deeply and look up.

Live deeply.

Continue reading “Live Deeply and Look Up | Motivational Monday”

21 Days 21 Paintings Week One Recap

What Galaxy Do You Live In

Last Tuesday, I started an Instagram challenge called 21 Days 21 Paintings on Sharifa Creates Studio’s Instagram account, @scstudioofficial. My goal is to post one new painting a day for 21 days straight. Why? I want to make painting a part of my daily routine (I own an online art shop after all), and the experts of the internet say that it takes 21 days to form a habit.

I completed my first week of the 21 Days 21 Paintings on Monday. During the first week, I experimented with textures, splattered a ton of paint, and poured on the glitter! It was a freeing week of self-expression and week two is proving to be even more exciting. Don’t believe me? Check out the paintings from week one to see for yourself. Continue reading “21 Days 21 Paintings Week One Recap”

How To Make A Flower Crown

flower laurels

Summer is right around the corner! That means music festivals, after church brunches, and beach outings. With all these activities to indulge in, you have to look cute! What better way than with a flower crown? It can easily be paired with a basic dress or t-shirt and jeans; taking your outfit from a 4.5 to a 10.

Sure, you can buy flower crowns from the store, but wouldn’t it be satisfying to create your own? They take a little effort, but I promise if you can make one, you can make twenty!

If you’re convinced, keep reading to learn how to make a flower crown. Continue reading “How To Make A Flower Crown”