Boredom Buster #5: DIY Paintings and Watercolor!

It’s been while since the last time I’ve done one of these, but I’m going to bring them back for the summer! Today’s boredom buster is to make a painting or watercolor. There is a way to make something look watercolored, without having the actual watercolor palettes. I am going to show you that today.

Watercolor:

This way of watercolor is not the normal way. For this one, you will need: sharpies, rubbing alcohol, canvas, painting brush, newspaper, and a syringe or pipette.

The first step is to lay the newspaper down on your work surface and put your canvas on top. This prevents the space from getting dirty in case you spill something. Next, you will need to get the sharpie color of your choice and start coloring! Fill your pipette or syringe with rubbing alcohol. Place drops around the canvas and quickly rub it around with the paintbrush. What I usually do is color a corner of the canvas, so that the color cascades downward. Now, I will warn you, even though you will add the rubbing alcohol to the sharpie, the place where you originally colored is still visible. This is a super easy, fun way to make art over the summer. And hopefully, you have some of these things lying around the house.

Painting:

Now this is very straight forward. Most of you will have painted before, so this should be very simple. You will need: a canvas, paint, paintbrush, newspaper, and a cup full of water.

You are going to lay your canvas down onto the newspaper, just like with the watercolor. Dip your brush into some paint and paint away. After you have finished with that color, rinse out the brush in the cup. You can dab of the water on the newspaper. πŸ™‚

Today’s my brothers birthday, so I made him this!

Making a painting/watercolor is an easy way to spend some time over the summer. Hope you have fun!

Love,

LibLou ❀

Boredom Buster #3: Jigsaw Puzzle

Summer Boredom BustersWhen I was little, I had a Curious George puzzle. I also had a 100 piece that was a picture of a cat with a tiara on in a light pink purse. I’ve always been pretty good at solving these. I think after you finish one, there is that feeling of accomplishment. Around our house, puzzles have been a way for us as a family to come together.

So, boredom buster number 3: Solve a jigsaw puzzle. Recently, I got a new 1,500 piece one at Target. It is a picture of ice cream, because who doesn’t like colorful food? I’m almost done with it! What is great about this puzzle, is that the back of the pieces are a certain color. This means there are different sections. For example, I did the “Purple section” first.

Not only are puzzles fun but they are a great way to challenge your brain during the Summer. My mom is pretty strict about keeping our brains active and healthy. What I consider a plus as well is that these things could last you a few days. This means it isn’t just a one day activity.

This is a pretty short post, but look forward to next weeks boredom buster! Also, follow alibloulife on instagram @alibloulife This way you will know what’s being uploaded!

Love,

LibLou ❀

Boredom Buster #2: “First & Then”

Summer Boredom Busters

Throughout the 8th grade school year, I lost my passion for reading. I had this pretty hard Language Arts teacher, who would make us read certain books or a certain amount of books. Personally, being forced to read does not make me want to read.

Recently, I gained that passion back by reading the book First & Then. This book is written by Emma Mills and is a teen romance. However my mother is not a teen and loved this book as well. πŸ˜‰

So, boredom buster 2: Find a good book and read it. How might I find a book? I am going to share with you First & Then. (Without spoiling, of course) But you can read whatever you want. I’m just sharing for those who might be interested in this book.

First & Then is narrated by a girl named Devon Tennyson. Devon is in her 12th grade year at Temple Sterling High School. She is best friends with a guy named Cas, and happens to be silently crushing on him. All was well until Devon realized that she doesn’t have a serious plan for college. To make matters worse, she has to deal with her cousin Foster suddenly coming into her life. When Foster’s surprising talent causes him to no longer be a social outlier, the popular and attractive Ezra comes into play whether Devon likes it or not.

This book has many twist and turns to keep you reading. I think a book must have some closure at the end, if it is not a series. The story of Devon’s last year in high school does have nice closure. I 100% recommend this book and I hope you read and enjoy this book.

Love,

LibLou ❀

Boredom Buster #1: How to Make the Perfect Glitter Slime

Summer Boredom BustersDo you get bored during the Summertime and need something to do?

Well I have the answer! You can make this glitter slime in 3 simple steps. Or so the recipe said. This slime was much more complicated than I had originally thought. But through experience, I will share my tips about how to make the perfect slime. It is sure to keep you or your kid busy.


The only things you will need for this glitter slime are:

Clear Glue

Baking Soda

Glitter or glitter glue

Contact Lens Solution

Tablespoon measure

Bowl

Spoon or Spatula

First, you will need to empty your clear glue into a bowl. I had a 9 oz bottle, so I only did about half. I wanted to use the clear glue originally because I thought my slime would be perfectly clear. Well that did not happen. When you add the 1 table spoon of baking soda, which is the next step, the solution is not clear. This is what my slime looked like after the baking soda was added and mixed:

What I would say is that the difference between the clear glue and the regular glue is that the clear glue makes it shiny. You can use regular glue as well. πŸ™‚

Next, you will need to add your glitter. I used red and silver, so my slime ended up being a little pink. I just sprinkled some in and mixed that up.

After you have mixed in the glitter, you need to add 2 and 1/2 a tablespoons of contact solution. I ended up adding 11 tablespoons… (crickets chirp)(awkward pause) Yeah… I thought the contact solution would make the slime thicker and more mold-able. Once I did 11 tablespoons, my slime was still sticky as can be and pretty much in its liquid form Then, my younger brother comes and tells me. “You need to add baking soda. That will make it thicker.” He was right. Here is a tip: Add more baking soda if your slime is too runny. The recipe said add the 2 and 1/2 tablespoon of solution or until it becomes harder to mix. In the end, add the correct amount of contact solution and more baking soda if you want it to be thicker. The final result is:

I hope that the tips I have shared on how to make the perfect slime are helpful. I also hope this slime​ busts your boredom! πŸ™‚

Love,

LibLou ❀