Hi friend! So happy to have you here. I’m Emily Hope, and I’m thrilled to host a little art shop, along with an ever-growing page of free printables. And when you sign up for Hope Ink news, I’ll send you 2 instant downloads of printable art to brighten your day. Sweet blessings to you ♥

Thrift Store DIY Art Makeover

Thrift Store Art Project

Thrift store shopping is something I love to do. Finding forgotten treasures and bringing new life to them is so rewarding. And easy on the budget. Among my favorite things to discover are old paintings. And it’s even better if they’re super cheap. With real wood frames.

Never mind if they’re sporting a pastel color scheme circa 1990 with shiny gold trim around the mat. I’m going to show you how to completely transform any cringe-worthy castoff into a modern new masterpiece.


Thrift Store Art Project

We’ll start with this beauty. It would make any Thomas Kinkade fan proud. I myself am not partial to the syrupy sweet style, but if you are, and you like this painting as it is … you might want to look away now.

Okay, if you’re still with me – here’s what we’ll need for Operation Transformation:


Thrift Store Art Project

  1.  A lovely vintage sheet (which you were hopefully able to find on the same thrifting trip as the painting – or in your Grandma’s linen closet)
  2.  Adhesive Vinyl Letters like these ones (you may need to adjust the size depending on your painting and what words you choose)
  3. Some White Acrylic Paint (or any other color, if you’re feeling adventurous)
  4. A good sized Sponge Brush
  5. Scissors

And maybe a snack. Snacks always aid in creative endeavors, don’t you think?


Thrift Store Art Project

So, now you get to arrange the letters however they look best to you. I’m partial to the right-justified-margin look myself. The best thing to do is to cut your letters apart (they’ll come in letter paper size sheets). Don’t worry about cutting them out perfectly – just enough so you have the general idea of the shape to see how they’ll fit. If your painting has a frame, make sure to do this first with the frame on, so you can see how much room around the edges you need to leave.


Thrift Store Art Project

Once you have them arranged how you like, start peeling the adhesive and sticking them on one by one. Make sure to leave the others where you positioned them – this way you can keep things nice and (relatively) straight.


Thrift Store Art Project

Once you have them all stuck down (firmly – you don’t want paint to seep underneath the letters), it’s time to get messy. Just be sure to separate your frame from the canvas first. Once the frame is safely away, there’s no precision required. Brush on the paint as thinly or thickly as your heart desires. Cover everything, including the sides.


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You’ll end up with a bumpy looking canvas like this. Leave it on its own for awhile to dry.


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While you wait (impatiently) for the paint to dry, you can start on your frame. Enter sheet and scissors.


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Cut (or tear) your pretty sheet into 2 or 3 inch wide strips – the longer the length, the better.


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Then just start wrapping a strip around the frame, nice and tight.


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When you near the end of a sheet strip, tie another on to the previous one and keep going. Make sure the knot is on  the backside of the frame so it won’t show – unless you’re going for the knotty look. You could also hot glue it if you wanted to. I chose the MacGyver technique myself.


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When you get to the end, just tie, tuck, or glue the last end under on the backside. Then, flip it over – and behold your handiwork.


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Your paint probably still isn’t dry, so go have another snack. Or take a walk with the kids. When you’re absolutely sure there’s not a speck of moisture left in the paint, you can start removing the letters. I used a razor to help lift any stubborn spots that didn’t want to come up easily (and yes, you’re right – I didn’t wait long enough for it to dry – even with the snacks and kids).


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Ta-da! Now your pastel village scene looks all modern and hipster. Slip it back into it’s freshly dressed frame, and you have a lovely new work of art to display. Thank you, Thomas Kinkade and Grandma’s Linen Closet!


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All you have to do now is find the perfect spot to hang your re-purposed masterpiece. And then sit back and enjoy your craftiness!

Let’s be honest though – if you love simple DIY projects, but sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the options out there, let me just say – I’m totally with you.

There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? What with your work, helping the kids with their schoolwork, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry in, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and crafting!

But do you ever look at that bare wall in the family room and that ratty (or non-existent) tablecloth on the kitchen table, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something meaningful?

You’re not alone. I get it. I’m there too. And there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as overwhelmed as we are!

Thankfully though, I’ve recently been able to partner with an amazing group of authors and teachers to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been itching to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

Topics in the bundle include:

  • Home decor
  • Furniture painting
  • Photography
  • Chalk pastels
  • Handmade gifts
  • Homemade skincare products
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Paint colors and interior design
  • …and a whole lot more (76 eBooks and eCourses in total) – to help you be inspired or get started with your next DIY or crafting project!

There’s no need to worry about information overload either: The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with a complete guide to getting started, so that you can know exactly which resource to use for your specific crafting or DIY project and jump straight into it with confidence!

You do have to hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be available until Monday, January 26th (11:59 pm EST).

But get this – you can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 5 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 4x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value) –that’s me–, a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, seriously, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. It all goes away when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, January 26!

Yep, this amazing deal ends in just…


Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.


Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Twinkle Lights And Hover Cars

You Are My Sunshine Art Print

Twinkle Lights And Hover Cars

So, it’s been over a month since the Hope Ink Shop (aka: Me) took a little –okay, long– holiday vacation. It was such a blessing to be able to slow down for Christmas and enjoy the season with my sweet family. We made cookies, had friends over to play, strung twinkle lights everywhere (literally. You think I’m kidding. They’re still there. And probably will be forever. But at least they’re inside and not bothering the neighbors. So we just pretend we’re in a jazzy cafe every night. It’s a good thing. Really. You should try it.).

Of course vacation is over now and Christmas is all packed up (other than the twinkle lights), and I’m still shocked that it’s 2015. I feel like I’m living in a sci-fi movie (Back To The Future, anyone?) whenever I write the date. And I keep waiting for my hover car. But alas, all that ever greets me in the driveway is my [so last century] mini-van.

A New Home

Nope, no hover cars here. But (and this is just slightly less exciting) the Hope Ink shop is back! And we have a brand new spiffy website to call home, which has been in the works for a looong time. But hasn’t been ready till now. Because … life.

So, I’m happy about the move finally being complete, and really hope you’ll like the new site. I think it’ll be much easier to navigate and see everything at a glance instead of lots of scrolling and searching. And I’ve added some brand new designs too – with more in the works. Take a peek and let me know what you think!

Lots of love to you, friends. Go be someone’s sunshine today ;)

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Rediscover Your Creative Side

Just wanted to share this fun {free} mini course with you!

The 4-step email course is from Stephanie over at Keeper of the Home, and is designed to be a super simple way to get your creative juices flowing … to “stir up the gift” that is in you –in a non-overwhelming way.

And yes, it’s free – but only available for the next few days, so don’t miss it ;)

Happy weekend, friends!


Just Living Is Not Enough

A Little Flower Illustration

A new year.

New grace. New mercies.

And new projects.

Never enough hours in the day.

But always enough grace.


If we’ll only take it ;)

Oh friends, may we not “just live.”

But may we enjoy the life, the days, the hours we’ve been given.

And be thankful, always grateful, for things like sunshine.


and a little flower.

love to you.


Christmas Giveaways and Printables

Merry Christmas Door Wreath

Decorations are hung. Twinkle lights everywhere.
Temps still in the 60’s. Merry Christmas!

How is it in your corner of the world?

At the moment, I’m working on getting everything most things (who am I kidding?)
finished by the end of the week so I can spend some
happy restful time with the family
minus my usual and ever-present “to-do list.”
Wouldn’t that be nice?
Let’s make it happen, shall we?

So, first things first …
We have not one, two, or even three, but four winners to announce
from all the hope ink giveaways!

1. Visalia Christmas Boutique: Katie B.
2. Bridge Mops Boutique: Elizabeth P.
3. Hope Ink Blog #1: Jen (comment 10)
4. Hope Ink Blog #2: Maria V. (comment 6)

Congrats, ladies!
I’ll be emailing all of you, unless you beat me to it ;)

If you missed out on these, Beth over at Red & Honey
is hosting another hope ink giveaway,
but hurry –it’s only open till Wednesday!

Secondly, the hope ink shop will be closing its doors this Sunday
for the rest of December.
So, yes, this week is your last chance to order Christmas gifts
or something hope ink-ish for the rest of the year.
All orders received by Sunday will ship in time for Christmas!

{ And you can use code SHIPFREE for free domestic shipping }

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Thirdly, I have had so many of you ask about these plates
and I promised I’d let you know when they finally made it into the shop …

I only have a limited number of them, so when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Each one is lettered by hand,
which of course is my favorite thing to do.
(It’s the finding time bit that’s always a challenge.)
So, if you can’t live without one, snag it now (before Sunday, remember?)

Finally, here’s a two free Christmas printables just for you …

Merry, merry Christmas, friends!
May the Lord richly bless your celebrations of Him.


Christmas Scripture Art Giveaway

Deer Christmas Scripture Art

Happy December!
A couple of fun things for you this Monday morning …
First, today is the last day to take 25% off everything in the hope ink shop
(and get a free print from the new Christmas collection with every order)!

Just use code SHOPHANDMADE25 when you check out.

Secondly, I’d love to give two of you a set of hope ink Christmas cards.
To enter, just share a comment about what
you’re most looking forward to this month :)
I’ll pick two names next week–
(and announce the winners of the Christmas boutique giveaways).

And if you’d like extra entries, you can spread the word in all the usual places – facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram …
Just leave a separate comment for each place you share.

Praying that you and I will be blessed with His peace, true peace, this month.

Because of the tender mercy of our God
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death
to guide our feet into the path of peace.

{ luke 1:78-79 }

Giveaway now closed – winners posted here.

Thanksgiving! Let’s Color!

scripture art print thanksgiving rainbowThanksgiving is coming, Thanksgiving is coming!

Are you looking forward to a time to rest and reflect and just be. thankful.
For everything He’s blessed us with?

I know how easy it is to get caught up in the busy-ness (nay, full-on stress –or is that just me?) of preparing for a holiday. Thinking everything has to be just-so. Worrying about the million and one urgent items that seem to pile up on the to-do list.

And even skipping over the thankfulness and contentment part and moving straight on to strategizing for the next -bigger- holiday where we all must buy more things. Jumping right back into the whirlwind of crazy (or never leaving in the first place).

So, here’s the cure. Ready?

Come before Him. With true thanks-giving.
Bow down in worship.
Before the Lord. Your Maker.

Because He’s the great King.
He owns the earth, the sea, every single mountain peak.

We’re His sheep. His flock.

And don’t miss those last little three words …
“under His care.”

Be content in that. Give thanks that He is the great God above every crazy thing.
And you are in HIS care.

So, so much to be thankful for.

PS: I got downright teary illustrating this Scripture -thinking about how amazing He is and how loved we are, as His children. I would love for you to take some time with your kiddos (or just you) reflecting on these words as you color one for yourself.

Click here to download the free Thanksgiving coloring printable.

Then print one -or ten- and remember how great He is. And how loved you are.

*hope ink free printables are always for personal, non-commercial use.
–feel free to share the link to the original post :)

Gratitude + Weekend Sales

Taste and see that the Lord is good

Taste & See … He is Good

So many things to be grateful for. Unexpected surprises, friends who check up on you out of the blue, sunshine and rain, cooler weather, growing (like weeds) kids, and snippets of time to do what you love. To taste and see that the Lord is good. So good. May we be truly thankful for all the big and small things He blesses us with every single day.

This weekend I’ll be at the Visalia Convention Center for a Christmas Boutique on Saturday (10-5) and Sunday (10-4). Would love to see any of my local friends who can make it (and I even have a coupon for you to get in free!). We’ll have lots of new things, like the hand-lettered platter above, at really great prices.

Mini Rainbow Frames
And for those who don’t live close enough to visit in person, everything in the Etsy Shop is 30% off now through Sunday (with coupon code GRATEFUL14). Don’t miss your chance to get some of that Christmas shopping done early!

So grateful for you – thank you for blessing me!


grace + truth

grace and truth

The Word became flesh
and made His dwelling among us.
We have seen His glory,
the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth.

john 1.14


dabbling in watercolors
on a restful weekend.
reflecting on Jesus being full of grace.
and truth.

praying for more of both to overflow
in my heart and life.


love. walk. hold fast.

love walk hold fast

love the Lord your God.
walk in all His ways.
hold fast to Him.

deuteronomy 11:22