DIY // Surfing Dinosaurs + Prepping For The ORC

By Kylee Niederhauser

You know how they say, “The fewer toys you give your child, the more creatively they will play with the ones they have.”? Well I’ve learned another truth this week – when you can’t shop in a store, and amazon delivery times for non-essentials are 4+ weeks, you’re forced to get creative with what you’ve got.

This week we’ve done arts & crafts and science experiments with random items found around the house. We learned how to make banana bread out of alllllmost expired pancake mix (thank you, pinterest!). We’ve built some VERY impressive, multi-room forts in the living room. And late one night, when I couldn’t get the image of a surfing T-rex out of my head, I decided to try to make a graphic poster for Nash’s room.. and it turned out pretty darn good!

Learning about ice + rescuing dinosaurs from the “frozen tundra” ?

I use Adobe Sparkpost a lot – primarily to make mood boards for design proposals but also to make logos and Instagram guest review posts for our properties. If you’ve never used it before, go check it out! It’s a free app (some premium features require a subscription) and super easy to use.

A few of the projects I’ve made using the Adobe Sparkpost app

I started with a white background and then added different graphics from their “icon” gallery. I looked for icons that were just outlines since I wanted to fill in the colors myself.

I ended up with 8 icons – two dinosaurs, a surfboard, a wave, clouds (to use as sea foam), a boy, sunglasses and a little smirk 🙂 and then started layering them. I also imported a shark-bite surfboard image (or, in this case, a dino-bite surfboard).

When I was layering the icons I changed each one to a different color. This made it easier to erase lines once I got into Microsoft Paint. If all of the lines were black then when I would click the paint fill button on a line, the entire image would turn white. Make sense? The finished product that I exported from Spark Post looked like this. It’s a mess.. but stick with me.. there’s a method to my madness here.

I emailed the file to myself and opened it up on my computer using Paint (more specifically, Paint 3D, but the old-school Paint app would be fine). Using the fill tool, I started by changing all of the lines that I wanted to erase white, and then filling in the space with color. I worked on the foreground objects first, like the boy, and worked my way to the background objects.

It took me about 30 minutes to finish up from this point. Pretty simple, huh? Nash loves his new artwork and I love that it’s homemade! Stay tuned this upcoming week as we get started on the rest of his bedroom for the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge!