Paint Outside The Box: Challenge Three

Paint your own reality

Since Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, I’m giving you guys one more challenge to do. For those who aren’t familiar with my other paint outside the box challenges, long story short – I’m going to show you how to create a dope Valentine’s Day card with using only Microsoft Paint and a printer. The reason I’m doing this is to show you how you can be creative with what you have. You don’t need to purchase your Valentine’s day cards this year, you can make your own! Research has shown that people are more happy when they receive something personally made by a loved one. Make your significant other feel special this year!

Here’s the card we will be making today:

Note: If you want it to look more like the google logo, you’re going to have to download a font in this challenge. It’s quick and easy, I promise. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Choose the beige color and draw a box on your canvas to fill it with that color

First, you’re gonna want to choose the beige color from the color pallete for both color 1 and color 2. For your fill, choose ‘Solid’. Select the box shape and draw a box to cover the whole canvas with that color. Simple enough right? How’s it lookin’ so far?

Step 2: Download the font

You can skip this font if you can’t download this on the computer you’re using or if you just don’t want to. The font we’re going to use to the Google logo will be a little different from the real logo. The reason being is because Google actually created their own font and we don’t want to get copyrighted! The closest to that font is a font called ‘Futura’ . Click here to download that font.

Open the download file, select the font and click ‘Install Font’. The font should become readily available. Back to paint we go!

Step 3: Add the text ‘Google’ and update the colors to match the Google logo

Update your color 1 and color 2 to black, choose the new font that you downloaded (IF you decided to) and set the font size to 72. By default, the font will be all one color (black) so you’ll need to update the colors to match the Google logo.

G – blue, O – red, O- gold, G – blue, L – green, E – red

To create these colors, you need to select each letter individually and then select the color you need to update the letter to. See my screenshot below to get an even better idea of what I’m describing:

NOTE: Make sure you select the letter BEFORE selecting the color. And DON’T click away from the font box or you’ll have to start over. It happened to me so many times 🙁

Step 4: Add the search box

Next, you’re going to draw your search box. Update your color 1 to gray and your color 2 to white. This one is a super simple step. After you update your colors, also update the size of your outliner to size 3px so that you don’t have a really thick outline. The square should still be selected from the first step. Now, draw your search box! Try to get it as even as possible so that is it is in the center under the google logo. It should look something like this:

Step 5: Add the buttons under the search box and the search results

Another super simple step but might require a bit of reworking. Change your color 1 to white and draw to boxes under the search box. Pretty self explanatory. No need to go into further detail.

Now, add a larger box at the bottom. This is where you’re going to place your punchline:

Step 6: Add the search term and button text

Let’s add the final touches! Change the font to Arial, size 15, and color 2 to black. Type ‘Are you Google?’ and align the text to be just inside the search box.

Then, update the font to Futura (or whatever font you used for the google logo), font size 10, bold, and change your color 1 to gray.

It should look something like this:

Step 7: Add the punch line

Change the font back to Arial, font size 15, color blue. Type out ‘Because you have everything’ and position the text somewhat in the top right corner.. leave a little bit of space (see my screenshot below). Next, change your color to green and your font size to 13. Add the text ‘I’m searching for.” and position it right under the previous text. And you’re done!! Here’s how mine came out:

You can switch it up and search for whatever you want. Have fun with it! Inside jokes are the best! Let me know in the comments how you liked this challenge. And don’t forget to try these other challenges if you haven’t already. Until next time!


Paint Outside The Box: Challenge Two

Back at it again with another Paint Outside the Box Challenge for you. If you haven’t attempted the first one and you’re up for the challenge, click here! This one is another easy one; probably wont take you more than 15 minutes. Give it a try and let me know how yours comes out! Open that Microsoft Paint app right now and let’s get to it! Here’s the card I’ll be showing you how to create:

“You Stole A Pizza My Heart”

1. Draw a Triangle

The first step is by far the simplest. Select black as your Color 1 (should actually be defaulted if you just opened the application) and draw a triangle on your canvas. Easy enough.. do I really need to go into more detail on this one?

2. Flip that bad boy upside down!

Yep, you need to flip your canvas. To do that, navigate to Rotate > Vertical (See screenshot below)

What the new image should look like:

3. Fill the triangle with yellow (mmmMmm.. cheeeeesy!)

Select the paint bucket in the Tools section and choose the color yellow from the color palette, setting it for your Color 1. Click inside the triangle to fill it with yellow. Your image should now look something like this:

4. Add some pepperoni!

I highly recommend that you make your pizza a pepperoni one. If you’re feeling creative and you want to go a little crazy and put mushrooms or onions, go for it! But for this example, I’m gonna stick to old faithful.

Select black as your Color 1 and select the Oval shape. (highlighted below)

Add about 3 circles inside the triangle, scattering them a bit.. Try to make them the same size. When you’re done, it should look something like this:

5. Add a little more

This is the hardest part, getting these half pepperonis to look right. If you know of an easier way of doing this step, please drop a comment and let me know. But here’s how I did it: I selected the ‘Curve’ shape. (highlighted below)

Then I drew a line directly on the outline of the pepperoni where I wanted to place it. I pulled outward on the left side of the line and then pulled outward on the right side without kicking away..

WHAT? lol make it make sense, Chels!

Just watch the video:

Try to do a couple more so the pizza will look full, don’t be stingy. When you’re done, it should look something like this:

6. Make the pepperonis come to life

Fill your pepperonis in with red. All you gotta do is select the paint bucket and the color red and volia! PEPPERONI!

Side Note: I spelled pepperoni so many different ways while making this post. Thank God for spell check. By the way, is the plural version of Pepperoni still Pepperoni or is it Pepperonis? #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers

Anyway, I digress.. How’s your pizza lookin? Here’s mine:

7. Add the crust

Now you’re gonna wanna choose a custom color for this. You want more of a beige color. So edit your colors and click around the brown, but scroll up a bit to get a lighter brown.

You can choose this exact color if you’d like

Select the ‘Rounded Rectangle’ shape (highlighted below) and then draw you crust on the top of you pizza:

Add a little extra detail by selecting the pencil and drawing 4 lines across the crust:


8. Add the text

Last step! Add the text – for “You Stole A” and ” My Heart” I used font Corebel, size 30. And for “PiZZA”, I used font Segoe UI Light, size 70. You can use whatever you think looks the best to you. First, place the pizza text so you get a good idea of where to place the rest.

Then place the rest of the test on the top and bottom. Try to but the close together.

Next, erase the dot above the “i” in “Pizza”, using the Eraser tool. Then select the heart shape along with whatever color you’d like your heart to be (put it in Color 2 and keep Color 1 black). Draw a lil heart to dot the i. And you’re done! Here’s how mine came out:

That was fun, wasn’t it!? Let me know how yours turned out. I’m going to start featuring them on my blog!

How to Create Dope Valentine’s Day Cards Using Microsoft Paint


Want to show your significant other your creative side this year for Valentine’s Day? I’m going to teach you how to create a dope Valentine’s Day card in 10 minutes using Microsoft Paint. All you’ll need is a Windows computer, a printer and some paper. That simple. Here’s what your card will look like when you’re done:

Let’s get started!

1. Choose your canvas size

Assuming you’ve already opened the application, the next thing you’ll need to do is choose a good size for your canvas. If you’re planning on printing this out on a blank stationary card, I suggest adjusting the canvas size to the same dimensions of the card you’ll be printing on. You should be able to find the dimensions on the box the cards came in. If you’re printing on computer paper, you can fold the paper however you like so any size will do just fine.

2. Select the Colors you need

You will only need 2 colors for this; I’m using pink but I think you should use whatever color your boo would like the best. The goal is to make it look like a Candy Heart. You can use any colors you want as long as you use 2 variations of the same color; one light shade and a slightly darker shade. Here are the 2 colors I chose to use ( boxed in red):

3. Select the Shape, Fill, Outline Size, and Colors for your first heart

We’re almost ready to start! Next, you need to do the following:

  • select the heart shape,
  • select ‘Watercolor’ as the fill option,
  • select 5px for outline size and
  • select your colors – Color 1 should be white and Color 2 should be your darker shade. (See screenshots below)
Select ‘Watercolor’ as your Fill
Select ‘5px’ as your outline size

4. Draw a heart on your canvas

Now you’re ready to start drawing, how exciting! Click and drag on the canvas to draw the first heart. If your heart comes out looking a lil special, just hit that delete button. Once you click away from the shape however, the shape is there to stay. If that happens and you don’t like how your heart looks, click ‘Undo’ and try again. Once you have it drawn to your liking, it should look a little something like this:

First heart looking lovely <3

5. Update your Colors and Fill for your second heart

Now it’s time to draw the second heart. First, you’ll need to update your colors to the lighter color as the main color (Color 2) and the darker color as the outline (Color 1). Also, you will need to change your Fill to ‘Oil’. See screenshots below

6. Draw another heart about same size and slightly place it above

This is the tricky part. You want to give the illusion that the heart is somewhat 3D, so you need to draw another heart about the same size and place it slightly up and to the left of the first heart. Try not to click away from the shape so you can keep working with it because it might take a few adjustments to get it right. Here’s how mine came out:

7. Add the text

Almost done, last but not least – add the text! The wording is your choice but I suggest an inside joke, something that would show bae you really thought this through. Choose the font ‘Arial’ (‘Arial Rounded’ is even better if you have it), size 30. Break the font up word by word if you can. It will make it look so much better. Here’s how my card came out:

How did yours come out? Send me snaps!