Yes, it's been a long time, but I have been feeling a little crafty lately. While looking through Pinterest the other day I saw this great image of a Pottery Barn decoration.
I had everything to make this, except contact paper, already on hand so it only took me about an hour! And it was fun. I love the results.
OK, so about a month or two ago someone broke into our house and stole some stuff, including my computer. Of course going through the hassle of getting a new computer was a pain, but what was worse was thinking about the work that was lost on my old computer. I had two completed shows and one almost finished. Yes, I back up my computer but not the video files because they are so large! This loss of work and my computer has taken me some time to get over. I'm not sure why. I keep thinking that I just need to start working but then I can't bring myself to do it. It's unreasonable and hard to explain. So today I've decided I need to get back into my normal routine even if it requires baby steps to start. I figure baby steps are better than no steps. And I have hope that once I get started again I'll be back to where I was before in no time. So I'm off to paint a bit. Hopefully a new show will come soon!
Join Michelle as she makes a super cute and easy to make felt bird ornament. To follow along you will need these items:
A while back I ran across a post on the A Beautiful Mess website about how to make clay ornaments. Now, of course I know how to make these. They are super easy. But A Beautiful Mess made them look so simple and elegant. These are not generally two words I associate with Sculpey clay. So, I thought I would give it a try. Here is what I came up with. Thanks A Beautiful Mess for the great inspiration!
I did do a few things differently. I couldn't find a cookie cutter so I cut the shapes out with scissors. It worked. I forgot to put holes in them before baking. No problem, I drilled holes later. I felt like drawing with a marker, so I decorated with a Sharpie instead of paint. I also wanted to protect the front so I sealed them with a clear acrylic sealer (which caused some of the marker to bleed.) Super fun! Super easy! And they look great.
I have long been a Suzi Blu fan. I have taken two or three of her online classes with very good results. When I saw her book on the shelf I picked it up to purchase without even looking inside. I figured if it was by Suzi Blu it would be good. This review will be from the perspective of someone who is familiar with Suzi Blu and her class style.
I want to run home and start working through some of these exercises right away! The cover of the book is bold and bright. If possible, the inside pages are even bolder and brighter.
The book will teach you how to draw a face that actually looks like a face! Imagine that. Before taking a class from Suzi I felt lost in the face drawing department. She clearly explains how to draw eyes (very important) and how to add to your eyes to make a face. Once you have this down you can move on to the other things she teaches you, from creating backgrounds and texture, to using your faces in your own pieces of art.
I kind of feel like this book is several of Suzi's classes in one place. I like that I now have a resource to go to for all the information. While taking classes I had to print out the info and try to keep it organized. I found it to be confusing at times. Now, I can follow her in-depth directions without having to flip through my papers or find a particular spot in a video. While I now have a one-stop place to go for info, I do miss the "handmade" nature of Suzi's notes. The instructions in this book are typed and uniform, not nearly as interesting as Suzi's handwriting and doodles.
Once I have a chance to review the DVD I will complete this review with a part II. In the meantime, I think this book is worth every penny even before checking out the DVD. Once again, Suzi rocks!
If you are interested in this book it is available for purchase in my bookstore through Amazon.
Join Michelle as she experiments with cutting out paper pieces and making a picture against a black background. To follow along you will need this things:
You may have completed your first project on your triangle loom and then wondered how to add a fringe. In today's show, Michelle will show you how to add a fringe to your woven shawl. To follow along gather these items:
Today I want to share with you some links to a few of my favorite blogs.
hungryhippie has some great photos of Europe mixed in with a ton of crafty type tutorials that are creative and fun to read
House Inside Out is a super fun blog that mixes a bit of food with a bit of art. She has been focusing a lot on fiber art (which I love!) lately so I check her blog and a regular basis. I also like it that she is from Tacoma. I feel like we are practically neighbors.
For a non-crafty fashion fix I have been reading Girl and Closet. This young lady has a great smile! I love browsing through her site to see what types of clothing she wears and how cute it looks. It inspires me to grab the dress I have in the closet and put it on, rather than my normal jeans and t-shirt outfit.
First, I need to start out by saying that I have seen Misty Mawn, the author of this book, creating art in person. While watching her sketch and draw I thought, "this is what a real artist looks like when they are making something." I just felt like I was watching something that I wouldn't see that often in my lifetime. She was making something in a setting with about 20 other artists, but she stood out. RIght then I decided that if I ever had the chance to take a class with her I would. I was also kicking myself for not taking a class with her when I previously had the chance. Sigh.
Shortly after this I was at my local bookstore and ran across her book. I'm not sure if it was newly published or not, but it was certainly new to me. I grabbed it as quick as I could and almost ran out the store to start reading it. I figured if I couldn't take a class from her right now, then her book was the next best thing.
I was right.
Misty's book has some fabulous photos of her work and equally fabulous project photos so that I could try the projects and techniques. I love the narrative in this book too. Throughout the whole book, Misty's writing encourages us to try her projects and techniques, never once suggesting that what she does is out of reach for those of us aspiring to learn and become better artists.
I also love that she includes a variety of mediums and project ideas. By doing this she shows that even serious artists can have varied interests. I especially think this is important because too often we are told that we must "stick to one thing" and become and expert at that thing. I think being creative means learning and trying new things. Misty's book gives us plenty of opportunity for that.
If you would like to order this book it can easily be found on Amazon.
In this episode we create a set of prayer flags to swap with other crafty people. To create your own flags gather these supplies: