Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tissue Transferring

For the most part I am pretty brave when allowing kids to do group art on one canvas. I have had those moments of being nearly complete though when the next to last little artist comes up and decides to smear orange and purple paint across the entire piece. This of course results in many sad little artists and me trying to scramble and figure out a solution. This time I decided to try a new method. I created a tissue transfer technique that lets the kids create with less stress of "messing up" (their words not mine) and I can also create a final composition based on the final art provided by the kids. It's really simple and the finished result is fantastic! Just use white gift tissue. Nothing fancy, just basic gift tissue. Color on it with Sharpie. Yes, Sharpie. You want the permanent ink so that it holds it's color. Once the drawings are complete cut them out along the edge of the color. Paint a canvas with your desired base color and once it is dry, mod podge the tissue drawings onto your canvas. Add any final line art to finish your art then cover with a final coat of mod podge. I use the gloss mod podge because it has a more vibrant finish. The matte tends to be a bit foggy. I did this with two classes this fall. Both classes were 1st-3rd graders.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Craft Night Out: DIY Rubber Stamps

Our first Craft Night Out was a wonderful success! What a great group of creative people to spend an evening with! I had so much fun I am doing it again! This time we will be making our own custom rubber stamps. If you have a name that you can never find spelled correctly, this is a great opportunity to finally have your own personal stamp. It you are an artist that would love to reproduce your artwork as a stamp, this is also a great opportunity for you OR if you just want to stamp a little luv around Valentines day, COME ON DOWN! Be sure to purchase tickets through the BrownPaperTickets link to reserve your space. Space is limited and can only be guaranteed with a pre-purchased ticket.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

CRAFT NIGHT OUT!

I am so flattered by all the people that have requested a Craft Night Out. I have finally made it happen and I am over-the-moon excited about this opportunity! I decided to start with paper embroidery. It's perfect, just before the holidays and works great for those that have never touched a needle and it is a great extension for those with traditional embroidery skills. We will make some one-of-a-kind gift tags, greeting cards and even stitch the front of a journal that you can keep for yourself or gift someone for the holidays. The venue I have booked is Luther's Table in Renton. It's a great location that will allow plenty of space for crafting and if you work up an appetite they have a full bar and menu available. Space is limited so get your tickets here. Craftnightout.brownbagtickets.com

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Me vs. Zombie

My son has been enjoying the game Plants vs. Zombies. This inspired him to want to be a bucket-head zombie for Halloween this year. While we were discussing the options of how to do it he decides that wrangling up a couple card board boxes and a bag of balloons would be enough to create his vision...errr...excuse me. He thought it would be enough for ME to create my vision. How could I let my kid down, right? After all he apparently believes I have some crafting super powers.(He might be right.) I did need to add some Mod Podge, tape, newspaper,and a bucket to the supply list. I built the base structure on a cardboard box (making sure it fit my sons head) using balloons and masking tape. Once I had the overall shape of the head I went old school using paper mache. My version of paper mache is newspaper drenched in Mod Podge. It's much faster and needs less layers. Once the form came together I needed to figure out eyes. I bought 2 foam balls from the toy section and slipped them into some opaque white tights. I pulled the tights through 2 holes in each eye socket and tied them off on the inside to secure them. When the mask is on my son can see through the nostril holes. We added a $3 suit jacket and a tie from the Goodwill to finish it off. It's been a ton of fun. I've also kept my "super-crafter" title with my kids. Happy Trick-or-Treating!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Just a Glimpse

Another glimpse of my design work. I like to throw it in here and there just to mix it up a bit. These are designs I created for the Mass and Mid-Tier retail markets. I think no matter where my creativity takes me I will always be creating printed graphics. After all, where else can you illustrate with glitter?!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Epson LabelWorks Ribbon Printer: MUST HAVE!

I was recently invited to a craft party at Ugly Baby and LaRu (check out this awesomely crafty store in Seattle at the Pike Place Market. uglybabyandlaru.com) to test out the Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit. When I first heard that there was even such a device I was THIRLLED! I was a little concerend I might just be excited about a sparkly new gadget though and it might not live up what I had built up in my mind. It LIVED up! IT WENT BEYOND! and now I MUST purchase one! There are so many icons, emoticons, font choices, ribbon colors, and borders that you can truly customize your ribbons for packaging, gift wrap or craft projects. It is incredibly easy to use and one of my favorite features (beyond its large assortment of icons and font choices) was how easy it is to change the ribbon. You can switch out the ribbon colors in a snap. Literally. You just pop out the ribbon color you are done with and snap in the new color you'd like to use. It's VERY user friendly. I was able to customize this mirror project just by printing out the letters vertically from the Epson Labelworks printer and feeding a little extra ribbon out between letters. Notice the cute little kitty icon? YEP! That's from the animal icon library. My overall opinion on this is "GO GET ONE!".

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Print, Stitch, Stuff

My kids and I recently had a week vacation that was ideal to test out some homemade screen printing. I asked my son to draw his favorite animal. He drew a thorny devil. We traced it onto some chiffon fabric and placed the fabric in a embroidery hoop. After that we painted Mod Podge on the fabric everywhere we did not want ink to come though. Once it dried we added some screen printing ink and I cut a cereal box up to make a squeegie. The print worked great. Since we had a 7 hour drive home I decided to add some embroidery details. The possibilities are pretty endless with this. I can't wait to start another one!