Monday, March 28, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional: Days 39, 40, 41, & 42

Catalog Clippings
How many catalogs do you receive, peruse, and toss? I get at least 3 a month. That's a lot of wasted paper if you think about how many catalogs go to other homes and end up in the garbage. Imagine what you could do with all of that "waste". Perhaps try using some Mod Podge. Cut out your favorite images in the catalogs and make inspiration boards with them.
 Or maybe make a homemade birthday card.
 If you can't find anything else to use it for, recycle it, don't trash it...or simply unsubscribe.

The Sound of Horse's Hooves
"The horse symbolizes freedom and the power that comes with being free". Get inspired by them.

Playing Hooky: Crafty Field Trip
Simple: Take a day off and roadtrip to a new destination. Scour the local niches and let your creative mind take it all in.

Alex and I went to Waynesville, NC a few weekends ago. It wasn't a place we would have chosen, but there happened to be a great deal at a resort and we jumped on it. We stayed at the pictured above, Waynesville Inn and our room overlooked the green. It was fun to watch the golfers.
 There was a cute downtown in which we shopped wandered. Great deals in this town!
Why do people sell these fakittys?
Waynesville even had a fancy Walmart
All in all, the trip was inspirational if not utterly relaxing.
Entries taken from The Crafter's Devotional: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Days 36, 37, & 38

Vintage button collection via Etsy
Field Journals
If you know anything about journaling, you know that sometimes you find something super cool that won't fit into the pages. That is when you should invest in what is called a "field journal". The difference is that instead of words and pictures, you are collecting three-dimensional objects. Wouldn't you like to have one like the one pictured below? I have also seen people use type-cases as such as well.
Image from Oh Hello Friend

Retracting Your Steps
This activity is deep. I am asked to choose an image or subject matter and use it over and over again. "The Goal, over time, is to explore the inner workings of both your image and your creative output; The result might be an entire body of work or a study in light and shadow". The artist below, Nancy Jean Tobin  likes to use birds and farms in her work. You can see the different emotions in each.
Buttonwork, Part 2
I am going to share the "Tips for Attaching Buttons" from this entry:
  • Sew on buttons with strong craft and button thread going through the holes at least 5 or 6 times. Buttons receive a lot of handling, so attach them firmly. 
  • Never sew a button to a single layer of fabric. Add additional reinforcement such as batting or interfacing behind the decorative fabric layer to support the button. 
  • If the button will be used functionally, as in a buttonhole or other closure, add a thread shank or small additional button spacer between the button and the background fabric. 
  • Never iron buttons. They can melt, crack, or discolor from the heat, steam, or weight of the iron. 
There you have it. My collection has reached a measly FIVE buttons, so I have yet to use them. Oh, and sorry for the delay in postings! Come back real soon!
Entries taken from The Crafter's Devotional: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Days 33, 34, & 35

Tap Into Your Endorphins
I am going back in time here to make up for lost time. Instead of making up the week I missed from blogging, I am continuing my devotionals starting with this past weekend. The subject for this devotional is basically: Exercise, Eat right, Eliminate stress, and Engage in mental exercise. Along those lines I have decided to...
1. Take Dancing classes
2. Eat more GREENS

3. Practice deep breathing

4. Read one book a month

Your BFF's Stash
Okay, we all have at least one friend that is creative. Mine happens to be Meredith of Robin Red Vest. I am supposed to swap materials with my BFF and gain new inspiration from doing so. 
Instead of a physical swap (which will more than likely happen anyway) I will show you her Pinterest. This is our way of swapping inspiration. It happens on a daily basis. She pins a photo of something amazing and I pin one. We both comment on each other's pins and so on. Its a great site, try it!

Tomorrow I will continue with Monday along with Tuesday's devotional. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Literally Making a Difference In Disaster

My heart breaks for Japan
As yours does too, I imagine. This past weekend I have been on hiatus from blogging simply because I couldn't bring myself to it. But I do want to use my talents to help others. Website, Beautiful Idea does just that: "Giving artists the chance to create for a cause". Their current charity is of course directed toward relief efforts in Japan through World Vision. They have currently raised $909.42, a modest amount, but a start. Pictured above is a print up for sale through Design Crush. All proceeds go directly to relief. You can also donate to relief efforts directly through the American Red Cross

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 32:

Reread a Childhood Favorite
One of my favorite children's books is George and Martha Round and Round by James Marshall. It is the story of two hippos who have married and live as humans. They pester each other constantly, which I loved. Hippos actually are aggressive toward each other in the wild. Watch the BBC-Wildlife documentary on nature's most unlikely predator. I say unlikely because hippos are just plain cute. But they are deadly. Hippos kill more people than lions, tigers, and crocs. Yikes!
But somehow hippos end up in children's books, as children's toys and in children's moving pictures. Go figure. 

What is your childhood favorite read?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 31:

Upside Down or Laid Flat
"Sometimes turning a material upside down or laying it flat versus hanging it can take you in a creative direction". We've all seen it when someone comes up with an unconventional idea. Ingenuity can come simply through transforming a literal bearing. Here is some inspiration regarding the topic:
milk crates as shelving
window in floor
hanging spoons
ladder as display shelf
framed art as table top
table lamp as ceiling fixture

We have all see Anthropology make any object unprecedented and cool. You can do it too!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 30:

Here's an idea: You can use formica, ceramic tile, and faux wood for whatever crafty purpose you wish. I almost ran out to Home Depot to get my crafting on, but I decided to peruse the web instead.
Tutorial Here
Tutorial Here
Available Here
Available Here
And if you are really crafty, you can use those samples to create something fantastic. Have fun!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Days 27, 28 & 29

This is how I feel right now. I am so behind in Blogging!
Creating with Other Artist's Materials
"Sooner or later, all creative types are asked to create a project for someone else". I do this every day at work. Here are some suggested questions to ask your client as taken from the book: 

 1. Do you have a vision, sketch, or idea you'd like me to work from?
 2. Do you have strong preferences in terms of materials, colors, forms, or techniques that you like (or don't    like)?
 3. What is you the purpose or goal of this project, where will it end up, and who will see it? 
 4. Can you tell me about the feelings you have surrounding this project, and how you'd like to capture those feelings? 
 5. What is the budget, time frame, and form of delivery? (It's always important to understand the limits of your creative interpretation when working with other people). 
 6. Do you want me to show you sketches, color swatches, or woking designs along the way? 

All in all, if you love what you do, it all turns out well, right?

House Journals
This is a project idea: Make your journal a standing art form! Make a house out of materials you like and go to town with your journaling ON THE OUTSIDE of the house. Why keep your journal a secret? Display your ideas on this house. Make one for each year. Have a city of journal homes!

I remember we did something like that in 4th grade with tree branches. We would affix things to the branch, hang things from it, and display it for all to see. My finished work would still be here if a neighborhood boy hadn't broken it in half. (He was a jerk. Bitter, can you tell?)

Entries taken from The Crafter's Devotional: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 26:

Words and Phrases
I am skipping Day 25, because it will take a while for me to complete. But anyhoo, today is about "Recurring Words" used in Art. I think of this picture: 
I see it at least once on every interior design blog. Its history is profound: The year was 1939, in Great Britain, at the brink of World War II. The Ministry of Information (I can't help but think of HP when I hear "Ministry of...") came up with the poster in order to maintain confidence in the midst of conflict. Read more on the Keep Calm and Carry On poster. 

I tend to not use words or phrases in my personal artwork-its not really my style. But if I did use a phrase, it would be either of these: 
As seen on Etsy
As seen on Etsy

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 24:

Raid The Sewing Basket
Today I am going to list a few of my favorite handmade Etsy items. Never heard of Etsy? Watch the vid.
If you somehow can't watch the video, let me explain Etsy. It is a central location for crafters and artists to sell their products. The website is easy to navigate. You can search for a particular item, browse galleries, or even find items made near you (support your local businesses!). Registration is free. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Crafter's Devotional Day 23:

Looky what I did. Its the craft-day where one recycles!
Sand, Scrape, and Mark Your Photos
Step one: Find and old photo and immerse in lukewarm water for 60 seconds.
Step two: Remove from water.
Step three: Use something sharp like a needle to scrape away at the image.

This is a great way to utilize extra prints for crafting!

Idea from The Crafter's Devotional: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call

The Crafter's Devotional Day 22:

Image via Discovery of the ocean east of Tasmania

The Colors of a New Destination
I challenge you. The next time you are on a trip, take some coloring utensils with your journal. You can record the atmosphere in relation to hues. Not the literal atmosphere, unless that is where your creativity leads you. I mean the "feel of the place". For example, the book details someone's journal entry of Italy. She visited wine country and pressed a grape leaf with a green crayon. Then at the wine tasting, she dipped a cork in the wine and made grapes.

This task I will have to complete in the near future. Laura Murphy Frankstone journals about her travels and shares them on her website, Laurelines. Another artist takes on journaling here.

Maybe you should try it! Pick up a travel art set and journal and go someplace!