Resolutions Meet Solutions

Happy New Year, 2017

The new year is off to a wonderfully creative start for Club Creative Studio.  I have taken time to reflect and redirect.  I am excited about little changes as resolutions meet solutions.

My important goals involve ways to be strategic about creative productivity.  Perhaps you have the same desire?  Do you want to find ways to be expressive and creative more effectively?  Have you resolved this year is going to be THE year of creative productivity?

Today, I offer:

Five tips for making this new year more creatively productive.

  1. PLAN TONIGHT
  2. SHORT TO-DO LIST
  3. INSPIRE
  4. SET LIMITS
  5. JUST STOP

                                                                                                                                 PLAN TONIGHT. Making notes and filling out a planner the night before for the art projects you have planned for the next day my make you feel less rushed.  You will know your goals ahead of time.  No time is used up to decide what to do.  Your plan of the day is right in front of you already.  The task at hand is ready to be started. Maybe your supplies are organized ahead of time as well?

SHORT TO-DO LIST.  If you have a single word or short to-do list, you may be more productive in the end.  Why make a long list of tasks and have an unfinished project list at the end of the day because you ran out of time? Accomplish goals in baby steps.

INSPIRE yourself.  When you need a spark or rejuvenation, I like the idea of taking a walk.  Write down ideas and use the time for group or solo brainstorming.

SET LIMITS.  Quitting is a choice.  Do you know when to quit? Sometimes stopping work is not project failing.  Knowing when to step away when you are no longer adding value to your task or project is productive.  Not to be confused with procrastination; which is counter productive.  Knowing when to take a break after starting can lead to a fresh restart.

JUST STOP. In order to be productive, you need to learn how to stop whatever does not make you productive in the first place.  Making a “Stop-Doing” list will be reminders of what you should not be doing says, Jocelyn K. Glei, author. List at least ten things that you commit to stop doing this year.  That list may be causing you to not focus on your best works.

This is hopefully a good start for getting the most out of your creative day.  Will any of these points work well for your productivity efforts?  Can you add to the list?

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Art Studio Shelving Unit

It’s always a challenge to set-up an Art Studio using shelving.

storagebinsI often have the opportunity to relocate and set-up a new Art Studio. Most of the time the main challenge not only comes in the physical move but, the physical space.  I have had small, medium and large Art Studio spaces. All of the areas function best when I use a shelving system.

I try to look at each space as functioning and expressive. Shelving is important because it is the main organizational system that creates a space of order.

The shelves are among the first fixtures I put into place. I use easy to install shelving that is adjustable.  The pieces easily screw into place and can be ready to load in a matter of minutes per shelf. The pillars are plastic tubes and the shelves are made of coated ply board. I use three different sizes to accommodate an array of storage bins I store art supplies.

IMG_0255studioshelvingonwallI have used the same storage shelves for over 10 years.  I took my time researching shelving units that could be adjustable, easy to install, and mobile. I found what works for me and the amount of supplies I need to display and store.

I hope you can find a durable shelving unit for your needs in your artistic space. It is a useful and valuable investment to create an Art Studio shelving unit.

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Creative TNT -Get Into a Creative Groove

Creative Prompt: THIS-N-THAT Thursday (TNT) 

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Club Creative Studio offers “Dynomite” information in this blog.  Why would  I consider it to be so explosive?  Because a post may create an inventive spark from within.  Having a handful of creative TNT gives you the freedom to be expressive without reservations.

I have heard time and time again what many children and adults feel:  “I am not creative”.

All one needs is a gentle reminder: I CAN be creative. 

 Many people lump together artistic talent with creative ways.  There are many aspects of creativity that can be developed. The whole idea of being creative is to spark something different inside you.

Welcome a surge of ideas flowing through your mind.  In order to become more creative when you don’t feel that you are, you must exercise your skills, to come to a different level.  Almost anything can bring on inspiration and get some ideas out in the open to explore.

A specific method for developing creativity is called a “prompt”.

Prompts can be used to instantly trigger a reaction.  Sometimes taking note of the first spontaneous impression of a prompt gives you the most useful and creative idea. One problem with prompts are that they are generated for you for the most part.  So, the absolute best way to overcome this problem is to make your own prompts. It’s incredibly simple, free and fun.

Make Your Own Creativity Prompts

You can do this for yourself or with a child at home or in the classroom.  It is a lesson plan that I have done before as a former art teacher. I simply took my art students to the computer lab instead of the art classroom.  For this creative exercise prompt, we used a computer. A computer may be shared for this activity.

First: open whatever program you use on your computer to write text.  Any program is suitable as long as it lets you change fonts.  A common program to use is Microsoft Word. I ask you use the fonts as creativity prompts to get you started with inspiration.

You need a word or a few positive words in mind to get you started, choose any you like.  The idea here is to discover how you can develop an idea through building a title to get you started.

Here you are being asked to explore the available fonts to illustrate a single word with the style of the font.

Here,  the word  Creativity shows you what I mean in this exploration. With that word in mind, go through the fonts you have available and begin to apply them to your chosen word. You can change the color, add effects, go all caps, anything that inspires you.

Each different font sets a different mood or characteristic for the words you typed. You can match fonts until you set the mood you are hoping for for your project. When I use creativity prompts like these I look at the shape of the letters. Some are haphazard looking, others more straight laced, and some curvy and artistic. There is an endless supply of fonts available both for free as well as those you can purchase, there is no reason to run short. The ones found here are all freeware that can be found at 1001 Fonts . Some of the fonts are freeware but others are shareware or to be purchased, it’s easy to check before downloading. Making your own creativity prompts is quick and easy.

Let your creativity flow. Create your own prompt challenge.

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Creative Corsage

Club Creative Studio clay corsage.
Club Creative Studio clay corsage.

There are many special occasions that call for wearing a floral corsage.  Flowers are a beautiful expression highlighting nature in a small cluster. How do you display a corsage creatively after your special event?  Let us share a few ideas.

Often times fresh flowers are used in a corsage. Unfortunately, fresh flowers in a corsage do not last long. They wilt, lose color, and eventually break down.

Club Creative Studio has a solution to extending the life of a corsage and offers display ideas once your special occasion is a memory.

Who wouldn’t want a corsage to last as a treasured keepsake? When you order and purchase a Club Creative Studio hand-sculpted clay corsage or other floral arrangement, you are automatically extending the visual life of your flowers.

Clay floral items do not wilt from the sun, our creations hold their vibrant colors and will last a long while with little care.  This is why they can be displayed in other ways after they are worn for your special occasion in the traditional way.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you wish to display and extend the visual life of your clay corsage floral arrangement.

Nine Creative Ways to Display a Corsage:

Club Creative Studio Clay Art on a hat.
Display Club Creative Studio Art on a hat.
Display a corsage on a basket lid or on the side of a handle.
Display a corsage on a basket lid or on the side of a handle.

 

A simple bowl or soap dish can be a great resting place for a Club Creative Studio clay corsage after it is worn.
A simple bowl or soap dish can be a great resting place for a Club Creative Studio clay corsage after it is worn.
Placed on top of stacked books, this clay floral corsage has a new place of value.
Placed on top of stacked books, this clay floral corsage has a new place of value.
Use a clay corsage as a replacement for a common bow on a gift.
Use a clay corsage as a replacement for a common bow on a gift.
I added the Club Creative Studio clay corsage to an existing floral arrangement for a pop of color.
I added the Club Creative Studio clay corsage to an existing floral arrangement for a pop of color.
A Club Creative Studio clay corsage is ready to take with you as pin it to a fabric purse or bag.
A Club Creative Studio clay corsage is ready to take with you as pin it to a fabric purse or bag.
Dress up a lamp shade with a few beads on a tassel and a clay corsage as I did.
Dress up a lamp shade with a few beads on a tassel and a clay corsage as I did.
I used a hair tie to attach a clay floral corsage to the spout of this lotion container.
I used a hair tie to attach a clay floral corsage to the spout of this lotion container.

Stay tuned as I offer additional display idea suggestions.  Let me know if  you have a favorite idea from this list of nine so far. I would love to hear from you on this subject matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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H is for Hawaiian Influence

Shell pendant from Club creative Studio. Inspired by Hawaii.
Shell pendant from Club creative Studio. Inspired by Hawaii.

The I am thankful for the experience to have a new-found Hawaiian influence within my art.

Collection of shells.
Collection of shells.

Since Club Creative Studio relocated to Hawaii, I have naturally created items that have had a Hawaiian flair to them.  Most times it includes the use of shells.

Shells from Hawaii are incorporated into Club Creative Studio ocean-theme art.
Shells from Hawaii are incorporated into Club Creative Studio ocean-theme art.

It is probably no surprise that using shells in creative ways are popular here.  I have discovered new ways to incorporate shells and ocean-themes into recent jewelry art that I create. It has been a fun challenge as well as an expressive opportunity.

Shells are incorporated into these Club Creative Studio hand-made bracelets.
Shells are incorporated into these Club Creative Studio hand-made bracelets.

The island of Oahu has many inspirational factors to spark creativity. Culture, bright colors, flora, fauna, ocean waves, undersea life, mountains, craters, tropical jungles and sandy beaches just to name a few influences.

Shell and wire art from Club Creative Studio.
Shell and wire art from Club Creative Studio.

I have combined beads, charms, wires and shells in creative ways, and I see no limitations to the creative process featuring shells.

If you are interested in having a special shell wire-wrapped, I do custom requests and would love to help you transform one of your collected shells into wearable art.  You may also check out the inventory online to see if there are readily available items to chose from. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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G is for Get Organized

Is it time for you to get organized?

There comes a time when  it is very important to be organized. Organization brings a sense of law and order, clarity and saves you time and effort.  No matter if you need organization in the workplace or in your hobby space, being organized is always a good idea. It does take an effort to get there, and remain organized.

This section of my studio sure looks organized from afar.
This section of my studio sure looks organized from afar.

The saying: A place for everything and everything in its place” is something to strive for in order to seem orderly. For me, that’s difficult…very difficult.

My creative process has up and down/roller coaster periods of organization. To illustrate this, I took a few photos and decided to share them here in a blog that is more about the unorganized state of my studio than the organized portions.

 

“G” is for GET ORGANIZED- yes, that is what I need to do.

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I feel that if you see a glimpse of my design table at it’s worst state in disarray, you will realize that sometimes a work-in-progress state of mind transfers to a workspace table.

Design table in a terrible state of disorganization.
Design table in a terrible state of disorganization.

Sometimes my creative thoughts are as scattered as the table supplies are. But, the good news is that in time, I always clean up and clear up my disorganized messes- to once again become organized.

Do you agree it’s time for me to  GET ORGANIZED based on these photos?

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F is for Full Moon Inspiration

I gained creative inspiration from the full moon.

April 4, 2015 was a ” Blood Moon” , “Rose Moon” full moon in Hawaii.  I was able to experience my first night hike to an area lighthouse to watch the moon rise.

Makapuu Lighthouse, Oahu
Makapuu’u Lighthouse, Oahu

I took photos at the Makapuu’u Lighthouse at different times of the day.  I had late afternoon, and early evening photos from the vantage point of the hiked trail.

Full Blood Moon Rising
Full Blood Moon Rising
Full Blood Moon, April 04,2015
Full Blood Moon, April 04,2015

To prepare with a theme and draw upon inspiration of the full moon phase process, I created a pair of bead embroidery earrings in advance of this hike.  The earrings I created featured rose-colored round pearls as an resemblance and reference of the “Rose Moon”.  The “Blood Moon” is also referred to as a “Rose Moon”. And, to me any type of full moon is special.

This was my first moon-lit hike, it was also a great time to share the Club Creative Studio “Trail Treasure” art as well.  This is the series of art items that I refer to as “Trail Treasures” that are given freely. It is a gift to the universe. Finders of my abandoned art are keepers of it.

Blood Moon/Pink Moon rising at Makapuu Lighthouse, HI
Blood Moon/Pink Moon rising at Makapuu’u Lighthouse, HI

Sometimes, I do hear back from those who have found Club Creative Studio art and they express their appreciation.  Below, I share with you a photo that the “finders” took and their words of gratitude sent to me in an e-mail. I am grateful for their enthusiasm.

Club Creative Studio Art was discovered!
Club Creative Studio Art was discovered!

“I just wanted to tell you thank you for the earrings that we found at Makapuu ‘u hike. My girlfriend and I found it on Easter morning on our sunrise hike. She loves them and wore them to church that morning. I just wanted to say thank you so much that was so thoughtful and kind! God Bless!”

Have you ever encountered free art in your community? If so, please share what type, where and what your reaction was to discovering abandoned/shared art.

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E is for Eggs of Clay

Happy Easter! Are you celebrating with eggs of clay?

You may have heard of hard boiled eggs, plastic eggs, chocolate eggs, cloisonné, wooden or Faberge eggs. Have you ever heard of Club Creative Studio’s Clay Eggs?

Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Clay Eggs.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Clay Eggs.

I have been creating these type of clay eggs since 2013 and I love the process, I have come up with. I have discovered that although time consuming, the creation of these one-of-a-kind eggs are quite enjoyable to make.

This process gives me a chance to use a large number of my designed polymer clay canes in one project, and capitalize on variety.

The beauty of these creations are that they can be displayed year-round. I have a few hanging on a table top stand. Last year, I even hung them from our colorful “Hawaiian” theme Christmas tree. They are wonderfully durable and without a doubt unique. I have even customized these to color coordinate a room!

Allow me to create for you! I offer custom requests in jewelry-making to other hand-made clay and bead art creations. All are always one-of-a-kind.

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Club Creative Studio Christmas tree

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D is for: Do It With Style

Women’s fashions and design are ever-changing revolving aspects in life. Are you prepared to do it with style?

Every season, the runway styles dictate what is fashionable, popular and on trend. Are you ready for Spring and ready to be part of the seasonal changes?

What is going to be hot fashion topics for Spring 2015?

How might a jewelry designer interpret or work with these trends? Allow me to share the ways that I have tackled the challenge of the trends predicted so far.

Fringe- Easy way to make a statement with a Western/Santa Fe style.

There is no doubt that fringe adds fun to fashion. It is dramatic, shows movement, and has a sense of flow and carefree whimsy. How might you find this trend in Club Creative Studio jewelry art?  Here is an example of jewelry art I have created with beaded fringe detail.  It is a hand-made beaded statement necklace. The color palate I use may also reflect the feel of the Southwest.

Club Creative Studio- HAnd-made beaded Fringe Necklace.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Beaded Fringe Necklace.

Suede-A trend that can come in different colors.

I enjoy that suede can be utilized in many ways because of the width cut variations available.  I like adding a simple suede strand to my colorful hand-rolled clay pendant creations because the colors coordinate without being distracting.  It is a change of pace from wearing a common metal chain necklace. The over-all look is also casual and relaxed for any age.

Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.

The 70’s are back- it’s a more polished version.

I love that the 70’s were about free-flowing blouse styles and fun fabric prints. As Club Creative Studio creates hand-made items with a Boho feel, this trend in style will seem more evident, creative and comfortable, like these examples do.

Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.
Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.

Ruffles-Structural and sweet at the same time.

Ruffled materials do not have to bring back bad memories like it does for me. I recall my Mother sewing a ruffle at the bottom of my jean pant legs as I grew to extend the length of the pants, and their wear time. Just when I thought that was bad enough…she would go and add a second and third layer of ruffles. Lord, I wish I had a photo of me wearing those pants right now.

Ruffles can add a look of innocence and boldness at the same time. Club Creative Studio has carried forth this trend in designing a ruffled edge incorporated with added bead embellishments.  This necklace is a great example of how a ruffle-look can be a structural strength to a fashion statement necklace.

Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.
Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.

Have you been made aware of any additional stylish trends in store for us this year?  Which trend mentioned above appeals to you the most?  Which jewelry trend do you tend to model the most often of those mentioned above?  Please share, I’d love to know what appeals or radiates in you.

If you are interested in viewing more hand-made art that may reflect these particular Spring trends, I welcome you to view the revolving inventory of Club Creative Studio at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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C is for Collecting

It’s one part of the creative process; collecting.

Collection of buttons.
Collection of buttons.

Once you are inspired to create, you have to have materials. It is because of an ample supply of collected materials I feel that at any moment in time, I can borrow from these different collections stashed in my studio, and create.

Shell collection takes time.
Shell collection takes time.

Creating with mixed media stems from using items that have been collected. I have several containers of buttons, shells, papers, paints, beads, wires, tools, fabrics and completed jewelry items that are collecting upon my shelves, just to name a few.

A section of my studio with a collection of paint brushes and seed bead container tubes.
A section of my studio with a collection of paint brushes and seed bead container tubes.

Having your collections at your disposal not only provides you with materials to create with but sometimes offers items that have special meaning.  The shells in the photograph above for example, are not shells bought from a craft store. I actually picked up each one from the shores of Japan when I lived there. Gathering and collecting items such as shells bring meaning to my art when they are incorporated.

A collection of colored pencils are ready to be used in my studio space.
A collection of colored pencils are ready to be used in my studio space.

Do you have items that you collect? How useful or meaningful are your collections?

I think that the most satisfying of my collections are the completed jewelry projects that I have.

I don’t mean to collect them, in fact they are all looking to be shared and sold!

Often times, when I start a new line- I tend to collect a certain number of a certain style before I actually place them online or in a boutique setting for public sale.

This gives the admirer more of a range to chose from.  It is perhaps a practice that leaves me with art on hand but, it also creates a view overlooking a theme when art is placed in collective bunch.

Collection of Club Creative Studio beaded bracelets.
Collection of Club Creative Studio beaded bracelets.

If you happen to see something you like in this particular hand-beaded bracelet collection…let me know!  In this case I am happy to deplete a collection if it means that someone will be enjoying my hand-made art!

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