L is for: Look in Box: Philadelphia Public Art Project, Part Vl

Art Box Front View: Club Creative Studio Art
Art Box Front View: Club Creative Studio
Art Box arrives and I begin to work on it on my patio.
Art Box arrives and I begin to work on it on my patio.
Close up on grout day. I cut every single piece of glass and plates by hand.
Close up on grout day. I cut every single piece of glass and plates by hand.

The Philadelphia Art Box Project has finally come to an end and it’s time to look at the box in this part VI post. Although I was unable to make the deadline for the Art Box initial display, due to being out of state at the time of the gathering, I am making sure that the Art Box has a good home.

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Strides are being made in gaining suggestions for a display site for this hand-painted and mosaic Art Box created by Club Creative Studio. I wonder where it will end up? I hope it is local.

The art box is also a decorative storage spot. The front door opens and can be used to keep materials dry, just as it would for newspapers (the original intention of the box). The box will remain unlocked. If it is displayed indoors, there is an opportunity to use this Art Box as a storage spot.

Club Creative Studio Open Art Box door.

Here are the final photos of my Art Box. Let me know what you think. In the final post about this subject, I will include photos of the rest of the submissions for this community art project. There were twenty four other Art Box creations.

 

Back View of Club Creative Studio's Art Box
Back View of Club Creative Studio’s Art Box. Mirror and blue glass plate shards, ceramic and metal elements.
Close-Up Side View of Club Creative Studio Art Box.
Close-Up Side View of Club Creative Studio Art Box.
Side View Art Box, blue glass shards, ceramic tile elements.
Side View Art Box, blue glass shards, ceramic tile elements.

The Time To Be Awesome Is Now

" The Time to be Awesome is NOW."
” The Time to be Awesome is NOW.”  There is a “window space” in the front of the box- a perfect place for a positive message. I added this quote to inspire someone.
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Art Box Sponsors
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Philadelphia Public Art Project Part V

Welcome to yet another post about the progress made on the Philadelphia Public Art project.  This is part five of the creative journey.

Mixed sand-based grout.
Mixed sand-based grout.

For this grout and mosaic piece, I chose the sand-based and color Raven grout.  I hope it was not too bold of an idea but, I love the contrast of dark and light and I wanted to use pops of color from adding beads so that was the reason behind this tint of colored grout.

The start of grouting and working out some areas of mosaic.
The start of grouting and working out some areas of mosaic.

I started using gloves and then discovered for most parts, the best tool to use were bare hands. Art can be messy…why not?

Sometimes, the best tool to use is what you have on hand!
Sometimes, the best tool to use is what you have on hand!

I still have some cleaning up to do.  Mosaics is an art with many steps. I hope that you are also pleased with the progress at this point.  I can’t wait to start side two of my ArtBox.

Here is a select portion of my mosaic progress so far.
Here is a select portion of my mosaic progress so far.
Full length view of side one of my ArtBox.
Full length view of side one of my ArtBox.
Side one of the ArtBox Project.
Side one of the ArtBox Project.

Stay tuned. Please visit this blog again to see how the other sides of this Artbox develop.  I am happy that you are interested in this progress and I appreciate your comments shared below.

 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia Public Art Project Part lV

My pile of blue glass shards is started.
My pile of blue glass shards is started.

Another smashing day…literally.  Today’s progress on my Philadelphia Public Art Project resulted from the rough draft sketches I did as well as filling a large box lid of smashed and cut blue glass.

Once again, I used my gloves and goggles, nippers and a hammer to start my pile of glass shards from my blue kitchen plates. I had these in use for about three years and for a year and a half they sat in a box. My intention was to give them away at some point, they were still good except for scratched surfaces.  However, with this project, I wanted to use blue for a sky area in my mosaic so they came in handy for me to recycle and reuse this way.

Recycle material so you don't have to buy new.
Recycle material so you don’t have to buy new.

Today was also productive because I put a few visions down on paper.  The following rough draft drawings may change as the process evolves however, the plan is to have a few of these ideas stick to these original plans.  It might be interesting for you to understand my creative thought process.  Ideas that are fresh can sometimes be developed if the vision is right in front of you.  Enjoy the sketches.  It will be interesting to see if any of these thoughts come to fruition.

This is one version of how I'd like to mosaic a section on my Artbox.
This is one version of how I’d like to mosaic a section on my Artbox.
My mirror mosaic disk. I'd like this as the center of a large focal flower.
My mirror mosaic disk. I’d like this as the center of a large focal flower.

 

I'd like to place a variety of beads in the center of a large flower made with cut tile segments.
I’d like to place a variety of beads in the center of a large flower made with cut tile segments.
For the swirl vine areas I plan to use green coated wire.
For the swirl vine areas I plan to use green coated wire.

 

Rough draft ideas for Artbox.
Rough draft ideas for Artbox.

 

 

I had a few thoughts for one of the sides of the ArtBox.
I had a few thoughts for one of the sides of the ArtBox.

Thank you again for stopping by the blog and following the creativity. I welcome you back to view the progress in this Artbox challenge.

 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia Art Project Part lll

Cut shards will make a great mosaic creation.
Cut shards will make a great mosaic creation.

Today I worked a bit on my Philadelphia Art Project.  This is the third post on the topic. I hope you are enjoying this creative journey along side of me.

Here I am...ready to start making the transformation of this newspaper box into an ART BOX.

In preparation of this Philadelphia Art Project Challenge, I had to get a few new tools to help me transform this newspaper box.  Today, I blog about two of the tools that made my tile cutting much easier.

Two types of tile knippers are useful.
Two types of tile knippers are useful.

Two useful tools that came in handy for the initial start of my project challenge are the tile nipper and a dual blade glass tile nipper.  I found the wheel nipper to be the best tool so far.

Notice the two wheels that are sharp to cut (break) the tile or plate.
Notice the two wheels that are sharp to cut (break) the tile or plate.

The wheel nipper is great for removing small pieces of glass or tile and mosaic.  This dual blade design is for increased precision in shaping tiles up to 1/4 inch thick.

A Learning Curve is always a factor to consider when working with a tool for the first time. I learned two things. First, pace yourself when working. I was so excited to cut my elements that I spent a few hours in non-stop mode. My hands were shaking by the time I finally stopped. I needed some recovery time from the clamp pressures my hands needed to use with the tool as well.

Secondly, if a wheel comes loose or off from the tool because of the use motion, it can be replaced and tightened easily with an  Allen wrench. These directions/suggestions are not written on the packaging. So much for trial and error and the courage to self-teach.

It's easy to repair and tighten a wheel if it works loose.
It’s easy to repair and tighten a wheel if it works loose.

My vision in part for my ArtBox will include areas of mosaic.  I needed the nipper tools to cut portions of plates that I wish to use to utilize their designs and incorporate those into my over-all design.  Simply done, the nippers are placed on the edge of a section and the handle is grasped for a crisp cut.

Snap! A plate is "cut".
Snap! A plate is “cut”.

Cutting adds up quickly once you get a feel for the tool and the amount of tool and hand pressure needed for a cut.  I picked out this pattern for the color variety and the dark background.  If you hunt a local thrift shop like I did, you may run across great deals on plates, or platters with patterns that are in a range of styles and colors.

Be on the look-out for a pattern or colors that grab your attention.
Be on the look-out for a pattern or colors that grab your attention.
The pile grows.
The pile grows.

Stay tuned and visit this blog again as the project continues to Part lV.  I am excited for the direction my vision and efforts are heading.

 

 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia Public Art Project Part ll

Celebrating the arrival of the Art Box Challenge Project.
Celebrating the arrival of the Art Box Challenge Project.

As a creative catalyst: I am always thinking of ways to create, promote, support and express art endeavors of self and others.  What a great public art display project idea Creative MontCo in Philadelphia has chosen along with the help of many others to sponsor and help our community appreciate and celebrate what creative minds and talents need to share.

To view the Club Creative Studio blog about how this all came about for me, please read:

http://clubcreativestudio.com/blog/?p=5103

Delivered from New Jersey, the newspaper box arrives.
Delivered from New Jersey, the newspaper box arrives.

Special Delivery Today the special delivery came!  Two men from The Daily News – The Inquirer came to deliver the newspaper box that I will have my artistic focus on for the next several weeks or so.

Delivery of the newspaper box to bee recycled and transformed into an ArtBox.
Delivery of the newspaper box to bee recycled and transformed into an ArtBox.

The First Challenge There will be many challenges I will face by taking part in this ArtBox Challenge. The first is to remove all of the pre-existing “art work” that is already attached to the box. Here are photos of a few of the areas that I need to address.

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Step One I admire the “handiwork” with the sharpie markers others attached to this newspaper box however, it just doesn’t fit into MY VISION so…they must go. I have a special solution that removes stickers and the residue from them, this is step one.

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Stay Tuned I would love for you to follow this project in its various stages on this blog, and share your comments here as well.  Stay tuned for more updates as the project continues, and I share more information. And please don’t hesitate to send others to this blog post as well.

Here I am...ready to start making the transformation of this newspaper box into an ART BOX.
Here I am…ready to start making the transformation of this newspaper box into an ART BOX.
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Philadelphia Public Art Project Part l

Art Box Challenge, 2014
Art Box Challenge, 2014

Club Creative Studio recently submitted a creative vision proposal for taking part in a unique Public Art Challenge in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County. Happily, they accepted my submission! The delivery of the ArtBox will come soon!

Art Box Challenge- What can I transform this into?
Art Box Challenge- What can I transform this into?

Here are the details and I look forward to taking photos along the way in this creative journey. The ideas and principals behind Creative MontCo , and 311 Arts are supportive of creative people and sharing art in our community environment.  I am so happy to be a participant!

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Artist of the Month- Club Creative Studio Recognition

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I was recently honored by the surprize article written by staff at Montco Happening, http://www.montco.happeningmag.com  It is a thrill to be recognized and appreciated.

This was published in the digital magazine which is a source for everything happening in Montgomery County. Pennsylvania. They feature real-time local coverage of restaurants, events, people, and everything else fun & exciting in the area. I am humbled to be included in that list of services.

Artist of the Month: Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

Club Creative Studio is the workspace of artist, Veronica Campos-Hallstrom. This innovator in artistic design has been crafting and selling custom art for custom people for years, creating unique art that will no doubt set you apart! Every item made by Veronica is created by hand and is one-of-a-kind, just like you! She incorporates hand-made beads, hand-made findings, vintage components and a slough of other interesting mediums. Her experience, knowledge and artistic mind have all contributed to her innovative success. Custom requests are always welcome, so give Veronica a shout. Her unique products are as nice as she is!!! Club Creative StudioAbout Veronica’s products are designed to represent who you are. They are meant to symbolize a look that is as special as the person wearing it.  She enables all buyers to express themselves through unique hand crafted  art and jewelry that is tailor made to you and your personality.  Club Creative Studios provides all their customers and CCS #5clients with a much needed break from the ordinary. Her business produces an array of fun and functional pieces, accessories and breathtaking items that incorporate all sorts of hand-made beads. Highlighted items also include hand-rolled polymer clay beads, hand-torched glass beads, fused glass pendants, hand-poured resin pendants, hand-twisted wire work, and more! On top of being a trendsetter in her respective field, Veronica’s inventory is constantly changing. This provides new looks for pre-existing and first time clients. She even welcomes custom requests! Hand Crafted JewelryCCS #3 Celebrating vivid colors, most jewelry includes hand-rolled, oven-fired polymer clay beads. Hand-made qualities bring character to each design as each bead is unique. Each bead type is made in limited quantities of twelve or less, never exactly alike, although rendering slight similarities for color and design cohesiveness. A variety of polymer clay brands are used. All clay is cured at the manufacturer’s recommendations for maximum durability. Finishes vary and typically include hand-sanding, buffing or three layers of polyurethane gloss applied by hand.

Featured art also includes hand-torched beads made from Italian Moretti glass rods. These creations provide interesting focal beads. Inclusion of these glass beads within various items are often complimented with a variety of mixed beads or metal charms. The fusion of the molten glass from the flame, although labor intensive, is never duplicated and radiates simple beauty.

*If you’re looking to stand out in the crowd, contact Veronica for all your artistic design needs…and beads!

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Veronica Campos-Hallstrom Club Creative Studio

email: veronica@clubcreativestudio.com

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