A Royal Creation- Uncle Don’s Art

It may be all in the family- CREATIVITY that is.

My husband’s great uncle has a creative eye and artistic talent that he expresses from time to time. This time, his creation was fit for a King or Queen- it was a royal creation.

I love hearing about his latest challenges and successes with his photography, painting, welding, gourd painting, and now steel cutting.  By trade, he is winding down his days as a farmer. So, he has a bit more time now to travel on his creative paths.

Great Uncle Don 2013
Great Uncle Don 2013

We recently went to Nebraska for a visit. When we went to Don’s place we were happily greeted with a platter of his home-made goodies and his company.  After a tour of the farmland, photos and story swaps of days gone by, Don lead us into the living room.

He was so excited for us to sit in the chair that he recently had re-upholstered and was eager for each of us to take a turn sitting in it.  In Don’s eyes, this chair must have reminded him of royal throne.  The next question for you to ponder is: what is a throne without a person sitting in it with a crown on?

So…Don made a crown from some steel scraps and he added a few reflectors as the crown jewels.  We all had a good time as we took our turns being a royal subject sitting in his chair.  What will he make us do when we visit next time?

Waving to the common people!
Waving to the common people!
There is still time to grow into the crown.
There is still time to grow into the crown.
The "Royal Throne" Chair
The “Royal Throne” Chair
Uncle Don created the crown that gave us all a royal attitude.
Uncle Don created the crown that gave us attitude.

Creativity can be expressed for a certain purpose or just for the fun of it. We are glad that Don’s creations expressed a sense of humor. This particular visit was a memorable one because of it.

Do you have a family member that has a creative talent or expresses their creativity in a fun way?  Let us know in your comment below. We’d love to know about other’s creative creations.







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Creativity Tips

Hello? Are you listening on the other end? What is your inner voice telling you about being creative? Are you answering your creative call, or placing it on hold? Could you use some creativity tips?

92aed21d15564ea4046d44507c72d420Let’s start the creative conversation. It takes a badge of courage to take a leap and be creative sometimes. When we have self doubts stemming from fear or lack of creativity in the past, we walk more slowly on our creative path. Consider answering the creative call with others. Allow others to join in on your creativity.

How you obtain your creative comfort zone may be a driving force in your creative confidence levels. Think of the last time that you had a formal art lesson. Most adults freeze in their tracks if you ask them to draw someone or something out of the blue. The dreaded stick figure appears, with an explanation claiming,  “I can’t draw , I am not an artist”. YOU ARE CREATIVE! Why not discover that fact with others by your side? Art appreciation and art education go hand-in-hand for artistic growth.

Share and express creative fears so that you don’t feel alone. A group setting can be the supporting atmosphere you may need to get you started on the right path.  This is one of the main reason why I began to offer local beginning jewelry-making classes. They are constructed to take fear out of the process and place the love of creativity into the heart of the beginner artist.











Look no further than your own community for support in expressing your creative efforts.

You may have heard of the “Sip and Create” adventures where you are allowed to publicly consume alcohol in facilities that offer step-by-step lessons on how to paint on canvas in a group setting. The reinforcement from having friends around you in a relaxed atmosphere lend to a successful outcome.

Although the alcohol may seem to add to the fun, favorable results are had because of the ease of answering the creative call with friends.  A gentle impromptu prompt, or logical reason to be creative at times may be all we need to become expressive in art forms. Answer your call with a friend.

Consider allowing others to join in on your artistic adventure , no matter how weird it seems to group together in the name of art. Art studios and classrooms are a natural gathering place full of individuals grouped together for the sake of art.

Groups of artists gather outdoors to paint together, craft projects can involve the neighborhood kids. Gather your girlfriends for a scrapbooking exchange night or quick creative how-to day with a newly discovered art product or project. Take an art class in a public place, camp, or private party setting.

Here are a few suggestions to spark the notion to take steps to answer the creative call of the wild from http://www.dailyinfographic.com

With special emphasis on point numbered 10 and 11: Be willing to take steps to be creative with others and YOU WILL BE CREATIVE. It is really that easy!

If you are inspired today to start on a new creative path, feel free to let us know by your comment.









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Save-a-Cent Tuesday: Paint Palette Tips

I have decided to change the name of Club Creative Studio’s Two-Cent Tuesday post title to “SAVE- A-CENT TUESDAY” Often times a project or idea featured on Tuesday will save you more than a few cents or cost more than a few coins so, it just seems more fitting.

Welcome to the first SAVE-A-CENT post!


Today’s Save-A-Cent low cost art idea will give you tips and ideas to use a paint palette more effectively. I help you think of creative ways you can make and use your own paint palettes.

The Traditional Palette Traditionally paint palettes are flat surfaces a painter uses to conveniently hold dabs of paint for their painting project. The painter arranges the colors and mixes them on the same surface.



A paint palette can be made of wood, plastic or any rigid and stable surface.  It is best to use nonporous material because you will likely add water or oil base to the paints, or other mixed media additives when mixing on top of the surface.

A palette can be any size that is manageable. The most commonly type of painter’s palette known is made of a thin wood board designed to be held in the artist’s hand and rest on the artist’s arm.

My friend, Lauren Parker Lasater is a painter and this palette is symbolic of her profession. Photo credit: Lens Friends

Watercolor palettes are generally made of plastic or porcelain with small rectangular or wheel shaped built in wells and mixing areas for colors.

As a Save-a-Cent tip, I am suggesting other ways that you can make a palette for your paint. Styrofoam packaging from meats, recycled box lids, old cookie sheets, ice cube trays and paper plates make great disposable or reusable palettes.

You can line most any platter or a regular plate or old cookie sheet with foil, parchment paper or plastic wrap for protection as well. Change the shape of a paper base plate for better comfort and effective use.

Paper plates make great pallets.
Paper plates make great pallets.

Paper plates come in all sizes and weights. The more ridged a plate the better. It should withstand the brushing against it with the paint brush or palate knife.

For artists of all ages, the placement of hands for holding this type of palate is a challenge. As a creative solution to hold the plate more securely, pre-cut the plate from a round shape to a kidney shape and cut a designated area for your thumb to rest. Hold it in support of the palm of your hand under the plate. Make this for a left or right-hander comfortably and affordably.



Let us know if you plan to use this specific paper plate paint project for saving time and money while painting in comfort.

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Unexpected Art- The Power of Art

Broach pin with ink applied from Club Creative Studio

Happy accidents in the art studio or on the design table are a welcomed sight.

Sometimes having a plan go in a different direction and unexpected way is exciting. It can be a learning experience and a chance to be spontaneous.

Club Creative studio- Ink earrings

Some mediums naturally lend themselves to unexpected results. I feel I have almost no control when I use certain art supplies.  This can be a good thing as long as your expectations are not definite.

One art supply that comes to mind as notorious for unpredictability are alcohol inks. Inks can be applied to certain areas but the amount of ink flows and sticks in various spots and the results can not really be planned.  I love the idea of being surprised when I use inks.


I enjoy blending ink on a variety of surfaces. I enjoy transforming metals, experimenting with absorbency of papers and blotting bamboo for my best results.

Bamboo rectangles are transformed with ink.
Bamboo rectangles are transformed with ink.


Saturations with ink give a new look to a plain surface. It is for that reason that I enjoy blending, dabbing, and using ink with many different types of materials.

Ink has a way to deepen in color in some spots and add depth and texture from stained lines of ink.

The only way to go back from ink on a project is maybe a quick wash of ink with water but, even then that is no guarantee that the ink will lesson in intensity.  The chances are in favor of change when ink is used.  Alcohol ink does have a solution called a “thinner” that adds a level of opaqueness to strong levels of ink. It is always a good idea to practice on something you intend to alter permanently.

Here is an example of a vintage broach that was transformed with pink inks. I love how it turned out. It goes without saying that my personal touch was added to this creation. I took out a few elements and added wire and one of my hand-torched glass beads. The plan now is to maybe add it as a pendant. I am still deciding. Share a suggestion below if you wish, I’d love to brainstorm. 🙂

Club Creative Studio transformation pin
Club Creative Studio transformation pin


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Out and About, Your Portable Project

It’s “Two-Cent Tuesday”. I am here to share a creative idea or project that is low-cost.


Since the weather is getting warmer where I live, the change of seasons always bring to mind the need for a change in other areas. More and more people are heading outdoors to work and play.

Have you considered taking your creative project out and about on the porch, yard or public park? Is there a way to make your project portable? Expressing your creative energy means the energy within you is given an outlet; it is redirected into a more positive energy.  Taking your creative outlet outdoors gives you more space and fresh air to work in. Maybe it will even be more energizing! Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Two great goals most people hope for when the weather is nicer are to be creative and to improve and maintain health.  You can do both at the same time when you are out and about.


Everyone is inheritably born with the potential for creativity.  Igniting your creative spark outside is easy to embrace if your “art” or “craft” outlet is more easily portable. Endeavors like photographing, sketching, painting, writing, acting, sculpting, knitting, dancing, playing an instrument, light building, singing, etc., are all creative activities that can be “taken to the street”.  I am sure you can think of more as well.

I have a few designated projects that are best done outside. I take advantage of the fresh air and ventilation outside when I torch, solder, paint and also sometimes wire-work jewelry. Each project has various supplies that I keep in separate containers that enable me to tote what is needed when it is needed. Portable art gives you the freedom to pick up and go when you want to.

Be on the look-out for containers that can help you be more organized or can be carried easily. I have several containers with handles and pop-up tote/baskets that are great for transporting items in the car, on a bike or while walking. Think of ways that you can store all that you need in one place and can be comfortable when you start working in a different location.

Adding accessories:

  • Camping items like a folding stool, table or pop-up tent are helpful
  • Use an easy fold up easel or tripod
  • A backpack or other bag with several pockets can help you sort items
  • An umbrella is great for shade or the unexpected shower threat.
  • A cart with wheels may make your trek faster and lighter if you carry many items
  • Recycle containers to include needed water for easy clean ups

Take it to the streets!  The key to being creative is taking action, just try it outdoors. How have you or how can you make your project portable? Do share your comments with us.

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Awesome Art: The Power of Art

No matter if you are artistic, have a streak of creative genius from time to time or are one that appreciates all that art offers.  Art has a powerful effect on many. Art is awesome.


I wanted to share a few thoughts about why I believe art is awesome and why I take pride in the projects that evolve from my workspace: Club Creative Studio.

Art is Powerful

1. Art is Emotional.  Art has the power to express how you feel and change mood. Ask any artist and they will probably let you in on the secret that the act of creating art makes them happy.

2. Art is Profound. Stepping beyond beginning and including masters of a craft, art is an “experience”.  Art stems from unique circumstances and stories. Art offers a means of communication and connection.

3. Art is for Sharing. Art can be expressed for personal and public appreciation. When art is created for artist’s eyes only, it becomes a resource for growth. When art is shared with others, it can take on a “Pay it Forward” gift. Artists that share their art with others invite understanding of the creative process. Creativity is a learning process and when artists open doors to creativeness, the spark for others can also be ignited.

4. Art is Information. The reason why the spirit of art is informational is because art can be viewed as a document of experiences.  It is sometimes a learned choice to use art as a reference point for what is found around us. We can use art to deliver messages, mark history and express inner feelings.

5. Art is Healing. Art has potentials to be a personal attraction for heightening our senses and be used as physical, emotional, and spiritual developments.

For me, all of the points I write about above are calls for purpose of art for me at Club Creative Studio. Perhaps you can relate?

Art for me has always been emotional. Because I attach a connection of self to my art, it is one reason why the love of what is created is mixed right into each of my creations.

Art is a learning experience. Creativity and imagination is always a stretch for growth when I create.  It is what places purpose into a project.

It makes me happy to be able to share Art That Sets You Apart and this is the main reason why I create. I enjoy helping others overcome ordinary and define their individuality by wearing and sharing unique art.

There is much to consider when we observe or create art. If we look deep into art around us, we can learn more about our world and the persons creating and sharing their points of views. Not to mention, the times when art reflects joy and radiates with others.

A healthy appreciation for art and those sharing it is just one highlight to understanding why art makes us respond. I hope that you gain an awareness for art and the awesome contributions if offers our world.

I welcome you to share the reasons why you think art is awesome as well.  It is certainly a great addition to add to your agenda- being an advocate for art.

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Z is for Zany- Celebrate the Letter Z

Z is for Zany. It’s hard to think of a word starting with the letter Z as a creative topic. This was one reason why I have been away from the blog for a while.

There are times that I come up with zany, crazy thoughts at the design table, which can sometimes lead to questionable outcomes and techniques. But, adding humor to your tasks helps make you less stressed, and more open to the outcomes. Embrace the times where laughter and silliness collide. You never know where those creative times may lead you in your artful journey.

Club Creative Studio Bullet pendants

As an example, when I obtained the bucket full of bullet shells, I had dreams of different ways I could incorporate them into jewelry. A few of the ideas I have tried, and there are some techniques I still have to work out in detail.  Never-the-less, there is a zany way to approach every task.

The person giving me the bucket of empty shells could not see my zany visions of transforming the casings into jewelry art.  However, adding humor to any project or finding humor in a task may help get the creative juices flowing.


I recently came across this interesting and humorous pendant with glasses and sporting a mustache. How cute is this?  Best five bucks I ever spent! Then, a few days later I came across the fun eye glasses with the same mustache idea attached to them, and yes…I spent another five bucks.  But, for a good reason,  it is a great trend that expresses the whimsical side of life.

Why not turn to these type of items or use a lighter-hearted attempt to your jewelry choices once and a while.  Fashion is to be expressed. Accessories are an extension of your creativeness and tastes.

Being a little out of the ordinary and zany once and a while may just keep you sane. What is the most odd jewelry accessory in your possession? Feel free to share your story below in a comment.

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Q-tip Art Celebrate the letter Q

Art can be found in many places. I have stressed this in many Club Creative Studio blog posts before.  Today is no different as we celebrate the letter “Q”, I have a focus on Q-tips as an art supply.

Recently while walking down the hallway of my daughter’s dorm, I noticed a piece of art on one of the doors. It was apparently created by a young child as the signature indicated crude penmanship.  Come to think of it…given the fact that I was at a university, I would certainly HOPE that the art was created from someone much younger being it’s elementary style.

Q tip art sampleThis art was created by dipping the ends of Q-tips into various paint colors.  This theme was apparently autumn, however, I can see the use of different colors used to highlight other seasons, painting dots to represent for example flowers or buds.

The style of Pointillism which is a technique that places small, distinct dots of pure color usually paint are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism but, this effect can be accomplished in a wide variety of mediums including markers.  It can be replicated easily by painting on the ends of Q-tips.

I recall creating a Pointillism project in art class in the 6th grade where we used Q-tips for this technique. Each dot represented a section of an object and when we stood back to appreciate each dot, our eyes focused on blending the colors naturally. The technique relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the color spots into a fuller range of tones, thus completing the picture from dots to larger images. The same goes for this tree sample when you squint your eyes, individual dots become a whole area.


I found a blog that highlighted an interesting project that also used Q-tips.  This project was inspired by nature.  It is also a sculptural work of art.  This simple yet creative piece was completed by an elementary student in an art class as posted by a teacher at: Splish Splash Splatter.  I can see an adult using these for table setting decorations, a festive wreath, hanging in a window pane area or even just displayed on a large platter, as well as in a pot as a potted plant, or created in several different sizes placed in a container like a topiary display, just to suggest a few.


What so you say, are you going to look at the use of Q-tips more creatively from now on? These are just a few of the interesting art projects you can try using Q-tips. Are you ready to help someone get started?

Be sure to check back on this blog or better yet, sign up for the easy sign-in to get notices when a new post is shared. Creativity has no limits and it is Club Creative Studio’s pleasure to share tidbits of creative information. Enjoy your future Q-tip Art projects.

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Just Because: Random Acts of Art- Celebrate the letter J

Unexpected art can be the most appreciated type of art. Much like a random act of kindness when a nice gesture is unissued, seeing a random act of art with no apparent reason is interesting to find.

Just because ( as we celebrate the letter “J“), I challenge you to share an appropriate random display of art in an unexpected appropriate public place.

Club Creative Studio Random Act of ArtI plan on placing this note near my home on a post near a busy walk way that many college students take to get to the campus and their classes.

It is meant to just inspire or merely notice.  It’s a little piece of art that can brighten someone’s day.  It will be placed in a random place and be a nice surprise.

This “Guerrilla” tactic of art kindness is one way to share art just because. Leaving a simple drawing or positive affirmation in a public place allows strangers and passersby to experience the art that you share.  It’s a discovery in an unusual place that entertains a smile that you will never see but, can appreciate knowing that it probably did.

Have you ever run across random art? Perhaps on a bulletin board, a fence, a bill board, a sidewalk, on a mirror of a public place? Just because…share a bit of art happiness in the form of an anonymous random act of kindness.

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Icky Art- Celebrate The Letter I

To celebrate the letter “I” I first thought of the word “icky”. Surely you have had fun doing a messy art project?  Making a mess comes to mind as being free to experience art materials with no limitations or rules so to speak.

If you’ve ever made a “mud pie” outdoors, you know adding water to dirt has a feeling that can be described as “icky” if you’re not used to the consistency of cold goop.  Making a mess when you are not allowed or are not used to doing is a type of freedom that can come from exploring creativity.

When was the last time you created without worrying about a mess to clean up later?  Sometimes letting go of one detail frees you up to develop care in another area.

cleancreativityI think it is fitting for me and maybe others with a creative side, to identify with the line: “Too Creative for Clean”. What happens most is that we get wrapped up in the creative process and neatness drops to the weigh side. Neatness doesn’t count.

It is not as important to a creative person to be tidy.  I can easily get overwhelmed with the use of the materials at hand and I need to see all of my tools and supplies in front of me.  If an item needed is within reach, I know where it is and I can use it faster. That is when the accumulation starts as well.

There are ways to control a messy work space. The invention of a painter’s drop cloth, for example was probably an idea sparked by a messy artist that first attempted to be all neat and clean.  Intentions are always good but, it seems much more easy to scatter and splatter.  Are you one of the creative minds that is too creative for clean?

While we all discover what organizational skills work best for us to be a less messy artist, we can also celebrate that having a mess and a project going at the same time can be a sign of a creative mind at work. I say there is always time for a clean-up, and organization…later.


When I ran across this photo of the game Twister played with paint, I thought: How cool to try at least once!

Maybe it is true that logic would get in the way of fun but, on one hand, to see what type of creativity comes from an unexpected and unusual activity out of the norm would be interesting to say the least.

Maybe for some, a few alcoholic drinks need to be involved in this game idea but never-the-less…it is for sure a creative TWIST on the old game. What do you think of  “messy, icky Twister”?


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