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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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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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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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A is for Art Adventure

 

This year once again, I am starting the “A to Z Blog Challenge”. This is a time of year where I add a blog post a day with a focus on each letter of the alphabet.

A is for: Art Adventure

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Since relocation to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, I have discovered my love of hiking. This island is full of natural inspirations and scenic trails that are hiked by locals and visitors alike.  I decided that it would be the perfect place to share “abandoned art”.  I call them my “TRAIL TREASURES”.

Jewelry artist: Veronica Campos-Hallstrom shares Random Acts of Art.
Jewelry artist: Veronica Campos-Hallstrom shares Random Acts of Art.

I randomly place my Club Creative Studio hand-made jewelry art collections along the trail pathways, often times near mud or water, in trees, tucked into rock formations or near a trail sign.

Visit the island of Oahu and hike our many trails!
Visit the island of Oahu and hike our many trails!

It is a random gift to the universe. A “finder’s/keepers” type of situation.  A free gift of art. I do this to share my creations, in an unexpected way, with an unsuspecting fan of hiking. It is fun to share random acts of art.

Finders=Keepers of found art.
Finders=Keepers of found art.

I love sharing ALOHA with those who are also on Oahu hiking trails.  For a chance to find free art, you can hike the island trails and explore the possible hiding spaces I leave art in or…

If you are not able to visit and hike, I do have a website where I list a revolving inventory of hand-made and beaded items for purchase. I am combining three things I love to do: create art/share art/hike with art!

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R is for Random Acts of Art

I often find special places to share Random Acts of Art.

Club Creative Studio-random acts of art.
Club Creative Studio-random acts of art.

Since living in Hawaii, I have discovered the love of hiking.  There are many beautiful places to experience, and taking to the trails are one way to explore nature and its gifts, at it’s best.

I have often spread the love of art and appreciation for creating it by randomly leaving art behind in public places for someone to find and keep.  These are fee gifts to be uncovered or found in an unusual or uncommon setting.

Club Creative Studio shares random art in public hike trails.
Club Creative Studio shares random art in public hike trails.

There are many unique and opportune spots for me to share art along a hiking trail. It has become a routine event for me to include a hand-made item in my backpack, along with water and other essentials.  I decided to dedicate art along hike trails because it is the perfect spot to brighten someone’s day.  It can be looked at as sort of a hidden reward for hiking accomplishments.  Trails can be physically demanding, and I use my art to bring a smile to a hiker if they have experienced pain or challenge from walking or climbing. What a treat!

If you happen to be lucky enough to hike trails on the island of Oahu, keep a look out for Club Creative Studio art presented with a short note and placed in a clear plastic bag for weather element protection.  I am spreading the love of creating and sharing art with lucky hikers!

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M is for: Matchy-Matchy

You may be one of them: you like your jewelry choices to be “matchy-matchy”. There is nothing wrong with wanting and liking your accessories to match.  There are many ways to consider common elements when putting your accessories together.

This Club Creative Studio creation is a matching set. the earrings are made from the same beads as the necklace is.
This Club Creative Studio creation is a matching set. the earrings are made from the same beads as the necklace is.

Like it or not, there is a problem seemingly associated with the current bias against matching sets of jewelry.  While it is true, it requires one to own considerably more jewelry in order to have enough items to “creatively” mix them in appropriate ways.  Doing this takes a budget and room for storage.

Matching sets used to be considered more acceptable. One problem with owning sets is that each one is purposely of a very different style.  Earrings from one set really don’t look right with pieces from the other sets. In these cases you may feel as though you are buying a LOT of jewelry in order to be able to mix pieces.

This is actually where the fun of shopping, fashion and the spirit of chasing after a trend comes into play however. From a designer’s perspective, it makes sense to make sets. People who want sets are likely to buy the set, while those who want part of the set can buy those parts. I am always pleased to create earrings as an “after thought” for those who are having a hard time deciding what looks good with a larger statement piece, or have a favorite necklace that would be great accompanied by a similar bracelet or earrings to wear along side together.

These items are matching in color and same bead choices.
These items are matching in color and same bead choices.

Here are some helpful tips to consider when deciding how to math the items you wear in a cohesive style, look or color.

One way to match your accessories is to make sure that they are all made from the same materials.  Items can match because of the use of the same chain or beads in each accessory.

These designs are similar but different because of the size of the braid.
These designs are similar but different because of the size of the braid.

Matching designs can come from duplicated techniques. Here, I braided both cords in the same manner but adjusted the thickness of the overall item. In this case, the bracelets match because of the color, technique and design feel. It is for this reason that both of these bracelets could be worn together and compliment each other from a “matchy-matchy” standpoint.

For me personally: I do put thought into my jewelry mixes. I prefer to let the pieces complement rather than match one another. I own a few formal pearl sets and that is it for my matchy-matchy status.  I like to think that I use my creativity in deciding what “goes” together as to be considered the perfect “match-pairing”.

Let me know if you are a “matchy-matchy” person or not, I welcome your comments and opinions.

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for wearing and Sharing Club Creative Studio Art

Thank you for wearing and sharing Club Creative Studio Art.

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A is for: Art

Club Creative Studio is once again taking part in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

It begins today!

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Each post runs the gamut of the alphabet. Today we start with the letter A, of course.

A is for: Art

My Studio encourages  my imagination.
My Studio encourages my imagination.

Art has been a big part of my life.  Growing up I had many opportunities to be expressive and  experiment with art materials. Happily today, I continue to value all of the saving graces art provides.  Being a full time bead and jewelry artist, I work everyday creating and sharing art.

Veronica Campos-Hallstrom, Club Creative Studio. Creating Art That Sets You Apart.
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom, Club Creative Studio. Creating Art That Sets You Apart.

Top 3 Aspects of Art for Artistic Growth: COURAGE, IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY

COURAGE: It is said that one must create what you seek but can not find. This takes a leap of faith and courage, putting aside all self-doubts. Searching our soul is what art is all about. Taking what is inside, and bringing it to vision outside. It is important to know HOW to make art but it is just as important to also know WHY make art. Be courageous, understand why you express art as you do.

IMAGINATION: Stellar ideas are a part of us just waiting to be revealed. We all have creative possibilities.  It is up to us to learn how to creatively embrace the powers of putting paint to canvas, or pen to paper so to speak and just let our imaginations flow in asking: What If

CREATIVITY: It’s the process, not the destination. The creative zone should be entered with excitement and wonderment. Creative success comes from small and methodical steps, appreciative of the unknown outcome. Be expressive. Use your creativity as a positive outlet.

As part of this blog challenge, I hope to further convey the importance of creating. There are many lessons to be learned from art.  Thank you for stopping by the blog today which always has a focus on creativity.

I welcome you to follow the creativity on our website and other social media platforms as well, and look forward to your comments and interactions.

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Studio View- Welcome to My Creative Space

Club Creative Studio. Workspace 2014.
Club Creative Studio. Workspace 2014.

I love having a creative space I can call my own. I guess it would be the same pride that a guy has about having a “man-cave”. My office/workspace/studio is a happy and productive space.

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Currently, I have a reserved space that is smaller than my last studio location. Sometimes I feel that the smaller space is better since all of the materials I need are very close at hand.  With a larger space, I found myself getting up several times during a project to get what I needed. There are certainly pros and cons to the ideal studio size.

Today, I had a few visitors in the studio and they had never been to my space before.  Right away, the gentleman said: “WOW! I can tell this is the space of a really creative person!”  Well, I certainly can not argue with that observation. It is true. I guess is was evident from the many supplies all around, art on the walls and projects in the works.

Bead Storage.
Bead Storage.

The woman visiting immediately had questions for me about jewelry and how I got my ideas. She found it amazing that a person could just naturally come up with designs.

Probably the most interesting conversation was with their young son. He was in elementary school. He interjected that artists always have “great ideas” because that is what they do. I told him he was right, artists like using their ideas to make things and then share them with others.

Storage System in Club Creative Studio, 2014.
Storage System in Club Creative Studio, 2014.

After looking at a few more creations, more questions evolved about my techniques. It is always fun to share the love of my art and workspace functionality.

To view samples of what has evolved from this creative space and design table, please visit the website: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com shopping section. There you will find numbers under each photo, those numbers indicate that there is another photograph available to view. Also, don’t forget to click on the image to make it larger if you wish to see in more detail.  Thank you for stopping by and help me spread the word about Art That Sets You Apart.

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