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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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!

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Image:deliciouslynoted.com

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.

 

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Image:theleftcoastmama

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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Tools- Celebrate the Letter T

Are you a creative that values your tools and supplies? Of course you are!

One of the comments made to this post sparked me to edit this story with an illustration of how important tools are to artists. Growing up, my mother was a seamstress. She valued/guarded those scissors of hers like I do my chocolate. She had a note attached to a long elastic string tied onto them that attached to the side of her sewing machine that warned us not to take or use them. She was serious. NO ONE MESSED WITH HER TOOLS.

I’ll be teaching an introductory earring making class soon and basic tools in good working order are “must-have” items.  Today, I celebrate the letter “T” which stands for tools.002

I care for my tools because I have invested money in them and use them everyday. I replace tools when I need to from wear and tear use because a dull or broken tool is not useful or productive. I found that out the hard way. When a tool is no longer sharp for cutting for example, it takes longer to stress it to do so, and that is a waste of time, effort and energy. It’s better to have a tool that is doing what it is meant to do: work with ease.

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Comfort is also a factor in deciding if my tools are too worn to keep or not. If the handle cushions are worn, it is more than likely going to be a tool that can hurt me. Padding it with tape is not the answer because the feel of the tool in your hand changes at that point.

Loose or broken springs make your tools ineffective, and the quality of your work lessens when a tool mars the surface. Sometimes my tools rust. There may be several reasons why that happens but, it is far more inexpensive to take proper storage precautions than to constantly replace a discolored tool from lack of care.

As a note about Club Creative Studio tools: some are traditional tools that are made for a specific task. Some items I utilize as helpful tools are to be considered non-traditional.  It is the out-of-the-ordinary, household items that make the best working aids.  In the above photograph, can you identify the tool located on the far left?

That item is from the board game Scrabble®. The wooden tray (as pictured) that holds the individual letters is a perfect measuring tool.  The length of that tray/shelf is the average length to create a bracelet. So, without measuring with a ruler, a set length can be determined and the beads can align on the shelf lip from tip to tip before the stringing and construction is started. It’s a great lay-out place and can be left easily in a start or stop point.

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I have been told that nothing is safe around here and I could potentially turn almost any household item into an effective tool for the art studio. With that being said, SHHHHH don’t tell anyone that I have our bread cutting board, cookie cutters, spice shaker containers, pasta machine, toaster oven, mini food processor and much, more dedicated to clay now. I say: a tool is valuable if it is useful, no matter where it’s origins.

If you are a craft/art person do you have any strange non-traditional tools that make your creative job easier? Let us know about your creative art tool box content. You may spark others to use the same ideas.

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New Necklace- Celebrate the Letter N

 

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As Club Creative Studio blogs about something starting with the letter “N” the word that comes to mind first is NECKLACE. A good day is one where I can share and wear a NEW NECKLACE!

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I have created hundreds of necklaces in the past four years and when you know that each is created by hand and is one-of-a-kind, that is enough to imagine that creativity actually does have no limits.

Club Creative Studio Vintage Make-Over necklace

Within my workspace: Club Creative Studio, I often find myself working on project make-overs exploring old metals and vintage sections of old jewelry as a change of pace from using my colorful and festive hand-made beads. Making something old new again has it’s challenges and rewards. Using vintage and antique jewelry that is found in a variety of locations has given me inspiration to create with a twist.

Club Creative Studio Vintage Make-Over
Club Creative Studio Vintage Make-Over

My mother in Nebraska often helps gather broken, discarded, mismatched, or low cost old jewelry for me to appreciate and use in new and exciting ways. Sometimes I use an item right away, other times I have to wait for the right time to hear the “call” of the supply for a specific use.

Club Creative Studio Vintage Make-Over necklaceThe moment that I spotted a few interesting lapel pins in a consignment shop, I knew that I wanted to add to the theme and incorporate them into new unique jewelry items. I wanted to re-purpose the pins into pendants.  Using them for something other than what they were initially intended. The results became a treasure collection of small items that made up the whole project unique.

At first it was a bit painful to realize that I was intentionally tearing apart jewelry for new necklace making projects. But being creative, you soon get over that fact and move forward. This style for me is a pleasant turn in a different direction that allows me to stretch my imagination and create minus bold color, with mixed metals and charms. All changes and explorations uncover creative growth and  an opportunity to transform.

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I feel that it is important to always explore your creative side.  This is a great way to stretch the limits of your imagination and work with re-purpose goals and transform an old necklace into a NEW NECKLACE! 

 

Please visit the website to view creations stemming from these project innovations with new dimensions.

 

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Feature Friday-Inspired by Wood

Club Creative Studio: Petrovich-Cheney art

Club Creative Studio’s Feature Friday blog post: Inspired by wood.

Club Creative Studio Feature Friday: LPetrovich-CheneyWelcome to Club Creative Studio’s Feature Friday post.  This week, I was inspired by wood. The Asbury Park, New Jersey Artist: Laura Petrovich-Cheney creates in mixed media and her work is part of a solo series at the Abington Art Center.

I can appreciate her love of texture and creations from found wood items. Gathering her art supplies from her daily walks and traveling adventures, Laura uses reclaimed wood pieces in a creative quilt-like way.  Making small alterations to the wood she adds depth.  You may find wood intentionally burned, impressed, sawed, pierced, or hacked not to mention processes such as casting or cleaving.

I immediately thought of the “crazy quilt” pattern when I first laid eyes on the irregular grid organized wood scraps.  Her raised surfaces put dimension to that same material quality of a hand-made quilt. The recent tragic weather activity on the east coast has washed up interesting wood scrap treasures for Laura to consider in her art creations.  So, if you are venturing out along the coastline for a walk, you may find this MFA holder in Studio Art, MS in Fashion Art, and BA in Fine Arts artist walking along side you.  She will be the one gathering interesting scraps of found wood.

It seems upon looking closely to her art, she combines wood pieces from random finds and original objects. I was inspired to create future beads with similar random patterns and color combinations. Do you see the square with brown, sky blue and pumpkin orange colors in the first photo for example?  I’d love to replicate that feeling in a few beads.  Stay tuned as I attempt to incorporate the pattern or color choice into hand-rolled clay beads soon. You know that I will post pictures of my finished project here on the blog and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio.  Thanks for stopping by and admiring this found art.  Your comments are always welcome, especially if this technique strikes interest.

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Pretty Pouch Recycled Item

STOP! Think twice before you discard that juice pouch.
STOP! Think twice before you discard that juice pouch.

It’s always good to recycle.  Our carbon footprints are being tracked more than ever before.

If you have young children, grandchildren or you like acting like a child yourself…by drinking from a juice pouch you know that those containers can quickly add up in your trash piles.  What to do, what to do?  Well, I can tell you what to do with them.  Be creative!

If you have not seen hand-made containers made from juice pouches and juice boxes, you are missing out on a creative find.  It’s the innovative mind with the desire to be green that sparked a craze that is fun and functional. I have seen bags, purses, coin purses and other woven and stitched creations originating from the use of this recycled container.  Make sure that you wash and dry your pouch. The best type needle to use may be the upholstery type. If you are hand-stitching, you may want to pierce the initial holes you will need by dragging a hole punch along to pre-drill (so to speak) your indention for the needle and thread or yarn or ribbon. Ask your fabric shop to suggest the best strength for the material and your machine.  If hand sewing this project, use a stitch that doubles for strength. Perhaps a serger would be the fastest way to secure and create this project. To wash later, wipe with a damp cloth. It can serve you just as material fabric would only it is a bit more stiff, even with wear. And speaking of “wear”. Would you like to create clothing from juice pouches and wear your art?

Feeling empowered to sew something a bit more intense?
Feeling empowered to sew something a bit more intense?  I am not sure where to credit this photo from but, it serves as a great inspiration for illustration to create with pouches.

While researching this project,  I found that many are out for a profit to sell you their patterns, techniques tips and product.  I did find a young lady who I felt did a good job being concise and who has made her own instructional video. She has supplied the information for free via YouTube.  Who doesn’t like free? Starting out simple, create a pouch first.

Let’s find out how we can create our own pretty recycled pouch!

Today, I highlight Sarah Buckhouse who may someday make a great art teacher (in my opinion). This is her lesson. Are you inspired to drink juice or sew?  Maybe this post has inspired you to do both? Enjoy learning from this video, and good luck creating from your trash. I’d love a purse with the scent of grapes or fruit punch wouldn’t you?

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Creativity and Cardboard

Miltom Berle Quote on Opportunity

What a great quote to start off this blog from Club Creative Studio.  I welcome you to take a few minutes to watch this video and be inspired from a nine year old boy’s creativity.

If you have ever wanted inspiration to create and use low-cost materials then take a look at what this YouTube sensation video has to offer. You’ll witness simplicity of dreams from the eyes of a child, using his creativity and cardboard. It’s CREATIVITY at its best. Bringing tears to my eyes having heard about this a while ago and then again as I post today on the Club Creative Studio blog: I share this highlight, as I continue to watch the wheels turn and confidence grow in creative thoughts of a young boy, Caine. Be inspired! Be CREATIVE!

Enjoy.

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Flashback of Creativity

A few months ago I was taken back. I was transported to the past where  fond childhood memories were clear as day.  It was at a craft fair that took place around the Christmas holiday.  I attended with my neighbor.  Many rooms were decorated with items for sale. There were many trees set up with ornaments for sale and there were many people doing their holiday shopping.

It wasn’t until I went upstairs to a particular room that I experienced my flashback.  The flash from the past was a clear as the days of old. I was in utter amazement in what was sitting under a decorated tree.  I discover in this room, a childhood friend.  Something so familiar and missed that seeing it brought tears to my eyes.  REALLY! I dropped to the floor on my knees to get a closer look.  I reached out to hold this dear object and I picked it up gingerly.  WOW! It was meant to be! Finding this lost treasure from my past was a sign that I needed to buy it for myself. For a second or two, I needed to reward myself and take back, reclaim what was a big part of my life in the past. I had to have that doll!

This is Mrs. Beasley and me. She is my blast from the past doll.
This is Mrs. Beasley and me. She is my blast from the past doll.

Mrs. Beasley was a fabric  and plastic doll made by Mattel in 1967.  Today she is considered vintage.  This particular Mrs.Beasley doll is a vintage re-make with the recordings of Cheryl Ladd as the grandmotherly voice used in her string activated voice box encased in the doll’s  cotton fabric torso area.  The doll was designed to resemble a grandmotherly type figure. She also had a string that you pulled to make her “talk”. The phrases she spoke were of things a Grandmother might say like: “I do believe you are the nicest little friend I ever had.” and “Would you like to try on my glasses, you may if you wish.”

The doll was made popular by the sit-com, family show starring Brian Keith. It was called: Family Affair. Keith played an uncle who was put in charge of these adorable twin children named Buffy and Jody.  Mr. French was a supporting character as the butler.  It was one of those feel good shows that I just loved watching as a child on television.

Buffy had a Mrs. Beasley doll on the show and they were pretty popular dolls.  The fabric of the doll’s body was blue and white poka-dot. It was a very stiff-stuffed doll with arms, torso and legs, that were solid and great for wear and tear.  That doll was durable.  Mrs. Beasley came with her own plastic granny glasses and a hair net. Funny now to think about those factors that seemed appealing to have on a doll.

I earned my own money to buy my Mrs. Beasley by making loom pot holders! I remember making many of the square loom pot holders in hopes that those in my neighborhood would buy them so that I could have enough money for my Mrs. Beasley doll. They did, so you know I had a fond appreciation for her because of the added efforts in obtaining her.

The funny part about finding this doll that day were the comments I got while I was holding her while shopping the rest of that shopping spree. Women would stop to talk about her and tell me that they had a Mrs. Beasley doll too or that they knew someone who had one when they were growing up.  One lady even asked if I were planning on buying it for sure because she would consider it if I did not want to purchase it.  I did buy it and I guess I was not ready for the reaction of my family when I brought my tiny treasure home.

My blast from the past doll.
My blast from the past doll.

The cats found her curious but were not impressed with it. And my husband did not know why I “needed” a doll at my age. My daughter thought it was “creepy” and said she was going to give her nightmares. Oh well!  She is mine. I have been reunited with my friend, Mrs.Beasley!

Do you have a flash from the past item that you are attached to for personal or creative reasons? Do share. Creativity is meant to be appreciated.

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Making A New Year Joy Jar

Club Creative Studio wishes you and yours a very Happy New Year.

The year 2013 can be a full year of inspiration and appreciation if you welcome it into your life. My daughter and I wish to share a project that you too can do to help you kick off the new year.  Are you ready to learn how we are getting our year off to the right start?  If you want to resolve to show more gratitude in your life and appreciate the positive and good things that happen to you, this project is for you.

This is a project that is meant to creatively hold all of the positive thoughts and actions of an entire year.
This is a project that is meant to creatively hold the written positive thoughts and actions of an entire year.

We have cleverly and fondly named our project. We call these creations our “Joy Jars”.  Our decorated jars are going to be the hub spot for our daily written sediments of one aspect in the day that was a positive or uplifting aspect of that day.  So that we can remember the event, on a small slip of cut paper, we are planning to write down at least one highlight of the day that gave us joy.  For an entire year, we hope to continue to fill the jar and stuff in the numerous slips we accumulate.  On New Year’s Eve, 2013, we will begin to open up each tab collected and smile at all of the great things that happened to us through out the year in gratitude. Are you inspired to create your own Joy Jar in 2013?

We went on a hunt to a few of our local thrift stores in hopes to find low-cost and interesting glass jars with lids. We felt pretty lucky in finding jars that cost $2.00 and $3.00 each. I am sure that you may be able to find something even less in price, recycled, or even around your home that would also suffice for the same purpose.

We decorated our jars in different ways.  My daughter used many inspirational word stickers, and decorative tapes on her glass jar.  She placed them on and around her entire jar so that no matter which way the jar was displayed, it would show a decorative side.  She created a simple look but, it is still cute and colorful.

Glass jar decorated with stickers and decorative tapes.
Glass jar decorated with stickers and decorative tapes.

Finished Joy Jar

Completed Joy Jar.
Completed Joy Jar.

The jar that I embellished included hand-made polymer clay beads, hand-twisted wire, and pink and red seed beads.  I glued the large clay beads on the flat areas of my jar.  The jar already had scroll raised designs so adding twisted wire also added the feeling of movement and whimsy to the over-all look.

I added seed beads to wire on my decorative jar.
I added seed beads to wire on my decorative jar.
I used my hand-made clay beads and wire to embellish my jar.
I used my hand-made clay beads and wire to embellish my jar.
This is the lid of my jar topped with a hand-made clay bead. It is an easy open lid with the added embellishment.
This is the lid of my jar topped with a hand-made clay bead. It is an easy open lid with the added embellishment.

To get an idea of some of the simple joys that you too may want to add to your “Joy Jar” read a few of the comments shared from the Club Creative Studio Business Fan Page on Facebook.  I asked the fill-in-the-blank question: ____________ brings me joy.  These are wonderful examples of sediments that can be added proudly to a “Joy Jar”. Are you inspired to make your own jar?  Being specific in your highlighted statement will be the best prompt of recalling the gratitude you felt when reviewing it a year from now.

Family brings me joy– Kristy

Peace brings me joy- Anna

Inspiration brings me joy- Dawn

Champagne and the feeling after a workout gives me joy- Lauren

Making Earrings brings me joy- Rachael

When a child really understands something funny, the laughs they bring, that gives me joy- Michelle

Being surrounded by beautiful things brings me joy- Karen

Hearing a baby laugh brings me joy- Lynnette

My kids and husband bring me joy- Valerie

Another Finished Joy Jar

Club Creative Studio- Joy Jar Creation

Enjoy creating your "joy Jar"  with your own mark of creativity.
Enjoy creating your “Joy Jar” with your own mark of creativity.

Happy New Year as you take your creative spirit into 2013.  I welcome you to follow this blog for more creative prompts, projects and information. Also, be sure to check out the evolving creativity in Club Creative Studio Art on the website: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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