One of the first things that you think about if you are thinking of Saint Valentine’s Day is a heart-shaped symbol.
The above photo is a sample of a simple made large heart constructed by adding several small heart-shaped loops. The strips are loops connected by a stapled, taped, or glued ends. Vary the width of your paper strips for a different looks if you like. Best place to start: make one heart and then build upon that one adding to the top section with glued tip ends.
The above photo is an example of how a simple paper weave can be cut into a shape of a heart and used as a Valentine. Just use various paper strips and weave over under technique. You can buy pre- cut quilling paper strips at your local craft store or make your own strips from a paper shredder. I have a hand-held shredder that works perfect for this project.
The red and white paper heart above is also woven. Each half dome-cut paper has three slits cut to matching points and then linked together at the end point, weaving the halves. More ideas in this blog will show you without words how to make your cuts and construct these little woven baskets. Enjoy making them simply or more complex looking.
Use felt material as a medium, the same technique of cutting slits and weaving together two parts form a new look. Place candy or paper notes inside, add a handle or hanging loop. In the past I have had various aged students create these weaving projects from construction paper and they were easily created by grade levels as early as first grade.
Enjoy including creativity into your day today. I am sure that at least one of these projects featured will be a great family activity to do together or to do in a classroom setting.
For a little bit of a challenge in making an advanced version weave, vary where the split lines will go and the pattern will take on a new design! Best of luck and have fun creating! Use the heart decorations for your home or to give as great paper gifts to others, include the directions or supplies for an added bonus. Spread the word about being creative every day!
Club Creative Studio does not have to look too far to find creativity. Because creative and innovative ideas are all around us, all we have to do is open our eyes and mind to locate it. Spotting creativity in unusual places can be especially rewarding because it is in those times that you are left with a lasting impression of what we can appreciate in art form.
Let’s take what may be the most uncommon place in a home to find creativity the bathroom. Yes, I said…the BATHROOM! I happily found information to share today that sets me on a roll of blogging about something creative and interesting. Look no further than a toilet paper roll. And admit to liking this type art. It even has a name… toilegami.
You may be familiar with the triangle fold. Often hotels have this fold displayed in their rooms. In Japan we would see this simple triangle fold often and the last one to be in such an area would be expected to fold the triangle for the next person visiting. Intricate designs would go a long way impressing house guests. Look at these fine folds.
Club Creative Studio encourages creativity. Today, my reason for writing is to share information on a project with a focus on the medium called resin. I have a handful of friends that I am now lovingly referring to them as CRAFTease members. You have perhaps heard of the enduring term: Foodie, an informal term used for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. Likewise, I may have coined this term today: CRAFTease. The name I give to those I think are interested in “crafts” and have the willingness to learn from what a new product has to offer in being tempted/teased with the desire to experiment more with that unfamiliar art product. Also as a play on words “ease” found in CRAFTease, brings to mind that the examples and artful expressions of ideas created by a CRAFTease flow with ease.
With this blog post I am once again highlighting the creative sparks that come from a scenario of creative minds meshing. How do you foster the creative juices of others? The answer is simply encouragement. Encouraging creativity and sharing art and information is one way to pass along the excitement of art.
The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement.
If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom
and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams.
(Sidney Madwed, American poet)
Before I highlight the post title, I wish to share a little more background information on this group project activity. Last year, Gayle just wanted to gather some of her creative-type friends for a group project/gift giving activity. Gayle arranged to have a handful of her pals meet up at her home to brainstorm and share their talents together in a group art project. It was a meeting-of-the-minds of sorts. The holiday season last December 2011, seemed to be the perfect time to come together in spirit, create a hand-made charm and share it in friendship. Combined efforts of art were exchanged within the group, everyone left with a memorable keepsake of what each person hand-made individually. Collectively, the art was “charming”, hand-made charms for us to add to our own link bracelet. The theme: The Twelve Days of Christmas.
The opportunity that brought both fundamentals and fun to the table sparked me to ask if we might want to do this type activity again… in February, to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Needless to say we all agreed that we would want to discover or perfect another medium and share the outcome with the group members once again. We decided to all focus on the same medium this time and approach our projects individually under that same theme and medium, resin. Resin is known as any variety of substances obtained from the gum or sap of some trees and often used in varnishes, plastics, and even medicine, and as a comparable synthetic product.
Resins we will be using are valued for their chemical/synthetic properties and associated use of a thick liquid that is hardened into a transparent solid. The word “resin” has been applied in the modern world to nearly any component of a liquid that will set into a hard lacquer or enamel-type finish. Our charm examples that we will experiment with are an expression of a modern product which is an epoxy resin. It is known as a “resin” because it will solidify in the same way as (some) plant resins do. Synthetic resins are liquid of thermosetting plastics and do not derive from plants.
Our reason for resin is to experience its apparent diversity in casting, layering, embedding , filling and coating. I will be happy to post our results. We are meeting soon to try out our luck. I am ready with the camera to share what we do as a CRAFTease member. Please check back for more information on how we used our resin during the month of February.
F.Y.I. The English word RESIN originates from the late 14th century Old French resine.
Club Creative Studio’s art is one way to add color to the “gloom of winter”. Art can be created to help you bring a dash of bling into your bold color choices of fashion and home. Right now it is considered “hot” to add rich colors and bold patterns to your fashion, and even in your home accessories.
Artful finds from a market-theme storefront that offers a more global awareness/influence will make you realize that it is o.k. to go bold. You may appreciate the fabrics you are seeing more often that commonly resemble the batik or ikat patterns. Items that are made from or are made to look like the ancient fabric-dying techniques are bold and beautiful. You can consider even tribal patterns to be bold.
Thinking of Persian rugs or Mexican tiles gives you an idea that patterns found in such items can become a focal point of interest. Adding a pop of color adds a spice to life.
Wearing something in jewel-tones such as fuchsia, turquoise and citrus greens and yellows is an easy way to bring your wardrobe up to date and fresh. When choosing an element of colorful bling, you may want to consider choosing colors that either blend or compliment your look. By introducing a combination of “wow-colors” you set yourself apart as being a bit bold, and certainly…beautiful!
Within the new category GLAMOUR tab on the website: Club Creative Studio I have introduced art that is bold and somewhat “over-the-top”. Here you will find jewelry art that is fun, and fabulous. Enjoy viewing items that are being add to the growing new section. They are certainly making statements!
While I write and share information about creativity, I do understand than not everyone thinks they are specifically “artistic”. We tend to believe that the artistic/creative type are a strange bunch that really think differently. Well, while it may be true that they think a little differently, they do so because they see differently, and are open to change. What does it mean to think like an artist? Creative people do things simply because it is interesting and personally challenging to do.
This week’s Two-Cent Tuesday post shares ideas on how you can jump-start your journey to think like an artist. How can you be creative everyday?
Learn to think like an artist:
1. Look at things more closely than most people do. Open your eyes to your surroundings.
2. Find beauty in everyday things and situations.
3. Make new connections between different things and ideas. There is more than one way to do something.
4. Go beyond ordinary ways of thinking and doing things. Make an effort to approach and produce something differently.
5. Expose yourself to possible failure. Experiment or try something that is not comfortable to you. Be brave and not scared to mess-up.
6. Arrange things in new and interesting ways. Mix it up and rearrange something to be unexpected or different.
7. Work hard and at the edge of your potential. Push yourself and discover hidden talents.
8. Persist where others may give up. Forge ahead and remember your focus.
9. Concentrate for long periods of time. Creative persons usually don’t do things very quickly, they take their time to create.
10. Utilize dreams and both new and old ideas to see something in a different way.
Challenge yourself to try one thing on my list today that uses creativity in some interesting way. Be and do the opposite of routine!
It is an aspect that I strive for each day as I have the continuous goal of Being Creative Every Day at
Welcome to the Club Creative Studio blog. It is with pleasure that I share another post on the topic of creativity. Today this quote comes to mind, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou. It reminds me that creativity is all around us and it will always be there for us to appreciate and discover. We can and should band together to acknowledge the creativity of humankind. How interesting creativity makes our world. Creativity brings beauty, humor, expression and variety to our lives.
Sometimes we may think that something has to be out of the ordinary to qualify as truly being “creative”. But looking at common items in a new light and using common items in a new manner can become extra-ordinary and even extraordinary.
Let’s bring to mind a simple, yet common item that is used by many from time to time, a band-aid. How can one transform a band-aid so that is still recognizable but, has become a totally new item? Can you use your creative thoughts to visualize this? Here are a few ideas that have taken the band-aid theme, take advantage of the sticky adhesive and infuse creativity at a very high level. Get on the band wagon and see what type of creative situation you can come up with. What a cool medium for expanding the imagination and discovering, then appreciating whatever flows from it as a finished project.
Take a minute to consider that band aids have great variety now-a-days. They vary in shape, color, design and are made in various materials. The next time you are in the bandage section of a store, stop and look at all the different brands, interesting prints and take note of the packaging as well. I’ve discovered a few creative projects you may be inspired to try yourself.
Art created using band-aids.
Band-aids were the inspiration to create these interesting and unusual rings.
“Ouch” is what comes to mind when I see this band-aid tattoo.
Last but, certainly not least I would like to share a few images of how you may use the tin band-aid packaging to create a cute keepsake container.
Well, what are you waiting for? If you are inspired… go raid the band-aid box! Happy creating!
Feature Friday is a time when Club Creative Studio Art is highlighted. This post gives a few hints of what is included in the category within the online storefront called Hand-Torched Glass. Also known as lampwork, this term refers to “torch” made beads. Many years ago, before propane and oxygen torches, beads were made over small “wick-type” lamps. This is where the term “lampwork” originated. In this post I will share a few photos of how I look when I am working on a glass bead project. I love working with the torch and the flame.
Glass can be known as being hard or soft. I use “soft glass rods” about the thickness of a pencil.
Simply put, the process involves heating the the rods of glass in the flame until the glass begins to “melt” and it becomes soft. The glass is then manipulated on a stainless steel rod called a mandrel. The mandrel has been coated to avoid molten glass sticking to it for easy removal once cooled. The glass is shaped into a bead shape with a variety of colors of glass layered together. The final step called annealing is done in a kiln which further hardens the bead over several hours.
Enjoy browsing unique hand-torched glass items within Club Creative Studio’s website, as well as other creative one-of-a-kind, festive, fun and functional items incorporating hand made beads created by hand, on the East Coast with Italian Glass and hand-rolled polymer clay. Also check back on the blog for more FEATURE FRIDAY posts, thank you!
Club Creative Studio shares information about creativity. Today’s post may inspire you, as well as warm your heart and hands at the same time. This suggested project using a recycled wool sweater is explained to you step-by-step via video, from a child that has a pulse on fun and function at her fingertips.
Where I live, the weather is showing its first signs of winter. It may be brief but, for someone who lives near the beach, it takes an effort to appreciate the cold. If I had to put a spin on my mood…I guess I would have to say that it can be fun to break out fashionable clothing that is warmer and not worn very often. One item that I do need for sure besides a warm coat is a nice fun pair of mittens. Sometimes, a pair of fun and colorful mittens do the trick to add personality to your over-all winter blues. Putting fun at your fingertips, maybe you can find the inspiration and time to create your very own hand-made mittens. This post will give you one idea on how you can do it.
If you celebrate, endure or simply put up with the cold or you know someone who has to deal with seasonal change to cooler weather. What can be true is that you can find creativity in keeping warm. Mittens can be a small part of that warmth. Warmth at your fingertips that can be a stylish, fun and functional addition to your winter wardrobe. They can be inexpensive and expressive. This blog post hopes to inspire you to bring fun to your fingers. Afterall, creativity CAN be contagious and I have found another young person that is pleased to pass this same belief along. I think Olivia is adorable in this video! Will you be eager to follow her directions and try your hand (hands) at making your own warm felted mittens? I can’t resist thinking about it myself! Good luck!
This post brings to light a fun idea that can be transferred to any holiday celebration or life event with a theme in mind, and a few supplies. This post also fits into the TNT (this-n-that) theme. Being creative might be easy for some yet for others it may seem to take extra effort. No matter if creativity is instant or requires planning, it can be…shared. Sharing creativity gives you an opportunity to use your skills and display your talents.
This post highlights the efforts of many creative persons. This time, the focus is on a group of persons and a special project. I’d like to reflect on a recent holiday project that was based on the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses. There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by “my true love” on one of the twelve days of Christmas.
Using this song as inspiration, a group of nearly twelve members created hand-made charms, then gathered for the “big reveal” which included sharing the creative process and exchanging their charms within the group so that each walked away with a unique jewelry keepsake. Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace. The group agreed that this experience was worth repeating and they enjoyed the learning process as much as the expression of creativity.
If you recall from the popular song, the first verse runs: on the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a partridge in a pear tree and on the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…two turtle doves. Other mentions in the song and items included symbolically in the project are three french hens (ooh la-la), four calling birds (on cell phones of course), five golden rings, six geese-a-laying (comfortably on a pillow), seven swans-a-swimming , eight maids a milking (got milk?), nine ladies dancing, ten lords-a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming.
Gail happily organized twelve friends who agreed to share their skills and talents and come together to make and exchange their art projects. Today’s blog celebrates the creativeness of her group of friends. They held an initial meeting to brainstorm and decide on how they would start. The assignment was for each person to make twelve separate items all with the same likeness and theme based on the number picked that corresponded to the same numbers in the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas. The deadline was set and each member of the group went home ready to create their twelve items and return to share them. With all of the charms collected we were then free to add them to a bracelet and create our group project. We collected one work of art charm from each person.
Contributors in this artistic product were: Marki, Annette, Bri, Amanda, Donna, Melissa, Gayle, Chris, MellaDee, and myself. We shared time and talent, creating a meaningful item that will surely hold memories as well as appreciation for the creative process. We are now planning to get together to complete a Valentine theme bracelet. I feel another blog coming from that experience too for sure!
To end this post, I’d like to share the idea that you may want to consider. Make your favorite bracelet serve you well with a double duty. Add an interesting dash of bling to your purse or bag with a closely related length of your bracelet size. Attach it to the top of the rim on both sides of your purse for a fun twist of fashion, and show off your creation!
Today’s post fits into the category that is common to a post on this blog featured typically on a Thursday. The theme being TNT (This-N-That). You will be intoduced to a creative person who loves a certain style of art.
Club Creative Studio blog shares information about creativity without strings attached but this time, meet Deidra. She is a creative YOUNG person who may have yarn strings attached to her as remnants of her craft projects!
She has taken an interest in using yarn to create fun and interesting items. She is a far cry from the vision of a grandmotherly type person, rocking in a chair with a ball of yarn dangling by her side on the floor with a crochet needle in her hand. Quite the opposite. She is a young creative budding artist who wants to be a teacher in the near future.
Certainly, it may seem somewhat uncommon for a young person to take an invested interest in the “old-fashion” techniques of crocheting. However, she has the creativity and time to dedicate to making her original and patterned art for others to enjoy.
I first met Deidra at a craft fair in Newport, North Carolina. With the support of her family members, she set up a booth for the first time to display and sell her hand-made creations. For further encouragement and in the support of all other “up and coming” crafters, I decided to ask her a few questions and feature her on this blog. I am happy that I can share her information with you. Perhaps you will also be inspired to find a similar creative outlet, trying your hand at a new or old creative technique such as knitting or crocheting. Admire the results that are displayed here and cheer on another creative person who has talent and time to create fun art.
Deidra is a high school senior at West Carteret in Morehead City, North Carolina. As a Future Teacher of America, she plans to attend Wingate University to major in Elementary Education. Newport Elementary School and Morehead City Primary School have been two places she finds herself comfortable because she can help children and share her smile.
In her spare time she crochets. Is this a lost art? Certainly not the typical thing to do in spare time if you are teen-aged right? Deidra’s favorite theme items to create are animals, and she has a special attraction and affinity to create giraffes. Miss Deidra W. and her various hand-made yarn items are sure to lend a smile if you see her again at a craft fair.
Being so young certainly makes her stand out from the ordinary vendor crowd. There is certainly NOTHING wrong with being unique and finding a niche that makes you and others happy at the same time, no matter what your age is. Do you know a young person that is expressing their creative side? Give them encouragement and help them realize that they can always find joy in creating art of many different types of mediums. They can perhaps even teach, donate or sell their artistic items they create. It is a great feeling and contribution to be able to pass joy to others in a most unusual one-of-a-kind way. You know I am all about setting yourself apart when creating art! Here are a few additional tidbits of information about Deidra:
Deidra’s mother taught her how to crochet. Her basic supply needs are crochet hooks, yarn, and any other extra supplies for each specific project. This does not amount to many supplies at all. Deidra does agree that crocheting is somewhat a “lost art” because, “You don’t see as much of it as you used to.” This young artist estimates that she may spend an average of about 10 hours per week crocheting. It depends of course, on how much homework she has though! “I got my inspiration to make animals last year when I decided that I wanted to make my friends animals for Christmas. I found the pattern for the giraffes and I fell in love with it. I usually keep the first animal I make and I try to sell the others.” She enjoys giving her projects as gifts. Deidra continues to add, “I enjoy to crochet because it gives me something else to think about and I enjoy seeing the end result of my work and I love to see people’s faces when I show them my newest creation.”
Happy creating, Deidra in 2012 as you continue to share your art as gifts for family, friends and fans. Good luck to you as you venture out in the world of continued learning. Use your art for good and keep having fun being creative!