Heart to Heart- Easy Paper Crafts

One of the first things that you think about if you are thinking of Saint Valentine’s Day is a heart-shaped symbol.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

STEP ONE: SIMPLE SKILL VERSION

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.

STEP TWO: MEDIUM SKILL VERSION
STEP THREE: ADVANCED WEAVES

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!

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On a Roll- A Toilet Paper Roll

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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.

Hope it does not rain on this bride's wedding day!

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.

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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.

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Try folding the ends and adding a little added detail to the bathroom decor.
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A Reason for Resin

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.
(December, 2011) CRAFTease Project

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.

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Bring Bling to Bold

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!

Club Creative Studio hand-made beads.

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!

Rich colors that bring boldness.
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