Yesterday’s post from Club Creative Studio shared a few challenges of the latest wire worked project. Any single day can be filled with obstacles if you are trying a creative project for a first time or have been away from a technique for any duration of time. Today’s Feature Friday post will share a few successes from the challenges of working with wire in a new way.
Basicly, when I sat to create these necklaces, I wanted to have the feeling and look of the technique of chain maille but, not all of the complicated segments. That look combines individual loops in a maze-like pattern repeated over and over that link together. This did the trick for me because for one, I did not get a headache or confused too often and for the second reason, I was able to duplicate the method using a variation of technique.
Today, I am thankful for variety at the design table, especially the variety of wire.
Wire lends itself to change. Wire has different levels of strength and durability, it has a range in gauge (thickness), presents itself in suitable qualities, and it is offered in a variety of colors as well. It is a wonderful to experiment with. When I wrap in wire, it also looks wonderful to mix silver, gold or copper wires together. I love working with wire. Does it show?
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Today, I am also thankful for obstacles. They allow me to grow and learn about myself. They also teach me that I can jump pretty high and often, making those many leaps and bounds with success. It is great to step back and appreciate the challenges that I encounter in the studio while creating handmade jewelry art.
Maybe it is a little frustrating sometimes but, the best finished items sometimes stem from taking the long road to completion. Today’s TNT (This-N-That) blog post from Club Creative Studio post salutes every creative soul that learns from the obstacles placed in their path.
When I first started out with the idea to twist wire in a certain way for this project, I wanted to make segments and attach them together. I wanted each step to be easy enough that I would want to duplicate it again and again and not be bored.
The results are pretty cool. What do you think? The obstacle I faced in the beginning was how I might do this the best way to create a project from many separate parts. I think I will certainly make more twisted wire items and see how I can use the same technique while I vary the designs.
The Feature Friday post will share a few more original art samples I created with twisted wire.
Today’s Two-Cent Tuesday post celebrates my third day of the 90-day post challenge called the Gratitude Project 2012.
During the 90-day challenge, I will be happily reflecting on my day to stop and appreciate what I am thankful for. For me, this idea is to gain humble aspects and count my blessings. Three times a week for this Club Creative Studio blog, I will focus on how I am thankful for creativity. There will be many times that I can document the celebration of creative thoughts with thankfulness.
I had thought about how I wanted to document my expressions, through making a keep-sake journal. And to stay with this theme it is of course a low-cost idea. It is nice that there is a Facebook group set up for many to post for this challenge. It is also nice that we can share our posts on our personal Facebook walls. I wanted to take this a step further and include my blog and my theme about creativity. Good luck in creating your own daily reflective space.
As a means to document my posts in a tangible manner, I made a simple, yet colorful painted sheet of paper that I will copy and compile later into a small flip book. Each page will be filled in with the numbered day and my hand-written declaration of thankfulness for that day across each colored stripe section. The day numbered will be written to the far left on the sheet and the black line will divide the section where I will write my thoughts of thankfulness.
The pages were copied and resized from one larger quick painting of colorful stripes painted across paper. I decided to make my whole book pocket-sized so I reduced my original sheet by 50% when I printed it out. That method also saved some of my computer ink.
You can create your own artful single sheet and copy it just as I did. I could have made this elaborate and with mixed media but I will save that effort for the “cover” of my flip-book.
If you want to copy and paste this image below of my single sheet. I have included it as a larger photo and you can copy and paste it to your computer.
For more information on the 90-Day Gratitude Challenge please check the recent Club Creative Studio Facebook page.
Let’s continue with the endless topic of CREATIVITY! On July 12,2012, the post was about a low-cost creative project. That project was made by my daughter to use in her dorm room to decorate and place her personal touch into her living space. Be sure to check back to that blog date to review the steps and process that brought this colorful element into existence.
Today, I share the results of the installation. This art was easily placed upon the blank wall and was also easily adjustable to smooth out the air bubbles. The contact paper was installed by two persons. One person held the end at the starting point on the wall surface. The second person stripped the backing paper to reveal the sticky portion of the contact paper and held the bottom of the roll. The second person also slowly unrolled the paper as the first person used their hand to smooth out air bubbles. We also used a yard stick for further smoothing.
The wall color background was painted white and was also free from scratches, dents, or dirt. This wall color allowed the bright marker colors to really pop. The area that an entire roll of decorated contact paper will cover will depend on the size of the wall you wish to cover, and the amount you over-lap at the edges. We over-lapped the edges slightly for wear and tear and a more secure hold.
What do you think? Willing to try this yourself? What do you like most about this project?
Club Creative Studio would like to highlight the creativity of a small group of people in this TNT (This-N-That) blog post today.
New Bridge Middle School in Jacksonville, North Carolina was the setting for creativity at the summer Leadership Camp. Five young artists and their instructor led efforts for a group art project . The collaborative works will be proudly displayed.
Take a look at the creative process in the video on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio , and you will see how all parts DO make the whole. This is a project that may inspire you to do in your own way because it is rewarding at all stages of development.
Thank you to the participants and the instructor, and acquaintance Mr. Bernie Rosage, Jr. He will certainly agree that this group art project was created with pride and joy.
Get inspired! This over-all project display technique can be replicated in a variety of canvas sizes, as long as they are anchored securely before and after your wall placement. It reminds me of a puzzle. Happily, their theme is NOT puzzling!
Club Creative Studio is proud to take steps in posting public gratitude by taking part in a new posting challenge. Inspired by blogging friend, Nicole Bandes, her 90 day challenge is a time for all to express gratitude of any level in our life. Adding to today’s low-cost creative idea theme: Two-Cent Tuesday post, this idea IS low-cost and a great personal challenge.
Adding my own twist to this challenge, I feel that it is going to be a delightful journey to report daily how I am appreciative of CREATIVITY in my life. I’ll be answering daily questions of what am I thankful for in creativity as well as what I appreciate artistically. These will be the focus points in my daily posts. You can write and post about gratitude in any manner you wish to. For the most part, my posts will be brief and hopefully inspirational to creative others as well. Please feel free to comment and share your gratitude thoughts here for art on the post theme. I look forward to sharing more creative ideas and educational information with a bit of insight as to why CREATIVITY plays such an important role in my thankfulness. I am looking forward to expressing gratitude in this manner, I hope that it is an uplifting addition to your day as well.
More about MY THANKFULNESS CHALLENGE:
90 days of Gratitude
Starting on August 26th and ending on Thanksgiving Day (U.S.A), 2012.
“What would happen in your life if you spent 90 days showing gratitude? When this project starts there will be 90 days till Thanksgiving Day in the United States. What if you found just one thing to be grateful for every day for the next 90 days? What if you helped to spread this message to all those you knew and got them expressing more gratitude? Could that change the world? In 2009, Nicole Bandes started posting her gratitude daily on Facebook starting in the beginning of November. She did this consistently for the remainder of the month and liked the results so much she never stopped. Gratitude can change your life. Gratitude WILL change your life if you let it. It is such an incredibly simple thing to do. And, while many things are simple but not easy, this is also easy. It takes very little time to record one thing for which to be grateful each day.”
~ Nicole Bandes, Coach, Speaker, Author of The You Coach
Club Creative Studio shares tidbits of information with a focus on creativity. Today, I combine the usual Thursday TNT (This-N-That) post with the Feature Friday post.
Dealing with simple elements found commonly in the home and those that are also low-cost are opportunities to welcome and express creativity. Can you consider a simple string or strand of fiber as a creative starting point? Here are some ideas how you can do this. The only part that is as challenging as the actual project is the dare to try at least one of the activities and report back to this site to share your experience. Happy Creating!
Just as this art suggests can you “see” that simple lines can be creative? It’s fantastic art, MASS MoCA. This is a big indoor space that Sol LeWitt made instructions for people to draw on the walls. With a similar concept but on a much smaller scale try this simple activity. You will need paper, pencil and a string of some sort. I suggest a shoe-lace, strand of yarn, thick string or medium thickness ribbon, or a flexible cord will also work fine.
Placing your paper down on a flat surface, take the string of choice and drop it carefully on and around the paper. Without consciously arranging the strand you can create a design that is just as interesting as one that you have thought-out for placement. You may need to hold down the material flat so that you can now trace around.
Use your pencil to trace around that line.
You can appreciate the new form drawn or take this a step further, adding areas of thickness, and changing the design slightly but also adding interest.
Stop there or continue with a third step and fill in areas with color, pattern or thickness with a marker. You can repeat process for more layered and overlapping lines. If you are trying this project with a small child, allow them to do the string placement and you can be the main person to trace around the string. The idea here is to create and appreciate a simple line and create a new and interesting over-all design.
Another activity you can do with a single string is to “paint” with it. Dipping a string in paint, while you hold one end of the string you can then pull and drag the string with paint on it across paper. When you overlap lines, you create an interesting trail. Not too sure about having your little one play so freely with paint? How about trying this with lunch or dinner left-overs? Pasta sauce would be a great contrasting “paint” on white paper and the “brush” could be a single strand of cooked spaghetti!
While you are happily trying one of these new string theme projects, I will be stringing along beads. Both of us will have heart-strings attached to our projects. Here is a “Sneak -Peek” exclusive of one of the latest strings that has captured my heart. I look forward knowing how you have been creative today. I welcome your comments!