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!
Today’s Two-Cent Tuesday post gives you a prompt to explore the great outdoors and take advantage of the season of Autumn. If you are in a different season where you are located have no fear you can still do this leaf project in your area if you have access to trees and plants.
Staying true to low-cost activities, today is no exception as you learn how you can create on a limited budget. This activity requires some time outside as well as inside. It is perfect for children of various ages, and it is easy to do with limited resources. Leaf rubbings!
Leaves. A variety of leaves in different sizes and shapes work well. The color does not matter.
Paper. As long as the paper is not too thick, you can do a successful texture rub with most types of papers.
Crayons. If the wrapper from the crayon is removed, the side of the crayon can be used in a rubbing, along with the side of the point.
Optional: Tape, paper clips, or clothes pins can be used to secure a leaf from possible shifting under the paper.
Making use of the falling leaves from trees and plants in your area can be fun. First, gather a variety of leaves. For best results leaves that are still a bit supple work best however, they should not be damp or wet. If a leaf is too dry, it will crumble easily and your rub will be difficult to do properly.
Place a leaf directly under a sheet of paper. Using the side of a crayon rub the crayon against the leaf to reveal its pattern from under the paper. As you rub you will see the veins and details of the leaf shape emerge before your eyes. Try to overlap your rubbings for an interesting look and alternate colors for additional uniqueness. Try incorporating different items from around the house and see what texture you can pick up as relief. Be careful as to hold the paper secure for the best results. Tape, paper clips, or clothes pins can be used to hold down the leaf from slipping but remember to remove it before rubbing the surface or an unwanted texture may be created.
Water color paints, paint brush, cup of water. A quick “wash” of paint over the paper surface can seep color into the art while the areas with wax crayon will resist the paint, creating an interesting added effect.
After rubbing, try to crinkle up the paper by wadding it in a ball and tightly smash to make fold creases in the paper. Once folded flat again do a water-color wash over the paper and watch in amazement how your work changes! Children love to ball up the paper like they are going to throw away their creation. Simply remind them not to be too rough as to rip the paper. They are happy when they can take several easy steps in a project at their own pace and can experience open-ended art. I know, this has always been a favorite Fall art lesson plan exploring texture, technique and color mixing.
This creative exercise may not be a new discovery to try but, hunting for items that will make an interesting rub can be. Be on the lookout for anything with texture that is fairly flat. Consider these ideas: lace, buttons, tape and glue adhered to paper before rubbing begins, stencils, puzzle pieces etc. Use your imagination. Take these suggestions or “leaf it”. Good luck and have fun creating a unique leaf rub and appreciate nature at the same time.
Club Creative Studio Art is often inspired by nature. Sometimes the colors in nature are represented, sometimes the shape or feel of nature is inspirational. This FEATURE FRIDAY is a brief focus on how the beads I have created bring to mind nature… again. This time, Mother Nature shows her control around the East Coast in the form of wind, rain and surf in our upcoming hurricane system known as Irene 2011. The harsh weather conditions are upon me yet, I can’t help but want to spend time I am stuck indoors in the development of celebrating the shapes that remind me of this tropical storm.
As the FRIDAY FEATURE today, I share with you a few hand-made, hand-rolled clay beads that will be transformed into jewelry today. I will post the finished creations on the Club Creative Studio Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio this weekend. Be sure to check it out, share a comment and check the ”like” on the page as well. I also encourage you to invite a friend to view and “like” the more viewere, the marrier. I love to share ART THAT SETS YOU APART!
When it is hurricane season, it is a time for great concern but, it can be a time for great fun inside your home with others or with an activity you enjoy that occupies a big chunk of time. I am electing to use my time wisely in creation of art today. For me it is a slight distraction of the consistent news and updates about my coastline weather reports on my television and radio. Stay safe if you are included in the path of this storm. I am also taking safety precautions and I am set to be productive at the same time. Enjoy the sneak peeks of the first phase of creating beads, and gathering them with other complimentary components. Enjoy our Art!
An artist, uses some aspect of color theory everyday. I hand mix my clay colors and when I hand-torch my glass, I combine the molten glass rods together in different ways each time using color theory as a basis for making a variety of colors in the creation of my hand-made beads which are incorporated in jewelry or in a home decor item.
The understanding of the color wheel gives one an opportunity to appreciate the relationship between colors and their combinations. Bands of color are arranged in a segmented circle or “wheel” to show their relationships more effectively.
The use of color is a skill that needs to be learned. In interior design, color can arouse appreciation, and invoke and stimulate more thoughts and feelings than any other aspect. Color and the combinations of color can stimulate, soothe, or enhance your world. In clay, I color myself happy too.
Within the color wheel, red, yellow and blue are known as the (primary colors) . Mix together two specific primary colors and you will create one of the (secondary colors) violet, orange and green. Mix red and yellow to make orange, yellow and blue to make green and red and blue make violet. Mixing equal parts of primary and adjacent secondary colors will produce tertiary colors. For example, red and violet make crimson, blue and green produce turquoise, and yellow and green create lime.
When I work with clay, I mix my own colors to use in my art. I mix by hand and by use of a pasta machine. Clays are simply twisted and rolled together or when I use a pasta machine, the clay is folded over after each pass through the rollers until the color is solid or until the marbled effect is achieved. I have many considerations when I mix colors. Learning simple rules means that I can adapt, interpret, and break the rules to suit my own aims. That type of messing around with color makes me happy. Color me happy!
Examples of color use for me are: harmonizing …color combinations with similar tonal value … no one color stands out from the rest, contrasting …color combinations which strongly contrast with each other (black and white, or light and dark, etc.), accent …a small amount of color used to add a spark of contrast or interest.
There are other ways that I am able to color clay. Alcohol-based inks can be added to white or translucent clays. Oil paints, pastels, fabric dyes, acrylic paint in small amounts even concentrated tea an also be added for clay tinting. Inclusions like powders, pigments, dry tempera and crayon shavings can also be added to clay for tints.
I use the color wheel many days to define hue, value,and intensity. Color scheme considerations are the next step to consider what I will mix. I discovered a site that will help you if you need a site to ”color you happy” easily, it’s a professional color-matching application that will help you build beautiful color schemes quickly and easily. The site: http://www.colorschemer.com/online/ and software at http://colorschemer.com takes it a step further.
Color yourself happy.