Tag Archives: holiday decorating

Christmas Crunch: Quick and Easy Project ll

18 Dec

Transform a plain wood item into a colorful item with a personal touch.

Transform a plain wood item into a colorful item with a personal touch.

Welcome to Club Creative Studio’s blog with the focus on creativity.  I am adding a few posts about using your creativity in a crunch-time situation. It is that time of year that many stress about the time that they do not have to be creative for the holidays.  Maybe it is a lack of innovation of gift-giving ideas, maybe it is the stress of the challenge to do something new and creative in decorating, baking, cooking or gift-giving or gift wrapping.  Whatever the creative challenge, here is another post for a suggestion to use your creativity in a quick and easy project.

It doesn’t take as long as you think it does to be creative with acrylic paints.  You can transform a wood item into a colorful work of original art with a bit of paint and patience.  While there is a time and a place to appreciate wood for its natural beauty, some items just lend themselves to adding paint to beautify a wooden item in a different way.

Today, I painted a wooden nut cracker home accessory and changed the appearance from plain to wild, crazy, festive and colorful.

It is easy to transform a wooden holiday accessory into a more decorative item.

It is easy to transform a wooden holiday accessory into a more decorative item.

The first step is to find an item or ornament made from wood that is smooth and ready to accept paint.  I applied a thin layer of gesso acrylic primer to my wooden nut cracker item.

I applied one layer of gesso to prime the surface.

I applied one layer of gesso to prime the surface.

Using acrylic paint, I applied my paint to the wood figure with ideas to make it a “non-traditional” looking item. I wanted my nut cracker to be bright and colorful, with pattern added after the larger areas were painted for a unique look.  When you see the finished product at the end of this post, I think you may agree that the mission was accomplished.

Painted item ready for the next step.  The next step is adding the details.

Painted item ready for the next step. The next step is adding the details.

I love defining areas and adding details with black as a sharp contrasting color.

To add detail to the finished painted portions, I used a black felt permanent marker to add my swirls and decorative detailed areas.  Adding pattern with my marker seemed to make this item even more fanciful and imaginative.  A light coating can be added as a final touch for gloss or a matt protective coating if desired.  I hope that if you challenge yourself to create a painted wooden project, you can be expressive and end up with a one-of-a-kind festive item.

My finished project! The details make a polished look in the completed art.

My finished project! The details make a polished look in the completed art.

Although I love creating in clay and glass creations like the hand-made art you find in the Club Creative Studio website (http://www.clubcreativestudio.com) I have another love for using paint, especially acrylic.  I love that this medium has an easy clean-up process and you can mix your own colors with ease.  The fast dry-time is also a plus for getting your project done if you feel the holiday crunch for time.

Fabric Folding Facelift Part 3

28 Nov

Enjoy an additional post from Club Creative Studio that informs you of the creativity that can stem from your fabric linens. Take it from Luigi… this is a fun opportunity to involve children into the table setting experience. Good luck!
http://www.videojug.com/player?id=3e9f4c61-040b-a679-9d20-ff0008ccec95

Fabric Folding Facelift Part 2

28 Nov

Club Creative Studio continues to spread the word about creativity in a variety of ways.  Today’s post is part 2 of the inspiration of napkin folding.  Folding your fabric linens will give your table setting an instant facelift.  It is an inexpensive idea to reuse and repurpose your napkins at a meal. It shows off your creativity as well!  Enjoy viewing the sample and try your hand and hand-folding fabric napkins for your next festive family gathering.  This is just another way to have creative fun in a functional manner at home, involve the children!

Make Your Cake and Eat It (Part 1)

26 Oct

Club Creative Studio has an area near the design table with a supply of sweets on hand for that extra added energy.    This post has a focus on both creativity and sweets.  For the Halloween theme, an easy way to combine both creativity and sweets is to make cupcakes and decorate them. Enjoy the challenge to be creative in the kitchen.

Do you need some inspiration from others to spur you on?  Enjoy the suggestions for decorating your special sweet theme cupcakes. You can be equally creative! Good luck friends!

Slice those mint wafers for bat wings and ears.

These just make you smile, don’t they?

“Eye” think that you can decorate like this.

Sideways cupcake, sugar cone hats.

Creative Carvings = Halloween Fun

25 Oct

Club Creative Studio recognizes creativity on many levels.  Because we are in the month of October and the theme around me is focused on Halloween almost everywhere I turn, I would like to highlight the decorative element: the seasonal pumpkin.  Read on and admire my favorite finds of creative designs using the carved pumpkin.

I love the expression and creativity of each of these samples.

image: funnypagenet.com

image:bellaknitting

creating reallyawesomefreethings.com

image: horchow

image: funnypagenet.com

image: bierlysadventuresblogspot.com

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