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Low Cost Idea- Spray Your Way To Improvement

5 Mar

Club Creative Studio blog

Club Creative Studio loves to share creative low-cost ideas on Two-Cent Tuesday.  Today, the blog has a focus on an inexpensive project that will improve or change your world with the use of spray paint.

If you want a dramatic look in lighting, consider spray-painting your fixture black.  I recently took this photo of a beautiful crystal chandelier at The Union League in Philadelphia.  I thought while admiring it that this look could be replicated easily and cheaply with black spray paint.  If however, you have a metal light fixture or anything made from galvanized steel, there are considerations for paints.  Galvanized steel is a metal for example that is difficult to paint.  So, knowing the material you are working with first and foremost is important so that you are not wasting your time or money in your creative process. Check the can labels to recognize the best spray can type for your projects.

Getting back to Galvanized steel for example, that material cannot be painted with normal alkyd-based paints, which almost all spray paints are based. It is suggested that if there is any “alkyd…” don’t even think about using it on your steel project.  Looking on the aisle shelf, the brand “Rust-o-leum” does put on the back of their spray paint cans a warning not to use their spray paint on galvanized steel.  However, beware that most spray paint companies do not include this warning.

So what makes that metal so difficult? It is steel that has a zinc coating to increase the steels corrosion (rust) resistance.  It’s “hot-dip galvanization” is a process that makes it similar to steel with large visible grains. Using spray paint to other materials is not as difficult to choose.

Need ideas on what to spray in your home for a new creative twist? How about these suggestions: cabinet knobs and other fixture handles, frames for photos or mirrors, light switch plates, file cabinets or storage furniture, light fixtures, lamps, chandeliers, candle holders, appliances, radiators, steam risers, and even plastic, wood, wicker, and metal furniture.

A pro of using spray paint over brush application paints is that spray paint creates a smooth surface as opposed to brushing on paint. Faux textures like stone and granite as well as unique finishes like a clear coating and metallic are available for your experimentation. Suggested tips for great results are on all can labels.  You may need to gain extra supplies and endure additional steps besides a quick spray. Primer, sanding, or wire-brushing may be needed, depending on the object and the paint. So while this process can be low-cost, it does have a small percentage of cost associated with it depending on the size of your project and the type of spray paint you require.

No matter if you are making a cosmetic change or improving a home item like a flaking barbecue grill, spray paint is a great option to a quick change or improvement. Using spray paint for an improvement is a low-cost idea that can help in a creative improvement solution.  Let us know if you have used spray paint in a recent project. Taking a before and after photograph can be helpful to appreciate how far a project has come.
                              
                              
                           
                         

X is for “Xmas”

27 Apr

Club Creative Studio’s blog post today has a focus on the letter “X”.  You already know that there are not many words that fit into that category that may apply to creativity.  I will have to go with a more obvious choice.  X is for “Xmas”.  To highlight art that I created specially but not limited to the Christmas (Xmas) season, I’d like to share photos and descriptions of Club Creative Studio’s Artisan Beaded Hanging Ornaments. Our one-of-a-kind items are created from hand-made, hand-rolled polymer clay beads, charms, crystals, ribbon and wire.

It seems that hand-made items are popular for gift-giving occasions when the holiday seasons roll around. Why is that?  Maybe because they call for a special touch, a meaningful item with a lasting memory, or items like this are easily found at holiday themed craft fairs, bazaars and gift shops.

Whatever your reason for giving a hand-made piece, you have selected items that have a special attraction to them.  The artist and the art do have personal connections associated with hand-made items, and they happily pass that aspect on to you.

Hand-Made Beaded Artisan Ornament from Club Creative Studio.

Artisan hand-made beaded ornaments are one-of-a-kind creations.

As I think up ways that I can incorporate my hand-made beads, sometimes the ideas come readily, and sometimes I have to tweak the thoughts and experiment on the best way to highlight my beads.  The Christmas ornament idea came quite easy because there is a popular need to decorate Christmas trees and purchase special keepsake ornaments for them.

Close-up. Hand-made polymer clay beads incorporated into hanging art.

Looking at an item that seemingly has a specific function, and imagine other uses for it is what CREATIVITY is all about.  I’d like to offer suggestions on how you may enjoy what I first created as an Christmas Ornament.

What else is this useful for?

This item can displayed in other interesting fashions.

Use this decorative item in unique ways.

  1. Christmas tree hanging ornament
  2. Wreath focal point
  3.  Attach to a suction cup and admire from a window
  4. Hang from a table lamp at the switch location
  5. Adorn a vase by placing around the rim/brim
  6. Wrap safely around the top of a candle stick base
  7. Add a bit of bling as you dangle from a view mirror in your automobile
  8. Use as a decorative bow on a gift that is wrapped
  9. Display as fashionable curtain tie-backs
  10. Dangle slightly under a framed photo frame from the wall
  11. Add to a cabinet knob or door handles
  12. Embellish a wine bottle neck
  13. Add to a table scape by attaching to a pot lid or serving dish handle
  14. Highlight art from an individual hanging display made from wire
  15. Hang from a garden stake in your flower bed or bottom of a wire frame hanging basket
Do you have out-of-the-box suggestions that you can share on how you might use this Club Creative Studio art item?

Feel free to share your creative ideas in a comment post below!

Creative Snowflakes Fall Art Preview

9 Oct

Club Creative Studio’s blog continues to highlight art that is creative.  Of course, I can not write without including the “creative results” of my own efforts from time to time.  Today, I anticipate Winter although it is still Fall, and I wanted to share the creations with you in this special Fall Preview blog post.  I have found that my fun and functional snowflake ornaments are ready to be added to the online storefront after many months of creating them. I look forward to bringing them along to my Fall Craft Fairs.

You’ll find the Artisan Snowflake Ornaments available on a limited basis because they are each created to be

one-of-a-kind:  http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Being an artist working with my hand-made clay and glass beads (most of the time), gives much satisfaction.  Love for my art niche is at the heart of my passion for my creative outlet and goals.  My daily mantra to: BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY offers me a continuous challenge to find ways to incorporate clay and glass beads into fun and functional hand-made items.

Each snowflake ornament includes several of my hand-rolled, one-of-a-kind, unique polymer clay beads and a variety of other hand-picked coordinating elements.  When I create my clay beads there are as many as thirteen steps involved from the starting point to finish.   This is indeed a labor of love to include hand-made aspects into items, this project is no exception.  The beads are then attached by hand to a wire frame and secured at the ends, resulting in a unique design that resembles a snowflake shape.

Club Creative Studio: Artisan Snowflake Ornaments

These Artisan Snowflake Ornaments have been created to function as art that hangs for display by means of the attached ribbon loop. Each item is not duplicated in any way, that is what makes them so special to own! It’s appeal is that it is VERY unique!

Art from Club Creative Studio

Consider perhaps these suggestions: Adorn a Christmas tree branch, place on a door knob, hang from a window pane hook or suction cup, dangle from a car rear view mirror, attach to a cabinet or dresser drawer knob. Wrap around a candle holder, flower vase or curtain swag.  Let your imagination take you places, and take this artful item with you for display.  You can appreciate this hand-made item all year-long. Snowflakes are not just to enjoy in winter any longer!

Thank you for viewing Club Creative Studio Art. It’s a pleasure to be creative everyday, creating Art That Sets You Apart!  Please visit often, as the inventory does change because all items are subject to availability. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Hand-made Artisan Snowflake Ornamental Hanging.

New Tattoo = New Attitude

1 Oct

Club Creative Studio’s blog posts  have a focus on creativity and created works of art.  You’ll learn how it is created, where you may find it,  how you might develop it and on Feature Friday, I tell you how you can even purchase it easily from Club Creative Studio’s online storefront at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Did you know that October 1 is National Make a Mistake Day?

As you are armed knowing that tidbit of information, let’s hope that today is not the day you decide to get a tattoo.  The tattoo artist may think it is o.k. to honor the “national holiday” and use it as an excuse upon your skin.  I’m just saying: beware if this is the case for you today!  For any other type artist, a normal day of mistakes can be something to strive for. When an artist makes a mistake they learn something every time.  They learn about technique and they learn about medium. They learn about style and they learn about happy accidents.  When an artist makes a mistake it can lead to something GREAT. Isn’t that awesome? Imagine this ENTIRE DAY is devoted to sanctioned mistake-making that we get to be proud of and call credit to!

So what mistakes are you going to make today? Are your decisions or (mistakes) going to be permanent?  Can you or are you willing to change the outcome from a mistake or second thought?  Much like a new tattoo, a person can tag along the feelings of a new attitude no matter what mistake you make today, or how you handle a new creative venture.  Make no mistake about that!

image: clipartists.net

If a body tattoo is not quite your style to change your attitude, you can still get a different type of tattoo of sorts.   This type tattoo can be applied with no pain and removed and then applied on a whim. Interested in learning more about how you can display a creative one-of-a-kind artful tattoo?  Read on…

Call them: Wall Decals or Wall Tattoos™.  Basically, they are Do-It-Yourself application vinyl graphics that can decorate a surface.  They are over-sized removable stickers for a variety of surfaces to put it even more simply.

Image: creativeartdesign.net

Wall Tattoos™ are cut from a specialized vinyl that is specifically designed for home décor. Unlike standard high gloss signage vinyl, these graphic images have a matte finish that displays a painted look. The edges are crisp, the effect is stunning, and the material is removable without leaving behind any trace of adhesive residue. Perfect design option for adding detail textures without paint or plasters.  Great for the temporary renter, dorm room life or for people who change their mind with the seasons.

Laptop Tattoos™ also help you to customize your laptop with added personality.  It applies simply and removes with ease.  It is like a computer “skin” but is basically like contact paper.  You can find a wide range of high level designs to choose from.  In a crazy world hidden behind laptops and ‘social’ networks, a laptop can be designed to show a little bit of personal flair.  You see it when your laptop is closed, everyone else can see it when it is open.  Currently, I have a Vera Bradley black and white graphic design on my laptop.

The imagination does not stop there.  Have you heard of cell phone skins?  They are removable adhesive-backed vinyl covers for protecting and customizing your phone.  Some places offer options that allow you to add your own design or upload any photo to completely control the process of creating your skin, making it your own.  Skins can be made of gel, be scratch resistant, or clear for protecting your gaming devices and MP3 players, netbooks, flat screens.

If you get a wall tattoo, or any other type decorative art applied by this temporary means, enjoy it and know that you can change your mind, decorative taste and attitude with a single application switch. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT THAT!

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