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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.

Info With Strings Attached

3 Aug

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.

ACTIVITY ONE:

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.

Final Project. Are you inspired to try it?

ACTIVITY TWO:

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!

Club Creative Studio Art. Necklace contains hand- made, hand-rolled clay beads, acrylic beads and metal findings.

Enjoy more string creations at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

12 Days of Creativity

4 Jan

Holiday bracelet made from several collaborating friends.

 This post brings to light a fun idea that can be transferred to any holiday celebration or life event with a theme in mind, and a few supplies. This post also fits into the TNT (this-n-that) theme. Being creative might be easy for some yet for others it may seem to take extra effort. No matter if creativity is instant or requires planning, it can be…shared.  Sharing creativity gives you an opportunity to use your skills and display your talents.

This post highlights the efforts of many creative persons. This time, the focus is on a group of persons and a special project.  I’d like to reflect on a recent holiday project that was based on the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses.  There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by “my true love” on one of the twelve days of Christmas.

Using this song as inspiration, a group of nearly twelve members created hand-made charms, then gathered for the “big reveal” which included sharing the creative process and exchanging their charms within the group so that each walked away with a unique jewelry keepsake. Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace. The group agreed that this experience was worth repeating and they enjoyed the learning process as much as the expression of creativity.

Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace.

If you recall from the popular song, the first verse runs: on the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a partridge in a pear tree and on the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…two turtle doves.  Other mentions in the song and items included symbolically in the project are three french hens (ooh la-la), four calling birds (on cell phones of course), five golden rings, six geese-a-laying (comfortably on a pillow), seven swans-a-swimming , eight maids a milking (got milk?), nine ladies dancing, ten lords-a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming.

Gail happily organized twelve friends who agreed to share their skills and talents and come together to make and exchange their art projects.  Today’s blog celebrates the creativeness of her group of friends.  They held an initial meeting to brainstorm and decide on how they would start.  The assignment was for each person to make twelve separate items all with the same likeness and theme based on the number picked that corresponded to the same numbers in the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas.  The deadline was set and each member of the group went home ready to create their twelve items and return to share them. With all of the charms collected we were then free to add them to a bracelet and create our group project.  We collected one work of art charm from each person.

Our final products from the group project.

Contributors in this artistic product were: Marki, Annette, Bri, Amanda, Donna, Melissa, Gayle, Chris, MellaDee, and myself.  We shared time and talent, creating a meaningful item that will surely hold memories as well as appreciation for the creative process. We are now planning to get together to complete a Valentine theme bracelet.  I feel another blog coming from that experience too for sure!

To end this post, I’d like to share the idea that you may want to consider.  Make your favorite bracelet serve you well with a double duty.  Add an interesting dash of bling to your purse or bag with a closely related length of your bracelet size.  Attach it to the top of the rim on both sides of your purse for a fun twist of fashion, and show off your creation!

Consider this double-duty idea for your bracelet.

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