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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.

Puffy Paint Recipe

3 Oct

This will probably be the shortest post ever from Club Creative Studio.  In today’s TNT (This-N-That) post, I want to share a creative recipe for “puffy paint”.  The ingredients are from the kitchen. Before you gather your mixing supplies, take some time to also recycle and collect the containers you wish to place your “paint” in.

Take time to clean out your recycled containers for this project.

Any recycled plastic bottle that is also a squeeze-type container will work the best. Those plastics from items like emptied shampoo, dish soap, syrup, ketchup. mustard, honey, salad dressings and oil containers, will work fine, for example.  Take note of the variety of lid tips because this mixture will be thick yet you want it to flow easily out of the tip of the container you place the paint in.

Try it for a fun, different and inexpensive project.  It may be exactly what you are looking for in price, texture and technique.

Here is an example of how you can focus this technique on a fall decorative creation.

Try a simple, yet striking design like Elsie Larson’s idea from the site Beautiful Mess blog or a more complex design.

Puffy Paint Recipe:

1 Cup Salt

1 Cup Flour

1 Cup Water

Food Coloring

Mix well, you really don’t want large lumps to form and you want it to flow out of your container tip. Have fun creating with this low-cost activity.

Diedra’s Different Outlook- Part ll

18 Sep

The color of love.

Club Creative Studio introduced you to my neighbor, Diedra in yesterday’s post.  Today I am thankful for having pride in knowing my creative-out-of-the-box-thinking neighbor. Who would not want to know more about how a creative person thinks?  Fitting for the Two-Cent Tuesday theme, I want to show you how the love of one color can have a cost-effective impact. Diedra’s favorite color in her own words is: “The color Peacock”.  It is actually the love of the color turqoise that has her racing to her paint and brush very often.  This interest in painting almost any thing and every thing has also expressed a sense of creative frugality.

Pursuaded by paint of a peacock-color, the rugs, pillows, furniture, and floor reflect that favorite hue.

It isn’t everyday that you can go out into the world and purchase turquoise painted furniture, a statue, flooring, a mailbox or  lawn ornaments.  This is a low-cost way to get that into your world by simply and inexpensively painting an item the way that you want it to look , yourself.  And why not? If you want to love something even more, find a way to make it attractive to you.  Diedra loves “peacock” so she paints many items with that color to reflect what attracts her taste.  You’ll see plenty of turquoise, purple and blue here. Nuff said.

At night- purple lights are scattered here and there in her garden areas.

You are free to consider this decorating style “quirky” but, it is certainly also “cohesive”.

Plenty of turquoise, purple and blue hues here.

Lending to the expressions of the colors purple, blue and turquoise is the personality and spunk of Diedra herself.

Meet Diedra, even her turquoise car has a creative touch.

When asked about the reasoning behind the attached flowers on her automobile roof and back window she responded with her logic. “I go out in the car and park in the parking lots and when I come out of stores I always think that someone has stolen my car because it seems to be parked in between the big SUVs and I can not see it quickly.  So, I put the flowers on top so I could spot it faster. Plus being short, I can see it better over the bigger cars.” Sounds good to me! She went on to add, “I used to change the flowers with the seasons and holidays but, that got to be a bit much.”

Visit the blog again for the continued multi-post series

sharing more of Diedra’s featured creative whims.

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

Plastic Painting Project Part l

18 May

Daughter’s contribution: acrylic painted background.

Club Creative Studio art has a main focus on bead-making, jewelry making and using hand-made clay and glass beads in interesting ways. But, because creativity is limited only to one’s imagination, it is natural that other materials take center stage from time to time.  This post informs you of a group project using mixed media on a painted canvas.

Exploring the uses of a variety of supplies opens your mind to new techniques and use of materials. Sometimes the most unconventional materials used, make a project extra interesting. There is a growth and a new-found appreciation to be found in using new materials. In our mother/daughter art project we used primed canvas, acrylic paint, permanent markers in black and metallic silver, heavy gel gloss medium, recycled plastic soda bottles, ink and hand-made polymer clay beads.

This post is part one of a two part explaination of what we created as our group project.

Many enjoy the challenges of recycling. There is also the thrill to know that you have not only helped develop a creative mode but, you have used throw-away objects in a new and exciting way.

Recently my daughter and I joined forces to create an inspirational painting for the new studio space of Club Creative Studio. I knew that I wanted to incorporate many texts within our canvas because I love being inspired by creative quotes. And my daughter knew that she could contribute by painting the background of the canvas for me to use as a colorful backdrop for whatever was developed on top.  To begin we set up the easel and let her go with the flow for the painted background portion.

acrylic painting swirls of color help create the feeling of movement.

Next, we added the quotes about creativity throughout the entire canvas, using permanent markers and varied the are thickness and font style of each quote applied.  Glossing over the entire surface, we added protection and a slight sheen to the canvas surface. Adding a gloss seems to also intensify the paint tints too so it is a double pleasure to use it.

Inspired by quotes about CREATIVITY.

Finally, we added some unexpected elements by adding recycled and melted plastic bottle flowers, with a hand-made polymer clay bead for each center bloom on the canvas.

Melted plastic bottle formed to be a flower bloom.

Follow this blog post on Two-Cent Tuesday for Part ll of this Plastic Painting Project. I’ll show the completed creation and explain how we made the recycled plastic bottle blooms.

Take It or Leaf It

8 Nov

Successful Leaf Rub

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!

MATERIALS NEEDED:

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.

Colorful Fall Leaf Rubbing. Now you can say that you've seen a blue and purple leaf!

Additional:

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.

Explore More: 

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.

Texture rub using coins.

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.

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