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A Group Art Prompt

16 Aug


Club Creative Studio would like to highlight the creativity of a small group of people in this TNT (This-N-That) blog post today.

New Bridge Middle School in Jacksonville, North Carolina was the setting for creativity at the summer Leadership Camp. Five young artists and their instructor led efforts for a group art project . The collaborative works will be proudly displayed.

Take a look at the creative process in the video on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio , and you will see how all parts DO make the whole. This is a project that may inspire you to do in your own way because it is rewarding at all stages of development.

Thank you to the participants and the instructor, and acquaintance Mr. Bernie Rosage, Jr. He will certainly agree that this group art project was created with pride and joy.

Get inspired! This over-all project display technique can be replicated in a variety of canvas sizes, as long as they are anchored securely before and after your wall placement. It reminds me of a puzzle. Happily, their theme is NOT puzzling!

What did you think? Share your thoughts here!

Plastic Painting Project Part ll

22 May

Let us show you what we did with our empty plastic bottles.

Club Creative Studio offers part two of the creative process from the latest mother/daughter project. Part one shared the beginning stages of the painted canvas and gave a hint of the mixed media added: the recycled melted plastic bottles.  In today’s post we will reveal the final outcome and share the process of how you can also create the flower sections.

This project will be an ongoing project that we will continue to build upon as we add more and more recycled sections to the over-all project.  We will add more melted flowers as we obtain additional bottles by which to recycle.

Club Creative Studio recycled and melted plastic bottles were transformed into flowers and added to the painted canvas.

This is what you need to begin:

With your empty and clean plastic soda or water bottle, use scissors to carefully punch and cut along the line that is already found across the bottom design of the bottle.

This is what the cut portion will look like when you have cut around the entire bottom of the plastic container.

Cutting the “petals” can be done in a variety of ways keeping in mind that you want to cut portions that mimic the natural forms of flower petals.  Your initial petal cuts can be made by cutting along the indention of the bottom of the plastic container.

Experiment with round cut and fringe cut ends.

To start the melting process you need a craft heat gun, your pre-cut plastic sections, pliers, a heat-resistant area (outdoors is a well ventilated area), a protected work surface (like a tin liner or cookie sheet),  and a mask that protects from vapors.

It does not take long to melt the cut plastic so you will be moving the heat gun around fast and not long at all. I made a short video on the Facebook page that you can review which will  demonstrate just how quickly this is done. http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio


This is the above item after I have melted and formed it with the heat gun.

Club Creative Studio’s fringe-cut plastic bottle melted to form a flower shape.

Adding color to the plastic is easily done by dabbing alcohol ink colorants to the plastic.

Cranberry ink added to plastic form.

Adding Club Creative Studio hand-made clay beads completes my floral blooms.

The “Mother-Daughter Project” continues as we add more melted bottle blooms. The goal is to cover the canvas at some point for a complete look.

Thursday’s TNT (This-N-That) post will highlight all of the creativity quotes used in this project.  Check back for the creative inspiration they provide.

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.

I is for Inspiration

10 Apr

What inspires you to be creative?  The letter “I” is for inspiration, learn what inspires the art of Club Creative Studio.  And think about what inspires you to be creative as well. For me, inspiration involves merely looking around at nature, looking to the printed word, whatever I document as images from my camera, concerns for a ’cause’, the color wheel and finally… imagination.

                                                                               I often look to nature for inspirations for paintings because it is right in front of me, always.

Inspired by what I find in nature, and in my own yard.

I also enjoy looking to the printed word for further inspiration. Here, I painted with a theme.  The written words included were taken from cards and love notes from my husband.

My painting incorporated words from my husband's cards and letters.

My camera is almost like my best friend. I value it and the things it can do for me.  I use my camera EVERY DAY! I use it to document the beauty I see.

Just a taste of what I have seen around me with a meaning behind the sights.

I use my camera to document and show detail of my jewelry art as well.

Club Creative Studio: Hand-made, mixed media glass crystal pendants.

  I am inspired by the cause for a cure for breast cancer.

Be inspired to create for a cause.

The color wheel inspires me to explore what colors I can mix and combine in clay and paint.

Club Creative Studio: Creating hand-rolled polymer clay beads inspire me to look to the color wheel for inspiration.

Exploring your own imagination, and going beyond what you think is a limit enables and inspires growth in creativity.

Live out loud! Voice your visual expressions with art.

What inspires YOU to be creative? How do you inspire others?

To view more creative art items that have been inspired by nature, the color wheel, and imagination, please stop by the website where the inventory changes often.


Art That Stacks Up

8 Oct

Club Creative Studio is always on the hunt for creativity topics and works of art to share.  Sometimes the creativity is focused on someone or something else other that featured work from Club Creative Studio’s design table.  It doesn’t seem to matter where  creativity comes from. CREATIVITY is always interesting to admire and achieve.

I can’t think of anything else in the workplace I would rather be doing than spending time creating and working on a daily output using creativity.  Most days, being creative is automatic. And although artistic challenges can also be problematic, those times are also times of creative growth.  I love my mantra of BEING CREATIVE EVERYDAY, creating ART THAT SETS YOU APART.

I recently contacted a Los Angeles, California native artist named Mike Stilkey, via e-mail after running across samples of his creative paintings. He definitely creates unique art as well.  I asked his permission to mention him in this particular blog because I have seen several photos of his original art and I know you will find his work interesting as well. Happily, he granted the permissions.  I only regret that I had the rest of the “interview” questions I also submitted to him answered personally.  Perhaps in time we can reconnect and I can add to this article. HINT, HINT, Mike!

Mike Stilkey art on book spines.

Mike uses a creative mix of ink, colored pencil, acrylic paint and lacquer on his art creations. His added creativity comes into play as he has an unusual canvas.  His artistic images are painted on the spines of stacked books!  He calls his art: “book sculptures”.  They are that and more…books and sculptures…paintings and 3-D murals as well. Stilkey forms his favorite images of humans and animals to delight the viewer in many ways.  He mentions on his website: http://www.mikestilkey.com that his work “depicts a melancholic and whimsical cast of characters inhibiting ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales.”

Mike Stilkey's paintings on book spines.

Information also noteworthy from his website, you can appreciate knowing that:
His work is reminiscent of Weimar-era German expressionism and his style has been described by some as capturing features of artists ranging from Edward Gorey to Egon Schiele.

His work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally, at galleries and museums such as the Bristol City Museum in the UK, LeBasse Projects in Culver City, CA, Kinsey/DesForges Gallery in Culver City, CA, David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, CO, Gilman Contemporary Gallery, Ketchum, ID, and Rice University Gallery, Houston, TX.

Artistic installation display of painted book spines by Mike Stilkey.

Do you agree that this artist has a fantastic and unusually creative mind?  I have enjoyed admiring his art. 

OOPS! I Did It Again-Plein and Simple

9 Aug

Here is another idea for a low-cost creative adventure.  It is TWO-CENT TUESDAY.  This theme post suggests various methods, activities, products or projects that do not cost very much to explore.

Today’s post is a blurb about an artist group that I have recently joined for FREE within Onslow County, Jacksonville, North Carolina. 

OOPS website banner logo

The group is called: OOPS!  It stands for Onslow Outdoor Painters Society. Within the county that I currently reside, this group gathers for creative expression and supportive fellowship in the art of painting in plein air.

A painting done outside rather than in a studio is said to be painted “en plein air”.  The term comes from the French en plein air, meaning ‘in the open air’.  It seems like most aspects of getting away on a Sunday to paint would be relaxing.  It seems like a great experience to paint with others and also dedicate time to getting back into the love of  painting.  It will also serve as a creative change of scenery as it places me outside of my bead-making studio.  During a plein air experience, I will also be dealing with space and supply limitations, weather conditions, gnats and insects, travel issues to find the different paint locations, and light changes. All are creative obstacles that make the whole experience memorable and unique.  I look forward to each experience as a creative and learning situation.

I actually officially joined the group on August 08, 2011, with my online request.  So, to date I can not tell you if this painting environment is the right fit for me. I will try with an open mind to adjust to this challenge.  This group may be like one in your area or it may be like no other you have heard of.  In this specific group, there are unique points to consider:

No membership dues!
No by-laws!
No monthly meetings!
No elected officers!
No Specific Leadership Rule of Order!
No roll call!

How then can such a group stay functional?  It seems that it is more based on what you put into it as much as what you also will get out of it. Each month a member suggests a site within the county limits by which the group can meet for the sheer reason to paint in plein air together.  The artists have the freedom to attend or not, bringing their own choice of materials and stay for the duration they wish as well at any location paint site.  Often times the gatherings are said to expand into a lunch or small social time by which to get to learn even more about the artists, their lives, their art, and their techniques and experiences.  I hope that I will enjoy my first gathering on August 28.

Are you a member of such a group or know of anyone in the same type group in your area?  Have you ever encountered a group of plein air artists hard at work in creative focus and pursuit in person before? What would you do if you witnessed artists at work in front of you?

I know that I will surely keep you posted on my new creative experience.  I hope to enjoy this creative journey and techniques of painting in each plein air environment. Think of me in three and one half weeks as I attempt to paint on a Sunday afternoon in the hot sun of North Carolina.  Plain and simply stated: If I have a rewarding experience from painting outdoors, I’ll do it again.




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