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Christmas Crunch- Quick and Easy Projects

16 Dec

Welcome to Club Creative Studio’s  blog where the focus is always on creativity.  With Christmas fast approaching, I am certainly feeling the “Christmas Crunch”. It is the time many feel rushed, hunting for quick solutions.  Many of your creative endeavors do not need to be time-consuming.  In fact, sometimes is a simple display of creativeness can mean the most.

Here’s the first of a few posts that will deal with the holiday season theme suggesting project prompts that are fairly quick and relatively easy to complete.  Let’s not stress being creative.

Hand-Made Gift Tags

Let’s create simple yet fun gift tags. You can do this inexpensively and with scraps and other found objects around the house. Using the computer is a fast and easy way to make gift tags because of the editing possibilities and the quick process. Maybe you want to combine the computer with other elements to create your tags.  I used pre-cut blank tags but, making your own from scrap stock paper and using a hole punch is just as easy to customize your color choices if you have those scrap booking supplies close on hand.

Basic supplies for gift-tag making.

Basic supplies for gift-tag making.

Supplies I used in the creation of my tags were: paper tags and ribbon,  scissors, decorative tapes, permanent markers in various size points and colors, foam stickers, scrap wrapping paper, brads, double stick tape, stamps, ink pads.  Dividing the tag surface into sections will give you an area to focus on. The new printed tapes out in the scrap-booking section of your local craft stores are fun to experiment with.  Feel free to cut the tape to suit your specific design needs.

Hand-made tags with paper "yo-yo" flower added.

Hand-made gift tags with paper “yo-yo” flower added.

For the paper “yo-yo” flowers you see on my tags, you’ll need a paper strip of printed scrap paper cut in a rectangle. The size of your flower and center opening will vary in size with your cut paper width and length cuts. Using the basic accordion fold, pick a thickness and keep the folds back and forth consistent.  Glue two stop ends together overlapping slightly and your “flower” is ready to add  a brad to the center. For a finishing touch on the flowers, I marked the raised and folded sections with metallic marker and placed double stick tape on the back to adhere to my blank tag area.  Let your creativity flow as you save money and create one-of-a-kind hand-made gift tags. It is certainly part of your gift!

Club Creative studio gift tags.

Club Creative Studio gift tags.

Creative Thankfulness (1)

29 Aug

Today’s Two-Cent Tuesday post celebrates my third day of the 90-day post challenge called the Gratitude Project 2012.

90 Day Gratitude challenge with my focus on Creative Thankfulness

During the 90-day challenge, I will be happily reflecting on my day to stop and appreciate what I am thankful for. For me, this idea is to gain  humble aspects and count my blessings. Three times a week for this Club Creative Studio blog, I will focus on how I am thankful for creativity. There will be many times that I can document the celebration of creative thoughts with thankfulness.

I had thought about how I wanted to document my expressions, through making a keep-sake journal. And to stay with this theme it is of course a low-cost idea. It is nice that there is a Facebook group set up for many to post for this challenge.  It is also nice that we can share our posts on our personal Facebook walls. I wanted to take this a step further and include my blog and my theme about creativity.  Good luck in creating your own daily reflective space.

As a means to document my posts in a tangible manner, I made a simple, yet colorful painted sheet of paper that I will copy and compile later into a small flip book.  Each page will be filled in with the numbered day and my hand-written declaration of thankfulness for that day across each colored stripe section. The day numbered will be written to the far left on the sheet and the black line will divide the section where I will write my thoughts of thankfulness.

Club Creative Studio flip sheets for daily journal.

The pages were copied and resized from one larger quick painting of colorful stripes painted across paper. I decided to make my whole book pocket-sized so I reduced my original sheet by 50% when I printed it out.  That method also saved some of my computer ink.

You can create your own artful single sheet and copy it just as I did. I could have made this elaborate and with mixed media but I will save that effort for the “cover” of my flip-book.

If you want to copy and paste this image below of my single sheet. I have included it as a larger photo and you can copy and paste it to your computer.

For more information on the 90-Day Gratitude Challenge please check the recent Club Creative Studio Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio

Creative on Contact (Part ll)

17 Aug

Let’s continue with the endless topic of CREATIVITY!  On July 12,2012, the post was about a low-cost creative project. That project was made by my daughter to use in her dorm room to decorate and place her personal touch into her living space.  Be sure to check back to that blog date to review the steps and process that brought this colorful element into existence.

This long sheet will be cut into sections to apply to a wall in a custom-fitted manner.

Today, I share the results of the installation.  This art was easily placed upon the blank wall and was also easily adjustable to smooth out the air bubbles. The contact paper was installed by two persons. One person held the end at the starting point on the wall surface.  The second person stripped the backing paper to reveal the sticky portion of the contact paper and held the bottom of the roll.  The second person also slowly unrolled the paper as the first person used their hand to smooth out air bubbles.  We also used a yard stick for further smoothing.

The wall color background was painted white and was also free from scratches, dents, or dirt.  This wall color allowed the bright marker colors to really pop.  The area that an entire roll of decorated contact paper will cover will depend on the size of the wall you wish to cover, and the amount you over-lap at the edges. We over-lapped the edges slightly for wear and tear and a more secure hold.

Contact Paper Art

Using bright-colored markers will make your wall art “pop”.

Adjacent to this art is a large mirror. This can be enjoyed from a reflection as well as by standing directly in front of the art.

What do you think? Willing to try this yourself?  What do you like most about this project?

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

Creative on Contact (Part l)

10 Jul

Club Creative Studio likes to reserve the Tuesday post for low-cost creative projects.  Today’s Two-Cent Tuesday post is another way to use your stored up creativity in a low-cost manner.  Decorating can be costly but, there are ways to avoid that if you use your imagination.

This is a fun project with low-cost factors.

Among the many types of individuals that are penny-pinching these days are the many college bound and college dorm resident students.  You don’t have to be among is category to celebrate your creativity in this suggested project but, it is an ideal solution to decorating and personalizing your dormitory walls, or any wall.  Turn your doodles into art.

This post will feature the art of my daughter and her project intended to decorate and place her mark and personality upon her walls of her future living space.  Last year she had a focus on using post it notes to decorate her plain white walls of her dorm.  This year her space will be colorful and personal as well.  She is using clear contact paper as her medium. This sticky on one side only plastic is low-cost at less than six dollars for a roll of transparent Contact brand paper.  She also used her colorful Sharpie brand permanent markers.  It would be helpful to also use a flat long surface to work on.

My daughter used clear Con-Tact Brand in this decorative project.

To begin, gather your Sharpie brand markers, they work best because they are colorful and adhere nicely to the slick surface of the Con-Tact paper.  You may wish to use additional paper underneath the ends of the paper so that the markers do not damage your work surface. Sharpie brand markers are permanent markers.

Unroll and begin at one end of the paper and start your decorative doodles.  You can letter quotes, draw illustrations, write down positive affirmations and mantras and stick photos or cut outs under a section of the clear paper.  Whatever you put on or under your sheet of paper will show up nicely through the transparent and protective adhesive plastic sheet.

A section of my daughter’s wall art project.

Consider your designs to coordinate with the color of your wall.

It took a while to add to the entire roll. So you may want to do this project as a group art project or invest time if you do this as an individual.  My daughter intends to use her entire decorated roll as a wall border.  She will place it as a wide strip across her focal wall at eye-level to add a splash of color to her over-all decorated wall.  If there is additional left over after fitting to the space she wants covered, she was thinking of also placing a strip or sections onto her floor.  Con-Tact paper will be easily removed later and can be used on many type of surfaces safely.  She has used it on her mirrors to decorate the corners of them, on her desk-top to decorate that work space, on cabinets as cut-outs like decals or stickers would be used and she has also used this method of decorating on her windows.  A whole lovely theme could be incorporated with this very low-cost method.  Best of all, when removed, you can change out your theme or decorative written focus.

In this section: My daughter incorporated ovals as “fill-in-the-blanks” for others to add their “two-cents” to her wall mural creation.

This self-adhesive is a little tricky to apply alone if you use a whole sheet, so have some help on hand when applying.  Make sure that you have an idea of the total length you wish to cover, do some measuring or cutting.  apply to a clean, smooth surface. You can use a squeegee or wall paper smoothing tool to aid in getting bubbles out of paper when you flatten it to the wall.  Your hands rubbing across the surface will do well enough however, if you take the application process slowly.

It is NOT recommended to apply to wood or any water-based paint unless it is given a coat of varnish or shellac because it will stick and be removed with residue from this type wall. Test the wall if you have concerns.  For best results in application, the manufacturer of Con-Tact suggests that the surface be above 55 degrees farenheit  or  13 degrees celsius for best results.  They also mention that some shrinkage may occur so overlapping can be done.  This is also helpful to do if you are concerned about edges being touched or rubbed.

Draw directly on the Con-Tact paper to create your unique designs.

When you peel off the backing, you want to try to do this evenly.  For covering a wall which is a very large section, it is best to have help and peel small sections.  We will be doing this together in a few weeks so I will be sure to blog about how this turns out at a later date.

For now, I’d also like to share that one technique of application could be to begin at the middle (center) of your wall and press outwards towards the edge.  You may also use a ruler or cloth to smooth out the bubbles that may form when applying. We like this material because it can be lifted to reposition easily and get out any wrinkles that are formed. It is fun to see your wall “come to life” with your art. I can hardly wait to see what my daughter’s art looks like up on her wall.

This material is plastic so you should be aware that pulling too hard will stretch and distort your paper and in turn your images. Use care to place your finished project on the wall of other surface you wish to adorn.  If you are planning to cut your paper at any point, it is nice to also know that the back of Con-Tact brand paper they have pre-marked straight lines to follow to ensure a straight cut, they have also marked with measurements, so that is such a handy-dandy element to help you adhere and alter your paper art.

Make your banner art as long or as short as you wish.

Be sure to visit the blog again in the near future to see how her project looks in her living space.  I’d also love to hear if you try this method of low-cost decorating yourself.  Good luck and happy creating. We are CREATIVE EVERY DAY and hope that you experience fun as you attempt this project sometime yourself.

Hug A Tree In the Name of Art

25 Oct

Sometimes a tree can tell you more than can be read in a book. Carl Jung

Enjoy the blog today as we encourage you to observe.

Use a pencil or a crayon to make a texture rubbing.

When was the last time that you took time to observe the trees around you? Trees have a language of their own.  They have an artful language.

Take time to explore the trees around you and observe the textures they offer you.  To appreciate trees you can collect as many parts of trees as possible.  If you gather items from a tree that have fallen naturally you have a chance to observe them close up. You can arrange the collection to gain a visual appeal, hang, study, or draw the findings.  Leaves, bark, branches, fruit, nuts, seeds…all aspects of the tree can be studied.

A low-cost creative idea that is always a fun activity to do (especially in the Autumn) is to do a tree rubbing of tree bark or of tree leaves.  It is a way to appreciate the texture of trees. You can easily create an over-lapping effect with various rubbings and compare and contrast your artful finds.

If you take time for a nature walk on school grounds, in your neighborhood, area park or running trail of sorts take along supplies to do a rubbing on the site.  You will need paper that is not too thick, pencil or crayons in various colors.  Place your paper on the surface of the tree bark and rub in one direction gentle enough to not rip the paper but, vigorously enough to reveal an area of texture marks from the surface underneath.  A good idea would be to also take along a pencil sharpener and mini trash baggies if you are planning on using your pencil to rub many images.  Crayons can be used best from the side of the crayon easily if the paper wrapping is removed prior to rubbing a surface. Again, make sure that you have a trash bag for your pencil or crayon waste.  Take along a paper clip for your papers so that they can be collected and kept together if there is a breeze outdoors that day as well.

Enjoy viewing these samples of various tree truck textures.  You may be able to collect a larger variety of sample rubbings from rubbing at sites based on different locations.

Good luck creating your creative tree rubbings.  Hug a tree in the name  of art.

Take a walk, appreciate trees and create your art!

From Paper Comes Products

8 Oct

Club Creative Studio’s blog posts focus on CREATIVITY.  How exciting to know that this is a topic that can go in many different directions.  Today, as I continue to highlight the theme of recycling, reusing and repurposing I have a few items to admire that you can also mimic with your own sence of style.

From a company founded in  2008 located in the UK, Fresh Cargo is based around the principle of creating Funky Fair Trade products from fashion to homeware. I share two items they have for sale.

Their items are said to be eco-friendly because they say: “Our green mill housewares are brought to you by Fresh Cargo. This product is made from recycled magazines in Indonesia, where the team has great working conditions, paid above the minimum wage, paid healthcare, regularly retrained and encouraged to develop their own designs”.

You will notice that the magazines are cut or rolled then applied to a photo frame base in an interesting manner.  You may want to try your hand at creating these projects at home yourself or with the help or supervision of creative children in your home or classroom.  You will need to have imagination, magazines or newspapers, an adhesive and scissors.  Basicly, that is it.  Cut or torn sections from a newspaper or magazine leave endless opportunities for use of print and pictures to be incorporated into your art.  Special note to color and design are considerations too.  Although this can be a happy accident to combine the separate and random areas, they can also be planned to make a certain design that is both pleasing and spontaneous.  Adhesives to use can be regular white glue or an acrylic based gloss coating.

With magazine pages or newspapers cut to the same size, you can proceed to hand-roll the pages to form many individual hollow log forms.  Perhaps using a pencil as a form to roll the paper around will allow you to roll consistent sized paper logs. Then, when you have collected many of these”paper logs” you can use them more creatively.

After rolling the paper around the pencil, the pencil can be gently removed as long as the paper is not wound too tightly.  With the log collection, you can then stack the “magazine logs” side by side and adhere them together with a light stripe of school glue together.  Connecting each log to form the shape you need end to the body base of the paper log.

Close-up of rolled paper used to decorate this frame.

Begin to form, the shape that you want and let your imagination take hold.  Use the paper to make a sculpture-like item, functional or decorative.  Ask neighbors and friends who discard their magazines to help you by passing along the colorful papers for you to experiment with. Recycle with purpose!

As I sit in the library typing this blog, it occurred to me that they have many magazines here.  I asked a staff member what the procedure was to discard outdated magazines and newspapers.  Their answer: Newspapers automatically go out to the recycle bin and the magazines go to our local Red Cross Association.
If a specific organization requests magazines there should be a point of contact within the reference department for such inquiries.
Happy creating with recycled paper items.  Reuse them creatively and repurpose them in to art!
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