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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.

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.

Q is for Quick

23 Apr

Creating a "quick project" like earrings, allow me to take a break from more time-consuming projects.

Club Creative Studio’s letter focus for the day is “Q”. The letter Q stands for the word quick today.  Although most steps involved in creating our one-of-a-kind beads are not to be considered a “quick” project or process.  It is for this reason, when I am engaged with making clay or glass beads that I often need a break. I try to create something that takes less time so that I can still have a sence of accomplishment at a quicker pace.

Having the option and opportunities to create something quickly can be rewarding for my artistic expression as well as satisfying to a customer’s needs who may like something last-minute.  I am lucky, for example to be able to “whip up” earrings to match any outfit or gift-giving need very quickly because I have the necessary supplies, tools, and skills needed to do so. In today’s mini lesson, I have used store-bought crystal beads and have incorporated my hand-made paper magazine recycled beads in earrings as well to illustrate two very different styles of earrings using the same techniques.

The satisfaction of creating an item from hand is very rewarding. It does not matter if the project is completed in a few steps or if it is more labor intensive. Both processes are a creative experience worth remembering and often times repeating. It is in the repeating that you get your practice time in.  And thus you can create quickly and stress-free.

When I create earrings, they are my “quick fix” projects.  I am able to consider them an easy process because I have had many years of practice creating them.  If you have not tried or have not yet mastered the few steps needed to create simple earrings, give this mini lesson a try to perfect it by repeating the process with practice and added confidence.

Happy Creating!

Tools needed for making earrings.

Creative Costumes

11 Oct

It’s Two-Cent Tuesday and that means it is time again to read about a low-cost creative idea brought to you from the findings of Club Creative Studio.  Innovation does not need to be expensive.  And this post will introduce you to several easy-to-do projects.

4 Shower scrubs = 1 Ballerina tu-tu

I was flipping through the television channels today and Martha Stewart’s show on the Hallmark Channel had a special episode show that challenged her crafting staff members to go to the local dollar shop to spend only $15.00 or less on supplies to turn them into a creative Halloween costume.

While watching I took a few photos while relaxing in my living room recliner of the actual t.v. show in progress.  So, all of the credit for the photos go to the Martha Stewart/Hallmark camera crew for filming.  I only “stopped action” with my camera to include those photos for the use in this blog.

The link to the show is at the bottom of this post to view the information in detail.  During the commercial breaks, I had time to get inspired to write this blog using this specific episode as the segment was being aired at the same time.  Now, that’s what I call creative use of  my TIME,  if I do say so myself!

The television cameras followed her bargain shoppers into the store and the viewers (us in the audience) were witness to a glimpse on how creative minds can seemingly explode with ideas right before your very eyes. I think that I liked seeing that part of the program the most.  At any rate, they returned to the show the array of items they bought and shared examples of  how they used their supplies to create. Sharing both process and project.

The creations included visions of a super hero costume, a child who is dressed as a gnome, two techniques to make cute ballerina tutus, and a baby  who was really named Jack who was dressed to be a “Jack in the Box”.  Enjoy my photos from watching the show and the information that I gathered to help explain what you are seeing, in case you did not get the chance to view the episode yourself.  Frequent your dollar shops in your community to see what low-cost treasures you may discover, its great fun.

$15.00 Super hero costume.

The Super Hero costume has a $15.00 total cost but, does not include the model’s shirt, undergarment or shoes.

Gnome costume.

The child is wearing an over-sized shirt and has black socks stretched over his tennis shoes to look more like black boots.  To make a beard that is not scratchy,  they attached cotton balls to the front of a baby bib and then tied it on. That is clever!

Common shower scrubs are transformed into a tu-tu.

This looks simple enough and it take four shower scrubs to make one child sized tu-tu.  The waist band was made from a stretchy elastic headband that is also available in a variety of colors.  The material is mesh and it is cut into several strips of varied lengths, then tied on to the band.  The band was stretched around a large jar to size and to also attach the sections more easily. This can also be made using curling ribbon but, it takes a longer time to complete it if that method is used.  It is just as adorable though.

Curling ribbon can also be used with the same tie-on technique.

Look how adorable these items can be and are as they were modeled by the guests on Martha Stewart’s television show.

Two tu-tu tots (say that three times fast)!

“Jack” in his box.

Here a child is supervised while he stands or sits in a decorated box with his costume.  His costume is a “Jack-in-the-box” toy.  The costume is fitting for this child because his name is Jack!  Maybe you have a name that can lend itself to a theme costume?

What was special about this costume consideration was that the coffee filters around his neck and on his hat were dyed using kool-aid beverage package drink mixes so that it was not harmful if he placed any part of that costume section into his mouth.  And ohhhh…I bet is smelled oh so sweet!
Also, visit http://www.dollarstorecrafts.com for more ideas on how to spend your dollar more wisely, use your imagination with unusual or limited supplies, and have fun while you create.

Just for kicks: with this link, you will see the super hero costume “in action” as they film against the green screen for his entrance on the televised segment.  This link is also where you can find the specific HOW TO directions from each of her creative staff member designs demonstrated on the show.  Create with confidence by following their examples or use their inspirations.

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