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Nature Collection Slides

Here is another summer art project that I posted on the CreativeBug blog. I couldn't stop thinking of the endless possibilities of things I wanted to collect and display: definitely pressed flowers, all the little beads and shiny things my littlest collected in preschool, dirt or sand from all the places I went on vacation, oh and a button collection. It goes on and on. Jump over to the CreativeBug blog to find the free printable download and instructions.

 

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Baitfish

This summer I'll be posting craft projects with printable downloads on Creativebug.  I'll show up on the blog at Camp Creativebug once a month with a new kid's activity. My first project is these cute little baitfish. They all fit in an Altoids tin for easy travel. Kids can find all kinds of fishing holes in the back seat of the car.  

Here's the full post and printable.

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Painting Plaids

I've been painting plaids lately. I use them for my craft kits, on the cover and inside. On the back of the instruction sheet there is a nice big piece of plaid paper to upcycle in some way. I love that I never know how the pattern is going to end up looking. There is no pressure to get it right, if there is no right way in the first place. So they've become my version of zentangles. I start with a basic idea of a color palette, but I usually don't stick to it. Plaid_01

First I pencil in a grid. These are centimeter squares. Usually I paint every other square solid, and then fill the spaces in between with diagonal stripes.

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Then I fill in the remaining white paper with another color. That's the basic plaid. I like to keep going, because it's a rare opportunity to just be decorative.

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Add some blue lines. I try not to be super symmetrical, but it is important that the lines all end up at the same place on the edges of the grid. That way I can put it into a repeat pattern in photoshop later. Plaid_04

Add some green lines.

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Add some light green lines. I like how the lines are starting to look woven. Plaid_06

Lastly I add some light blue squares at the intersections. Plaids often change colors where lines intersect.

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It's important to know when to stop. There has to be a little breathing space left.

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New items in my Etsy shop

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Yea! Yea! Yea!

I'm starting to make products based on last years Tiny Paintings Project.  And my first ones are in my Etsy shop.  You can buy them either as a craft kit packaged in a custom made book box, or as finished tags. The craft kits make great gifts on their own, and the finished tags are great gift toppers. Hang them anywhere you would hang a tassel.

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Show and Tell

Happy New Year!  This year I'll be posting a wider variety of work, comings and goings in my studio, and art musings. I'll still do some of my Tiny Paintings Projects, and offer downloads, just not on the weekly schedule. 

To start with, I did some illustrations for issue 20 of Uppercase Magazine! There is not another magazine that so clearly encompasses my interests, and introduces me to new ones. And Im thrilled to be part of it.

Watch this show and look out for my hat paintings.

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My Turducken Target, Bow, and Arrows was also mentioned on the Design Mom blog. I love that Gabrielle Blair is now an East Bay local.

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Week 46 {tiny paintings project}

This week: BELLS AND WHISTLES

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YAY! A year of craft posts accomplished. Nearly one a week. Looking at my progress on Pinterest, I can see a style developing and my projects are cleaner and simpler.  So I’m celebrating with bells and whistles.

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 GET THE ARTWORK HERE

Or, get the artwork in the "artwork downloads" column to the right. Print it out on 4" x 6" photo paper, and make sure the print size is 100%. You might need to save the file and print using a photo application.

This art is only for your personal use, and may not be reproduced.  And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.

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FIG. 1 Supplies: Two pipe cleaners, wide and thin ribbon, chipboard and metallic poster board, bells and whistles*, awl, tacky glue, printout, scissors, and a mat knife if your cardboard is thick.

 * I painted the red whistle with gold paint so it would match the others. Don’t do this if kids are going to be putting it in their mouth.

 FIG. 2 Tie ribbon around the any whistles that don’t have loops.

FIG. 3 Tie the bells and whistles into a cluster with a loop at the top.

FIG. 4 Measure enough wide ribbon to fit over your head. Fold it in half and then into a point. Put a dot of glue under the fold.

FIG. 5 Measure the same amount of thin ribbon. Thread the thin ribbon through the loop in the cluster of bells and whistles. At the half-way point, tie an overhand knot with both pieces of the thin ribbon together. Place the knot over the point in the wide ribbon. Glue the thin ribbon to the top of the wide ribbon.

FIG. 6 Cut out the art. Place it on top of the chipboard and draw around it. Cut out the chipboard.

FIG. 7 Glue the art on top of the metallic board. Let it dry. Cut just outside the art to make a gold border around it.

FIG. 8 Punch two holes in the chipboard circle.

FIG. 9 Cut a pipe cleaner in half and make two loops through the circle.

FIG. 10 Glue the badge to the messy side of the chipboard, so the loops are on the back. Wrap the edge with a pipe cleaner and glue it in place. Press the whole stack  between sheets of wax paper or something non-stick.  When it is dry, thread the ends of the ribbon through the loops, and slide the badge down until it covers the knots.  Tie the ends of the ribbon together, slip it over your head, and you’re ready for spontaneous celebration.

 

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