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Week 11 {tiny paintings project}

This week: LUCKY COINS

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When designing your pot of gold coins, think like a leprachaun and get a little silly. What to do with them? Hand them out for good luck, wear them as a brooch, play some poker, hang them from strings like an ornament, act like a stylist and make a nice arrangement with them, or just give them to some kids and they'll show you what to do.

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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.

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: 3 poker chips for each coin. I've used the cheap ones here, but the pro. grade ones give a nice heavy weight to the coins. Two printouts if you want the same charm on the heads and tails of the coin. Tacky glue, scissors, and ruler. Continuing my obsession with crepe paper from Castle In The Air, I used gold, and light and dark green.

FIG. 2 Cut crepe paper into 1" x 4" strips with the grain running across the 1" side. Glue three poker chips in a stack. Then run a bead of glue around the edge and attach the crepe paper. Trim, allowing for a tiny overlap at the end.

FIG. 3 Glue and fold down the edges.

FIG. 4 Cut a 1/2" x 3" strip of a contrasting color crepe paper . Glue a ring on the face of the chip and stretch the outside edge of the paper as you press it down. If you get any glue on your fingers clean it off right away. It's not worth trying to do this with sticky fingers.

FIG. 4 Trim the overlap at the end and flatten it down.

FIG. 5 Cut out the charm and glue it in the middle.

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Get fancy with combinations and try different color edges,or green grass trim. I suppose you could decorate some chocolate coins this way too. What else would a leprachaun want?

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Week 10 {tiny paintings project}

This Week: EASTER EGG TROPHIES

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Here's a way to add some height to Easter baskets or centrpieces. I used metalic crepe paper from Castle In The Air, that fades from copper to silver.

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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.

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: Wire cutters for cutting the coffee stirrers, scissors, tacky glue, craft knife, and ruler. Metallic or other thick crepe paper, strips of green crepe paper. Two printouts.

FIG. 2 Cut around the artwork and glue a coffee stirer to the back. Trim the stirrer flush with the bottom.

FIG. 3 Cut three rectangles of metalic crepe paper 5" wide with the grain running top to bottom. The stripe trophy will be 3 5/8" high, the dot trophy will be 2 5/8" high. The argyle trophy will be 3 1/4 high. Cut green crepe paper into 1/2" x 5" strips, with the grain running along the 5" length. Cut notches for grass. Glue grass on the bottom of the crepe paper. Let it dry. Roll into a tube and glue. Let it dry.

FIG. 4 Glue the trophies to the front and back of the tubes. Don't put glue on the tops of the handles. Let them dry. Stretch and twist each blade of grass to give it character.

FIG. 5 Squeeze and bend a curve in the artwork.

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Week 9 {tiny paintings project}

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Tassels!  I saw a great photo of a llama wearing tassel earrings. So I had to make some.  These tassels have many other uses, not just llama earrings. These make great table numbers for all the party planning going on… with a matching tassel banner.  I think I’ll hang them from the handles of my storage boxes, dresser knobs, and door handles.  I would hang them from the lampshades, but I have two grade school-aged boys in my house – thus, no lamps. Tassels would look nice hanging from a Nerf gun though.

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.

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: Drill and a tiny bit, small enough to fit tiny screw eyes. Tacky glue, scissors, thin yarn or twine, pipe cleaner, and the print out. Little log slices – I trimmed a branch off my olive tree aprox. 1 ¼” diameter, and cut it into ¼” slices with a saw in a miter box. If you can’t find a tree branch that needs trimming, you can use a dowel. Paper: I used a tissue paper napkin and silver leaf paper found in China town, crepe paper from last week’s project and some old book pages. Tissue paper is easiest for making tassels.

FIG. 2 Drill pilot holes (watch your fingers) and insert screw eyes. Glue the art to the medallion.

FIG. 3 Fold tissue paper in half and cut fringe, leaving about 1’ uncut at fold.

FIG. 4 Open the fold.

FIG. 5 Roll it up

FIG. 6 Twist the center tightly until it loops back on itself. You can add a dot of glue to secure it, and then wrap string around it.

FIG. 7 You can add a jump ring while you are twisting.

FIG. 8 Or add a contrasting paper layer while twisting.

FIG. 9 Or drill a hole through the medallion, to hang it on a nail.

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Week 8 {tiny paintings project}

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Starting to think about Spring! These napkin rings would be pretty for weddings, parties, or picnics. I used gorgeously thick double-sided crepe paper from Castle In The Air, but I also like the idea of using old book pages with regular crepe paper, or tissue.

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.

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: Six strips of card stock 1" x 6"long,six strips of crepe paper 2" x 8" long, six strips of crepe paper in 1 1/2" x 8" long, printout, 1/2" masking tape or washi tape, ruler, scissors, glue stick, and tacky glue.

FIG. 2 Cut around the artwork.

Fig. 3 Apply gluestick liberally to a piece of cardstock. Scrunch the wide crepe paper as you stick it down.

FIG. 4 Apply glue down the center and repeat with the narrow crepe paper. Stretch out the edges of the crepe paper to make ruffles

FIG. 5 Stick a piece of masking tape down the center, leaving 3/4" extending off one end.

FIG. 6 Close up the ring overlapping by 1/2 inch. Tape it down on the outside as well as the inside. If you used masking tape, you will probably have to use tacky glue to stick the photo paper to the tape. In the photo below it looks a little like the photo paper was stitched on. That's just part of the artwork, but wouldn't it be fun to stich all the layers together?

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