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Week 7 {tiny paintings project}

This Week: LETTER BUNTING

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Happy Valentines Day!

This could be a last minute valentine, or a head start on your next occasion. Print out as many copies of the artwork as you will need for duplicate letters. What would you like to declare?

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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: Fabric glue, glitter, printouts, twine, craft knife, sponge brush, scissors and 1” wide ribbon.

FIG. 2 Cut out the flag letters that you will need to spell your word. Leave a small white border on the sides and bottom. Cut the top on the black outline. Apply glue to the white border.

FIG. 3 Dip the edges in glitter.

FIG. 4 Sweet!

FIG. 5 Cut the ribbon into 2” lengths. Glue a letter in the center of each ribbon.

FIG. 6 Fold the ribbon over the twine.

 

 

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Week 6 {tiny paintings project}

This Week: LOVE BUGS

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I made these found-object bugs for Christmas presents with my kids, and then the whole class made them for an art auction fundraiser, Now the whole school is making bugs. They seem to be multiplying. Better these friendly bugs, than those other ones that went around school. Happy valentines day!

I used natural materials and string for these, but you could go sparkly too.  How about a bird made out of things found in a make-believe nest? Or a trophy head from a combo of different plastic animals?  A tiny knitting project? What else?

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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: This Letraset double sided tape is working for me. I got the 1 ½” roll and I cover the back of the printout, and then cut it out. Printout, and mat board of a thickness that you are comfortable cutting. Metallic marker, craft knife, glue gun, and clippers. Bits of nature.

Fig. 2 Mount the artwork and cut around it just outside the black border. Color the edges and border with marker. Today I used bronze.

Fig. 3 Start with a wood chip or a stick for the base of the bug.

Fig. 4 Add legs. Give them some gesture. Don’t make everything symmetrical.

Fig. 5 Add wings, a head, and bits of color and pattern. Lentils and split peas make good eyes.

Fig. 6 Add antennae and decoration. Then turn the bug over and coat the back of delicate leaves twigs with hot glue to reinforce them.

Name your bug! 

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Week 5 {tiny paintings project}

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This Week: BADGE OF HONOR.
A prize for people who go out of their way to be nice. I'm making a bunch of them to hand out to all the people who have been so helpful with my new book project. No shirt pocket? You can fold the tab over a chain or ribbon and wear the badge as a necklace. Or, instead of the Museum badge style, you can mount the tiny painting on mat board, color the edges in silver, and glue a pin-back on it(like week 4 project). 

Get the high res. artwork in the ARTWORK DOWNLOADS column to the right. I've had resizing problems printing it straight from my browser. I suggest you save the artwork and print it using a photo viewing application. Use 4" x 6" photo paper. Please leave a comment if you have printing suggestions.

And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.

Fig. 1&2 Supplies: Wear gloves when cutting metal! If you are new to cutting metal, use an aluminum take out container or pie tin. If you’d like thicker metal, get a .016 aluminum sheet (I got this one at Ace hardware). Fine sand paper, bone folder, pencil, craft knife, ruler, and a cutting mat. Tape, this Letraset double-sided tape is nice because it has a paper backing so you can apply the tape to the back of the tiny painting printout, then cut through all the layers with the mat knife, making your own sticker. Metal shears, get small ones made for model making or jewelry. Large tin snips will be hard for this detailed work. The red ones are my favorite, blue are nice too.

Fig. 3 Cut as closely as possible to the edge of the badge artwork and then mount it on the sheet metal. Cut the metal around the artwork leaving an 1/8” border of metal showing. Don’t attempt to cut an inside curve with the shears. Snip into each groove from opposite sides. Use the bone folder to straighten out the metal but use a cover sheet so you don't scratch it. Lightly sand any sharp edges.

Fig. 4  Cut close to the edge of the certificate artwork, and then cut a piece of metal ¼” larger all the way around the certificate. Use the double-sided tape to mount the certificate to the backing and with the craft knife, cut a slit on the red line. With the certificate face down, fold 1/8” border back over the ruler to get a straight fold.

Fig. 5 Etch a decorative border with the pencil and insert the badge tab into the slot. You can write a reason for awarding the medal with a sharpie on the back, or print up an official looking statement and tape it to the back.

 

 

 

 

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Week 4 {tiny paintings project}

Week_4_webThis Week: LOLLIPOP LOVE.  Starting to think about Valentine's day. Here’s little treat, and on the tag, a ready-made poem from my thesaurus. To write your own, get the biggest Roget’s thesaurus you can find in the bookstore. An on-line thesaurus will produce inferior results.  Look up words that are common metaphors for the message you want to convey. For example: Tastiness. You find the poem: Tickle, flatter or delight the palate. Tempt, whet or feed the appetite. Make the mouth water.

Get the high res. artwork in the ARTWORK DOWNLOADS column to the right. I've had resizing problems printing it straight from my browser. I suggest you save the artwork and print it using a photo viewing application. Use 4" x 6" photo paper. Please leave a comment if you have printing suggestions.

And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.

 



FIG. 1 Supplies: Mat board, not too thick. It will be hard to cut through with a knife. The thickness of the mat board depends upon how much experience you have cutting board. Less experience = thinner board.  Double stick tape, glue, or spray mount of your choice.  Lately I’ve found it easier to cover the whole back of the tiny painting printout with double stick tape, instead of dealing with glue or spray. Hole punch, ribbon, craft knife, gold marker. 

FIG. 2 Assembly. Mount the printout on the mat board and carefully cut out the lollypops and tag. Aim for cutting just outside the black line. If you have any rough spots after cutting, you can sand the edges with fine sandpaper, but proceed with caution. Over sanding makes fuzz! Punch a hole in the tag. If your mat board is thick, you may need to help out the hole punch with the craft knife. Color in the edges and anything outside the black outline with the gold marker. Then tie it all together.

 

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Week 3 {tiny paintings project}

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This Week: MISE EN PLACE MENU BOARD

“Mise en Place” means “putting in place” in French. It is a restaurant term referring to ingredients prepared beforehand. When someone says “Get your mise ready” it means, cut up all the vegetables, make sauces, gather ingredients and have it all in front of you ready to go. This week’s menu board can organize dinners, after school activities, workouts, or blog posts. You might want to make a tassle out of black felt for an eraser, attach it to a piece of chalk, and hang it from the menu board.

Get the high res. artwork in the ARTWORK DOWNLOADS column to the right. I've had resizing problems printing it straight from my browser. I suggest you save the artwork and print it using a photo viewing application. Use 4" x 6" photo paper. Please leave a comment if you have printing suggestions.

And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.

FIG. 1 Supplies: Chalkboard paint. I used a spray, but brush-on is good too. 30 tiny eye hooks size 17/32”. 14 jump rings, I happened to have these keychain style ones, but regular jewelry supply ones would be easier to use. An awl, pliers, tack cloth, scissors, ribbon. 4 jumbo size paint stirring sticks and a saw. Optional: tape for the edges. I got this foil tape at ace hardware and cut it down into ½” strips.

FIG. 2 Cut up the artwork close to the words.

FIG. 3 Cut and paint. Cut the paint stirring sticks into eight 8” lengths. Sand the edges and paint with chalkboard paint. I did 4 coats of spray on each side, sanding lightly in between coats.

FIG. 4 Tape edges.

FIG. 5 Insert screw eyes. Use the awl to start a hole 1” in from the edge. The top and bottom panels will only have hooks on one side.

FIG. 6 Attach the panels together with the jump rings.

FIG. 7 Glue on the art, and hang it with a ribbon.

 



 

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Week 2 {tiny paintings project}

This week: LITTLE NOTEBOOKS


Make one of these little notebooks to keep random thoughts in your pocket. Or make one for each month, and write a few sentences every day. Wouldn't a set of 12 be beautiful, each with a different washi tape on the spines?

Get the high res. artwork in the ARTWORK DOWNLOADS column to the right. I've had resizing problems printing it straight from my browser. I suggest you save the artwork and print it using a photo viewing application. Use 4" x 6" photo paper. Please leave a comment if you have printing suggestions.

 




FIG. 1 Supplies: Standard size stapler with a minimum 3” reach, bone folder and a knife. You can use a variety of scrap or decorative paper; just make sure it is not thicker than standard weight printer paper. You’ll also need some clips. The small bulldog clips in fig. 6 tend to mark up the paper less. If you don’t like clip dents in your paper, sandwich a piece of chipboard between the two.  It gets a little fiddly with this tiny project though.

 FIG 2 The signatures. Cut 18 sheets of paper 4 ¼” x 5 ½”. Fold into 3 signatures of 6 sheets each.

 FIG. 3 Fold the spine. Use the bone folder. Make sure the artwork on the front and back match up when the book is closed.

 FIG. 4 Binding. Line up the crease in the first signature with the crease in the spine. The signature should be slightly offset inside the spine. Visualize how you will fit 3 signatures stacked up in that tiny spine. Clip it securely in place.

 FIG. 5 Stapling. Position the stapler just inside the red border on the artwork and push down hard. Close the first signature. Open the second, and line the crease up right in the middle of the spine. Fig. 5 shows the stapling of the second signature. Staple and repeat with the third signature.

 FIG. 6 Trimming. To trim through a large stack of paper you need patience and a very sharp knife blade. Make sure the artwork on the front and back cover matches up when the book is closed and clip the book in place. Leave a little white border outside the red border of the artwork and press down on the ruler securely. Really really securely! Start slicing through about two sheets of paper at a time. Use a gentle even pressure and do not change the angle of the knife blade until you are completely through the stack. Trim all three sides.

 FIG. 7 Labels. If you want to make 11 more notebooks, download the “Week 01” artwork and use the monthly labels for each book.

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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Week 1 {tiny paintings project}

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This week: TICKER TAPE TIMELINE

Each week I'll post artwork and instructions for a new DIY project. Send me a picture of your timeline, and I’ll post it on my Pinterest board.  This month I’ll focus on projects for organizing the New Year.

Use today's printable clip art to make a timeline to keep track of monthly goals, projects, appointments, events, expenses, exercise, and/or birthdays.



Get the artwork in the ARTWORK DOWNLOADS column to the right. 

 



FIG. 1 Clean out the desk, and save a stack of paper, with color and style in mind.  It’s always good, when starting a project, to set some clear limitations. I used the insides of security envelopes, a few receipts, and index cards. So, my style plan is: office papers in a fade from natural to blue. You could use strips of fabric, ribbons, wrapping paper, wallpaper or old drawings.

FIG. 2 Supplies: Print out the timeline artwork on 4” x 6” photo paper. Don’t use the borderless setting. You’ll also need a roll of clear Con-tack paper, a piece of chipboard (like the back of a tablet), a tape measure or yard stick, self-stick notes in a color that goes with your paper scraps, a utility knife, blue tape (so you don’t peel the paint off your wall), a gold marker, a ruler and cutting board and your choice of adhesive. I used a combo of spray mount and double stick tape.

FIG. 3 Depending on how much space you need for notes, you may want to trim your self-stick notes. I trimmed an inch off each note and the total length of the timeline ended up being 41”.  To trim a stack of papers, firmly hold the ruler in place and repeatedly slice through about two pieces at a time with an even pressure and angle.

FIG. 4 Mount the artwork on the chipboard and trim the labels. Put double-stick tape on the back. Alternatively, make tape balls by folding the blue tape over onto itself. 

FIG. 5 Cut your collection of paper into ¼” strips with scissors. I like them to be a bit irregular.

FIG. 6 Tape the tape measure to a wall. You can work on a table or the floor, but I prefer to work on a wall-hung piece on a wall. Arrange the self-stick notes and labels along the ruler. I left 1 ¼” between each note.  Cut a strip of Con-tack paper about 1” bigger than your arrangement all the way around. My piece ended up being about 44 ½” long and 4 ¾” wide.  Tape the Con-tack paper to the wall next to your arrangement with the paper side out. Peel off the paper to reveal the adhesive.

 FIG. 7 The fun part: arrange the strips of paper, leaving a bit of adhesive showing between each strip. Refer to your timeline layout for your design. You may want to change colors each month, or put a certain color behind the labels.

FINISHING  Cut a second piece of contact paper a little wider all the way around than the first. Sandwich the strips of paper between the two adhesive sides of the Con-tack paper. Working from the top, unpeel a couple of inches of backing paper at a time, smoothing in between.  Trim the sides along the edge of the first piece of Con-tack paper.  Move the labels and self-stick notes to the timeline. To hang the piece I simply wrapped the top layer of Con-tack paper around a strip of chipboard and put pushpins through it.   But you could use pretty ribbon and tassels.

FINAL TOUCH  Use the gold marker to highlight the text on the labels.

 

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"Cook Until Desired Tenderness"

 Cook Until Desired Tenderness is an intimate, beautifully illustrated peek into the fictional journal and sketchbook of a culinary artist. It is an enchanting journey of reminiscences, drawings, and morsels of prose in which food is a love story, and love is a food story. Filled with vivid descriptions of luscious feasts, misunderstood menus, and kitchen chaos, these rich tales simmer with flirtation, passion, heartbreak, and humor.

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Show at Castle in the Air

 

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February 8 through March 25, 2011
Opening reception Tuesday, February 8, 6 p.m.
In Cleo Papanikolas' novella Cook Until Desired Tenderness, layers of paintings, sketches, recipe cards, and handwritten notes tell the story of a young gourmand learning to live each day as a banquet, even when things get a little messy.
 
The tale, with its patchwork presentation, isn't far from the truth. When Papanikolas was two years old her parents went back to the land, launching the family headlong into a world of vegetables, sheep, chickens, and mud. The experience followed Papanikolas into adulthood where - as an artist, cook, and mother of her own young children - she perfected her recipes, both real and make-believe.
With familiarity and humor, the paintings in Fancy Mud Pies capture what Papanikolas calls "the sense of beauty and chaos that is food."  Whether picturing canaries perched atop popsicles or a faun encased mid-stride in a luminous serving of Jell-O, her juxtapositions offer a taste of a culinary wilderness which, while reverie, is remarkably recognizable as a metaphor for life.
 
"A Studio for the Imagination," Castle in the Air's shop and classroom have inspired local and visiting artists since 2001. Since its opening in 2009, the gallery in our upstairs loft has quite literally taken inspiration to new heights and provided a venue to showcase current and historical works.
 
Gallery open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day
 

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1805 FOURTH STREET, BERKELEY, CA 94710
(510) 204-0801, WWW.CASTLEINTHEAIR.BIZ

 

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