Saturday, October 30, 2010

More artsy links!

 

Rice Krispy Treat Turkey
These are fun to make, and they're sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving party.

Six Sayings
Just some fun hand written fonts and sayings


Beading Arts
Cyndi just finished a 45 hour project that reused antique steel cut seed beads...and some steel buttons!  

Creative Dreamer
Cookies are one of the simple pleasures in life... and when you can "remake" a recipe to make it your own, it can be lots of fun... come see what I did to alter a recipe, and its name, to create my own version.  

Cthulhu Ski Mask and Mittens
A crocheted Halloween costume for the geek or H.P. Lovecraft fan in your life.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
There are various options for printing greeting cards onto glossy photo paper. Here are some money-saving tips from Eileen.  



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Friday, October 29, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!


Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a copy of Illustration School: Let's Draw Plants and Small Creatures with an inside peek that contains info on how to add illustrations to photos, there is 4 of the 1,000 greeting cards from the book 1,000 More Greetings, a bunch of beading tutorials and some organizing tips.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy shares a link to a survey conducted by the National Needlearts Association and wonders about how balanced the results are. 


Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Have you considered designing and selling your own paper goods like cards, cupcakes toppers or party favors? Then you need to know a few things about incorporating the work of other graphic designers.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
As promised, see how to crochet a spider web skirt.  

About Family Crafts
For some reason, kids and kitchens go together so why not invite your kids into the kitchen with you to craft. Sherri shares creative recipes to help you make your own home-made clay, colorful paint, bath and beauty products, and even creative snacks.  

Aileen's Musings
There's no place like Aileen's Musings to get your very own freebie ruby slipper postcards to email to friends or family!  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi samples some new "print your own" decoupage sheets featuring Peter Rabbit.  

 



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Thursday, October 28, 2010

ça pousse!



A very cool exhibit...wish I could have seen it growing!



Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal. Artwork © Mathilde Roussel Giraudy
Photos © Matthieu Raffard
Exhibited at the 2010 Crossing the Line FIAF Festival at Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and at the French Institute Alliance Française FGH Theater hall, NY and at Brooklyn Utopias: Farm City at The Old Stone House Gallery, Brooklyn, NY




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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A foil giveaway


Lynne Lewis, aka Liniecat at Large, is giving away some lovely looking foil!  Go see what she's been up to, visit her artwork, and sign up for a chance to win too!


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Rusty nail fabric


A couple of years ago, I shared with you some of my adventures in making rusted fabrics. Once you start down this path, it's hard to stop!

We recently had part of our roof redone, and while the estimate was being prepared, our roofer found an old bundle of rusty nails sitting up there from the last guy who ventured up, about 12 years ago! He brought them down with him and offered to throw them out for us. To my amazement, both Mike and I yelled "No!" at the same moment! It does my heart good to know that my Love is so in tune with my inner junk collector :-)

In honor of our new roof, I have made some new fabrics. If you haven't tried this technique before, please please please have a go at it. It's so easy, it's ridiculous!

Follow the instructions from my previous post on Making Rusted Fabrics





 
Here I tried a little experiment, placing the rusted objects on top of the fabric instead of under. It failed miserably. No matter how much vinegar I kept pouring over the nails, no appreciable amount of rust would transfer this way.   I ended up having to flip it over and add more vinegar.



Coming next week:
Adding paint to the fabric

Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

More artsy links!


Beading Arts
Are you interested in adding found objects to your bead embroidery? Cyndi has just released the fourth chapter of her e-book, which shows you how to go wild!

CreativeDreamer
Last week I shared the October Creativity Invitation Prompt... this week I am sharing what I have created for mail art, that is also the October give away! Come see... you may win!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Calling all totes! Eileen is looking for tote bag decorating examples. If you need some inspiration first, watch the video on how to make a recycled tote bag.  

Halloween Birds
Halloween birds go trick-or-tweeting. This is such a fun time of year to decorate yourself!  

She Plans Parties
Use gourds for inexpensive fall party decorations.

Yip Yip Costume
Making a Seasame Street Inspired Costume for a Big Kid  



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Friday, October 22, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!


Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi discovers an amazing new stamp company in her own backyard.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a copy of 101 Ways to Do More With Your Dog, a tutorial on how to make an abstract painting from a photo and a vintage photo to try it out with and a 5-ingredient recipe for Frosted Flakes Bars.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
Having hand trouble due to carpel tunnel? This tip might help you out so you can get back to crafting.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
There are various options for printing greeting cards onto glossy photo paper. Here are some money-saving tips from Eileen.  

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge shares a new project for Jewel School and muses about The Big Move


Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to make Halloween kint cuffs embellished with vintage pins inspired by the book- Warm Knits, Cool Gifts.  

The Crochet Dude
Big reveal over at Drew's blog - his super cute strappy clutch purse design! Just in time for the holiday party season!  

About Family Crafts
Sherri will be carving pumpkins soon. If you will be too, check out thee free pumpkin carving designs to download.  

Aileen's Musings
Aileen's cooked up some delicious pumpkin scones just in time for fall, stop by to get the recipe!  



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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Baby Magic has a new campaign...and a new background!

One of the sample ads

Over the summer, I was contacted by a very nice woman at an ad agency who was looking to license the use of one of my images.  Funny enough, it turned out to be an image that was just a background.  I guess it had just the right colors and mix to make it attractive for the new Baby Magic campaign!  You can see it in the background at their site, and in print ads in American Baby and Parenting magazines. 


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Autumn walk


We're sad to find that this fall in New England is just not going to be up to par when it comes to color.  We had flooding rains all spring, no rain all summer, and the trees are just too stressed to be at their best.  That also explains the poor apple crop this year :-(



Mike and I went for a really nice walk last week, but we found that almost as soon as the leaves turned, they also fell, so there just weren't the drifts of color that we're used to.  Especially absent are the bright reds.  Oh well, hopefully next year will be better. 






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Monday, October 18, 2010

A woven fabric background


I've had a boring piece of fabric kicking around in my pile for awhile now.  Months ago, I made a piece of snow painted fabric  specifically for a particular quilt I was working on.  After cutting out the one little tiny piece I needed, the rest of the fabric has been calling my name ever since, begging to be used.  But it was kind of boring.  Sorry, but it's true...not everything we make is exciting, at least not right away!

What I finally decided to do with it was to turn it into a grid of sorts.  Ripped into strips and woven with a plain unpainted piece of fabric, I thought it might end up being more interesting.  The top thread could be any color, depending upon how obvious you want your grid to be.  I wanted mine to be clear, but not distracting.  Why?  I don't know yet, since I still don't know what I'm going to use this for. 

I've already shared the basic steps to making a paper weaving, and that's what you'll follow to make a piece like this, substituting fabric.




1. Follow the instructions for Paper Weaving to create your fabric grid.



2. Slide a piece of natural cotton batting under your weaving and pin everything in place.



3. Zig zag stitch in both directions.




4. Rip the ends of the strips so approximately the same length if desired, and cut thebatting layer close to edge so it doesn't show from the front.




Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

More artsy links!

 
CreativeDreamer
The Creativity Invitation prompt for October is up...come join us in the fun!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
If you’ve been hesitant to try decoupage on wood, check out Eileen’s tips for beginners.  

Beading Arts
Sparkling rivoli's work up quickly into this beadwoven pendant!  

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!

 
Aileen's Musings
Aileen invites you to jump in the Wayback Machine and revisit a past Halloween Card tutorial.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi figures out how to use paper to decorate an apron.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win the new big and beautiful book Quilts Around The World by Spike Gillespie, a knit boxed eyelet pattern, a bunch of ways to get a "handle" on your books and journals and tips on painting realistic blood just in time for Halloween.

Crafty Princess Diaries
There is a call out for professional crocheters, scrapbookers, and quilters.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Calling all totes! Eileen is looking for tote bag decorating examples. If you need some inspiration first, watch the video on how to make a recycled tote bag.  

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge muses about choices, consequences, regrets and living out loud.  

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to make paper pom pom pumpkins inspired by the book Page Maps 2  

About Family Crafts
Sherri is hosting a Make-It-Over crafts challenge and is calling for people to submit their Halloween crafts made using recyclables!  



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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Affordable art by Artangel

I love these colorful and whimsical pieces that I stumbled on in etsy!  Isn't that paper flower wreath adorable?  Artangel works on canvases and other fun surfaces to create her mixed media art treasures.



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