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Friday, November 29, 2013

Artsy blogging round-up!



Dr. Who Toile
I'm told they don't make this anymore, so it's fun to look back: remake of a set of chairs using Dr. Who Toile fabric.

Ah, Alpaca
Crafty Princess is making an awwwhhhsome scarf using buttery soft baby alpaca yarn.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has an awesome giveaway going on: a copy of Project: Necklaces, by the editors of Bead&Button magazine!

How to Create Faux Milk Glass
Take a glass vase, dish or bottle and a few inexpensive art supplies to make nostalgic looking faux milk glass objects.


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Artsy blogging round-up!



Organize Any Activity Room with Decorative Fabric Baskets
These hanging baskets can be made in many sizes to fit your needs and they have myriad uses around the house or in the office.

Eiffel Tower Felt Ornaments
Make some Eiffel Tower ornaments for the person who enjoys all things Paris. They're easy and made from felt.

Crafty Princess Returns
After catching up on lots of related and unrelated crafting jobs, the Crafty Princess is back in the blogging saddle!

Beading Arts
Sometimes a project takes you two steps forward and one step back, but not to worry...!


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's never too early to start...

More ideas to make your holiday gift giving all handmade this year! Click tutorials to see the rest.



Embroidery hoop wall montage by Eileen Bergen



Galaxy twist tie dye shirt by I Love to Create



License plate purse by gdeeaz on Craftster




How to use Spoonflower fabric to cover a book by Diane



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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I guess there is nothing west of Oregon...


I really need to do something with this photo!



Photo copyright 2013 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. 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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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Artsy blogging round-up!


Beading Arts
Vintage hinges make a wicked cute bracelet!

ACreativeDream
Don't forget, for all of those folks who follow the June on ACreativeDream, Pinterest, Facebook. or Craftsy... she has a FREE calendar for you!!!

Make a Snap-and-Go Toy Bag for Smoother Family Trips
This snap-and-go road trip bag holds lots of small toys and makes it easy for a child to retrieve them en route.
 
Paper Craft Turkey Card
Cherie makes a cheesy Thanksgiving turkey card out of an old grocery bag.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's never too early to start...

More ideas to make your holiday gift giving all handmade this year! Click tutorials to see the rest.



Cat magnets by Amy Azzarito




Apple bookends by Liz Stanley




Tardis sneakers by Melinda




Portable art case by Shaunte




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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Friday, November 08, 2013

Artsy blogging round-up!



Mixed Media Thanksgiving Cards
Cherie makes some Thanksgiving cards with old music paper, collage, and paint.

ACreativeDream
It's never too early to begin working on holiday ornaments, come check out these gorgeous stars...

Free Christmas Kids' and Craft Projects
With Halloween just past, is it too early to start thinking about Christmas Crafts? No, of course not. Come, get in the holiday mood!

Beading Arts
Have you had an opportunity yet to play with Bezel Effects paints?

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

It's never too early to start...

More ideas to make your holiday gift giving all handmade this year! Click tutorials to see the rest.













Homemade lavender soap by A Pumpkin and a Princess



















Lavender linen spray by Amy Azzarito
















Easy letter stitching by Gabi




Paint dishes permanently by Mark Montano





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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Golden's introduces new High Flow Acrylics!



It's a great idea whose time has finally come!  The new paint line by Golden Artist Colors has an amazing range of applications, including use in in refillable markers and technical pens, for marbling, and even for airbrushing.  What I've always loved about Golden's is the pigment density of their products, and the reliability.  I have not had a chance to work with these, but I think the possibilities are very exciting.  There are 49 colors available so far.



Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Monday, November 04, 2013

Mounting fiber art


For many many years, I have collected pieces of fiber art whenever I travel.  Most of the pieces from my early days were finished, and some were even mounted.  But I have a few from Central America which do not have finished edges, and I thought about it for quite some time before deciding how to mount them.

I decided not to put them under glass, so most of the raw edges were going to be turned under or pulled to the back of the mount somehow.  The one exception was the bird embroidery piece from Guatemala, where I decided to leave the bottom free to show the raw edge of the dishtowel background fabric.


Another heavily embroidered piece is also from Guatemala, and shows off lots of Mayan cultural symbols.  It's also done on a dishtowel type of material, with no lining, so the fabric ends up with a fair amount of buckling.


The third piece is from Panama, and was a gift from a friend who visits there every year.  You can probably see pretty clearly that it's a mola style stitched piece.

Warning: I used very strong tape on the edges of my pieces.  If you are concerned about keeping everything completely archival, stitch them into place instead of using tape or use an archival linen tape.

1. Select the piece to mount (see image above) and cut a piece of foam core to size.  It needs to be small enough to wrap the edge fabric to the back, even if only a little bit.


2. Use double stick tape along the edges to keep the fabric from slipping while you wrap it to the back.



3. Pin opposite long edges to the back and then pin the remaining two short ones. Miter the corners if you like.



4. Replace the pins with tape (I used Gorilla Tape), just catching the edge and smoothing it to the back of the foam core.

Copyright 2013 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. 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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Friday, November 01, 2013

Artsy blogging round-up!



How to Transfer Tiny Hand and Foot Prints to Your Art
How to select transfer media and resize images as needed. From pendant jewelry to wall plaques, read how to make precious moment-in-time keepsakes of a child's prints.

Easy Turkey Cards
Cherie makes some easy turkey notecards for Thanksgiving.

Beading Arts
If you're going to make gifts for the Holidays, it's probably time to get started...

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