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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bye for awhile!

I'm taking a week off to spend with these people...can you blame me?  :-)  Be good while I'm gone, and get all your New Year's art resolutions in order!

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Artsy blogging round-up!

Heritage Christmas Cookie Recipes
Caught up in the holiday whirl? Take time to think back on family holiday traditions. Heritage cookie recipe included!

June has step by step directions for making a skinny Santa Christmas ornament from salt dough!

Walk by Faith Print
Cherie makes a print to remind her of her favorite Bible verse.

Hook and Yarn Sizes?
Crafty Princess has a video out that helps you figure out which crochet hook to use with your yarn.

Beading Arts
Think you've waited too long to make gifts this year? Think again! Here are some quick and easy suggestions for you:

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book review: Mixed Media Painting Workshop

Wow!  This book is so packed with information that it seems like a full semester class, not just a workshop!  Mixed Media Painting Workshop by Jean Pederson is a great book for the collage artist who wants to work more painting and mark making into their pieces.  This is another beautiful volume published by North Light Books, so you already know the quality is high.  And then you dive in and are immediately in danger of drowning in the amount of knowledge that Jean shares.

The first chapter is a very in-depth exploration of water media and how they work together.  Gesso, gels, pastes, and other media are examined along with how they affect acrylic and other paints: watercolors, gouache, and inks.  Issues of transparency and opacity, and viscosity are discussed in some detail, and there are many helpful charts along the way.

The second chapter is just as detailed as the first, and deals with the substrate: board, canvas, and various papers.  From there, Jean moves into creating texture (or its visual appearance), two chapters on collage, an exploration of shapes and subject matter, and then a final chapter on composition, color, and theme.  The chapters on collage focus on how collaged elements relate to and interact with painting.  Painting is always primary in this book, so I don't want you to get the wrong impression.

By Jean Pederson
Throughout the entire book, there are extremely helpful charts and example paintings to help you keep everything straight.  There are also exercises for you to try for yourself, to reinforce the concepts.  There are lots of example pieces from other artists besides Jean, so you do get a lot of variety in the way the water media is handled.  But look at that piece above...her work is exquisite!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Artsy blogging round-up!

Homemade Gifts to Make Even If You're Not That Crafty
Some ideas for giving gifts with the homemade touch.

I'll be Darned – You Can Design Your Own Custom Yarn!
Check out this Yarnia Custom Yarn Creator sales video. Darned cute! 

Crochet Book Review
Crafty Princess takes a look at a new book called Fashion Crochet.

Beading Arts
Do you love recycling your broken jewelry bits? Cyndi has the holiday project that's perfect for you!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Friday, December 06, 2013

Artsy blogging round-up!

Uniquely You Christmas Ornaments
There are many ways to put a personal touch on Christmas ornaments. Here are some Do's and Don'ts!

June has been making Christmas ornaments, and is going to create a tutorial for one, based on what her readers want. So, come on over and let her know which you think should be turned into a tutorial!

Mixed Media Christmas Card
Cherie uses old paper, paint, and pictures to create a holiday card.

Beading Arts
Do you need some nice-looking display items? Check out Cyndi's giveaway...

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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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