Thursday, June 28, 2012

Daisy Chains

Top o' ta mornin to ya
I wish I had an excuse for not making more exciting posts, but I really don't... such is life I guess haha.

Last night, I decided to pull out some beads and make a thing. Man, when I was a kid, I was ALL about beading. Then it kind of fell to the back burner once I started to become interested in the fine arts... But I'm glad I'm still capable of making something wearable every now and then haha

I settled on making a modified daisy chain, mostly because I don't have any of my super fun beads with me at my summer location of residence [if only I could bring my craft room with me everywhere!].

And I'm pretty pleased with the result :] If anyone wants to make one too [it's really simple, I promise!] then just hit me up with a comment or something and I'll be more that happy to draft up some type of pattern.
Have a happy Thursday!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Black and White Kick

Ahhhh, the sun is shining, there's not a cloud in the sky, and I'm sitting in my pretend studio garage working on a new oil painting. Who could ask for a better day?

I have some other crafty things in the works right now, but I've also got a few art projects going on too. I realized that I've been on a bit of a black and white kick lately, as evidenced by these two drawings I just finished:

But we'll see how long that phase lasts haha. I'm pretty excited about the painting I'm working on, so I might have to share that when it's finished. Until next time I guess!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Natural Upcycled Jars

Good morning sunshines :]
So I was playing around in the woods again and decided to collect some materials to make some upcycled jars. Here is what I came up with!

Want to make your own? It was super simple!
Let's get started:

First you'll need:

     -A jar. I used an old pasta jar, but anything with flat sides will do.
     -Some gardening clippers or anything that cuts twigs nicely.
     -Glue. This was the tricky part. I thought I could use tacky glue, but that dried too slowly. Then I tried hot glue, which worked, but I don't know how permanent it will be. so if anyone has a better alternative of glue, I'd love to know!
     -Finally, some twigs. A variety of sizes works best for visual interest!

Once you have all of your materials gathered, the assembly of this jar is really quite simple! First, make sure that your jar is clean and dry. Then, use the clippers to cut the twigs to the height of the jar. For mine, I did not make all of the twigs the same exact height. Some were shorter than the jar and others were taller, just to make it more interesting. Once the twigs are cut, you can start gluing them to the outside of the jar.

Continue gluing the twigs around the jar until the entire thing is covered. Then, take the twine and wrap it in different directions around the bottom of the jar. This serves as both extra support for the twigs AND as a little added flair!

And voila! A nice, natural upcycled jar!