Monday, December 29, 2014

Crayon Abstract Art

For Christmas I made my dad a piece of abstract art from melted crayons.  It was awesomely fun to make; a great combination of random lack of control, and color manipulation.  My very favorite arts and crafts are ones that test my flexibility and willingness to go with the flow.

I made my abstract art by painting a canvas with acrylic paint, taping crayons to the top (point down), and heating them to dripping with a heat gun (according to many examples on pinterest a hair dryer will also work!)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Rinse, Repeat

Just created and ordered 2 new prints...anxiously awaiting their arrival!  

I drew the bear a while ago, and a scan of him was lingering in my prints.  I couldn't figure out what to do to make him a little more interesting.  

My sister is decorating my nephew, Oscar's nursery with woodland creatures.  So, I created this for him.  I used the muted colors of the forest to make my bear a little more interesting.  I love how goofy and sweet this little bear looks.

Perfect decor for a nature inspired nursery.

I also found a little drawing of a Boston terrier I once knew named Roxie.  I had lined her face in pink sharpie, giving the image a very pop art look.  

I took advantage of that "pop" factor, and duplicated the face over and over.  I also used just her nose as an accent.

I ordered both prints in 5X7 and 10X10.   I'm extremely excited to see how they turn out!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

DIY drawer organizer- with TP

The cardboard out of my toilet paper tubes calls out to me, "use me in a craft."  So I comply sticking them in a drawer with lots of other items that *should* be trashed or taken out with the recycling.

Then it came to me -like a flash. An answer to my messy drawers AND my hoarding habit.  Recycled drawer organizer!!

Make your own!  You will need:

  • Cardboard TP innards (which should have gone out with your recycling...go get them from your hall, nobody's watching)
  • A beautiful color of spray paint
  • Glue (Elmers, glue gun)
  • Scissors (I used regular and serrated)
  • Felt (I used a felted goodwill sweater)

My organizer is for my makeup drawer in my bathroom, so I cut my pieces of TP tube about 3 inches tall.  The height of yours depends on what you are organizing and your drawer.  Go ahead and cut all your pieces.  I made one side of each piece serrated and the other flat (flat side goes on the base)
I made 2 organizers, one with squares, one with circles.

Square Organizer, with 3 sizes:

To make the small squares, pinch the piece of tube together to create a 2 points, match up the points & pinch to make a square.

For the large size, cut the piece of tube long ways, bring the sides to meet, and flatten. (so you have one long side & 2 smaller tabs)  Do the same thing again with another tube.  Glue the small tabs together to make a larger square or use them for the small rectangles.

Place your squares in a pleasing design, then glue all of the squares together with whatever glue you have on hand (elmers works well)

Circle Organizer:

Fold 2 of the circle pieces into hexagons (fold in half, unfold, then fold in half again, unfold, then in half again).  Glue the hexagons together, and glue the circles around them.

For Both Organizers:

Place structure over felt & trace with a pin.  Cut out the felt piece.

Spray paint cardboard tube design, inside and out.  When it dries, glue cardboard to the felt with a glue gun.

AND YOU'RE DONE!!!  Now time to organize!