Discovering Creative Learning Resoures and Inspiration

It’s funny how you come across great magazines when you least expect it and they are treasures just filled with wonderful creative ideas, resources and new venues to develop your art.  One magazine in particular that I am really falling in love with is Somerset Studio it is chalked full of wonderful artists sharing their art and techniques.  These are definitely magazines that you keep on your bookshelf close at hand to refer back to off and on when you are needing a creative boost or looking for an idea.  Their website is also an interesting and informative place to check out where you will find free how-to videos, project ideas and new products and more http://somersetstudio.com/

While reading one of  the articles in the latest issue of Somerset Studio I discovered a link  for learning more about using moulding paste in collage and art pages – the link was  http://PamCarriker.com – well what an exciting find this site has been and I have  found myself returning many times this past week to continue to soak up all her fun techniques.  Pam Carriker is an amazing multi-media artist and she has done some videos on how to use your art pages again by making copies of them and then cutting, tearing, etc. different pieces of the previous art  page copy and giving it a whole new life on a new page.  Pam’s site also led me to a link to Stratmore’s Artist free on-line workshops another great find  http://www.strathmoreartist.com/vjworkshop2011.html .  I have  enjoyed watching all of Pam’s workshop videos – she is an incredible teacher and her techniques are really something I want to incorporate into my art pages and collages as I continue to learn and grow as an artist (still got those training wheels on).  I would be remiss not to mention that there are two other artists – Linda Blinn and Roz Stendahl also teaching Strathmore Artists Workshops on art pages and they are both really informative.

I have  scanned some of my pages, printed them off and have been having fun trying out Pam’s techniques while creating a totally different art page.  I am still working on my first page not quite finished…..but soon.

So if you are looking for some inspiration and to learn some more techniques for your art page do  check out the links I have shared in my post, well worth exploring.

Til next time happy creating

Michelle

DIY Decorations for a Bridal Shower -Blooming Tissue Heart

I am a do-it-yourself kinda gal so I have been very busy working on decorations for my daughter’s bridal shower that took place this past weekend, it was great having this project to concentrate on rather than our drizzly wet weather here in the lower mainland of Vancouver, more like January then May.  Way too much rain – think my toes are beginning to web!  So to pass the time I

Blooming paper flower heart

went on a tissue paper flower making blitz and then got the great idea to create a big heart.  I found a small sheet of foam that was used for packing and drew out a large heart and then cut out a smaller heart inside so that the heart would be blank in the middle.  Then I attached the paper flowers – I think this heart took about 36 blooms to make it full which is three packages of  tissue.  I then added some little pale pink hearts to the top and I had some pearl string beads I was using for a wrist corsage so thought that might add little  glamour to the heart. 

I also put together a small garland with the flowers on some white tulle and created a couple of bouquets for the table.  For one of the bouquets I used a cookie box for the vase – but first I painted it with some Gesso and then modge podged on green tissue paper and then a photo of the lovely young couple and added a final coat of modge podge with a sprinkle of iridescent sparkles.  I added some of the blue tulle I had as filler for the hand-made vases and to incorporate the wedding colours.  I was pleased how everything turned out and also that some of the items can be used for the wedding reception.  Still have some more flowers to make but they come together pretty quickly.  I am really love creating party decor – it has always been something I enjoy doing and it is fun being creative.

Til next time

Michelle

Paper Blooms – Mexican Style

Mexican paper flowers make me happy, they are so beautiful and bright and add a touch of festivity.  A number of months ago I was searching for an alternative to fresh flower table centres and decorations and came across some videos’ on-line that gave great directions on how to make Mexican tissue flowers, so I tried making some(there are lots of directions available).   My daughter loved them and wanted to incorporate them into her June wedding reception decorations.   So today I got busy and made about 30 of them. 

They are really quite easy to make and oh so colourful! You just have to be careful when you are separating the layers so not to tear the tissue.

Here are some directions – I evenly folded the package of tissue and cut approximately 8″ widths and then cut in half to create pieces of approximately 8″ x 10″. Each

Colourful Mexican Tissue Flowers

flower has 6 layers of approximately 8″ x 10″ pieces.  Fold  the stack of 6 layers accordian style – 1″ folds – finished length is about 8″.  Cut the corners off at each end making a rounded end.  Fold in half and secure a pipe cleaner or floral wire around the middle as tight as possible.  Next take one side and fan out and then carefully separate each layer this creates the fullness of the flower – too much pulling or pressure will tear the tissue paper,  repeat on the other side. 

It took me about 30 minutes to create 10 medium-sized blooms – this was from one package of tissue paper.

If you are looking to add an inexpensive touch of colour to your environment then give these flowers a try they will brighten any room and great for party decorating or you could add them to a gift for an extra splash of fun.

Til next time happy creating

Michelle