Saturday, April 22, 2017

Plants for the Planet

Once again my local library presented an interesting class in honor of Earth Day. It was called "Plants for the Planet." The library provided all of the materials to make this recycled vase with a Sweet William plant inside.


The materials we used were a heavy piece of cardboard tubing, a tin can, little rocks, glue, an old CD, magazines and a dowel rod.


The magazine papers were cut to the length of the cardboard tube.


We rolled the paper around the dowel rod and glued the edge of the paper to make "straws".


We rolled 38 straws - that took some time! It was fun talking to the other attendees and we exchanged ideas about other classes that are available in the community. Some of the ladies have children in school who shared how busy they were with sports and other activities. It made me reminisce back to the time when our children were younger, and realize how quickly time flies. 


We went to the glue table and adhered the tin can inside the cardboard tube. Then we attached the straws to the outside of the cardboard tube. And finally, we glued the CD to the bottom.


We poured the little rocks into the tin can, added dirt and the Sweet William plant, then tied a ribbon around it.


Another fun class at the library. I'm signed up for more!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Leathercraft Bracelet Class

My local library offers many kinds of classes each month. I attended an Excel class in January and some craft classes too. The craft classes are free and include all of the materials needed. Isn't that amazing? The classes are normally very simple but I always learn something new. This month I attended the "Make Your Own Leathercraft Bracelets" class. I had never worked with leather before and probably never would if it hadn't been for the generosity of my library.


When I arrived, these tools were waiting for me at my work space. A mallet, a block for hammering, water with sponges, and a piece of leather for practice. I went to another table and chose my leather bracelet with snaps and some steel stamps.


There was a large assortment of steel stamps from which to choose.


After soaking the leather with a sponge, we practiced stamping on the practice piece of leather. We had to hammer really hard, just one blow, hoping to not miss the stamp while doing so!


I chose a flower, leaves and a decorative square shape to emboss my leather bracelet. After we stamped our bracelets, we dyed them, counted to 20, and then rubbed them with a soft cloth.


It didn't take long to make! I always enjoy visiting the library because it inspires me to learn new things and meet new people. Have you ever worked with leather?


Sunday, April 2, 2017

February Art Class - Tissue Paper Transfer

I'm really late in publishing this post, but later is better than never, right?! I think I procrastinated in creating this blog post because it is very detailed and it took me awhile to organize my thoughts. If you can hang in there with me, I think you will learn some neat things...I sure did!

In our February art class, we created a little book with a sliding cover, and decorated an egg and peat pot with printed tissue paper. The technique we used was called tissue paper transfer.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Completed Circle Journal

Last year I shared with you the circle journal I was working on each month with my friends in my Not Your Ordinary Art Class. Each month we created a page in each other's journal based on the theme each member chose for her journal.

My journal, which has the theme "Green," is now complete.  I wanted to share it with you to possibly offer some ideas in case you would like to do this with your own group. 

The printed and cut cover images of Irish kids came from The Graphics Fairy blog. I've made gift tags, die cuts and greeting cards with these cuties before.