Monday, August 13, 2018

Crafts, Crafts & More Crafts

Yes, I've been crafting. It's my life. Here are some classes I recently took at the library. First of all, we learned about calligraphy. I found that it takes a great deal of practice. 


Another night I made a plaque with the design "Be the Music That You Want to Hear" on it. We lightly sanded the plaque and brushed off the sawdust.


With the foam brush, we applied an even coating of Liquitex Matt Gel Medium to the wood. Then we placed the image face down on the wood. We firmly smoothed out the image on the wood, making sure we pressed evenly to remove any creases in the paper. We let it sit overnight. 


The next morning I dampened the paper with water and started rolling off the paper with my fingers. It was messy; that's why I put plastic bags underneath.


It took a long time to rub off all of the paper to allow the image to show through. After waiting a few days, I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge to seal it. I think I will display it on an acrylic stand.


And finally, we made an angel from coffee filters.


I am also a part of an amazing art group. Here are our latest projects.

Here is a page I made for a group member's circle journal. Her theme is "favorite place". My favorite place is Indiana. I cut the shape of Indiana, a pink glitter castle and glued the castle in the area of Indiana in which I live. As I was working on this project, I couldn't help but think of the song that Jim Nabors sang each year at the Indy 500 race "Back Home Again in Indiana". So I wrote the lyrics to the song around the Indiana shape.


We worked as a class on a journal page.


We started out by spraying water and paint on the page on the right.


We added a transparent overlay on top of that page.


On the other page we cut out a heart and sprayed around it.


We crinkled the page... 


then rolled it through a machine that makes the back sticky.


Then I adhered the heart to the page on the left. And here are my pages.


And for my final project to share with you, we started with circles and squares


and used a toothpick to make a fold line to bring the sides up.


We drew diagonal white lines on a black board to guide us in placing the pieces.


We made this quilt-like design.


We placed the art work in a black frame, adding some embellishments.


The little bottles were filled with paint and glitter.


Thank you for reading my blog post. Hope you are taking the time to do things you really enjoy too!