I'm afraid I'm going to have to cancel craft group for the summer
I really don't want to, but I'll have to be out of town for 1 1/2 months and there's no one to keep things going while I'm gone. Also, I can't get much feedback on picking dates, etc. So, it seems there are people interested, but not many people actually being able to make it to meetings this summer.
So, I'll be back the first week of September and will have settled on a) a permenant meeting spot where we can do messier crafts and spread out more; b) a permenant time/date that people will be able to schedule around; c) a simple website where we can post more pictures and use it to advertise to people outside craftster.
In the meantime, if any of you are meeting up for crafty get togethers, please feel free to post here!
From Aisha . . . Sounds cool - anybody interested?
Some friends and I are interested in putting together a collective amongst our friends to support each other in creating art and showing it to others. I thought you might be interested in joining us. Please let me know and feel free to add your ideas as to how to make this group really work, even if you can't participate. Also if you know anyone who might be interested as well let us know. Between my friends and I, we range the gamut of experience, from novice (emerging artist) to professional. Our first idea is to get some work ready for an artist's review at The Contemporary in August, and maybe put on a show or two by the end of the year. I myself come up against a lot of fear and angst around showing my work to anyone, to the point that I put off doing any work at all. The collective really is to support each other in voicing our visions to ourselves and to the world. I hope to hear from you soon.
If you don't have anything in the works and/or you missed a project, I have left over supplies from making:
1) Marble magnets and marble jewelry
2) Beaded napkin rings
3) Contact paper vases/veneer spot vases.
Please email me if you want me to bring supplies for any of these!
There are two issues I wanted to discuss over email/message boards.
1) It seems that people are interested in coming, but haven't been able to make it to some of the dates I've chosen. I was wondering it would be easier for everyone if we selected permenant dates (like every 2nd and 4th Tuesday) - that way everyone could schedule in advance.
2) I was thinking about moving the location to Javalogy (on the corner of Boulevard and Edgewood). Their upstairs space is an entire room where we wouldn't be bothering anybody and could probably do messier projects (more paint, glue, iron-ons, etc). The room is used for yoga, salsa, book clubs, etc so we would have to schedule ourselves in.
Please let me know what you think!! Even if you're ok with it, just message me and let me know!
Yep, these projects are so easy they hardly warrant using the word "tutorial", but here goes . . .
For the wood-grain contact paper vase -
Supplies: I went to several different hardware and general stores to pick up various shades of wood-grain contact paper. I also threw in some metal contact paper, just for kicks.
This definitely works better with a straight cylinder or rectangle for a vase. Otherwise, there will be more wrinkles in the paper.
Instructions: Just cut into strips that are about 1/2 in longer than the diameter of your vase and wrap around. The great thing about contact paper is that you can easily reposition to get it straight and smooth.
Additions: I put rocks in the bottom of mine, filled it with water and added a floating candle. I thought it might turn out a little cheesy, but I have to say I really like the finished product (even close-up, in person)
Veneer Spot Vase -
Toddie recommends using peel'n'stick veneer. It's not easy to find outside of specialty stores sometimes, but you can get it at www.rockler.com
I just picked up a sheet at lowe's (of the non-peel and stick variety) and used an adhesive that I use for mosaics (works on glass). This worked fine, but I think you should stick with a flat surface vase (like the one I used) if your veneer is a little less pliable than the peel'n'stick kind
I just drew different shaped circles on the back of the sheet, cut them and glued them on.
Since veneer often comes unfinished, you could stain the "pebbles" different colors to get a different affect. I love using the veneer cut outs because there's so many applications you can do . . .
There's been some chatter about Todd Oldham's book, handmade modern, on craftster. The vases where in both the book and last month's readymade, so they're not an original, but they turned out well so I thought I would post them.
Ok, I made the vases to see how it went and I have a few pointers (and pictures!)
There's 2 different vases - 1) With wood grain contact paper and 2) With wood veneer "spots". Let's look at #1 first.
Wood grain contact paper vase
The original pictures use a straight cylinder and I would recommend that for this project. It makes it easier to cut the contact paper into strips and wrap around with out creasing. I haven't tried another shape, though, and it might be workable.
I cut several different shades of metallic and wood grain contact paper and wrapped them around the vase
Lather, Rinse and Repeat . . .
I added some decorators rocks and floating candle and voila . . .
Veneer Spots vase
The original instructions call for peel'n'stick veneer sheets. I couldn't find peel'n'stick, so I used the glue on type. It worked pretty well, a couple of thoughts:
1) Veneer is quite expensive ($17 for a 12x48 sheet). The original vase was covered in spots (and looked cool), but I decided to cover only part of the vase to conserve veneer. I like the way it turned out and I think different patterns could use only a small amount and have a striking effect.
2) Since I couldn't find peel'n'stick, if you want to make this vase, I would suggest using a vase that has a flat surface. I haven't tried it on a curved (might work), but flatter would probably be easier than gluing
Craft group this Tuesday (5/17) at Joe's in East Atl @ 7:30pm!
We'll be making the Todd Oldham vases in this month's ready made. They're also in Todd's new book, handmade modern. I'll try to scan a picture and email it to people, just so you have an idea of what we're doing. (Can't post due to copyright; perhaps I can make an example this weekend).
The general idea is, you take some type of glass vase (can be really cheap) and cut out strips or spots of woodgrain pattern contact paper(in different shades). Then, you can use the woodgrain paper, in different patterns, to update a plain glass vase into a very mid-century, retro feel vase. Would probably work for votive holders, etc.
So, I will bring the contact paper. You bring:
1) Some type of glass vase
2) An exacto knife if you have one.
It's a huge help to me if you let me know ahead of time if you will come, might come or won't come (gives me better idea for buying supplies. However, please feel free to show up even if you didn't RSVP.
As always, feel free to make your own stuff if your not jazzed about this weeks craft . . .
May 17 & May 31 (both Tuesdays - people seem not to come on Thursday or Sunday)
Does anybody have project ideas? I need to do some frosted glassware at some point . . .
Also, there's some really nice resin bracelets in the jewelry section that could be cool.
Also, I'd really like to do a more messy/involved project on one of the weekends in May (we could have people over to my house). Some ideas I have are cyanotype (primitive photography that makes really cool imprints on fabric or paper) and mobile storage ottomans.