Thursday, October 30, 2008

Another Free Tutorial by Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio

I thought you might all like to know that Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio has another wonderful FREE Tutorial on her Honey Girl Studio blog. This one is about creating decorative paper.

Decorative Paper Tutorial

I've been experimenting with pages from books to make my own decorative papers for backgrounds on my Artist Trading Cards as well as collages. I thought you might like to see the process......

The first thing to do is to get a book you are willing to sacrifice and tear out a page. Dilute a little acrylic paint and brush over the entire page. Make sure it is diluted enough that you can still see the text show through.....





Next dilute a little bit of robin egg blue acrylic paint and dip the bottom of the paint bottle in it and stamp circles randomly over the paper.......



After the blue circles have dried, I took a bronze colored ink pad and dabbed it all over the paper here and there.......



I looked through my stamp collection and found swirls and I flower that I liked and stamped with black ink over everything.....



Next, I took the tip of the brush and dipped it into crocus yellow paint and made dots all over...



The last thing I did was to take sequin waste and use to it stencil dots with brown ink.



So now I have a piece of background paper to use for a few ATCs!


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio. Melissa is a mixed medium artist.

Please visit Melissa's Honey Girl Studio website at http://tootieu.googlepages.com,her Honey Girl Studio blog at http://www.honeygirlstudio.blogspot.com/.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

ATC Tutorial by Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio

I thought you might all like to know that Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio has a wonderful FREE Tutorial on her Honey Girl Studio blog about creating an ATC (i.e. Artist Trading Card) card.

Here's Melissa's tutorial:
ATC Tutorial

I call this the anatomy of an ATC. Putting together the elements of an Artist Trading Card reminds me of quilting in a way. I have a quilting friend who told me the formula for a nice looking quilt which is the following: fabric in 3 lights, 3 darks, 2 mediums; 2 solids, 4 prints, 1 plaid, 1 stripe. The same is true of creating an ATC, at least for me. I have a little formula for myself and although I vary here and there this is basically how it goes: a dark, a light, a medium colored papers; black rubber stamp(s), a stripe paper, a dotted paper, paper punch forms (flowers, etc.), a copy of a vintage photo or postcard. Then I start to layer the elements. I use gel medium which really adheres papers nicely and keeps them down.

These are the tools I used: flower paper punch, matte gel medium, black ink pad, flower stamp, Cutter Bee scissors, vintage photo distress ink, round sponge.......



Pick out 4 to 6 papers, one dark, one light and one medium in colors.....



I start with a paint chip for the back. It adds good stability.



I glued the dark blue decorative paper onto the paint chip back with the gel medium.......



Next I stamped the flower image with black ink 2 places on the card and used the distressing ink and smudged on the ink with the round sponge here and there......



I copied a bunny image from a vintage postcard and a vintage photo of a little boy. I colored the boy's shirt and pants in with marker. Flowers were punched out of the pink with white polk-a-dot paper and glued down.



Lastly, I add the little finishing touches such as adding ears to the boy and a tiny banner with the word "joy" stamped on it.



Here is the finished ATC, ready for Easter! The title of it is: Two Bunnies!

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Melissa Ustik of Honey Girl Studio. Melissa is a mixed medium artist.

Please visit Melissa's Honey Girl Studio website at http://tootieu.googlepages.com,her Honey Girl Studio blog at http://www.honeygirlstudio.blogspot.com/, and her Tootieu's Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/honeygirl_studio/.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Free Graphics from Karen Watson of the Graphics Fairy

I thought you might all like to know that Karen Watson has a TON of FREE vintage graphics and clipart on her The Graphics Fairy blog. If you love vintage clip art and graphics then Karen has some wonderful FREE graphics.

Here's what Karen had to say about her blog:

I have to confess I have a paper addiction! I've decided to share many pieces from my huge collection of vintage and antique paper items here on my site. Selections will include old wallpaper, early photos, advertising pieces, Victoriana scraps, and other assorted ephemera. These images are suitable to use in your collages, for scrapbooking, or as clip art for web design, etc. and they are free!

The Graphics Fairy is an angel company. Which means you can use these images to make a product that you intend to sell. There are a few rules though so please read below:

1. The graphics are free however you may not use more than 4 of the clip art images in any single product.
2. In order to use these lovely visuals you will need to save them to your computer.
3. Do not link directly to the images.
4. If you use these on your blog, website, etc. Please include a link back to The Graphics Fairy at http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ .
5. Have fun!


Here's a sampling of some of Karen's FREE graphics and some of her 59 categories:


Halloween



Holidays



Flowers



Black and White Clipart


Please respect Karen's TERMS OF USE: - The Graphics Fairy is an Angel Company. You are free to use all clip art and photos, with the exception of the banner, in any of your projects created for resale or pleasure. Please do not use more than 4 of the graphic images within any one project, or single blog/website page. A link to the Graphics Fairy is very much appreciated, when including clipart on your blog or website. Thank you!

Copyright © 2007 - 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Karen Watson. Karen is the owner of
The Graphics Fairy/ - http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ and Fleurish - http://www.fleurishnews.blogspot.com/ a brick and mortar store located in Leesburg, Virginia that specializes in well priced vintage furniture, stylish lamps, Italian paper products, and French glassware.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Amigurumi and Knitted Scarf Patterns by Else Tennessen of Else's Bellas Artes Blog

I thought you might all like to know that Else Tennessen of Else's Bellas Artes blog has created two wonderful FREE .pdf amigurumi crochet patterns and 1 knitted scarf pattern on her blog.

To view her patterns just go to her Else's Bellas Artes blog and look for the FREE PATTERNS category at the top of her blog.



Ladybug Amigurumi
Copyright © 2008, Else M. Tennessen, http://bellasartes.blogspot.com


SIMPLY A GNOME! Amigurumi
Copyright © 2007, Else M. Tennessen, http://bellasartes.blogspot.com


Eyelet Scarf
Copyright © 2006, Else M. Tennessen, http://bellasartes.blogspot.com


Please respect Elsie's TERMS OF USE: All patterns copyright Else M. Tennessen. You can make these items for personal use and limited sale as long as a credit is given saying "From a pattern by Else Tennessen, www.bellasartes.blogspot.com." Please do not sell, copy or distribute this pattern in any way. Do not link directly to the pattern; please link to www.bellasartes.blogspot.com.

Bio: Else is an artist and writer living in the Windy City. She is the mother of four boys and "dog mom" to a rat terrier named Daisy. She enjoys many types of arts and crafts, and is currently learning to hand spin her own yarn.

Copyright © 2008, Else M. Tennessen, http://bellasartes.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 18, 2008

How To Make Fabric Beads by Monica Magness of Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild


Don't throw away your scraps,
Make fabric beads instead.
Gather into a pile scraps of cloth, yarn, thread, & embroidery floss.
Wash the pile using your washing machine, sink or bucket.
It is the dryer that really creates a lovely tangled mess of color.
Pick out from your clean, dried stash a couple cloth pieces
measuring no more than 2-3 inches in length.
Roll the scraps in the palms of your hands until you have a
tight enough ball to actually PIN into place.



Thread your needle with an arms length of quilting thread
and sew in and out of your pinned creation until it is stiff.
After I feel that my fabric bead is nice and tight,

I tie off & cut my thread starting back into the fabric ball
but this time adding seed beads.
If you prefer, add a string of glass beads to your ball
to create a tail.



You now have colorful fabric beads

for embellishing purses, books, clothing, art dolls...

THE IDEAS ARE ENDLESS.



Go one step further and add charms to the base of your fabric bead,

create multiples of fabric beads to turn into bracelets/jewelry.


Please respect Monica's Terms of Use: Have fun creating different variations of fabric beads and please feel free to sell your finished pieces! My "How To Make Fabric Beads" tutorial may not be copied, reprinted, emailed or distributed by any means without my permission.

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Monica Magness of Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild. Monica is a doll artist, mixed media artist, textile artist and fabric artist. Please visit Monica's Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild blog at http://www.girl-gone-thread-wild.blogspot.com/ .


Friday, October 17, 2008

Mixed Media Pocket Dolls PLAY TIME! by Monica Magness of Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild

Monica Magness has a wonderful tutorial on her Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild blog for creating mixed media pocket dolls that I think you will enjoy. Have fun!





Here is a speedy, quirky art project for you
to create multiple dolls at one time!




You will need:


cork
tiny imagesscrap fabric
beads
paint
cardboard
verbage
metal bits
wire
ink
rubber stamps

buttons
ribbon

stickers
game pieces


How to:

Cut round discs from cardboard.

Slice one cork end, glue disc in slot.

Create tiny collages onto disc.

Seal with matte gel medium.

Rubber stamp cork.

Let dry.

Garnish with beads, stickers, ribbons & scrap fabs.

Glue words to cardboard, cut out.

Assemble metal/paper/fiber/game piece bits, adhere with E6000.

Add a splash of paint.

Dry.

Finally, glue button to base of doll.

Wah lah!


Note: E6000 works best to assemble bits PRIOR to applying to cork.... use gel medium on objects coming into direct contact with cork)

Detail shots:










Following the completion of your dolls, please consider mailing one to Pat Winter
to be donated to a battered women's shelter
(of your choosing).

You can read more about Pat's project, doll specifications,
and discover her address at:

Open request for all,"Giving with your heart, made from your hands


Thanks D'tella for inspiring me with your art!



Please respect Monica's Terms of Use: Have fun creating different variations of mixed media pocket dolls and please feel free to sell your finished pieces! My "Mixed Media Pocket Dolls PLAYTIME" tutorial may not be copied, reprinted, emailed or distributed by any means without my permission.

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Monica Magness of Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild. Monica is a doll artist, mixed media artist, textile artist and fabric artist. Please visit Monica's Girl-Gone-Thread-Wild blog at http://www.girl-gone-thread-wild.blogspot.com/ .

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Drawer Sachets Tutorial by Eydie Liebelt of She Brews

I thought you would all like to know that Eydie Liebelt has the most adorable free tutorial on creating embroidered drawer sachets on her She Brews blog/website that I think you will enjoy.



Drawer Sachets - Part 1


I started with moda charms of 12" X 12" I purchased on-line at Fat Quarter Shop . I made a template out of mat board measuring 3"x 4" and cut four pieces of muslin , at this point you could trace your embroidery pattern on your muslin with a water- soluble pen. Then iron blank side with heat and bond lite. After folding the 12 x12 in half, I centered and lined it up close to the bottom (leaving room for seam allowance) and ironed the muslin applique to the 12x12. I use the heat and bond lite because it allows stitching with reasonable ease. I like to embroider on two layers because I don't worry about my needle travel showing through......




Here you can see the pattern traced on the muslin. You can stitch around the applique any stitch you like. I don't know the technical word for this stitch I use, but it is the one I use the most, although if you know blanket stitch, that would work well too. Stitching around the border makes it nice and clean and I don't worry about it lifting. I also use DMC cotton perle size 8. I like this better than embroidery floss, or maybe I just haven't used embroidery floss because I used this first....lol. Maybe I would really like embroidery floss if I used it.....

I store my perle cotton in little cases made for matchbox cars. I can carry quite a number of colors with me at once when I travel.


I looked to see if I do the borders first and then the design or the other way around....I don't think it matters and I think I change up because that's how I am---I don't like "beaten" paths as well as the new ones......

I am not going to post the patterns today, because I will be posting them on the Flickr Embroidery Blog tomorrow with the finished bags pictures. Make sure you check them out tomorrow.

Once the bags are embroidered, I sew a hem on the top of bag, fold it right side in and stitch it closed except for the top of the bag. Clip the corners, pull right side out and fill with a dryer towel and some cotton batting and tie the top with matching ribbon. Package them up nice and give them to mom for mother's day. There you go.

More pictures tomorrow.

Drawer Sachets - Part 2


Hi Everybody,

I realize I never posted the picture of the sachets completed on my blog. I posted the patterns on Feeling Stitchy . But, if they get buried, I have a link in the sidebar in the tutorials. Here is a close-up of all the patterns:









I have been getting a lot of visits, so after looking at the tutorial, I noticed that it seemed incomplete without the finished pictures. The tutorial itself is two posts back. Feel free to ask if something isn't clear. I love finding tutorials on other blogs and appreciate the time people take to make them. I will post one every so often and try to keep them in the tutorial links for your convenience. Thanks for visiting me, and I love comments, so don't be shy!

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Eydie Liebelt of She Brews. Eydie is an Independent Artist & Designer. She creates vintage papers and materials, collages, wearable art accessories, and softies.
Please visit Eydie's She Brews blog/website at http://shebrews.typepad.com/ .
Her Flickr photostream is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebrews/.

Her Etsy Store is at http://www.ohmy1.etsy.com .

How To Make Pretty Personalized Cards Free Tutorial by Chasity Gordon of BelleSouth and Belle and Burger Blog

I thought you might all like to know that Chasity Gordon has a terrific FREE Tutorial for making personalized cards on her Belle and Burger blog. She has one for a girl, one for a boy, and a surprise.

For a girl...



For a boy...



And a surprise!!!



How to make pretty personalized cards
Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger.


Chasity's Bio - Chasity Gordon is the owner of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. She makes clothing, accessories, household items, baby clothes and slings, and handmade cards, prints and books. She is a home schooled seamstress and crafty by nature, but trained as a studio print maker studying printmaking and ceramics in college and was drawn to "lowbrow" functional art. She uses pockets, patches, apron bibs and wallet fronts as sort of blank pages to draw and collage with bits of fabric and string.

Please visit her Belle South Etsy shop at bellesouth.etsy.com and her Belle and Burger blog at http://belleandburger.blogspot.com/ .

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Graphics and Clipart From Karen Watson of The Graphics Fairy Blog

I thought you might all like to know that Karen Watson has a TON of FREE vintage graphics and clipart on her The Graphics Fairy blog. If you love vintage clip art and graphics then Karen has some wonderful FREE graphics.

Here's what Karen had to say about her blog:

I have to confess I have a paper addiction! I've decided to share many pieces from my huge collection of vintage and antique paper items here on my site. Selections will include old wallpaper, early photos, advertising pieces, Victoriana scraps, and other assorted ephemera. These images are suitable to use in your collages, for scrapbooking, or as clip art for web design, etc. and they are free!

The Graphics Fairy is an angel company. Which means you can use these images to make a product that you intend to sell. There are a few rules though so please read below:

1. The graphics are free however you may not use more than 4 of the clip art images in any single product.
2. In order to use these lovely visuals you will need to save them to your computer.
3. Do not link directly to the images.
4. If you use these on your blog, website, etc. Please include a link back to The Graphics Fairy at http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ .
5. Have fun!


Here's a sampling of some of Karen's FREE Victorian graphics and some of her 59 categories:


Victorian ABC Book




Victorian Fashion



Women


Please respect Karen's TERMS OF USE: - The Graphics Fairy is an Angel Company. You are free to use all clip art and photos, with the exception of the banner, in any of your projects created for resale or pleasure. Please do not use more than 4 of the graphic images within any one project, or single blog/website page. A link to the Graphics Fairy is very much appreciated, when including clipart on your blog or website. Thank you!

Copyright © 2007 - 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Karen Watson. Karen is the owner of
The Graphics Fairy/ - https://thegraphicsfairy.com/ and Fleurish - http://fleurishnews.blogspot.com/
a brick and mortar store located in Leesburg, Virginia that specializes in well priced vintage furniture, stylish lamps, Italian paper products, and French glassware.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Eco Cloth Shopping Bag Tutorial by SuZ of SuZ Stuff Blog

Short Tutorial on Eco Cloth Shopping Bag

OK everybody...I'm giving a short tutorial on how to make a very basic cloth shopping bag that would be the same size as a brown paper grocery bag...this is just one method to construct a tote...there are many others but this is the one I'm playing with now...very simple & quick...



Blogger & I do not always see eye to eye on picture placement but I'll do the best I can here...you can email me with any ?????? ....



  • 1...choose some very cool/funky fabrics ---I use a light weight decorator fabric...it has a bit of stability or body for this style bag...you need about 1 yard ...1/2 for outside & 1/2 for lining...you can use the same fabric for both the outside & the lining but I like to contrast the fabric for cuteness !!!! so I use two different fabrics...




  • I cut 4 squares of fabric about 18 in. each...2 for the outside & 2 for the lining...you can use any size you want I guess if you want a larger or smaller bag...but this is the size I used here...




  • Handles...well for my handles I used some old wide grosgrain ribbon I had on hand...48" long & cut in half...you can also make fabric handles or look around your stash & see what you have...maybe some webbing ???....to attach handles measure 5" from each side...I drew a chalk line as a guide for placing my handle straps...starting at the bottom, stitch your handle straps on the inside of the line going up towards the top to about 2" from the top edge...now do the same thing with the other side...make sure your handle is not twisted at the top...I stitched both sides of my ribbon handles & across the top (2" below top of bag)...you will do this for both sides of your outside fabric squares...now if you want an outside pocket you would cut a piece of fabric scrap to fit between your handle straps before you stitch them down...just stitch the pocket at the same time you stitch the handle straps...& stitch the pocket across the bottom...




  • Lining...be sure & fold down your handles so they are out of the way before you start stitching the lining to the top of the bag...place one square of your lining fabric right sides together along the top of edge of bag front...stitch... repeat with the bag back piece...you now have 2 pieces...open the bag pieces out flat & press...




  • Finishing-almost...place the 2 pieces right sides together...handles on top of each other & linings on top of each other...stitch the side seams (long sides) together on both sides...you now have a long tube...both short ends open...now fold the lining side over the main fabric...lining should be outside now...press the top edge of bag...even up the bottom edge of bag...I do a final trim cut before I sew the bottom edges together...all four layers get stitched together now to form the bottom seam...if you have a serger you can finish the edge...or you can zig-zag the edge...I have a Janome 6600p and have a nice overcast function to finish the edge...




  • Final Finish...OK, almost done ! before you turn your bag you have one more step to do...pinch together the bottom seam & side seam to form a triangle...try and match the uper seam to the lower seam as close as you can...you can press them flat...now you will draw a line across the triangle...about 7" will do it...stitch across the line you drew...repeat on other corner...fold the triangles toward inside of bag ... you can hand stitch or glue the triangle pieces to the bottom of bag...




  • TURN YOUR NEW CUTE CLOTH SHOPPING BAG RIGHT SIDE OUT NOW....just do a topstitch on the top edge & your FINISHED !!!!




  • and there you have it ! a very cool eco cloth grocery bag just like the brown paper bags !!! it takes about an hour to make one of these bags...I usually make 2 at a time...one for me & one as a gift !!!




  • I have included a series of pictures I took as I went along on this project...I hope they are helpful...& PLEASE leave a comment about this tut...feedback is important to me ...



  • measure 5" from each side for strap handles...


    place & stitch pocket between straps...


    double scrap fabric for pocket...


    stitch across pocket so stuff doesn't fall out !


    fold handle down & stitch lining to top edge of outside fabric...


    overcast stitch on bottom seam...


    measure appox. 7" across to form triangle...




    stitch across triangle on bottom of bag...


    bottom inside of bag with stitched triangles...


    another finished eco cloth shopping bag...


    Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - SuZ Stuff of SuZ Stuff blog.

    Please visit SuZ's SuZ Stuff blog at http://suzstuff.blogspot.com/ .