Thursday, June 25, 2020

How to recycle an old CD into stunning monogram framed art

So, I recently had my studio completely redecorated.  And since the walls were newly painted and bare, I decided to make it personal.  What better way than to recycle an old CD into a monogram to hang on the wall?  

Paint your frame in a faux verdigris style to match your green paper.  The recycled old CD pieces will catch the light with color.

This is an easy project that you can create in no time.  So, let’s get started

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recycle an old CD

How to recycle an old CD into monogram framed art

 Materials:


Old CD
Scissors
Wooden Frame
Piece of scrap green mat board or card stock to fit your frame
Tacky glue
Small sponge
Paintbrush
Paper plate or palette
Pencil 

Instructions:


First, use the scissors to cut the CD into small pieces of various shapes and sizes.  Next, draw a letter of choice on the card stock or mat board lightly in pencil.  Then, working in sections, add some tacky glue and fill in your letter with the CD pieces.  Let dry.  When it is dry you can brush a coat of ModPodge over the entire piece.  Set aside.


recycle an old CD

Decorate the frame


Cover your work surface.  Using the brush and Pewter grey paint, cover the entire surface and sides of the frame. 




Next, while the frame is still semi-wet dip your sponge in the mint green paint and lightly tap over the entire surface and sides of the frame.




Finally, rinse your sponge and sparingly pat on some gold paint and let dry.




When the frame is dry brush on some ModPodge to protect the frame and hang where desired.

recycle an old CD


recycle an old CD





Thursday, May 28, 2020

How to easily change your style and paint on unusual surfaces

So, with the coronavirus keeping many of us indoors what have you all been doing to keep creative and busy?  If you have some paint stashed away it might the right time to think about painting on unusual surfaces.

Unusual surfaces to paint

Rocks are a great surface to paint on.  You might have some rocks right outside your door that would work perfectly. You can also buy a bag of smooth landscape rocks for a very reasonable price at a home improvement store.  Kids can get in on the action as well.  You can be as simple or as intricate as you see fit.  And the fun part is putting rocks in public places with positive messages for people to find.

painting on unusual surfaces

Corks are another surface that you may have laying around.  You can recycle them into another great unusual surface to paint.  Again you can get detailed or simply decorative. Painted corks make great keyrings and ornaments.  It's never too early to think about Christmas!


When you think of unusual surfaces to paint on do you ever think why not a brick?  Bricks, when they painted, may great door stops and bookends.  Especially if you paint them to resemble a book!


Fabric is readily available.  Simply look in your closets and you will find unusual surfaces galore!  personalize them with some acrylic paints with fabric medium added.  Don't forget to heat set.

painting on unusual surfaces

While there are many choices of painting surfaces none are more striking than painting on glass.  You can paint on wine glasses, plates, vases and more.  You will need to use paint that is specified for glass and heat set in an oven.  

painting on unusual surfaces

This was sure fun, finding unusual surfaces to paint on.  Once you start looking though, you tend to find more.  So, this will be a recurring post for another day with more unusual surfaces to paint!  

Be sure and click on some of the images for full tutorials of a similar project!

See you soon!











Tuesday, April 7, 2020

How to paint a red ribbon of hope on a rock

red ribbon of hope


So, since this COVID 19 virus is ravaging the world a movement has grown called the red ribbon of hope.  The premise is that you tie a red ribbon on a tree (the tree goes through stages and then come back) to show solidarity.  Many people have started to get in on this and are tying red ribbons around trees.

But what if you don’t have a tree?  Well, then, why not paint a tree with a red ribbon on a rock!  You may already have the supplies since all your need is some paint, brushes and a rock! It’s easy and if you follow the simple steps you can join in the movement with your oven red ribbon of hope.

Get the kids involved.  This is a great family activity with kids. 

How to paint a red ribbon of hope on a rock 


Materials:


Rock
Acrylic paint in brown, black, beige, green, and red
Flat paintbrush
Liner paintbrush
Pencil

Instructions:


First, draw a tree shape onto the rock surface.  Then, using the flat brush and brown acrylic paint.  While the paint is still wet blend in some black paint on the sides of the tree branches to shade.


red ribbon of hope rock

red ribbon of hope rock

red ribbon of hope rock

red ribbon of hope rock



Next, Dab on some green at the top areas of your tree.  Now using the thin liner brush add some small branches up into the green parts of the tree.  Dab some beige paint on the leaves and branches to show added dimension.  Now, let the tree dry completely.


red ribbon of hope rock

red ribbon of hope rock

red ribbon of hope rock




After the tree is dry, use red paint to paint a red bow.  Line with black pain, then highlight with the beige paint.  

red ribbon of hope rock

red ribbon of hope rock

red ribbon of hope rock


Enjoy your red ribbon of hope and remember we are all in this together!  Stay safe.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Five super simple upcycled crafts to turn trash into treasure

5 simple upcycled crafts


Since the coronavirus has a lot of people self-quarantined many are looking for things to do.  If you didn’t have time to go to the craft store to stock up on supplies, don’t worry.  You can create upcycled crafts with just ordinary stuff you find around the house and turn trash into treasure.

Just be creative.  If something calls for felt, substitute construction paper.  It’s all relative.  There are so many options.  

Most of these projects are great to make with bored kids.  Great for family time while we are all staying inside and safe. 


1.     Recycle advertising magnets into magnetic pets.  You can really have fun with these magnets.  Try using photos of friends and relatives in addition to pets.  If you don’t have double-stick tape, substitute some school or tacky glue spread thinly.

5 simple upcycled crafts



2.      Paint chip photo frame.  You might have some paint chip samples leftover from a painting project.  If you do, the color chips are super cut up and applied onto a frame. You can use a paper shredder to cut the strips or just cut them with scissors to vary the sizes.  Don’t have a frame, use some corrugated cardboard cut in a frame shape and apply the strips to that.

5 simple upcycled crafts



3.     Plastic bag friendship bracelets.  If you get the newspaper delivered many times during rain they come enclosed in plastic bags.  Don’t toss those bags, use them to make cool friendship bracelets.  This one uses a rattail ribbon, but you can easily substitute extra shoelaces, ribbon, strips of fabric.  Be creative.  It’s fun and easy and kids love them!

5 simple upcycled crafts



5 simple upcycled crafts



4.     Shrink an egg carton to make charms.  Remember shrinky dinks?  Well, did you know that any plastic container that has a #6 on it you can shrink to 1/3 of its size and the thickness of about a nickel.  A lot of egg cartons are listed number 6 so if you have one of these follow the tutorial and create all sorts of charms you can use for key chains, backpack charms, hair clips and more.  Remember only number 6 will work. 

5 simple upcycled crafts



5.     Cut up an old DVD and make a shiny mosaic Easter egg.  You can use paper mache eggs, plastic eggs, even Styrofoam eggs.  The trick is for this craft is that DVD’s have two layers, when you separate the layers they super easy to cut into pieces.  The pieces can then be glued onto an egg or other surface.  






Thursday, January 3, 2019

What are the 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions?

New Year's resolutions


What are the 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions?  Well, that is a question that can have many answers.  Recently, I started asking everyone I met what they think is a good way to start the New Year.  I had many different answers.  Some of them I can’t print here.  I, did, however, discover that many repeated the same ones.  

Whether everyone can keep these resolutions is a question that remains to be seen, but without further adieu, I present the 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions in my neck of the woods.

1.    Quit smoking. (Well that one is just a no-brainer)

2.    Get fit and lose weight.  Whether it’s just a spare tire or a little extra in the chassis losing weight and looking one’s best is very, very popular.  

3.    Get out of debt. Dang those credit card bills coming in from Christmas.  

4.    Get organized. First things first, and all ducks in a row if that is possible in this crazy busy world.

5.    Spend more time with family. (Crazy busy world again)  We do, however, all need to stop and smell the roses, fly a kite, or toss a ball.

6.    Get rid of clutter.  It’s either that or star on the TV show about hoarders and no one wants that kind of notoriety!

7.    Break a bad habit.  Well, this can be all over the spectrum.  Whether it’s too many sodas, too much candy, too much TV or video games.  We all need to evaluate whether the things we enjoy, perhaps a bit too much.  As they say anything in moderation.

8.    Recycle. After all, we are all in this world together and doesn’t hurt to be conscious of the consequences of our existence. 

9.    Control stress. Again, here we go with that crazy busy world.  Maybe we should just stop and think if that thing you just had to get done really matters all that much.  And if it didn’t get done would the world stop spinning on its axis?  I. don’t. think. So.

10. And last but certainly not least, especially for an insomniac such as myself, catch up on sleep.  Go to sleep at a decent hour and shut off the party in one’s head. I know, easier said than done, but a resolution is just that a kind of promise to oneself.

A resolution is a solution to what one views as a problem.  It’s just a matter of how much willpower one possesses.  Even though the resolution is a noun it really does take quite a bit of action to get results.

Resolution [rez-uh-loo-shuhn]
(Noun)
A resolve. A decision or determination.  



Friday, December 21, 2018

The continuing adventures of Chicky loves christmas

I hope you are enjoying the adventures of Chicky the sweetest sweet potato.  In a world where every time you hear the news it makes you sad. Chicky is so sweet (Of course, she is a sweet potato) that she makes you smile.  She is kind; she loves everyone, and most of all Chicky loves Christmas.  

Chicky loves to bake Christmas cookies.  Sometimes they don’t always come out the way she wants them to, but she smiles and keeps on baking!

chicky loves Christmas



Chicky always thinks about those less fortunate.  She gives to charities and because of her kindness sometimes the phone doesn’t stop ringing.  Chicky doesn’t mind if she can help someone.

chicky loves Christmas


Chicky adores the simple things in life.  Whether it is a cup of cocoa, a snow globe, family gatherings, or music, Chicky loves it all.  We all would do well to copy Chicky and learn to appreciate what others may overlook.

chicky loves Christmas



Chicky loves everyone. She doesn’t care what they look like or how much money they have. 

chicky loves Christmas

And of course, Chicky always loves a party!


Chicky and George Bailey both believe that it is a wonderful life. And you can never have too many angels.  So ring those bells!


So the big day is almost here and Chicky has so much more to do before then.  So keep coming back and remember Chicky loves comment love too!


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Welcome to the adventures of Chicky the sweetest sweet potato

Chicky sweet potato


So this Thanksgiving when preparing my family’s dinner, I met Chicky.  This little sweet potato stood out from the crowd.  She looked just like a little bird and with a little crafting magic she almost chirped.  

So Chicky became a member of the family.  And, Chicky Love’s Christmas!  Pretty soon Chicky was all over the place getting ready for her favorite holiday.  

First, Chicky went shopping on black Friday and lo and behold she got plenty of gifts for everyone on her list!  When she went to wrap her presents, the scissors kept disappearing!  

chicky sweet potato

chicky sweet potato



The very next day she got to ride in the Christmas parade! 

chicky sweet potato


While Chicky was at the mall she got to see Santa and told Santa all she wanted for Christmas was peace. I sure hope Chicky gets her gift.

chicky sweet potato


Then, just to get in the right mood she came home and binge-watched Christmas movies one after the other. The sappier the better!

chicky sweet potato


Chicky loves all things Christmas and she loves to read.  One of her favorite books is “A Christmas Carol.”  There is no “Bah, humbug, “ for this chick!

chicky sweet potato


“All aboard!”  Yup, Chicky got to ride the polar express and of course, she got a bell to bring home.  She doesn’t have any problem believing.

chicky sweet potato


When Chicky got home she found a gift in her mail.  She’d won a major award!  Hmmm, what could it be?

chicky sweet potato


So she sat down and wrote out her Christmas cards.  She doesn’t forget anyone not even Charlie Brown.  

chicky sweet potato


Next, Chicky thought she would check out the Christmas lights before she put them on the tree. Wouldn’t you know it!  One bulb, one tiny little bulb was blown out and now all the others were dark.  Chicky, who is a very amiable sweet potato most of the time got in a very un-Christmassy mood!

chicky sweet potato


It started to snow, however, and cheered her up a lot so she decided to build a snowman and go sledding!

chicky sweet potato

chicky sweet potato


And Chicky is not done yet. There are still 9 days left till Christmas so come back and see more of Chicky the sweetest potato’s adventures.