Sunday, August 22, 2010

Show Your Support Contest

The Blondes are showing their support too!

Decorate a bra to help raise awareness of cancer research by September 1, 2010. 

Major Cutie bra by Miss Eva Reiter of Oxford, Mississippi
The Battle Of the Bulge comes to the American Sewing Expo!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Celebrate American Craft Week, October, 2010

Tell the World!
WHY AMERICAN CRAFT IS IMPORTANT with an essay contest!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Recommended Reading

I have to recommend one of my favorite books and authors; The Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith. Her web site is  Please check it out to get a fresh perspective on street art and graffiti.

"Guerilla art is any anonymous work...installed, performed, or attached in public spaces, with the distinct purpose of affecting the world in a creative or thought-provoking way," page 11.

"Guerilla art is for everyone.  It engages viewers who might never step foot in a gallery.  It is free and accessible," page12.

"There are three possible approaches to guerilla art:
1.  beautifying--altering your surroundings
2.  questioning--using your voice, challenging the status quo
3.  interacting--with the environment or people," page 18
Provide feedback and comments if you can--thank you!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ideas to Share on Friday the 13th!

Fun Ideas for Developing Your Creative Self

Keep an art journal or sketchbook. The daily practice of creating art will strengthen your artistic voice.

Create self portraits—what better model do you have to work with?  Don’t be shy—photograph yourself, sketch yourself, and explore the inner you.

If you don’t have an outside studio for your art, designate an area of your home to be your creative sanctuary.  Be it a separate room or a corner table, having a special area you can go to will inspire you to get creative.

Save horoscopes for interesting words to use in your art.  Cut words out of the newspaper or a magazine to create a short story---maybe you can illustrate it too!

Create an altered-book travel album!  Use an old travel guide about your favorite country (or countries) and add your altered photographs to the pages.  You can also create an album for a fantasy destination, i.e., Never Never Land or Oz.

Incorporate some colored foil candy wrappers into a collage.  Keep your eyes open during the holiday seasons when you might find truly vibrant colors!

Take photographs or create portraits of your loved ones’ hands or faces and alter them.

Take a trip to the hardware store or “Habitat for Humanity” resale store with art supplies in mind.  You might find treasures with creative potential on the shelves.

Invite friends over for an art party.  Cover a big table or the floor with plastic table covers or drop cloths, whip out the supplies, and have fun!  You can also propose a “contest” where each friend gets a bag with an assortment of odd things (maybe from the dollar store?), and then each person creates a statement with their bag’s contents.  One rule—no trading or sharing contents. 

Plan a day to explore art galleries and museums in your area.   Consider a road trip to a special exhibition in the region.  Don’t forget your sketchbook or journal to capture the inspiration!

Carve an alphabet stamp set—buy a box of erasers and design your own personal font.  Or create a poem/haiku collage using alphabet macaroni to spell out your words.

Draw, paint or collage your favorite food on a paper plate. Invite friends over to do their special dishes and host a “picnic,” showing off the plates.  Then host a real potluck meal with real food.

SOURCE:  The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery by Karen Michel, ©2005.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Maker Faire Was a Blast!

A wonderful volunteer helping me with my booth--thank you!
The TNNA tent taught new skills!
Getting into the Twinkie Car--it shot Twinkies!

A few shots of the fun...