Sunday, 29 April 2012

Art Journal Process: a Tutorial!

Good news everyone! I got the job that I was interviewed for a couple days ago! I start work this Thursday and it will be full time! This is a great thing for me but it will of course come with its downfalls. I have to work every second weekend which is kind of a bummer and I will also have less time for crafting which means less attention for the blog and Youtube. I will have to see how it goes, but hopefully I will continue to post on a somewhat regular basis.Today's topic is something that I have never done before... No it is not the art journal that I have never done, but a process video! Keep scrolling for parts 1 and 2 of the making of this page!I used some yarn and bakers twine for the central piece of this page.I also textured the page with some molding paste.Now on to the videos! I hope you enjoy!

Please let me know what you thought of this type of video! I also love taking requests, so let me know if you have any ideas! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Tiny Polymer Clay Rose Tutorial

It is a rainy day here in the Strathmore Alberta area, so what better way to spend a free day than editing videos (yes, there may be an Art Journal Tutrial- or two! coming soon to a Youtube/Blog near you!), updating my blog, and perhaps getting a bit of crafting done! You may notice that my Youtube channel, Staybeautiful84, and my blog have both been well cared for lately! This is due to the fact that I am now finished my first year of University! I am on the job hunt now, sadly I do not get to spend my whole summer crafting (as I wish I could). I had an interview today for a full time position so I hope that this opportunity works out! Anyway, on to today's tutorial.

I have used these on several projects over the last few months (or years) and I decided to finally share how to make them. There are many other tutorials on Youtube showing how to make clay roses but this is my version. Hope you like them!

Here are some samples that I have made recently. Other projects that feature these fun flowers are:

artful memory shadow box


Anniversary Album

what I've been up to! (now you know I have been planning this tutorial literally for years!)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Polymer Clay Charm Update

The weather has been incredible here! I think this is the first time in my entire life that I have had a burn in April! I had to hide inside for awhile to give my skin a break, so here is what I did with my time instead.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Giveaway Contest!

In celebration of having 500 subscribers on Youtube I am doing a giveaway! All that you have to do to win the mini album and extra goodies in this post is:
1. pick you favourite blog post anywhere here on my blog (oldest or newest, anywhere in between, doesn't matter)
2. visit this video on Youtube here and leave a comment with the title of your favourite blog post in it
The contest closes at midnight Mountain Standard time on May 4th 2012.
International viewers are welcome, as are new subscribers.
You must be a subscriber to my staybeautiful84 channel on Youtube to win.
Thank you to all of my viewers, readers, commenters, and of course subscribers!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Charms Update and Video!

The light at the end of the tunnel is almost within reach! I have completed 3 exams this week and I only have 1 left to do tomorrow morning! After that I will be on the hunt for a full time job! I sure hope I can find something, wish me luck! :)
In this video I share the charms I had reviously posted on my blog here, please check out those photos too! I hope you like them all and please let me know if you have any ideas of what I should make next!
This rat charm is in reference to Banksy's iconic rat graffiti. If you do not know what this is, just do a quick google image search and you will be informed. Some of his work is really cool! The quote on the sign that the rat is holding is a printed image of another graffiti that Bansky has done. (this charm is not in the video)This is a balloon dog but again, it is another art reference. Try google image searching Jeff Koons ballon dog. He makes massive balloon sculptures out of metalic steel, a very pretty sight! I put some silver perfect pearls on the unbaked clay to give it a glimmery and metalic look. (this charm is also not in the video)Many people have made these Hunger Games trilogy books. This is my version but it is basically the same. The cover images are printed off of the computer.This Campbell's soup can is in reference to Andy Warhols Pop Art. The label was printed off of the computer.And lastly, here is the strawberry! Thanks for reading! Hope you have an awesome day!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

50th Birthday Card

I thought I would share a summery looking card today because here in Alberta I wish it looked a little more like summer!For the newspaper looking background I used the large stamp from Tim Holtz's at the movies set. I embossed the blue paper using a cuttlebog folder and the "50" was cut out with a cuttlebug die.
I stamped the popsicles, coloured them in with Stampin Up markers, and covered them in glossy accents. The flower center is made out of polymer clay and is supposed to be an orange slice cane (only a first attempt!) Hope you enjoy the fresh summer theme!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Polymer Clay Charms

I have recently started up with the polymer clay fad. I was first inspired by all the wonderful artists on Youtube who make these adorable and small charms. Many people make Japanese inspired characters but because I have no knowledge on that subject I will likely stick to cute animals or everyday objects. I have done other charms since these ones but have not photographed them yet. Hopefully I will get a video up soon too! I hope you like them!This tiger is completely my own creation (as far as I know!), as I was inspired by a stuffed animal I have.
I have seen many people make cameras similar to this one, but I have added my own touch to it.
Here they all are together! The dinosaur is a version of a stuffed animal I have had all my life. His name is Sammy the Sleepasaurus. Many people have done angry birds but this too is my own version.
For more inspiration try looking on Youtube for other polymer clay creations. Stay tuned for more from me also!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Interior Design Portfolio

as some of you may know, I have spent the last 2 semesters in Open Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary. I have been taking many art history courses, all of which have been very fun for me. It is that time of year where there are many deadlines for me and today I submitted my Design portfolio! I have been conditionally accepted into the Interior Design Degree at Mount Royal for Fall 2012. The second part of the admission process involves a portfolio assignment. There are about 4 parts to it and below I will show you one of those parts.This is the image that they gave to all of the possible Design students. It is a colour photo that is 4x4 inches. We were to sketch it using graphite pencil only and enlarge it to a final 8x8 inch image.
This is my sketch of the original photo. We will be evaluated based on things such as line quality, drawing skill, shading, transparency, and translucency. I hope the evaluators like it!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Andrew's Birthday Card

I hope you all had an awesome Easter weekend! I spent it with my family in Manitoba, Canada who I only see about twice a year, so it was very special for me! I think that is truly what the holidays are really about.
I made this card for Andrew's 18th birthday (he is my wonderful boyfriend for those of you who don't know) and I think he really liked it. I used my new-ish Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Road Trip set from this year's release.
I heat embossed the car using black embossing powder and sprayed some tattered angels overtop. The paper is from several different companies and I also used the TH tiny screw brads to accent the look.
Thanks for reading! Sorry that the blog has once again been neglected due to my busy schedule. Exams are coming up but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!