The best way to get to know your watercolors is to swatch them out on a sheet of watercolor paper before using them in a project or painting. For our 5/3 Mixed Media Monday class, we will swatch out sixteen colors in our watercolor collection. Then we will fold a little pocketbook to hold the swatches, and we will fold a little bookcover too. The pocket watercolor swatch book will be cute and functional!
See you Monday, May 3rd at 12 pm MST!
A crown represents power, glory, and royalty and is often made from precious metals and decorated with jewels.
Crowns often designate a ruler in many civilizations around the world.
The paper crown traces back to the ancient Romans, who wore festive headgear to celebrate Saturnalia, a festival around the winter solstice. In Great Britain, paper crowns are a tradition and worn at Christmas time. Wearing a crown makes us feel special, and sometimes we need to feel special!
For this Friday's class, we are going to fold an origami crown. Made from several sheets of paper joined together, and it's effortless to make!
To make an adult-sized paper crown, you will need nine or ten sheets of 6" square origami paper in any color or multiple colors or patterns. Gold or silver paper will make it look more regal, and colored paper will make it more festive and fun!
The Live Class starts at 2 pm MST Friday, 4/23!
It's always more fun to attend the live event, but you can't join us, you can always catch the recordings by clicking on the On-Demand page. All of our past classes are there so you won't miss a thing!
Last Monday we made soft fabric like papers called Momigami from magazine pages. This Monday starting at 12 pm MST, we are going to make a beautiful collage using colored tissue and Momingami paper!
See you Monday 4/26 at 12 pm MST!
Japanese Momigami, known as the kneaded paper, is renowned for its strength and durability. It has been used in Japan in the past for clothing, umbrellas, wallets, purses, wrappings, and other craft items which demand incredibly durable papers. You can obtain ideal results using strong, long-fibered handmade paper, but any paper will work for this relaxing process.
You will need just a few supplies, and some may already be in your kitchen or garage!
Paper: Magazine pages (not the super glossy kind), tissue paper, rice paper or any thin colored, or plain paper.
Oil or liquid wax: Olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, or liquid wax
Liquid Gloss, or Matte Medium
Non stick surface or mat
Metallic or interference acrylics
Flat Bristle brush
Hair dryer or heat gun
Class starts at 12 pm MST on Monday April 19th!
You will be making a variety of beautiful papers for creating an artsy collage the following week! Be sure to register today, and join the fun!
Hedi Kyle is a pioneer designer of origami-inspired book structures. We will be making her diagonal pocket fold book from a sheet of 9" x 12" paper for this Friday's class. It's a simple but elegant fold that is practical because it has many functional pockets!
We will create a little booklet to stitch inside the pocket for a convenient place to take notes or sketch ideas.
One sheet of decorative paper cut 9" x 12" (or one sheet 8" x 11")
5 sheets plain paper cut 4 1/4" x 6" (or 5 sheets 3 3/4" x 5 1/2")
Small cutting mat
Awl or small hole punch
See you Friday!
Class starts 4/16 at 2pm MST! Be sure to register by clicking here to join in the folding fun!
Zigzag books, also known as accordion-fold books, are great for pictures, doodles, and photos. On Monday, April 12th, at 11 am MST, we will be making a small zigzag book to hold our circle doodles and circular cut-outs from last week's class.
2 strips cold press watercolor paper or card stock cut 2" x 16" (or three strips cut 2" x 8")
2 pieces of cardboard or chipboard cut 2 1/4" square (covers)
2 sheets decorative paper cut 4" square (for the covers)
1 piece thin decorative paper cut 3" x 6"
Scoring tool, or bone folder
Your galaxy, and circle doodles from last week's class!
See you Monday, 4/12 at 11 am MST!
The origami card case is convenient and easy to fold. It can be plain or fancy depending on the paper you use! For this week's class, we are using just a sheet of standard-sized office paper (8 1/2" x 11") to make a case that holds credit cards, gift cards, or hotel keys. You can use decorative paper, gift wrap, or just about any foldable paper you have around the house. Please have a few sheets of paper in different sizes ready, and let's have some folding fun!
See you 4/9 at 2 pm MST!
Last week, we painted galaxies with watercolors and white ink on paper. On Monday, we will create relaxing doodles on cut-out circles with pens, watercolor, and ink. The doodle circles we make this week will be used in a themed tunnel book to make in the following week's class!
If you missed the watercolor galaxy class on 3/29 you can watch it by clicking on this link.
Circle template or circular items under two inches in diameter
Circle hole punches (optional)
Fine tipped black pen (Micron) white markers, or white ink
Small round brush
Your galaxy watercolors (from last weeks class)
See You Monday 4/5 at 11 am MST. Click here to register!
The Arts and Crafts club's mission is to inspire creativity, joy, and camaraderie by offering classes that don't require a lot of expensive supplies. We have made a list of the supplies we often use in our club events and classes.
Gather your supplies!
Paper: Decorative paper, scrapbook paper, origami paper, office paper. Paper of any kind!
Glue: PVA glue, white glue, or a glue stick
Watercolors: cake, tube, pan, or any brand of watercolors including metallics
Cold Press watercolor paper
Blank Mixed Media Journal
Acrylic paints, craft paint
Fine tipped pen (Micron) in different sizes
White ink, gouache, or white marker
Air dry clay
Rice paper pad or roll
Gelli monoprinting plate in any size
Many of the supplies we use can be found around the home or in the garage! Be sure to bookmark the Arts and Crafts home page, and check back often for the specific supplies for each live class. Email your club leader for more details at any time!
Join us for some creative fun!
The Arts and Crafts
Club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your creative skills, and share your passion for creativity in a fun and supportive virtual environment.
Karen Elaine Parsons is an artist who loves to craft. Her years of experience as an author, designer, and instructor in the art and craft materials industry has allowed her to discover and share unique experiences in creativity.
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