Every Tuesday afternoon, or evening depending on where you live, we will be getting together to share a warm cup of tea and some crafty conversation. Crafternoon Tea is where we can socialize, and share our crafting experiences in a fun and supportive virtual environment. We look forward to seeing you!
The Froebel star is a classic Christmas decoration in many cultures. They are also called the German Star, Advent star, Danish star, Nordic star, Polish star, Pennsylvanian star, Christmas star, and Swedish star. Essentially, a Froebel star is a three-dimensional star made out of four strips of paper. They can be used to decorate gifts too!
You will need four long strips of paper for each star measuring at least 1/2" wide up to 1" wide. They need to be at least 24" long. There is a great source on Etsy for the strips and they come in a beautiful variety of colors. I also will have a formula on how to make the strips by joining printer paper strips together which will be covered in class. Here is the link to the paper strips: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/FroebelMint
You will also need a sharp pair of scissors.
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All live classes are listed in Mountain Standard Time. Click on the handy TIME ZONE CONVERTER to see when the class is live in your area so you never miss out on the fun!
Jo Nakashima, a popular Youtuber created one of the best videos on how to fold the stars. Click on the video below to watch. See you on Fold-it-Friday!
Hand lettering can make your cards, letters, notes, and journals more fun and creative. You will explore brush lettering and faux calligraphy techniques, and layouts during our live class! Grab your brushes, watercolors, pens, and markers, and join us for some creative lettering fun!
Small, and medium size watercolor brushes, or waterbrushes in various tip sizes
Practice paper, 8 1/2" x 11"
Smooth, heavy weight drawing paper, or hot press watercolor paper 5" x 7" or larger
Brush tip pens, markers, gel pens, thin markers
Watercolors, or inks
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The Crafting Club club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your creativity, and share your passion for crafting in a supportive virtual environment. Most of all, the Crafting Club is fun! Be sure to register for the live events, and if you miss one, you can always find the past events to view at a later time. See you soon!
Enrich Your Art Journaling Experience
Making a journal by hand is satisfying and can only enrich your art journaling experience. In Thursday's live class, you will learn how to create a piano hinge journal using paper, and bamboo skewers from the kitchen! It doesn't look effortless to make, but it's pretty easy!
Gather the Supplies
Ten or more sheet 8/5" x 11" heavy copy paper or card stock, or ten sheets heavyweight drawing paper, watercolor paper 9" x 12."
Bamboo Skewers 12" long ( The ones from the grocery store for shishkabobs)
Two sheets 12" heavyweight decorative scrapbook paper for covers
Come Join Us!
The Crafting Club club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your creativity, and share your passion for crafting in a supportive virtual environment. Most of all, the Crafting Club is fun! Be sure to register for the live events, and if you miss one, the past events are available to view at a later time. See you soon!
Join us for another fun Fold-it-Friday live class! We will be making cute and practical origami gift bags. Grab a few sheets of 6" origami paper and 12" scrapbook paper, some scissors, and washi tape. Click on the Upcoming Events tab in the upper right corner of this page to register. Can't make the class? No worries! You can always catch up on all past events. Just click on the On-Demand tab, and they will be available to watch at any time. See you soon!
A Note from Your Instructor
Just before the live class started, my internet was shut down. I was able to go live on my IPad with cellular service, but for some reason it was shut off before the class was complete. Sometimes technology goes haywire. Unfortunately, the Ipad didn't record the class, so I made a short video instead. Enjoy!
Feathers have deep meanings across many cultures, and because of a feathers’ connection to birds, they have often been a symbol of freedom. A bird soars through a never-ending sky. The mind can also soar transcending physical barriers into a world full of beauty, peace, and wonder.
We will be creating colorful feathers for Thursday's live class! Paper feathers are fun and easy to make. They can decorate your home or add a finishing touch to gifts, journals, and they make a beautiful bookmark. During class, you will paint, doodle, cut, and write on your paper feathers.
1 sheet 8x10 or larger 140 Lb or 300 lb watercolor paper or thick paper.
Watercolors, metallic or shimmery watercolors, acrylic paint, and colored pencils if you wish.
Pencil for tracing
Before class, you will need to prepare two sheets of thick paper or watercolor paper by drawing a few feathers. I have made a drawing for you to download, print, and trace if you wish to use it, otherwise, draw out some feather shapes onto the papers. The feathers don't need to look realistic.
Find a light source to put the thick paper over the feather drawing, and trace the design onto the paper. Paint a loose, colorful wash on one of the sheets covering the feather sketches. You can have bold colors, or soft, whatever you prefer. Just paint loosely and let the colors blend on the paper. Let it dry so you can detail it in class. You will be painting on the other sheet in class.
See you Thursday, August 20th, at 11 am MST!
Join us for Tuesday's tactile class and learn to make your own diffuser necklace to use with your favorite essential oils! Tonia will show you how easy it is to work with small bits of clay using simple techniques for texture and optional color embellishment that ensure you’ll walk away with something beautiful, crafted by your own hand.
Gather Your Supplies
Air-dry clay (Tonia uses PLUS by Activa Products; black, terra cotta or white)
Clay roller and other clay tools such as shapers
Small shape cutter(s) (pie crust cutters are perfect) or dull knife
Texture-making tools (toothpick, rubber stamps, cookie press, clay texture tools, etc.)
Coffee stir straw or clay hole punch
Jewelry cording (hemp, leather, beading cord)
ICED ENAMELS embossing powders
Metallic wax (Rub n'Buff)
Quickie Glue pen by Sakura (for use with powders or metallic leaf)
Acrylic paint pens
Accent beads (for cording)
See You Tuesday!
Be sure to register by clicking on the Live Events tab so you don't miss out on this one! If you can't make it to the live class, you can always find all live classes on the Past Events tab. Join us!
Click here to read about our guest instructor, Tonia!
There is nothing more satisfying than creating a handmade book, especially a folded one! For this Fold-it-Friday event, we will make folded, and flutter books out of one sheet of paper with no gluing or stitching, and you will learn the Blizzard Book designed initially by Hedi Kyle.
Four sheets copy paper in any color, 8.5" x 11"
One long sheet 7" x 33" rice paper, or painters masking paper, or make your own long strip of paper by cutting three sheets copy paper to 7" x 11". Connect them end to end with washi or masking tape on both sides of the paper.
Bone folder (optional)
Once you learn the simple folding techniques you will be given lot's of creative ideas for content, and book covers. Click on the Live Events tab to register, and let's have some folding fun!
The word mandala means circle in Sanskrit. The mandala has used for centuries in art and architecture. It is the perfect balanced design with no beginning or end. Creating mandala art is very relaxing, and it helps to focus and relax the mind.
Come join the fun!
We will be making mandalas on mini canvases for this Thursday's live event! The mini canvas is available at a hobby and craft store, as well as Walmart. They sometimes come with cute little wooden easels. If you don't have a mini canvas, a square piece of card stock will do. We will use stencils and dot making tools to create beautiful mandalas that you can display or give away.
Grab some paper art tiles, mini canvas, or card stock four inches square, and let's make some mandalas!
Mini Canvas or four-inch square card stock
Black gesso or black matte craft paint
Silver or gold modeling paste
Craft paint in a variety of colors
Small round, and flat brushes
Palette knife or scraping tool
Doodling can be a mindful as well as relaxing pastime. Why not make your doodles into beautiful greeting cards? Join us for Tuesday's live Doodle Art Card making class!
Gather Your Supplies
Blank watercolor greeting cards or 140lb watercolor paper cut 10" x 14." If you don't have watercolor paper, just use some thick card stock, or poster board.
Masking tape or washi tape
Fine tipped black pen or marker.
Big round or flat watercolor brush
Flat surface to mount the paper to such as a cutting board, masonite panel, or glass.
Prepare to Paint Along!
Prepare the paper for painting by spritzing the back with water. Lay it on a flat surface and smooth out any wrinkles. ( I used a glass cutting board)
Use masking tape to secure the paper to the surface, leaving at a one-half inch border around all four edges. Divide the card stock into equal sections using the masking tape. If you would like your cards to have a written sentiment, put masking tape on the paper where you would like it to be.
Moisten your watercolors and let the fun begin! Pick up a generous amount of watercolor in a broad brush and randomly paint loosely across all four cards simultaneously. Let the colors mix themselves on the paper and let them dry completely.
Let's Have some Doodling Fun!
Let's have some doodling fun! You will create doodles inside the watercolor cards with the masking tape still on the paper in class. We will show you some fun doodling and lettering techniques to make your cards beautiful and unique as you! See you on Tuesday!
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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