I recently stumbled on the term "craftivism," which caught my interest. Fifteen years ago, Betsy Greer in the U.S. coined the word craftivism, and Sarah Corbett created the Craftivist Collective in the U.K. several years later. Craftivism is about crafting with a cause. Ms. Greer instigated the first Craftivism project entitled "You Are So Very Beautiful" in 2015. She asked her followers to create hand-stitched positive affirmations and encouraged them to leave them in public places for people to find. It is similar to the worldwide Art Abandonment movement, which I have been active for many years. The purpose is to create something beautiful or meaningful and abandon it for a random person to enjoy.
Become Inspired, One Stitch at a Time
Take a moment to watch this inspiring video that started a quiet crafting revolution. Visit the Craftivism Collective to see how people are crafting with a cause today.
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!
A mixed media journal is your creative companion to document and explore the world around and within you. It can be a combination of thoughts, ideas, art, and craft and can express everyday life, hopes, and dreams. Journaling enhances creativity, sharpens visual skills, and improves eye-hand coordination. It is always evolving and is an excellent source of inspiration.
Keeping a journal is a powerful way to empower ideas, and a perfect place to create your reference for art and craft making.
Announcing the Creative Companion Event!
The Creative Companion Journal is an ongoing weekly event where you will have the opportunity to playfully experiment with art and craft supplies, and express your creativity inside the journal's pages. We will meet every week to explore a fun, creative technique. You may write, paint, draw, doodle, and stamp in your journal. You will add mementos, dried leaves, ephemera, acrylic paints, crayons, fabrics, fibers, monoprints, and other fun visual elements as we progress in our creative adventure. You will be encouraged to create one page a day using a visual prompt or theme of the week, and we will make time for everyone to share their creative journey. The goal will be to complete the Creative Companion Journal full of ideas to keep your creative practice fresh, inspirational, and fun. All levels of experience are welcome to join!
Prepare your Journal Kit
Your journal kit can be as basic or as elaborate as you wish. Below is a suggested supply list with the journal being the most important, of course! There are many journals to choose from, but you will enjoy working in one with thicker pages that will accept lots of media. You will need some marking and coloring tools such as pencils, markers, and paints to get started, and you can always add supplies if you are inspired to do so.
Save the Date!
The Creative Companion event begins Monday, August 31st, at 11 am MST, and creative exploration will continue every week until the pages of our journals have been filled. If aren't able to attend all of the events, that's okay! They will be available for you to view at any time on our On-Demand page. Be sure to register, and join us!
Tonia Jenny will be joining us in the Crafting Club to share her unique creativity by offering a class once a month! Tonia is a talented crafter, and her mission is to guide creative individuals in refining their unique message and offering while determining the best means for them to share it. She provides editorial, writing, and coaching services and online art and craft courses to encourage others to try something new.
Please visit her at www.toniajenny.com
Live Class August 18th!
Join us for this tactile workshop and learn to make an aromatherapy 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 hand.
Join in the Fun!
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!
Tomoko Fuse, a gifted origami designer from Japan, created this box out of eight paper sheets all the same size. I learned how to make this box from an origami book. Before Youtube tutorials, I had to learn from a diagram, and many of them were in Japanese. I have to admit it was frustrating to try to understand a three-dimensional fold from a two-dimensional picture. I failed and persisted until I successfully folded the box and have been hooked on modular origami ever since. These smart modular boxes can hold gifts, candy, cookies, or they can be a gift just by themselves!
We will fold the box out of eight sheets of origami paper six inches square for Friday's live class. We will tie it in a ribbon and will create a gift card with a sweet little poem inside!
Be sure to register for the live event, and check back here often for updates, and creative inspiration!
Grab Your Supplies!
Eight sheets origami paper, six inches square
One sheet origami paper, three inches square
Small piece of card stock
Fine tip pen
Join the Fun!
Come for the crafting, and make new connections with people who love to create! If you miss any of the live events, they are available to view at any time. We have exciting new classes coming up, so be sure to check back often!
Do you remember playing with Shrinky Dinks when the kids were little? I remember how much fun it was to color the designs on plastic sheets, pop them in the oven, and watch them shrink into cuteness! When clear shrink plastic became available, I started my shrink art journey. I traced artwork with a black marker and colored the designs with colored pencils. These miniature works of art became jewelry and embellishments for all kinds of things.
Shrink art can be done by anyone, at any level of experience. All you need is some shrinkable plastic, a permanent marker, some colored pencils, or paints, and an oven of course!
During the live class tomorrow, we will be going over the essential supplies needed to start shrinking your art, as well as all the tips and techniques to get you started on an incredible shrinking journey. You will find out how versatile and fun this craft is! Be sure to register by clicking the link at the top right of this page. See you real soon!
Rubber stamps are a perfect jumping-off place for creativity. They take away the fear of the blank page, so you enjoy coloring or painting. I began stamping in the early eighties when art stamps first started to become available. I remember being a frequent customer of one of the first rubber stamp retail stores in Santa Barbara, California, and I amassed a massive collection. In the early days, the techniques were simple, but the effects were mesmerizing. I admit I was a stampaholic, and my collection outgrew my craft room!
Over the years, I learned creative ways to use rubber stamps, and I am excited to be able to share them with you!
Rubber Stamping 101
For this Friday's live class, we will dive into the world of rubber stamping! If you are a seasoned stamper or a beginner, this will be a fun and informative course. Rubber stamps are perfect for a variety of arts and crafts projects such as greeting cards, home decor, and DIY fashion. Once you learn the essential tools and techniques, you can be on your way to making amazing things with rubber stamps. Stamping can be creative and fun, so join us by clicking here to register. See you soon!
There are so many types of glues and adhesives on the market, and it cannot be obvious which one to use in your art and craft projects. It's good to have a variety of adhesives for crafting, and for quick household repairs. You can make a simple glue at home by mixing wheat, flour, and water!
Types of Glues
White Craft Glue
Pressure Sensitive Adhesive
Join us this Friday at 2 pm MST by clicking on the Live Event tab on the upper right corner of this page. We'll discuss the many types and uses of adhesives, and helpful tips. We will also show a fun project using a special kind of glue originally designed for Shogi screens. See you soon!
Be sure to bookmark the two websites below. They are excellent references for any sticky situation!
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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