Hi, I'm Karen Elaine, your club leader, and creative crafting instructor. My friends call me Karen. I live and create in a small community near Sedona, Arizona, and have been enjoying art and crafts since I was tiny. My grandfather was a successful commercial artist, and I inherited his passion for creativity and his art supplies!
My career in the art and craft materials industry started after leaving my job as an art teacher at a day program for developmentally disabled adults in California. For me, an art supply store was a perfect place to learn new art and craft techniques and materials. I loved showing customers how to use supplies, and I enjoyed creating projects that they could easily do. The love for sharing ideas returned to a passion for teaching.
I left the art supply store to work as a sales representative for an art supply importer, and manufacturer. Over the years, the sales job turned into a creative position. I developed, and demonstrated art and craft products, and formed many great relationships with other manufacturers in the art and craft materials industry. Over the years, I became a brand ambassador for my favorite art and craft supply manufacturers, which gave me access to a world of supplies!
At one of the annual trade shows, the producers of HGTV's The Carol Duvall show and Ms. Duvall herself were perusing the booths to recruit new guests. Ms. Duvall stopped by the display and picked up an origami-inspired handmade book I had made. She introduced herself and her producers asked if I would like to show how to make it on TV. I became a regular guest on the show for several years, and Carol Duvall became a dear friend.
Television exposure opened up a new world of opportunities for me. It was strange and beautiful simultaneously, as I found it challenging to be in the spotlight at times.
I still work in the art and craft materials industry as a consultant, and I teach at the Sedona Arts Center.
My favorite creative crafts are origami, paper crafts, rubber stamping, mixed media, home decor, meditative art, and watercolor. I also know my way around a crochet hook, glue gun, and sewing machine!
As your leader, I will do my best to bring you fun and creative ideas and guest instructors to offer you a wide variety of creative projects that will inspire you to create for your well-being and happiness. I look forward to creating with you!
The CDC recommends wearing a face covering when going outside or in public for the foreseeable future. When looking to buy a face covering or supplies to make them, I found them very expensive and hard to find.
While searching the internet, I discovered a folded face mask by professor Anna Myczkowska-Szczerska of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. The smart face cover is made with a paper towel and secured with rubber bands and a staple. The design caught my eye because it was actually origami!
Her directions were straightforward, but the face mask was a bit too small for me. I found a rice paper sheet from my art stash, and the 12" x 18" size was perfect! Rice paper is fibrous, lightweight, and durable, ideal for a single-use face covering. To my surprise, it fit my face very well!
All you need to make this mask is one sheet of rice paper 12" x 18" or a white paper towel about the same size. You will need two rubber bands or pieces of elastic and some white glue or a stapler. I have folded several masks and keep them in my purse and car for emergencies or to give to someone who doesn't have a face cover. Just like you, I look forward to the day when everything returns to normal. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe and wear a mask in good health!
Click here for the face mask tutorial.
We all know there are benefits to crafting. Crafting can be therapeutic and relaxing. Crafting boosts brain health, increases hand-eye coordination, and enhances creativity. Most of all, crafting feels good, and it's fun!
I discovered crafting when I was in grade school, and it's been a passion of mine ever since. I think I've tried just about every craft imaginable. I have enjoyed crocheting, jewelry making, sewing, painting, paper crafts, and origami.
Crafting can save you money. That's after you have bought all the supplies, of course! I don't remember the last time I bought a greeting card or gift from a store. I also like renewing old furniture and objects to bring new purpose instead of throwing things away.
I enjoy learning new skills and sharing them with others, so I am excited to be a part of this fantastic team at Element3Health. As your club leader, I am here to help you discover the joy of crafting!
Please let me know what you would like to learn and do. I welcome your comments and suggestions.
The Crafting 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 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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