Are you looking for an easy and budget-friendly way to display small prints without spending money on frames? This technique is perfect for your personal photos as well as prints to sell at your local artisan market or your online shop.
Check out this video from my YouTube channel for an easy DIY thanks
to Miriam of Miriam's Nature on YouTube and Alex of MatboardShop on Etsy.
Note: This video was formatted for Instagram Stories, so it is not wide screen.
There's more in the works now that summer has arrived here in Ohio!
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Add Some Bubbles to Your Art!
It all started in my Thursday morning watercolor class when the instructor gave us a day to play with unconventional materials and ended up a YouTube tutorial ten days later! In between, it tried to be an Instagram story, but kept getting interrupted by daily life. Here's the video...enjoy this family fun art activity!
MATERIALS USED TO CREATE PAINTED BUBBLES:
Dawn dish detergent
Tube gouache paints (or tube watercolors)
Paper and water
Click this image to learn how to create the fish prints used in this tutorial.
If you try this project, leave a comment and let me know how it turned out!
Even better, share a photo on Instagram using #cboggsart2 !
Brrr... Making Art in the Deep Freeze
We've been in the deep freeze here in Ohio the past few days. Temperatures have dipped into the single digits with well below zero wind chills from time to time.
So I decided to make the best of the weather and use the cold snap to artistic advantage. One of the women in my Thursday watercolor class had told us about what she called "ice painting". Her samples looked quite intriguing, with crystal shapes and lovely blended colors, so I decided to give it a try.
The results were mixed, depending on variables like paper, amount of watercolor paint, and temperature, but it was a lot of fun and a great way to spend some time outside in wintery sunshine!
If you happen to live in a wintery part of the world, try this out yourself. This is also a perfect activity to share with kids of all ages. Just watching the crystals form in the paint in fascinating! Post a photo on Instagram and tag me with @cboggsart. I'd love to see what you do!
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Continuing the Journey ... One Word 2019
My "one word" for 2018 was JOURNEY, which I divided into two primary focus areas: FAITH and CREATIVITY. Looking back at my journey through the past year, I can note some successful times and some not-so-successful times.
Of the 12 books I had selected for my FAITH journey, I only managed to read four. A few of the others are begun, but not finished, so for 2019, I am going to reevaluate the selection and continue the journey. To keep myself on track, I'm going to block out 30 minutes every morning before I open a digital device or pick up a paintbrush. For me, it isn't enough to "just read"; I need to actively do something with the reading, so as part of the 30 minutes, I'm going add a quick journal entry to respond to what I have read each day.
My CREATIVITY journey went considerably better. I began taking watercolor class through the local community college in February and returned for the fall semester in August after a summer break. I'm signed up to return in two weeks and have even added a second painting class for this coming semester. In addition, I've taken online classes and workshops on Skillshare and other sites, as well as started teaching my own Skillshare classes.
To keep myself on the CREATIVITY journey path, I've joined The Circle, a six-month online community of artists led by Carrie Brummer of Artist Strong. I've taken two of her short online workshops and really like the way she encourages artists and helps them wherever they are on their creative journey.
So for 2019, my "one word" is CONTINUE. I have an unfinished JOURNEY to explore more of my FAITH and to add to my adventures in CREATIVITY.
How about you? Do you choose a "one word" for the year, or are you a "New Year's Resolution" planner? Leave a comment here or chime in on Instagram,
Whatever your preference, have a very Happy New Year!
Kid Craft Christmas... Weave a Ribbon Tree
Weaving is so much fun for kids of all ages! This is a perfect way to introduce the skill to your young ones...and use up some of that holiday ribbon, too!
Start by gathering the supplies for the project:
Click the photo below for the tutorial:
This is my last YouTube video for 2019. Check it out and then subscribe to my channel for updates with new video tutorials are published.