Daily Art Challenge: September 24

Today we’re going to make our own Washi Tape.  It’s easy to do and truly one of a kind.  Here’s how:

  1.  I buy low-tack masking tape in as many different widths as I can find.  I usually get mine from Dollar Tree, but you can find it anywhere.
  2. I lay strips of tape down on a plastic cutting mat ( which I also purchase from Dollar Tree.  They come two to a package.)
  3. I usually make two strips of each pattern/color.
  4. Use sponges, paint brushes, palette knives, whatever you want to add your color to your tape.  Let dry.
  5. Next make your patterns on your tape.  You can use stamps, stencils, doodles, stickers, whatever you want to make the patterns.
  6. I remove the tape once it’s completely dry and wind it on old, dried out markers to hold it until I’m ready to use it.  I’ve never had a problem with mine sticking together once wound around the marker.

This is a handy way to make washi tape that is completely unique.  If you use washi tape often, you know how expensive it can be.  This is a very frugal way to have as much as you like for pennies.


Weekly Techniques Challenge: Week 37

Our weekly challenge is a simple and fun one you might want to do with your kids.  Here’s what we’re doing:

  1.  Smooth non-scented shaving cream into a pan.
  2. Dribble paint, ink, or food coloring over top of the shaving cream.  I usually use two or three colors.
  3. Swirl slightly with a skewer or popsicle stick.  You don’t want to mix the colors together.
  4. Lay your paper (I use white card stock) over top of the swirled color and shaving cream.  Press lightly to cover well.
  5. Lift from foam.
  6. Scrape off excess color and foam.  I use a ruler for this.
  7. Set paper aside to dry.

I can usually get three good lifts from one pan of color and shaving cream.  Sometimes I just add more of the same color to the pan for additional lifts if I like the color combination.  Other times I rinse it out and begin again.

The paper, once dry, is great for all sorts of things.  I have used mine for ATC’s, inchies, cut into letters and shapes for journal pages, made into flowers and collage pieces.  You can use them for card backgrounds as well.  I like to keep several finished papers, in different color families, handy for use in my art.

I purchase my shaving cream at Dollar Tree.  It’s the type for sensitive skin so there’s no menthol in it.  This is a fun way to create unique paper for use in your art practice.

Daily Art Challenge: September 23

Our challenge today is to use burlap in our art work.

In the past I’ve made centerpieces with burlap surrounding the recycled soup can containers.  I’ve covered storage jars, made flowers, used it as covers for art journals. I’ve used it to make holiday ornaments, garland and banners with stamped letters on each.  I’ve covered journal pages with burlap and then painted over top with gesso for a textured background.  I’ve made table runners, napkin holders, and large bows for tables and chairs.  I’ve added lace, ribbon and beads to some of these for some extra interest.  I’ve covered large letters for wall decorations, lampshades, the centers of picture frames and stretched canvases.

Burlap is a staple in my work room and something that can be used for all sorts of interesting projects.

Daily Art Challenge: September 22

Our challenge today is to use water soluble oil pastels.  My favorite brand is Portfolio by Crayola.  They are inexpensive (I lucked out and found mine at a second hand store for 3 bucks. They are usually less than 10 bucks for 24 purchased new.)  They have great, vibrant color.  Portfolios are carried by big box stores which makes them easily accessible to just about everybody.

Have fun with this wonderful, versatile art medium.

Ready To Go

The last couple of weeks have been spent preparing for the beginner bible journaling class.  It’s this afternoon.  I’ve set up the table with the examples and have my notes.  I have the hand outs printed and ready.

There seems to be quite a large number of ladies attending.  I hope they are receptive to what I have to say.  Some are already less than enthusiastic, but that’s to be expected.  This isn’t for everyone and I know that.  But for those who are interested, this can be a life changing thing.


Just back from the ladies event.  While there was not a great deal of time for the mini-class, several ladies did come up afterward saying they’d give it a try.  So I consider it a success.  If I can persuade ladies who claim no artistic ability to give it a try, that’s pretty good.

Well worth the time spent in preparation.

Daily Art Challenge: September 21

Our challenge today is to use calligraphy in our art work.

I bought a set of nibs and a pen holder at Walmart for less than 10 bucks.  I have a bottle of black ink, which was a couple bucks.  I also have Beinfeng calligraphy paper from Dick Blick for around 9 bucks.  So for less than 25 dollars I have everything I need to learn dip pen calligraphy.  And enough supplies to last years.

There are pens which use ink cartridges, rather than liquid ink.  These are convenient to use and there’s no worry about spilling your ink all over your work surface.  These pens also have refill cartridges in a variety of colors.

You can also use calligraphy markers.  They have chisel nibs, often one on each end of the marker in different widths. You can pick up these markers for less than 5 bucks.  They come in a variety of colors, including metallics.

There are complete calligraphy sets which include the dip pen holder and nibs, the ink, instructions and an assortment of paper.  These run from around 15 bucks to much higher.  The more costly sets often come in a lovely wooden display box. There are also beautifully carved pen holders which can be very expensive.

Obviously you can use any pen you have available.  The goal here is to get the proper technique down.  You want to use your pen correctly from the start, so as not to develope bad habits.  I recommend watching available videos and finding instructions on line.  These will help ensure proper technique with beautiful results.


Daily Art Challenge: September 20

Our challenge today is to create an art piece using boats.  These could be sail boats, speed boats, cruise ships, fishing boats, vintage boats, aircraft carriers or paddle boats.  We saw a lot of boats this past weekend and I found them inspiring. I hope you do too.

I’ve made several paintings using vintage boats.  I enjoy the rugged wooden working boats as well as those left, broken and abandoned on the shore line.  The beauty of the peeling paint, the worn deck, the battered cabin all pull me into the boats story.  The history, where it’s been and what it’s done…

Have some fun including boats in your art work today.