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Winter Holiday Art Market — THIS WEEKEND!

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Okay, so I’m freaking out about everything I have to get done before this thing, but it’s going to be awesome!!! I have three entirely new holiday-themed notecards, a slew of new art prints and a new running animal! (I’ll give you a big hint… he’s known as the king of the jungle.) Stop by to see my new work, grab some beautiful handmade gifts before the holiday rush, and rock out to sweet tunes. Can’t wait to see y’all there!

Winter Holiday Art Market
Winter Street Studios – 2nd Floor, 2101 Winter Street, Houston TX 77007
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  ($10 general admission/Free for Fresh Arts members)
Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Free admission)
Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Free admission)

Houston Etsy Craft Party

Houston Etsy Party Flyer

Every year, crafting supersite Etsy.com throws a global celebration honoring art, craft, and design. This year, the theme is “Craft for Community” so our humble little Houston team is excited to be putting together a party to benefit local shelter and very worthy cause, The Women’s Home.

On June 20th, we’ll be crafting up a storm by creating pillowcases, bedding items, soaps, body products, hair accessories, and jewelry to donate directly to the women at The Women’s Home. We’ll also be collecting new and gently used items, as well as monetary contributions.

Check out a helpful list of suggested supplies to bring, and RSVP for the event HERE!

Pop Shop Houston: THIS Weekend!

Are you excited about this weekend’s Indie Craft Fair, Art and Music Festival, Pop Shop? Of COURSE you are — Over 70 of Houston’s talented artists, craftspeople, and artisans will be there, Pi Pizza Truck will be there (OMG, all-weekend access to one of my favorite food trucks? This is going to get dangerous…), a mobile photo booth will be there, lots of cool bands and musicians will be performing, and there will be FREE crafting for kids and families. Also, did I mention I have some new work to show? Golly!PopShopHouston2013

So grab your momma this Mother’s Day Weekend and show her a good time!

Check out the Pop Shop’s Facebook Event Page to see the schedule of events and officially join!

Rainy Day Art Project: Silhouette Self-Portrait

Silhouette Art Project

Last weekend was dreadfully rainy. To cope with my cabin-fever, I worked on an art project. Luckily for you self-proclaimed “non-artists”, the process behind this piece was so straightforward (not to mention it didn’t require a lick of drawing), I thought I’d share it with you as a simple how-to. I imagine this would be really fun as a rainy-day project for kids. Let me know if you try it and what you think!

What You’ll Need:

  1. Paper
  2. Tape (preferably artists tape or masking tape)
  3. A photo of your profile (I snapped a quick shot on my computer and printed it out on cheap paper in black and white — nothing fancy!)
  4. Contact Paper
  5. Scissors
  6. A patterned stamp (or you could forgo the stamping process and use decorative paper instead)
  7. Stamping ink
  8. Charcoal (could be vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, chalk, or pastel… each one will have a unique look to it)
  9. Paper towel or a chamois cloth for blending
  10. An apron (charcoal = messy!)
  11. Fixative or spray sealant

 

Step 1: Tape your photo on top of the contact paper and cut out your profile. Cut any additional shapes you’d like to include out of the contact paper.

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Step 2: Tape down your paper along the edges (so it doesn’t move around on you), and stamp away!

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Step 3: Peel the backing off of your contact paper pieces and adhere the sticky side to your stamped paper (keep in mind wherever the contact paper goes, that area will remain white.)

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Step 4: CHARCOAL! I find it works best to use the side of a compressed charcoal stick and try to work from the center of a contact paper piece outward (so you don’t accidentally pull up the contact paper… if it happens though, just tell yourself that’s part of the beauty of the artistic process — the unknown!) Blend the charcoal as much or as little as you like, using your paper towel or chamois.

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Step 5: Remove your contact paper pieces, carefully pulling from a corner.

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Step 6: Admire your work!

After removing the tape from the edges, don’t forget to seal the finished piece with a sealant, in a well-ventilated area (outside is best!)

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