Guess what? Christmas is almost here! I'm super excited, and grateful that I can finally start to decorate my home for the holidays. Last year I went for a Scandinavian-theme with my holiday decor, and this year I'm continuing the motif. I love the care and simplicity of the Nordic patterns that pop up during this season, and I decided I wanted to replicate those patterns on some hand-painted Scandinavian stockings. It was easier than it looks - keep reading to see how it works!
I love making ornaments for our Christmas tree every holiday season, and this year I decided to go a bit contemporary with my design... click through to find out how to make these minimalist acrylic hand lettered ornaments and to download our free template.
Since I'm a self-diagnosed lazy person, I'll admit it's really nice to look at things on my phone without having to pick it up. It's just soooo much work, after all! To prop up your phone while you work, sleep or browse, it's nice to have a phone stand, but it's better to have one with a bit of personality. This bright pink acrylic project definitely stands out as a modest but bright, statement-making DIY phone stand, and you can use any colored acrylic or plexiglass to make your own that fits your phone!
As usual, Curbly's Clippings page is full of great inspiring images from all over the internet this week. Here's a quick roundup in case you missed it:
This abstract acyrlilic block with scrap wood suspended inside makes a striking sculpture.
Possibly the best use of a Pantone color guide that I've ever seen. Ok, definitely.
I tweeted this one already, but still, I love the use of turqoise in this kitchen (and normally I hate it, even...
A simple, bold design for fans of typography, cocktail, and cleanliness!
Its incredible to check out the different features of typefaces once you blow them up - especially in symbols and punctuation. And as you can see above, these differences and subtle curves look mighty fine under a cold drink.
As a card maker, I do love a good rubber stamp. I have a bunch of the old fashioned rubber/wood variety, but for some reason I've put off buying the clear, re-positional stamps. The stamps themselves are MUCH less expensive than the rubber/wood stamps, but to use these re-positional stamps you need something to position them ON. That would be the acrylic block shown in the picture above. How does a penny pinching crafter get around this additional expense?
Artist and Curbly member Melsky (which is a combination of her first and last name) describes her acrylic on paper creations as eclectic, whimsical, abstract and colorful. An aggressive use of adjectives to be sure, but they’re necessary to describe her unique and vibrant images. Here, in Curbly’s first artist profile, I pose some questions to Melsky in an effort to get to know her and her work a little bit better.
You used to be a ceramic...
Aaron R. Thomas plays with Plexiglas®, resulting in some very interesting art pieces. New to his gallery are Firefly Lamps. (The name alone makes me want one–or a dozen.) Not only are they beautiful, they’re a much more humane way to get the fireflies-in-a-jar effect than actually putting fireflies in a jar.
Sometimes, hand painted just isn't the look you're going for, and you long to add some machine printed accuracy to your latest project. Here's two easy ways to add printed images to canvas, plastic, glass, paper, and whatnot.
Image from a magazine or book, or printed via laser printer or photocopier. (Inkjet printers will not work)
Large bowl or pie plate
Credit card or bone folder (Credit card not pictured...forgive me.)
If you’ve ever gone into a craft store looking for antique bronze-colored paint, like the antique bronze in a Pottery Barn catalog, you won’t find it. The bronze craft stores do have looks more like bronzed baby booties bronze. Not my favorite look. So, I did some experimenting and came up with a ‘recipe’ that produces a very similar color to the bronze that’s popular nowadays. Here it is:
One part Delta Ceramcoat Black + One Part Delta...