Creating the Lips for a Look Alike Puppet with Barry Gordemer

“And we’re just going to do a little piece, right about in the front there. This is a quarter-inch cable cord. And it doesn’t really matter if it’s nylon or something like that. It tends to really frame the stuff around the edges once you cut it. So I go in there with a little bit of hot glue and stop the firing and I get my fingers in a little water to avoid the pain. And then we can just go roll that around. Nice and neatly there. So a lip that will go right about there. That’s a little big, I think I’ll just get to take a little off the side there. It doesn’t need to be very big. So I, use rope for creating thing, little accents, like lips and, wrinkles. If I want to do it like a wrinkly forehead on something rope works really great for that.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/creating-look-alike-puppets-course

Curious Mondo Gets Gamified!

News Release, June 25th, 2021

Contact: Shahar Boyayan
801-680-7220
hello@curiousmondo.com

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Learning a new skill can be daunting. Studies show that adults and children learn better when they’re having fun!

Nick Pelling coined the term ‘gamification’ in 2002. This means adding game elements to a process to increase engagement and enjoyment. Applying game mechanics engages viewers and motivates them to reach their goals. It also makes their goals more structured, solid, and achievable. Gamifying makes learning easier and more fun!

Gamification aids education in a few ways. Adding elements like points systems and leveling up encourages learners to reach achievements. Social interaction within the game provokes friendly competition. Leaderboards help track achievements and provide recognition for hard work. Rewards, like badges, encourage players to complete objectives. These don’t only drive engagement and entertainment; they are also proven to increase knowledge retention.

Curious Mondo is using these ideas to create a brand new, interactive look! We know that learners learn best when they’re having fun, so we’re adding cool new game components to our art classes. Viewers will be able to interact with the class, earn badges, and level up. We’re also introducing player control. Students can sit in the virtual ‘Director’s Chair’ and choose 4 different camera angles to watch during the show. Curious Mondo is the first and only virtual art class in the United States to incorporate gamification.

At Curious Mondo, we are always looking for innovative ways to share art with adults around the world. We stream live art classes for FREE, featuring professional guest instructors. To see our exciting new updates, go to CuriousMondo.com! Come see our artists teach stunning skills in an updated and entertaining format.

Choosing the wire for a French Beading Flowers with Shahar Boyayan

“When you go buy these at a flower shop or a craft store, you have different gauge of wire, the 18 gauge. So the way I see, I just pinched the package, the packet a little bit, because you have very soft ones. So I see if there is any resistance. And there is quite a bit, so I want that because again, it’s heavy, right? The glass is happy. So I want that. Now there is the 16. The problem is, sometimes you don’t find it. The 16 is even better than this one because it’s very sturdy. It makes it easier for us to make the flowers. I need to have some weight. If I had a lighter gauge, the moment I put the flower here, it starts root, right? It doesn’t stay. Even with this one. Sometimes many times I bend them to make it sturdier.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Adding Layers for Animal Pendants in Polymer Clay with Melissa Terlizzi

“So I’m going to do a, say a stripe here, kind of like a Y shaped stripe in the middle and then another stripe, right by the tail. So I’ll start with that. Y shaped one. And just do exactly that. I know I’m not in the center of the tile, but okay. So I’m just gonna cut out a Y. This may not be long enough. Let’s let’s check it out. Actually. Hope nobody’s noticing how rusty my blades are. I was just going to go on there, kind of like that, and I’m going to trim those edges off so that it looks like it’s going around his back and then I’ll do another stripe.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/animal-pendants-polymer-course

Soothing Stress Through Art

News Release – July 30th, 2021

Contact: Shahar Boyayan

801-680-7220

hello@curiousmondo.com

Salt Lake City, UT – The process of creation is an important tool for stress relief. Creating art allows us to express emotions that are too powerful for words. It helps us work through issues and feel better about ourselves.

Psychiatric circles have long used Art Therapy to help people express themselves. Creating an image about an issue allows the person to distance themselves and gain clarity. Creativity causes a relaxed state, which can allow a person to access buried memories.  Art is a safe way to explore difficult emotions within boundaries and structure.

Crafting art can boost self image as well. Making something unique provides a sense of accomplishment and control. It empowers the creative, giving them individual choice and freedom. Making a piece of art is a problem solving process, which teaches better coping skills in life. Putting an emotion into a physical form can also offer catharsis.

The world we live in now has made it difficult to connect with artists physically. With many feeling isolated and alone, artistry is even more essential to us. Art provides an escape to a freer space. Making art connects us to other times, places, and cultures. It has the power to provide a link between people across the globe, who would never have met otherwise. The internet has proven to be an essential vehicle for sharing art.

Curious Mondo’s goal is to empower creatives around the world to make more art. The company’s founder, Shahar Boyayan, commented, “I love making art. It gives my brain time to buffer, forget about the problems of the day, and focus on creating something beautiful.” This is the spirit that Curious Mondo hopes to share with the world. To join us for free, live art classes, go to CuriousMondo.com.

Papering Backgrounds for Dimensional Paper Clay Art with Rogene Manas

Join mixed media artist and author, Rogene Mañas for a fun 3-day online workshop creating dimensional wall art with paper clay. Create bas-relief images that have the look of carved wood and leave people wondering how they were made. Paper clay is an easy-to-use, air-dried clay that holds amazing detail, is non-toxic, and does not require baking or firing. It comes out of the pack ready-to-use and is available at most art supply and craft stores. This unique and innovative process is fun, flexible and forgiving, making it perfect for beginning and advanced students alike. Another amazing art course online!

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/dimensional-art-paper-clay-course

From Trash to Treasure

Experts Share 12 Upcycling Projects for Your Home

Do you have unused items hidden away in your closets? Or maybe an old dresser that is falling apart? Instead of letting your items go to waste, why not attempt an upcycling project? Upcycling is a process that takes old, unused materials and refashions them into something new and usable. 

To help you get started, Redfin reached out to experts across North America, from San Jose, CA to Calgary, AB, including us, to share our best upcycling projects. From repurposing old glass bottles to transforming old metal grating, keep reading to see what we had to say.

Check out From Trash to Treasure: Experts Share 12 Upcycling Projects for Your Home.

1) Thrift outdoor lighting to improve your home’s aesthetic 

Why spend upwards of up to $300 on new light fixtures when you can do it for a fraction of the cost? I thrifted two identical outdoor light fixtures for $7.99 each. I didn’t like the grey metal they came with but loved the shape and style. But with one can of spray paint and an hour of work, I had two brand-new-looking outdoor light fixtures. – A Wandaful Thing 

2) Create beautiful garden art with old glass bottles

Take old glass bottles and upcycle them into beautiful and long-lasting garden art. These offbeat and quirky house numbers were made from recycled wine bottles and add lots of personality to your home. – Curious Mondo

3) Use stencils to paint designs

One of the easiest ways to update your home is with stencils and paint. Not only can you use stencils to create a modern accent wall, but you can also use them on furniture, pillows, and old ceramic flooring. Instead of ripping up old tiles and replacing them, you can paint and stencil right over them for an updated look. – One Handy Momma

4) Install a plate wall to elevate your space

Do you have vintage plates or family heirloom china hiding in storage? Plate walls are one of the easiest, most impactful, and eco-friendly upcycling projects you can do to elevate any space in your home. Give new life to these old treasures by arranging and hanging them on your wall. – The Brooklyn Teacup  

5) Turn scrap wood into new furniture 

Do you have old wood furniture taking dust in the basement or attic? A bit of unscrewing, sanding, and cutting can give you enough wood to create your dream desk, shelves, or a bench without spending a penny. Seal your new creation with hemp oil and add a touch of color by mixing in some earth pigments or applying a few layers of milk paint. You’ll end up with a stunning eco-friendly and VOC-free finish. – Marianne Faguy 

6) Repurpose an old metal grating to create storage

A broken laundry cart was used as vertical storage by mounting it to the wall. You can also use clothespins to make it a message board or add curtain clips with hooks to hang small things like paint tubes. Empty plastic gelato containers clipped in a row and along the bottom keep pens, pencils, paper clips, and scissors tidy and organized. – Crossing Light Studio

7) Transform the mood of a room with a mural 

While not everyone is able to commit to painting a wall with a bold mural, painting the design on larger pieces of furniture instead of a wall is a great way to achieve the same effect without the commitment. I like to stack pine cabinets to create a large, flat surface for painting, but a mural can go on any piece of furniture. – EC Mazur

8) Use tempered glass to create new furniture pieces 

Over the last fifty years, I developed several ways to use reclaimed tempered glass to make tables, countertops, light fixtures, and sculptures – all done using no heat or large machines. – Silastial Glass Art

9) Swap plants with family, friends, and neighbors

Ask your gardening neighbors and kin if they’d like to swap cuttings or plants that can be easily rooted or divided and transplanted – like hydrangeas, hosta, ferns, and Lenten Roses. Then the next time you walk through your outdoor spaces you can think of them and find greater enjoyment in these deeply rooted relationships. – Redeem Your Ground

10) Use old books to create a floating book wall 

Upcycling is a way to create original objects with a history and provide your interior a special touch by giving old objects a new function. You could use old books as support for a stunning floating book wall. – UpcycleDZINE

11) Install durable, low-carbon concrete 

Utilize CO2-enhanced concrete additives in any concrete used inside or outside of the home which is made of waste powder feedstocks and CO2 that would have otherwise been emitted into the atmosphere. The low-carbon concrete looks and feels the same as traditional concrete, but is stronger and more durable so you can build with greener, stronger, and more durable concrete. – Carbon Upcycling Technologies

12) Create your own cleaning solution with unused fruit 

If you like the smell of citrus and love a clean home look no further than orange peels. You can create your own cleaning solution with orange, lime, or lemon peels by adding them to a jar, covering them with distilled white vinegar, closing the lid, and waiting a week (or more for a more intense smell). Once ready, pour the cleaning solution where needed, and you can now clean with your favorite scent. – Jali Fruit Co.

Bonus: Turn spare PET bottles into jewelry

You only need PET bottles (bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate), a candle, accessories, and wires/hooks. Cut them into shapes, heat them using candle heat to bend & shape them, and assemble them together with your flavor of accessory parts. – Upcycle with Jing

Getting Creative While Making a Fiber Clay Bird Sculpture with Joanie Wolter

“I just want to make it fluffier. So I’m just taking my little picker stick and I’m seeing what it looks like. I’m like, not even like this, but this is playtime. So you can try it. If you don’t like it, you just fix it. You can do that. You don’t have to be worried that, Oh my God, I ruined this piece because I don’t like what I did. That’s just not how this kind of clean works. And actually, I don’t want it to go on the side like that. It’s not going to go off the side. So I’m just going to kick that off there. Cut this off here and see how this looks when I put it on the front of him. So return him around so you guys can see as well. So here he is. And I’ve screwed up his tail a little bit, but then I’m re fluff it, it will be fine. So this would come in front like this almost looks like an apron. Now he’s turned him into a real native American, I’m going to cut this as a, too big of a piece. If I just wanted to be feathers. If I wanted to dress him up in an apron, that would be another story I could do that, but that wasn’t my intention. So this will be here kind of laying in over.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/sculpting-fiber-clay-course

Using Sea Glass When Freeform Shaping Glass & Stones with Jack Hoque

“This is a lot of fun. Definitely love, love doing this type of work, as you can see, I slipped there, but that’s okay. Cause no Polish to worry about slipping on at the moment. This is really working very nicely. I’m digging, working on sea glass. Maybe I’ll go to the coast after this and go find my own sea glass because you know, there’s nothing better than being able to find it yourself and then finish it. Nice long strokes on there.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/carve-glass-and-stone-course

Art Meets Business – Episode 5

During these hard times we all tend to think about many things. Our heads get full of thoughts and preoccupations that we don’t know how to deal with. What am I gonna do? What if my business fails? Can I keep going? In this series, Art Meets Business, we are gonna chat about all sorts of life challenges and specifically about how to keep art going and enlightening the world! Come enjoy this conversation with our host and owner Shahar Boyayan who has many wise insights and experiences to share!

Placing the Cheeks on a Look Alike Puppet With Barry Gordemer

“So what’s going to happen here is this foam piece is going to go in inside the puppet there, and then the fingers will go underneath there. And so that’ll do it. And then this piece of foam core is going to go on the top because just my fingers in there, it’s going to cause that foam to push up and the foam core will give it just a little bit of rigidness sort of grips. But remember now I shortened the edges. We shorten those inside edges, to make this face a little more narrow. So I think I just want to shave a little off that inside back edge. So we keep those proportions nice and tight. Take taken off about a quarter. Won’t seem like much, but a quarter of an inch, five millimeters, add them together and it adds up to a half, an inch, 10 millimeters. Then you are talking about a significant noticeable change in the, in the features of the face.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/creating-look-alike-puppets-course

Tips for Using Clay Slabs – Fiber Clay Sculpting with Joanne Wolter

“I’m going to slap up some clay to use. However, this bird now often times because of a slab roller, and I do a lot of projects where I’m just wrapping clay around and getting started that way. Sometimes I can slip out some clay and I have a long plastic bin out in the garage and I can lay a slab out the clay, put a plastic down, put a layer of clay, plastic layer of clay. But anyway, so I fill the box. Then when I know I’m going to be working on something, I can pull out a big slab of clay. Now, the nice thing about this, is I can have that big slab of clay. It could be dry as a bone. And what I do is I can wrap it in a big wet towel and reconstitute it. So then I can go ahead and use that big slab whenever I want all I have to don’t have to, flatten it every time I can just use what I have reconstituted in a way I go.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/sculpting-fiber-clay-course

Art Meets Business – Episode 4

During these hard times we all tend to think about many things. Our heads get full of thoughts and preoccupations that we don’t know how to deal with. What am I gonna do? What if my business fails? Can I keep going? In this series, Art Meets Business, we are gonna chat about all sorts of life challenges and specifically about how to keep art going and enlightening the world! Come enjoy this conversation with our host and owner Shahar Boyayan who has many wise insights and experiences to share!

African Violet Pedal for a French Beading Flower with Shahar Boyayan

“African violet has about four paddles usually. So I started the same way about one inch loop. Don’t forget to pinch with your finger. So you don’t have wire showing that, that if you look at my every now and then that happens to me. Do it twice. And now I just feed some more beats and I go around it like this and I have another loop. See, same thing, one, two. So this is the reason you cannot do 3, 4, 5 twists because you might be thinking, oh, but it’s easier. So I bench, I want them close. Together. Can you do another one? I am going to do four of them. So I have my one inch thing here bench. So the one to the reason I cannot do 3, 4, 5 is look here. I twisted three times and I have a gap here with wire that I will not be able to do anything about it.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/french-beading-flowers-course

Teaching Techniques for Beginning Basket Weaving with Cheryl Dixon

“So the way you start, you don’t have to taper these end, but there is going to be a little space in here. So what we’re going to do is take the first one. You can choose any spoke. They’re all exactly the same. So you start under and you don’t want to extend it past here, but you start under, and then this is over, under, over, and then I’m going to stop. I still have quite a bit of length on here, but you only want to weave as a section about this far. So under, over, under, over, under, and then stop. Now, some people have a tendency to keep going. So if you have to use a closed pen or something to close, been out there to make yourself stop do that. So this is at an angle. So I’m going to work toward the left. I’m going to pick up another piece and I’m going to start under, and then over, under, over under now, I’m going to stop. The reason I am not going any farther is because when I get these all in and I get back here, I’m going to have to do a reverse weave or a back weave or backwards, whatever you’d like to call it, to get those final ones in.”

Learn more about the course here: https://www.curiousmondo.com/beginning-basket-weaving-course