“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.”
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.
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!
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.
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
“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.”
“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.”
Today it’s all about polymer clay mushrooms with Jana Benzon! Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Jana about sculpting, creating art, life as an artist, polymer clay, and much more!
Jana’s work is so realistic, and and can be widely incorporated in the polymer clay sculpting work or used as Jewelry! She has taught a class showing how to make her realistic mushrooms on Curious Mondo! Check it out!
On today’s episode of the Creativity in Focus podcast we chat with Lisa Pavelka. Lisa will share with us her creative process, talk about her art, her amazing polymer clay pieces, how she gets inspired and much more!