Glueing the Nose on a Look Alike Puppets with Barry Gordermer

“The same nose made of polymer clay would be heavier. Not a lot heavier because it’s, it’s such a small piece. Now I’ve stuck this on. I want you to notice anatomically what I have done here. The laugh lines on a person’s face, radiates out from the corner, the top of the nostrils. I see some people when they do dismiss a technique as they put the nose on top of these lines. All the laugh lines, all the demarcation of the cheeks goes underneath, but it should radiate from these corners down. So if we look at the photograph of George’s face, and this is true on, all people, the laugh lines radiate from the top of the nostril outward. So to get your anatomy, right, and yes, we are doing puppetry cartoony kind of things, but you have to be sort of remain true to certain anatomical, features that feature.”

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

Starting the Pistil for a French Beading Flower with Shahar Boyayan

Learn how to create beautiful beaded flowers using the French Beading technique. You will learn: Basic Framing, Spikes, Loops, Loop around Lacing …and much more! All while creating gorgeous flowers that you can use for decor, head bands and art pieces! Come make a whole garden of French beaded flowers. No French necessary.

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

Creating Texture For Animal Pendants In Polymer Clay with Melissa Terlizzi

Join Melissa Terlizzi for this fun and educational Animal Pendants in Polymer Clay online course. Learn how to make 3 different polymer clay pendants: a big-eyed chameleon on a leaf, a tropical tree frog, and an exotic goldfish. Students will learn how to blend the clay and shape each animal, how to add texture and attach all the features. We will also provide tips on ways to help strengthen the pendants, and ensure they hang properly.

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

Virtual Spaces Foster Creativity and Fulfillment

News Release
Oct 1st, 2021

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

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Our digital world is expanding every minute. The pandemic has forced us apart in the physical world, so we turn to online spaces to connect. The emergence of “Positive Technologies” has risen; these programs seek to provide personal enrichment. Online spaces aim to foster self efficacy, gratitude, community, and social connection.  Over the past year, millions of people around the globe tuned in to internet broadcasts. We are finding new ways to stay connected and motivated.

Studies have proven that virtual learning provides fulfillment and happiness. We learn how to manage stress and open our minds to new possibilities. The future of technology gives the user more control to strengthen their creativity and life management skills.

The Director’s Chair is one of the newest features added to Curious Mondo’s art classes. With this tool, you control our live art classes! Watch the Editor’s View to follow the class with our live editors. Or you can switch between three different camera angles throughout the show. Use our Top View, Side View, or Mobile Camera to get the best shot. Switch it up to stay engaged and focused during the show. You can even open more than one camera angle to view at once! Watch a three-dimensional view of our guest artist so you never miss a single detail.

We always offer a live chat during our classes, so creatives can come together to discuss art and techniques. At Curious Mondo, we empower and connect artists around the globe. The Director’s Chair allows creatives to pilot their viewing experience. Join us to watch for free in over 30 countries at CuriousMondo.com!

Creating Loops for Animal Pendants in Polymer Clay with Melissa Terlizi

And I’m in a fold under, so was just double checking that I want it kind of facing this way a little bit. So just folding under the, the top and pressing that down. Just making sure that it’s facing the right direction. And you want to make sure that’s nice and attached and then enrolling it down. So it’s kind of like the arm on a teacup or something, and then press it down. And then you kind of look at it from the side and make sure that it’s not squished down such that you can’t get your wire through. So I think I’ve got plenty of room. And I’m trying not to ruin my texture on there too much.

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

Teaching Techniques for Beginning Basket Weaving with Cheryl Dixon

“So the next thing to do is go around and bend them over on top of themselves, all of them, because you’re breaking that fiber down. You can see I’m doing it, two handed. Now what happens if one of them breaks? They won’t at this point in time, I made sure that these, and if I had one that was kind of wimpy or something, then somewhere down in here, I would have replaced it with a more substantial piece I would have noticed. The key here to avoid the breakage is in the rehydration and that fabric’s offer was helped soften it. So just going to continue around here.”

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

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

EP 50 – Joshua Von War-Bear – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Joshua Von War-Bear about leather work, creating art, life as an artist, cosplay, playing with tools, and much more!

EP 49 – Roxanne Vigos – Natural Dyeing – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Roxanne Vigos about natural dyeing, creating art, life as an artist, eco-dyeing, playing with fibers, and much more!