Placing the Sockets for Look Alike Puppets with Barry Gordemer

“There. So I’ve got an iPad pattern here, and I think this is going to be too big for George’s eyes, but I think it’s going to be perfect for doing the eye sockets, which should be a little bigger than the eye. There’s the center line. It looks like a man for back. When yeah. Yeah. A creepy, creepy Sheriff that here and there. But again, here, I’m really trying to keep that narrow, Clooney head and I was worded and I put it up here and then the top of the head would start to get a little bulbous compared it probably would have been okay in retrospect looking at it now, but I thought, ah, let me go ahead and trim it and see where that happens. So we’ve got the eyes in there. They’re roughly straight enough. And so I’m going to mark a line about halfway through there, and then we’re going to poke through here with our scissors and snip the front half of the foam all the way through that’s where the big sitters kind of help it’s back there.”

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

Overlapping Pedal Technique for a French Beading Flower with Shahar Boyayan

“Let’s now combine that to create another technique here that where you over lap, the paddles. So for the inside one, I want to have seven beats in my center, 3, 6, 7, or about half an inch. You would be right with either and you’re going to loop that like we did at the beginning. And you pinch, so you don’t have wire showing. And twist twice. For this one, we want three rolls of wrap around. So this is the first time we, we are doing the three roles, this course, three and four, the inside of my rows. I want, three rows, three paddles. So I have to do three more, two more. So again, same number or half an inch. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.”

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

Safety Tips for Painting a Fiber Clay Birds Sculpture with Joanie Wolter

“I have already painted this with the black power techs and I’ve sprayed it with the black flat, spray paint outside in my little spray booth outside. What I want to talk to you about before we move on to the actual, painting is the fact that when you’re spraying with it, be cautious about what you’re breathing in.

I have a mask that I used, I put on to kind of filter the air. And if you look at the floor after you sprayed for any length of time, there’s all kinds of spray paint dust on the floor. And if you’re not careful, all that’s going into your one. So I want you to be real careful about wearing a mask.

I keep brushes and I even have a pumice stone in the shower so I can keep everything off my hand anyways, just be cautious. All right. that’s my golden rule of when I’m out there painting.”

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

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

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

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

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!

EP 48 – Lisa Pavelka on Resin – Creativity in Focus – Jewelry Series

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Lisa Pavelka about making jewelry with resin, creating art, life as an artist, mixed-media jewelry, and much more!

Lisa produces beautiful pieces with Polymer clay and her branded techniques and Magic-Glos. She has taught several classes on Curious Mondo!
Check Out Lisa Pavelka’s Classes

EP 47 – Asia Raine – Jewelry Series – Creativity in Focus

Tune in as we have a candid conversation with Asia Raine about jewelry making, creating art, life as an artist, organic jewelry, and much more!

Asia is also one of our instructors at Curious Mondo, Check out her How to do Etching with Electricity class!

EP 46 – Jana Benzon – Polymer Clay Series – Creativity in Focus

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!