Building Functional Items from Newspapers: #upcycle #recycle

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Welcome to upcycle month! This week’s post is a channel shout out to Minakshi Biswas, a creative housewife who builds attractive, functional storage items out of newspaper, cardboard and wool. I have watched a number of her videos and am impressed by her skills at working out both functional and structural details out of her “local rag,” (aka newspaper) which we only relegate to the recycle bin.

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I will leave you with my favourite video:

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Site Suggestion for Crafters: Hobbycraft Blog

There are an insane number of projects on this blog covering nearly every craft you can think of, from crochet to home decor and knitting, baking, sewing, papercraft, art, patterns for your cricut… and there are a heap of free colouring pages and instructions. You can also access wedding, Easter and Christmas ideas.

Of course it wants you to buy from them, but that part is done more subtly that usual and is not obligatory.

Go, explore and see what you can find and let me know if you stumble across any brilliant ones, please let me know.

https://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk

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Card Making Supplies You May Find Helpful #cards #craftastherapy

Cards I have made this year.

There are thousands and thousands of videos on Youtube about making cards, from simple designs anyone can make, to fancy cards which require special machines and expensive products. This is a great video which has a little simple and a little fancy included in the suggestions.

If anyone is interested, I am happy to have a card making month. It’s fun, good distraction from stress and you do NOT have to spend a fortune in materials. The giving from your heart is what really matters here, which is why people appreciate the hand-made cards you crafted especially for them.

Enjoy the video and when I find more best of the best card videos, I will share them with you.

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Is Tracing Cheating or an Aid to Learning?

As this video exists, I can’t be the only one who has ever worried whether tracing an image I want to use in my art journal is correct or not. If you have doubts, or have ever been criticised for doing this, the video below will hopefully set the matter straight!

Do what YOU need to do and don’t worry about other’s criticisms. I know this is always easier said and done, but if you are journalling just for yourself and your mental health, the only person who you have to make happy is yourself. It is you expressing the message you wish to communicate on paper and you do it any way you want.

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Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

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Use What You Have: A New Way to Use Your Stencils

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This is certainly a great idea! It doesn’t matter how simple or complicated the stencil you want to use is, using parts as shapes, or patterns gives you a whole new use for your stencil stash.

Don’t get stuck on using acrylic paint only; experiment with your stencils with watercolours, pencils, inks and whatever other mediums you would like to try.

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Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

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How Hand Crafted Books Are Traditionally Made – Down the Rabbit Hole

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It is always intriguing to find out how the most exquisite items are crafted. Using your hair to lift gold leaf is something I would never think of… not that I tend to use gold leaf… 🙂   This is an old video from the 1980s era which I found really interesting. Enjoy the video and please share your thoughts on it in the comments.

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Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

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Doodling With Watercolour Paints: Easy, Relaxing and Fun

This week’s video is from one of my favourite Youtube channels. Maremi SmallArt is a gentle, down to earth, encouraging artist and crafter who is always a pleasure to listen to and learn from.

Marta is not one of the Youtube crafters who is pushing products and expecting you to have the newest and best supplies. She often focusses on using what you have and is very honest about her own journey and skills. You will love her.

I am always interested in what you are making, regardless of what type of art or craft it is. Please share with me on Twitter @catephoenixproj, and don’t forget to recommend additional resources in the comments. It may take me a few days, but read every comment and message. You matter!

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