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Inspiration Prompt – Connecting People Through Art

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
Connecting People Through Art
[Photo by: Stuart Richards]

Art is one of the most intimate expressions of one’s soul. Whenever someone creates something artistic, he dives deep inside himself in search of inspiration and motivation. The artist seeks his inner creative child and the connection between the two is manifested by the artist’s masterpiece.

This artistic process is one of the few things that are similar in all people. Religion, nationality, gender, beliefs and opinions cannot alter this process. Therefore why not use the forceful power of art to connect people together?

After finding the common denominator of people all around the world – lets use it to spread love and friendship all over.

In the beautiful project “Playing For Change” people are already forgetting their differences and using music to connect – watch the wonderful video below and see it happens.

Why should we stop at music. Art can connect people in many different ways.

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How can you connect people together through art? Have you ever done that?

Please share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a comment on this post.

Creativity Prompt – Try Scrapbooking On Canvas

Friday, February 20th, 2009

scrapbook on a canvas Thinking outside the box is one of the best creativity exercises. In scrapbooking it is manifested by getting out of the traditional 12″ by 12″ page protectors and experimenting with other mediums and sizes.

For this week’s creativity prompt I am taking scrapbooking out of the post-bound album and onto our wall, with “scrapcanvasing“, which means scrapbooking on canvas.

My experience with scrapcanvasing has been great. Getting out of the boundaries of my cardstock stash had made me pull out my art supply that had been waiting untouched, patiently, for a loooooong time. Playing on a canvas means playing with my acrylic paints, my water colors and other mixed-media art goodies – the sky is the limit…

This week’s video isn’t a tutorial – PER SE – but rather me playing around with my canvas. I truly love the results. (You can click on the picture above, for a closer look at the finished project).

So if you want to watch me playin’, stay tuned:
(and if you feel much inclined, please rate and comment on You Tube, where you can also watch the video in higher resolution)

The great music on the video is by non other than Josh Woodward – his music is available (for free) here.

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Are you feeling like creating your own scrapcanvas? Share your thoughts with me!!!

If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

Please let me see your scrapcanvasing creations, by dropping a link at the comments section on this post :)

Creativity Prompt #28 – The Art Of Decoupage

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Découpage Art

Découpage is a fantastic technique of paper piecing that helps us to create impressive art creations quickly and easily, while actual painting & drawing are unnecessary. This is also a fabulous way to use all your small paper scraps. [or holiday cards’ cut-outs…]

I have been using this technique for quite a while but only recently Meital, a childhood friend of my husband, suggested that I should make a tutorial on this technique, so here you go:

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Step by Step Instructions –

Napkins Découpage –

  1. Go through your stash [if you’re like me and you’ve got a stash…] and choose a napkin with an interesting illustration. I chose a napkin with some flower illustrations. Each napkin usually has 4 prints.
    The napkin I chose
  2. Next, you need to paint your canvas. Pick a color that goes well with the illustration on your napkin. Using a foam brush, apply an even coat of the acrylic paint to the canvas. [When working with napkins and other light-weight papers it is better to use a very light color, otherwise the illustration will get “absorbed” and lost in the background.]
    Painting the canvas with an acrylic paint
  3. While the canvas is getting dried, cut the illustration from the napkin and separate its layers so you end up with the very top layer. You can discard the rest of the layers [it’s recyclable!]
    Cutting the illustration off the napkin
  4. After the canvas is completely dry arrange your cut-outs on it in a way that pleases your eye. [After applying the glue or the gel medium figuring out the placement of your cut-outs will get trickier.]
    Figuring out the placement of the illustrations
  5. Then, when you are pleased with the composition, apply the Mod-Podge glue generously with the foam brush both below and above the cut-out, as the glue works as a sealer as well as an adhesive.
    Applying the glue to the canvas and on top of the cut-out
  6. Repeat the gluing and sealing process with all your cut-outs and make sure you apply an even coat of glue and going with the brush at the same direction all over. When you are finished and the glue has completely dried you can embellish your canvas with alpha stickers and glitter glue or anything else you can think of.
    Finished canvas

Paper Scraps Découpage –

The process is basically the same, only you can use any color for the background. Therefore I am not going to be as verbose…

  1. Paint your canvas.
    Painting the canvas
  2. Choose your scraps and cut to size. On a 10″ by 10″ canvas I used 25 pieces of patterned paper, cut at: 1 7/8″ by 1 7/8″.
    Cut the paper to size
  3. Figure out the placement of all your paper cut-outs.
    Figuring out the placement of the paper scraps
  4. Apply glue or gel medium below and on top of each piece of paper.
    Applying glue
  5. Finish off your canvas with your favorite embellishments and enjoy your art!
    finished canvas

Enjoy!!!

If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

I would also be very happy to see your artistic creations, so don’t be shy and share :)