Category: Projects

Craft Event to help with Hurricane Sandy relief

Postponed until Saturday, November 10. Times are the same.  1-3 pm or from 6-8 pm due to the weather forecast.

This Wednesday, November 7, come Create with Bogate and help with Hurricane Sandy relief.

I will be offering two workshops, from 1-3 pm and from 6-8 pm for women to share community,  make something handcrafted and  help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

For only $20 (and a tee-shirt which you probably already have) ,  you can make a way-cool tee shirt for yourself, hubby, friend or kids.    You will learn to make my twist on the wildly popular bleach pen tee shirts which removes the color of the tee shirt into any design that you can imagine and draw. I will be donating half of the workshop fees to Heartworks to specifically help with Hurricane Sandy relief.

Space in Stacy’s studio is limited so please call her at 362-5608 or email her at  to make a reservation.  Drop-ins are welcome though and I will fit you in if there is room.

Here is an old tee shirt that I recently doodled on.  Pretty cool, huh?

You can also do a simple design such as a heart, peace sign, flower, butterfly, bird, robot…….  I will  have a variety of examples and templates to help with the design process.

To see more more examples of shirts that people have created, click here.

I think these would make great gifts too.  So, bring some extra shirts if you want and doodle away for only $5/shirt.

We will be using bleach, so if you are sensitive to it, this is not the event for you. I will have an alternative product that doesn’t have bleach in it, but the bleach smell will still be present in the room.


Art Explorations Summer Camp – Kandinsky Circles Extraordinaire!

I love the art of Wassily Kandinsky and frequently do projects based on his artwork. His color studies with circles are a favorite, but this is the first time I have done this project with the kids. It was inspired by a post on Pamela Holderman’s blog.  We first painted a large dot on the center of the paper and then continued to add circles until we filled the page. At this age, it is great for gaining painting skills – not getting too much paint on the brush and paper and learning to properly clean the brush between colors.  It also helps them practice the circle shape. After finishing their circles, the kids were asked to fill in the background anyway they desired.

On the next day, the fun began.   I had different stations set up and the kids were allowed to embellish their circles in any way they wanted.  They could add paint or marker designs, they could use paper punches to cut out paper shapes to glue on, they could use stamps and ink to make designs, and  they could add sequins and rhinestones….. yeah,  bling!!!    This was a great learning experience in using tools such as paper punches and stamps and we also talked about technique and cleaning up for the next person.  The kids and I both absolutely loved this additional part of the project and it took the projects from nice to amazing!   Here are several finished paintings on the drying line.

Art Exploration Summer Camp – Mexican Tin Art

I have three camps scheduled at my studio this summer.  The first one was in late June and I had 10 kids ages 5-7 participate. I am going to be doing several blogs about some  highlights and descriptions of projects that we did that week.

On Monday, we did several projects.  The first one was inspired by Mexican tin art. We took squares of cardboard,  cut slits along all four edges, wrapped yarn around the cardboard, covered in aluminum foil and then etched the foil between the yarn lines.

Here’s a picture of  wrapping the yarn around the cardboard and putting it the slits to hold it in place. The second pictures shows the cardboard covered in foil and after we have started to press down on the areas between the yarn.  I found the using two layers of heavy duty aluminum foil worked best over the yarn.  One layer tended to rip as you were doing the etching process.  I also found Q-tips a great tool for the etching process with the little ones.

After this point, we then colored the different depressed sections with Sharpies.

Here’s several pictures of kids working on their pieces  and another one showing everyone’s  Mexican tin Art.   I love how some of the kids did solid colors and others made patterns. Make sure to click on the second picture to see everyone’s art up close.  Thanks to Pi’ikea Street’s blog for the inspiration.

Drawing with Melted Crayons

We had so much fun in my Exploring Art class today that I thought I would share. I originally read about this technique on the blog, Paint Cut Paste. I took out my tag sale warming tray, covered the top with aluminum foil, heated it up and then we drew with crayons.  The heat from the tray caused the crayons to melt and it was so much fun. Here’s the set up.

The wax would ooze around the page and blend beautifully with the other colors. They seemed more like oil pastels and looked like liquid watercolors on the page.

After the page was filled up, we used a square stencil to find areas that we especially liked the color and composition.  We outlined the square with pencil and then cut them out.  I used the exacto knife. The students used scissors.

We then glued them on to some cardstock to make some cute cards.

I don’t have any pictures, but we also drew directly on the aluminum foil and then placed our paper on top. These created some really neat monoprint.

This was so much fun that I really want to do this activity with some teens or a girls night out.  Let me know if you want to give it a try sometime.