happy 12.12.12!!! sooo cool!! how can you not be excited about today?? I can only imagine there are a LOT of weddings going on today... :)
Well if you are following me in instagram or facebook.. you might know that this past weekend, Allie and her friends.. and Ben and my son Preston.. had a "craft night" saturday night. Allie had seen on Pinterest, a deer glittered on canvas.. that she REALLY wanted to make. Not for herself.. but she said she knows I LOVE deer anything right now.. and she wanted to make it for me for my Christmas Decor. I had seen the fun pins going around on Pinterest of the simple waterless snow-globes.. and I knew I wanted to try my hand at that too! I figured BOTH would be super fast and easy projects.. we could definitely get done in one night. And I was right. SUPER easy and fast.
This week I wanted to share with you what we did and maybe give you some ideas that you could do for all year long!
The first one I am going to share is the snowglobes.
These are waterless snowglobes, so they don't require anything super fancy. Just a few simple things, you might already have around the house.
First you need empty jars.. they can be canning jars, empty pickle jars, jelly jars, mayonnaise jars, etc. ANY Kind of jar will work. Ben washed them for me really good and we pealed off the labels (Magic Eraser works good for that. Or just soaking it in warm water for a bit). I even used some super small jelly and mustard jars.. you know the kind they give you at restaurants or in your hotel room when you order room service? And salt and pepper shakers (got mine at the dollar store).
You also need some type of snow. You can find different types of flakes and glittered snow at ANY Craft store and even Walmart in the Holiday Section. I also used super find glitter with some of the smaller globes because the pieces were so small, the other flakes just overpowered them. So keep in mind Glitter works too!
The girls even used some of the colored glitter lightly mixed in with the snow flakes.. just to give it a TINY bit of color. Not too much though. I kept mine to mostly white.
Then you need to gather things to put inside. This is where the fun part begins. There are NO rules to what you can put inside your globes!
Some things I found just around my house (I collect lots of birds, and I use old goblets turned upside down, to set them on).. So I thought those would be fun inside! I also gathered a bunch of small figurines that people had given me over the years.. it kids got at school. Some of them I found at craft stores , but most I found at thrift stores. Most were like .25 cents to .50 a piece. Ornaments work GREAT too! ANY type. I used the Nesting Doll ornaments I made in the 2012 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas class.
Make sure to keep them small. They have to fit inside the opening of the jar mouth. My FAVORITE thing to put inside are the small sisal trees. Bottle Trees as they are called. You can buy packs of them at Michael's. Usually 12-20 in a pack and they range in price from $6.00-$8.00. BUT right now everything is on sale.. so i know you can get them cheaper. Joanns, Michael's, Hobby Lobby and even Big Lots carry them. I think Target does too.
They come in different colors but usually the white ones or colors BESIDES green are more expensive. SO it's EASY to color your own (I show you how in the Pumpkins and Cider workshop).. You simple soak them in bleach and water (half and half) for just a few minutes and it removes all the color. Then you can leave them cream.. OR you can re-color them the color you want using Sprays and Mists (like color wash from ranger, studio calico spray, etc)! (or spray paint). This is where you could change it up depending on what your color scheme is. OR even go outside the box and make these for different seasons and holidays! Like think about coloring some pink and red for valentines day and making a valentines snowglobe, Or a spring one.. or easter. Fall, Halloween, etc. These are a set of trees I did for fall.Some are in globes and some I just used in trays.I made these in the pumpkins and Cider workshop. I showed how to do patterns on them.. stripes, polkadots, etc.
These are kind fallish.. BUT image if your tree is pinks and greens! How fun for snowglobe!
This is a set I just glued to the top of an old book cover, for Halloween but NEXT year I will be moving it into a jar..
Wouldn't that be just TOO cute in a big canning jar? with orange glitter? I Say YES! :)
Okay.. so enough with the trees lol..
YOu also need some type of adhesive. I just used hot glue. Not gonna lie. Im too impatient to wait for E600 to dry, but that would work too if it's a heavy object and you need it to REALLY be secure. HOWEVER there were some things that I didn't want to "adhere" and make permanent in the snowglobes. That I wanted to take out and use later for other things. So those I didn't glue down (like my birds and goblets and my girl nesting doll ornaments)
So you can certainly make them without making them permanent. Then you just go to town!
Then you just go to town! You glue the items to the inside top of the lid of the snowglobes. Then you add the glitter and snow to the jar side.. and then carefully put the lid onto the jar, and then turn upside down and the snow falls down onto all the fun things you glued onto the lid! Now if you find you put too much snow on it. No worries. Just unscrew it and take some out. Easy Peasy!
One MORE thing to note. my jars had all different colors of lids. BUt for ME i like that I like that they are jelly lids or mustard lids and they say words on them and are colorful. That is my studio.. and I like also incorporating things that are "real" or authentic.. so keeping them looking like they are homemade by not changing the lid color worked for me. Even with the canning jar lids. I tried to actually use the ones that were old and discolored. HOWEVER if you are doing it for say a room that is all cream and gold.. you wouldn't want all the different mixes of colors and you might want it to look a bit more professional. So first you would want to paint the lids before you start. I suggest just using good old fashioned spray paint. Paint them all cream or silver and you are good to go!
So fun! Some of the snowglobes I did opposite. Like the hanging ornament. I glued the string to the lid.. and then place the jar right side up. So it hung down from the lid. So you can do it either way! Once you have them made.. then you can create "scenes" with them. You can put them all together in the center of the table, or you can spread them out here and there throughout your house. YOu can also stack them on things. like candlesticks or cake stands, etc. to give different heights to them as well. Here are just a few of the shots I took.
Keep in mind you can keep some of your figurines, trees, etc.. OUTSIDE of the globes and place around them. WHich is fun when creating a table centerpiece.
I even used some of the pine cone ornaments i made in the 2012 Artsy Ornaments workshop. TRULY the possibilities of what you can put inside are endless.
I also had the idea, that you can make ANY type of snowglobe. Doesn't have to just be in a "jar" or a globe. I had an old birdcage I bought.. big and tall and didn't I thought it would be fun to put a "setting" inside of that instead of just a regular candle like most people would do.. look how FUN it turned out!
So think outside the box when creating globes!
I just have to say.. I LOVE pinterest. It's such a WONDERFUL place to get ideas and learn and be inspired by other people. TRULY! if you aren't apart of it.. you will have so much fun if you are! It's free and just a great place for inspiration!
anyhow.. can't wait to see what you come up with too! I bet it will be FABULOUS!
Thursday I am going to show you the deer glitter canvases we made.. HOWEVER i am also going to show you some ideas for other shapes you can do as well!
AND I keep forgetting to remind everyone.. the LIFE BOOK 2013.. Starts in just 3 weeks!!!! It's an online art journal workshop that goes for 12 months!
I along with 12 other FABULOUS teachers are teaching this workshop! Effie Wild, Melody Ross, Danita (from Danita Art), Julie Balzer, Mindy Lacefield, and SO SO Many others! I am actually the first teacher of the year.. Mine journal page and technique video goes up in Janaury.. SO COME JOIN US!!! it's a pretty cool book. YOu make an entire art journal. Over the course of 12 months. And finish it off with Tammy showing you how to bind your journal and make it a beautiful keepsake! SO fun!
anyhow.. just something fun to start off the new year :)
I will be posting more about my own new classes.. starting in January (I have two).. in the next couple of weeks. One is a fun basic mixed media course. with EVERYTHING you need to know about mixed media technique. The other will be a year long class as well. Each month a new canvas and project. It's gonna be really really personal and a workshop that I hope will help you grow both creatively and as an individual! More on that in a few weeks!
OH and for those of you who are on the "waitlist" for my art retreats i am having here at the studio in may.. I will be emailing you in the next week or so about those. I started thinking maybe i should give you the info NOW so that if you wanted to ask for it as part of your Christmas present.. you could! lol. It's a good way to have the hubby pay for it.. instead of it coming out of your own "craft" stash lol.
So if you are on the waitlist I will send that out to you first! We will have two different retreats in May. Back to back weekends.
(if you aren't on the waitlist, email me. It's first come first serve. I am only accepting 7 people per weekend and the waitlist is already over that amount, but I will email those on the waitlist before I put it on the blog. The waitlist doesn't mean you have to sign up, just means you get the information first :) )
So anyhow.. lots and lots of fun things for 2013!!!
Now let's get back to crafting and creating for 2012! We still have time.. gonna make some more ornaments tonight! !! :)
Happy tuesday! See you back here thursday! xoxox