21 August 2013

Berry Crafty Guide { Mail Art }

I hope you enjoy the fourth crafty inspiration from the A Berry Crafty Guide series, this one discovering the versatility of Mail Art!

"Mail art—along with the synonymous terms Postal art and Correspondence art—refers to small-scale works that utilize the mail as a distribution system. These terms have also come to refer to related formats, including artist-designed “postage stamps,” postcards, and even impressions from rubber stamps." -- You can read tons more on their site about Mail Art and its history!

examples of my work:

Creating Mail Art:
There are many techniques you can use when creating mail art. You can use many styles of envelopes (or even DIY them!) as your base. There are also many techniques such as painting, drawing, stickers, collage, etc. to incorporate for mail art. Make sure your designs are secured before mailing so that nothing falls off! Below are some great introductory techniques and lots of amazing inspirations to get you started in beautifying your mail! Remember: you are only limited by your imagination!

 Great resources to get you started: 

20 July 2013

DIY Kawaii Toast Charms

Here are the full step-by-step instructions for my DIY Kawaii Toast Charms! I'd love for you to share your versions, and I'm open to new requests for other tutorials! 
Have fun and stay crafty.

(1) Start off with light brown and dark brown clay (the two colors shown in the picture above). Take a small amount of each and warm the clay up by rolling it out, squishing it, rolling it in a ball, etc.

(2) Roll the light brown clay into a log about 1/2 an inch for smaller toasts, or slightly bigger if you choose. The log doesn't have to be long; an inch long piece will make about 8 charms. Gently flatten the circle log into a square shape.

(3) Next, take the dark brown clay and roll it out like you would cover a cake. It has to be big enough to wrap around the length of the log. Do not roll it out too thin as it might tear, and it will not be visible as part of the toast after. 

About 1/16 of an inch or so is fine. After you wrap it around the light brown log, and smooth it out so there are no air pockets. Cut off any excess. The light brown log should be visible on both ends.
(4) Next, wherever that overlap was when you put the dark brown clay on, that will be one side of the dent for the "bread" shape, and the opposite side for the other.

Take a toothpick, and use the length to gently dent in the clay as shown in the picture. Do not apply too much pressure or you may end up with a squished toast.
(5) Time to slice them up! Cut the loaf into toasts with a knife. Then attach wire to the tops to make them into charms.

Bake them in the oven according to your clay instructions. I did mine at 275 F for about 25 minutes. Remember, when they come out of the oven they will be very hot, so be careful.
(6) The fun part! Paint on whatever expressions you want, or jam, or anything you want with acrylic paint.

After that dries, remember to apply a thin coat of glaze, and let it dry. You can turn them into cell phone charms, bracelets, necklaces, etc. 

Check out the original feature & more on Cut Out + Keep!

22 April 2013

Pintastical Pins - Part 14

Hi dolls! This month of Pintastical Pins is a piercing and tattoo inspiration set: earrings and tiny ear tattoos edition. Remember, getting tattoos and piercings is a big deal. Going to a reputable tattoo and piercing parlour is highly recommended, where your health and safety is taken into account. Make sure to do your research beforehand, and visit the places for further information. On that note, I can't wait to get my cartilage pierced again! P.S. Never, under any circumstances, get any piercing done with a gun (it is not safe for a number of reasons). Check out more stuff from my Pinterest here.

Sunday Snapshot .. 011

Bird Aviary Kingdom, Niagara Falls

08 April 2013

Sunday Snapshot .. 009

My new deco den iPhone case!
Purple, black, rose and hearts theme.

01 April 2013

31 March 2013

Berry Crafty Guide { Polymer Clay }

Behold the third instalment of A Berry Crafty Guide series featuring the wonderful and sculpting world of polymer clay!

As found on the Polymer Clay Superstore page:
"Polymer Clay is an art medium that is known for its versatility, pliability and simplicity to work with. It is an oven bake modeling material composed of polymers, resins, coloring agents and fillers. Not a natural clay, it is man-made from a plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) base. It is used by artists and hobbyists ranging from children to professional artists and movie makers. It stays continually soft and can be baked in a home oven, retaining its color and size. It is available in many colors, including metallics, glow-in-the-dark and "stone". It can be used to simulate many materials: stone, semi-precious stones, porcelain, wood, and glass."
examples of my work:

Tutorial for Toast Charms here!

Creating Polymer Clay Sculptures:
There are many techniques when creating your designs from using brand sculpting tools to ordinary household objects like toothpicks, toothbrushes, foil paper and eye shadow (for shading pigments). You can integrate tiny beads and Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS) to bind pieces together or to create different textures. Below are some great beginner tutorials, supplies, techniques and frequently asked questions (FAQs) to get you started in this versatile world of sculpting! Remember: you are only limited by your imagination!

 Great resources to get you started: 

25 March 2013

Sunday Snapshot .. 007

In my bathroom: "Keep Calm and Carry On"
Union Jack print soap!

14 March 2013

Sabrina Dee Berry's Flickr Photostream

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