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  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Crafting

    Hey again, makers! We've been enjoying this self-care series for our Taking Care of You Campaign. We've given out some great ways to fit relaxation into your life with crafting in all categories. This time, we're giving you guys craft relaxation projects specifically! Try these six books if you're in a mental rut and just need a little bit of a break in life to stop and smell the roses.

    Bold and Beautiful Relaxation With Happy Abstracts

    Living Coral

    Happy Abstracts - Book 7412

    Happy Abstracts helps you be bold and beautiful with color, even if you are just getting started in painting! Go beyond the classic still life and play with abstract shapes and sizes as you follow the projects in this step-by-step abstract painting book. The best thing about abstract painting is that you can make it your own, and you definitely learn how to get creative with brush strokes with these six painting projects. The book also gives you a few sheets of pullouts with inspirational quotes and sayings that you can give to others, because who doesn't love giving out inspiration? So liven up your space with bright and brilliant paintings like the ones you see above, and paint your own positivity and inspiration.

    Feng Shui With Paper Flowers

    Paper Flowers - Book #7241

    Sometimes just the repetitive action of crafting is known to reduce stress. Paper Flowers is a perfect starter book to get you into paper crafting. You can start with simple arrangements, or just jump into big projects like the shadowboxed set you see above. The art of paper crafting has been around for quite sometime, but this is a fresh and modern take on it. You can make beautiful bouquets for your home to arrange around the room, and feng shui with florals until your heart is content. Marie Kondo has nothing on you!

    A Simple Candle Goes A Long Way With Home Candle Making

    Home Candle Making - Book #7311

    A scented candle can go a long way when it comes to relaxation. Home Candle Making gives you a lot of really creative ideas to revamp the traditional candle. This recipe above features crystals inside of the wax, giving this large candle some colorful surprises! The book gives you other creative host ideas for your candle like seashells, coffee cups, mason jars, and more! You can even make candles out of pumpkins! You can add scents, accents and more to make this candle your own, and put it somewhere where you can relax and unwind.

    Aromatherapy Jewelry? Yes, Please!

    Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book 7353

    Jewelry isn't usually something you think about when concerning yourself with self-care (unless you do a lot of retail therapy), but these designs are perfect for taking care of you! These designs from Aromatherapy Jewelry use absorbent lava beads that can soak up your favorite essential oil so you can have a relaxing scent be with you all day long. The book even gives you an introduction into essential oils, so if you don't know where to start, the book will guide you! Pick your favorite scent and make magic with different bead combinations and accents. There are designs like earrings and bracelets and necklaces and more, all ready for you to rock and relax with.

    Make Relaxation Potions With Home Apothecary

    Beauty Products

    Home Apothecary - Book #7386

    You can make your own relaxation potions right in your own home with these recipes from Home Apothecary! Stephanie Rose shows us how to really relax and take care of yourself with homemade bath bombs, mint scrubs, herbal perfumes, and more! You can make as many batches of bath melts for your nighttime soaks, or you can make these recipes for others! You can spread the relaxation by wrapping these in a pretty bow or box and spreading joy. This is a great book for beginners just getting into this type of craft, because there are great step-by-step instructions inside with photos included that make sure you will never miss a step in the crafting process. So make your own formula of herbal 'Tub Tea', or make some double mint chocolate lip balms to give away!

    Look Good And Feel Good With Home Soap Making

    Halloween Projects

    Home Soap Making- Book #7310

    Sometimes the best thing to do with stress is wash it away. You can craft some unique and beautiful soaps from Home Soap Making that will make that soak just a little extra special. This charcoal soap in particular will exfoliate your skin and leave you feeling like a brand new person. You know what they say; when you look good, you feel good! You'll have a bright and sunny glow and a positive attitude the rest of the day. This book is full of other great soap ideas too, like an energizing coffee soap for a little pick me up in the morning, or just a nice decorative leaf shaped soap for a pretty bathroom! The options are endless, and the relaxation is limitless.

    If you've tried these projects, or any of the other projects from our Taking Care of You series, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios!

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Here's Why Everyone Loves Paint Pouring So Much.

    Paint Pouring! One of the most fascinating, yet confusing crafts out there, in my opinion. There are thousands of videos spanning the internet right now, showing endless methods of pouring giant cups of paint onto a canvas. It looks so easy, right? Just throw some colors together, and dump away!

    Not Exactly.

     

    The Art and Science of Paint Pouring

    Paint Pouring Leisurely Letters Paint Pouring
    Paint Pouring Tree Ring Pour Technique

    Paint Pouring should be treated like a birthday cake. If you don't measure correctly, and put a little too much of one ingredient in the batter, the final product can be butchered! But if done correctly and pre-planned out beforehand, you can create some really interesting canvasses that will make people ask "Wow, how did you do that?!"

    How Paint Pouring Works

    This is a common question that we get, and it's a little more complicated than one would think! The paint that you mix in the cups is altered slightly with other mediums like silicone oil, water and pouring medium. These usually thin out the paints in your cup and make the process of pouring more fluid, letting you create those wonderful lines and washes that you see in poured canvases. You also want to watch out for bubbles in your paint, because that can affect how your final result looks. Many stir the pouring medium and paint together beforehand to ensure that all of the air is out of your mix. The thing to note is that your mix should be the consistency of warm honey, before you being mixing different colors of paints together.

     

    Paint Pouring Flip and Drag Technique
    Paint Pouring Calypso Coasters

     

    Meditate and Create!

    It's hard to imagine these amazing canvases all were created with a cup full of paint, right? But they are! This craft is not only effortless, but relaxing too. There are countless compilations all over the net showing pouring videos, and there's a good reason for it. Like soap carving and cake glazing videos, the act of watching the many colors fall in line and mix and match is calming to our stressed out selves.

    The best part about pouring it is that you've done something productive at the end of this little meditation exercise. You've created a beautiful work of art! Compared to soap carving or cake frosting, and there's no contest. At the end of soap carving, you have a pile of shavings, and after you've frosted your cake, it'll be gone in a week. Paint Pouring is a long lasting and fruitful craft that produces beautiful and durable works of art for your home.

    Paint Pouring Sneak Peek
    Paint Pouring Sneak Peek

     

    A Paint Pouring Present, Just for You!

    We have some upcoming projects in Paint Pouring from Leisure Arts, and because you decided to visit our blogosphere, you get a SNEAK PEEK! Check out what's coming up next in the paint pouring universe from the Leisure Arts Team.

    Excited about these sneak peeks? Keep up with our social pages to find out more! In the meantime, you can create all of these fantastic projects you see in this post from Nicky James Burch's Paint Pouring : Easy Techniques, Awesome Ideas, & Inspiration for Absolute Beginners. 

    I mean, just look at this cover. It's beautiful. Pick it up today!

    Paint Pouring Paint Pouring by Nicky James Burch

    Happy Pouring, Makers!

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

     

     

  • Coloring a Father's Day Frame

    Touch Dad's heart when you make a simple wooden frame an extra special remembrance by decorating it with coloring book pages and other embellishments. Dads have special places in our hearts. Kids share special moments with their dads no matter what the age of the child or father. Dads fix things. Through many electrical, mechanical, artistic or scientific projects, creations or experiments, dads are there. If they can't fix 'stuff', they are there standing by your side. Dads are the best support to help mend broken hearts and thwarted dreams. Nothing says, "Thanks Dad, you're great!" better than a handmade gift that is full of memories.

    Begin by thinking of things that you as a family, or individual, have enjoyed doing with your dad. Your special times could be based on a theme or an event like camping fun, or relaxing on a vacation. Once you have an idea in mind, choose the pages you would like to color from one or more of your favorite coloring books.

    For my two themes shown, I imagined family-time spent relaxing at the beach or in the woods. My coloring pages are from two books from the Color Art for Everyone series, 6703 - Ocean Wonders Color Art for Everyone and 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone. The frames I chose to decorate were unfinished wood frames with flat surfaces. I decided to paint my frames first and add the coloring pages to enhance both the frame and the memory of the photograph it would hold as Dad's gift.

    A plain wooden frame painted with acrylic paint, a wooden anchor, and colored pages from 6703 - Ocean Wonders Color Art for Everyone. A plain wooden frame painted with acrylic paint, a wooden anchor, and colored pages from 6703 - Ocean Wonders Color Art for Everyone.

    As I was coloring, it dawned on me to add more than colored pages to give my frame extra dimension, as well as, personality. I added some other embellishments including a wooden anchor and letters, stickers and other shadowbox or scrapbook dimensional embellishments perfect for father's day.

    A detailed close-up of the painted wooden anchor. Silver gel pen ink is applied over the paint in small sections; while wet, the ink is spread using a dry stiff bristle brush. A detailed close-up of the painted wooden anchor. Silver gel pen ink is applied over the paint in small sections; while wet, the ink is spread using a dry stiff bristle brush.

    I needed to finish my prepping and gather the rest of my supplies for father's day: three colors of acrylic paint, a sponge brush, acrylic spray sealant to use on the completed colored pages, Mod Podge® for adhering my colored pages to the frame, and E6000 glue for the wooden pieces. Now it's time to color!

    A close-up showing the colored waves cut out from page; deciding on placement of overlapping layers. A close-up showing the colored waves cut out from page; deciding on placement of overlapping layers.

    For the ocean waves, I used lots of markers in multiple colors. Sometimes I colored sections in solid marker, in other areas I used markers with colored pencils. The use of different media, in addition to the change of colors between blue and green, helps to give the waves movement. I cut the waves out in sections and overlapped the sections when I was adhering them using Mod Podge® to the frame. To give more emphasis to the ocean's depth, I added fish and seashells near the top of the coloring book page's waves and the edge of the frame. The solid blue color of the frame is still the ocean's water, it's just not as defined as the waves seen at the bottom of the frame. The anchor reinforces the idea of the bottom of the sea.

    The silver gel pen ink has been completely applied to the top of the anchor. The silver gel pen ink has been completely applied to the top of the anchor.

    When looking at the leaves, I wasn't sure how I wanted to give some of the leaves more "pop" than others. I wasn't pleased with the brown oak leaf because it seemed too dismal even for fall. I left it alone and started on another area in the picture. It was after I started on my second leaf that I decided to give the effect of the leaves moving in the wind by using highlighters. Why highlighters? Their colors are not as bold or opaque as the other media used. The colors of the highlighters will lend continuity to the theme, but appear secondary to the leaves colored with markers or gel pens.

    I grabbed a green highlighter and quickly drew horizontal lines randomly spaced across the page. Then I used a yellow highlighter to color only the background spaces. I think this added the perfect depth of field for the leaves which I was coloring with markers and gel pens. I found a sleeping bag sticker in my stash which I thought was perfect for a woodsy theme.

    The second plain wooden frame painted with acrylic paint, a wooden letters, stickers and colored pages from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone. The second plain wooden frame painted with acrylic paint, a wooden letters, stickers and colored pages from 6704 - Natural Wonders Color Art for Everyone.

    I cut out a few leaves and placed them over other leaves as if blowing or falling around a campsite. I am glad I didn't throw away that brown oak leaf with orangey highlights; it became the perfect counter-balance to the orange sleeping bag in the frame's adjacent corner. A lightly colored leaf was a great backdrop for the dark blue painted wooden letters; they are glued using E6000 and Mod Podge® painted over all.

    Here is the Mod Podge® used for this project. Please ensure that you choose the correct sealant for your individual projects. E6000 is an industrial strength clue used to adhere the wooden anchor and letters in each of the projects. Here is the Mod Podge® used for this project. Please ensure that you choose the correct sealant for your individual projects. E6000 is an industrial strength clue used to adhere the wooden anchor and letters in each of the projects.

    What fun I had coloring and building my themed frames! There are multiple steps, but many individuals of different ages and abilities can participate. Experiment with using the Mod Podge® over markers. I did NOT use permanent markers.  Because I used both markers and pencils, I did lightly spray my page with an acrylic sealant (NOT pictured) before using Mod Podge®. I did notice some of the markers colors smeared a bit [I think I forgot to spray my fish with sealant!], but the blue of the waves did not appear to bleed or blend like water color paints. But be cautious if you used markers to color your picture using light and dark colors.  TIP: Always read the instructions for your products carefully; a well-ventilated area is a must!

    All done with the frame's embellishments -- now to choose the picture. All done with the frame's embellishments -- now to choose the picture.
    Frame ready for its photograph! Frame ready for its photograph!

    Here they are; photographs inserted into finished frames. What fun the steps were as I created the backdrop for images of fun times; the frames only enhance such great memories!

    Cooling off; even a beautiful day at the beach needs some out-of-the-sun time! Cooling off; even a beautiful day at the beach needs some out-of-the-sun time!
    The fresh air is great; relaxing by spending time outdoors with family! The fresh air is great; relaxing by spending time outdoors with family!

    I hope to do more mixed-media projects like this one in the future. Share some of your ideas on our Facebook page. Don't forget to join our Color Art for Everyone  Facebook group; great ideas and encouragement are found there. Enjoy your days and memories spent with Dad; Happy Father's Day!

    Martha

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