I know I’ve been late updating my blog, but there have been many events in San Antonio this past month due to Fiesta. Moreover, due to going to several of the art events, that is hosted during this week long festivities, I have become inspired to make my new baby cousin some denim jeans. I mean Earth Day has just passed recently and I really have a lot of leftover materials from projects past. The black denim I used for the jeans is from a previous design project, that I purchased from Mood Fabrics’ online store, & the other materials can be bought at any local fabric store. I also kept in mind while pattern drafting that I had to accommodate room for a diaper, since he’ll be in them of quite some time. A elastic waistband was also added so it would be more comforting, & babies do need comfort as opposed to adults who would sacrifice comfort for style. The construction is quite simple and if you really focus you can finish within a few hours. If you have any questions about the project let me know via email or social network.
So I know I have not been uploading regularly, but I did recently complete all my graduation requirements. Anyways since Easter was yesterday I decided to upload a picture of the eggs my family decorated using organic dyes, copper paint, & yarn. For the organic dyes we used beets for pink & (freshly mashed) blueberries for blue. Then for the blue we dripped the copper paint on the surface making all sorts of unique patterns. For the yarn eggs I hot glued the tops of the eggs with the yarn, & coved the rest of the surface with “Mod Podge” then slowly wrapped the yarn around. It was really quite simple, but I think for Easter eggs its important that even children can participate. If you have anymore questions feel free to leave them in the comments or email me.
So lately I’ve been in a slump when it comes to creating anything new for my portfolio, or just to stay busy in general. To get myself out of this creative doldrum I decided to do something old school, which brought me to pompoms via fork method. I know most craft stores have the plastic pompom kits, but doing it this way almost seems like venturing back into my childhood. So its a pretty simple project all you need is sharp scissors, wool yarn, and a standard dinner fork. First, you want to wrap the yarn around the fork about 25 times, starting in the middle of the fork. Then you just securely tie it down the middle, & cut down the sides (make you get all the loops, and not to cut you knot.) Its simple, pretty quick , cheap, children can even participate, & you can use your pompom to embellish other projects; I use mine as a fun keychain. What gets you out of a creative slump? Send me some of your ideas via comments or email.
So lately the main question I get about nowadays is, “Where are the art supply stores in San Antonio?!” My answer isn’t all that simplistic considering I visit an array of local places to get my painting, sewing, and miscellaneous tools for my projects. The main store I LOVE to visit is Herweck’s Art Supplies, mentioned in my last post, it basically has everything I need for my watercolor painting and textile paint. Also, Herweck’s specializes in screen printing, so if you need your frame repaired they are the people to see. Another awesome shop is Asel Art Supply; the staff is quite knowledgeable about their products, and is frequented by other art students in the surrounding area. Though Asel’s isn’t as varied as Herweck’s when it comes to products.
Now lets get into specifics, like supply stores that only carry a certain item. One store I’ve been to a few times is Plastic Supply of San Antonio, they carry basically everything when it comes to plastic; whether its acrylic, PVC, or teflon these guys have it. Another store that comes to mind, if you’re a pottery/sculpture lover, is Clay World. Moreover, this store stocks the clay, wheels, kilns etc needed for your projects; you can’t go wrong when you’re surrounded by people who are passionate about their product right? And another personal favorite is Yarnivore, yes that’s right these guys deal in yarn, though they don’t consume it as their name leads you on to believe. Yarnivore is a one-stop-shop when it comes to all your knitting and crocheting needs. Plus they carry a variety of yarns from several lines in amazing colors. Oh I almost forget, most of these stores have workshops, be sure to sign up for their newsletters to keep up with their classes. So San Antonio, I’ve laid out all my favorite local art stores, which one is yours?
Hello, sorry for not updating daily like I should, but my schedule has been hectic as of late. Anyhow, this past Christmas I was apparently in a holiday mood, so I decided to make Individual Christmas cards for both my Great-Grandmothers who are in their early 90s. For the theme I kept it traditional with poinsettias in traditional watercolor on paper, & used parchment paper with acrylic textile paint I purchased at Herweck’s Art Supply to make envelopes. Also, my family came over to help with the construction with potato stamps, & personally we had fun placing/pressing them. What do think?
Hey Creatives! You know not all fashion has to start from scratch, sometimes up-cycling from old garments is just as chic without the high cost of materials. For this doggie hoodie all you need is an old jersey pullover from your closet, or go to your nearest thrift store and grab one for cheap; I suggest Goodwill. Also, you will need a pattern; if you’re an experienced pattern drafter than this should be fine, and if not you can go to your nearest fabric/craft store and buy one. The construction is not that complicated, but remember to use a knit needle and to surge accordingly. Now go out there and “Make It Work” fellow designers and creatives!
Hey divas, so I finally got around to finishing this charcoal/chalk drawing of my Grandmother. I know I talked about it a few weeks ago, & I wanted to do this drawing for a long time now; since she passed away a few years ago. The drawing is my Grandmother when she was about my age; anyways, I finished it today & it took me 4 hours to get all the proportions & shading down. Now I’m sleepy & exhausted from all the designing, & busy work I’ve been doing lately for a photo shoot, which is tomorrow; & upcoming fashion show on 10/14/2011. If you have any questions for me leave them on my formspring, don’t forget to comment & subscribe on the blog post, follow me on twitter, friend me on facebook & visit/subscribe to my YouTube channel.