Category Archives: dollar store stuff

Faux tiled journals

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Vinyl Wallcoverings with texture

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Cheap Clearance Journal from Micheal’s

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Random selection of the pieces of vinyl in neutral colors

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Glued them down after trimming them with a slide cutter

I used Elmers first but it was annoying (slipping and sliding and taking a long time to dry) I now use a very small amount of E-600

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I then painted the journal gold and used a foam stamp and matte red paint

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Cinnamon Clay Ornaments (Ginger’s Victims)

This year I made Cinnamon Clay Gingerbread men with little bites out them looking all scared, since a dear and wicked friend name Ginger did not like me calling them ginger victims I changed the name to GINGER’S VICTIMS

Recipe (Large batch)

1 1/2 cups Dollar store ground cinnamon (this was not quite 1 and a half 4.25 oz bottles save the remaining cinnamon for rolling out the clay)
1-2 tbs Pie mix spices (ground cloves, ginger and nutmeg)
1/2 cup white flour
2/3 cup Applesauce (not chunky)
2/3 white craft glue (I buy this in Aug for $.25 a bottle and it will take 1.5 bottles)

Directions:

1. Stir the clay mixture with a heavy spoon then knead the mix together by hand until you get a nice clay like texture
2. You can let the dough sit about 30 mins with saran wrap over it but i would not let it sit longer since the batch I did this with never dried quite right (also dont substitute other spices for hte cinnamon and no more than 1 tbs of ginger, it doesn’t set up the same)
3 .Dust a sheet of wax paper with a little of the remaining cinnamon and devide the batch into manageable amounts (about 1/3 to 1/2) and then dust the top and roll it out using at rolling pin or smooth canister (I used an empty spray paint can)
4. I made mine about 1/3 to half an inch
5. Begin cutting out just like cookies with a cookie cutter (for victims you will just use a small knife and cut away little Bites) use a drinking straw to put holes in them for hanging and place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet
6. Take what is left over and a small handful of fresh clay and knead it together and start again at  step 3. until all the forms are done.
7. Dry the Cinnamon clay in an open space, in sunlight if you can and flip them 4 or more times a day  (do NOT heat them in the oven) after the 2nd day I put them paper towles or newspapers
8. decorate with puffy paint and string them with ribbon or ornament hooks

It will take 4 to 6 days for them to dry depending on how dry your house is and how often you flip them

Altered Puzzle #1 (or how the hell did I lose that puzzle piece?)

I found a new way to relax, I love collages but I sometimes feel overwhelmed when I try to do a larger one and they are difficult to carry with you and as you know from the theme of this blog I love doing art in public places.

I discovered altered puzzles on www.craftsters.com and I wanted to try it, I love tearing up magazines for little bits of color and texture images and so I went to town with a couple of O magazines I bought at the library for $.10 as well as a few photos and some scrapbooking paper.  And of course I managed to lose a piece of the 25 piece dollar store puzzle I was using (spiderman and friends)

Now I carry everything in ziplocs and oh yeah after spending quite a while trying to put the puzzle together again I learned that you really need to number the pieces or do them on the BACK of the puzzle, it also makes sure you dont mix up pieces.