Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Art as Therapy

In south Louisiana many were affected by the August floods. My mom died in November of last year and I had been slowly going through her home when the flood claimed her house. While we didn’t lose everything inside, it still had to have 2 feet of wall removed (which is not bad considering what most people had… but for me it was enough.).  I personally have felt defeated, stressed and restless for MONTHS!

Now the holidays are upon us and that adds more strain to the mix.

If you that are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious this time of year, I have bit of advice…. Make something!

Make anything!

As long as you involved in the act of making, you give yourself a break from all that is stressing you.

Studies show that art and hobbies are a form of therapy. They allow you get out of your head and focus on something else. The older we get the more we tend to reply on other things to handle stress, but by simply going back to something we did as a child can offer some relief.  The act of creating gives your body time to relax and regroup.

I feel my most comfortable in my studio space. Just walking into my studio gives me a bit a peace.
So if you are feeling anxious like me, take the time to find a hobby or revisit an old one. It will do you a world of good and you never know, you may end up saving some money by crafting some gifts this year… someone may love the crocheted toilet paper covers you make. J


Thursday, October 13, 2016

DIY Sugar Skull Wreath

This project was so much fun. It all started seeing some amazing Halloween wreaths in a store. I though it could replicate much much cheaper than the $35.00 price tag.

Dollar tree (DT) was my friend!

Supplies I used:
DT skull ice cube tray
3 bunches of flowers ( DT), yellow, pink and purple
DT wire flower wreath
DT pink mesh ribbon
DT rhinestones
Floral glitter spray paint
Extras- I used a sugar skull cookie cutter for the center piece.

Your visit to Dollar Tree will cost you about 6 bucks!

Click here for Full Tutorial

How to Resin and Mold Rubber to Affordably Mass Produce Pieces: Halloween Scarabs

I wanted to make dozens of scarabs for Halloween decorations, but I didn't realize how much resin would be involved until I started. So I devised a way to make my original in resin and then make copies of it using plaster and sand.

Thinks you need for this project:
Amazing Mold Rubber or Remelt.
Alumilite White Casting Resin
Playground sand (I used a 50 lb page- approx $5.00)
Large box for sand
Small box for mold

Click here for full tutorial 

Now go and Craft Your Own Way!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to make a Pet Portrait using Gel Press Plates

To start, you need a simplified picture of your pet.

You can uses an online editor like Pic Monkey and print out a copy. I made my image a line drawing using Photoshop. It doesn't really matter how good it prints as log as you have high contrast image with simple lines.

This is my image now... you can see it is reversed from the final project.

If you need to you can go over the main lines of your pet photo with a sharpie, this will really simplify it. It is very important that you have a simple line drawing.

Now just play with the gel plates (I used Gel Press plates) making patterned paper with acrylic paints. Make as many sheets as you want. You will perfect the next step as you go, so you may not want to start out with your favorite prints.

Once you get a few sheets you like, you can start on the pet portrait.

Since the gel plates are clear you can place your pet photo ( with the sharpie lines) under the gel plate facing up. You can now see your simplified pet photo through the gel plate. I think you can now see where I am going with this....

Now very QUICKLY, trace on the gel plate, in black acrylic paint, over the sharpie lines. Before it dries place your patterned sheet face down and press. This will transfer your pet portrait on your printed paper.
It is imperative that you do this step as quickly as possible. That is why the simpler the drawing the better.


I just love this. It was pretty easy to do and a great way to honor the loves of your life!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

How to make a secret message for people that always drink out of your glass!

Tired of people stealing our drinks or your glass? This project is great for getting even or just getting a good laugh when you see the look on their face when they reach the bottom.!

For the full tutorial click here.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Purple Rain Prince Resin Tribute Candle

Purple Rain Resin Candle- Tanya Ruffin

Using a dollar store sanctuary candleAmazing Clear Cast resin, and Violet resin dye I made a tribute to the late great Prince.

Click here for Full Tutorial

I just wanted to share my Prince painting. :)

I am also going to make some necklaces with my Amazing Prince Love symbol!

Go Craft Your Own Way!