Friday, June 16, 2017

Tip Tuesday: Egg Cartons

Hey-O! Been awhile since I've written a true post around here. Summer time tends to draw me back (and gives me time!) to get back to blogging and writing again. Forgive me if this sounds a little rusty!

I've started a new series over on Instagram and will be sharing a little overlap here on the blog as well. I'm calling it Tip Tuesday!

I'll be sharing some tips and tricks of the trade - art teacherin' style. The idea came about from my desperation and wish to get more art classes on my schedule over the summer, but with a 5 year old and almost 3 month old, its just not gonna be as robust as I had hoped!

(Click on Kid Classes to see what I do have scheduled for the summer!)
Back to Tip Tuesday - I started to wonder how I could help families feel empowered about making art with kids on their own. I know not everyone feels gifted in the area of arts, but I believe that with a few tricks up your sleeve, you'll feel more confident AND comfortable with making arty messes with your family too.

For the first week's tip I'm sharing a true hard working art 'supply' that I am almost positive you've got sittin in your fridge right now. The EGG CARTON!

Here's my list of ways to use them:

1. This is my favorite one and definitely a very used tip in my art room... Fill them with paint for an easy paint tray that can be tossed when done. OR Slide it into a large or jumbo zip-lock bag and save it for your next painting session.

2. Fill with beads, buttons, sequins, paper scraps, nature findings or other tiny trinkets to keep them from rolling all over the place!

3. Cut them apart and glue them together to make sculptures (the paper ones work great!)

4. Cut them apart, paint them into anything! (the paper ones work great!)

5. Soak the paper ones in a big bucket with water. Add sequins, glitter and food coloring for a fun sensory experience.

Hop on over to Instagram to see next week's Tip Tuesday on my insta-stories!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June Ladies Craft Night

You need a night out!

So come get crafty with your gal pals!

We're decorating tea towels, using simple printmaking techniques!

Monday, January 16, 2017

January Ladies Craft Night!

You need a night out!

So come get crafty with your gal pals!

We're decorating these adorable wooden air pot plants.

Monday, December 12, 2016

December Kids Art Workshop

Keep the kids from complaining of boredom this Christmas break... bring them to the December Kids Art Workshop! We'll be making this adorable circle loom dream catcher weaving!

Details and link to register below!

WHEN: Tuesday, December 27
TIME: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
WHERE: Emily B Creative Studio
AGES: Kindergarten - 4th grade
WHAT: 3 hour, drop-off class. Yep - 3 hours to yourself ;)
ALL materials and instruction provided! Pizza lunch included!
FUN, FUN, FUN and a super CUTE weaving to take home.

Register here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Studio Update!

I haven't really shared here on the bloggity that my sister and are now sharing a studio space in the historic down town Columbus area known as Franklinton.

We share our space with many other artists, musicians, crafters and performers. There are so many wonderful events that happen there, all cultivating a creative community.

You can read more about the history of the studio over HERE or look at upcoming events to plan your visit to the studio HERE!

With this new space, I have been able to offer more kid art workshops and kid birthday painting parties! It has been such a fun adventure so far and I LOVE having an inspiring, sun-lit, beautiful space to create in!

I would love to have you come check out our space some time! You can visit the EVENTS or CLASSES page to find upcoming art events!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sweet, Creative, Summer and tips for Creative Block

Well, I am nearing the final weeks of my FIRST summer off (from teaching that is).

Not off from much else! Life goes on ya know!

It has been completely refreshing and when I reflect back to when it started I see just how much I've accomplished.

When the school year wrapped, I was feeling creatively zapped. Those cute little school kids just took every ounce I had! It was a great school year and love being able to share my creativity with students and colleagues.

I was aching to create, but nothing would come, nothing 'good' anyway. I felt lost and confused about who I was as an artist, but continued to paint and create despite of it.

It wasn't too far into my summer that we took a family vacation to visit family in Arizona and DUDE did that get my creative engines revving again.

I am absolutely in love with the culture, art and landscape there. Perhaps it was just a change of scenery or maybe its just something magical about cactuses.

Either way, I had a deep desire to create boldly and to just let the art out!

Not only did the art come out, but I've been able to meet so many other artists locally (and afar) and all together I'm just feel like I'm running full speed ahead.

I am making SO many things that I love and am getting my art 'out there' more than I ever have before.

AND I have super exciting news that I can't share just yet... but all together, its just been one great, sweet, creative, summer.

I have learned so much about myself and the creative process this summer.

If you are feeling creatively stuck, here's some things that helped me.

1. Do NOT stress about a creative block.
It's natural and part of the process. NO ONE is ever 'on' 100% of the time.

2. Don't stop creating.
Even if its complete yuck, there is always something to glean from mistakes. Even, dare I say - 'crafty' kid stuff can be a learning opportunity.

3. Find Inspiration.
For me it's traveling. Seeing new places, new colors, patterns and textures. Photograph what you find and save it for later. Reference it when you sit down to make.

4. Collaborate with a friend.
Meet someone new that inspires you. Most people are totally up for a coffee with another creative junky. Brainstorm or pick their brain on their dreams.

5. Stay true.
You are you. No one else can make or do what you do. Find out what you really love and go for it. To me that's color. I absolutely love bright bold colors. I never wanted to stray from that, it's just who I am!

So go get it babes. I'm off to enjoy the final days of summer.

Will share more on the EXCITING NEWS soon!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Little Chicago Clothing Co shirts with a discount code for YOU!

That's the sound I make when I get really fun things in the mail.

I made that sound yesterday, because I got a package from Little Chicago Clothing Co. with the cutest, softest and straight up cool shirts inside.

My friend Amy is a fellow Art Teacher. Amy and her hubby Greg own and operate this kick-butt t-shirt company in Canton,Ohio.

They've got men's, ladies and kids sizes. The above 2 shirts I will be wearing to the lake and for Buckeye football season... and basically every other day!

This heather blue Local shirt is my fav though!

Go shop their stuff online and use code CANTONLOVE at check out for 20% off!

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