Entries from the ‘how-to’ Category
For Halloween this year, I headed to the Craft Department where Hannah Milman taught me some easy tips for glittering objects to decorate with. I've accumulated an assortment of faux skulls and bones that I want to coat in a shimmering hue for Halloween arrangements. The transformation from dull gray to a wonderful, tinseled autumnal brown was not only fun, but also informative. Check out these pictures of my process!
Afterward, we took the glimmer bones to a giant vent to coat them in spray-fixative, a finishing adhesive used by artists to make sure things stay put (charcoal, graphite, glitter). I solicited the help of my assistant Chavo, who aided me in this careful finalizing process.
And finally, some images of an arrangement and then a peak at one final vivid element of the composition.
These real butterflies are all harvested from butterfly farms, places that actually aid the survival and re-population of butterflies to their natural habitats, in addition to fueling rainforest preservation. I got mine from Connie Hurt at Butterflies and Things; Connie is the only licensed dealer in the US who buys direct from these conservation-oriented butterfly farms. Aren't they completely gorgeous? I hope my glittering project gave you some inspiration for last-minute holiday crafting before the weekend arrivals.
Arranging framed photos or hanging a new painting on your wall can feel like a big project. After renovating my apartment I know I wanted to make sure that the placement of the art being mounted on my walls was just right. However, I realized there is no need to agonize over a picture hanging project. If you do a little bit of prep work and follow a few basic design rules, it is easy to create an interesting display in a weekend.
There are so many different ways to exhibit your favorite artwork and photographs–deciding your strategy is the first step to creating an attractive display. For today's post, I've rounded up some tips and inspiration to help you get the project done.