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Monday, July 17, 2017

10 Things to Make with Driftwood

Driftwood collector, driftwood traveler(someone who travels the coast in search of driftwood), driftwood decorator, driftwood crafter,  driftwood LOVER!

I decided to create a post about things you can do with driftwood and wow was I surprised when I went back into my files. Actually, there are a few pics I couldn't find that I will have to add later. These are things that I have done that were my own idea and some inspired from Pinterest and other Internet sites. I hope you find some driftwood. 
Above is a a driftwood climber that I created for my garden . In the winter it adds character and in the summer well it just sings a glorious song planted with big, bright blue Morning Glories.
This inspired the photo backdrop for weddings and events. We rent this out for events and weddings.( We also sell them down at the studio. Personally I like the idea of buying one of these for an event or wedding and then installing it into the garden.)

This is a shelf created with two pieces of wood found on the same day . One is actually a shelf from a boat with a few rusty nails

 Found at a small bay beach on LI, NY, covered with barnacles, I knew this was going to be a sign the moment I saw it.
Simply placed, a site to adore.
 Towel rack of course.

Fishy fishy

Not for everyone, but certainly funky.
Wall art.
Oops, sometimes a bonfire at the beach. This hurts too much.

Unforgettable lamp.


Thanks for indulging my driftwood infatuation. 
 You can find posts for most of these ideas here at my blog.

Thanks again for reading and commenting and sharing.

Michele Michael

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Love Notes

It was the week before my two-year anniversary at Coastal Bohemian, an arts and crafts studio I own in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Mostly, it’s creative space for arts and crafts but I do have artists that teach painting classes and I teach distressed furniture painting.
Now, I need a quick and easy make and take craft for people to do at the anniversary celebration.
A while ago I had made this little envelope from an old book page. It’s a part of the journaling class we offer at the studio and attendees get the template inside their class packet and that would be perfect for one of  our celebration day craft.

It’s a great template to make tiny envelopes or even for enlarging to make something bigger. You can play with that idea on your printer.
 I love these because they are miniature (you know, think Puppies and Kittens and fairy gardens),  envelopes at 2.5 “ x 1.5” and can be printed on anything you can get into your printer. My obsession, at the moment, is sheet music.

I printed these out on sheet music pages from a Cole Porter hardcover I picked up at the Library book sale for $1.00.  
Print, cut, fold, glue done.

 Add a small embellishment and your envelope is finished.
Adorable, but something was missing. It needed a love note inside. You can cut a few small cards from card stock.

For our anniversary, I made a station with preprinted envelopes, glue, scissors, cut cards, a paint brush and pens and of course some bling.

The attendees folded up their envelopes and added a love note. They were soooo happy creating these I almost couldn’t believe it. 

See everyone loves miniature.

They made them for all the people they love.

Sometimes it doesn't take much. These little bitty love notes would be adorable for children to do with their friends and for Valentine's Day .

Thanks for reading along and letting me entertain you for a few minutes. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mermaid Artist Trading Cards

Planning a 2 year celebration for Coastal Bohemian was fun and exciting and a wee bit hectic. 

The plan was to have a party day with plenty of giveaways , free crafts and celebration cake!!!
Everyone loves free crafts and food. Right? The challenge is to find a craft that is low cost , different , memorable , fun  and maybe a new craft for the guests. If we can provide a new exciting and unique experience over a 2 hour period we create friends. It's just an inevitable consequence of happy craft time. (God I love my job.)

Since the studio is near the beach in Myrtle Beach I always try to create nautical beachy themes, plus seeing as how the name of the company is Coastal Bohemian, you can imagine that mostly , my theme is beachy and nautical. That works.
I  had picked up this Stampendous  Mermaid stamp at Michael's a while ago . I knew she was my  star for the craft day. 
Artist trading cards are not something the average crafter is familiar with and I knew we could pull these off low cost and make this a very special experience in mixed media art. Bingo.

 I'll take you through my sample card.

I painted a base color paint on an ordinary trading card.

After that dries,
swipe on an additional color in a different direction. It's just a swipe to create a bit of interest.

Decoupage a bit of torn vintage paper to begin to build some background interest. I get old books at my local Library book sales for like $1.00 or $.50.

Next, I added a bit of fisherman's net , the real stuff. Just cut a piece to fit the card and use a good amount of Mod Podge to adhere the net. You'll need to coat the card with Mod Podge, add the net, Mod Podge over the top. Blow dry to speed up dry time,  of course.

I had stamped out  the mermaid image onto card stock. Cutting her out, I had to cut her down a bit to fit the card. 
I used a little gold stamp ink to add a bit of glam to my mermaid image and help her tone down from that heavy bright white of the card stock. I actually used my finger to add the gold ink.
The image was glued onto the net with a glue gun. 
From there add a few small seashells and pearls and of course a Coastal Bohemian quote. I've include a link to this printable for your own mermaid cards. feel free to get nautical and beachy with these.
CB Quote printable

To complete the card we add a backside of information. Here's a printable of the one we used. 

Here are a few cards and pics from our party day. 

Thanks for popping in to check out these little works of art. 

BTW...check around the internet for artist trading cards, they are highly collectible and swapped around the world. To swap cards, people join card swap locations and swap on a regular basis. 

Hope you enjoyed these cards.

Michele, the original Coastal Bohemian

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Baby You're a Firework

These are adorable and make great hostess gifts. I like them as little shelf sitters as well. 
 I hit the reject pile at Home Depot( boy have I gotten some really good deals) and pick up different widths of wood and head back to my shop to cut them down.  These are 6" by 4" and 1" thick .
 Next I use a decorative napkin to create a festive background. This gets applied with a little Mod Podge . Of course I can't wait for this to dry so I usually do a quick blow dry to speed up the drying process.
I used publisher to design a saying and print on standard copy paper. Next I coat the entire paper with vintage wax that I use for my chalk painting. You apply it and then buff it. The wax seals in the ink and now when you adhere the quote with Mod Podge the ink won't bleed onto your project. This is one of the best tricks I have stumbled upon. 

 Cut your aged quotes into starbursts and adhere with Mod Podge.
You can drill holes in the corners and add twine or twisted wire to make these hang-able.

If you have visitors staying over  for the 4th you can hang them on their doors and really get a festive look going.

Thanks again for following along and I hope you feel inspired to do this or something else that may have spring boarded your imagination.

Michele , The Coastal Bohemian 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Art Inspired Sofa Table

I've been on a kick with the purples, blues and greens lately. 
It started with the Gypsy Soul piece I made as a gift for my sister's birthday. We had an open house down at the studio, for those of you who don't know, I have an art studio in Myrtle Beach, SC . We test and play and push boundaries with our art and we sure do have fun.
 This piece was made at an open house down at the studio. One of my teachers, Jeannie, is a paper artist, among other her other artistic talents and she teaches paper flowers , quilling, stamping, card making and more. I made this while she was teaching the  class that day of the open house. It's made on watercolor paper with spritz's of bold color using Dylusions and the addition of this pretty mandala. Jeannie had the Gypsy Soul stamp as well and gypsy and bohemian are well gypsy/bohemian. I used Diamond Glaze to create that protective glass encased look on the Gypsy Soul. Matte and frame, done.
 Down at the studio we also take requests for future arts and crafts  classes plus we take requests from fun fun.

Below is my take on a piece of mixed media art that was sent over via video, as a request  for a future class. Again,I'm on a purple , blue and green kick and loving every minute of it. 
 I love the dragonfly. He makes me happy every time I walk into the studio.

 This sofa table was inspired from the dragonfly period, as it is now known. The colors remind me of a dragonfly , you know that glistening green and purples and blues that come through as he swoops around catching the sun.
And this is how we went from this .......

(During the making of the Gypsy Soul we were blotting our art with paper towels and I wouldn't let these get thrown out. I used them as accents on the table and I stamped my dragonfly onto one of these and cut it out as an accent on the mixed media piece above.) this.

     Not so Coastal but oh so Bohemian .

Thanks for stopping by to see what we are up to around the studio.
Happy Mother's Day to all. 

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