Everyday Art

Some of my earliest memories consist of me sitting at the kitchen counter and making tin-foil animals. Mostly swans (is they could even be called swans), which I thought were the cat’s meow. I would put them on display in every room in the house because I loved the way the sun would reflect off of them.

With most people, tin-foil art ends at wrapping up a sandwich. For others, it goes on to incorporate dinosaurs and dresses. In all honesty, I find it quite surprising that tin-foil is not a more popular medium. It is malleable, durable, and a hypnotizing reflective surface. The endless possibilities that it holds are unimaginable.

Since I’m on the topic right now, I’m going to give the directions for one of my all-time favorite crafts. I taught myself how to do this last Christmas, and right now is the best time to start in order to have a forest of tin-foil trees by the holidays (actually, they come together extremely quick…)

You will need:

  • A roll of tin-foil
  • About 6 oz. of clay that hardens when baked
  • A small sheet of felt
  • A wooden skewer
  • Scissors
  • Stickers for decoration
  • glue

Steps:

1. Take your clay and make a mound that is about 2” in diameter at the bottom and is rounded to the top. Poke a hole in it big enough for the skewer to it in, and then bake the clay until hardened.

2. While the clay is baking, cut the tin foil into squares. You will need the 40 each of the following sizes (keep them separated in piles)

4”x4”

3 ½” x 3 ½”

3”x3”

2 ½” x 2 ½”

2”x2”

1 ½” x 1 ½”

1”x 1”

½” x ½”

3. When the clay comes out of the oven, cut the felt to fit the bottom of it. Glue this on.

4. Put the skewer into the clay (pointy side up)

5. Place tin-foil squares onto skewer (biggest ones first, and continue to get smaller)

6. When finished take 2 of the same sticker (I like to use stars) and put them together at the top to cover the point.

7. You can decorate the rest of the tree with various other stickers or leave plain.

(I found a similar craft on Martha Stewart’s website, so I used her picture – just substitute the newspaper for tin-foil)

Have fun tin-foiling!!!

-C

Thanks to:

http://serious-insanity.blogspot.com/2012/02/cool-stuff-tin-foil-art.html

http://www.artcar.blogspot.com/

http://www.marthastewart.com/268174/shimmering-stacked-trees

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A Confession of Mortality and Dreams

After rereading many of my posts, it struck me how frequently I speak of death. This surprised me quite a bit because, if anyone, I’m someone who is obsessed with living life. With more goals and ambitions than I can count, it was shocking to see how at the same time, I appear to be death obsessed.

But that is wholly untrue. My obsession lies within the idea of embracing morality and making life worthwhile. St. Jerome was believed to keep a human skull on his desk to remind himself of mortality. So did H.L. Mencken and many philosophers. The concept is anything but new, but at the same time, I feel like it has never reached as many people as it should.

It sickens me to see people who, for the most part, go through the motions of life, never accomplishing the little things they dream of. And then it’s too late. They see that they’ve messed up, and always wonder what things could have been like.

Now I’m not advocating you quit your job and go out to become a hermit. That is far from what I am saying. Responsibilities are a part of morality. But, rather, add in what makes you happy and keeps you motivated!

With these ideas in mind, I set out on creating my own “bucket list” (it also seems like I have an obsession of taking on tasks…haha). It was around 3:00AM on Sunday when I started. I think your mind is most fresh when you are on the verge of a sleep deficiency. You are more vulnerable and honest.

My list came to be about 40 items long. Some were random and others were cliché. But all of them had meaning to me. Finally having all of this written down, it feels even more feasible.

I am tempted to share some of my own items, but at the same time, I don’t want to influence anyone’s list. You should put on it what you truly want to accomplish, not what think you should accomplish.

Go get writing! Keep it where you can see it, that way it’ll always be fresh in your mind and you’ll work towards it.

-C

P.S.: The pictures are just random from around my home of things that make me happy. Like you should make your list do. Go do it. That is all. =)

Look, Darling! I Knitted You a Tree!

This past week, A introduced me to something that even I found odd…Knitting Bombing / Yarn Bombing / a ton of other names. It is a type of street graffiti where instead of using the normal means of graffiti (spray-paint, chalk, etc.) people knit outrageous public displays.

Honestly, I have no idea how this is even done. First off, when does boredom set in? I struggle to keep my concentration throughout the process of making a hat, let alone the time it would take to knit a car…Second, how do you know how much to make? There are no “patterns” for, let’s say, an oak tree! Is it hit and miss? Third, what if it rains?

As muchas I seem to be putting it down, I am not. Rather, I am fusturated that I cannot do something so amazing. Please, if someone does this LET ME KNOW HOW YOU DO IT!

Now that my true motive has been discovered, I’m going to share another thing that I discovered during my course of looking at Yarn Bombing. Knitted “taxidermy”. This stuff is too cute for words, so I’ll just share a few photographs.

(that one isn’t quite knitted, but still! It is too cool!!)

Alright, well to conclude I’m just going to say thank you to everyone who has been viewing this blog. A and I have been flabbergasted to see that people are actually reading this. Yippie!!!

-C

P.S.: I’m working on a project for Tuesday…wish me luck! haha

Picture Credits:

http://picocool.com/art/guerrilla-knitting-aka-yarn-bombing-goes-global/

http://8jonesstreet.blogspot.com/2011/06/prep-for-international-yarn-bomb-day.html

http://www.pirateknitting.com/2011/05/u-is-for-urban-knitting-aka-yarn.html

http://sailorbaby.tumblr.com/post/7275017151/therhumboogie-nathan-vincent-has-a-very-shauna

http://en.topictures.com/knitted%20taxidermy

http://roseannebroadley.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html

http://greeneyed.com/2011/08/faux-taxidermy/stag-2/

http://wherethewoollythingsare.tumblr.com/post/735856676/bear-rug-2005-crocheted-and-latch-hooked-yarn