Posts Tagged: tutorial

got craft :: holiday 2014 look book

GC copyThe Got Craft? 2014 holiday look book is here! Highlighting the works of 75 handmade vendors from the upcoming show, the new look book includes printable holiday gift wrap from think & ink studio, a vendor layout by Forest & Waves, and a DIY project by Coco Cake Land! Check out all 54 pages by following this link!

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GOT CRAFT?
Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 2014
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver (between Hastings and Powell)
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The Sewists

Sewists1Sewists2Back in 2012, I was contacted by Josephine Perry, an instructor at the Liberty Sewing School, to contribute a project for her upcoming book. I am super excited to announce that her book, The Sewists – DIY Projects from 20 Top Designers-Makers, will be launching in the UK this September!

From jewellery to bookbinding, felt craft to embroidery, screen-print to dressmaking, The Sewists takes a rare snoop inside the sewing rooms of creative crafters and gives space to the reasons why they love their craft. Projects include hand-bound notebooks, patchwork coasters, applique cushions, and of course, fabric pouches by Roxypop!

For more information or to purchase a copy, click here.

Thanks to Miranda from Blue Olive Photography for snapping the shots of my craft room!

beginner hand lettering workshop

Sign-Painting-3Sign-Painting-1Sign-Painting-2Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie last June? Sign Painter, John Lennig from BIG TOP Sign Arts, will be at Got Craft? hosting a workshop discussing brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Consisting of 6 basic strokes, John will teach you how to create both upper and lower case letters as well as proper brush handling, brushcare, and the types of paints used.

The first half of the hands-on workshop will cover the above, along with getting your brushes into the paint and practicing the 6 basic strokes. While the second half will move into letters and finish up with the creation of a few pieces to take home. “The Swoop” will also be discussed, demonstrated, and if time allows, be put to use in the finished pieces.

You’ll take home:
A 1-2 word piece using both upper and lower case in the BullNose lettering style
A #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush
A small container of paint

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Beginner Hand Lettering Workshop at Got Craft?
Saturday, December 14th OR Sunday, December 15th, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street

update: workshop is sold out!

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In 1965, John moved to Vancouver from California and over the next 17 years, he would find himself working in 7 different sign shops before opening up his own business in 1982. With the popularity of computers in the late 1980’s and 1990’s, John realized that he was doing less and less hand lettering and decided to sell his shop in the year 2000 and go back to strictly doing what he loves. BIG TOP Sign Arts was born specializing in hand lettering, gold leaf, and later on, pinstriping. Last September, he celebrated 50 years as a sign painter and looks forward to sharing his skills!

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images via [stu-di-o] by jeanie

DIY :: lip balm

DIY-Lip-Balm-7Lip balm is kind of a big deal at my home. I usually have one next to the bedside, one on the dresser, one in the “catch everything” kitchen drawer, one in the office drawer, and that’s not to mention the one in the bathroom and my purse. Lip balm is serious business and as much as I like the coloured tints and fancy root beer smells, my favourite is always a simple mix of natural products that soothes and moistures my dry lips. Once you gathered up your ingredients, it’s as easy as bi! bam! bap!

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Ingredients:
2 oz almond oil
1 oz cocoa butter
1.5 oz shea butter
1.5 oz beeswax
Lip balm containers
Stirring spoon
1 pot
optional: scent – make sure you choose one that is edible safe

This recipe makes 24 tubes. You can easily cut the recipe in half or make some for gifts!

DIY-Lip-Balm-2Set stove as low as possible and start melting the beeswax. Do the same with the shea and cocoa butter in the same pot. Once liquidfied, add the almond oil and pour the mixture into the containers (I used a ladle, but I have poured it in directly using the spout from the pot). Let cool and solidfy!