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DIY Pet Portraits with Personality

My fabulous art students created a project personally dreamed-up and designed called ~ Pet Portraits with Personality.  With moving our studio to Main Street last summer, life got a little beyond busy so thank you for your patience with just getting this project out!  With fall in the air and back to school really here, thought it would be the perfect time of year to share this fun favorite with you!

Pet Portraits with Personality was a huge project created with children ages 10 – 14!  The artwork, 120 finished pieces, were then used for a local circulator bus (yes, a REAL BUS!!!) and a collection of 35+ community “bear-proof” cans.  Both the bus and can projects were designed to bring more art to the heART of our historic downtown!  So proud of each artist and their unique creation, contributed to both of these colorful community projects!  So happy to see our community come together to support both kid-friendly + child-focused art projects!  The artwork has brought a great deal of humor, color, and a whole lot of creativity to our community of Carbondale | Colorado at the heART of the Carbondale Creative District!  Don’t you just love how childhood and creativity completely collide, to completely capture community and collaboration!?!  Take a peek!

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COMMUNITY BUS COLLABORATION:  Project Details

HIGHLIGHTS:  Unveiling Ceremony

COMMUNITY CAN COLLABORATION:

Read a fantastic article highlighting all the details about these upcycled Bear-Proof Cans wrapped with student artwork located throughout downtown!  Would you believe there are over 35+ cans throughout our community!?!  A huge thank you to the Town of Carbondale for taking on this project.  This particular can is located right across from our studio at 449 Main Street!  The day the install happened was just beyond exciting to watch out our windows!

SUPPLIES:

  • Pencil + eraser
  • Scissors
  • Gluestick
  • Realistic animal face photos for inspiration
  • Sketch paper + final paper + tracing paper + watercolor paper cut to size
  • India Ink
  • Watercolors including both liquid and traditional pallets
  • Watercolor brushes + water container
  • Lightbox or window
  • Colored pencils, permanent markers, acrylic paint, colored paper for additional details!

PROCESS:

ONE  Select a realistic animal and dream up your animal’s expressive personality.  Create several mini sketches focusing on the face, head, and shoulders.

TWO  Finalize your favorite sketch selection into a drawing, again with a focus on the face or upper body. Humanize your animal by adding human-like features, ex. eyes, mouths, shoulders, costuming and fun accessories, yet keeping a bit simplified, as individually drawn pieces will need to be drawn and cut out.

THREE  Finalized your favorite animal drawing to a specific vertical paper size, fill the space by going big and focused in.

FOUR  Trace each section of your drawing onto tracing paper at a window or lightbox.  Separate out each layer.  For example, the glasses would be a separate “drawn and cutout piece” from the face, to then overlay on top of the face.  Start with the largest shapes first, such as the face, neck, and shoulders.  It is very helpful to create bigger shapes to smaller shapes, working background to foreground.

FIVE  Place the tracing paper shapes behind the final watercolor paper at the window or lightbox.  Trace images onto heavy-weight watercolor paper in pencil.  Again, all individual pieces that make up the complete animal, will be all drawn as separate pieces.  The photos, above and below, should help with the visual understanding.

SIX  Before cutting apart, use India Ink and a small brush to outline all the separate pieces.  Remember to vary the line quality to keep your pieces more painterly so they capture both thick and thin for a more handcrafted flair.  Dry.

SEVEN  Plan out a color scheme- complementary, analogous, warm or cool, intermediate, triad, or monochromatic for the overall piece.  The color scheme should include the background.

EIGHT  Using watercolors, which could be liquid or traditional pallets style, paint each piece remembering to dry between colors.  Dry all pieces.  Cut apart all individual pieces following the outer edge ink so the varied edge lines are preserved.  Use a heavier weight watercolor paper to create a vibrant wash for the background.  Dry.

NINE  Assemble all the separate cutout/painted pieces using a heavy duty glue stick.

TEN  Onto delightful details!  Add highlights in eyes using white acrylic paint.  Add swirls using colored pencil or permanent marker by using a similar color.  Add texture and additional delightful detail.  Use cut paper shapes, ex. stripes or polka dots to create a contrasting background to pop the creature!  Most importantly, create a pet with personality and humor that comes to life with color, contrast, and human-like features!

A PEEK:  Into the Planning Process of the Bus

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A HUGE THANK YOU!!!

CPAC Carbondale Public Arts Commission

RFTA Roaring Fork Transportation Authority

Town of Carbondale

Carbondale Middle School

… for making these two community projects, completely focused on kid art, come together for our community!

Tag us @handmakery with your creations on Instagram!  Would love to see your ~ Pet Portraits with Personality!  Follow our BLOG for more inspiring process-based art projects!  As always, thank you for following along on this artful adventure in beautiful Carbondale | CO at 449 Main Street!  Send us a note or contact us anytime at hello@handmakery.com!  Much love and happiness creating!  xo Ami

Art Workshops + Studio Peek + First Friday

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  – Pablo Picasso

ANNOUNCING FALL ART WORKSHOPS!

Workshops + Classes + Events start September 4th, 2018!    

PENCIL IN & JOIN US:

DATE:  September 7th | First Friday 6 – 8 PM

EVENT:  HANDMAKERY’S 1st Year in NEW Location Celebration + First Friday + FREE Art Making to Connect with Exhibit + Open Studio + Gallery Exhibit!

EXHIBIT:  Swedish afar artist, Gina Vide of Willowday, and her creations for upcoming book ~ ABC Flower Safari!  Gina’s work will incorporate playful + whimsical animals, flowers, paint, illustration, and typography all captured through photography!  All ages will love this beautiful + delicate + detailed exhibit!  Read more about Gina Vide!

LOCATION:  HANDMAKERY located at 449 Main Street in beautiful + historic downtown Carbondale | CO at the heART of the Carbondale Creative District!

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POP-UP EVENTS

LISTEN to hear more about our art program!

Keep checking HANDMAKERY.COM as additional programming will continue to be added throughout the year!  Programming will include: children’s weekly art workshops for expanded ages, arts + craft evenings for children/adults/ladies/couples + family, holiday art making, art camps, open studio, one-of-a-kind birthday parties + special celebrations + customized events, specialty summer workshops, special guests + speakers, pop up events, and more!  What would you like to see offered?  We’ll let you in on a secret… our first Ladies Art Night is coming soon! Take a VIRTUAL VIDEO TOUR of our studio!

A PEEK INSIDE THE STUDIO:

Featuring ~ Children’s Art Workshops, Mini Maker Mornings, Birthday Parties, Adult Arts & Crafts Nights, and First Fridays & Pop Up Events!  Take a peek, below!

CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOPS…

MINI MAKER MORNINGS…

BIRTHDAY PARTIES FOR ALL AGES…

So far, thirty, one-of-a-kind parties have been hosted in our studio in our first year on Main Street!  Get your special event on our events calendar!  No date is too early to pencil in!  Send us an email hello@handmakery.com and let us know what you’re dreaming!

ADULT ARTS & CRAFTS NIGHTS…

Our first ~ Ladies Art Night is coming soon!  Create a personalized account or contact us to get on the wishlist!

FIRST FRIDAYS & POP UP EVENTS…

We hope to see you at September’s First Friday on Main Street and in the art studio soon!  It’s truly such a wonderful way to discover your community and connect!  Tag us @handmakery with your creations on Instagram!  Follow our blog for more inspiring process-based art projects!  As always, thank you for following along the artful adventure in beautiful downtown Carbondale | CO at 449 Main Street!  Send us a note anytime at hello@handmakery.com to let us know what you’re thinking and dreaming!  We’d love to hear your ideas!  Much love and happiness creating!  xo Ami

Llamas in Pajamas

Happy Summertime + July 1st!  Excited to announce we’re partnering with Deep Space Sparkle as an art presenter in their Draw, Paint, Make online workshop this Saturday, July 7th!  Learn more about this incredible art workshop, the art teachers involved (pictured below), and all the amazing techniques, processes, and projects featured!  In this artfully amazing workshop, we’ll be demonstrating all the steps + secrets + special techniques used to create our recent ~ Lil’ Llamas in Pajamas Party Project!  Designed, dreamed up, and created with mini-makers in our very own downtown studio!  Within the workshop, we’ll also be giving a tour of our NEW art studio (click for a sneak peek) and its organization for creating with children!  Join HANDMAKERY + six other art teachers to jazz up art projects with inspiring, yet easy, processes, plans & techniques this Saturday!

Our Lil’ Lamas in Pajamas Project focuses on painted pillows, poufs, ottomans, and wallpaper as interior design elements.  It also highlights lovely lil’ llamas, a pajama party a-poppin’, the artist as a photographer peeking into the party, a masterpiece mix of techniques using sketching, drawing, painting, collaging, photography, interior design, expressive color, a unique + exquisite color scheme, patterns, layering, humor, a fun storyline based on the letter P, and more!  Did we mention, in our six-week workshop creating with children, we topped it off with our very own pajama party plus mini-exhibit for our mini makers!?!  Would love for you to join us this Saturday for Draw, Paint, Make!  We’ll definitely be there chatting and chiming in!  See below, photos highlighting one of our favorite projects we’ve designed for kids!  Be sure you’re following us @handmakery on Instagram for the latest and greatest creative happenings!

DIY Painted Paper Lantern

May’s First Friday always brings our entire community out for the annual ~ Family Block Party!  Friday evening we hosted ~ DIY Painted Paper Lanterns in our outdoor art studio from 4 – 8 PM.  Take a peek at a quick video clip to music!  Cheers to a wide-open canvas for all ages to explore!  A huge thank you to everyone for joining this festive event in downtown Carbondale | CO!  Take a peek at all the magic in our outdoor studio!  By the end of the night, all 130 paper lanterns were out of sight, heading home for colorful + creative delight!  Connect with us @handmakery on IG for the next creative + community + colorful happening!

DIY Delightful Dragonfly

The art studio was filled with mini maker exhibits and recognition ceremonies as ALL six-week workshops wrapped up last week!  We celebrated our fifth exhibit, an end of the week highlight, hosting a FIRST FRIDAY “kid at heART exhibit” showcasing my 88-year-old grandfather, Bob Fadely aka Papa Bob, and his very first art exhibit ~ COLORING IN COLORFUL COLORADO!  Megan Tackett, an incredibly talented and enthusiastic writer, captured my grandfather in both a delightful article in The Sopris Sun and live interview on KDNK!  After it was all said and done, my most genuine Grandfather shared with me, “Last week was one of the BEST weeks of my life!”  “Art  (without a doubt) washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  – Pablo Picasso

As springtime unfolds the outdoors become artfully alive!  Dragonflies always mesmerize with their stealthy speed, shimmery color, intricate detail, and pattern on point.  They lead us to our favorite outdoor places and spaces, including rivers, ponds, and lakes. Spring into a simple process upcycling household goods to create a bountiful + beautiful ~ DIY Delightful Dragonfly dreamed up in the HANDMAKERY art studio!  Simply take a peek!

Forever Fishbowl

Excited to share with you a project recently dreamed up, designed, created, and of course, constructed in our very own downtown art studio!  Take a BIG splash into our ~ DIY Forever Fishbowls!  This project was created, carried out, and creatively constructed in several of our mixed age, six-week, after school, hands-on + mixed media, art workshops creating with young artists!

Beyond excited to also announce hands on + mixed media + NEW ART WORKSHOPS START NEXT WEEK for a wide array of ages!  Hop on over to ENROLL AT HANDMAKERY.COM as spaces are quickly filling!  While visiting, peek at new photos on our site and IG feed!

As you can clearly see, artists used a wide array of mixed media to bring their vision to life!  Below, you’ll discover all you need to create your very own ~ DIY Forever Fishbowl.  The big + beautiful bonus, you’ll never send a fish into fishy heaven, EVER EVER EVER again.  YES, this fishy will truly live F-O-R-E-V-E-R and children LOVE this fact!  Like, XOXOXO times a million or LOVE for a lifetime!

Art Workshops + Weaving with Kids

Happy New Year!!!  Looking back, one of our most favorite workshops for children included ~ wee Wondrous Weavings on Wooden Looms!  Oh my, the possibilities of textile design!  These mini-masterpieces were created by 6 – 10-year-old artists!  Our NEW ~ 2018 Winter Art Workshop Brochure is hot-of-the-press!  Workshops start early January, yes this week and they’re filling up fast, just hop on over to our simple SIGN UP!  If you’re looking for hands-on + mixed media + creative expression + an artful highlight to each week + a chance to meet new families and friends JOIN US + ENROLL TODAY!  You can also connect with us on Instagram @handmakery to keep an eye on what we’re creating in the studio from special art events to birthday parties, and of course everything in between at our NEW art studio located at 449 Main Street in Carbondale | CO in the heart of the Carbondale Creative District!

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DIY Papier-mâché Figures

Incredibly excited to share with you our original ~ DIY Papier-mache Figures created in our Mini Makers Workshop with 5 – 10-year-old artists!  Our next session of weekly art workshops begins the week of October 16th, YES, next week!  We have a workshop for just about every age under the sun!  Take a peek at our upcoming schedule filled with weekly workshops, craft nights, holiday camps + events, and celebrations!  Excited to announce we’re now hosting birthday parties in our beautiful + NEW art studio on Main Street!  Be on the lookout for our first ever ~ Ladies Craft Night coming soon!

Opening Night Celebration!

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First Friday was our ~ Opening Night Celebration at our NEW art studio location at 449 Main Street in downtown Carbondale | CO!  With a wide array of ages and not knowing exactly how many guests we’d have joining in, we kept it celebratory + simple + full of dazzle, painting and embellishing ~ Celebration Crowns!  Main Street was blocked so everyone could enjoy an evening strolling the streets of historic downtown!  The night was festive and full of flavor, with everyone back-in-town from summer adventures.  The community was alive, vibrant, and actively adventuring around this artistic town!

Opening Night on Main Street!

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We hope you’re enjoying the last days of summer!  Have you heard the news!?!  HANDMAKERY just moved to Main Street!  We’ve been working all summer to get our new studio up, running, and ready for HANDMAKERY’S Opening Night Celebration ~ First Friday, September!  We’re so excited to be located in downtown Carbondale | CO!  We’ll now be located in the heart of historic downtown at 449 Main Street, in between flowers, yoga, coffee and across from piping hot pizza, sounds tempting, right!?!  Yes, we definately have the BEST neighbors!  We’re incredibly excited to be part of the community and the Carbondale Creative District!

Summer involved planning, designing, constructing, ordering, organizing, and decorating our new studio which we LOVED!  Highlights of our new space include: being nestled in the heart of the community, 14′ ceilings, timeless wood floors, historic charm, a crisp + clean + modern flair, natural lighting + big windows, all our favorite art supplies, and maybe our favorite element…  a teeny-tiny restroom!

PLEASE PENCIL IN + JOIN US:

September 1st | First Friday 4 – 8 PM

HANDMAKERY’S Opening Night Celebration + First Friday ~ FREE Art Making + Suprise Giveaways + Studio Tour!

STUDIO SNEAK PEEK EVENT:

We hosted a ~ Studio Sneak Peek + Free Kids Art Making last Thursday from 4-6 PM!  Several families + creatives came to tour the NEW studio and out-on-the-town to create ~ a wondrous wearable~ to shine + showcase + sport + spotlight around town on ~ First Friday, September 1st!  We had 100+ people attend this spectacular evening event!  A HUGE thank you to everyone that attended our first event!  The support for mini makers on Main (…and coming soon BIG maker events….including adults, ladies, couples, family + friends) was incredible!  See additional photos of the sneak peek in this week’s Sopris Sun newspaper on page 8!

Take a peek at our video-clip gone-wild over on Instagram, highlighting all the artful activity of our ~ Studio Sneak Peek!

At the ~ Studio Sneak Peek, artists created {hands on + mixed media} Owl Feathered Necklaces using cardboard, beads, jumbo pipe cleaners, markers, glue, stickers, string, sparkles and more!  Everyone had a great time in the studio!  Over the last several years over on Instagram, I’ve admired Wendee Wingfield, a local + Roaring Fork Valley photographer.  Wendee RSVPed to our event, I couldn’t even believe it!  We had never met before but when she walked in with her five children, I was beyond thrilled to finally meet Wendee and her children in person!  Wendee Wingfield generously sent me a gorgeous collection of photos she took of the ~ Owl Feathered Necklaces her children created in our NEW art studio on Main Street.  If you’re not on IG yet, it’s a fantastic place to meet new friends with similar interests!  Find us on IG @handmakery!

Take a glimpse at Wendee’s Wingfield’s photos below and discover her amazing talent + beautiful collection over on IG @wendeewingfield!  You’ll be amazed at what she sees through her lens and the life she creates!

Photo credit (below): Wendee Wingfield Photography