Thursday, December 31, 2015

Marker and Copic Storage Units made out of cardstock and foamboard.

I like to have my art supplies organized and where I can see them. With my markers and copics I also like to have them easily portable. My craft room is downstairs and I like to take my markers upstairs to doddle while watching TV. 

These are the first marker storage units that I made. The square tubes are made using cardstock. There is cardstock glued between each layer of tubes to hold the layers together. When all the layers were glued together I covered it with computer paper and painted it.

This is the first attempt at making a storage unit for my copics just using cardstock. I didn’t finish it because I knew I wanted something better and sturdier. I have seen on the internet a copic storage unit made out of wood that I really like. But being made out of wood I figured it would be too heavy to carry around. So I tried using foamboard with the cardstock.

With this unit the rectangle tubes are made out of cardstock then I put foamboard between each rectangle tube and between each layer. When all the layers were together I glued more foamboard on the sides and back. To decorate it I glued a pretty paper napkin on the sides and back. Then painted the top and bottom. If you use paper napkins in your art work be sure to check out the ones I have for sale click here.

I want another unit for some more markers that I have. With this unit I have decided to put foamboard between the layers instead of cardstock to make it sturdier like my Copic unit.

First decide how big the square tube needs to be. For my markers I am using an 1/2 inch square. Then decide how deep you want the unit. I like my markers to stick out so I can grab them easily. I’ve decided to make this unit 4 ½ inches deep. Also decide how many markers you want the storage unit to hold. Then how many layers with how many square tubes in each layer. I want 8 layers with 10 squares in each layer so I’ll need 80 square tubes. 

With a 11 by 8 ½ inch piece of cardstock you can get 6, ½ inch squares. First cut the cardstock so you have 2 pieces of 4 ½ by 8 1/2.

At each end score at ½ intervals. ½, 1, 1 ½, 2, and 2 ½. Within the last section make a mark. Flip it around and score the other end. 

Cut at the 2 ½ inch score mark on each end.

With the remaining piece make score marks and cut excess off. 

With these scored pieces, Fold 2 sections over.

 Then fold the section with the mark over that and tape.

Pick it up and play with it to make it square.

 To make the layers I find using a cardboard box helps to align everything up. Lay down however many square tubes you want in the layer. Then measurement and cut your foamboard accordingly. With wanting 8 layers I will need 9 pieces that are 4 ½ by 5 ½.

 Lay your squares down in the cardboard box snuggling them up together. Lay down foamboard piece to make sure your squares aren’t longer than the foamboard. Make adjustments if needed.

 Pick up the foamboard and put glue on top of squares. I use whatever old glue that I have on hand that I want used up.

Place foamboard on top making sure everything is snuggled up in the corner. Place something on top. I usually let this sit a bit before doing the next layer.

After making your individual layers they need to be glued together. 

Flip one over to where foamboard is on bottom and the squares are up. Add glue, then place next layer on top with formboard on bottom. 

Repeat with all layers ending with the last piece of  formboard on top.

After this has completely dried, measure unit for side pieces of  formboard and cut.

 Glue side pieces of foamboard. Put something on top to weight it down while drying.

 After that has dried measure and cut foamboard for back piece then glue.

Decorate how you want or leave plain. This one I covered with a paper napkin from the # 18 Miscellaneous Set.

The storage unit I made for the copics is done the same way but with foamboard between each rectangle tube. Here are the measurements for the cardstock to make the tubes.

Thanks for taking the time to read my tutorial.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Radiant 2

This is another spread from the Radiant 2 online class that I'm taking. France Papillion taught this particular lesson.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Using Serviettes.

These are some things I have done this year using serviettes.

The Figures are Teesha Moore stamps with
pictures of my sisters and I 

Used one of Pam Carriker's stencils.

The Cover of my 2015 Planner/Journal.

Another Journal Cover.

A cover for my new Lettering Love Journal.

Click HERE to see the Serviettes I have for sale.


Journal spreads done with Serviettes.

I have purchased a lot of new serviettes for my stash. I finally have my extra ones listed on the Shop Page that are for sale. Here are some more pictures of art work that I did with serviettes some time ago but never posted on my blog.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Finished Pages From Radiant 2 Class

From Felicia Borges' lesson.

From Effy Wild's take on Felicia Borges'.

From Dyan Reavely's lesson. I thought it was to busy so I decided not to do any lettering.

My take on Dyan Reavely's lesson.

From Effy's take on Dyan's lesson.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Radiant II: Art Journals

I have started another mixed media online class called Radiant II: Art Journals.  It's hosted by Effy Wild. 

If you do at least 15 out of the 31 lessons you can be entered into a drawing to win a prize. So I plan to post my finished projects here on my blog so I can enter it.

In Effy's 1st lesson she demos how to make a folder type journal for you to do all your lessons in. She also shows how to make a Matching Ultimate Notebook for you to make notes on the lessons. For me personally I decided not to do these. Yes it would be nice to have all your projects from one class all together, but I have made several journals for a particular class with that intent but not followed thru. I also like to work on different kinds of paper. For years now I have taken notes on the different online classes I've taken. For me I like to put them in a 3 ring binder. I'll start with handwriting the notes and if I think it will be something I will watch several times I'll will type them up on my computer and print them out. That way the next time I watch the video I can easily make further notes if I want to.

Effy does mention that if she starts a layout and doesn't finish it in one sitting most of the time she doesn't finish it. I have been art journaling for over 5 years now. I have several things I haven't finished. In going back and looking thru my journals often I wonder what was the inspiration to start that unfinished page. On my finished pages and unfinished I sometimes wonder how did I do that and what products and colors did I use. Sometimes I would put sticky notes with the colors I've used on the page so I would know when I went back to work on it. Now I've decided to do a better job in taking notes on my journal pages and keep them in a 3 ring binder. 

A great place to find scrap paper for note taking is in your children's used school supplies. All those half used up spiral notebooks that will never get looked at again are great for this. I've done this for years. Finally I am seeing the end of this stash. I have started saving computer paper that has been printed on one side that I no longer need to use to take notes on.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Another Mandala

Here is my latest Mandala.

In the past I have always done my mandalas by starting with my homemade templates  and a compass to make the grid. This is time consuming. So I decided to make the grid on my computer. I can print that grid out on what ever type of paper I want. The above mandala is on 140lb hotpress watercolor paper. 

In the above picture you can see the grid lines that were printed closeup. So I am printing it with even fainter lines. 

Here is my next Mandala that I have started.

After I get all the line work done and colored in, I think the faint printed lines you won't be able to see.

Thanks for looking!