Wednesday, August 20, 2014

popsicle stick jewelry

Something that has been on my craft project to do list for a while is bending popsicle sticks into bracelets. Since they are wood and since I am obsessed with wood burning, I thought I would put my own twist on the project. 

You have to start by bending the popsicle sticks and in order to this you have to soak them in water (over night or until they are pliable). 

Next, you have to bend them into the shape of a bracelet- the inside of a glass or jar works great.

Let the popsicle sticks dry out in the the glass- typically takes about 1 day or overnight.

At this point you can used any of your favorite mixed media techniques on the surface but I decided to wood burn designs into them.

I added beads to the back of the bracelet to help them fit better and to add a little color. 

I poked a hole in each side of the bracelet with an awl and then used stretch cord with beads threaded through the holes.

I had so much fun making the bracelets that I was inspired to make earrings!

I simply cut the popsicle sticks into different shapes and then burned designs into them.

Last, I poked a hole in the top and added ear wires.

And there you have it! Jewelry made from popsicle sticks! I just love a project made from simple materials!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW class Redefine Creativity and a GIVEAWAY!

My next online class Redefine Creativity goes live this Friday, August 22nd and to celebrate I am giving away 10 free spots to the class! Below you will find all the class information and to enter to win a free spot, scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for details!

While I had been making and selling art since I was a kid, my life changed back in 2005 when I decided to rip a canvas painting off the stretcher bars and sew it into a purse for a wedding I was attending. This moment completely changed the direction of my creative career. Suddenly I discovered a new process- painting canvas and remixing it into all kinds of fashion accessories. 

                                          rip painting from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

Through this process, I learned very quickly that I loved finding new ways to redefine creativity (heck its the concept that my entire business is built on)! Everything from using alternative supplies - to making art on unique surfaces - to finding ways to break the rules, I have been on a non stop mission to get creative in unconventional ways. 

This class is all about finding ways to redefine YOUR creativity. I will demonstrate all of my favorite techniques and concepts- from working with canvas to drawing and painting on unique objects to using simple supplies to make beautiful art to using mixed media to decorate your surroundings, I have created a totally unique class that walks the line between art and craft. Get ready for lots of techniques, art/craft projects and tons of inspiration to redefine your own creativity.

Redefine Creativity is structured into 5 lessons.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SUPPLIES: This class like all of my classes, does NOT have a required supply list. Instead I will be sharing the supplies that I like to use and then give you a variety of options and inspiration to use supplies that work best for your process and your budget.

To enter to win a spot in the class- 

Leave me a comment
Tell me your favorite supply to work with
I'll randomly select 10 people and will announce the winners on Friday!
Good luck!

Monday, August 18, 2014

felt covered school supplies

It's that time of year when the kiddos head back to school and I say transform those boring school supplies into something colorful! At 33 cents a sheet, craft felt is a great supply that can be used to cover, wrap and transform plain supplies into something funky!

Friday, August 15, 2014

for the love of overalls

Apparently overalls are back in style and to be honest, I'm surprised because I never knew they went out of style! I've been wearing overalls since high school (thats over 20 years) and have about 5 or 6 pairs, all thrifted. They aren't for everyone but for a gal who goes to work everyday to paint, they might just be one of my favorite things to wear!


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