modern living

My mom has her house for sale and has started the process of cleaning out. I’m now the proud owner of an antique steamer trunk, which is a story for another day. However, the trunk was filled with scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photos, etc. Today I want to share a gem that surfaced…Modern Living, a little magazine that was published by a local bank in 1962.

modern living 1962

While the carousel theme is a little much, I do like the red and white with touches of green. It creates a nice high contrast color scheme.

creative block buster #8

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #8 – Avatar

Today’s creative block buster is to watch the movie, Avatar. Whether you’ve seen it before or not, like the story line or not, watch the movie.

You might even want to have your sketchbook handy while watching. The vivid colors always capture the attention first. However, it’s the shapes, textures and movement of the Pandora flora and fauna that have me reaching for my sketchbook. Maybe it will be the Na’vi’s colors and markings that inspire you or the Pandoran wildlife. The markings on the Toruk has Millefiori cane written all over it. ;)

new year

I hope your new year is off to great start. Don’t you just love a new year? Full of promise and possibilities. A fresh start.

I thought we would start the new off right here at Crafts by Chris with a shiny new product. ;)


Deal-A-Muse

Adventures in Creativity

Deal-A-Muse

Deal-A-Muse is a pdf file that contains a set of printable cards (set #1 contains 60 cards), which are divided into five categories: color palettes, textures, shapes and patterns, techniques and miscellaneous. Also included is a template to create a storage box for your cards. While the technique cards were created for polymer clay artists, you could easily substitute techniques that apply to your artistic medium of choice.

To read more about Deal-A-Muse and to purchase follow this link. And, of course, it’s also available in my Etsy shop.

Deal-A-Muse set #1

Adventures in Creativity

muses

Sarcophagus known as the “Muses Sarcophagus”, representing the nine Muses and their attributes. Marble, first half of the 2nd century AD, found by the Via Ostiense.

Whether your muse is on vacation or you want to push the boundaries of your medium, Deal-A-Muse cards are a fun way to get your creative juices flowing.

What is Deal-A-Muse and how does it work?

Deal-A-Muse is a pdf file that contains a set of printable cards (set #1 contains 60 cards), which are divided into five categories: color palettes, textures, shapes and patterns, techniques and miscellaneous. Also included is a template to create a storage box for your cards. While the technique cards were created for polymer clay artists, you could easily substitute techniques that apply to your artistic medium of choice.

Deal-A-Muse

How to use the cards:
1. Deal yourself one card from any category and create something inspired by that card.
2. Deal yourself two or more cards, each from a different category and see what you can come up with. For example, a color palettes card and a techniques card, or a shapes and patterns card and a textures card.
3. Deal yourself two or more cards from the same category. For example, two techniques cards. Think of how you could combine two different techniques in the same piece of art work.

60 cards with thousands of possible combinations to spark your creativity!

Our Color.Creativity.Design members have been collecting these same cards over the past several months.

“Love, love love, Deal-A-Muse!!!!!” ~ Carole

“I love the Deal-A-Muse. It will help me out of my block of creativity.” ~ Valerie

Copyright Crafts by Chris 2013

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creative block buster #7

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #7 – Inspiration is Everywhere

inspiration everywhereNo matter where you are at this moment, stop for a minute and take a look around. What is the first thing that catches your eye? In my case, it’s the shape, color and repeating pattern of these stacked paint bottles.

This simple image gives me lots of ideas. Linked circles, circles within circles, rings or polka dots. Color combinations like blue and orange with gold, red and gold, black and gold, red, black and gold or the primary colors – red, yellow and blue.

Take a look around. What do you see? How many different ideas does it bring to mind?

color palette – warm and snuggly

Here’s a little color inspiration of the warm and snuggly variety…

warm color palette

When I sit down to watch a little tv in the evenings, I like to crochet. The afghan in the photo is my current project. The great thing about crocheting an afghan is that it keeps me warm while I’m working on it. :) I’ll be sure to show you what it looks like when it’s all finished.