Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Video Tutorial:
How to Make Glue


I love aromatherapy. 
I study it and use it in every area of my home and personal care, including in the making of my handmade art supplies.

In this video tutorial I want to show you how I make glue that you can scent with your favorite essential oil.

For glue making, I recommend using essential oils that contains antifungal and antibacterial properties, like peppermint oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, citronella and lemon.

You will need: 
- essential oil
-alum
-sugar
-flour
-water
-mason jars
-some basic cooking supplies
-a stove or hot plate.
some of my essential oils



Alum or aluminum sulfate is used in a lot of ways. To purify water, adjust the ph of soil in gardening, in paper making, in baking, in pickling and in fabric dyeing.
Alum can be found HERE  and HERE





Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

(sharing with you some views of Home and New York City 2015)

And now let us welcome the New Year
Full of things that have never been.
-Rainer Maria Rilke


Times Square New York City 2015
Lord and Taylor window display 2015
tea time at home,  using the table cloth I made.


St. Patrick's Cathedral 2015
The Christmas Tree in front of the art wall I made in 2015
infuse the scent of the holidays all year round

There are numerous ways of naturally scenting your home. 
I like to keep it simple, so I only like to use about 4-5 ingredients at a time. 
In a small pot put in 3 cups of water. 
10 cloves, 4 cinnamon sticks, the rind of an orange, and a few orange wedges. 
Let it simmer and enjoy.
That is the super simple version.
But you can also use any of the ingredients below for your own custom blend.
vanilla extract, lemon peel and slices, tangerines, cranberries, star anise, ginger, or nutmeg.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

a Thank You gift for YOU:
Buy one class, get one FREE



Thank you to all of you whom have emailed me about the FREE ONLINE CLASS that I posted a few days ago. I am so glad that you have enjoyed it. 

It is one way that I can say THANK YOU.

I have been thinking a lot about YOU....yes, YOU....because YOU, have been able to make it possible for me to live a creative life.
Your interest in what I do and what I have to share about art and creative recycling has made it possible for me to devoted myself to my art form.
So, thank you. Thank you for continuing to register for my online classes, for watching my YouTube videos,  for enjoying my tutorials and making it go viral on Pinterest, and for your emails of support and appreciation.

For all of that and more I am endlessly grateful.

A have a THANK YOU gift for you.



For the entire month of December, when you sign up for one of my online classes I am gifting a second class for FREE.
Yes, completely FREE. This is something that I have done before via this blog and I am happy to continue to share my appreciation.


check out my list of classes HERE
buy one and then choose the other one you want for FREE.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

FREE ONLINE CLASS:
how to make a handmade canvas
by Alma Stoller

I love making my own art supplies. It is something that I have been teaching and blogging about for a  long time.  You can check this tutorial and this one, and this one.
But this post is more than a tutorial, it is an entire class on how to make a canvas out of recycleable materials. Its a super easy and inexpensive way of making your own mixed media painting surface.



This FREE online class consists of 3 videos. In this first video, I show you the supplies needed and the first step in making the frame for the canvas.







In this second video I show you how to make the paper canvas that goes over the frame created in video 1.



These are some of my handmade stencils and masks.



In this third video, I show you how to put it all together.














I hope that you have enjoyed this FREE online class.
For more information about my class called 101 Mixed Media Techniques where I teach you how to make other kinds of canvases, homemade glue, homemade paints, a table easel and much more.

Read more about it HERE