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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Take a Quick Peek!

HERE'S A PEEK INTO WHAT YOU ARE IN FOR, A QUICK FUN EXTRA WE THOUGHT YOU WOULD ENJOY!
Welcome to the Magical Dreamy World of  "THE WHIMSICAL PEACOCK"(official site link)... Journey into Wonderland with us and get a glimpse of how we create, who we create with, and how YOU can create with us! 
OUR ARTWORK AND FUNKY FINDS WITHHOLD A PERSNICKETY PERSPECTIVE AND AN ORNATE VIEW OF LIFE, ART, AND ITS LITTLE TRINKETS THAT MAKE OUR WORLD COME ALIVE! WE BELIEVE WE ARE UNIQUE, WE ARE ALL ONE OF A KIND, ALTHOUGH IT TAKES A SPECIAL KIND TO RECREATE AND REVIVE ITEMS FROM THE PAST, REINVENT THEM SO TODAY'S YOUTH WILL KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM...WE KNOW WE MIGHT NOT BE THE ONLY ONES DOING WHAT WE DO, AND THATS A GOOD THING, BUT IT'S HOW WE MAKE YOU JOURNEY BACK TO AN ERA WITH SPECIFIC WORDS, ART, HANDMADE JEWELRY AND OUR VINTAGE REVIVAL ITEMS THAT MAKE US A "ONE IN A MILLION OF A KIND!"  WE ARE ALWAYS ADDING NEW CREATIONS TO OUR SITE, SO WHEN ONE VISITS, YOU SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, OR MAYBE ONE OF OUR WHIMSICAL PEACOCK STAPLES, EITHER WAY IT'S LIKE ENTERING A SPECIAL LITTLE WORLD...AN AMUSEMENT PARK FOR YOUR IMAGINATION! "JOURNEY INTO WONDERLAND WITH THE WHIMSICAL PEACOCK"
Now on to our creative 3 part craft! The crafts we are doing cover all ages! We want EVERYONE from tots to teens, and even the "young at heart" "crazy for art" adults!
There are so many crafts out there, different methods, etc., so we wanted to narrow it down to three: simple, fun, and family friendly.
First is a craft for Mommy and Daddy to create for their little ones.  Angela from
"My Personal Accent", a "feathered friend of The Whimsical Peacock", we work with her and her company creatively. We also host our monthly Creative Challenge "Dare to Be Different" with her, so without further ado....
this portion of our "crafting with you" demo is brought to you by "My Personal Accent"
(and the crowd goes wild!)
KID CRAFT AGES 3 AND UP
Family Photo Matching Game
My granddaughter, CiCi who is almost 3 loves to play matching games. She is getting better and better at it each time. When she was 1-1/2 , I would keep them right side up and she would just pick the ones that were a match.  At two, she could do maybe 3 sets and now she can do about 6 to 7 sets. 
The benefits of matching games are: 
Develop the child's brain;
Improve thinking skill;
Logical and Visual Skils.
Responsiveness
Young children love to look at photos of themselves and family members. Here is a tutorial combining the two, a personalized photo matching for ages 1-1/2 to 5.  Using pictures of my granddaughter and her closest family members made each one different enough that she could match them without difficulty. The added bonus is that since some of us do not live near her, she gets to see our picture whenever she wants and keeps us fresh in her mind
Supplies:
Heavy poster board, (this is what I had on hand.) You can use any type of durable material, such as cardboard, cork, wood both thin or cut blocks. Anything that is easily cut and easily sanded, so there are no rough edges and not breakable. It must be large enough to apply enough decorative paper and required photos;
Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel ( which is what I chose for this project but you can use Mod Podge and top coat; 
paint brush or sponge;
Squeegee or rolling pin;
Colorful scrapbook or decorative paper;
Matching set of photos for each set of set of matching cards ( this is most effective if done on card stock, printer paper can be too thin and you save ink if you don't do it on photo paper);
Scissors or exacto knife to cut edges as precisely as possible;
Contact or velum paper (optional)
Step 1: Apply Gel thinly to poster board and attach scrapbook paper onto poster board and let dry thoroughly. Squeegee well to remove any excess gel ;
Step 2:   In Word, Picasa or other formatting program set up a format to create a template of pictures.  Print out 2 exact sets in the shape and size you want.
Step 3: Turn over poster board and apply thin coat of gel and apply pictures on the reverse side of scrapbook paper. Squeegee well. Let dry. 
Step 4: Optional: apply a thin coat of gel on top of scrapbook paper and pictures to make sure the paper stays adhered. Squeegee well to remove any excess gel.  Let dry completely.
Step 5: Cut pictures out carefully so that they are exactly the same with either scissors or exacto knife;
Optional: Apply contact paper or velum on both side to make cards more durable and water resistant. Trim carefully.  Squeegee those as well to remove bubbles.
Let the learning and play begin!
You are done and you have a personalized matching game for a small child who will hopefully treasure them.
My Personal Accent,
Angela
                   
Now, on to the next age group (6 AND UP) "crafting with you" 
This one is coming straight to you from tHE fAcTOry PEaCOck! 
(Creative HQ SOUTH!) We actually went out of our "comfort zone" for this one, so we would be right there with you, and can actually say, it IS easy, this was a first for this type of craft-a-licious goodie! 
You and your little one can both be stars…you'll see what I mean, so keep reading! 
Here's your list of supplies:
*t-shirt (if you don't have one, Wal-Mart and Walgreens have them CHEEP! sometimes even $1 on clearance)
*fabric glue (Aleene's brand is what we used "OK to Wash-it" or "Flexible Stretchable" same brand name
*die-cut objects (owls, moon, trees…whatever suits your fancy)
if you don't have a die cutting machine, make shapes from cloth or use patches, anything in the cloth family will work!)
*blue or green painters tape
*cardboard (to fit inside shirt) even a pizza top box will do!
*craft roller or rolling pin (don't have it? a pop can works also)
*your creative thinking cap! 
***now this part is for you EXTRA CREDIT type of folks***
colored thread, yarn or embroidery thread
glitter
READY? it actually goes quite quick...let's create!
step 1- have your little one choose his or her objects (we suggest 3-5)
step 2- now let them do a practice layout, so they can see what it will look like before they start to glue (this glue works well so once its on theres no 
moving it!)
step 3- check, recheck and check again….MAKE SURE IT'S WHAT THEY WANT!
step 4- grab your cardboard!
step 5-here's where the cardboard comes in, insert into the shirt (tell them to put the cardboard where they usually put themselves) lol
step 6- position it in the center, you will be putting your design on top of this, the cardboard will protect the shirt from glue seeping through the other side
step 7- fold shirt into a square or rectangle, gently flip it over and use your painters tape (we used this type because it holds it firm, but does not snag the material when pulled off) to secure the left and right side to the center
step 8- flip it back over, smooth out any wrinkles and adjust tape if necessary
step 9- now have your little Picasso move their layout to the shirt (no, no glue yet)
step 10- for this part I would suggest Mom or Dad holding the glue so it stays as mess free as possible…gently squirt a small amount of glue to the back of the embellishment, or use a brush to apply the glue
now hand the embellishments one by one to your child, and tell them to make sure there are no wrinkles (remember, don't over do the glue)
step 11- roller time! for this part, use wax paper or just go right over the embellishment if you have a roller just for crafts, you don't want that rolling pin you use for baking with glue on it! This step makes sure no wrinkles or bubbles are underneath!
AND TAAAA DAAAAA!  A UNIQUE, "I MADE THIS", KICK BOOTY T-SHIRT YOU WILL BOTH BE PROUD OF AND GOT SOME BONDING TIME TOGETHER! BONUS!!!
No, I did not forget the "extra credit" part! For all you over the toppers, the "too much is never enough-ers"….(yes, I'm in that group) here it is…I call it the "behind the scenes, or the "Underground Disney Tunnel Secrets" portion(yes, it's real)….I sent my little one off to bed after she finished doing her part, but I could tell she was thinking what I was, it was lacking that Va-Va-VOOM! SO…I took out some textured yarn, a extra large needle, and extra tiny embellishments, and went to town! I am not a "sew artist" by any means, I wish!….so sorry if my stitching isn't the best, but I sure had fun. I simply did a decorative stitch around each design, added a bow, and it was even cuter!  The next morning Dior couldn't wait to see her "kid couture" shirt, she was so excited with the extras, BUT, said it was STILL MISSING SOMETHING! ugh, her answer was of corse GLITTER! If you like this idea, use glitter glue or modge podge fabric glue, paint where you want the glitter, and sprinkle away! 
***when washing just remember to turn inside out when washing to keep all those goodies attached****
LAST BUT NOT LEAST! TEEN TO ADULT! THIS ONE IS SPECIAL TO US BECAUSE IT INVOLVES OUR MONTHLY CHALLENGE! WE WILL HELP YOU GET INVOLVED, YOU JUST SAVE US A SMALL AMOUNT OF YOUR TIME, AND YOU'LL BE REWARDED WITH NOT ONLY A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART, BUT, A CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES FOR WHAT YOU CREATE! Our goal is to get you motivated with awesome prizes and incredible demos, so you will make time to do the arts and crafts you say, I wish I could do that....NOW YOU CAN!
EASY AS 1-2-3!
CREATE A MASTERPIECE COLLAGE ART! 
Supply list:
Scrap paper (I used graphic 45)
Ruler
Gloss Super Heavy Gel (liquitex or you can use modge podge)
Scissors
Graphic Digital Downloads-images (by alteredartifacts)
gel topcoat (liquitex)
YOUR CREATIVITY! (the best part)
1)I went through all my awesome paper by "graphic 45" and choose would compliment the artwork I downloaded (but use what YOU love, material, candy wrappers, doilies, magazines, popsicle sticks and plastic for yard art)
now for the fun part, I carefully cut out pictures I purchased from altered artifacts and did a practice layout- (cutting tip, move the paper when cutting, not the scissors) 
2)next I used the gel (or you can use modge podge) and applied the paper to my canvas (again, you may use coasters, old phones, tables, or just chipboard) I USE GEL TOPCOAT, SO AFTER PLACING THE THIN LAYER OF TOPCOAT ON MY PAPER, I USE A SQUEEGEE (LONG 12'') AND GENTLY PULL THE TOPCOAT ACROSS SO I DON'T HAVE BRUSH LINES **** IF YOU ARE USING MODGE PODGE USE A ROLLING PIN OR A ROLLAR TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO BUBBLES and ROLL BEFORE YOU ADD YOUR TOPCOAT :)
3)LAST STEP same as above…. topcoat or modgepodge on downloaded pictures (once the first step or the background was dry) just place your artwork where you think it looks pretty, or where you put it in your practice layout...there is no right or wrong in artwork, as they say…beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
*extra fun, make your art 3d, I did! just fold scrap paper into a small square and put under the art you want to have the 3d effect or some leftover cardboard, the smallest amount of lift can give your project extra flair!
FOR MORE FUN AND TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF/ "SHOW OFF YOUR WORK" AND WIN SOME PRIZES, CHECK OUT THIS CONTEST....NO ENTRY FEE AND FREE DIGITAL ARTWORK PLUS MORE DIY DEMOS
If you need places to purchase or download FREE digital artwork Miss Inka athttp://alteredartifacts.blogspot.com she has amazing pictures
THANK YOU ALL FOR TAKING THE TIME TO JOIN US, WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED OUR CRAFTY DIY FUN, SEE YA SOON!

7 comments :

  1. Thanks so much for hosting the hop! We're so glad to have found you!

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  2. Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing & linking up at Thank You Honey's Whatever Wednesday Party!! The party goes live every Tuesday!
    Cheers

    Sarah

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  4. Hi there! I am co-hosting this week on the My Favorite Posts Showoff Weekend Blog Party. Thanks for connecting up!

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party over at my place -- A Peek Into My Paradise... http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/ I would love for you to link up and follow if you like what you see. =) I follow back - I love making new friends!

    Have a terrific week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  5. Fun tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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