Monday, August 12, 2013

Halloween!!

I know, I know.... it's only August and school hasn't even begun yet. But Halloween is coming!! When you love Halloween as much as we do, you can't help but get excited. 

The other day I decided to play with glitter paper. What could be better than glitter AND Halloween? This project is much easier than it appears. If you can paint, trace a shape, cut and glue, you're set. It really is that easy to make a totally unique one of a kind item for your decor.



Happy Halloween!! (In August!!)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Artsy Chaos Design Team Competition


Artsy Chaos is searching for talented crafters, artists, and DIYers to become part of our very first design team! 

Eligibility Rules:
  • Submit art piece(s) as described in the Application below.
  • Be available to serve a term as a Designer from August 1, 2013 through February 1, 2014.
  • Be capable of completing all requirements on time during that 6 month period.
  • Be able to submit art images in JPG format electronically by digital photography.
  • Be able to submit clear and concise project instructions.
  • Designers working for companies that make/sell wood crafts are not eligible.
  • Entries can only be accepted from US applicants. Sorry to our international friends!
Preferred (Optional) Requirements:
  • Online forums:  Involved on a weekly basis on at least one online forum that is craft related.
  • Active pinner on Pinterest.
  • Active on your own personal blog.
  • Additional projects may be submitted as desired.
  • Ability to create short instructional project videos.
Application:
  • Submit photographs (no larger than 1 MB each) of TWO projects that show your style. Projects can be wood designs, mixed media, home decor, etc. 
  • Submit an essay of 500 words or less describing who you are, why you love to create, what you love about Artsy Chaos, what your style is, any other hobbies you have, etc. Something that describes YOU and why you would make a great Artsy Chaos design team member!
  • Use of Artsy Chaos wood is not required but we would certainly love to see what you've done with our products! 
  • Send photos that show us how much you love crafting and show a clear style.
  • Your photos and designs must be original and not published elsewhere.
  • Photos will not be used outside of this design team competition.
How to Enter:
  • Send your entry (photos and essay) electronically to artsychaos@yahoo.com with the subject line "Artsy Chaos Design Team Application 2013".
  • Please label your .jpgs as "DesignTeam_yourname.jpg".
  • Your email should include:
    • Your Name
    • Address
    • Phone Number
    • Email Address
    • Your Blog or Website URL
    • Pinterest Name or URL
  • Entries must be received by July 20th, 2013
  • Questions? Please feel free to submit them to us at artsychaos@yahoo.com using the subject line "Question Regarding Design Team Competition".
Artsy Chaos Design Team Members will receive unfinished wood craft products to finish creatively as deemed by Artsy Chaos. Papers and embellishments may also be sent to design team members to use on projects. Design team members will receive full credit for their work and photographs published online or in print. 

Good luck! We look forward to seeing your entries!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

*HUGE* Summer Collection Giveaway!


We're so excited to be having a Summer giveaway for all of our wonderful friends, fans, and customers! We will be giving away:

*Summer Letters Set ($21.99)
*Flowers on Dowels Set ($11.99)
*Butterfly ($7.99)
*Snail ($7.99)
*Caterpillar ($7.99)
*Bee ($5.99)
*Scrapbook Papers to finish the wood and embellishments!

Giveaway will end on May 12th - Mother's Day. Good luck!!


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Monday, April 22, 2013

TUTORIAL: How to complete and decorate an unfinished wood cutout!

Finishing your Artsy Chaos unfinished wood project is much easier than you think! If you can trace a shape onto paper and cut it out, you can decorate our wood with fun scrapbook paper! If you can glue, you can embellish too!

The first thing you need to do is trace your wood shape onto your choice of paper. Place the wood, front side down, onto the wrong side of the paper and then trace around it. Next, cut out the traced paper shape just barely inside the line. Don't worry if the paper isn't cut exactly right. Set the paper you have just cut out aside.

Next you will paint the wood. I use a very watered down acrylic craft paint. You only need to paint the sides and back of the piece. Again, it doesn't need to be perfect! Let the paint dry thoroughly.

The next step is to glue the paper you have cut out onto the wood. I like to use a craft glue like Aleene's Tacky Glue. Using my fingers or an inexpensive sponge brush, I spread the glue onto the wood in a thin layer. You can also use Mod Podge to glue the paper down but I have found you have to be more diligent in getting bubbles out of the paper with this method. Whichever you choose, smooth the paper out so there are no air pockets or bubbles. I find it helpful to turn the piece upside down to dry.



Once the paper and glue are dry, use a fine grit sandpaper OR an inexpensive nail file and carefully sand off any paper edges that extend from the wood. Again, don't worry about perfection. When you're happy with the paper, use a small ink pad like Colorbok's Chalk Ink to lightly ink the edges of the piece. This will give your project a nice finished look plus will cover small imperfections in the paper and painting. Bonus! At this point, you can add additional paper pieces if desired, like the hair and letters on our Sitting Girl shown.


You can also add eyes, flowers, and other embellishments that you would like to have sealed. Next, using a foam brush or paintbrush, cover the project with a thin layer of Mod Podge to seal, protect, and finish. You can use either matte or glossy - your choice! Things like ribbon, flowers, rhinestones, etc., can be mod podged too! Let dry thoroughly. Note: your embellishments can be attached before or after sealing the piece with Mod Podge; you can use craft glue or a hot glue gun to add the embellishments.

If you'd like to add an additional layer of protection to the piece you can seal with a polyurethane sealant. This is totally optional. Outdoor Mod Podge is also available for pieces you would like to display outdoors.

Materials needed to complete an unfinished wood cutout:
*Wood Project (available at Artsy Chaos!)
*Acrylic Craft Paint, in your choice of color(s)
*Scrapbook Paper, of your choosing
*Mod Podge and/or Craft Glue
*Foam Paint Brushes and/or Regular Paint Brushes
*Fine Grit Sandpaper or Inexpensive Nail File
*Ink Pad such as Colorbok Chalk Ink
*Embellishments, of your choice

Once completed, you have a personalized project that you can give as a gift or display proudly!



Thursday, December 13, 2012

Love Heart Wood Project

Today I have a really easy project to create. It would be a great last-minute Christmas gift. Wood heart!



To begin, simply trace your heart onto a sheet of patterned paper. You could also use another shape or even a plain wood block. Cut the heart out of paper and set aside. Next, you will want to paint your wood heart in a neutral color or coordinating color to your patterned paper. Once the paint is dry, glue the paper to the wood using Mod Podge or craft glue spread very thin. If your glue is too thick, bubbles in the paper will occur. Let dry, pushing out any buckles that the paper gets. Cover the project with a thin layer of Mod Podge if desired.



Now it's time for the fun part! Use your imagination to add ribbons, die cuts, brads, flowers, charms, any embellishment. I have even used the bling from an old broken necklace. The sky is the limit! Depending on the project I am creating, sometimes I decoupage (Mod Podge) the painted and papered wood and don't decoupage the embellishments. Sometimes I decoupage the whole thing. You don't have to decoupage anything either. There are no rules! I do prefer the finished look that the Mod Podge gives to the wood project. It's just a personal choice.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

A Handmade Christmas

So I have yet to start Christmas shopping. Oh, I have a few things I have gotten here and there but overall, zip zilch nada. No shopping yet! I know, terrible, right? And do you know what's worse? I still want to make some handmade gifts. There's still time... I am optimistic.

There must be others out there like me. You know, the I-feel-like-I-can-be-super-woman-but-realistically-I-know-I-can't-be-but-I-really-want-to-try type? With this in mind, I have been scouring the internet, blogs, Pinterest, for easy but fabulous ideas for handmade gifts. (Click on the pics for the source.)

Have you seen all the dollar store mugs/plates projects floating around? You use sharpies to write/draw clever, sentimental, cute things on them and bake for 30 minutes at 150 degrees. I am a little worried about this one, however, since there are many failed project posts floating around also. 


I just love these sweet decorated pebbles! Plus, I have a whole box full of rub-ons that are not being used. Win-win!


There is always the option of finishing some of our wood designs for friends and family but, well, hmmm....I finish them and want to keep them! 


Little hand warmers are always a hit. And easy too!


Thank you to each blog/site for such fun ideas! Keep on crafting!